Wednesday, November 27, 2013

37th National MILO Marathon Angeles

Middle-distance runners Wenlie Maulas and Nikki Roque overcame the challenges of a 21K route and outraced other division contenders Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Angeles City. Today marks Roque’s first and Maulas’ second entry to the country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace, where they both took home the P 10,000 top purse for their victory.

A total of 7,367 students, athletes, and running enthusiasts joined the last qualifying race of the season, where 35 runners earned a slot to the finale on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City. They will compete with 500 of the country’s finest runners for the championship title and for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO.

As a seasoned mid-distance runner, Maulas used his speed and agility to his advantage and crossed the finish line at an impressive finishing time of 1:15:53, followed by Ganny Lou Coloma at a distant second (1:23:51) and Ronald Salgado in third (1:24:01).The 24-year old runner, who recently graduated from the University of the East-Manila, is hailed as one of the best athletes from the campus for winning multiple UAAP Men’s titles in 800m and 1,500m athletics. He also finished 4th place in the 2011 ASEAN University Games in Thailand.

In the distaff side, 20-year old Roque proved that perseverance pays off and finished at 1:58:22, way ahead of Mary Gallano (2:06:52) and Therese Dimalanta (2:07:14). Roque is a government scholar at the Bataan Peninsula State University, and like Maulas, is a varsity athlete with several 1.5K, 3K, and 5K titles under her belt.

“Transitioning to a more competitive area of the sport is not an easy feat, which is why the National MILO Marathon maintains well-designed races for our country’s best college athletes. Whether it is the shortest or the longest distance in the discipline, runners are able to meet a certain level of challenge in the MILO Marathon that drives them to become better on the track. We are proud to welcome new faces in the MILO arena, and hope that they become the next wave of champions who will bring pride to our country,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive.

As part of its ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO has given a total of 33,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Angeles City, namely Dr. Clemente Dayrit Elementary School, Arayat Central School, Pampanga National High School, Manibaug Elementary School, and San Fernando Elementary School.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

37th National MILO Marathon Tarlac

Last year’s local winner, Miscelle Gilbuena made good use of her familiarity with the route to earn herself a back-to-back victory at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Tarlac City. Veteran runner Rafael Poliquit also showed perseverance under pressure and outlasted his closest pursuer, former MILO Marathon King Julius Sermona, in the men’s division race. Like many of this season’s marathon champions, both Gilbuena and Poliquit serve the country as members of the Philippine Air Force

Of the 12,089 students and running enthusiasts who joined the race, 55 runners successfully beat the clock and booked a ticket to the finale in December. They are set to compete with 500 other elite runners from across the country for the championship title and for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO. As a testament to the increasing number of skilled athletes in provincial areas, the Tarlac race has tied Manila for the most number of qualifiers in a single regional leg this season

24-year old Poliquit found himself running alongside seasoned runners Sermona and Elmer Sabal, and sparked a rivalry with the veterans throughout the race. Poliquit managed to take the lead at the last 10 meters of the race, and settled the score at the finish line at 1:12:38, relegating Sermona to second place with 1:12:47 and Sabal to third at 1:13:53.

In the distaff division, 25-year old Gilbuena took the lead at the sound of the starting gun, but struggled throughout the first few meters of the race. After finding her pace at the 2-kilometer mark, she ran alongside strong male contenders and crossed the finish line at 1:28:06. Last year’s second placer Berna Pulmano finished behind her a distant second at 1:36:13, followed by Melinda de los Reyes at 1:42:16.

As part of its ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO has given a total of 32,500 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Tarlac City, namely Capas High School, San Miguel Central School, Sto. Cristo Elmentary School, Tarlac West Central School, and Mataalaib Bato Elementary School.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

St Luke's Run 2013: A Run for Yolanda Victims

In light of the tragedy caused by Typhoon Yolanda, St. Luke’s Medical Center calls on everyone to put on their running shoes and charitable hearts to run and rebuild lives. The St. Luke’s Run for Wellness is a fun run where we can all unite to bring back to wellness, our fellow Filipinos devastated by the recent disaster. It will be held on December 7, Saturday, 6 a.m. onwards at the Bonifacio Global City grounds. All proceeds of the fun run will go to the relief and rehabilitation of areas stricken by the recent calamity in the Visayas

What: St Luke's Run 2013
When: December 7 2013
Where: Bonifacio Global City

Registration Fee
PHP750 - 3km
PHP750 - 5km
PHP750 - 10km

Assembly Time and Gun Start
10km - 5:00AM - 6:00AM
5km - 5:00AM - 6:15AM
3km - 5:00AM - 6:20AM

Race Tee

Race Map

How To Register
Via online
1 Visit www.stlukesrun.com and pay via credit card (thru paypal)

Via prepaid card
1 Visit the ff stores -
Toby’s MOA
Toby’s Glorietta 2
Toby’s Shangri la
Runnr BGC
Runnr Trinoma
Runnr ATC
St Lukes Medical Center Global
2 Visit www.stlukesrun.com and key-in the special code of your prepaid card

Monday, November 18, 2013

BGC Cycle Philippines Shifts To High Gear

BGC Cycle Philippines hits the road on 15-17 November inside Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, with more than 2,000 cyclists ready for three days of thrilling action and activities in the tradition of highly successful Cycle Asia events staged across the region.

The event, put up by title sponsor BGC and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc., is the latest addition to the 2013 Cycle Asia calendar. Cycle Asia is the network of premier cycling events that offers riders the rare opportunity to ride in major Asian cities.

"Cycling continues to enjoy strong growth in the Philippines and we are naturally thrilled to introduce the event at Bonifacio Global City," said Manny Blas II, head of Commercial Operations, Fort Bonifacio Development Corp.

To guarantee safety among participants and ensure the smooth staging of the event, organizers will keep the routes partially closed.

The novel event, featuring cyclists of all ages and abilities, will have participants test their skills in The Tricycle Ride, The Kids’ Ride, The Community Ride (20km and 40km) and The Challenge (40km) capped by the “Ride with Australian Robbie McEwen.” All kids’ ride will be on 16 November while the mass participation rides will be held on 17 November.

McEwen, who also serves as the Cycle Asia ambassador, is a three-time Tour de France winner in the sprint category and considered as the fastest sprinter in the world at his peak. A former Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road racing in 1990 at age 18 and raced as a pro from 1996 to 2012. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour after competing in the 2012 Tour of California.

“SEI’s goal is to stage world class events and promote a healthy lifestyle among families. We have seen the growth of triathlon and running and we see cycling to be moving in the same direction,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, president of SEI, which also organizes the annual Ironman Philippines, Xterra and IronKids events. “On its debut, the event attracted 2,100 cyclists of all ages. It will be one great weekend of cycling fun.”

A Cycling & Lifestyle Expo has also been lined up for this weekend’s cycling festival to keep the entire family entertained over three days.

"While the unique venue will certainly offer local cyclists a fantastic riding experience, we also look forward to hosting visitors from around the region as they enjoy the unique thrill of participating in the very first BGC Cycle Philippines,” said Blas.

Aside from the cycling action during BGC Cycle Philippines, Bonifacio Global City also offers a huge range of activities for tourists to take advantage of during their stay. The district is well known for its open-air lifestyle retail and dining concept and public art program, as well as a world-class science museum and parks.

Owned and organized by Spectrum Worldwide, Cycle Asia has already staged two hugely successful events in 2013 – OCBC Cycle Malaysia and OCBC Cycle Singapore, which attracted over 5,000 and 11,500 participants, respectively. The Gold Coast Festival of Cycling was also held last September.

“We are delighted to be expanding Cycle Asia to the Philippines and we look forward to working alongside Sunrise Events who have built an outstanding reputation for delivering first-class sporting events,” said Chris Robb, Managing Director, Spectrum Worldwide.

Other backers of the event, also held for the benefit of the Firefly Brigade, are F2P, Felt Bicycles, Garmin, Gatorade, Intercare, Lexus, Manila Water, The Philippine Star, Red Garlic, Rudy Project, Seda, Walter Bread and MMDA.

About Sunrise Events, Inc
Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 after it has been granted the Ironman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world. SEI currently stages at least 12 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events.

Friday, November 15, 2013

37th National MILO Marathon Dagupan

Alquin Bolivar and Mirasol Abad, both members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), combated strong winds and the slippery terrain to win the 21K division of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Dagupan City. Both runners are set to lead 26 other qualifiers to the finale in December, where they will compete with the country’s best runners for the championship title and for a trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO. A total of 8,043 runners joined the day’s race.

28-year old Bolivar, who hails from Cagayan de Oro, said that he took the lead at gun start, but struggled with his pace at the 12th kilometer mark because of the challenging weather. He eventually pulled away and locked a distance at the last few kilometers, crossing the finish line at 1:13:47. Behind Bolivar were national athlete Robeno Javier at 1:13:53 and Crifrankreadel Indapan at 1:16:02.

In the distaff side, 28-year old Abad outlasted female competitors and crossed the finish line at 1:30:49, way ahead of Mercy Taypoc (1:32:52) and Lany Cardona (1:35:20), all while battling a mild cold. Abad, who is a member of the Philippine Duathlon Team, is considered one of the top duathletes in the country. She adds today’s victory to her collection of titles in other national races.

“My training includes a combination of biking and running for 3 hours to extend my endurance and improve my speed,” she said. “I also plan to join the Philippine National Duathlon Championships later this year to prepare for the MILO Marathon National Finals.”

“MILO salutes the passion and dedication that the men and women of our nation’s armed forces render to defend our countrymen. We at the National MILO Marathon are very proud to have engaged an admirable set of people who continue to lead their fellow athletes to imbibe the core values of a champion. We hope to draw more local heroes to join the discipline and inspire runners to take their love for country and true athleticism to the competitive track,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive.

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 32,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. Through this ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Dagupan City, namely East Central Integrated School, Dagupan City National High School, Bonuan Boguig National High School, North Central Elementary School, and Bued National High School.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

37th National MILO Marathon Baguio

Challenged neither by the course nor the competition, reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista treated spectators to a thrilling comeback Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Baguio City. Not to be outdone, a be-medalled Cristabel Martes also proved her mettle in the 21K track and earned herself a back-to-back win in the local race. Both Buenavista and Martes have four National MILO Marathon titles under their belt and are considered to be two of the best runners in the country.

Leaving no room for error, two-time Olympian Buenavista made good use of his quick reflexes to take the lead at the starting gun, and closed his finishing time at an impressive 1:12:39. With Cesar Castaneto (1:14:21) and last year’s local champion Hernanie Sore (1:19:55) trailing behind him in desperate pursuit, the 35-year old Cotabato native sustained a matchless pace and claimed his third Baguio title.

In the distaff division, long-time Baguio bet Martes posted a wide margin over her closest pursuers Gretchen Ablaza (1:49:41) and Rowena Ba-A (1:50:43), and maintained the distance from start to finish. Unfazed by the uphill track at the end of the route, Martes clocked in at a swift 1:31:33 and claimed her sixth trip to the National Finals

She also expressed that runners like her who are in their 30s perform extraordinarily well in the sport. “Being 34-years old, I am currently at my athletic prime. I want to maximize my physical peak and use it to cultivate and develop future running champions. However, I have to start focusing more on motherhood,” said Martes, who is both a coach at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and a mother to one daughter. “I respect what MILO is doing to help young athletes and I am proud to be a part of their cause.”

As an ongoing commitment to inspire more Filipinos especially the youth to overcome all of life’s obstacles and engage in a wholesome sport like running, MILO provides pairs of running shoes to underprivileged students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of MILO Marathon runners and partners, a total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Baguio, including Benguet High School, Bakakeng Elementary School, Manual A. Roxas Elementary School, Jose Rizal Elementary School and Josefa Carino Elementary School, bringing the total shoe count to 31,700.

“The MILO Marathon was the first sports event launched by MILO in the Philippines, and we have since truly grown as a local stage for athletics. This is evident in the number of runners we have engaged in the sport as well as in the caliber of talents that we attract and produce to date,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive. “Eduardo and Cristabel are greatly recognized in the country and in Southeast Asia, and bear out the class of competition that the MILO Marathon continues to raise for both elite athletes and beginners. As we near the end of another season, we look forward to shaping a new band of champions through more quality races and our sports development efforts centered on education across all regions.”

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Run BGC 2013: Takbonifacio

To commemorate the life of one of the country’s most passionate heroes Andres Bonifacio, the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is holding an interesting and unique run entitled Run BGC 2013: TAKBONIFACIO slated on Bonifacio Day, November 30, 2013.

An afternoon of fun run with exciting obstacles awaits friends and families alike on this 5-kilometer adventure. Participants are encouraged to wear the best Katipunero or traditional Filipiniana attire while going through the unique run. To complete the 19th century setting, Gwardiya Sibil will be scattered around the obstacle course to provide the almost true-to-life challenges to the Katipunero participants.

Participants will be wearing a belt with life flags. Guwardiya Sibil will pose as threats when they attempt to get these life flags. Fun obstacles await participants as inspired by historical events which happened in key areas around Metro Manila like San Juan (Guwardiya Sibil will be armed with water soakers to attack the participants); Pinaglabanan (An army of Guwardiya Sibil will be running after life flags instead of just standing around); Bonifacio (Participants should be on the lookout for Andres Bonifacio, who will be giving away free life flags); Marikina (Participants will climb up the giant inflatable slide and enjoy the way down! Or crawl inside the tunnels while Guwardiya Sibil awaits them on the other side); and Balintawak (Participants will express themselves and write why they are proud to be a Filipino).

Register for the event at any of the following establishments: Toby’s Sports in Shangri-La Mall, Mall of Asia & Glorietta; Runnr in Ayala Alabang Town Center & Bonifacio High Street; and Brooks in SM North EDSA.

Registration Fee for participants is P500. Special rates apply to residents and workers of BGC at P350, Groups that form a battalion of at least 50 persons only have to pay P150 per head (registration and payment must be submitted at the same time), Kids who are 5 to 12 years old only have to pay P150.

Participants will be given a red neckerchief and a belt with life flags prior to the race. Upon registration, participants get a race bib. They will get a TAKBONIFACIO Souvenir shirt in their loot bag filled with goodies from event sponsors.

Top TAKBONIFACIO Finishers will be given cash prizes as follows: P 7,000 in cash each for the First Male and Female participants, P 5,000 in cash each for the Second Male and Female participants, and P 2,000 in cash each for the Third Male and Female participants. In the Kid Category, cash prizes are as follows: P 1,500 in cash each for the First Male and Female kid participants, P 1,000 in cash each for the Second Male and Female kid participants, and P 500 in cash each for the Third Male and Female kid participants.

Special Prizes will be given away including Best Costume to be determined by originality, inventiveness, intricacy & color, and fun. Best in Costume winners get cash prizes as follows: P 5,000 for the Batallion winner, P 3,000 each for Male and Female winner, and P1,000 for the Kid winner. The Biggest Battalion will awarded a trophy.

Prizes to be raffled off are as follows: 1 Grand Prize worth P 50,000, and 5 Minor Prizes worth P 20,000

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Merrell unveils Pretty Strong campaign

Today, more than ever, many women lead active lives. They are driven, passionate, goal-oriented, and influencers in their own right. They are versatile and have mastered the art of multi-tasking. They also excel in their chosen career paths and still find quality time for themselves. They can do anything if they put their minds and hearts to it. Simply put – women are pretty strong

Borne out of the belief that women are naturally born with an innate strength, leading outdoor athletic footwear brand Merrell reaches out to these women through its Pretty Strong campaign

Alongside the launch is the introduction of a performance shoe line specially-designed for women. Merrell’s women’s collection aims to keep pace with these active strong women with a line that complements their diverse lifestyles by providing tailor-made features, as well as durability and quality that they well deserve

Merrell’s women’s new performance collection feature narrower and slimmer profiles. These shoes are made of durable, comfortable materials, and come in different color combinations. The collection is also versatile – great for everyday use, working out in the gym, and hitting the challenging outdoors training, running, and trekking

For women who are into serious running, Pace Glove 2 is highly recommended with its excellent ground traction and secure fit. For those who are into running and training, Bare Access Arc 2 is ideal with its M-Bound cushioning that assures comfort in every movement

On the other hand, Mix Master Move Glide is a flexible shoe built for multi-activity use. It is light enough to be worn during road and track runs. Meanwhile, for women who are looking for stable shoes opt for Road Glove Dash 2. It gives you the stability you need without the added weight and bulk

Merrell’s Pretty Strong campaign reaffirms the brand’s commitment of continually inspiring people – especially pretty strong women – to get outside and see the outdoors in a new light

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Filipina defends her title in the KOTR Finals

Filipina runner Mary Grace Delos Santos was recently crowned Queen of the Road in the final leg of the adidas King of the Road (KOTR) South East Asia, clocking in 1 hour and 3 minutes for the 16.8km distance

Passion and determination filled the air when 11,000 runners came together in Malaysia to participate in the last leg of this year’s adidas King of the Road. Held along the New Pantai Expressway Highway, the run marks the 15th edition which was officially flagged off by Y. Bhg. Dato' Mohd Shafiq B. Abdullah of the Ministry of Works

The run, which has a unique elevated route across three key districts - Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, also played host as the final leg of the prestigious running event

The top two reigning champions from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia came together to compete for this year’s Regional adidas KOTR run, with the crown going to Sgt Boonthung Srisung of Thailand who completed the 16.8K SEA men’s category run in 52 minutes and 35 seconds and Delos Santos of the Philippines for the women’s category

Delos Santos earned her ticket to the finals by being the defending champion of last year’s adidas KOTR Southeast Asia in Singapore. Fellow Filipinos Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal also joined her in the 16.8K run by being the first place finishers in their respective categories in the Philippine leg of the KOTR this year. Tabal finished strong, only a minute behind Delos Santos.

The theme for this year’s race is ‘Boost your run’, inspired by the latest adidas BOOST™ foam innovation which has revolutionized the running world with its debut in the market earlier this year. The new adidas BOOST™ range features groundbreaking cushioning technology, which provides the highest energy return in the running industry

Monday, November 4, 2013

BGC Passionfest 2013

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) has been known for its unstoppable chain of new developments that cater to different passions. The BGC PassionFest is a three-day event tradition filled with various activities that focused on culture, art, fitness, lifestyle and most of all FUN!

This year continues the city’s tradition of celebrating with a bit of a historical twist as it honors the 150th birth anniversary of one of the Philippines’ most passionate national Heroes, Andres Bonifacio. It will be a modern fiesta filled with music, arts, food, culture and dance to be held on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2013

The BGC Passionfest 2013 kicks off on Friday, November 29 with drum beaters setting the rhythm in Bonifacio High Street (BHS), topped off with a presentation by Gantimpala Theater Foundation entitled “Katipunan (Mga Anak ng Bayan)” at BHS Central Amphitheater, and the Supremo Sale of participating stores in Bonifacio High Street

On Bonifacio Day, November 30, BGC will be jam-packed with tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy including Wreath Laying Ceremony at 7:00 a.m.; Science sa Plaza happens at The Mind Museum from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Run BGC 2013: TakBonifacio featuring Katipuneros versus Guardia Sibil gathering at BHS Central by 3:00 p.m.; Rock Supremo in cooperation with Rock Ed to showcase music written by today’s hottest bands and artists inspired by the life of Andres Bonifacio; Boni-Fiesta bringing the traditional barrio fiesta at BGC with giant game booths, food booths and art activities

The BGC Passionfest 2013 festivities culminate on Sunday, December 1, starting with a colourful Parada de Kalesa at 3:00 p.m. where Filipino horse carriages will be specially dressed up to parade around BGC complete with music and dance troupes (Parade Route: 7th, 9th, 11th Avenues and 28th & 30th Streets)

Kislap at Kutitap is happening in BHS Central featuring the best of the country's most prestigious performing groups to cap off the feast of passions featuring Sandosenang Sapatos by Tanghalang Pilipino at 6:00 p.m., and performances from the Philippine Madrigal Singers and Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. The show also includes the launch of the Symphony of Lights—the annual Christmas decorations competition for all construction groups and buildings in BGC.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

2013 MILO Little Olympics National Finals

In light of the recent earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol, a new date has been set for the 2013 MILO Little Olympics National Finals. With the best interests of the athletes and spectators in mind, MILO executives yesterday announced that the country’s premier interschool sports competition, which was originally slated for October 25 to 27, has now been rescheduled to November 29 to December 1. The three-day competition was expected to host about 1,600 athletes from NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in Cebu City

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Cebu City will continue to experience aftershocks in two to three weeks. Consequently, the Department of Education and Honorable Mayor Michael Rama have placed Cebu City under a state of calamity and postponed classes in all levels until November 5 to ensure the safety of students and teachers citywide

Visayas delegation head Ricky Ballesteros shared that experts, engineers, and contractors have been hired to inspect the venues’ condition. “We had civil and structural engineers check if the venues are fit to play on, and as of last Friday, they declared the areas safe for competition. However, after yesterday’s strong aftershock, we are keeping a close eye on these structures and have decided that the best logical step is to postpone the event,” said Ballesteros. He added that the postponement of the event will also provide sufficient time for the young athletes to recover and prepare for the competition

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