Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Joerge Andrade conquers Borneo Int'l Marathon

MILO Marathon King Joerge Andrade once again proved his athletic mettle as he emerged victorious in his first international 42K race at the Borneo International Marathon (BIM) in Sabah.

Andrade is the second Filipino to win Borneo’s flagship marathon following Noel Tillor, a MILO Marathon regular from Cebu, who won the 42K race open division in 2016. The BIM stint is Andrade’s grand prize for winning the 41st National MILO Marathon National Finals in 2017 as part of MILO’s commitment in nourishing athletes’ ambitions to compete in the world stage.

Andrade clocked in with a time of 2:54:14, leading against other local and international marathoners in the men’s open division from Kenya, Taiwan, Brunei, and Malaysia.

Andrade was in a 2km lead against his opponents throughout the stretch of the race. But in the last 2km to the finish line, it was a close call for Andrade as he was only 400 meters shy from being outpaced by his fiercest competitor in the race, Noah Kutung Chepsergon of Kenya, who finished second with the time of 02:55:26.

The uphill route in the 28th and 38th km marks also proved to be challenging, but Andrade did not frail and was determined to finish the race strong. “I had a hard time when I reached the uphill slopes, add to that are my coughs and colds which made it extra difficult for me to focus,” he recalled. “But I just pushed myself and did not mind all the pains so that I can move further.”

The 25-year-old was overwhelmed with joy at his achievement when he finally reached the finish line. “I never thought that I would win, especially against a Kenyan runner because all I think of was to do my best in this race. I am so happy that I succeeded this,” he said.

The Unassuming Underdog

The young Digos native, an unknown in the elite running scene, took everyone by surprise – including himself – after claiming the MILO Marathon King crown from its defender, Jeson Agravante. The victory meant a great deal for Andrade, as the National Finals for him, was the ultimate running stage where all the country’s bests compete, “I believe that the National MILO Marathon is a prestigious event that is why I joined, and I was thrilled to be in the competition and be among my idols, the veteran elite runners,” Andrade said in a separate interview.

In the 42K category, Andrade is admittedly new in the game, but he has been running for 7 years in fun runs as his way to provide for his family, “Whenever I join fun runs, I always aim for the cash prize so I can support my family’s daily needs,” said the persevering Andrade, who is determined to take his family out from poverty through running.

On his National Finals win, it was perhaps Andrade’s grit and passion that led him to his success. Andrade had only brought 50 pesos tied onto his shoelaces for his transportation fare, but with his driving force to help his family, his hard work yielded tenfold. The National Finals was Andrade’s second 42K race and yet he managed to take the top prize.

From being the underdog, Andrade is soaring to become one of the most promising running greats. As he savors his new-found success, Andrade shared the invaluable lesson he learned in this journey. “I learned to work harder to improve my performance in every race that I join. One of these days, I will beat my personal record of 2:39:34 I got from the National Finals,” he said.

What’s Next for Joerge

As early as today, Joerge has his sights set on defending his MILO Marathon King crown in the next National Finals in Laoag. “I’ll start my training in July, and I’ll work harder this time,” he said.

As the winner of the Borneo International Marathon, Andrade receives a cash prize of MYR 1,200.00 (approx. PHP 15,700.00), a medal, and a Suunto GPS smart watch. “I am very thankful to everyone and to MILO who have supported me in this journey. This feat is something that I will treasure for a long time,” he said.

MILO and PATAFA held a send-off for Andrade last Thursday before the race. Andrade will return to Manila on Monday, this time with a new feather on his cap.

MILO is proud to be an instrument for athletes to achieve success as we are dedicated to nourish ambitions of every Filipino who is capable to compete the world stage,” said Lester P. Castillo, MILO Sports Executive. “Joerge’s triumph today in the Borneo International Marathon only testifies that commitment. We look forward to see Joerge run farther and be among the country’s running greats in the future.”

The National MILO Marathon, the country’s most prestigious footrace, has been an avenue for runners to compete internationally and display their distinct Filipino athleticism. For over 40 years, the National MILO Marathon has produced inimitable talents who’ve built themselves to be one of the country’s best runners such as Mary Joy Tabal, Christabel Martes, Eric Panique, and Vertek Buenavista.

With the theme “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto”, the National MILO Marathon is driven by values such as discipline, resilience, and determination that runners can take with them in their journey in life.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Banahaw Spring Purified Water

Filipino-owned company Philippine Bottling Beverage (PBB), a new player in the purified water and non-carbonated drinks industry, has launched Banahaw Spring Purified Water at a well-attended media event on April 16 at the Manila House Private Club in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

According to Thor Jourdan Mutuc, Business Development Manager at PBB, the company brought one of the latest European technologies to ensure that the production process upholds international standards and quality. “Our production facility located at the foot of Mount Banahaw in San Pablo, Laguna is at par with world standards, fully automated and requires minimal human intervention preserving only the essential natural qualities of the water from the mountain,” said Mutuc.

Revealing that it took three years of research and testing before Banahaw Spring Purified Water has been finally released to the local market, Mutuc further emphasized the intricate process of producing the country’s first purified water to have been named after its source.

Known for its pristine and lush rainforests, Mount Banahaw also serves as watershed for the provinces of Laguna and Quezon. The water from this vast mountain area is the source of these two provinces’ supply, which are used for domestic, agricultural, and industrial purposes.

Acknowledging the importance of Mount Banahaw, PBB also ensures it takes care of the rural community, where it belongs, and advocates strict compliance of environmental standards in its operation.

Banahaw Spring Purified Water is available in 350ml, 500ml, and one liter bottles. Aside from being free of Bisphenol A (BPA-free), each bottle is design-engineered to support core handgrip.

For more information about Banahaw Spring Purified Water, visit thepbb.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018

Registration is now open!  With 5 different adult categories and the Kids Dash, everyone can run at SCSM 2018.  This year, SCSM  becomes a Weekend Running Festival as they introduce a new 5km race category.  Don't miss out on the refreshed SCSM experience, happening on 8 & 9 December.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Herbalife Welcomes Triathlon’s Rising Power Couple

Herbalife Nutrition is now the official sports nutrition provider of Philippine triathlon’s newest power couple Elmer and Ines Santiago. The couple has inked a two-year contract with Herbalife Nutrition, making the multi-awarded duo official members of the Herbalife Nutrition Triathlon Team.

Herbalife Nutrition Philippines General Manager Rosalio Valenzuela has expressed his enthusiasm in welcoming the two, whose stellar record as triathletes will ensure they become a great addition to the Herbalife Nutrition Triathlon Team. “We are thrilled to have Elmer and Ines join our Triathlon team,” he said. “Herbalife Nutrition supports athletes with personalized nutrition to help them further improve their performances in their chosen sport. We provide the best nutrition products backed by science and research, so we are extremely confident we can be the best nutrition partner for them,” Valenzuela stated.

Both athletes have shown their gratitude and excitement at the partnership, emphasizing their trust in the products and their awareness of the strong performances of their fellow Herbalife Nutrition triathletes.

Elmer holds in his portfolio an Ironman All World Athlete Bronze 2017, in which he ranked 10th in the 40-44 male category. Ines has ranked 1st in the Ironman All World Athlete Silver 2017 for the 35-39 female category.

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“It’s an honor to be in the company of strong sports sponsorship program whom I've looked up to since I started in the sport in 2009,” said the female champ of the recent Bike King Tri 1. Her husband expressed his anticipation of improvements in their performances, once they begin their journey with Herbalife Nutrition. “We have seen how the products helped boost the performances of other athletes, and are looking forward to discovering how Herbalife Nutrition will help us achieve our personal goals in our careers as triathletes,” added the driven Elmer.

About Herbalife:
Herbalife is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. Herbalife has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.4 billion in 2017. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PHA Heart Run 2018

The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) in cooperation with Allianz will be holding the PHA Heart Run powered by Allianz on May 13, 2018, Sunday, at the SM by the Bay in Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Race legs for the run include a 5Km, 10km and 21Km run. There is also a 1KM Walk for the Heart to be joined in by survivors of heart diseases and their families.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are claiming more Filipino lives than ever before. To help increase awareness of the prevention and primary care of CVDs, be a heart warrior and join the PHA Heart Run powered by Allianz.

May 13, 2018
SM By the bay, MOA
1K (walk) |5K|10K|21K
Organizer: Pep Squad Events and Marketing Services, Inc.

Registration Fees:
1K – P800 (Inclusive of Advocacy Shirt)
5K – P650 (Inclusive of Race Bib w/ RFID Shoetag, Race Shirt, and Festival Activities)
10K -P750 (Inclusive of Race Bib w/ RFID Shoetag, Race Shirt, and Festival Activities)
21K – P1200 (Inclusive of Race Bib w/ RFID Shoetag, Race Shirt, Finisher Shirt, Finisher Medal, and Festival Activities)

Registration Venues:
1. Online – https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/pha-heart-run-2018 (until April 30)
2. In-store (until May 6)
– Chris Sports in SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall, Glorietta 3, Uptown Place Mall, and SM Mall of Asia




Saturday, April 7, 2018

My Back Hurts!

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Since I got picked for the NYC Marathon, I have been planning my training schedule and March was the perfect month to kick things off. From my assumptions, I will be able to progress safely and establish my baseline in order to commit with my goal time. Best to start anyway as I have to consider bad weather, deadlines from work, and injuries which will definitely stretch my training calendar.

I had two good weeks in then Monday morning came, I woke up having one of those prickly feeling on my lower back. Ignored it and figured out that it will go away if I take a day or two days of rest. Unfortunately it was already day 3 and it wasn't going away. I was now forced to visit a doctor that specializes with orthopedic and sports medicine. Verdict? I was asked to avoid running for 21 days. Yes, twenty one days! Apparently I was having too much too soon and I failed to recognize that my training program was designed for the 8-year younger version of myself. It was tough to accept that my body could no longer take the same level of punishment I did years back.

Since my wife and I already planned a short vacation, figured that the 21 days would fly so quickly. This will also give me sufficient time to re-evaluate my training plan and make those necessary adjustments to minimize the chance of getting myself injured again.
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