Sunday, November 30, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon GenSan 2014

GENERAL SANTOS City, Philippines – MILO Marathon veterans Arnold Unabia and Liza Ambasa set a swift pace at the 21K centrepiece events at the General Santos leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon held on Sunday. Over 9,300 runners joined the prestigious race, establishing the record of the biggest race in General Santos City to date.

Unabia and Ambasa took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both had also booked their slots to the National Finals in Manila on December 7, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to Japan on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

Using the good weather to his advantage, Arnold Unabia emerged first, posting a time of 01:15:12. Rivals Dante Baay (01:15:30) and Joselito Dugos (01:16:30) followed in second and third place, respectively.*

The 36-year-old from Tangub, Misamis Oriental has been joining the MILO Marathon since 1997, and has an impressive list of awards to his name, most notably the nine champion titles in Cagayan De Oro and a third place finish in th 2013 National Finals. Unabia, Tangub City’s head coach in Athletics, trains students from Tangub City Central School and Tangub City National High School. Aside from the MILO Marathon, his students also compete in the MILO Little Olympics. “I usually join the Cagayan De Oro race but this year, I was too busy coaching my students who won first place in the 5K and 10K events. My daughter also joined the race and she won third place in the 3K event,” shared Unabia. “I wasn’t able to train as much as I wanted to because I focused on my students. I am thankful to the Lord that I still won. For the National Finals, I need an intesive, focused training program. This is essential in preparing for the finals.”

In the distaff side, Liza Ambasa finished with a time of 01:31:36, impressively beating fellow runners Gelyn Ninofranco (01:53:07) who came in second, and Rosilie Lim (01:53:18) who followed in third place.*

Ambasa, a 31-year-old native of Tiruray, South Cotabato currently living in Davao, has also been joining the MILO Marathon for many years now, and has been consistently winning her qualifying races. She is most proud of claiming the third place title twice in the National Finals. “I am very pleased with my win. The route was good. I set my pace with the male runners during the entire race,” shared Ambasa. I train with my fellow members of my running club, Titan Davao, and I will continue with my training program to prepare for the National Finals. I hope I can finish impressively again.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

70% Off at Markdown Madness @ TriNoma

One of the biggest annual sale events in town, Markdown Madness, is happening once again! Enjoy up to 70% discount on participating brands: Skechers, Sperry Top-Sider, Keds, Saucony, Merrell, Creative Recreation, Pony, and No Fear from November 27 to 30, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the TriNoma Activity Center in Quezon City.

Markdown Madness promises to be another grand sale event with great finds on selected items from participating brands. This is a good time to buy your Christmas gifts, too! Don’t miss this chance to get the best shoe deals in town! Visit Markdown Madness on Facebook for more information and updates.

Monday, November 24, 2014

19th Alaska Football Cup

Given the growing issues on health as well as the fast-changing technological environment which leads to the change in children’s interests and behavior or sedentary lifestyle, there is a need to reinforce its thrust in leading a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle. Alaska seeks to engage Filipino consumers, especially the youth, in sports.

Alaska believes that sports play an important role in instilling the value of determination, discipline, hard work, team work and sportsmanship among the youth. These fundamental values develop character and are necessary attributes for success as much as good health and proper nutrition.

2014 is the 19th year of Alaska Football Cup and this event is the biggest football competition in the Philippines. With over 300 teams playing 4,500 players, 30 football fields, more than 120 referees, more than 750 games and 2,800 goals.

Participants as young as six (6) years old up to 16 could participate in this much awaited
event. They came from different parts of the Philippines such as Masbate, Baguio, Negros OCC, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, COMVAL, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Garmin Concept Store @ Glorietta 5

As fitness, sports, and healthy rapidly grip Filipino's passions and everyday lives, technology as well must adapt, if not even more rapidly. Garmin, a worldwide pioneer and leader in GPS, is a premier example of this exciting new trend in technology. Harnessing the power of GPS, Garmin has developed a broad portfolio of products that extend the functionalities far beyond navigation.

Garmin is all about life in motion - no matter what it is you live for. There are Garmins for those who love to trek, to travel, to swim, or to golf. Check out their newly opened store at 3F Glorietta 5 and get your life in motion started. Visit Garmin Center on Facebook (

Thursday, November 20, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon CDO 2014

CAGAYAN DE ORO City – Returning Cagayan De Oro champ Juniel Languido and up-and-coming runner Christine Hallesgo claimed the top spots as they clinched their respective victories in the 21K centrepiece events at the Cagayan De Oro leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon held on Sunday. More than 12,000 runners graced the fifteenth qualifying leg of the prestigious nationwide race in the City of Golden Friendship.

Languido and Hallesgo each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy, and will lead 70 other qualifiers from CDO to the National Finals in Manila on December 7, where elite runners from all over the Philippines go head-to-head in a grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. As an added level of prestige to the competition, this year’s King and Queen will have the chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with all-expense paid trips to Japan sponsored by MILO.

Though faced with a slight challenge due to the new route, veteran runner Languido expertly navigated it and posted a new record of 01:10:16, beating fiercest rival and good friend Blendon Sandinao (01:14:42) who finished second. Bryan Quiamco (01:15:10) followed in at third place.*

In the distaff side, Malaybalay Runners member Christine Hallasgo secured her first ever National MILO Marathon 21K victory with a time of 01:27:48. Cresabel Cadion (01:33:11) came in at second place and Lezette Albarote (01:36:59) in third.*

Young Taekwondo star and MILO Rising Champion Jason Sia also joined the 5K event of the race. The 14-year-old 9th grade student from Puntod, Cagayan De Oro emphasized the importance of incorporating running in his training regimen. “Running really helps with my Taekwondo training because it builds up stamina and requires a lot of discipline,” shared Sia. “It’s my first time to join the MILO Marathon but I plan to join again next year and possibly level up to the 10K event. I really enjoyed the race.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HP Recovery Run 2014

The Run United HP Recovery Run is a non-competitive run designed to help progressive runners embrace the value of recovery and how its proper application can help them establish future personal records. It will be held on December 14, 2014 with 5km, 10km & 21km race categories. All categories will have a start and finish at the 34th St. The Fort, BGC.

All finishers will learn more about the proper application of various recovery regimens at the Enervon HP Recovery Village. Each activity has been developed in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments

Registration Schedule
Online/Instore Registration - Until Nov 30

Prepaid Venues
RUNNR Store BGC • B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
Toby’s Galleria • 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Toby’s SM North • SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
Toby’s MOA • SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

Registration Fee
PHP750 - 5km
PHP850 - 10km
PHP950 - 21km

Assembly and Gun Start
21km - 330AM - 430AM
10km - 430AM - 530AM
5km - 430AM - 540AM

• Exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers.
• Limited slots only. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before November 30, 2014.
• Participants are encouraged to wear any of their 2014 RU singlet/finisher shirt, no singlet will be provided.
• Runner participants who register at the stores will receive their race bib with D-tag upon purchase. A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
• Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card. The race bib with d-tag will be delivered on or before December 7, 2014.
• Finishers’ shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
• All finishers will receive a limited edition HP Recovery Tech Shirt.
• D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NCR gain Perpetual Trophy at the 2014 MILO Little Olympics Finals

MARIKINA, Philippines – Student-athletes of the National Capital Region celebrated their hard-earned victory as they were crowned Overall Champions at the recently concluded MILO Little Olympics National Finals held in Marikina City Sports Center, Marikina City. Clinching a grand slam of three consecutive championships, the host region accomplished their mission of taking home the coveted MILO Little Olympics Perpetual Trophy.

Thousands of student-athletes, coaches and spectators from all regions came together as one in the country’s most prestigious interschool sporting competition. The regional teams gave their very best as they exhibited their athleticism, sportsmanship and camaraderie in their quest for glory in the three-day event.

The opening ceremony was graced by prominent guests of honor including Marikina City Mayor Hon. Mayor Del De Guzman, Philippine Olympic President Jose “Peping” Cojuango, POC Vice president Joey Romasanta, Regional Director for Department of Education of National Capital Region Dr. Luz Almeda, Nestle Chief Executive Officer and Chairman John Martin Miller, and NestlĂ© Business Executive Manager for Beverages Sherilla Bayona. MILO Champions, Japoy Lizardo, Christina Garcia-Long and renowned marathon runner Rio de la Cruz took part in the festivities and aided student-athletes as they lit the Olympic flame, signifying the commencement of the games.

Team NCR stamped their supremacy in the competition, finishing with an impressive 647.5 overall points, with a difference of nearly 85 points against its most heated rival Team Visayas. The Bisdaks garnered an overall score of 563 points in second place, while Team Mindanao secured third place with 436 points, and Team Luzon placed fourth with 393.5 points.

Team Visayas was the main feature of the elementary division, posting a total division score of 315 points. The Bisdaks excelled in individual and team sports, including Football, Boys’ Swimming and Boys’ Volleyball. Team NCR followed the lineup in second place with 298.5 points, Team Mindanao in third place with 232.5 points, and Team Luzon in fourth place with 174 points.

In the secondary division, Team NCR was the star, establishing a total division score of 349 points. The Big City student-athletes topped the ranks in Athletics, Football, Sepak Takraw, Swimming and Girls’ Volleyball. Not to be overlooked are Team Visayas in second place with 248 points, followed by Team Luzon with 219.5 points in third place, and Team Mindanao with 203.5 points in fourth place.

In line with MILO’s 50th year anniversary, the leading beverage brand awarded 50 Most Outstanding Athletes at the closing ceremonies. The awardees were selected from each sporting event, both in the elementary and secondary divisions. To further encourage the student-athletes to aim for excellence in sports and in life, the 50 awardees were each given a cash prize of Php10,000 worth of educational assistance fund, a plaque of recognition, and a one year supply of MILO products.

In 2015, Team Mindanao will host the 28th MILO Little Olympics in Cagayan De Oro, the City of Golden Friendship. All of the regional teams will be back on full throttle as they embark on their road to claim the championship title for the next season.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Treats from Rudy Project

Rudy Project brings you its much anticipated Annual Holiday Sale! Right in time for your Christmas Shopping run, get your hands on the latest in Technically Cool gear with ridiculously low prices and jaw dropping deals! Mark your calendars for this huge sports blow out happening on November 16 to 21 at the Tektite Tower, Ortigas Center.

A few Holiday Treats you can look forward to are: Free Special Edition items; Additional 5% off for BDO Credit Card holders; Free Gift Wrapping; Buy 1 Take 1 deals on Rudy Project Rydon Eye Wear; Free Donuts from November 17 to 21; 40% off on all ORCA items; Special Promos on Rudy Projects Helmets and Bags; Buy 2 Get 1 offers on EFX bracelets; and a 20/20 Promo on Rudy Project Eyewear!

Enjoy Huge Discounts and get Big Savings in the best Holiday Sale in sports gear from a brand trusted by both athletes and sports enthusiasts. It’ll be a very Merry Christmas, indeed!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rexona Runners Powered by Music

Three tunnels, three musical genres, and 12,422 thousand people running to the beats of the top DJs in the metro– last October 26, at the Mall of Asia grounds Rexona brought the music powered run to the next level in Run To Your Beat 2.

Taking Rexona’s Do More philosophy to the next level, Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014 challenged runners’ limits through music, while also keeping runners fresh. Mar Corazo, Rexona Brand Manager, says, “It was an amazing run, and I truly believe that music does push all of our runners to beat their personal bests.”

Collaborating with Universe and the top DJs in the Philippines, from the first gun start at 3:00 AM to the finale runners hit the pavement entertained by visual and auditory experiences, and music zones that featured live DJ performances, lights, and three themed tunnels.

Deuce Manila kicked off all categories at the gun start. 5k and 10k runners went through the Retro and Hip Hop tunnels with DJ Euric and Motherbasss accompanied by MC Pao respectively. The tunnels featured roller bladders, disco balls, street art and laser lights. 21k runners experienced all three tunnels, which included the EDM tunnel with Martin Pulgar.

At the end of the race all runners were treated to a party ending DJ due set by Ace Ramos and Mars Miranda, and a jumping performance by Sponge Cola.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

RiCo Corn Rice Makes Healthy, Yummy!

In pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, there is no need to deprive ourselves of the pleasure of a good meal. With RiCo Corn Rice, we can have the best of both worlds.

Rico corn rice is made from 100% Philippine-grown corn fortified with iron and calcium. It tastes just like regular rice but provides the nutrition of corn. Each grain is naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamin A as well as beta-carotene and lutein for good eyesight. As a complex carbohydrate, corn provides sustained energy. It is ideal for athletes and those who lead active lifestyles. Corn is known for its high fiber content, a quality valued by the figure-conscious. In addition, corn has no cholesterol and has lower glycemic index for controlled and balanced blood sugar that is ideal for diabetics and weight watchers.

Incorporating RiCo corn rice into the daily routine is fairly simple. Its preparation is not far from what we are accustomed to. At the recent launch of RiCo, RiCo’s very own Chef Joey dela Cruz demonstrated the three easy steps of cooking RiCo: boil, pour, and simmer. Boil the suggested amount of water. Then, pour the desired amount of RiCo. Finally, simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. To prevent loss of water-soluble nutrients, the grains should not be washed. If a loose and fluffy consistency or buhaghag is preferred, RiCo should be cooked like pasta: boil the water, put in RiCo, and then, drain. RiCo retains its yellow hue even after it is cooked, making it very visually appealing and a hit among children.

During the launch, Chef Jessie Sincioco demonstrated the versatility of the ingredient through a sit-down meal of mesclun greens salad with prawn RiCo pops, minestrone with RiCo, a main course of pan-fried codfish fillet in pommery mustard sauce and grilled chicken breast in creamy pepper sauce served with RiCo pilaf and sautéed French beans, and RiCo crocant roll. At home, you can use RiCo in your daily favorites such as sinangag, java rice, yang chow rice, and paella.

The locally produced RiCo is a first from the Philippines. Aside from making healthy yummy, this innovation also provides increased livelihood for our farmers and develops our country’s natural resources.

RiCo is available in 1-kilogram, 2-kilogram, and 5-kilogram packs at SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Rustan’s Supermarket, Walter Mart Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, Ever Supermarket, The Landmark Supermarket, Sta. Lucia East Supermarket, Pioneer Centre Supermart, Hi-Top Supermart, Cherry Foodarama, South Supermarket, NCCC Supermarket, Gaisano Mall, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippine All-Stars Conquered Beijing

The 2014 Philippine All-Star teams of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska together with Jr. NBA All-Star teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam flew to Beijing, China last October 12 to 16 for a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience. The team was able to visit historic attractions in China like the famous Juyongguan Great Wall and the Forbidden City. The team also got the chance to play a friendly games at the Yao Ming School and meet basketball legend Yao Ming himself before attending the NBA Beijing Global Games. Become a Champion too! Watch out for the 2015 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska!

NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. For more information on Jr. NBA Philippines visit Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit: and for live Twitter updates, follow: @ALASKAsportshub.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Butuan 2014

BUTUAN City, Philippines – Record-holding and reigning MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal added another feather to her cap as she clinched another victory at the 38th MILO Marathon qualifying race in Butuan City, the biggest race in the city to date, with almost 10,000 runners in action on Sunday. Tabal won first place in the 21K female category, while fellow elite runner Gerald Zabala topped the ranks in the 21K male category.

Each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy. In addition to the prizes, Zabala has also secured his slot in the upcoming National Finals on December 7 at the Mall of Asia grounds in Manila. Tabal, by virtue of her triumph last year, was already granted a slot for the finals. Both will join their fiercest rivals in a heated finale as they battle for the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. As an added level of prestige to the competition, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with trips all expenses paid.

Fresh from her record-breaking victory in the 2014 Seoul Race, Tabal clocked in at 01:20:46, just a second shy of her new best personal record of 1:19:37. It was a very comfortable race for the 25-year-old Cebuana, who finished with a gap of 12 minutes from second placer Michell Ann Aclo (01:42:30). Jenefer Paloma claimed third place (01:44:05).*

In the men’s category, competition proved to be tougher, with top contender Jerald Zabala beating Bobby Tadlas only by less than a second. Zabala recorded a personal best time of 01:13:49, while second placer Bobby Tadlas posted a time of 01:14:00, and third placer Ramil Neri with a times of 01:15:09.*

Zabala, a 26-year-old hailing from Cagayan De Oro, has definitely come a long way since he started running. Though he has been an elite runner for just four years, he has been joining the MILO Marathon for 10 years already, and has been consistently qualifying for the National Finals. “This is my first time to win first place, and I’m very happy that I was also able to break my personal record,” said Zabala. “I didn’t expect to win because I wasn’t able to train properly. My wife is in Manila, so I’m the one who is taking care of our son, whose birthday is today. I dedicate my victory to him.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.
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