Saturday, December 29, 2012

I Don't Want To SeeYa Again

A couple of months ago I dropped by at a major retail store in Singapore. I just couldn't resist checking out Vibram's SeeYa. I was trembling like a kid when I saw an actual pair. It was shining oh so brightly that I had to bring my hands up and cover my eyes. No kidding!

It is just too bad that the distributor doesn't have any immediate plans on bringing one here. I am guessing that the Komodo Sport (now called KMD Sport) is doing well in the market and they don't want to disrupt the buying pattern of the consumers. And even if they intend to bring SeeYa over, I am no longer interested. What I want is Vibram's latest offering. EL-X (SRP: $75)

This pair now carries the title of being the "lightest" VFF available. EL-X is only 4.23 oz compared to SeeYa which tips the scale at 4.8 oz. Half an ounce may not be a big deal but for something that is light, it is already a feat. SeeYa LS went above the 5 oz category. That's KSO and Speed territory.

Well it is not the lightest in the market but it will do. Though I wished it went the sub-4 oz realm. Perhaps the engineering department hasn't figured out how to shed a few more on their patented soles. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will eventually pull it off. They've done it in the past with MOC (2.5 oz) so a lighter EL-X is very plausible

I know that 2013 is gonna be another exciting year for barefoot/minimalist runners. Especially now that we see a trend in trail shoes adopting the "less is more" philosophy we've witnessed with road shoes. NB Minimus Trail and Inov8 X-Talon are just some of my favorites. With that, I raise my glass of champagne and offer a toast for more barefoot shoes

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Amway Fun Run 2013

Wanna burn off those extra holiday calories? Then join Amway's fun run slated on January 12 2013. Not only that you keep a healthy lifestyle, you'd also support Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School Program through Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children

Amway will kick-off 2013 with its 1K@Amway Fun Run, a series of foot races geared towards highlighting how convenient and easy it is for people to start and run their own Amway businesses. 1K@Amway also empowers more children to have a brighter future as portions of the proceeds or registration fees will be used to support the Adopt-a-School Program

What: Amway Fun Run 2013
When: January 12 2013
Where: CCP Complex
Beneficiary: Adopt-a-School Program

Registration Fee
1km - PHP595
5km - PHP595
Free race kit - Buy 1 NUTRILITE Daily Foil Pack (for Amway distributors)

5KM Finishers Entitlement
Finishers (non-Amway distributor) get to sign-up as an AMWAY distributor for FREE
Finishers (Amway distributors) gets a Product Coupon discount

Registration Site
AMWAY Head Office
108 G/F Feliza Bldg. V.A. Rufino cor. Dela Rosa St. Legaspi Village Makati City

AMWAY Distribution Center Shaw Boulevard
Ground Floor Sun Plaza Bldg. Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

Assembly Time and Gun Start
5km - 5:00AM - 5:50AM
1km - 5:00AM - 6:00AM

Race Map / Race Route

Helping Filipinos through the Amway business
Amway’s products like Nutrilite and Artistry have tremendously created means for Filipinos and Amway’s Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to engage in doing direct selling the right way with the company

Two of the leading and strongest brands in the Philippines are Nutrilite and Artistry. Nutrilite is the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest and process plants on their own certified organic farms. This means that Nutrilite uses only the most painstaking sustainable organic principles on farming, and takes total control every step of the way by relying on Good Manufacturing Processes to deliver quality, safety and efficacy from seed to serving

Artistry, on the other hand, is our facial skin care and color cosmetics brand that is among the world’s top five, largest-selling, prestige brands of facial skincare and colour cosmetics. All products are safe for the environment

Business opportunities like these can contribute to a greater impact in the economy and a steady growth of revenue for the business industry in the country. The Philippines is enjoying a strong and vibrant economic growth and Amway is making sure that there is a level playing field for everybody by doing direct selling the right way with Amway

Providing more means for the people to earn money and create better lives for themselves will help strengthen the economy and industry in the Philippines

Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children
Aside from the business opportunities being made available by Amway. It makes sure that corporate social responsibility is embedded into all its initiatives, core business strategy, and operations

Highlighting Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children, Leni Olmedo (Country Manager of Amway Philippines) says that “We have many plans to further expand our program as well as support DepEd in its aim to further strengthen education and make it more accessible to the children”

We are very happy to have partnered with DepEd to reach more children and provide them a chance to learn more through our One by One program. We will continue to reinforce our commitment,” Olmedo shared

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

May the beauty and peace of the season stay in your heart all through the year :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sofitel - RunRio Battle of the Sexes 2013

Sofitel Philippine Plaza announces the launch of RunRio - Battle of the Sexes, a 5km/10km evening morning race to be held on January 26 2013 March 03 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. The race will have a unique battle of the sexes (male vs female) concept where females get a 7-10 minutes lead

Sofitel Philippine Plaza's GM Goran Aleks says, "We have partnered with Coach Rio to promote the importance of health and fitness to the Filipinos. In addition, all the proceeds will go to Virlanie Foundation to help alleviate the plight of the streetchildren in Manila"

Over one million in luxury prizes from Sofitel is at stake during the fun run including a three night stay at the exclusive Imperial Residence, dining at Spiral, beauty treatment from Le Spa and Vietura, the new Aesthetic Lifestyle Institute

What: Sofitel - RunRio Battle of the Sexes
When: January 26 2013 March 3 2013
Where: SM Mall of Asia
Beneficiary: Virlanie Foundation

Registration Fee
PHP500 - 5km
PHP800 - 10km

Registration Site
RIOVANA Bonifacio Global City (12:00NN - 9:00PM)
RIOVANA Katipunan Quezon City (12:00NN - 8:00PM)
TOBY’S SM Mall of Asia (12:00NN - 8:00PM)
TOBY’S SM The Block (12:00NN - 8:00PM)
Sofitel's Harbour Garden Tent (Jan 26 2013)

Singlet/Race Tee

Assembly Time and Gun Start
10km - 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Race Map/Race Route

Age Category
16 and below / 17-24 / 25-29 / 30-34 / 35-39
40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60 and above

Raffle Prizes
this suite got Herm├Ęs bath amenities

buffet features 21 interactive dining ateliers
About Sofitel
Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 130 addresses, in more than 50 countries. Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today's more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French "art de vivre"

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Need A Hard Reset? Visit Intercare

A couple of weeks ago I brought my blackberry phone back to my provider. Everything was working except for the "touch" functionality. Before seeking out professional help, I tried turning off/on my phone, removing the battery from the device and then replacing it, and all sorts but to no avail. This got me worried. I told the customer service guy what I did and all of which didn't help my situation

He then asked me if I did a hard reset. "Hard reset? What's that?", I said. He then proceeded on pressing 3 keys (Alt + Right Shift + Backspace/Delete) simultaneously. This prompted the phone to completely turn off and restart the operating system software and applications. This method brought back my phone to its normal state. Later in the day I learned that what he did was a "soft" reset

Like our smartphone devices, I wished our bodies have a "soft" and/or "hard" reset as well. I've been pounding the pavement for the last 2 years and it has taken its toll on my lower extremities. For several months, my left hip and ankle has been bothering me every now and then. My marathon training will resume next month and I can't be slowed down with an injury. I need an intervention

Then INTERCARE comes along. They specialize in making their clients feel better by helping us return to a state of natural balance and live a pain-free life. They provide treatment for muscoskeletal pain and injuries using natural, non-surgical, and non-invasive methods (chiropractic, acupuncture, myotherapy, etc). Sounds like a dream to me

Last week I had the opportunity to experience 3 (myotherapy, ICSS, power taping) of the many world-class services they offer

ICSS focuses on muscle conditioning and strengthening. Before my session started I was asked for the static stretches that I do after a run. They immediately pointed out that I was skipping my hamstrings. A quick check validated that I have a tight one. So we decided on working on that area. The basic idea was to introduce the muscle on a stress level that the patient can take then going beyond the previous limit. Before I left the room, I was given several options for me to follow to stretch my hamstrings

Next stop was a room upstairs. I caught up with Banjo getting a myotherapy. Myotherapy relaxes muscle spasms, improves circulation, and alleviates pain. It helps erase the spasm and assist the affected muscle return to its normal resting and relaxed condition

After a couple of minutes it was my turn. While my myotherapist was working on me, she noted that I have a back and neck problem which requires at least 10 sessions (more than the recommended 6-8). I tell you its not the run-of-the-mill deep tissue massage that you get elsewhere. I suggest you go and get yourself treated to know the difference

Last stop was a power taping session. Before that lemme share a little bit of history. I am a RockTape user for a year already. So I was happy to learn that Intercare uses the same stuff. I got taped on my back primarily to help my posture. It didn't occur to me that they have such taping technique since I've used it primarily for my knees and ankle

As they would always say, prevention is better than cure. I will be making another appointment soon. Gotta get myself "fixed" before I start piling up my roadwork. And the Christmas holiday is the best time for me to get things sorted out. As I've said, it is really bothersome to be sidelined by an injury.

If you want to know more about their services. Go and head to Facebook and click their official page -> If you are already decided which service to get or still got questions, just go and visit one of their 3 branches (Makati, Greenhills, Alabang)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Subic International Marathon 2013

What: Subic International Marathon 2013
When: January 26-27, 2013
Where: Remy Field, Subic Bay Freeport Complex, Zambales

Race Result
Check the official race result here

Event Photo
John Dizon (album1, album2, album3, album4, album5)

Registration Fee
PHP1000 (USD 25) - 42km
PHP 850 (USD 21.25) - 21km
PHP 600 (USD 15) - 10km
PHP 150 (USD 3.75) - 5km
PHP 100 (USD 2.5) - 3km

Online Registration

Note: Race Packet claiming for all online registrants will be on January 26, 2013 between 1PM to 5PM. Claiming area will be around the Remy Field area, most probably at the covered SBMA Gym

Registration Site
New Balance - Glorietta
New Balance - Trinoma
New Balance - Shangri-la Mall
New Balance - Marquee Mall
The Outlet Square (Bldg. 156 Quezon St corner Bonifacio St, Subic Bay Freeport)

Race Packet Content

Assembly Time and Gun Start
42km - 4:00AM - 4:30AM (Jan 27)
21km - 4:45AM - 5:15AM (Jan 27)
10km - 5:30AM - 6:00AM (Jan 27)
5km - 4:00PM - 4:30PM (Jan 26)
3km - 4:00PM - 4:30PM (Jan 26)

Race Map / Race Route

Monday, December 10, 2012

Conquering the Race of Champions

An exhilarating marathon event unfolded Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City, as the finest foreign and local runners clash in the epic culminating race of the 36th National MILO Marathon. A turnout of about 21,388 runners marked a milestone in MILO Marathon history, as organizers report that they surpassed the initial 200,000 collective target by over 10,000 runners, shattering last year’s headcount

After an excellent display of athletic prowess, last year’s MILO Marathon champions James Tallam and Mary Grace de los Santos made a swift comeback and reclaimed their second consecutive title in the 42K Open category run. Tallam posted a remarkable finishing time of 2:26:34 and led fellow Kenyans Josphat Too (2:28:52) and Alex Melly (2:29:06) towards a 1-2-3 finish. In the women’s division, 25-year-old de los Santos dismissed a strong line of contenders to bag the MILO Marathon race title and lead two-time MILO Marathon Queen Jho-an Banayag (2:55:56) and Kenyan Everline Atancha (3:03:39) towards an easy finish

Current men’s event record-holder and three-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista returned for a stellar win in the 42K Local category race and posted an impressive time of 2:29:45. Completing the top 3 cast behind Buenavista were early favorites Eric Panique (2:32:08) and last year’s fifth placer Jason Agravante (2:34:58)

Maintaining a swift stride in the women’s division 42K Local category race was 23-year-old trackster Mary Joy Tabal who posted an impressive 3:05:12. She adds this victory to several others in her career, including her victory in the 2011 Adidas King of the Road Southeast Asia meet and her record-breaking feat in the Singapore Sundown Marathon. Behind Tabal, four-time MILO Marathon Queen Christabel Martes (3:10:46) and Jennilyn Nobleza (3:22:03) settled for second and third place, respectively

Tallam and de los Santos each received P 300,000 from the 42K Open category run, while Buenavista and Tabal took home P 150,000 from the 42K Local category run

In the special awards category, Fort Bonifacio High School copped the ‘Biggest Delegation’ award with a total of 1,575 runners, while Karuhatan National High School nabbed the ‘Fastest Delegation’ award with an aggregate time of 23:27.93

Through its advocacy program called ‘Help Give Shoes’, which is now on its third year of staging, MILO donated a total of 1,000 shoes to public schools in Metro Manila as an ongoing commitment to develop the Filipino sports community. Students of CAA Main High School, Kapitbahayan Elementary School, Tipas National High School, Makati Science High School, Hulo Elementary School, Fort Bonifacio Elementary School, A. Villegas High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, San Diego Elementary School and Pitogo High School were among the campaign’s most recent beneficiaries. Since the campaign’s conception, MILO has donated 24,200 shoes nationwide

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

36th MILO Marathon National Finals 2012

A sea of green will sweep the streets of Manila once again, as over 19,909 runners are expected to join the 36th MILO Marathon National Finals this Sunday (December 9). Organizers report that they reached the 200,000 target headcount set at the start of the season, providing a thrilling conclusion to a successful nationwide marathon event

This year, former MILO Marathon Kings and Queens return to reassert their dominance on their home soil. MILO Marathon Kings Julius Sermona (1:13:02, Angeles), Cresenciano Sabal (1:13:55, Cagayan de Oro) and Eduardo Buenavista (1:13:29, Tarlac) are among strong contenders in the 42K men’s division race

Last year’s fifth placer and fastest Filipino runner Jeson Agravante (2:39:59, Manila 42K) and Eric Panique (Bacolod) are also determined to make a comeback at this year’s finale

According to three-time champion Sabal, winning the National Finals will go beyond the coveted crown and offer a sense of nationalistic pride. “Local runners are not the only ones running for the title. Foreign runners who have already made their mark in Philippine races will make a tremendous effort to win. This poses a big challenge for the Filipino athletic community. The National Finals will be a venue through which we can extend the Filipino reign in our own soil,” he said

The 42K women’s division race will also see a thrilling battle as former MILO Marathon Queens Cristabel Martes (1:34:46, Baguio), Jho-An Banayag (3:02:20, Manila 42K) and Flordilisa Donos (1:26:52, Davao) pursue their fifth, third and second MILO Marathon crown, respectively

To accommodate the growing support of foreign runners, the MILO Marathon National Finals will have two race categories for the 42K and 21K runners. Overseas and local participants can compete and win in the Open category run, and the awards will be given to the top 3 finishers. Only the top 10 Filipino runners will be recognized and awarded in the Local category run. Male and female division champions will each receive P 300,000 from the Open category run, and P 150,000 from the Local category run

Bonus prizes will also be given to local runners, with P50,000 for the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier, P20,000 for the first male runner who breaks the 2:18:53 course record set by Eduardo Buenavista, and P 20,000 for the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:16 record set by Jho-An Banayag

About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop

Adidas has launched its pioneering Holiday Campaign for 2012, enlisting the help of some of the world’s finest sporting and cultural icons, including Snoop Lion and David Beckham. At the heart of the campaign is ‘The Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop’ online film, offering you the opportunity to find and share your own Holiday Spirit. This film is Snoop Lion's version of the classic tale, "A Christmas Carol"

The film features global music heavyweight Snoop Lion alongside skateboard OG Mark Gonzales, escorting viewers into the illustrated world of legendary Beavis & Butthead artist JJ Sedelmaier. ‘The Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop’ follows the path of the classic English Holiday story ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, seeing Ebenezer Snoop confronted by the Ghosts of Holiday Past (Stan Smith), Present (David Beckham) and Future (Derrick Rose & Rita Ora). The film also features global adidas stars Jeremy Scott, Dani Alves, Joe Tsonga, Steve Aoki, Yohan Blake, Andy Murray, Dwight Howard and many more

You are invited to find out if you are an Ebenezer, and if so, the chance to redeem yourself via a truly innovative Facebook app. The application takes you on a personalized journey of what could become if you don’t change your ways - Snoop might not be the only Ebenezer! By aggregating your user data around certain Facebook activities such as commenting and event responses, adidas creates your uniquely tailored Ebenezer film. At the end of your journey adidas offers you the opportunity to redeem yourself by sending a greeting card featuring JJ Sedelmaier’s campaign illustrations to friends – spreading Christmas adidas discounts and cheer to all.

“The adidas Ebenezer Snoop Holiday Campaign offers a digital alternative to the normal holiday card in true adidas style. We wanted to create a legitimate solution to Holiday gift-buying – using our diverse portfolio of adidas icons who resonate with all gift-givers, young and old. With our adidas take on a traditional Holiday story, we have created something truly funny and relevant, and using Facebook, offered consumers a way of sharing Holiday Spirit in way fit for 2012.” Christy Kilmartin, Brand Marketing Director, adidas AG
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