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!

image from backpaineurope.org






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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

TRI-Factor Asian Championship 2018

Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship Series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.

Put up to provide multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes – even kids – a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

It features kids triathlon (100, swim-5km bike-1km run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10km bike-2km run), sprint triathlon (750m swim-20km bike-5km run), standard triathlon (1.5km-40km bike-10km run) and long triathlon (1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run).

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and founder of the Tri-Factor series.

The Asian Championship 2018 series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Phl on May 25-27 at Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years - 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like CYCLE-RUN-CYCLE are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country the last few years.

"Tri-Factor's coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I'm looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon," shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano, upon learning about Tri-Factor's arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events.

Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles to be dispute are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Garmin Fenix Sux!

I bought my Fenix 3 HR in Novena Square about three years ago for more than S$1000. The reason I got myself a multi-sport GPS watch was to jump-start my love for running and what better way to do this is by throwing wads of cash for a Fenix 3. I would've wanted the sapphire version but the price difference with the regular one was way too much for me and I couldn't get myself to open my wallet and throw away a few more bucks for aesthetic reasons. Another reason why I chose Fenix 3 over the competition is because of the good review the watch received from Ray of DC Rainmaker. I am now regretting making that decision and using his review as one of my source of truth.

Since I purchased it, I have been using it sporadically because of the inconsistencies that I've been getting from its GPS readout. If I have to compare, my Soleus GPS watch performs better in this area. It may take a good 4-5 minutes before it can get those satellites but once you have them the results is just accurate or near accurate. This was my only gripe with Soleus. Other than that, it is a pretty solid watch and it served me well on multiple occasions. I was under the impression that moving to a fancier watch will fill the gap that my Soleus was lacking. An expensive mistake!

I have been on situations where I had to stay still for five minutes (even more) before my Fenix 3 picks up a satellite - on a clear weather! To make things worse, the accuracy is unacceptable. I have my MilestonePod affixed on my running shoe as my backup in case I forgot my GPS watch or it runs out of battery. Just last week, my Fenix is saying that I ran 4.7 miles but my foot pod recorded 2.8 miles. I used RunMyRoute as my 'other' source of truth and the results coincided with my MilestonePod. I went out for another run and Fenix came back with 5.6 miles but reality says it was only 3.2 miles. I hope by now you can already sense my frustration with this expensive piece of junk.

Some of you could be thinking - "why not bring it to a service center?" Which I did! My watch stayed with them for 3 days and came back the same as it did before I sent it out. The recorded data that I shared earlier was AFTER my watch was supposedly looked into by Garmin's service professionals. Just a shame that for a company who specializes in GPS technology they could not address the issue. I might give Polar M430 ($199.95) or Suunto Spartan HR ($300) a try. I've been hearing good feedback from these products. I do hope that both won't disappoint like what Garmin did.

In the meantime, I will be sticking with my Fenix for my weekly runs until a better (and affordable) watch comes along. I've thought of trading to Fenix 5 but I need to strip myself with $400 which means that my watch (like an old iPhone) is practically worthless. I've seen on forums that the latest Fenix is also plagued with the same GPS issue.

GLONASS: Off.  Recording: Smart.  Recorded: 5.6mi.  Actual: 3.2mi

GLONASS: Off.  Recording: Smart.  Recorded: 4.7 mi.  Actual: 2.8 mi

Monday, March 19, 2018

42nd National Milo Marathon 2018

Since 1974, the MILO Marathon has truly energized champions and continues to inspire millions more in what is now known as the biggest, grandest and most prestigious running event in the country. Winners, crowned MILO Marathon King and Queen, are granted the privilege to represent the country in top international marathon events.

Participants from all walks of life are able to help inspire underprivileged children to reach for their dreams through the HELP GIVE SHOES advocacy. Children get to have their own running shoes, and a chance to discover their champion journey. Decade after decade, the MILO Marathon will always be proud to journey with the Filipino people in building a nation of champions.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Watch the #UnitedNYCHalf This Sunday

On Sunday, March 18, watch a blockbuster field of professional athletes from 14 different countries lead the way at the new 2018 United Airlines NYC Half. Notable runners include rising star Emily Sisson, fan favorite Noah Droddy, and local hero Roberta Groner.

In New York, live coverage of the United Airlines NYC Half runs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT on WABC-TV, Channel 7. Live streaming will be available on the ABC app (New York area) and on ESPN3 via Watch ESPN app (outside of the New York area) from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT.

International viewers can watch the broadcast from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT via a variety of global broadcast partners. Watch your friends cross the finish line with our Find Your Finish camera, live and on demand on abc7.com (NYC) and ESPN3 (nationally) from 8:10 to 11:10 a.m. EDT.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Entry Fee #TCSNYCMarathon

I was reviewing my credit card transactions the other day and almost got floored with a recorded transaction that amounted to $358. It was a huge sum of money and I couldn't remember purchasing anything lately. I came to realize that it was my entry fee for the NYC Marathon. I got to say that one has to be financially ready if you are planning or has been relentless in participating in lotteries. The entry fee, especially for non-US residents is no joke. This sum is already equivalent to a month's worth of wage (even more).

There are several ways to get in and one of them is to join the lottery. It is the easiest method for most recreational runners like me but this requires some luck since there is an (automated?) system that the organizers are using for its selection process. During the application process, you will be asked to fill in your credit card information. Once you get picked, your card will then get charged with the entry fee. You'd want to make sure that you pay your bills on time and you've already stashed some money just in case you get picked. Instead of jumping up and down because of the opportunity to run the streets of New York, you'd find yourself on a financial pinch.


On my succeeding articles, I will be talking more of the expenses that I have already incurred (and will incur). Thanks for dropping by and see you all on the road!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Finally! #TCSNYCMarathon

I was scrolling my news feed last week and a buddy of mine posted on his wall that he will be participating in NYC Marathon. I didn't realize that the results of the lottery went out last Thursday. I quickly checked my mail to see if luck was on my side this year. For the past 4 years, I have been submitting an entry to their lottery system and hoping to be picked one day. That day has finally come!

"You are officially in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon this November. This is the world's biggest marathon—a life-changing race that draws runners from all over the planet. It will test you, challenge you, and above all move you. All of us at New York Road Runners are thrilled to have you with us!"

I will be chronicling my daily struggles until race day. Expect to see more random thoughts and other quick reads from my blog. See you all on the road!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Vermosa Sports Hub for Sports Enthusiasts

Ayala Land continues to redefine suburban living through Vermosa — a master planned community that thrives in fueling one’s passion for a healthy and active lifestyle. With over 700-hectares, Vermosa is currently the fourth largest mixed-use estate of Ayala Land Inc. It will be home to 6,000 households that highlight the diverse living options with the presence of four of ALI’s residential brands – Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, Avida and Amaia. To complement the diverse lifestyles each brand offers, Vermosa is also set to debut the Vermosa Sports Hub.

Changing the Game: Healthy and Active Living with Vermosa Sports Hub

The Vermosa Sports Hub is set to rise as a premier destination for triathletes, sports enthusiasts, and individuals who want to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. Designed specifically to offer a seamless integration of facilities and sports-related lifestyle elements, it’s meant to be a complete destination designed specifically to provide an effective and complete training experience for athletes. Aside from the sports facilities, other components are also designed to promote healthy and active living. The mall will highlight health and sports merchants for retail, while bike lanes, jogging, and biking trails will be available all over Vermosa.

To back this up, the Vermosa Sports Hub will feature several groundbreaking firsts. It will be home to an Olympic-sized pool and an Oval Track follows International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards. To complete the development is a Sports Science Laboratory. “The Vermosa Sports Hub will be a perfect venue for professional triathletes and ordinary athletes who want to professionalize their training,” shares Jay Teodoro, Estate Head of Vermosa.

The Sante Fitness Lab

In partnership with Sante International, known as one of the fastest growing global providers of organic health and wellness products and services, Vermosa Sports Hub will be home to the a 800-square meter Sante Fitness Lab.

This partnership is geared towards creating an environment where people can hone their athletic skills, with a long-term objective of nurturing athletes who can be trained for international competitions, and in the future, bring home more medals and recognition for the country.

The facility will feature a strength and conditioning fitness facility, sports rehab areas, a dance studio, a spinning class area, bike shop and services, a nutrition and fitness café, VO2 max/lactate testing, plus conference and lecture rooms. All these go hand in hand in creating a space especially primed for the driven and the determined.

Verde + Mossa

Vermosa was coined from two Latin words, Verde and Mossa. “Verde”, meaning green, references the lush environment within the healthy, sustainable, and suburban living concept of the estate. “Mossa,” meaning movement, represents the active elements of the project. Combined, Vermosa represents a modern suburban community that promotes healthy and active living that stays true to its name.

With the goal of providing a premier training venue anchored on international standards, Vermosa Sports Hub is engineered to be a comprehensive one-stop training and lifestyle destination for everyone — whether you’re a casual sports enthusiast seeking to indulge in a more active way of life, or a serious athlete in need of a venue that will support your dream.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

National Geographic Earth Day Run 2018

National Geographic Earth Day Run Year 9 presents the fun run category (3K), paving the way for more Eco Warriors to participate and champion the environmental causes they believe in. In addition to the fun run category, Nat Geo will host a series of running clinics for elite 21K runners four weeks prior to the main event to better condition the physiques of each marathoner participating in the run. Join us, as we run towards the betterment of our planet on April 22, 2018 (Sunday) at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.

P750 - 3km
P850 - 5km
P950 - 10km
P1400 - 21km

Online Registration: https://www.runrio.com/race/registration/natgeo-earth-day-run

Singlet Design / Sizing

Assembly Time and Gun Start
21km - 2:30AM - 3:30AM
10km - 4:00AM - 5:00AM
5km - 4:30AM - 5:30AM
3km - 5:00AM - 6:00AM

Cutoff Times
21km - 4 hours 30 minutes
10km - 3 hours
5km - 2 hours
3km - 1 hour

Finisher's Medal

Finisher's Shirt

Race Maps / Race Route




Sunday, February 11, 2018

RUNRIO Trilogy Awards 2018

RUNRIO Events, Inc., the country’s premier organizer of running events, recently held the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Manila in Pasay City.

The main highlight of the event is the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards. This is intended to recognize the last year’s runners who completed the 2017 RUNRIO Trilogy Series where they completed the three-leg race series namely, 21k, 32k, and 42k that happened last June 25, August 31 and October 1, respectively. The awards will not only recognize the participants but will also honor the fastest and the oldest finishers. All awardees will receive a limited edition medal hanger.

“The RUNRIO Trilogy Awards is our way of showing our appreciation to all those who participated and gave everything they’ve got fueled by their #HeartToFinish strong,” said Andrew Neri, RUNRIO Events, Inc. Managing Partner.

Moreover, the evening will also be an opportunity for RUNRIO to present YesPinoy Foundation with a PhP500,000.00 donation. Founded in 2009, the foundation in partnership with Taclob, produces emergency bags made by survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. The aim is to provide hooded cloak backpacks with emergency kits and learner’s materials to young people in vulnerable public schools particularly those in areas affected by Typhoons.

Aside from the Trilogy Awards, RUNRIO also announced the scheduled of races for 2018 as the RUNRIO Trilogy Race Series expands its presence in Cebu. This year, the first leg of the race series will be held on March 4 in Cebu and on March 18 in Manila. The second leg will be in Cebu this time on May 6 and again in Manila on June 3. The last leg will be on August 19 and again on September 23 in Cebu and Manila, respectively.

Running enthusiasts can also look forward to more exciting running activities in store for everyone. First is the 5k Family Run. For this race, teams must consist of two adults and two kids. Each kid must be 15 years or below to qualify. The 5k Barkada Run, on the other hand, is open to four adults each of whom must be 16 years of age or older. There is also the 10k Buddy Run which, is also for participants 16 years old and above.

As an added incentive for runners, participants who register in groups are entitled to a substantial discount on the registration fees.

“This year promises to be exciting for us and for all those who want to join our runs,” said Coach Rio Dela Cruz, RUNRIO President and CEO. “Running enthusiasts can look forward to the 2018 RUNRIO Trilogy not only as an avenue to push their limits but also to spend quality time with friends and family.”

The RUNRIO Trilogy was made possible by its other partners, namely, Gatorade, Maynilad, Garmin, SM Mall of Asia, Nyxsys, Inside Manila, Fitbar, KitKat, Efes, Nizoral, Salonpas, and Milcu Deodorant Powder.

For more information on the registration fees and the online registration schedule, visit www.runrio.com.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Color Manila Blacklight Run 2018

The country’s number one fun-run organizer - Color Manila, which kick started 2018 with its successful CM Paradise Run campaign last month, is gearing up for another massive ‘concept fun-run’ on February 24, 2018, at McKinley West in Taguig City, with CM Blacklight Run, co-presented by Brother International Philippines.

CM Blacklight Run will be ColorManila’s first night run for 2018, and will be first of a series for this year, which will be held in various cities nationwide.

ColorManila VP Justine Cordero says, “We are happy to be working once again with Brother for the CM Blacklight Run. Night runs are perfect for people who are working and need cap their week with a bit of a workout, which they can do with their family and friends. It will also be held at McKinley West, so those who just stay at BGC, Makati, Pasay, or other parts of the Metro, can just easily join the event.”

Cordero continues, “Participants can choose from 3 race finishes - 3K, 5K, and 6.5K; while they have 3 race categories or kits to choose from - Deluxe, Rockstar and VIP. Deluxe is priced at Php950 and includes a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet and a finisher’s medal. While the Rockstar Kit, which is priced at Php1500, comes with a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag and a foldable water bottle.

Finally, the VIP Kit is priced at Php2,500, comes with a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag, foldable water bottle, finisher’s pillow, P1000 worth of CM Merchandise GCs and a VIP Pass. Kids below 7 by the way, get to run for free.”
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