Joining The Kaleidoscope World of Color Manila Run 5

color-manila-run-5-jaredWE all wanted to live a happy, fun and colourful life. But sometimes, our hands are just too full to handle a lot of things like stress, traffic, work load, and even some cruddy people. These are the things that make life dull and grungy. So, we look for things that could brighten up our day and add some sense of blissfulness in our life. For me, all it takes is putting on my running clothes, a pair of running shoes, a GPS watch, hydration bottle, and some pumped up music to whisk away a day in the dullsville. And on any particular weekend, I love joining fun runs.

I am grateful for the opportunity to join this year’s opening race – the Color Manila Run 5 held at SM MOA on the 8th of January. Though the concept is practically the same each year, that is, having colour stations along the route and the tossing of coloured powder later during the culminating program, I always have an inkling that there’s something special about this race.

Catching the 5am bus ride from Ortigas going to SM MOA, I instantly recognised a few passengers who are joining Color Manila Run 5. I arrived at MOA just in time for the 6am gun start.

I had to cut through the parking lot whilst I took out my race bib, shades, and headwear from my backpack. Unfortunately, I dropped the headwear so I backtracked my steps. Since there wasn’t much time, I hurriedly changed into my running clothes (I simply had to pull down my city shorts and take off my jacket as I was already wearing my running clothes underneath). I took my turn to deposit my backpack at the baggage counter and joined the throng of runners at the start line, which was unsurprisingly jam-packed! I was expecting all of us to be sent off at once but due to an avalanche of participants in the 10k category, a wave start was implemented to prevent a bottle of neck of runners along the route, especially in the hydration stations.

My Color Manila Run 5 race bib. #CMR5

My Color Manila Run 5 race bib.

As I stood in the midst of excited crowd by the inflated start line arc, I was speaking with Joy, who shared it’s her first time to join a fun run. And her running buddies were still on their way to the race venue. I know how it feels like to run your first race alone. Perhaps, you will all agree with me when I advised her “to just enjoy the run and have fun.” I’m pretty sure she had a good run.

Colourful confetti rose in the air with the release of each wave of runners. The tribal beat of the drums added a more festive mood to the race ambiance, even hinting that there’s more than just the coloured powders. True enough because the relatively flat 10k race course treated the runners to an early morning shower where everyone had almost no way of escaping it. Just a few hundred metres off the start line!


At the Color Manila Run 5 race village, I chanced upon ABS-CBN Sports Unlimited Host Dyan Castillejo, Rodel Montejo, Spongebob Runner (Kuya Merl) and Spongebob, Jr., Sports and Fitness bloggers/runners Franc Ramon and Leo Salazar, and Philippine Volcano’s Chris Everingham.

Along the Pea Rd., runners were having fun being poured with the coloured powders! Runners in groups queued to get a palm print of a dear friend Catherine Manuel at the Purple Station. And that’s just the first one! The next four for five kilometres brought the runners towards Macapagal Blvd. down to the CCP area for the U-turn and back to Seaside Blvd. Even though there was so much laughter floating in the air, I could still hear Sammy Salud cheering for the runners who spared an extra time completing the fun and easy leg work exercises at the Orange Station. That was something new, actually! As what I have commented in Niel Veluz’s social media post, “Bawal ang KJ sa Color Manila Run!” (Don’t miss out on the fun in Color Manila Run!).

Turning right to JW Diokno Blvd., the Blue Station was like a children’s playground. Runners were playing with those coloured powders. A photographer was pointing his camera lenses to any runner passing by. Up ahead was the Green Station and Blue Zapanta’s familiar face was the first to greet me. You see, more than just covering 10 kilometres from start to the finish line, running is about meeting friends who exerted an extra effort to add more fun to the run! The Yellow and Pink Stations completed the colour palette, which added more zest and sprightliness to the already polychromatic route.

My Color Manila Run 5 Medal.

My Color Manila Run 5 Medal.

It took me about 53 minutes and more fun to complete the entire race course. At the race village, I chanced upon Chris Everingham, who led the warm up prior to the gun start and Dyan Castillejo who was getting ready to do her spiel for her TV show Sports Unlimited. Had a short chat with Rodel Montejo, and a bit later, bumped into Franc Ramon and Kuya Merl Magtangob, aka Spongebob Runner, and Spongebob Runner, Jr.

As Franc and I came looking for Manong RJ of Running Photographers, we came by the 21k Redemption booth, where Suncoast Brands Team was handing out Lightwater and Vitamin Boost to half-marathon finishers, who likewise handed us our preferred post-race hydration, as LJ Miranda was busy taking snaps of the finishers. But of course, can we afford to miss her? And I’m very Thankful to Ma’am Lea and Ma’am Maila of Suncoast for the support. Always.


Lightwater and Vitamin Boost Ambassadors Franc Ramon, RJ Espinoza, Jared Baliguat and LJ Miranda.

Soon, finishers painted with various colours have taken over the race village taking photos, selfies, sharing their race stories and what not. And for me, it was another race done. And as I took my seat on the bus going home, I could say that that Life is more colourful with Color Manila Run.


Bring It On For The Ultimate Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017!

soleus-running-dance-fest-2017From running short distance race to ultramarathons and obstacle races, runners are always looking to spice up their running experiences. Some races incorporated Zumba™ in their warm ups and as a post-race activity. You may ask, “how different is the Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017?” Just one reason. William Flores!

As I have mentioned in my previous post, William Flores is a fitness dance and international Zumba® instructor. William Flores is well-experienced in various dance genres such as ballet, modern dance, jazz, reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, folk dance, merengue and hip hop, and has performed in big venues in various parts of the world like Dubai, USA, Singapore, Mexico, Germany. Spain, Malta, France, Italy, and Ireland.

Whilst there are run categories, participants and the spectators can join in the non-stop post-run Zumba® with William Flores.

I’m looking forward to this event come 4 February. And I’m certain you guys are, too! See details below!

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017
4 February 2017, 3am
SM By The Bay, SM MOA

Registration Details:

Race Category Registration Fee Gun Start Inclusions
21K Php950.00 4:00am Race bib with RFID, event singlet, Finisher Medal
and Finisher Shirt
10K Php750.00 5:00am Race bib, event singlet and Finisher Medal
5K Php600.00 5:30am Race bib, event singlet and Finisher Medal

How To Register:
Online: Log on to

Bank Deposit:
Banco de Oro
Account Name: Mirjam Ann G. Del Rosario
Account Number: 003980196644

Once payment is made, please email a copy of the deposit slip with your name, contact number and shirt size to:

L-Time Studio Stores

  • SM Mall of Asia (Ground Floor, in front of IMAX)
  • SM Megamall (3F Bldg. A)
  • Market! Market! (2F)
  • SM Southmall (Ground Floor near Dept. Store entrance)
  • SM Marikina (Ground Floor)
  • Robinson’s Place Manila (Ground Floor)

Race Kit Claiming: January 27-29 (Friday to Sunday)
Shaw 500 Building, Shaw Blvd. (beside S&R)
Bring original copy of Deposit Slip, Bank Transfer Slip, Claim Voucher (issued at on-site registration), and printed copy of the online registration confirmation.

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Event Singlet

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Event Singlet

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Event Singlet Size Chart

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Event Singlet Size Chart

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Finisher Shirt

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Finisher Shirt

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Finisher Shirt Size Chart

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Finisher Shirt Size Chart

Top 3 Male and Female Finishers across all categories will receive Soleus watches and other sponsors’ freebies. Plus, a meet and greet with William Flores!

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Medals

Soleus Running Dance Fest 2017 Medals

Register now and be part of the ultimate Running Dance Fest of the Year!

Lace Up Your Dancing Shoes as Soleus Goes Sabor Latino 100% !

william-floresFrom running to dancing, Soleus has seamlessly fused these two well-loved activities. I have been running with this happy lot for more than a couple of years and I know how great it feels to be running and hanging out with them. Whilst I wasn’t born to dance, I had so much fun grindin’ and groovin’ with them for the first time. I actually enjoyed it!

Aside from feet-stomping music tracks, what makes this dance sessions unique is the presence of a virtual dance instructor. He’s not just a dance instructor because he has so much credentials tucked under his name. And he’s no other than the world-renowned dance fitness guru William Flores!

William Flores is an International Zumba® Fitness instructor, a well-experienced dancer of four years with high level competency in ballet, modern dance, jazz, reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, folk dance, merengue and hip hop. With his wide range of dancing styles, dance sessions are never a bore with him whether you’re a newbie or a pro.

He has performed in world class venues and international dance events in Dubai, USA, Singapore, Mexico, Germany. Spain, Malta, France, Italy, and Ireland. And for the first time in the Philippines come February 2017!

With his great passion for dancing, William Flores is a perfect fit in a 100% Sabor Latino Soleus Family!

More of this coming soon!

Soleus Cross Country Challenge

Soleus Cross Country ChallengeEvery trail has a story to tell. Perhaps, this is the reason why many runners have gone to the mountains not only to run away from the busy streets of the metro but also to listen the story of the trails.

Be detached from the noise and dark fumes in the city, and be awed by the amazing beauty of nature as you take each step of the trail. See how beautiful the sunrise is as you ascend to the peak. Have your own tale to share when you join the Soleus Cross Country Challenge!

Scroll down for the race details.

Soleus Cross Country Challenge
10 July 2016, 5am
Mt. Sinai, San Mateo, Rizal

Registration Details:

Race Category Registration Fee Gun Start Inclusions
21k Php1,000.00 6:00am Finisher’s Medal and Certificate, Snacks
12k Php900.00 6:20am

Where to Register:
L Time Studio

  • Megamall
  • Mall of Asia
  • Market! Market!

Time Gear Trinoma
Planet Herbs Cafe Guadalupe

You may also register via Bank Deposit.

  • Banco de Oro
    Account Name: Mirjam Ann G. Del Rosario
    Account Number: 003980196644
  • Landbank of the Philippines
    Account Name: Liziel Tan
    Account Number: 1476105036

Once payment has been made, email the scanned copy of the deposit slip with the following details: Name, Age, Contact Number, Running Team and Shirt Size to

An email confirmation will be sent once bank deposit has been validated.

21k Race Shirt: Solus Cross Countr Challenge 21k Race Shirt12k Race Shirt: Solus Cross Countr Challenge 12k Race ShirtPhoto Credit: Pido

Medals:SCCC medals

Race Kit Claiming:
July 1-3, 2016
11am to 8pm
Events Place, 3rd Floor
500 Shaw Zentrum, Mandaluyong City


  • Top Finishers will get a Soleus GPS Cross Country watch and Medal
    12k Male and Female
    21k Male and Female
  • Second and Third Placers will get a Soleus Running watch

Age Group Winners – Top 3 Male and Female will receive a Medal and Gift Packs

  • 29 and Below
  • 30 to 39
  • 40 to 49
  • 50 to 59
  • 60 – above


  • Team Hardcore
  • Team with biggest delegation

Water stations will be strategically positioned along the route.
Please bring personal hydration bottles and hydration packs, trail food, energy gels and personal hydration needs.

See you at the trails!!!

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