Photo Of The Week: Pacman Runs His First Marathon


Not our Manny, but like our boxing icon, this Pacman tries to be relentless in his pursuit of the monster ghosts and “eats” them after he outpaces them.

Taken from the Elite Feet

Thanks to Hector for sending this photo.

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Runnex 26th Anniv. Race: More Photos (2)

Here are more photos from the Runnex 26th Anniversary Race last May 24, 2009:

Stretching exercises led by the Fitness First runners

Stretching exercises before the run

Lust minute huddle from Runnex race officials

Lust minute huddle from Runnex race officials

Getting ready for the start

Getting ready for the start

Electric pace car

Electric pace car

One of the lead runners

One of the lead runners

Female lead runner

Female lead runner

Jan Imperio

Jan Imperio

No, that isn't Rio

No, that isn't Rio

First in the 2.2k race

First in the 2.2k race

M. Guarte, 1st palce 5k (16:54)

M. Guarte, 1st place 5k (16:54)

Phalanx of runners

Phalanx of runners

Happy to finish

Happy to finish

Near agony

Near agony

B. Desamito, 1st place, 10k (33:46)

B. Desamito, 1st place, 10k (33:46)

Almost done

Almost done

Taking her sweet time

Taking her sweet time

Running on jazz music?

Running on jazz music?

Rose, among the thorns

Rose, among the thorns

Seeing someone familiar?

Seeing someone familiar?

Nice form

Nice form

Running strut

Running strut

Runnex's Marsha

Runnex's First Lady of Cuisine, Marsha

Camera shy...

Camera shy...

Vener (Run Unltd)

Vener (Run Unltd)

J. Mellinger, 2nd place, 5k

J. Mellinger, 2nd place, 5k

UP runner and mountaineer

UP runner and mountaineer

Over-all Champion, Bernardo Desamito of Team Baldrunner

Over-all Champion, Bernardo Desamito of Team Baldrunner

Runnex 26th Anniversary Race: An Overview

When i was given permission by Rudy Fernandez, President of Runnex to run the 10k race last Sunday instead of joining the rest of the members as support group during the race, i was wondering if i could step up to the plate or was fit enough to run a decent 10k. The past few weeks, i was feeling lethargic and drained out, maybe a result of over-training that i had to stop running temporarily to rest for 5 days.

It was only last Saturday, the day before the race that i resumed a 40-minute slow jog-walk to get the muscles flexed and limbs heated up. But that wasn’t all to my pre-race worries. I was asked by Rudy to observe the race itself and give an objective and unbiased opinion of the race proceedings, i.e. marshalls, traffic, water stations, route markers, etc. He didn’t want to hear much of the positive reviews, he wanted to hear the flaws and glitches of the race so that we could make the necessary adjustments on our next scheduled race this October.

Little did he know that i am one of those “mareklamo” when it comes to stagings of races. Like in previous races i joined in—if drinks at water stations are not cold enough, i complain; if i’m ordered to stop by a race marshal to give way to a crossing jeepney, i get pissed-off;  if my official finish time does not conform with my stop watch (even to just a few seconds), i ask why; and if they do not give my finisher’s certificate at the finish line, i wonder why.  So for all the flaws in a race, all that might be heard from me will all be negative. However, all criticisms are only expressed privately to a few running buddies. And for a good majority of runners who are just content in having a good run and running a good race, injury free– these minor complaints come to pass and are eventually forgotten as these glitches do happen in races.

My friend June and i arrived at UP at about 5:00 am when runners were also starting to trickle in. The sky was cloudy but the air was humid. We did some warm up jogs and light stretching and was surprised by the turn-out of runners as this race was competing with 3 other popular races being held the same day. There were more that 400 runners who registered (a far cry from the 1,500 runners we had the previous year) and the starting line in front of the UP Theater was starting to get crowded.

Listening to the National Anthem played correctly

Listening to the National Anthem played and sang correctly

The wheelchair participants were the first to be sent-off at exactly 5:58am while the 10k runners were fired-off at 5:59am. The 10k race was for 2 loops of 5k each around the campus. At the start of our take off, i found myself in my usual out-of-control fast start. The UP campus is our stamping ground so we were very familiar with the course.

Wheelchair participants starting the race

Wheelchair participants starting the race

At the 1.1km mark at the corner of Regidor St. and Quirino Ave., we found the first of 3 water stations which was practically by-passed by the runners based on the very few cups strewn on the street. The runners might have felt it was too early in the race to hydrate themselves at this point. The multitude of runners increased along this stretch as the fast 5k runners started to merge with the mid-pack 10k runners. When we were to turn right to D. Santos Street, i saw Atty. Chuchi Aliling who was stationed at the corner and shouting words of encouragement. A few meters after, in front of the UP Fire Department was the 2nd water station which was crowded this time.

10k runners on the go while Doc Eric seems to be running the other way

10k runners on the go while Doc Eric seems to be running the other way

Towards the oblation

Towards the oblation

Towards the 2nd bend

Towards the 2nd bend

The nice weather was holding well as no hint of the sun’s rays were seen even when we turned left to University Avenue to make a U-turn as this stretch was not covered with trees. Marshals were seen in every street corner and although directional signs were visible, no kilometer markers were seen. At the 4th kilometer, the last water stop of the loop was stationed. Only 1 water boy was manning this station and he was clearly struggling to fill up the cups as many more runners were fast approaching.

The most tenacious runner, Marga "Margalicious" (Bib#59). From the official timer, " I was told that number 59 arrived after the team packed up. I actually saw her Barcode detached from the group. She approached the team and gave her barcode. We don't have a time for her but she definitely have a time longer than 1:41:52.

The most tenacious runner, Marga "Margalicious" (Bib#59). From the official timer's recollection, " I was told that number 59 arrived after the team packed up. I actually saw her Barcode detached from the group. She approached the team and gave her barcode. We don't have a time for her but she definitely have a time longer than 1:41:52." Congratz, Marga!

Another wide shot of Marga

Another wide shot of Marga

I struggled past the only incline of the course, a 150-meter stretch up the UP Law Center. My breathing was heavy at this point but got my bearings back up Guererro Street. Reaching the first loop at 5km, i clocked at 29.55 minutes, no way of going below 1 hour as i have a tendency to slow down during the 2nd half of a race. True enough, the 2nd loop was more trying as i struggled to keep form though running slowly kept my breathing steadier so i ran in a more relaxed pace from thereon. The sad part of the run was when the water stop in front of the Fire department ran out of cups this time and the person manning it was talking frantically on his cellfone imploring the other side to hurry up in delivering more water cups to his station. A Botak Paa-tibayan deja vu?

Christy of

Christy (Mrs. Run Unltd.) of

The "Jazzrunner"

The "JazzRunner"

Yours truly again, confused as ever

Yours truly again, confused as ever

Near the finish

Near the finish

Except for this glitch, i saw no other problem for the rest of the course. On my running, i just coasted along a 6:10 pace. Approaching for the last time the base of the incline before the UP Law Center, i saw runners run past sprinting up the stretch. That provided me the spark i needed to get moving the last kilometer of the race. But instead of powering up, i felt like i was scaling up a cliff and found myself almost at a standstill upon reaching the crest. As i recovered and turned right on the final straight off Osmena Avenue, i picked up the pace a little, passed up some runners until the finish. The 5-day lay off and the moderate pace during the second half of the race notwithstanding, i finished in 1:04:26 which i felt contented with.

Doc Pinky at the finish line

Doc Pinky at the finish line

Lining up for the freebies

Lining up for the freebies

I lined up too

I lined up too

Runnex Angels

Runnex Angels, from left, Meriam, Marsha & Betty

Doc Pinky winning 3rd place for 5k. Flanking her are Mel Severino (l) and Boston Marathoner/Bataan Ultrarunner Norio Tanaka (r)

Doc Pinky winning 3rd place for 5k. Flanking her are Mel Severino (l) and Boston Marathoner/Bataan Ultrarunner, Norio Tanaka (r)

Runnex team: Clockwise, Jazzrunner, Meriam, Marsha, Betty, Halel, Tonette & Mel

Runnex team. Clockwise: Jazzrunner, Meriam, Marsha, Betty, Halel, Tonette & Mel

Scene after the race

Scene after the race

Over-all, from a scale of 1-10, i’ll rate the organization of this race at 7.5 – 8 and i’m sure Rudy would agree with me.

All Systems Go For This Sunday’s Runnex Anniversary Run

Runnex_PosterI just received an e-mail from Rudy Fernandez, RUNNEX club president announcing the organization’s readiness for this Sunday’s 2.2k/5k & 10K Runnex 26th Anniversary Run at the UP Diliman Campus.

Quality over quantity would now be the focus of this race as four (4) other races will be held simultaneously this Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Here below is Rudy’s letter:

Hi To All,

Looks like we have another respectable turnout this Sunday. There are four other races scheduled on that day but many are still registering for our race on Sunday. One of our Registration Centers, Second Wind almost run out of registration forms last night. We also received favorable feedbacks on our press releases about our run. There are two articles which came out today in the Sports Sections of the Phil Daily Inquirer and People’s Journal. Pages A17 and 13 respectively of the said newspapers.

Both articles focus on our Club, the race and the Padyak project. Our tagline: Human Energy for the Filipino Race, is not only catchy but relevant, according to many.

We will seize the opportunity to showcase the quality of our race. We will again provide bio degradable loot bags and finisher’s T shirts to all our finishers and other freebies. The race will be led by electric cars and bicycle riders. We will also have participants from those who are “physically challenged” or wheelchair bound runners…. to enable the disabled. We hope these new initiatives will help separate us from the other running clubs and races and will help sustain our relevance as a running group.

Interestingly, despite so many running events and races, a lot of runners continue to patronize our running activities and races. The current running boom presents an opportunity to our Club. We should seize the opportunity to distinguish ourselves from the other races. For the May 24 event we should go for the quality of our race and not the quantity of participants. We want all our runners to go home happy and enjoy the race. Water supply and other drinks will be abundant.

Our Race Director for the event is Gerry Manlapaz and he will be assisted by Edwin Ylescupidez and Jun Cayetano, as assistant Race Directors. Rudy Dizon serves as their consultant.

I’m sure Gerry has already given our members their respective assignments.

I’m happy to report that our members are all excited to be part of this event. Many are coming forward to volunteer and be counted. Slowly we are creating an atmosphere conducive to human development and people empowerment. Hopefully, in the near future, we shall again be managing races as we have done in the past.



Photo Of The Week: Kiss Me For Luck

kiss me for luck

Whether you believe in good luck charms or not, these ladies sure know how to motivate and nurture runners to keep their heart rate moving and their blood pumping.

Taken at the 2006 Boston Marathon.

Thanks to Anna A. for sending this photo.

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99+1 Beginner Running Tips

99+1 Beginner Running Tips

Here’s a top 100 beginner running tips collated by a team from the CRN website. Most are applicable in our local running scene and it also can be valuable to all veteran and hard-core runners. If you have other tips you would want to share, please don’t hesitate to share them here.

Apparel Tips

  1. Wear spandex shorts under your regular running shorts so you don’t chafe “down there.”

  2. Cotton socks will only lead to blisters; invest in socks designed for running.

  3. Ladies, do not skimp on a bra. Even if it costs more than your shoes it’s still a bargain.

  4. Buy running clothes you look good in and that will motivate you to run.

  5. Buy new running clothes at the end of the season when stores dump the old season’s line. Think clearance!


  1. Join your local running club—check with your local running store fitness center and/or recreation department to find one.

  2. Volunteer at a local race—meet runners support runners and connect with your Community.


  1. Remember to say “Thank You!” to race volunteers (e.g. when you get that cup of water at the aid station) and family and friends who support you.

  2. Conscientiously share the trail with walkers, bikers and other runners.

  3. Always try to balance running with the people you love by making a schedule that involves and is considerate of everyone.

  4. Don’t carry loose change. It will annoy those who are running with you.

  5. Don’t neglect and irritate your family and friends by spending all your time running and talking about running.

Motivation Tips

  1. Sign up for a race as soon as you feel up to it.

  2. Find a committed running partner. It is much harder to skip a run when you have someone else depending on you.

  3. Remember that you will have plateaus in your progress and tough days along the way.

  4. It gets easier.

  5. Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one.

  6. Be prepared to remove the words “can’t” and “never” from your vocabulary.

  7. Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.

  8. Don’t expect every run to be better than the last one; some of them will hurt.

  9. Don’t think too much about it or you won’t do it.

  10. Even a bad run is better then no run at all.

  11. If you normally run with music try skipping it and listening to your feet to hear your pace and your gait.

  12. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience weight loss immediately.

  13. Start a running blog and read other running blogs regularly.

  14. Running is not an excuse to triple your intake of doughnuts because runners gain weight too.

Nutrition Tips

  1. Buy the powdered sports drink mix instead of premixed. It’s cheaper and more similar to race drink mixes.

  2. Each pound you lose makes running a little easier.

  3. Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day.

  4. If you are running very long distance drink enough electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade).

  5. On long runs eat something every hour—whether you feel like it or not.

  6. During longer runs if you don’t like to carry water take some cash in your pocket pouch or a shoe wallet. Run a route where there’s a corner store that you can use as a pit stop to pick up your water and maybe use the bathroom.

  7. Avoid eating spicy foods before running and the night before your long runs.

  8. To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run.

Prevention Tips

  1. Use Vaseline or Body Glide wherever things rub. They will help prevent blisters and chafing (guys don’t forget the nipples).

  2. Do not increase your mileage more than 10 percent per week.

  3. Guys: Band-Aids before the long runs. Your nipples will thank you in the shower afterwards.

  4. Log your mileage for your legs and your Shoes. Too much on either will cause you injury.

  5. If you are prone to shin splints and lower leg pain try running soft trails for your Training runs and save the asphalt for race day.

  6. Do not run two hard days back-to-back.

  7. Ice aches and pains immediately.

  8. Pay attention to your form. Try to run lightly to minimize impact that could lead to injury.

  9. Cut your Training by at least 30 percent to 50 percent every 4th or 5th week for recovery.

  10. When trail running don’t forget the bug spray.

  11. Neosporin (or another antibiotic cream) is good for chafed areas (if you didn’t use your Body Glide!).

  12. Make sure you cut your toenails short enough so they don’t jam into your Shoes!

  13. Put some Body Glide between your toes on long runs.

  14. Be careful about running on paths that force you to run consistently on a slant. It’s hard on the hips knees and IT bands.

  15. Don’t stretch before a run. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging slowly for several minutes.

  16. Do not ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.

  17. Do not use the hot tub after a race. It will increase inflammation and hinder healing.

  18. Frozen peas make a great ice pack for aches and pains. A thin t-towel wrapped around them makes the cold more comfortable.

Racing Tips

  1. Race day is not the day to try new shoes, eat new foods, or wear brand new clothing.

  2. Do not try a marathon as your first race.

  3. For races longer than 5k start out slower than you think you should.

  4. If you conserve your energy during the first half of a race, you can finish strong.

  5. When you pick up drinking cups at aid stations, squeeze gently so it folds slightly and is easier to drink from it while you are moving.

  6. A plastic garbage on race day is a very fashionable cheap disposable raincoat.

Safety Tips

  1. Be aware of cyclists approaching you from behind and try to keep to the right. Try to pay special attention when running with music.

  2. Run facing traffic.

  3. Never assume a car sees you.

  4. Give horses wide berths on trails and walk as you pass them unless you enjoy a hoof to the melon.

  5. Always carry I.D. because you just never know.

Shoe Tips

  1. Try shoes on in the afternoon when your feet are bigger.

  2. Doubleknot your shoe laces so they will not come undone when you run.

  3. Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs.

  4. Get assessed for the right kind of running shoes.

Training Tips

  1. In the immortal words of Walt Stack famed senior-citizen distance runner “Start slow … and taper.”

  2. At first keep your runs short and slow to avoid injury and soreness so you do not quit.

  3. If you are breathing too hard slow down or walk a bit until you feel comfortable again.

  4. Pick your route close to home (out your front door)—the more convenient it is the better chance you will have sticking with it.

  5. Find a beginner training plan for your first race.

  6. Set realistic short term and long term goals.

  7. Keep a training diary.

  8. Soreness one to two days after a run is normal (delayed onset muscle soreness).

  9. No amount of money spent on gadgets, training programs or funny food can substitute for minutes, hours, days and weeks on the road.

  10. There’s no shame in walking.

  11. Subscribe to a running magazine or pick up a book or two on running.

  12. Four laps around the local the high school track equals one mile.

  13. Lift weights.

  14. It’s okay to take walk breaks (run 1 minute walk 1 minute then progress to run 10 minutes walk 1 minute etc.).

  15. Vary your training routes. This will prevent boredom and prevent your body from getting acclimated.

  16. Speed work doesn’t have to be scientific. Try racing to one light post and then jogging to the next.

  17. Push through rough spots by focusing on the sounds of your breath and feet touching the ground.

  18. Do speed work after you develop an endurance base.

  19. Practice running harder in the last half of your runs.

  20. Do abdominal breathing to get rid of side cramps or “stitches.”

  21. If you can’t find the time to run, take your running gear to work.

  22. Run on trails if at all possible. It will be easier on your body and you’ll love it.

  23. Build rest into your schedule. Rest is just as important of an element as exercise in your fitness plan.

  24. Forgive yourself. Over-ambitious goals usually lead to frustration and giving up on your fitness plan. If you miss a goal or milestone let it go and focus on the next opportunity to get it.

  25. Mix-up your training plan. Make sure your training plan is not too heavily focused on one thing. No matter what level of runner you are your training plan should include four essential elements: endurance, speed, rest, cross-training.

Weather Tips

  1. Dress as if it is 10 degrees warmer than the temperature on the thermometer.

  2. Wear sunscreen and a hat when the sun is beating down—even in winter.

  3. Run early in the morning or later in evening to avoid mid-day heat.

  4. Pick up a pair of Yaktrax when running in icey conditions.

  5. In the winter dress in layers (coolmax or other technical clothing) and wear a headband over your running hat to cover your ears.

  6. For colder climates invest in socks rated to 40 below (usually found in sport/ski shops).

  7. To keep cool in hot weather soak a bandana in cold water wring it out a bit and tie it loosely around your neck.

  8. For hot weather fill your water bottle about half way lay it at an angle in the freezer and just before you head out for your run top it off with more water.

On Running Form: The Kenyan Method

Just when you think you’ve learned all there is to know about running form, someone lectures about how the rules have changed. Way back when during the 80s, we were taught that the best foot strike was to land on your heels first then roll your foot forward and take off with your toes. I’ve had my share of injuries while doing this style of foot strike so i abandoned this and just ran on something i would feel comfortable with. Well, it still didn’t make me a faster runner nor did it make my running more efficient so i experimented with various running forms until i found the stride and the form which kept me more relaxed without stressing the muscles too much.

Now, enter Coach Jojo Macalintal. Jojo has been recently hired by Runnex to coach the participants of the Runnex Sunday Running Clinic on proper running technique, fitness, mental technique and devise a training program geared towards the participants in finishing the 42k 1st Quezon City International Marathon this coming October 18. Lecturing what he has learned from the latest on running techniques at the running clinics he attended in Singapore recently, Coach Jojo now preaches the “Kenyan” method of running.

The Kenyan method dictates a straight body to a slight forward lean, a mid-foot landing on a slightly bent knee, a fast turn-over or cadence of about 130 steps per minute, and short strides or the so called “baby steps”. The Kenyan way uses less over-all energy and alleviates the shock in the knees. However, the pain would initially shift to the calves, hamstrings and buttocks once you start this technique for the first time.

The Kenyan technique incorporates long, flowing, seemingly effortless stride.

The Kenyan technique incorporates long, flowing, soft, effortless stride.

But why the ‘baby steps’ as the elite Kenyans are famous for their long, smooth giant strides? Coach Jojo explains that the shorter strides would automatically make your midfoot or forefoot land first thereby avoiding the usual ‘heel-toe’ push of the regular runner.

During our first Sunday with Coach Jojo, we started with stretching and warm-up exercises. He demonstrated the drills we had to do, firstly, the jump rope drill of up and down bouncing, jumping on one leg while the other is stretched sidewards, at the front and at the back then vice-versa. We did short backward runs to emphasize the butt kick. We then ran 3 laps (2.2k per lap) at the academic oval while he critiqued and corrected each runner’s form. He showed us how the arms should go forward and back and avoid the side to side sway in order to help the legs propel straight and the foot to strike underneath the center of gravity. (But we already knew this).

Short strides, fast turnover, stand tall, fall tall is the name of the game

Short strides, fast turnover, stand tall, fall tall is the name of the game

During the run, some of the pacers would shout out the cadence steps of “1-2-3-4/1-2-3-4” like drills in ROTC. It would be repeated intermittently with the reminders of “stand tall, fall tall” and when the slower pacers couldn’t keep up with the fast pace, they would order, “slow down, slow down!”

While looking at the runners in front off the pack, i observed that some of the newbies were adapting and getting the feel of the new method. Coach Jojo informed us that it would take about a month to master this technique.

Getting the feel of it

Getting the feel of it

Smile, the Kenyan way

Smile, the Kenyan way

I was even more surprised to see the grizzly old-timers and marathon veterans in the group like Art, Rudy F., Jun , Obet and the others, including myself  (who were first adamant and skeptic of this new technique) gamely adjust to this new method, like true Kenyans doing their cool-down jog after a grueling 20kms of hill training.

Now, who ever said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?

Resolutions: 2008 Year Book

link_takboph When Jinoe Gavan created the website focusing on the Manila running scene less than a year ago, little did he know that the enthusiasm he cultivated for the sport had grown by leaps and bounds, creating a large running community which boasts an active membership of 2,000+ members, exchanging views on training, diet and nutrition, racing, running gears, health and injuries, including the running “disease”… addiction.

It has ingested the information and popularity of local running blogs and websites and disseminated it into one complete portal with its introduction of race schedules, downloading of application forms, news, announcement of group runs and most importantly, the interactive forum where the majority of runners converge and share their thoughts and ideas on anything about running.

2008 yearbook

Almost one year has passed and it was time for Jinoe to reminisce all the wonderful developments that transpired for the year that was 2008. He’s now giving credit to the members, bloggers and the visitors for all their contribution to the site by way of a YEARBOOK ( 2008 Yearbook), a compilation of all the events, discussions, viewpoints and instructions, which are mostly meritorious, informative or just out rightly funny. The yearbook is available as a PDF file for download, available here:

Cut from the yearbook, here’s a page that illustrates the resolution of one certified running addict. 🙂

resolutions running addict in 2008, even in its infancy, has earned its birthright and will continue to remain an authoritative voice of what’s happening in the local running scene in the years ahead. It marks its auspicious entry in uniting the running community, thereby creating a solid entity in its quest to give enjoyment to the sport.

Photo Of The Week: Kings Of The Road

At the annual SF Bay to Breakers Race a group of Elvises crash the elite runners on the course at Howard near 4th Street but tired out quickly.   Benjamin Maiyo placed first overall in this year's annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco on Sunday. At the finish line at Ocean Beach says this is the 13th year in a row that a Kenyan runner has won the race. This is Maiyo's first win. Fellow Kenyan James Koskei had won the previous three years. Others not so serious about placing where thousands of party revelers from Elvises to naked George Bushes, Wonder Women and many beer wagons in tow.  Despite warnings from the organizers that police might issue citations for public nudity, the clothes still came off for many runners. Seventeen year-old Adam Bates was the first naked finisher overall.  5/16/04 San Francisco Chronicle Frederic Larson

At the annual SF Bay to Breakers Race a group of Elvises crash the elite runners on the course at Howard near 4th Street but tired out quickly. Benjamin Maiyo placed first overall in 2004’s Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Others not so serious about placing were thousands of party revelers from Elvises to naked George Bushes, Wonder Women and many beer wagons in tow.  5/16/04 San Francisco Chronicle Frederic Larson

Photo by F. Larson

Thanks to Zinnia for sending this photo.

(If you have other interesting/unusual running photos you would like featured, you can e-mail them to the jazzrunner at and leave a comment with the details.)


Blogging For Bloggers

iblog5logo150_83More than 200 bloggers from all over the country converged last Saturday, May 09, 2009 at the Malcolm Theater, U.P. College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City for the 5th Philippine Blogging Summit organized by the Philippine Internet and Society Program. I was curious what the summit was about as i frequently saw the banner ads displayed prominently at different display boards inside the U.P. campus during my daily runs. While registration was already closed on-line, i was told just to come early as a late registrant before the program starts but they would not guarantee free food and freebies. Good thing i saw one of the organizers of the event, IT guru and co-Runnex member Atty. J.J. Disini who was only too glad to accept my late registration that assured me of food stubs and freebies. Thanks J.J.!

3 x 1.5 ft lamp post banner option 2

The program started rather late. When i entered the auditorium at about past 9am, bloggers were asked to come to the front and give a short introduction of themselves and their blogs. It was my first time to attend a bloggers meet so i really didn’t know what to expect. It was of interest meeting bloggers coming from a wide spectrum of interests such as in business, commentary, culture and arts, entertainment/show business, food, travel, fashion & lifestyle, sports and many others.

There was a wide array of very intersting topics including legal implications of blogging such as libel and copyright infringement, Blog Marketing and Advertising, and the No-nos of Blogging. Newbies like me were also given the heads-up on mobile blogging. Did you know that you can actually blog in real time or send a video stream into your blog that can be watched “live” by users by just using your cellphone? Cool, huh?

The best blogs of 2008 were shown very briefly from different categories including that of Jaymie’s ( ).  I didn’t get to meet any of my co-bloggers from the running community so it might interest you guys to check-out their program of events:

Morning session:

Afternoon session:

  • 1:00 – 1:20 Legal issues in Blogging (Atty. JJ Disini)
  • 1:30 – 2:15 Preparing Bloggers for the 2010 Elections
    – COMELEC on Blogging & Bloggers (Dir. James Jimenez, COMELEC-EID Director)
    – Citizen Journalism for the 2010 Elections (Oliver Robillo, NAMFREL Chairman – Davao City)
    – The Bloggers Election Handbook project release (Janette Toral)
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Blog Advertising Situation in the Philippines (Mannix Pabalan – AyosDito, Kristine Mandigma – Philippine Online Chronicles, Laszlo Lim, Business Development Head – Yehey, Jayvee Fernandez and Eric Ramirez)
  • 4:00 – 4:15 Break
  • 4:15 – 4:45 Blogging to the Next Level (Fitz Villafuerte
  • 4:55 Raffle & Group picture taking
  • 7:00PM onwards, after-event party at Katips

Didn’t get to go to their party at Katips in Katipunan Avenue but overall, it was a truly an enlightening and educational experience. I only wish that the program should have started earlier as the time given each speaker was limited, leaving very little opportunity for questions to be asked and clarified.

Nevertheless, congratulations to the organizers of iblog5!

Audience in attendance

Audience in attendance

Photo from the sexynomad. Thanks!