Maybank Powerman World Series Philippines 2016

The POWERMAN Philippines World Series in partnership with Maybank promises to be more than just a sporting event come Decemeber 3-4, 2016. It is a weekend that will see the likes of the top duathletes compete and qualify for the Powerman Duathlon World Championships which will be held in Zofingen, Switzerland in 2017.

The spotlight event begins at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. This spectacularly designed run, bike and run course will bring both locals and guests ever closer to the Philippines as one of the top multi sports country to hosts large events of this magnitude.

With race proponents L-R: Michael Owen Gan (President Powerman Duathlon Philippines), Ms. Pollie Sim (CEO of Maybank Group International) and Raymund Magdaluyo, (President of F&F International Events Group Inc.)

Maybank is Title Presentor of Powerman Philippines World Series 2016
Maybank, South East Asia’s fourth largest bank, and Powerman Philippines, the Philippine affiliate of the International Powerman Association (IPA), have partnered together to bring the biggest and only international duathlon to the Philippines in December this year.
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Aptly named the Maybank Powerman Philippines World Series, this much-anticipated duathlon race series event will be held from 3-4 December 2016 at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Ten professional duathletes from across the globe, including two-time Powerman World Champion and Powerman Philippines Ambassador Gael Le Bellec, three-time Powerman World Champion Emma Pooley, and defending Powerman World Champion Seppe Odeyn, have confirmed to fly in to race at this event.
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Powerman Philippines officials with Maybank’s top officers

Aside from having a Powerman Short (5km run–30km bike–5km run) which is a variation of the standard duathlon, the Maybank Powerman Philippines World Series will also feature the Powerman Classic (10km run–60km bike–10 km run), the Powerkids (for kids ages 6-12) and the Powerteens (for teens aged 13-19).
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Powerman is a premier race series across the world and has been present for 27 years in 30 different countries. For the first time too, the Maybank Powerman Philippines World Series will be a qualifying race for the Powerman Duathlon World Championships which will be held in Zofingen, Switzerland in 2017.
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“Maybank welcomes this partnership with Powerman Philippines,” said Miss Pollie Sim, CEO International of Maybank Group. “This is a milestone for Maybank as it is the first time that the Group is in support of an endurance sports event. Through this partnership with Powerman, we are hoping to connect and strengthen Maybank Philippines’ relationship with the community through sportsmanship. We are hopeful that with such involvement, we are not only nurturing talents from the region, but also building collaboration with our ASEAN and global community at large.”
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Contract signing

Ms. Sim added, “We are also excited by the fact that this big duathlon event, the Maybank Powerman Philippines World Series, will be held in Clark where Maybank has one of its largest branches serving the community here.”
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“The partnership with Maybank for both Powerman events this year solidifies Powerman’s position as the Philippines’ most prestigious and coveted Duathlon race,” says Michael Owen Gan, President of Powerman Philippines.
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Being one of the strongest banks in Southeast Asia and the world, Maybank will definitely help bolster the growth of Powerman Duathlon in the Philippines and ultimately in the region, where more Powerman races have been lined-up for the 2017 Asian series.
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Maybank’s partnership with Powerman Philippines covers two duathlon race events for this year. The first race was the Anytime Fitness Powerman Philippines Asian Invitational presented by Maybank, and was held on 20 November 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia by the Bay. Professional duathletes Jason Loh and Su Teoh from Malaysia and Airi Sawada from Japan flew in to be part of the race’s Elite Category.
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Part of the proceeds of the Powerman race event will go towards buying bicycles and other gear for the Batang Tri Grassroots program that supports young individuals who do not have the financial means to enter the world of multi-sports.
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Maybank is among Asia’s leading banking groups and South East Asia’s fourth largest bank in terms of assets. The Maybank Group has an international network of 2,400 offices in 20 countries, including all ASEAN countries, as well as 80 branches in the Philippines. Its network today spans Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Hong Kong SAR & People’s Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Mauritius, Great Britain and the United States of America. The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and riskl and asset management. It has over 44,000 employees worldwide.
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To know more about Maybank, visit www.maybank.com.ph or check out the Maybank PH Facebook page.
Visit www.powerman.ph or Powerman Philippines on Facebook for more information and updates.

Soleus Launches Signature Series Watch Collection in the Philippines

Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it’s not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.” –Kara Goucher

I have always followed Kara Goucher’s’s amazing feats as she is one of the most accomplished American female distance runner for the past 15 years. The two-time Olympian is mostly described as tough because of her awesome achievements, her ability to come back after a series of injuries during her peak years. Lately, Goucher is continuing her extreme gift of marathon running into a balance of training, rest, healthy eating and more training… inspiring others to do the same.

Her major accomplishments:

Marathon PR: 2:24:52 (Boston, 2011)

Best trials qualifier: 2:30:24 (Los Angeles, 2016)

Most recent marathon: 4th, 2:30:24, 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

Residence: Boulder, Colorado

Age : 38

Previous Olympic trials results: third, 2012 marathon; second, 2008 10,000 meters; first, 2008 5,000 meters

Celebrating the pursuit of the Rio Olympics 2016, Kara in collaboration with other Soleus Elites, Alysia Montano, and Nick Symmonds, has debuted a special edition collection designed Soleus watches.

While the Soleus GPS One is a minimalist watch, “it has everything you need and nothing you dont”, as its catchphrase suggests. It’s a simple watch with not much frills but delivers what it does best, accurately track your speed and distance. And what better way to maximize it’s potential than to collaborate with elite sponsored American athletes on a signature series collection that is designed by elite runners for world-class and newbie runners.

The Soleus Signature Kara Goucher GPS One has a stunning red, white and blue interface with Kara’s signature at the back that represents the American flag. The Soleus GPS One has all the technology many runners need..a reliable GPS provides you via a simple user-interface with accurate pace and distance information. Moreover, this watch is water resistant, and comes with a rechargeable battery.

Though it doesn’t upload data, you still can keep an old-fashioned work-out diary which Kara does. Aside from pace, distance and speed, it also measures calories burned, stores lap data and has a 100-hour chronograph capabilities.

After several years of constant use with various Soleus GPS watch models, the Sara Goucher GPS One Signature series packs the usual important features of a GPS watch; an accurate recording of average pace and run distance, long battery life and now a great color design which is plenty suitable for all-day wear. Great running watch at a very low price of P4,950.00 available at all L-Time Studio Stores and TIMEGEAR Boutiques!

 

SOLEUS KARA GOUCHER “GPS ONE” SIGNATURE SERIES  — P 4,950.00

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SOLEUS  ALYSIA MONTANO “CHICKED” SIGNATURE SERIES — P2, 950.00

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SOLEUS NICK SYMMONDS “CONTENDER” SIGNATURE SERIES  — P 3,450.00

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You can get these special signature series at all L-Time Studio Stores and TIMEGEAR Boutiques!

International Conferenceon Sport Pedagogy, Health and Wellness: Nov.18-20, 2016

FILIPINO EDUCATORS TO HOST THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPORT PEDAGOGY CONFERENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES

Need for Retooling of Physical Education and School Sports Addressed

Enter a caption(from left) Raymund Magdaluyo, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Atty. Carlo Abarquez, Philippine Sports Commission, Dean Ronnie Dizer, UP College of Human Kinetics, Dina Bernardo, SportPhil, Robbie de Vera, MILO Sports Executive

The College of Human Kinetics of the University of the Philippines has been organizing the
National Conference on Sport Pedagogy since 2012. The past three conferences have been well attended by Physical Educators, Sport Science practitioners, Coaches and Human Movement specialists from all over the Philippines.

This year, in cooperation with the Sport Management Council of the Philippines and with
the support and endorsement of the Asian Council of Exercise and Sport Science, UP-CHK is proud to present the 1st International Conference on Sport Pedagogy (ICSP). The conference theme is PE Plus: Retooling Physical Education for Inclusion, Development and Competition.

Over twenty international scholars specializing in Physical Education and Sport Sciences
have been invited to share their knowledge and expertise. Philippine officials from the Department of Education, Department of Health and the Philippine Sports Commission have also been invited.

The conference culminates in a special forum on “How to PE Plus?” to be moderated by the
conference adviser Professor Dr. Ming Kai Chin and keynote speaker, Professor Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper.

The 1st ICSP promises to present different perspectives and frameworks in the study and
practice of Physical Education. Participants can also improve practical knowledge or learn choose to participate in a Lecture and a Movement workshop, each running for 2 hours. In addition, researches will have the opportunity to disseminate their findings through the poster and oral paper presentations.

ICSPHW 2016 CONFERENCE INFORMATION
HOSTED BY : COLLEGE OF HUMAN KINETICS, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
(UP-CHK)

VENUE: CELEBRITY SPORTS PLAZA & THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, DILIMAN CAMPUS ,QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
DATES: NOVEMBER 18,19,20, 2016
THEME: “PE Plus: Retooling Physical Education for Inclusion, Development and
Competition.”

ICSPHW CONFERENCE REGISTRATION RATES
For Registration Inquiries kindly email : ICSP2016.SEC@GMAIL.COM
To Register, you can go directly to: http://kintoz.com/sph-events/events/sph/

ANNOUNCEMENT: REGULAR REGISTRATION RATES have been EXTENDED until November 17, Thursday, which means all interested participants must complete their payments only until that banking day.

Having said that, online registrations end at noontime of November 17th. Late registrants will have to register and pay on-site.

Go to http://gbevents.org/sph-events/events/sph/ to REGISTER TODAY!

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PRESS RELEASE:

Pasay City, Philippines, 10th November, 2016 - The University of the Philippines’ College of Human Kinetics (UP-CHK), in partnership with Sport Management Council of the Philippines (SportPhil), led a  press conference today to officially announce the upcoming first ever 3-day international academic sports event in the Philippines, the 2016 International Conference on Sport Pedagogy, Health, and Wellness (ICSPHW 2016).

ICSPHW 2016, with a theme, entitled “P.E. Plus: Retooling Physical Education and School Sports for Inclusion, Development and Competition,” will be held from November 18 to 20, 2016, at the Celebrity Sports Plaza and the UP Diliman campus, in Quezon City.

Equipped with meaningful and substantial lectures and training from distinguished sports scholars from all over the world, including the Philippines, the conference aims to highlight the importance of games, play, and physical activity for the development of students. It is looking to attract P.E. teachers, coaches, instructors, trainers, managers, students, athletes and sports advocates.

“This year’s conference promises to equip attendees with the latest pedagogy and valuable workshops as well as opportunities to showcase their research papers and posters,” UP-CHK Dean Ronualdo Dizer announced to members of the media, and distinguished sports figures and advocates during the press launch held at the critically acclaimed international steakhouse, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Resorts World Manila, emphasizing the importance of the event in improving sports education in the country.

Presented by beverage brand MILO Philippines, the conference has a bevy of 20+ foreign and local speakers, an expected attendance of 850+ participants, and has been endorsed by the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and the Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS), among other institutions.

“We at MILO believe that active students are active learners; and that physical activity can help improve performance in the classroom. For years, MILO’s grassroots sports programs have contributed to giving Filipino youth a fit and healthy lifestyle,” said Robbie De Vera, MILO Sports Executive.  “MILO’s support for ICSPHW 2016 solidifies our commitment to empower sports and P.E. instructors who play a significant role in youth development.”

ICSPHW 2016 is presented by MILO Philippines, co-presented by PACE Magazine x freyo, with Mama Sita’s as official sponsor, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Manila, Cebuana Lhuillier, GoldToe and Delos Santos Medical Center as assisting sponsors, ABS-CBN as chief media partner, and the Philippine Star  and MultiSport.ph as official media partners. Notable speakers include: ACESS co-founder Prof. Dr. Ming- Kai Chin, German Olympic Sports Confederation’s Prof. Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper, and Prof. G L Khanna of India.

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.peplus.ph, www.facebook.com/NCSPofficial, or call +63977 831 8749.

About UP College of Human Kinetics (UP-CHK)

The UP Diliman College of Human Kinetics (CHK) is one of the leading academic institutions in the  Philippines which offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Physical Education, Sports and Human  Movement Sciences. It has produced graduates who are now leaders and key administrators shaping the physical education, sports and exercise programs in various institutions nationwide. Currently it is composed of 33 full-time faculty members who specialize in sports coaching/officiating and instruction, strength and conditioning, dance and fitness instruction, outdoor recreation and management, and sports and exercise psychology.

About Sport Management Council of the Philippines (SportPhil)

SportPhil is an organization that assists and promotes excellence in sport management, science and  business – combining foreign and local expertise. Founded by Ms. Geraldine Bernardo, a one-time executive director of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and former national athlete herself, SportPhil is a recognized member of the Asian Association of Sport Management (AASM) and an affiliate of the Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS). To learn more visit http://www.sportphil.com, or call +63977 831 8749.

 

Soleus Buddy Trail Run: November 20, 2016

One of the very best trail routes near the metro and a favorite of mine during week-ends of trail running is now the venue of the forth-coming SOLEUS Buddy Trail Run (16k / 21k Buddy) to be held on November 20, 2016. This course is truly unique with all the trimmings of a great trail race. Starting from the majestic Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal, this race has something for everyone with river crossings, single-track trails, fire roads, woods, unrelenting uphills and downhills, farm fields, and magnificent views of the Sierra Madre mountains!

Registration is still going on at the at L-Timestudio Stores at Market-Market in Taguig, SM Megamall at Timegear at  Trinoma. Dont miss this chance to be part of this scenic trail run in Wawa, Rodriguex, Rizal. REGISTER Now!

Soleus Buddy Trail Run

November 20, 2016
Wawa Dam, Rodriguez, Rizal
16K Solo / 21K Buddy

Registration Fees:
16K Solo –  P950.00
21K Buddy –  P1,900.00
– Inclusive of a Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Finisher Certificate and Finisher Shirt

Registration Venues:

1. Bank Deposit
– Landbank of the Philippines
– Liziel O. Tan
– 1476-1050-36

OR

– BPI Family Bank
– Roel Ano
– 599-647-6377

Email scanned or photo of deposit slip to bbgrunevents@gmail.com together with
1. Complete Name
2. Contact Number
3. Shirt Size

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PRUride To London: Criterium Race on Nov. 12, 2016 at McKinley West, Taguig City

Pedal your way to London at Pru Life UK’s PRUride cycling event! The one-day event on November 12 at McKinley West and Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig city will consist of a criterium race for professional cyclists and a bike community day for friends and families. Up for grabs are all-expense-paid trips to London and foldable bikes, among many other exciting prizes!

All proceeds will fund bike-friendly projects of the National Bicycle Organization.

For more details, please visit http://pruridetolondon.com.ph/

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British life insurer Pru Life UK brings the legendary Prudential RideLondon event to the Philippines! There will be a criterium race for professional cyclists at McKinley West and a bike community day for friends and families at Uptown Bonifacio, both in Taguig City.

To join, a PhP 500-donation is required which will go to the funding of National Bicycle Organization’s (NBO) projects which promote bike-friendly initiatives in road safety, bike lessons and bike commuting. Such projects are the Monthly Free Bike Lessons and Urban Cycling Safety Seminar that NBO conducts monthly. Likewise, part of the donation will go to the funding of the bike racks in selected cities inside and outside Metro Manila.

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Participants can look forward to receiving a PRUride full-sub jersey, PRUride finishers’ shirt, after-event food and beverage while experiencing fun bike activities for cyclists and families.

Also up for grabs are four all-expense-paid trips to London, 10 folding bicycles, and cash prizes for winners in the Criterium. Register now at http://pruridetolondon.com.ph.

nbo-logo-with-shiftingTo know more about the National Bicycle Organization and Pru Life UK, you can visit the following links:

At the Pru Ride to London launch with the race proponents headed by Jeremy Go, Race Director

Criterium details and rules:

A. Event details

  1. Venue: McKinley West, Taguig City
  2. Assembly time: 6:00 a.m.
  3. Race time will officially begin at 6:30 a.m. for the first category. Schedule of start times can be seen here.

B. Timing system

  1. The timing system shall be electronic. All participants will be assigned a timing chip.
  2. Crit Distance for Road Bike Male Open is 60mins + 2 Laps. 1 Lap = 1.1kms
  3. Crit Distance for Juniors is 20mins + 2 Laps. 1 Lap = 1.1kms
  4. Crit Distance for All other categories is 30mins + 2 laps.  1 Lap = 1.1kms

C. General rules

  1. Overlapped participants are automatically removed from the race.
  2. No aero bars allowed.
  3. No-helmet, no-ride policy will be strictly implemented.
  4. Participants must be in the holding area at least 15 minutes before their respective start times. Participants without timing chip and bib are not allowed to start the race.
  5. Participants experiencing flat tire or mechanical problems are automatically removed from the race.
  6. Open categories can accept any skill level.
  7. Participants can join/register in more than one (1) races.
  8. Organizers reserve the right to change the rules under discretion based on health, risk, and safety concerns.
  9. Judges can remove participants in the holding area if they are found not eligible in the age group.
  10. The decision of the judges is final.

D. Winners verification and protests

  1. Winners per category must go directly to the Winners Verification Tent after their respective race leg. They must present two (2) valid government-issued IDs such as the following:
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Postal ID
    • SSS ID
    • PRC license
    • GSIS card
    • Driver’s license
    • Student’s ID
    • Fire arm license
    • PhilHealth card
    • Diplomat ID
    • Voter’s ID
  2. Protests will be entertained only if the participant pays the protest fee of PhP 2,000 and fills out a written protest form to be submitted to the secretariat tent located in the Criterium expo at McKinley West.
  3. Participants are given one (1) hour before and one (1) hour after their respective races to submit a written protest to the secretariat tent.
  4. Protests regarding the eligibility of age of another participant should be submitted before the scheduled race category. A valid government-issued ID will be the reference for age.

E. Violations penalized by disqualification

  1. Participants are not allowed to lane-cut.
  2. Misrepresentation, use of another person’s identity, or changing of personal details such as age are not allowed.
  3. Participants are not allowed to block other participants. Overtaking should be to the right side of the lead cyclist.
  4. Participants cannot pull or hold other participants.
  5. Participants cannot receive outside assistance.

F. Mountain bike-specific rules

  1. Wheel/tire width should be 2.0 and up. Anything below the prescribed width will not be allowed.
  2. Only chainring 48T and below will be allowed.

G. Juniors (15-17 yrs old)-specific rules

  1. Participants must present a copy of their birth certificate and a valid ID which indicates their age (winners without these documents will not be recognized).
  2. Participants are given a race time of 20 minutes + 2 laps.
  3. Road bikes are highly recommended to be used by participants in this category.

H. Fixed gear bike-specific rules

  1. This is a mixed/open category. Males and females will be competing for the same prize in this category.
  2. Participants are given a race time of 30 minutes + 2 laps.
  3. Only single crank/single chainring will be allowed.

I. Folding bike-specific rules

  1. Only chainring 58T and below will be allowed for folding bikes.
  2. Participants are given a race time of 30 minutes + 2 laps.
  3. Only tires with 20-inch circumference and below will be allowed.

J. Joining more than one category

  1. Participants may join more than one (1) category.
  2. Participants must meet the qualifications for each category they want to join.
  3. Participants must register separately for each category they want to join.
  4. Participants must furnish separate copies of requirements for each category they want to join.

K. Cancellation of Categories

  1. Each category must have at least ten (10) entries, hence the organizer has the right to cancel the particular race category. Entries/ registrants are given the option to register on the remaining categories on or before November 12, 2016.

Definition of terms:

  •  Age – Year age will be followed (i.e. If you are 30 years of age on January 1, 2016 you will be considered 30 years of age until December 31, 2016.)
  • Amateur – A participant is considered amateur if he/she has not competed as a professional in any cycling race or has not represented the country in any international or local cycling event.
  • Open category – The category accepts all skill level (e.g. amateur, professional, and non-professional)

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Yakap: A Film of The Courageous Faces of People With Special Needs!

One of the most moving short films on Down Syndrome i have ever seen!

“WHAT IS YAKAP”?

The film “Yakap” shows a day in the lives of three people with Special Needs. The stories are told from the points of view of their parents. There was no script for the film, everything is spontaneous and unplanned.

“More than a film, it is profiles of true courage. First, courage of the children whose disabilities are the only reality they have ever known and who live their lives the only way they know how, in spite of curious stares, pointing fingers, and hidden smiles. Second, the courage of parents and family members who may have grown up thinking normal was everything but ended up learning that different can be the new normal.”

Ten years ago, Dolores Cheng formed The Center for Possibilities Foundation (CFP).  “It was my own coming to terms with the condition of my son,” she shares. Andreas, now 22, was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay when he was 3 years old.  “There were no support groups for his particular type of disability, I didn’t know where to go, who to see, where to find what I needed to know. I wanted to understand what it meant to raise a child with special needs. So I thought that maybe if I formed a group of my own, I would be able to ring a call to other people who might be in the same boat and need some help,” Dolores continues.

The vision and mission of CFP revolves around inclusion, having a compassionate society that includes persons with special needs into the mainstream population. Even the way CFP is set up reflects this vision of inclusion. “We come from different backgrounds, different types of families and family lives, it represents how the world is,” Dolores points out.

The CFP board is composed of finance expert Renato Reyes, educators Cynthia and Lito Gonzalez; restaurateurs, car enthusiasts, and civic leaders, Vangie and Dieter Jaehn; mommy blogger Michelle Ressa Aventajado, jeweller Geeta Chulani,  producer Yvonne de Paula, co-parent of a special child Totoy Garcia, publisher Maricris Lim Pineda, accomplished netizen Mark Ignacio, and spiritual adviser Fr. Gerard Deveza.

For the past decade, CFP has engaged in teaching skills and promoting inclusion in underserved sectors through support groups, literature, film showing, and orientation. They’ve published books regarding persons with special needs and organized events such as special football tournaments that allow the athletic inclinations of the kids to shine.

Their biggest project to date is “Yakap”.  Produced by Dolores and directed by Danny Añonuevo, the film provides a glimpse into a day in the lives of three people: Evangeline “Gelli” Aventajado, a 4-year-old with Down Syndrome; Aaron Joshua “AJ” De Quiroz, an 8-year-old with epilepsy, Autism, and Global Developmental Delay; and Kevin Avelino, a 45-year-old with Global Developmental Delay. “The stories are told from the points of view of their parents. Nothing was scripted, everything that you will see is natural and unplanned,” describes Dolores.

Aaron Joshua “AJ” De Quiroz, an 8-year-old with epilepsy, Autism, and Global Developmental Delay

Evangeline “Gelli” Aventajado, a 4-year-old with Down Syndrome

Kevin Avelino, a 45-year-old with Global Developmental Delay

Music for “Yakap” was composed by Jessie Lasaten  and the post production color grading was done by Issa Gonzalez. The 54-minute film is capped off by a music video with lyrics that Dolores wrote with music by Charo Unite.

Yakap means to embrace.  In line with CFP’s  vision, we wish for all children with disability to be embraced into the mainstream of our lives and to be treated the way we treat each other — with compassion, respect, dignity and acceptance,” says Dolores.

CFP hopes to bring the film to different places and generate more awareness for the need to respect the potential and promise of persons with special needs. “We would be very happy to do special screenings. We can visit schools and would be more than willing to tie up with community organizations,” she volunteers.

The group is also on a quest to build and operate Special Education (SPED) Centers for indigent communities, for children with special needs who are undiagnosed and untreated. Their Sagada SPED Center is now open. The  Norzagaray, Bulacan SPED Center is expected to start running later this year. And the Tacloban and Sorsogon SPED Centers are scheduled to operate sometime in 2017.

The Centers are brick and mortar structures with tables, surrounded with stimulating materials, equipment, and learning tools that can be used to teach children the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Each SPED Center will be operated by a teacher trained in the SPED division of Reach International School.

“In many parts of the country, especially in remote areas, there is no government center dedicated to the identification, recognition, much less support and treatment for persons with special needs. Many special children are physically mature but have cognitive and behavioral challenges so it is imperative that we create centers of learning that can teach them some skills with which they can live with some form of independence and dignity,” elaborates Dolores. Enrolment in the SPED Center is free so it helps alleviate the cost of taking care of special children from the families. These centers will also include parent support groups.

Special screenings of “Yakap” may be arranged through CFP at centerforpossibilities.asia or (02) 723-1242 / (0918) 888-1759.

“Yakap” is supported by Rustan’s  Commercial  Corporation, Gruppo Mobili Philippines, Inc., AY Foundation, Inc., Royal Duty Free Subic, Marks & Spencer, Mamou Restaurant, Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, Rustan Marketing Corporation, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines  Inc., Leslie Corporation – Clover Chips, Miladay, Orogem, The Phinma Foundation, Inner Peace Foundation Inc. Manila, Music Master (Music School & Recording Arts), nananadal Public Relations & Events Management,  Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Crossover 105.1 FM, and Retro DCG –FM – 105.9.

 

 

 

Gear Review: AMIHAN Crosswind Hydration Vest

Backgrounder:

Crosswind Hydration Vest/Backpack:

  • Lightweight, minimalist vest-style backpack
  • Two large pockets at the left and right front strap, capable of carrying 500ml bottles
  • Can carry a 1.5 Liter hydration bladder at the back
  • Made of light materials for a comfortable stable ride
  • A slight upgrade from its best-selling 1st hydration vest, the Fast-Track
  • Weight: 274 Grams
  • Local brand, Made in the Philippines

The AMIHAN Crosswind

Finally, i’ll be able to give my old, tried and tested Ultraspire Surge Hydration Vest a well-deserved rest after serving me almost 4 years of trail running that survived all kinds of abuse including submersion in river crossings, heat, rain, mud and other harsh trail conditions.

Ever since, i’ve been on a look-out for another hydration vest that would complement my Ultraspire and i’ve been seeing a lot of this local AMIHAN vest which looked good, lightweight and durable. Since early this year, the AMIHAN vest, particularly the “Fast Track” model has been a constant fixture to all trail races i’ve attended, indistinguishable with the other vests trail runners were wearing like the Salomon S-Lab, Ultimate Direction, Nathan and Ultraspire.

Since the Fast Track, a new and slightly improved AMIHAN vest has now been released in the market and is called the “Crosswind”. The pack is again minimalist, which is designed to carry two, 20 oz water bottles up front. It can also be set up to place a 1.5 water bladder at the back although the bladder doesn’t come free with the unit itself.

FEATURES:

FRONT:

  • Stretch bottle holsters to carry two 20 oz bottles with tightening cords. (I use the other holster to place my pocket camera).
  • At the back of the holsters are zipped pouches to carry one 5.5 smartphone and the other you can use for stacking a 4.7 iphone. If you just carry one phone, the other pouch could be used to stack candy bars, keys, gels and other small essentials.
  • Two reflectorized loops on both sides of the vest to loop and secure your water hose outside or use it to tie-up a bandana, running cap or whistle.
  • Two adjustable fastening clips to secure the vest to the contours of your chest.

BACK:

  • The main compartment has a zippered opening at the upper right side to insert your 1.5 hydration bladder (reservoir) if you intend to use one. If a bladder won’t be used, it can contain an extra shirt or a light wind-proof jacket, additional trail foods, etc.
  • A bungee cord you can use to tie up your light-weight jacket, to loosen up to maximize capacity on the main compartment.
  • Another zippered opening located on the lower left of the main compartment to easily access small valuables at the bottom most part of the compartment.
  • The lower half-part of the compartment is stretchable for that extra capacity and compression.

FIT and PERFORMANCE:

Just one 14k trail run and i am totally convinced!

I was able to test run this gear yesterday during a 3-hour familiarization run of the Sierra Trails Adventure Race 12k route which is going to be held on October 16, 2016 to start and end at the Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay. (Registration details here:  http://www.pinoytrails.com/pinoy-trails-sierra-trail-adventure-challenge/)

Before using it, i recommended that you loosen-up the lower side straps first, adjust and secure the thin straps on the upper chest side then adjust anew the lower side straps to tighten or loosen. This way, you will able to gauge its feel and adjust accordingly for the right fit.

Starting my run, i immediately felt the snugness of its fit, very stable and no wiggles nor bouncing whatsoever. Putting a 16 oz Salomon water bottle in the right pocket and my camera on the left holster with my iphone on the back of the right holster, the run went smoothly as if nothing was strap on my body. Even without a bladder at the back compartment, it was quite light, not hindering my movements.

I didn’t have to reach for anything at the back because everything i needed was conveniently secured on the front pockets (a gel, fitbar) and they were easily accessible even while running. And because of its airmesh it allowed plenty of air to move around your body, no feeling of stickiness on your back.

CONCLUSION:

The AMIHAN Crosswind race vest has a lot going for it: light, versatile, snug and it has everything you need, from adequate hydration, lots of storage and a very nifty look.

PROS:

  • Ultra light, very secured adjustments to your body.
  • No bouncing or wiggles whatever you put at the front or back.
  • Gives lots of storage! Have a 5.5-inch smartphone? No problem! You can put a small camera, light jacket and plenty of food in all its compartments.
  • The mesh seems to be built of high quality and its very breathable.

CONS:

  • The elastic tightening cord on the holsters seems to break up when over-pulled to fasten the lid of a water bottle. This happened to the vest of one of our runners. I suggest not pulling the cord anymore to fasten the noose of your bottle. Just tightening the pocket with the tightening button will do.
  • The bungee cord at the back seems to inhibit the zippered opening of the compartments. You will have to pull up the bungee cord a bit in order to pull down the zipper unhampered. A small hassle, but not a major one.

Still, the AMIHAN Crosswind is one excellent companion for your ultras, trail runs and mountain hikes. I assure you, you won’t be disappointed!

At P1,600.00, it’s a great bargain!

And the greatest PLUS to this all? This race vest only costs P1,600.00*, just a third of the price when you buy those international branded labels which are also all made in the Philippines!

Grab one now while supply lasts!

*Bladder/Reservoir and water bottles not included