#LoveYourBody Fair 2016: February 20 At Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City

Health Junkie celebrates strong women, launches #LoveYourBody Fair 2016

HealthJunkie.ph, one of the top fitness blogs in the country is hosting a sports and wellness camp on February 20, 2016 (Saturday) from 6:00am to 1:00pm at the Greenfield District Central Park (near corner EDSA and Shaw Blvd) Mandaluyong City.

They are offering the opportunity of their community partners and local businesses to promote health and well-being to all fitness-conscious participants. The theme for this year’s health and fitness fair is “women loving their bodies”, giving women proper nutrition, strengthening their bodies with exercise, training them not too worry too much and giving themselves enough time to recharge.

Come experience live sessions with distinguished health gurus, and shop with health-focused vendors from across the country. You’ll learn more about healthy living, yoga, fun exercises like running and zumba, clean eating and other exciting topics.

This wellness fair is being spearheaded by top fitness celebrity, Tonette Nicholas, founder and owner of the HealthJunkie.ph blog.

Here are the details of the event:

Health Junkie, your go-to resource for doable exercise, healthy recipes, and happy lifestyle tips, is launching something big this year.

Heath Junkie’s readership comprises mostly of young female professionals within the age group of 18-34 years old who are either looking into ways to jump start their healthy lifestyle or women who are seeking for a community to share their passion for health and fitness with.

“Health Junkie is more than just a blog, it’s a community, ” says founder Tonette Nicolas. “We’ve always known that women are strong, but we’re also human. We have insecurities and fears which can sometimes get the better of us. That’s why having a community who understands and doesn’t judge is important. We’re here to support each other as we strive for a healthier and more active lifestyle.”

HealthJunkie founder and owner, the lovely Tonette Nicholas  (c) PMCM Events

It all starts with loving your body
Given the wide array of diets available and different exercises to try, it can get overwhelming. The truth is, there’s no single solution; what works for one person may not yield the same result for another. The one thing that can certainly work for everyone is choosing to be kindto love your body.

We often tend to focus on what we hate about our body, but what if we actually start loving it? Loving your body is about giving it proper nutrition, strengthening your body with exercise, training yourself not too worry too much and giving yourself enough time to recharge.

Tonette and principals of the PMCM Events Management

#LoveYourBody Fair 2016

Health Junkie is committed to providing value to its readers. “We want to help educate the community about the choices available to them. Hence, the #LoveYourBody Fair. We want to connect our community with brands who also value health, fitness, and wellness in general,” says Tonette. “We’re grateful to have Greenfield District’s support as we know that they align with our values as well.”

#LoveYourBody Fair 2016 is set to happen on February 20, Saturday at the Greenfield District Central Park, United St., Mandaluyong. The fitness activities will start at 7:00 AM, along with the wellness bazaar, which may coincide with Greenfield Weekend Market.

6:00 AM – Registration

Sports and Fitness Camp:

—07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Yoga
08:00 AM – 09:30 AM: Zumba® with Ms. Regine Tolentino
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Talks
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Running Clinic
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Yoga (or another fitness event)/Talks
—12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Entertainment: dance/song/band/music while having lunch)

Wellness Bazaar: 06:00 AM – 12:00 PM

– Pampering Corner: Massage, Facial, and more.
– Fun Activities: Face painting, photo booth, and more.
– SHOPPING: healthy food, homemade gourmets, sports and fitness items, gym memberships, beauty products and more.

“We’re happy to host this year’s #LoveYourBody Fair,” says Jacq Brabante of Greenfield District. “It’s at the heart of Greenfield District to provide our community with activities that can enrich their lives. If anything, we really want them to enjoy every time they’re at the Greenfield Central Park.”

Activities include Zumba class by Ms. Regine Tolentino, Yoga classes by Urban Ashram Yoga, Running Clinic by Coach Jared Baliguat, and free talks about loving your body and having a healthier lifestyle. For more info, visit HealthJunkie.ph. (please include this link: http://www.healthjunkie.ph/events/loveyourbody2016/)

Running Clinic Coach, Jared Baliguat


• Regular Rate:
o All Access Pass: P450 – Zumba, Sports + Fitness Camp, Raffle stub, Talks, Bazaar Entrance
o Zumba Access Pass: P350
o Sports + Fitness Camp Access (Yoga, Running Clinic): P350
o Wellness Bazaar: FREE entrance
• Early Bird Rate (Until February 15)
o All Access Pass: P300
o Zumba Access Pass: P250
o Yoga Access Pass: P250
o Running Clinic: P250

#LoveYourBody Fair 2016: Sports and Fitness Camp + Wellness Bazaar is co-presented by Greenfield District, Gelattto by Gelateria Italiana, and Zalora Philippines. This event is co-organized with PMCM Events Management.

Participating Sponsors and Bazaar Vendors:

• Biore
• Shopee
• Twin Oaks Place
• Zitan
• Urban Ashram Yoga
• Caronia
• Lightwater
• Vitamin Boost
• Arla Philippines: Let In the Goodness
• Blackwater
• iSKin Aesthetic Lifestyle
• Goya
• Waters Philippines
• Sunkist Premium
• Dona Maria Premium Quality Rice
• Jergens Skincare
• Philgraphics Inc: Unlocking printing possibilities
• Organique Acai
• Shepherds House Publishers
• YSA Skin and Body experts
• Jeunesse
• Artist Madhouse
• Vitamix Philippines

• Skin Philosophie, Medical Aesthetic and Lifestyle Solutions
• The Ostrich Farm
• You C1000 Health Drink
• Nin Jiom
• Pickle Foods Co.
• Celeteque
• Glorious Blend
• Minute Burger

First 200 people to register online gets freebies and goodie bags from our sponsors! Register by going to this link:


#LoveYourBody Fair video teaser: https://youtu.be/mFAgcrKGdrE
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About Health Junkie

Health Junkie (www.healthjunkie.ph) is your go-to resource for doable exercise, healthy recipes, and happy lifestyle tips.
Heath Junkie’s readership comprises mostly of young female professionals within the age group of 18-34 years old who are either looking into ways to jump start their healthy lifestyle or women who are seeking for a community to share their passion for health and fitness with.

Bravehearts Mountain Trail Run- March 12, 2016

“Bravehearts is a newbie friendly trail run”. 

“This is not a race. Its a picnic!”

“It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing. So be brave!”

—MGM Productions description of their upcoming trail run event, the Braveheart Trail Run

To which trail runners responded:

“It’s A Trap!”

I was amused and laughing when i read these Facebook exchanges on the forthcoming BRAVEHEARTS Mountain Trail Run to be held on March 12 in Baras, Rizal. It might be MGM’s stab at humor but knowing their record of organizing very challenging routes that frays the edges of your patience (Mt. Batolusong Trail Challenge, Mt. Sembrano Mountain Run, to name a few), their races are no laughing matter. For most, their uphill courses gets your heart pumping non-stop, yet the views are spectacular that any trail runner would love to come back for more.

Though the Braveheart Mountain Run will only be for 11 kilometers, no one (outside of the MGM organizers) have made an actual test run of this route but expect this to be another lung-busting climb. If MGM is going to be true to their word, this run will just be like a picnic at the park and will have a newbie-friendly trail route. But then, they ask runners to be brave, to face the unexpected! And that has put jitters among the trail newbies and even the regular trail runners.

Nevertheless, Race Director Rayman (DBB) Delos Angeles assured that runners will be rewarded with a myriad of adventurous panoramas like waterfalls, dams, rocky paths, pine trees, the grand views of the Sierra Madre mountains and Talim Island at Laguna De Bay which i tend to believe (check out the pictures below).

It’s a very calming claim to call an MGM Productions event one newbie-friendly trail run but it’s also hard to ignore that one requires bravery to do something out of the ordinary to probably survive this race. Even the name of a waterfall where runners will pass by near it, “KINAMATAYAN FALLS” is a prelude of things to happen!

But factor in a cool dip beneath this waterfall (will you?), enjoy the low clouds lying below the Sierra mountain peaks, cascading rivers and streams and a grand finale of a breakfast at one of the picnic tables of a resort while getting a glimpse of Laguna De Bay and you’ve got plenty of reason to enjoy this race.

Whether or not it’s a newbie-friendly trail or a race for the hard-core, no trail runner will want to miss a MGM-organized trail run! Hope we come out alive! :)

Here are the details of the race!

Bravehearts Mountain Trail Run (11km)

Distance :11km (Cut Off Time- 3:30 Hours)

Start Time: 6:00 AM March 12, 2016 (Saturday)

Starting/Finish Area: Check Dam, Sitio San Roque, Brgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal

Registration Fee: Php 800.00

Inclusive: Finisher Medal, Singlet, Race Bandana and Personalized Bib Number

Registration Period: February 03 – March 01, 2016

Registration Procedure:

Deposit the registration fee to Account Name: Rayman D. delos Angeles BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56
Send a scanned/pic copy of the deposit slip to mgm_bravehearts@yahoo.com with your name, gender and size of finisher shirt . Subject: MGM BRAVEHEARTS REGISTRATION”. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit on the race day.


The event takes place RAIN or SHINE!

This is the perfect start for the grand slam of the MGM Production Trail Running Series.


Race Director Dabobong Rayman (Rock Star) Angeles showing us one of the highlights of the mountain run, a lagoon from the Kinamatayan waterfalls located upstream.



Pictures of the KIMATAYAN Falls:

Australia Harvest Oats: Our Everyday Breakfast Oatmeal

Eating oatmeal for breakfast seems to be customary for those who are sticklers with their diets, those who lead healthy lifestyles or those who have been consciously or unconsciously introduced at an early age to these cereals that mommies fed them before going to school.

My introduction to oatmeal was through an old cereal brand, Quaker Oats when my mother wanted to prepare a fast, easy to cook breakfast for us instead of the arroz caldo or champorado (choco rice porridge) which took time to prepare. Lots of oatmeal brands has come out of the market since then, each giving options of providing a healthy source of fiber and whole grains, topped with fruits for a complete nourishing breakfast!

One of the best oatmeal products that have entered the market is Australia Harvest Oats which is grown and harvested from Australia’s best oats-producing region– West Australia, where the best oats in the world are grown. It contains Beta-Glucans which helps in digestion and strengthens the immune system. Having a bowl or a large cup of oatmeal a day reduces the risk of heart disease with some good amount of physical activity and a healthy diet.

No wonder, Australia Harvest Oats is being promoted by no other than our Rugby National Team, the Philippine Volcanoes, 2015 SEA Games Rugby 7’s Gold Medalists!

Go buy them now. Available at leading supermarkets and groceries.

Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team


Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) men’s team sticks to what is healthy, energy-packed, and good for the colon as the national Rugby Football team signs up for another round as Australia Harvest Oatmeal’s endorsers.

Australia Harvest Oatmeal uses the best oats variety from West Australia and packs peak levels of dietary fiber. Zero pollution, haven for growing the best nature-nurtured oats in the world—this is West Australia. Home to nature, the great outbacks, rugby. And Australia Harvest Oatmeal.

“Rugby is one of Australia’s favorite sports; it’s also one of the toughest. In a sport as physical as this, you need to keep your body strong and healthy to win. That’s why our team always starts the day with a bowl of Australia Harvest Oatmeal. It’s made with some of the best oats in the world,” says Team Captain Jake Letts.

It’s Good Down Under

Besides promoting healthy cholesterol levels and better heart health, eating oatmeal daily also promotes stronger body and better colon health due to its richness in fiber. Studies show that having a healthy colon helps us work at our best throughout the day. A clean and healthy large intestine also makes us feel good on the inside plus it reduces the risk of colon cancer.

“It’s packed with energy and keeps us full all day long. Plus, it has all the fiber we need for the day. It keeps us fit and at the top of our game,” Letts remarks.

Australia Harvest Oatmeal Four Aus-some Variants

Australia Harvest Oatmeal comes in four variants. People on the go may simply add water to Australia Harvest Instant Oats, gulp it down, and get fit—anytime, anywhere!

All-time best seller is the Australia Harvest Quick Cooking Oats — chunky and enjoyable oatmeal that cooks fast. Perfect for health buffs who seek a fuller fill and better digestion.

The chunky and chewy variant, Australia Harvest Whole Rolled Oats is the oatmeal expert’s favorite! It has whole grains and full-packed with all of oats’ beneficial fiber and nutrients.

Last but not the least is the super fiber of oats — Australia Harvest Oat Bran. The outer covering of the oat grain Oat Bran contains the highest level of dietary fiber. It is also ideal for diabetics and people with hypertension.

Australia Harvest Oatmeal is available in all leading supermarkets nationwide, and is exclusively imported and distributed by Ideal Macaroni & Spaghetti Factory, Inc. Visit and like Australia Harvest Oatmeal’s Facebook page for updates, today.

The NRC Nike Women’s Half-Marathon (21K) Manila

The NikeWomen Victory Tour comes to the Philippines as the NRC Half Marathon Manila to be staged at the CAVITEX on May 15, 2016!

Following the highly successful staging of the Nike Women’s 10K last May, Nike invites Filipina athletes to its first all-women half marathon in the country. Similar to the previous race, runners are invited to register with their best female buddy. Registration opens today, January 30, 2016.

The NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila is part of the largest global women’s event series, the NikeWomen Victory Tour that will see female athletes around the world revel the power of the global female fitness community through a series of one-of-a-kind running and training events. Be #BetterForIt Together with your best buddy in this first ever NikeWomen 21K in Manila!

Online registration for the Nike Women’s 21k Manila is now available. Participants can pay online via credit card or PayPal at http://go.nike.com/0po61h. Registration fee is PHP 2,700.00 per pair.

WHAT: The NRC Women’s Half Marathon MNL 2016

WHEN: May 15, 2016

WHERE: Cavitex


REGISTRATION ON-LINE: http://go.nike.com/0po61h or https://www.nike.com/events-registration/event?id=32321

REGISTRATION FEES: P 2,700.00 per pair

Registration for the NRC Womens Half Marathon Manila includes:

· A place in the NRC Womens Half Marathon Manila L race

· An exclusive NRC Womens Half Marathon Manila Tee

. A timing chip, the D-tag

. A race guide with additional information about the race

· Finisher’s entitlement for participants who finish the race on Race Day.

After the success of Nike Women’s 10k in 2015, which was the biggest all-female 10km race in Manila with almost 9,000 runners last May, Nike invites Filipina runners to join the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila, Nike’s first all-women half marathon in the country. Continuing the tradition and spirit of last year’s race, Filipina participants are invited to register with their best female buddy who is up for taking on bigger challenges and emerging #BetterForIt.

The NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila is part of the largest global women’s event series, the NikeWomen Victory Tour, which will see female athletes around the world challenge themselves and experience the power of the global fitness community through a series of one-of-a-kind running and training events.

Nike has prepared a series of training services for registered runners that include Nike+ Run Club sessions and Nike+ Training Club sessions. As a start point, runners can design their training using the Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club Apps that are available on both iOS and Android platforms.

“Nike challenges Filipina athletes in this year’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon Manila to run hand-in-hand with their best friend in a race that not only inspires but makes them better for it together. This year, we are raising the bar for runners for them to experience a bigger, more challenging, and far more fulfilling race,” says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

Women can register online for the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila 2016 at http://go.nike.com/0po61h . Registration will open on January 30, 2016 at 1:00 am, Manila time. Registration fee is PHP2,700 per pair payable via credit card or PayPal.

Preview: A Sneak Peek of the Rizal Mountain Run

Like all the best trail-mountain races held recently near Metro Manila, (think Mt. Marami, Mt. Batolusong, Mt. Sembrano, among the few), the Rizal Mountain Run (RMR50) promises to be another trail race destination for your 2016 bucket list, something not to be missed! This trail run, which features a beginner’s 15k, a 30k and an ultra distance of 50k will be held on FEBRUARY 28, 2016.

Starting from the Basekamp Resort in Sapinit Road, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal, the route traverses into a short concrete road before it dives straight into the heart of some of the most rugged trails, scenic mountain ranges and endless river crossings of the Rizal provincial landscape.

I was fortunate enough to be invited with fellow trail runner-bloggers for a sneak peak of the RMR50 route, a short 12k run that forms part of all the distances to be traversed by the runners. The trails are not exactly new to me having ran them for both training and races in the past except for a fire road called the New Casile Road. The route is a visceral landscape, with the river snaking over a long vast track of valleys, with the Sierra Madre mountains always lording over our heads.

We started from the top of the new Casile Road and the route follows wide dirt roads, rolling hills and into Pintong Bukawe’s interior which will expose runners to a variety of terrain, including long downhills, single-track trails, lung-busting uphills and views of the Marikina-Casile River. For the 50k and 30k runners, the trails cuts into river crossings that would slow down runners, specially on parts where the river currents are strong, deep and slippery.

15k Finisher’s Shirt

The trails will be hot and dry late in the morning, shoes will be all wet every-time runners cross the river, taking with you small pebbles wriggling beneath your feet so it’s best to wear them trail gaiters if you have one. But the route takes in also subtle terrain, with trees giving shades on some parts specially the trails in Puro, Malasya and in Pintong Bukawe.

After the race, packed breakfast will be served while other nourishment and snacks will be sold at the cafeteria inside BaseKamp.

Many thanks to Atty. Aldean Lim, Ronald Declarador, Jael Wenceslao, Majo Liao, Gene Olvis and to the rest of the organizing committee for the invitation and for making this recon run a successful one!

Our test-run group

Rizal Mountain Run

February 28, 2016
Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal

Event Distances:
15K / 30K/ 50K

Registration Fees:
15K – P1,000
30K – P1,500
50K – P2,000 (Limited to 150 Slots only).

50K Cut-Off Details:

Assembly Time: 1:00AM
Pre-race Briefing: 2:00AM
Start Time: 3:00AM
Intermediate Cut-off Time: AS4 – Sitio Wawa (KM 34) – 12:00PM local time (9 hours)
Cut-off Time: 4:00PM
Time Barrier: 13 hours

Registration is via online only at their website: http://rizalmountainrun.com/event01/rmr50-2016-reg

Deadline of Registration and Payment is on February 20

Follow them at:

For more information:
Website: http://rizalmountainrun.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RMRUltra

Leaving you with pictures of the route! Registration is still open!

The new Casile Road

A huge boulder that would be visible to all runners

Our run was supported by 4×4 vehicles which brought us our supplies during this test run

Some rock formation along the route

Dirt roads that goes downhill

Part of an uphill route with scenic views of the Sierra Madre mountains

A group picture with the mountains as backdrop

Perfect spot for a selfie.

Jun Santiago leaving his dust behind him! :)

Great views of the mountains at every turn

View of the Marikina-Casile River below

Our support vehicles waiting at every turn

Part of the route

Congregating at another scenic view

More on the Casile River below

Emerging at the 6k mark

At the single track trails

One of our river crossings with Majo, Iris and Adrian

Trails towards a valley

Lunch at the Basekamp Resort, start/finish line of the Rizal Mountain Run

With the ladies and the photobombers! :)

Hope to see you at the race!

The Blue Lagoon (Gasgas River) Trails in Solsona, Ilocos Norte: Part 1

A great joy of trail running is the feeling you get when you venture on some place completely new, a venue you haven’t seen nor experienced before. Many locations for trail running offer unique amenities like waterfalls or mountain ridges but there are only a few locations that offer one full package of a truly amazing experience.

Found one of this wonder of nature when we traveled in the town of Solsona, a 3rd class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, when rivers connects to waterfalls or when mountain tops stretch to a vast plateau offering a savanna like no other!

We were guests of Mr. Rene Santillan, Executive Secretary to the Mayor of Solsona, Mr. Jhong De Lara to explore the trails around Solsona and we were amazed at the variety of terrains, rich with undulating mountain climbs and treks atop single track trails over-looking the river. While the Cordillera/Mountain Province region gets all the attention when it comes to trail running, Solsona’s Cordillera mountain part offers the solitude of non-stop trail-blazing with far less people setting foot on these parts.

The mountains and the long river takes precedence here. From our base camp at the Karinking Mountain and River Resort (KMRR), we wandered into a established trail with leads at once into views of a long river below with paths of rocky single track terrain and an assortment of fauna that envelopes the area.

There are numerous epic treks that can be inter-connected to each other but the trail to the GASGAS River or what the locals fondly call the BLUE Lagoon serves an easy 30 minute single run-hike that connects to the DUA Falls and some more trails at the base of the mountains.

My trail running buddy Jun Santiago including another trekking visitor of the place Mario and our guide, Fernan were to trek on this scenic landscape beginning at the KMRR by scaling on ascending and descending boulders that offers lots of challenges. If the trails were to steep or too narrow to pass over, we slid down on ravines that leads to the river banks which were much safer to maneuver instead of risking of falling down from unsure footing. Once we find another opening to scale up, we do so to re-connect with the trails.

And when you conquer this quirk jaunts up those trails and emerge at their famed Blue Lagoon and look at at the vastness of this river, you will feel the true timelessness of this place.

Don’t forget to freshen up while in the river. The water is cold, by the way but it beats the heat that you were subjected to while scaling the trails. Enjoy!

Start of the trail

A detour to avoid the narrow, loose trail above the banks of the river

The rocky trail overlooking the river

Making a stop, enjoying the view

Another boulder atop the edge of the river

A flat portion of the terrain

Getting down from those limestones

Blue Lagoon (Gasgas River) now on view

The fast current makes it so difficult to pass through

Jun and the guide crossing on the shallow part


Trying to balance at the slippery rock

Trekking our way further on the eastern side of the river

One of the Dua waterfalls

The Yellow and the Eco Trails of Camp John Hay

There’s no other city on the northern part of Luzon than i am more fond of than the cool, charming summer capital, Baguio City. It’s been countless of times that i’ve been to this summer resort since the 70s but for some odd reasons, have not been able to visit this place for the last 7 years. But last week, when fellow blogger Franc Ramon invited me for a week-end of trail running at Camp John Hay (which is a few minutes from his home in the city) and at the Sta. Fe Trail Run in Ampucao, Benguet, 40 minutes further away, (story here)  i couldn’t resist the invitation.

Tha many times i’ve visited the “City of Pines”, our itinerary would include Camp John Hay (CJH), the former R&R facility of the US Armed Forces, now under ownership of the Philippine government. CJH for me was more of a place to dine, stroll along its manicured gardens, go horseback riding or set up picnic on one of the picnic tables and view the awesome natural surroundings.

However, it was only recently that i learned about the running trails inside the camp, knowing that these were used exclusive for horse-back riding and was the venue for the North Face Trail run series a few years back. So Franc, being very familiar with these trails brought me along for a short run-walk jaunt and being here for the first time was magical!

Start of the Yellow trail

The Yellow and Eco Trails provides an oasis for runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. Good thing that majority of this trail is now off limits to horse-back riding as they have been confined only up to the trail-head.

Franc and I readied our cameras to catch snaps of our run-hike and just put our minds to auto-pilot and let the undulating trails take us through hard-packed single track trails, groves of pine trees, glimpses of mountain tops, grassy fields and ravines and flowering ridges. Despite the sprinkling of mountain bikers and occasional hikers, it was amazing how serene these trails could feel.

Along the trails, we met fellow trail-ultra runner, Epoy Poblete who was also venturing into these trails for the first time.

It’s one of the most beautiful places to run in Baguio City and a great destination for trail runners who would like to explore a short but exhilarating run inside Camp John Hay.

Leaving you with some pictures we took along the route. Happy trail running!

With Franc Ramon

Bumping into Epoy Poblete (middle) who was also venturing out into the Yellow Trail