Takbo.ph Runfest 2013: From Roots to Routes

How time flies! Pegged as the premier running community group that started all the on-line forums on running, race schedules, Sunday long run get-togethers that cultivated a tight-knit social running group, Takbo.ph is now celebrating its 5th anniversary this year and it is staging the Takbo.ph Runfest 2013 this coming July 14, 2013.

Takbo.ph was the first one-stop website for runners in the country and it was the melting pot for those who shared the same interest in this sport. It grew ten-fold in members and has developed such tight friendships which has lasted up to the present. Among it’s many races organized in the past, the Runfest seems to be their flagship run, and except for 2012, it is held every year.

For this year’s race, included will be a half-marathon! Registration for Runfest is still on-going. Here are the details:

One more time

Takbo.ph LSD circa 2009


Takbo.ph Runfest 2013

July 14, 2013
BGC, Taguig



(3K is SOLD-OUT)


21K – 3:30 AM
10K – 4:30 AM
5K – 5:00 AM
3K – 5:00 AM


21K – 4:30 AM
10K – 5:30 AM
5K – 5:45 AM
3K – 5:50 AM

Runfest Fees Extended Registration

* All finishers get a commemorative medal.
* All 21K finishers get a finisher’s shirt.


In-store extended registraton will start on June 14, 2013 until July 10, 2013. Registration schedule may end earlier once the allocated slots have been filled up.

You may register at the following stores.


  • SM Megamall
  • SM North EDSA
  • Glorietta


  • Active Fun Bldg. 9th cor 28th Sts. Bonifacio Global City

CONTACT:  Jinoe M Gavan – jgavan101@gmail.com

ORGANIZER:  Leadpack

Carbo-Loading Party: There will also be a Carboloading Party for only P350.00 and get a chance to win many raffle prizes. There will only be 100 seats available so make sure to pay early to reserve your slots. This is open to everyone although priority will be to those who have already registered!

The CLP will be on July 11 at Red Crab Greenbelt 3.

Check details here on how to sign up:

Takbo.ph Runfest 2013 Race Maps:

21k Route

10k Route

5k Route

Race Singlet

21k Finishers Shirt

I’ll be running the 21k. See you at the race!

A Sneak Peek Of The Epic Camp Trails: Pimco’s NTDR Leg-2

After the successful staging of their scenic NTDR Daraitan Trail Run (Leg 1) last June 9, PIMCO’s next Nature’s Trail Discovery Run-Leg 2 (2nL) will be held at the Epic Park Rainforest Camp also in Tanay, Rizal. The race has been re-set for October 13, 2013.

I have not seen the place but heard about it but from the organizers and from what i’ve gathered so far, Epic Park, which means Ecological Playground Integrated Commune for Prayer, Adventure, Recreation and Culture is 200 hectares of rain-forest nestled in Sampaloc, Tanay with large pine trees, mountainous slopes, greeneries and breathtaking views of diverse landscapes.

The area is actually one of the few least known bird sanctuaries in the country, with more than 70 different rare species sighted and documented in this area. The rain forest has countless century-old trees with wild and exotic plants that surrounds it.

The EPIC PARK Rainforest Park has several unique nature trails. Some are for relaxing and peaceful strolls during which campers can appreciate the beauty of the forest. Other trails offer rugged terrain for the thrill seekers.

Durianan & Dagat-Dagatan Trails  are the main trails of this place winding through evergreen forests, rough roads that go all the way to Batlag in Tanay with stunning views of the high peaks. These trails are appropriate for trekking and ultra-running as the ruggedness and wilderness of the forest challenges the runners journey from Epic Park to Batlag and back.

Minor trails within the camp include Rosary Trail,  a place for reflection and meditation and  Elma’s trail  a 700 meter trail which is narrow, steep and muddy.

Early Bird Registration is now being accepted on Pimco’s Official Web site at www.pimcosportingevents.net. Early Birds will only be opened June 30, 2013. Regular registration will start on July 1, 2013.

There will be a Familiarization Run which is tentatively set on August 4, 2013. The Familiarization run is free to join for registered runners only.

At the entrance of the Epic Park in Sampaloc, Tanay


The Trilogy Championship Series Leg 2

Race:               NTDR 2nd Leg

Date:               October 13, 2013

Venue:             Epic Park Reinforest Camp, Tanay, Rizal

Trail Route:      Epic Park – Batlag – Epic Park


For Online Registration please ensure to fill up information required such as valid contact number and email address. Registration shall not be automatically accepted instead you will be contacted on your mobile phone or email address to verify if you are the one registering for yourself. Use of other names for registration is strictly prohibited.

Regular Registration

Start of Regular Registration shall be on July 1, 2013

Registration may close anytime as soon as the Limited Slots are filled up.

Late Registration

Late Registration shall be on August 26-30. Late registrants shall have to redeem their Finishers kit after the 2nd Leg race or on or before the 3rd Leg Race Event. Any Finishers kit available in case regular registrants failed to attend the race shall be on first come, first serve basis. A redemption voucher shall be given to finishers who are late registrants.


Newbies (5k) ; Advanced (10k); Seasoned (21k); Masters (50k)

Foreign nationals are welcome to compete in any category.

Registration Fees for Leg 2:

Newbies (5k)                 – P    550.00

Advanced (10k)           – P   750.00

Seasoned (21k)            – P    950.00

Masters (50k)              – P 1,750.00

Awards and Prizes: (No Cash Prize in the Leg Winners but Gift Packages to Top Winners)

Legs Winners, 1st Leg, 2nd Leg, and 3rd Leg winners shall be the runners who will come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fastest time for Men and Women Division. Each will received Winners Medals and Winners Gift Package from Sponsors.

  1. Finishers for 5k will receive Finisher Medals and Loot Bag
  2. Finishers for 10k, 21k, and 50k will receive Finishers Medals, Finishers Shirts, Loot Bags

2nd Leg Newbies Awards and Prizes

Leg Winner 1st Place – Gift Package + 1st Place Medal + Winner Shirt

Leg Winner 2nd Place – Gift Package + 2nd Place Medal + Winner Shirt

Leg Winner 3rd Place – Gift Package + 3rd Place Medal + Winner Shirt

Finishers Awards – Finishers Medal + Loot Bag

2nd Leg Awards and Prizes Advanced (10k); Seasoned (21k); Masters (50k)

Leg Winner 1st Place – Gift Package + 1st Place Medal + Winners’ Shirt

Leg Winner 2nd Place – Gift Package + 2nd Place Medal + Winners’ Shirt

Leg Winner 3rd Place – Gift Package + 3rd Place Medal + Winners’ Shirt

Finishers Awards – Finishers Medal + Finishers Shirt + Loot Bag

Note: Cash Prizes are given only to Trilogy Champions and runners up on conclusion of the Championship or Final Leg for the Categories – Advance (10k), Seasoned (21k), Masters (50k)

Assembly and Gun Start

2:00 am           Assembly Time at the Start & Finish at Epic Park, Tanay, Rizal

4:00 am           Gun Start of Masters (50k) Ultraman

5:00 am           Gun Start of Seasoned (21k)

5:15 am           Gun Start of Advanced (10k) and Newbies (5k)

Cut-Off Time

Masters (50k) shall have a cut-off time of 11 hours so that runners should be at the Finish Line by 3:00 pm. At 3:00 pm sweeper will bring the runners still at the trails back to the venue hall and shall not be allowed to cross finish line.

Seasoned (21k), Advanced (10k), and Newbies (5k) all have the same cut off of 7 hours so that runners should all be at the finish line by 12:00 noon. Sweeper shall bring the runners back to the venue hall and shall not be allowed to cross finish line.

Awarding of Winners

Awarding of Winners shall commence at 11:00 am or when all the winners of all categories have already crossed finish line whichever comes first. Should winners in each category are not yet complete and identified, Awarding may be delayed to allow winners to be completed.

Provisions and Miscellaneous Services

Shuttle bus services is available for all categories. Master (50k) participants may avail of a separate shuttle services considering they are to start ahead of others and possibly will arrive later than others. Shuttle service fee is P300 per passenger back and forth. Pick-up points are the following:

Makati Shell Station at the crossing of Ayala, Mackinley, and Edsa near MRT Station

Mandaluyong Boni Ave. Circle in front of Jollibee

Quezon City Circle in front of City Hall

Masinag in front of Mercury Drug Store

Only riders with confirmed reservation or with bus stub, shall be allowed to ride the shuttle bus.

Hydration  – Runners are provided with “refilling stations” for free hydration. Please bring at least 20 oz hydration bottle. In observance of Environmental laws, we will not serve cups in the stations along the race route not more than 5 kilometers apart.

Banana – Free banana for the runners are available in designated stations and at the Finish Line for the needed potassium supply of the body.

Runners should bring their own energy drinks and replenishment. Some sponsors may at times provide sampling of their products but this is not guaranteed.

Food Services – There will be food available at Epic Park at affordable prices for the runners, you may buy your own food. There are also food services outlets near the venue the choices are varied but prices affordable. Runners may avail anytime of the day.

Accommodation – There will be available spaces for overnight camping at the venue for those in budget while there are available resorts and hotels around the area near the venue such as Ten Cents To Heaven, Sierra Madre Hotel, and Sampaloc Inn to name a few.

Public Transportation – There are available public transportation however for those not taking the shuttle. You can take Jeeps and shuttle from Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong going to Tanay and then take tricyle going to Sampaloc. There are Jeeps available at Cubao going Cogeo from there you can take Jeep going Sampaloc. The Cogeo jeep is available only from 5 am to 7 pm so it is suggested to take this only if runners plan to take resorts hotels or camp at the venue from June 8.

Here are some pictures of Epic Camp:

One of the structures in side the rain-forest park

One of the many trails going inside the rain forest

More of the views inside the camp

The forest camp which is also a bird sanctuary

Over looking the rain-forest

Thick foliage inside the forest

A tree house inside the sanctuary

Scene from the view deck. This may well be the starting line

How To Get There:

Take Marcos Highway going towards Masinag Market via Aurora blvd. passing below the Katipunan overpass. Cross Sumulong highway (Masinag Center is at the corner on the left) heading straight which becomes the Marikina Infanta Road towards Tanay.

Upon reaching the Sierra Madre Resort go straight where you will pass by the Pranjetto Resort. Continue towards the intersection of the  corner of Marikina Infanta Highway and Sampaloc Road which was the venue of the NTDR Leg 1, then turn right going to the Tanay town proper. Epic Park is approximately 2.5 kms on your right from the Ynares Sports Gym, venue of the Leg 1 race towards the resort of Daranak.

Photos by Tina S. Mallari and the APBFoundation.

Race Recap: World Vision Run 2013

A short race recap…

I’m back on the roads running this race last Sunday, the World Vision 21k Run! Strange that i quite miss the urban jungle that is Bonifacio Global City and i can’t remember when i raced here the last time.

Since my last road race, the Run United 2, 32k at the MOA-Roxas Blvd. grounds a few weeks ago, my feet have been immersed mostly on trails, feeling the highs of running on single tracks and dirt roads with the scenic views that goes with it.

So the chance to run again at BGC comes for a re-visit to an old race and training venue and traversing the only uphill of the course, the Kalayaan Overpass plus a chance to greet many runner friends on that long stretch of Buendia Avenue.

Wearing the World Vision Medal at the finish line

The World Vision Run 2013 is a nice 21k  race if you’re looking for a medium sized race, not overcrowded with the kind of positive support Runrio always provide its runners. The run through the north side streets of BGC covered a wide area before hitting the south streets near the international schools then up to the Kalayaan overpass.

With Blas and Patrick just before the gun start

Having suffered from a bad case of cough and colds the week before, i didn’t feel like going on an all out running spree but i did enjoy some moments of pacing with the speedier runners and slowed down to my normal cruise control pace as soon as i struggled to catch my breath.

The water stations were copious, all providing ICE COLD water and Gatorade and it was so refreshing to pour your head with unlimited cold water. Nice!

With 2 kms to go

I felt some sort of a wall during the last 4 kilometers that my legs felt dead, so heavy that i could hardly get them to shuffle forward specially on the return to the Kalayaan over-pass. I took the remaining half of my Booster-C Energy Shot  and that kind of helped me get through the remaining 3 1/2 kilometers.

Feeling bored…and spent!

Last 200 meters

I struggled to finish in 2:31:47 on that 21.5 race route and i was good with that.

All in all, the race was very well organized and in my mind, even better than the 21k RU1 organized also by Runrio staged a few months ago.

With some running blogger friends

You can check out the race results here: http://runrio.com/2013/06/world-vision-run-2013-results/

Thanks to all my photographer friends for the photos above!

Musings On The SUUNTO Ambit2 GPS Watch

For such a compact GPS wrist watch, the Suunto Ambit 2 is an exhaustive piece of engineering! It’s aimed not only for athletes but for the outdoor explorer, as well. The SUUNTO Ambit-2 and its more simplified version, the Ambit 2S are probably two of the best, if not the best brand GPS models for runners, cyclists, swimmers and is an excellent functional watch for the triathlete.

This was the gist of what the new Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit 2S does during their launching a few days ago at the Rockwell Mall in Makati City.

Out of the box. The Suunto Ambit-2

The back side of the Ambit 2

Ms. Mascy Cabuhat-Pineda (2nd from left), Brand Manager of Time Depot, distributors of the Suunto Ambit2 and 2S with Suunto Ambassadors (l-r) Andy Leuterio, Keshia Fule and Ige Lopez

Without further ado, these were some of my initial impressions of the watch: I was able to road test the Ambit 2  on a few runs and i would say that i was most impressed with how it was able to immediately lock for a satellite signal and it took just a second or two, even when i was under our garage!

The main format of the Gps watch

It’s the Exercise dial which you would want to press.

If Running is your thing, press “next”. It would ask you if you would use it with a HR belt, if not..skip then it would find the satellite which would just take a second or two.

It might be a chunky watch when you feel it on your wrist but when setting through the dials, the watch is very easy to use and navigate with the buttons mainly focused on the start (upper right) and next (middle) buttons.

I’ve used the Garmin 310 XT and the FR110 models in the past together with my present Soleus 1.0 GPS and i must say the the Ambit2 was more maneuverable and locks-in immediately to various configurations whether  you want PACE, DISTANCE or TIME Elapsed as the main face of the watch.

The first main screen that you’ll be given is this: Elapsed time up on top, current pace in the middle, and average pace at the bottom. If you want to see your PACE as the dominant feature (middle), this is your screen.

If you want DISTANCE to be the dominant feature of the screen, just toggle to the “next” button and this screen appears. The bold numbers in the middle is the distance (dst) while the smaller ones below is the work-out time.

For me, this is my favorite pre-set screen which shows the work-out time in the middle and the distance covered in the bottom.

If you’re more concerned with your heart rate and using the watch’s accompanying HR monitor, this screen shows your current HR in the middle, average HR at the bottom, and the Performance Training Effect at the top.

Take note that the lower figures are customizable which can be changed at random by pressing the “view” button (lower left) during any of the above data screens.

If you want to exit from any of these data and go directly to the main screen, all one has to do is to press the “back lap” button on the upper right side of the watch until you reach the main screen. This will also automatically shut off  the GPS so it conserves the life of the battery.

The Ambit2 has a battery life of up to 50 hours of recording time in GPS mode.  However in such mode the recording rate is reduced to every one (1) minute.  In standard 1-second recording mode, the Ambit2 gets 15 hours of recording time.

Moreover, there’s an online application called MOVESCOUNT (http://www.suunto.com/Support/Movescount/) which stores your training/racing activity online with the available details you want. You can follow your progress in your training activities with highly accurate tools to analyze your performance, improve your fitness or simply enjoy your achievements.

There are more tons of features which i haven’t tested or will be even able to do like the cycling part, indoor and outdoor swimming, trekking which features an Altimeter, Barometer and Weather forecasts. There is an application for Trail Running though, which i intend to use in my future trail runs.

The SUUNTO Ambit-2 retails for P35,000.00 (P40,000.00 for the Ambit-2 Sapphire) while the Amvit-2S costs P25,000.00.

In the meantime, i’m leaving you with some of the training and sports-specific functions that will be of great use to runners and triathletes.


  • GPS-based speed, pace and distance
  • Real-time, average and max. heart rate ♥
  • Calories ♥
  • Heart rate limits ♥
  • Heart rate graph in real time ♥
  • Peak Training Effect & Recovery Time ♥
  • Manual & autolaps
  • Chrono
  • Countdown timer
  • Interval timer
  • GPS track analysis*
  • Heart rate zones* ♥
  • EPOC & V02 max values* ♥


  • Swapping of sport while logging and exercise
  • Preconfigured multisport modes
  • Sports comparison*
  • Post-analysis of multisport exercise by sport*
  • Interactive map and charts by sport/section of an exercise*
  • ANT+™ and Suunto ANT support for PODs

ANT+™ logoThis product is ANT+ certified.
Visit www.thisisant.com/directory for a list of compatible products.


  • Responsive running pace/speed (FusedSpeed™)
  • Running cadence with Foot POD
  • Lap comparisons by each kilometer/mile*
  • Ghost Runner (Suunto App)
  • Marathon End-time Estimator (Suunto App)


  • Multiple Bike POD support (Suunto ANT/ANT+™)
  • Bike Power (W), average and maximum
  • Bike Power 3 s, 10 s, 30 s
  • Bike lap and lap maximum power
  • Power distribution & graphs*
  • Peak Power Curve for peak power outputs*

Bike Power requires use of optional ANT+ bike power sensor.


  • Swimming time by pool length, lap, total
  • Swimming pace & distance
  • Swimming stroke rate, count & type
  • Automatic intervals
  • Dynamic lap table with strokes, pace and durations*


  • 1000+ free Suunto Apps for outdoors & training
  • Up to 50 Apps pre-configurable in watch
  • Logging of all App values for post-analysis
  • Suunto Apps creation with:
    • Chrono, GPS, HR, weather and altitude data ♥
    • Running, cycling, swimming data
    • Rich math functions, if/then logic, sound, backlight, etc.

* in Movescount.com
♥ requires use of optional Suunto ANT/ANT+
 or Suunto Dual Heart Rate Belt

From the running and multi-sport community

Suunto launches two new generation GPS watches –  Ambit2 S and Ambit2 (Press Release)

Suunto unveils the second generation of Ambit outdoor GPS watches, the new line-up of Ambit2 S and  the Ambit2. This creates a collection of Suunto GPS watches for every occassion — whether a multisport training session or a serious adventure.

Comments President of Suunto, Mikko Moilanen: “The Ambit got a tremendously positive response from consumers last year. To meet the needs of perfomance sports oriented users even better we felt that a lighter, slimmer GPS with sports-specific features but less focus on outdoor functionality was needed to complement the Ambit family. In addition, the rapidly advancing technology made it meaningful to update the Ambit family with new members already now.”

Ambit2 S – The GPS watch for athletes

The new Ambit2 S is a light and sleek GPS watch for multisport athletes that packs all the features needed for cycling, running, swimming and multisport training. The GPS provides accurate pace, route navigation and tracking, while the heart rate monitor lets you train within your ideal zone.

Suunto Ambit2 S

  • Cycling: The new Suunto Ambit2 S will support power meters (ANT+) and offers various power measurement values and numerous options for in-depth analysis.
  • Swimming: The Ambit2 S also offers comprehensive swimming functionality, including pace and distance, automatic intervals, stroke rate and swimming time related to different pool lengths. The Ambit2 S will also learn to recognize your swimming style, which makes performance analysis easier.
  • Running: Runners benefit from highly accurate pace and distance thanks to FusedSpeed™, the Ambit’s accelerometer integrated GPS, as well as interval timer and autolaps for training.
  • Multisport Training: Users can switch between sports, making the Suunto Ambit2 S ideal for recording your multisport training or race.

Ambit2 S – SRP Php 25,000

Ambit2 – The GPS for Explorers and Athletes

Suunto also launches the Ambit2, which builds on the success of the award-winning Suunto Ambit. It includes Suunto’s hallmark outdoor functions such as route navigation, barometric information, altimeter with FusedAltiTM, 3D compass and other outdoor specific features.

In addition the Ambit2 has all the training features of the Ambit2 S, above.

Suunto Ambit2

Packed in a glass fiber reinforced casing with a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode, the Ambit2 is the ultimate watch for serious adventurers, explorers and multisport athletes. The Sapphire edition of the Ambit2, (pictured center) features a brushed steel bezel and sapphire crystal glass, adding some serious style to the Ambit2’s extreme functionality.

Comments Suunto ambassador and climber Ueli Steck: “In the mountains you need a watch you can rely on. I’ve been using Suunto products for many years and the Ambit2 is the ideal product out there for anyone serious about their mountain sports.”

App Zone and Movescount.com are also upgraded

Suunto is also upgrading the Suunto App Zone, the community forum where users can find and create free Apps for the Ambit GPS watches. Since it launched in November 2012, the App Zone  has proved popular with users, who have created over 5,000 Apps so far. The upgrade gives Ambit owners the chance to create and share more advanced Apps. Suunto’s online sports community Movescount.com which hosts the App Zone, will also be updated to provide new  tools for in-depth analysis, enhanced navigation and improved opportunities for sharing.

For more product details and full specs, visit www.suunto.com

For media inquiries, contact:

Mascy Cabuhat-Pineda


Phone: +632 7435220 loc 109 cell: +63 917 7933791

Ambit2  Silver and Black – SRP Php 35,000

Ambit2  Sapphire – SRP Php 40,000

Available at all TIME DEPOT stores


World Vision Run 2013

Last week,  i attended  the launching of the 2nd World Vision Fun Run and listened to one particular runner-friend who shared his child-hood story, on how in the midst of financial difficulties growing up was able to graduate from school through the help of the World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Program.

Many lives of out-of-school children and school drop-outs have been transformed by being able to graduate and lead good lives and in return, they themselves are now able sponsors of these needy children.

In this 2nd World Vision Run, to be held on June 23, 2013 at the Bonifacio Global City, World Vision invites runners to share the same kind of love that can change lives—lives of children in need. With a very small act of kindness these children will be able to look ahead to better lives with better opportunities, all because you willingly opened your heart and share love!

This Run  is a way for you to make a real and lasting difference for ONE precious boy or girl in need. Proceeds from registration fees shall be pooled together with other World Vision resources so children, families and communities may be provided with the following:

  • Education
  • Skills training
  • Improved Nutrition
  • Livelihood assistance
  • Health care
  • Safe water
  • Values formation
Let’s support this run and help children build a better future for themselves. Here are the details of the race:
June 23, 2013 Sunday
Venue: BGC
Registration Fees:
5km – P650
10km – P750
21km – P950
Singlet for all categories, and finishers medal for 21km finishers only.
Registration period:
Online: May 21 – June 19
In-store: June 1 – June 19
Registration sites:
Riovana BGC, Riovana Katipunan, Tobys MOA, Tobys SM North The Block
Registration is from 12nn-8pm only at all sites
How to register:
Fill up registration forms at registration centers and keep your claim stub
Or you may register online at www.runrio.com (No deliveries shall be made for online registration.  Please note there is an additional processing fee for online registrations.)
Race Kit and Claiming:
Dates: June 21 and 22 (Friday and Saturday before the race)
Venue: BGC (9th cor 26th open field)
No race kit claiming on race day
Runners are encouraged to bring their own hydration bottles for refill along the route, so as to decrease waste.
World Vision official explaining the program’s advocacy
Media group with Race Director Coach Rio Dela Cruz

10k Route


5k Route


21k Route


21k Medal


Last year’s World Vision run brought people from all walks of life to run in the hope for children’s fullness of life.

A runner shares her experience, “Ran the 5k this morning in World Vision Philippines Run at BGC… it was a fun-filled and inspiring event… as one of the child sponsors, I’m more inspired to continue this advocacy after hearing success stories from former scholars… and hopefully, more people will share our vision and help send the underprivileged Filipino kids to school.”

This year, we are inviting everyone again to run and show your care for the children to help fulfill their dreams for better lives. World Vision Run 2013 is for the benefit of more than 8,000 children still waiting for sponsorship through World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Program.

Besides registering for the run, event sponsors and media partners can team up with World Vision for added participation. Groups and teams interested for concessionaires can also contact the World Vision Run team

So lace up this June, and see you at the finish line! Let’s run because we care.

The Impact:

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice. Globally, World Vision assists over 2.7 children in over 100 countries.

Here in the Philippines, World Vision is reaching out to more than 80,000 children nationwide (along with their families and communities) through community development programs that will help uplift their economic situation and over-all child well-being of the children being sponsored.

For this year, we have about 8,000 children who are still waiting to be sponsored. World Vision’s local fundraising are pooling together resources from various sponsors/ donors to help ensure that these children will be able to have access to education, health care, values formation and livelihood assistance for their parents.

Fundraising events, such as the World Vision Run, helps support these programs for the children, their families and communities. You don’t have to be an athlete, a running enthusiast or even a health buff to make a difference through this event. Even first time runners, young and young at hearts, are all welcome to join!

By joining the World Vision Run 2013, running more kilometers , sharing the cause and experience with your family and friends, or even considering to sponsor a child will definitely contribute in helping more children have brighter futures ahead.

Let’s all run because we care. See you all on June 23!

About World Vision Child Sponsorship

The best way to help a child is to help his community become a better place to grow up in. For a donation of P600 a month, you will help provide children and his community with access to: education, health care, nutritious food, clean water, livelihood opportunities and more.

Child sponsorship ensures that the community will be able to provide children with the basics they need to help them grow up in a healthy environment and have a chance for a better, more sustainable future.

How Child Sponsorship Works

Child sponsorship is an exciting journey of transformation – for the child you’re helping and for you – especially if you use all the tools available to help you bond with your sponsored child.

It works by linking a poor child to an individual/ group who is committed to give a regular gift of P600 a month per child or P7,200 a year. Your monthly pledge is pooled with those of other child sponsors in the Philippines and overseas. Pooling together resources/ donations enables World Vision to maximize the productivity of every peso.

When you decide to sponsor a child, you’ll meet the child that you’ll be sponsoring by receiving a welcome kit that includes your sponsored child’s photo and profile, along with ways to connect and be updated with your new sponsored child.

Sponsorship fosters sustainability. World Vision plans and works alongside community members to help build healthy communities for children.

To know more about Child Sponsorship or other ways you can make a difference, click on this link: http://worldvision.org.ph/

Race Review: Leg 1-Natures Trail Discovery Run @ Daraitan

The rains were heavy in Q.C. from late Saturday evening up to early Sunday morning, and i was already having second thoughts if travelling for more than an hour to get to Tanay for the Natures Trail Discovery Run was worth the trip.

While waiting for running buddy Jun to fetch me, i even texted Manny Santos, over-all Race Director of the NTDR to ask if the race was pushing through. He was surprised at my message and re-assured me that the race would go on as planned and that only a short drizzle hovered over Tanay the night before.

Truly, the roads and trails in Tanay were almost dry while the rain held-out Sunday morning for the duration of the whole race and we had very good weather over-all.

Jun and i arrived at the venue at about 4:30am and were in for an unusual sight. The start and finish line area was located inside a large multi-purpose gym just in case it rains outside. We then claimed our race packets and in a few minutes we were off, together with the other 21k runners.

Runners start to arrive at the start and finish area

When the starting gun was fired, i was so not feeling it! Felt sluggish, even sleepy that i had to struggle on that first uphill road. Things change a bit when we hit the trails and it was daybreak by then, no need really to use those head-lamps which i forgot to bring anyway.

Having ran this route in a familiarization run organized by Pimco a few weeks ago,  it was nice being up there seeing the Sierra Madre mountain range once again as we crossed small rivers and intruded into small communities where residents were still fast asleep on those early hours.

At one of the river crossings. I wonder why they had to cross this on the right side which was slippery when they could have just easily stepped on that sturdy bamboo pole (lower left portion) which i did.

Passing along a shack

Part of the single track trail

On a hilly terrain

The trail part is short, just about 2.5kms before emerging on the national road on the way to Daraitan. This part is largely uneventful, a mad dash along the highway, vehicles still scarce as you crissed-cross the road to cut corners leading to Gen. Marking Road.

This stretch of road seem to go on forever. It’s a combination of rough and cemented roads, some parts crowded with people while the rest are mostly just  farm fields but with great views of the mountains. Except for a short detour at the Macaira Gardens, it was mostly this road that we had to contend with, an uphill-downhill of rolling slopes.

I was feeling good at this point, met some new friends while re-filling our hydration bottles at one of the aid stations and one thing positive about this race is the availability of ice, lots of it and cold sponges. Some parts of the rough roads were sandy and i had to stop several times to untie my shoe and remove small pebbles which found itself inside that made it uncomfortable to run on.

It was like heaven when we finally reached the wooden bridge at Daraitan after like running forever. The trails were both sandy and rocky but at least, we were in a Nirvana-like scenery, the gushing river running beside us, more mountain views and large, white boulders scattered all over the place.

The Tinipak rocks

At the turn-around point with Rnold Eming

The views at the turn-around point

Nice to take a dip here if there was more time

Another view from atop the trail

Beyond this is the trail to Nakar, Quezon where the 50k runners went further

The way back was a tough one, knowing you’ll be running the same endless road of uphills and downhills. It would now be a test of perseverance, walking ability and still lots of stored patience! Seems that the only way to overcome it is to move slowly during the uphills then get back to the shuffle/run rhythm at the downhills. I was quickly losing steam and all i wanted to do was to get  to the end.

The sponges provided on crucial aid stations were God-sent as i was able to pour ice-cold water on my head may times and that was refreshing! I already knew that the distance we were going to complete was about 28 to 29 kms just based on the distance at the turn-around point which was 14 kms. Nice bonus for us mileage addicts!

An amazing guy, Voltron Visda who, for the whole duration of the race ran barefoot, battling sharp macadam surfaces, rocky terrains, hot cement roads and plenty of strewn broken glasses along the route! My hat’s off to him!

On my way back!

When we finally reached the National Highway, there was another 4 to 5 kms to tackle before the finish line. I got back into a running rhythm, really forcing myself to run the downhills fast and slowing down to a walk during long inclines. Around this time, I went past several runners who were slowing down or were just walking continuously.

At around the 29 km mark, i could now see the side of the roads teeming with people as the area is a highly commercialized one where business establishments abound. The sight of the gas station on the right side signaled that i was nearly there at the finish. And finally, the sight of the Gym where we started about 5 hours ago. Eventually i was inside the gym and crossed the finished line with some announcements of my arrival  (thanks to event hosts, Iris and Nonoy).

The distance was 30.7 kms finishing it in about 4:59 (per my GPS watch). I felt exhilarated, finishing another 30+ km run after running the 32k Run United-2 race, just the week before.

Capping the run was a free 30 minute++ massage and the therapist really worked on both my legs and feet!

Over-all, another great race by Pimco with stunning views to die for!

At the finish line

Thanks to Lito Mallari, Rnold Eming and Voltron Visda for some of the photos!

Hanna Sanchez Swims for the Animals

Hanna Sanchez a triathlete of Team Endure and an animal lover will be swimming to raise funds for CARA Welfare Philippines. CARA stands for  “Compassion And Responsibility for Animals”. Hanna will be swimming for 13 hours and is asking pledges to raise funds to help treat abandoned animals for care and future adoption.

This swim event will take place at the YMCA Binondo on June 15, from 7am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00pm to 8:00pm. Interested people can either donate any fixed amount or pledge per lap (at least a peso per lap) which you can do here: PLEDGE/DONATE

Donations are now being accepted through deposits at the following bank accounts of CARA:

Philippine Peso (PHP)
Account # 3191-0467-05
CARA Welfare Philippines
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Atrium Branch, Makati City

Dollar (USD)
Account # 3124-0417-66Swift # bopiphmm
CARA Welfare Philippines,Bank of the Philippine Islands,
Atrium Branch, Makati City

E-mail the pledge form, along with the deposit slip to guerrerotanya@gmail.com

CARA was formed in the year 2000 by a dedicated group of animal lovers determined to help the plight of animals in the Philippines. It’s a non-profit, non-government organization that receives no government funding and relies solely on private donations.

Mission and Vision

  • Reduce pet overpopulation through our low cost spay/neuter clinic
  • To promote Trap/Neuter/Return
  • Provide veterinary consultations for low income pet owners
  • Educate citizens, organizations & barangays about animal welfare and the rights of animals
  • Promote compassion for animals and responsible pet ownership
  • Prevent cruelty and abuse to animals
  • Provide caring and responsible homes for our members rescues through our adoption program

The swim will be supervised by several people, who will monitor the lap count. At the end of the event, all the pledges will be collected based on the accomplished laps.

The swim for a cause is a worthy endeavor to support and to give rescued pets a second chance at life.

Here’s a message from Hanna:

“If I can only help all the animals in the world you know I would but I am just a human, I can only do so much when it comes to furry dogs and cats. I couldn’t give a lot of money because I am not rich. Most of you know that. With my humble plea, help me help those animals in need.

There are a lot of animals suffering. We cannot just abandon them. All they need is just a little help with their medical expenses until they find a good home. It is not easy for them to experience such abuse from the people who are supposed to love them.

CARA helps by animals by taking them in. They treat them until they can be adopt by a loving family. Of course, this is a non profit organization. They need funds so that they can continue helping animals who have been abandoned, abused and left to die. We ask help together with CARA for any amount that you can donate to help these animals go to a good home.

I want to help them by dedicating my time and effort. I will be swimming 13 hours for all those animals in need. I am asking my friends and all those animal lovers to hear my call. You can donate a fixed amount or pledge per lap. Any amount you will donate is of great help to these animals. It will only take a minute to read the poster and donate.

Thank you very much.”