Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Alaska Jr NBA/Jr WNBA Selection Camp 2014

The 2014 Jr.NBA presented by Alaska, the international youth development program of the NBA, formally launched last January 18. School clinics were conducted allowing aspiring champions in the country to be part of NBA’s international youth development program.

Young girls were given the same trainings and opportunities as Jr. NBA participants because in these modern times, girls are just as interested in sports, especially basketball, as the boys. Led by some of the best local basketball coaches, like Jojo Lastimosa, PBA legend and Alaska Head of Basketball Operations, together with the NBA coaches led by Sefu Bernard in travelling all over the country to conduct school clinics for coaches and players.

Our aspiring champions will again undergo series of trainings at the Regional Selection Camp (RSC) in Surigao, Iloilo, Cebu, Dagupan, Palawan and Manila. The RSC is where the best of the best players in key cities will be selected and asked to participate in the third and climactic part of the program – the National Training Camp (NTC).

The 10 young boys and 5 young girls of Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska All-Star Philippine Team will be chosen at the end of the NTC. These young champions will then be given the ultimate NBA experience by getting the chance to watch a live NBA game and meet the NBA players. Last year, the Jr. NBA All-Star Philippine team watched a Los Angeles Lakers home game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center and met NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

The Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska, is just one of Alaska’s Sports Development Program that inspires children to become future champions through teaching them skills to play the game while incorporating the values of determination, hard work, teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.

Monday, April 28, 2014

From Barefoot Runner To Marathon Master

Great Things Start from Small Beginnings
Unbeknownst to many, Coach Rio’s childhood was mired by hardship. His family struggled with poverty for many years while he was growing up, making it difficult for him to get an education and pursue his training in running. He has gone through it all: from selling “ice-tubig” as an 8-year old, walking several kilometers to and from school, to winning championships and organizing the biggest marathons in the country today. His life so far has truly been a journey.

Coach Rio recalls how he was once one of those barefoot runners, as a fifth grader competing in a track meet without shoes, and winning the 50-m sprint, 100-m sprint, long jump, and high jump events nevertheless. When he reached sixth grade, Coach Rio was able to join his first competitive distance race at the National MILO Marathon, in which he ran barefoot in the 5K category and won first place —an event that was very memorable to him and continues to be very close to his heart. “When I see these kids who run barefoot, I am reminded of how I used to be one of them. I never gave up on my dreams and I trained as hard as I could,” Rio shares. “I want kids to realize that despite their difficulties in life, they can still achieve their dreams and be the best if they work hard and persevere.”

Speaking from Experience
After winning races in the UAAP and countless marathons, Coach Rio also competed in several international running events such as the Paris Marathon and Boston Marathon. Apart from his extensive experience in the sport, it is also by his hard-earned diploma in Physical Education at the UP College of Human Kinetics that Coach Rio earned his salt as a bona fide running coach. Most of his clientele include top-ranking business executives, celebrities and elite runners, but it is his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for running prompted Coach Rio to take it a step further and become a race organizer. Today, he has positioned himself as one of the country’s most trusted names in organizing marathon events.

Despite the challenges of balancing running training, academics and working odd jobs to earn money for food and basic necessities, Coach Rio believes that his college degree is his biggest achievement. He urges students to value their education, and to continue their schooling despite obstacles they may face. “I felt that running could be a stepping stone for me, so I pursued it. Finishing college was my dream so I trained hard and was able to get a scholarship. Education, especially a college degree, is important because if you do not succeed as an athlete, if you get injured, or when you retire from sports, you have something to fall back on,” says Coach Rio. “There will be many times when you have to sacrifice other things in order to focus on your studies. As much as you want to excel in your sport, you must not forget that finishing your education is still one of the biggest triumphs in life.”

Coach Rio also highlights the importance of the values he learned from running and applying them to his life. “Aside from hard work and determination, running taught me how to be responsible, overcome obstacles and stay committed to my goals. These values are learned not only in running, but in all other sports,” Rio explains. “But the most important thing I’ve learned is how to cultivate my passion in order to achieve my dreams. I believe that if I put my heart and mind into something, I will surely achieve it.” He makes sure to impart these lessons to people as he continues to inspire Filipinos to persevere in running for their dreams, especially the underprivileged youth. “We always hear about how poverty is not a hindrance to success, and I can say that my achievements are testament to that,” he proudly shares. “If I can do it, anybody can. No matter how hard life pushes you back, pick yourself up and keep on pursuing your dreams.”

The Race Goes On
Coach Rio will continue to organize the National MILO Marathon. This sporting event, with its rich history, expanding scope and growing attraction from hundreds of thousands of participants, is testament to MILO’s longstanding commitment to develop the Philippine athletic community and inspiring athletic excellence among Filipino runners especially the youth.

“Now that I will soon be a father, I will surely impart the values I learned from running to my child. Maybe, someday, we can run the National MILO Marathon together and if we do, I am fortunate enough to say that my kid will never have to run shoeless like i did. But if there’s one legacy I would like to give him, it would be to inspire him to reach for his dreams and become a champion in life, no matter how difficult it may seem.”

*photo grabbed from OneSport Magazine

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Alaska IronKids Triathlon 2014

These days, the only exercise children seem to be doing is surfing, the digital kind that is. Instead of playing outside with their friends, today’s children stay indoors, glued to the TV or to videogames. It is no wonder then that 2 out of 10 Filipino children, 10 years old and below, are overweight while 3 of 10 children are undernourished as seen in the results of the 7th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

But the inactive landscape is slowly changing in recent years, thanks to pioneering sports programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon, which has managed to convert a number of kids from couch potatoes to young triathletes who have the passion for the sport. A triathlon is a race that is comprised of three sporting events: swimming, running and biking. It is open to children 6 to 14 years old.

Alaska IronKids Philippines is the country’s very first triathlon event for the youth. Since holding its first race in 2012, the local triathlon series has grown in leaps and bounds, grooming young triathletes that have become the pride of the Philippines in international competitions. Being the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman, Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has produced champions, on and out of the podiums— children who are not only committed to winning but also ones who understand that losing is also winning, having learned the values of determination, hard work, teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship from their experiences in the race.

Alaska IronKids Philippines held its first triathlon of the year at La Stanza in Marikina. This is the second in the Alaska IronKids Philippines series of races for 2014, which kicked-off with an aquathlon race last February at BF Homes, ParaƱaque. This year, Alaska IronKids Philippines will be starting a non-competitive, no-age category, dividing each race into three parts: Race; Play, which is non-competitive and has no age categories; and Relay, which is composed of two mix age groups. The Play category was added to encourage more children to try out the sport and just join the races for the fun of it, without the burden of competition and the pressure of winning.

There will be another aquathlon race in May at Club Manila East and a triathlon in August in Cebu. In October, Alaska Milk will be holding the Alaska IronKids Philippines Family Triathlon, the very first family-oriented triathlon event in the country. It aims to encourage families to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle as well as serve as an avenue for parents and kids to bond and build lasting relationship.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Race To Lead 2014


The Pi Sigma Fraternity of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Pi Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association, Inc. (PSFAAI) present Race to Lead on May 4, 2014 to be held in University of the Philippines Academic Oval. This is in support of the Student Leadership Development Program of PSFAAI.

There will be two (2) distances: 5k and 10k and will go around the UP Academic Oval with the following inclusions:

Participants may get their official race time when they register their bibs thru My Run Time by Strider. Winners will get prizes from Diadora and a lucky participant may get a free plane ticket of their preferred local destination thanks to PalGen!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brooks Run Happy 2014

Brooks Run Happy is back! On May 11, 2014 Brooks will give you a race that you will surely enjoy. The challenge that runners constantly look for will definitely be served in the form of obstacle courses and uphill grinds incorporated in our nature inspired route. With a mix of on & off road terrain and the scenic view of Tanay Rizal, this race will be one epic event you should not miss out on

Registration Fee
5k = P600
10k = P950
16k = P1,450
24k = P1,600
Note: Race Kits are inclusive of Race Bib, Race Shirt, Gloves, and Whistle. 16k and 24k will receive a Fitletic Race Bib Holder on the race day

Registration Sites
Brooks SM North Annex
RUNNR BHS
Toby’s Sports Mega Mall
Toby’s Arena Mall of Asia

Race Tee

Assembly Time and Gun Start
24km - 6:00AM
16km - 6:10AM
10km - 6:20AM
5km - 6:25AM

Medals and Prizes
Finisher’s Medal will be given to 16k and 24k runners

Race Map

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Philippine Flag Flies High in Paris Marathon

After clinching the top ranks in the 37th season of the National MILO Marathon, veteran athlete Eduardo Buenavista and fastest Filipina marathoner Mary Joy Tabal once again lived up to their lofty billings in the prestigious Paris Marathon. The reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen recently completed the full distance category with 50,000 runners including seasoned marathoners from across the globe.

The National MILO Marathon awarded both athletes with an all-expenses paid trip to the international competition as the first Philippine delegates sponsored by MILO in over two decades.

Buenavista, who ran alongside fellow Olympian and this year’s Paris Marathon winner Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, clocked in at a swift 2:33:20 and ranked 42nd in the men’s division. In the distaff side, Tabal crossed the finish line at 2:57:28 and emerged as the 17th placer in the women’s division.

With eyes set on bringing gold and glory to their home soil, Buenavista and Tabal worked to achieve top form months before taking on the challenging course in the French capital. While the athletes trained separately, both admitted to building unique training schemes and strategies to match the speed and endurance of their foreign competitors.

While Tabal didn’t bring home the prize, making it to the top 20 of the female division was no mean feat, proving that Filipino runners can compete in equal footing with the world’s elite runners.

As it celebrates its 50th year anniversary, MILO endeavors to drive Filipinos to follow the path towards success in sports and in life like Buenavista and Tabal. According to Coach Rio, MILO has forged ties with international race organizers to ensure that future champions of the National MILO Marathon will be able to showcase their passion beyond the local athletic scene. Athletes will also be given longer preparation time to adapt better in international races.

The National MILO Marathon will usher in its 38th season in June of this year with a goal to engage 230,000 runners and cap the 50,000 mark for its Help Give Shoes advocacy by donating brand new running shoes to school children in Tacloban.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Have Your Best Summer Ever!

The latest issue of Men’s Health Philippines is packed with useful tips to help you enjoy the sunny season to its full potential. On the cover is actor JC De Vera and on the flip, actress Maja Salvador showcases her fit body in her first ever swimsuit pictorial for a men’s magazine.

In the cover story, De Vera shares the tough decision he had to make 10 years ago between pursuing his dream of playing competitive basketball and earning a living as an actor. Despite giving up what he wanted to do the most, he used the same passion he had for his sport to improve in his current craft. “Keep your eyes on what’s ahead and never look back,” De Vera says.

On the flip side, the magazine’s Girls of Summer special is bannered by actress Maja Salvador. She shares how you can beat back the blues and keep a sunny disposition in the article “Movin’ Cool.” Also part of this year’s Girls of Summer are actress Dawn Jimenez and models Rima Ostwani, Monika Sta. Maria, Maria Persson, Kristine Dinglasan, Gabriela Barabara and Zoe Lim who all give tips on how you can make the most out of summer.

Also in this issue, the results of the MH Rock Solid Challenge are out. Find out how 9 regular guys transformed their physiques and made healthier habits stick. Plus, the MH 2014 Shoe Guide will walk you through how to choose footwear to match your personality and style.

The April issue of Men’s Health Philippines is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide for P140. A digital edition is available via Summit Newsstand (http://bit.ly/RjqZV5). Become a fan of Men’s Health on Facebook via www.facebook.com/menshealthphilippines, and follow them on Twitter via www.twitter.com/MensHealthPH.

Monday, April 7, 2014

DZMM Color Run 2014

Event Name: DZMM Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na, Takbo Na
Event Date: Sunday, 4 May 2014
Time: 5:30AM to 10.00AM
Race Owner: DZMM
Charity Partners: Typhoon Yolanda victims
Target Participants: 10,000++ registered runners

Registration Fee: PHP630 (5km color run)
Note: 20% discount for Senior Citizens

Registration Site
1. R.O.X. – Level 2 R.O.X. Bldg. Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn–8pm, Tel # 8564638)
2. Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila
3. Toby’s SM North EDSA The Block
4. ABS-CBN Tulong Center (near Audience Entrance)

Registration Form
Download here

Singlet Design

Finishers Item

Race Map/Route

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Aspiring Champions - Alaska Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) study revealed that obesity, which can lead to serious heart problems and diabetes at a young age is becoming one of the most prevalent nutritional problems of Filipino children and adults.  Given these growing issues on health, Alaska continues their partnership with Jr. NBA this year to nurture young boys, and girls, become better individuals and encourage them to embrace a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle through sports.

The 2014 Jr.NBA presented by Alaska, the international youth development program of the NBA, formally launched last January 18. School clinics were conducted allowing aspiring champions in the country to be part of NBA’s international youth development program. Young girls were given the same trainings and opportunities as Jr. NBA participants because in these modern times, girls are just as interested in sports, especially basketball, as the boys. Led by some of the best local basketball coaches, like Jojo Lastimosa, PBA legend and Alaska Head of Basketball Operations, together with the NBA coaches led by Sefu Bernard in travelling all over the country to conduct school clinics for coaches and players.

Our aspiring champions will again undergo series of trainings at the Regional Selection Camp (RSC) in Surigao, Iloilo, Cebu, Dagupan, Palawan and Manila. The RSC is where the best of the best players in key cities will be selected and asked to participate in the third and climactic part of the program – the National Training Camp (NTC).

The 10 young boys and 5 young girls of Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska All-Star Philippine Team will be chosen at the end of the NTC. These young champions will then be given the ultimate NBA experience by getting the chance to watch a live NBA game and meet the NBA players. Last year, the Jr. NBA All-Star Philippine team watched a Los Angeles Lakers home game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center and met NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

The Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska, is just one of Alaska’s Sports Development Program that inspires children to become future champions through teaching them skills to play the game while incorporating the values of determination, hard work, teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Guerilla Race 2014 - Leg 2

Guerilla Race is a series of hardcore Obstacle Course Racing in the Philippines. Designed by a Philippine Army Scout Ranger, Guerilla Race will test your strength, stamina, mental spirit, and resilience. It is a race that challenges you to step up in the face of adversity, all while still having fun

Guerilla Race is more than just an event; it is a movement. A movement that embraces a culture of thriving under pressure, surpassing limits and conquering life’s many challenges. By running a Guerilla Race, you’ll unlock a part of yourself that you never knew existed, and with this discovery of your new self, you’ll discover others who are the same

The Guerilla Race
No map.  No guide.  No gear.  No fear.  No turning back.  Take the first step in the biggest race of your life!

What: Guerilla Race Leg 2
When: June 29 2014
Where: Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal

It’s a Race!
This is not just a "trail run" or any old "fun run" with a twist. It’s a race. Most people can manage 5 kilometers and some obstacles. With Guerilla Race we present you with the option to run the course hard and see how you rank, not just against the competition, but against YOURSELF. We want you to be aiming for PERFORMANCE and reach that level you’ve waited so long to achieve.

Registration Site
CHRIS SPORTS:
-SM Megamall
-SM Mall of Asia
-SM North Edsa Annex
-SM Fairview
-Market! Market!

Registration Fee
- Sprint: P800 (5kms + 12 obstacles)
- WARRIOR: P950 (10kms + 18 obstacles)
- Kids: P500

The Obstacles
We have the most difficult obstacles in our arsenal. We aim to put obstacles that will be the toughest to complete and will take enormous pride just to finish them. There will be water, fire, mud, barbed wire, high walls, pipe crawls and occasional crazy challenges. Some will be terrain inspired obstacles and venue specific. There will be obstacles to catch you off guard and leave you dumbfounded. Preparation for the unknown is a must as each Guerilla Race strives to surprise you at every turn. We’re here to rip you from your comfort zone. If you need a road map for each step of the way, then maybe this race isn’t for you.


Finish the race…or die trying” speaks well of the fighting spirit we want to be embraced by everyone. The ultimate glory is at the finish line! Simply put, Guerilla Race will be the Philippines’ leading obstacle race series. It’s an event of pure primitive madness that you’ll never forget! The Guerilla Race Series aims to: Hold races all over the country. Provide different distances and difficulties for different levels and styles of endurance racing. Foster a unique culture and fellowship of athletes striving together to overcome any obstacles that will come their way.

Alaska Cycle Philippines


Registration Site
1. ONLINE at http://www.cyclephilippines.com.ph/alaska
2. IN-STORE
• The Brick Manila (Woodridge Apartments, Upper Mckinley Road, McKinley Hill)
• R.O.X. BHS (B1 Bonifacio High Street 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City)
• Bike Town Cyclery (#2240 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City)
• Secondwind Pasig (Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Avenue)
• Secondwind Greenhills (Unit GS-107, G-strip, Greenhills Shopping Center)

Registration Fee


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