The Pink Run 2016


The scourge of cancer to those afflicted by this dreaded disease and to their family and friends is unimaginable. It is not something we wish for anybody, more so our loved ones, to suffer from. Yet, it is not something we can get rid of in our lives no matter how hard we try. The sad reality remains that it is of grave certainty that in our lifetime, we know, will know, or had known someone dear to us that is suffering, had suffered or will suffer from it. .And for the moment that we find ourselves free from its deathly clutches, we should kneel down in gratitude that we and our loved ones are spared from it. Or why not support a project that advocates helping educate and raise funds for cancer victims without the resources to avail of proper medical attention?


The Philippine Society of General Surgeon Inc. will once again be organizing The Pink Run 2016 for the sixth year as part of its advocacy to help breast cancer patients in the country, most of whom are women dear to us – mother, sister, wife, relative, friend. The proceeds will go to Stage Zero by Project Pink that tackles this advocacy among others that include psychological and emotional support to both the patient and the caregiver, information dissemination, and financial support to those without financial capacity. It is in this latter aspect that your hard-earned registration fee will find its optimal “mileage” aside from the health benefits of running and the fun of being in a race environment. Now that’s what I call running with a purpose!


By the way, here is the very inspiring story I copy pasted on how Project Pink came into being:

One thought …..Five commitments, equals a dream realized.


There are many things that can result from a single but meaningful thought. In this case, it was one that lingered in the mind of a breast cancer survivor- the thought of reaching out to others who were experiencing the same struggles, questionings, uncertainties as she. This one thought was shared to her doctor friend who owned the same passion, to help cancer patients and their families through their journey. Both were inspired to do the same, and so the story unfolds. The same survivor then shared the idea with two other ladies in her bible study group who were breast cancer survivors themselves and the wonderful serendipity of a common “calling” fell into place. The story then goes on that the three breast cancer survivors and the doctor met-put their heads and hearts together to pray and plan. Soon after, they were led to another cancer survivor friend, likewise and equally committed to the cause. They all had breakfast, and friendships were quickly formed and the commitment to start a support group took seed and they called themselves “PROJECT PINK”.


For more information on Project Pink and Stage Zero, you may visit their web page at or Facebook page at




A very cozy blogger launch was held recently at the Red Kitchen + Bar located at Bldg.D-3 River Park Supermall, Filinvest City, Alabang. The organizer of the event, RG Events, one of the leading running race organizers in the country headed by Ivan Bernard, was generous enough to invite me and my fellow Fabulous Running Divas Lyana, Ysa, Marc and Blue to the launch. Not that we needed the prodding, but expect our team to throw our full support to this kind of race that has deeper purpose and the one that is closest to our heart at that, well, literally and figuratively. We will join this race in all our fabulous pink splendor‼!!


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Here are the pertinent details on THE PINK RUN:


The Pink Run 2016
Oct 30, 2016
Filinvest City


3K (P500), 5K (P600), 10K (P700) and 16K (P800)



3K, 5K, 10K and 16K will get singlet, race bib, raffle stub and sponsor freebies



Philippine Society of General Surgeons, Inc.
c/o Ms. Ollie Palma ( / 0917-8098853 / 456-8411 / 926-8432)


Toby’s Filinvest City


Asian Hospital and Medical Center




Singlet Design and Size Chart



For more info you may visit their FB event page at


My Fabulous Pink Tutu will Resurface Once Again and the Fabulous Running Divas will be There Too


VisMin Junior Cagers Shine in Jr. NBA All-Stars 2016


The best boys and girls basketball players from Cebu, Baguio and Bacolod overcame the odds to make the final lineup of the JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska All-Star teams that will fly on October 6 to Shanghai, China to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience.


Boys and girls from the provinces – especially those from Bacolod, Cebu and Baguio – did surprisingly well when ranged beside their counterparts from Manila.


Cebu City public school students Darliene Ragasajo (14 years old) and Florence Jil Talas (14) led the JrNBA/JrWNBA Female All-Stars.


Tracy Carl Dadang (14), Fritz Felix Valencia (14) and Harold Alarcon (14) – who were selected in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp – led the members of the Male All-Stars.


Valencia travelled all the way from Bacolod City, while Alarcon came from Silay City, Negros Occidental to qualify in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp.


Riz Ozner Gatus (14) of San Fabian, Pangasinan from the Baguio Regional Selection Camp, also advanced to the Male All-Stars.


The players were selected in a nationwide search through Regional Selection Camps in Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and Makati. The final 10 boys and five girls were named members of the Philippine All-Stars during the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


The JrNBA/JrWNBA Davao Regional Selection Camp was also well-represented with 13-year-old Rozie Amatong of Davao City and 14-year-old Aloha Marie Betanio of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon – who travelled all the way to the Davao Regional Selection Camp – making it to the Female All-Stars.


Additionally, Elegino Chollo of Davao City was named Coach of the Year Male.


The fifth member of the Female All-Stars is Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino (14) of Dalig National High School, Antipolo City.

The other members of the Male All-Stars are Julian Alfonso and Isaiah Miguel Blanco (Alaska Powercamp), Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan and and Kai Zachary Sotto (Manila Regional Selection Camp). Arayi Ewon was named Coach of the Year Female.


They will join 90 other boys and girls from JrNBA Programs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to watch the NBA Global Games China 2016 between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.


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“I’d like to congratulate our JrNBA Philippine All-Stars on their success. Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition. Action. Champion. Program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country,” said Alaska Milk Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu. “This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition. Action. Champion. Campaign. By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle.”


JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska promotes the importance of regular physical activity, trains participants in the fundamentals of basketball and teaches the importance of core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect.


The JrNBA Program is presented by Royal Friesland Campina in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam through its Alaska Milk, Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady and Foremost brands and conducted in Singapore through partnership with Sport Singapore.


This program has touched the lives of more than 1.5 million children, parents and coaches across Southeast Asia by conducting camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities.

For more information visit Alaska Milk’s sports channel and like @PlayPH in Facebook and Instagram for inspiring stories on Filipino sports fans of all ages and skill levels.


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Fans can also visit the official website at for more information on the JrNBA programs. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global.


Follow the NBA on Facebook at and Twitter at @NBA for all the latest news and updates. For all things NBA, visit

Under Armour-APEX Run Crew

The kick off of Under Armour-APEX Run Crew last October 1 at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater attracted more than 200 running enthusiasts of all levels as long as they #RunWithFight.  No less than Philippine Gilas conditioning coach Jim Saret and wife Toni Saret lead in this initial showcase of APEX brand of training known for its intensive hard-core drills and intervals.  These kind of training enhances strength and endurance for more powerful and explosive running.



UA celebrity ambassador Piolo Pascual noted to be a fast and fierce runner and triathlete joined in  the 4-minute high intensity workout to show that he is more than your “pa tweetums” heartthrob.  I call him our local version of the “Man of Steel”.  He likewise shared how proper gearing with high performance apparel and shoes like what Under Armour offers being a revolutionary brand enhances his sports performance making him perform more.

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The UA APEX will run until December 3, 2016.  A training session usually starts with warm-up drills followed by high intensity work outs.  Afterwards, participants will do running drills around the Bonifacio High Street to put to practice how to #RunWithFight.

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Here’s the schedule of the APEX training:

Mondays and Wednesdays – BHS Amphitheater, 7:00 – 8:30 pmTuesdays and Thursdays – QC Memorial Circle, Planas Garden, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

FREE Weekly Runs:

Saturdays – BHS Amphitheater, 6:00am – 8:00am

For more info, please visit

Here are some more photos taken from the said event:


UA Celebrity Triathlete Piolo Pascual warming up with the Run Crew coaches and athletes


UA Run Crew Philippines!


Run Crew bloggers







AHC – The Training Portal with Community Aspect


As runners and cyclist, almost all of us are familiar with mobile apps such as Runkeeper, Strava and others that offer gps speed and pace read outs, distance covered, calories burned, route mapping, special training programs, community social app sharing, and even competing with each other.  We had used them at certain parts of our active lifestyle history or are still using them to motivate us or keep track of our training history.  There is even one app – the Zombie, Run!  – that encourages us to produce the required speed lest we be captured by zombies!

ActiveHealth is taking this on-line mobile app affinity of most runners and multisport enthusiasts into a much higher notch by integrating all of these tracking aspects and adding specific training programs that are customized to the ActiveHealth races that we are joining, race prep and coaching, sports nutrition, proper sports gear and even sleep advice!  This digital platform is the ActiveHealth Community (AHC) portal.

Okey so we have sports activity tracking, training programs and add in sleep and gear advice, but what really sets this app apart from the ones that we are already using?

For me it is the extensiveness of the app in the involvement in our training.  Take for example the training programs available, not only are they provided by prominent local coaches who are experts in their individual fields, expert advice will likewise be made available from them to us using this app.  Moreover, meticulously chosen mentors will be holding complementary training camps and classes where they will  personally see to it that training plans are properly executed including proper form and technique.  These mentor sessions will be held across different training areas in Metro Manila to reach more athletes.  This is like having community training sessions that will encourage friendly competition and camaraderie among users – talk about taking the social aspect of the app into the real world!

How about this – there will be special rewards for accomplishments!  AHC members can earn rewards/points by completing tasks and activities within the community such as signing up  and completing races, attending classes, and achieving targets!

Alex Panlilio, Unilab Consumer ealth Operating Vice President, perfectly summarizes the main objective of AHC, “The idea behind AHC is to strengthen the ties that bind the community, which is pursuing excellence by encouraging them to strive in reaching their potential.  AHC is yet another medium to deliver the mission of ActiveHealth to empower the progressive athletes.”



By the way, here is the roster of the best coaches and sports specialists whose services will be made available for us mere weekend warriors!

1. Titus Salazar – veteran coach and marathoner
2. Ben Alacar – veteran running coach
3. Dan Brown – former triathlon team coach
4. Ani de Leon-Brown – first certified female multisport coach in the Philippines
5. Andy Leuterio – multi-awarded triathlete coach
6. Ian Alacar – triathlon coach
7. Kaye Lopez – elite triathlon coach
8. Nonoy Basa – triathlon coach
9. Riel Espino – sports science expert
10.Saul Sibayan – sports science expert
11.Kris Agarao – sports science expert
12.Francis Diano – sleep and recovery expert
13.Harvie Baron – sports nutrition expert


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How this AHC portal works?

AHC is accessible via the ActiveHealth website, or by downloading the app on Google Play store and Apple store.  AHC is open to all participants of ActiveHealth races like Run United, Tri United among others, since 2010 up to the present.  Once an athlete registers for an event, they automatically get a link to the AHC portal.  The AHC portal is linked to the online registration of AH races.  Membership is free and has no expiration.

ActiveHealth is offering a premium subscription to AHC members who want to avail of additional benefits such as priority registration to all events (i.e. registration will be open to pre,ium subscribers two weeks before it is open to the public), access to coach classes, request online coach analysis (extra fees apply) and other features once they become available.  The premium subscription will be offered at an introductory price of P365 per year (or a peso a day, not bad!).

 Sir Rene Villarta and Richard Reyes are updating their data base information while Marinelle De Leon is seen checking her AHC portal information.


Here is how my AHC portal looks.

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Since I have not yet engaged any training program nor registered to a future Run United or Tri United race, I have a relatively blank portal. I will just write my experience with the app once I have made several training sessions using the app.







Under Armour Run Crew Ph!


Be part of the first ever Under Armour Run Crew in the country and enjoy perks of being a member of the prestigious team! You will get to enjoy exclusive discounts on diverse sports products and apparels and be the first to try and experience state of the art and latest innovation in sports gear technology that only Under Armour can provide. You will get to be trained by no less than internationally accredited coaches Jim and Tony Saret together with the rest of the stellar Under Armour Ph brand ambassadors as well!

Now get your ass straight to Under Armour brand houses located at BGC, UP Town and soon to open at Greenbelt in November to register. Or you may do so online at

Running as a sport and recreational activity has been in an extended and maintained revolution in our country that it has already etched itself in the Filipinos health and fitness consciousness. The reason for this, I believe, is in the fact that it requires the least investment in terms of gear, apparel, as well as, training. With just a pair of running shoes and some old sports clothes, one can already go out of the doorstep and begin to walk, jog and/or run and be instantly initiated to the world of running. Eventually, joining fun runs, running groups, and running clinics will come as a natural evolution in the sport.

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Under Armour Ph, true to its calling as provider for innovative sporting technology, gets in the thick of the local running scene by launching UA Run Crew in collaboration with the APEX Sports and Training System. This includes Saturday community runs along with in-depth fitness seminars on every aspect of running like warm-up, stretching, nutrition, injury prevention, conducted by fitness experts.

Aside from the run crew, Under Armour Ph will also be introducing the UA Record and MapMyRun digital applications that go side by side with the total training regimen by tracking and monitoring the progress of individual runners.

So what are you waiting for? Head now to the nearest UA Brand Houses and be the first 20 male and female registrants to have this wonderful opportunity of testing the spanking new and highly acclaimed UA Charged Bandit 2. This model sports the Molded Micro G footbed that takes the shape of the foot for great cushioning as well as rubber outsole that offers full ground contact with deep tense grooves for extra flexibility.

As part of its promotional activities, several runner/bloggers get to experience circuit training recently at the state-of-the-art Kerry Sports, Shangri La – BGC. Here are some snaps of the event that I took.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via IG (@underarmourph) and FB (




The Unanimous Back-to-Back MVP was blocked by young basketball aficionado
Manila, Philippines (Sept. 7, 2016) – Mamuyac bagged first spot among the 10 young athletes from all over Asia at SC’s Under Armour Asia Camp in Taiwan yesterday.
Gian Mamuyac, a player for the Philippines’ U-18 National Team, stayed close in front of Curry and blocked the Back-to-Back MVP’s three-point attempt. Highlighting the camp, the young pinoy was awarded the MVP of the Under Armour Asia Camp in Taiwan last September 6.
The Philippines never missed out this tour as basketball is the country’s top sport and being able to play on court with Stephen Curry is one of the Filipino youth’s most awaited basketball experience.
Gian represented the country together with Juan Gomez De Liano of UP Maroons team.


The Back-to-Back MVP embarked on his second annual summer tour with Under Armour which began September 2. Unique experiences rolled out across four cities in five days for fans to feel the fervor and excitement for basketball that only Stephen and Under Armour can provide.
Some of Asia’s best young basketball players and fans experienced Stephen’s relentless dedication to the game of basketball up close and personal during tour stops in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei.
“I’m thrilled to get the chance to visit some of the best basketball fans in the world this summer,” said Curry. “Being able to share my passion for the game with this next generation of players in Asia—while immersing myself in their incredible culture and witnessing first-hand the infatuation for the game—is humbling, and personally it’s a tremendous reenergizer for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to meet some of the phenomenal fans and players who are committed to driving the game forward on a global scale.”
Follow the tour experience @UnderArmour and @UnderArmourPH.


Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2016


Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2016
October 8 – 9
Filinvest City, Alabang
Filinvest City will once again host in its challenging 6.2-km mtb route of rolling single track and asphalt roads amidst the Garden City’s booming real estate infrastructures and lush vegetation, the 24-hour, 12-hour and 6-hour bike challenge – The Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2016. This race is open to all types and levels of mtb enthusiasts including the newbies for as long as they can complete the minimum loop requirement of 1 lap per hour. All-male and Mixed Team participants of 3 for 24-hr and 2 for 12-hr categories are likewise welcome with age group classification for male solo category winners.
Solo Categories
24-Hour (P2,500 ) Gunstart 12:00 nn Oct. 8 Saturday
12-Hour (P2,000 ) Gunstart 5:00 pm Oct. 8 Saturday
6-Hour (P1,500 ) Gunstart 6:00 am Oct. 9 Sunday
Team Categories
All-Male/Mixed 24-Hour – 3 members (P6,500)
All-Male/Mixed 12-Hour – 2 members (P3,500)
Registration Sites
• Epic Cycles
Unit 114 Commercenter Bldg., Filinvest City, Alabang
• The Brick Multisport Store
Woodridge Apartments, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
• Cycling Zone
Shell Gas Station, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa
• Paulina’s Cycle Center
Blue Bay Walk, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Ave., Pasay City
• South Cycle
Suite 104, Greenworld Plaza, President Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City
Race Jersey


Finisher ‘s and Winner’s Medal


Race Bibs


Route Maps



Winner’s Prizes
24-Hour Solo
1st – P12,000
2nd – P9,000
3rd – P6,000
24-Hour Team
1st – P15,000
2nd – P12,000
3rd – P9,000
12-Hour Solo
1st – P7,500
2nd – P5,000
3rd – P3,000
12-Hour Team
1st – P9,000
2nd – P6,000
3rd – P4,000
6-Hour Solo
1st – P5,000
2nd – P3,000
3rd – P2,000
For more information, visit Filinvest City website ( or Filinvest City’s Official Facebook Page ( You may also email for inquiries.