Sante Barley Domination 21k Run: Race Review

It was nice running this half-marathon after my last race, the Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing 21k held last month. The Sante Barley Domination course at the Cavitex seems to have been chosen not only for its fast terrain but also for the stunning coastal views that we rarely see while running in the metro!

Cavitex (pic from filipinobroker blog)

With about 6,000 runners joining this inaugural race of which half of them ran the 21k race, it was definitely crowded and slow moving at the start for those running the half-marathon but that was okay as it served as a warm-up of sorts, not rushing the pace to reserve it at the latter stages.

I’m still reeling on my acid-reflux issues and was worried that it again might affect my running. Good thing i took a tablet to control it before the run and was working wonders for both my breathing and tummy!

It was an overwhelming feeling  to run early in the morning with a group of runners who feed off  each other’s energy to push harder. Except for a few inclines and declines on flyovers that connect Metro Manila and Cavite, the course was consistently flat for the most part and great care was exercised by the race organizers by placing cones on the outside lane exclusively for runners to separate them from the rushing vehicles occupying the inner lanes.

Thanks to KB Runner for the pic

I don’t usually rate how races were conducted but here below are just some of my observations:


  • Beautiful and fast course
  • Designated service lanes for runners along the busy Coastal Road
  • South-bound lane of the Cavitex Expressway closed for runners to use
  • Nice sampling of Sante Barley products inside loot bag
  • Nice Finishers Shirt
  • Gracious marshals greeting the runners
  • Accurate distance (21.2kms) on my Suunto Ambit2
  • Presence of the Photo-Ops Team and other private photographers
  • Great hosting chores by the Running Host (Boy Ramos)
  • Lots of newbie runners leveling up to the half-marathon for the first time


  • Some water stations ran out of water cups
  • Some stations ran out of water (at the 2nd half)
  • Mid-pack to tail-end runners didn’t get any of those bananas, as promised
  • Race start delayed by 30 mins as logistics were still being put to place

Note to runners:  Always bring a hydration belt, hand held water bottle or any container you can bring along the run specially for races longer than 10k as you can’t be too sure if water would be adequate in a race!

Approaching the finish line

The Sante Barley Run has great potential to be one of the premier runs in the country if they could just address the above shortcomings next time. One thing going for it is the very nice route and it’s secure enough even if it’s staged in one busy expressway. Since this is only their inaugural run, it has attracted hordes of runners who seem to be inclined in doing the half-marathon which is the race’s best seller, according to the organizers.

For me, i enjoyed this race immensely, it was a nice experience as i was able to achieve my target time of doing  somewhere 2:30 (did it in 2:28:20). I’ll be looking forward to next year’s race!

The green street to the finish!

With co-blogger Bee Yen Soberano after our run

(Thanks to Noel Camarillo, KB, Justin Joseph, the Photo-Ops Team and Without Limits Events for the nice pics!)

St. Lukes Run For Wellness

Victims of Typhoon Yolanda are still coming to grips at the disaster that struck them and are trying to rebuild whatever little left they have and from donations from countries and organizations to help them get back on their feet.

The St. Lukes Medical Center is now organizing the Run For Wellness on December 7, 2014 (Saturday) at the Bonifacio Global City which will benefit the victims in Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo and other stricken areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Here are the details:

St Luke’s Run for Wellness

December 07, 2014 (Saturday)
Bonifacio Global City
Categories: 3K, 5K, 10K
Race Fee: P750 (Flat Rate)


P750.00 –Flat rate for each category


  • 10k — 6:00AM
  • 5k —  6:15AM
  • 3k —  6:20AM

Race Kit Inclusions:

  • Race bib
  • Race shirt
  • Freebies from sponsors


There are three (3) Easy Steps:
1. Log-on to: —-> Fill up the Form plus Credit Card Details.
2. Via Pre-paid Cards sold at the following stores:
  • Toby’s MOA
  • Toby’s Glorietta 2
  • Toby’s Shangri la
  • Runnr BGC
  • Runnr Trinoma
  • Runnr ATC
  • St Lukes Medical Center Global

3. SM Tickets Registration:

  • Go to and click “REGISTER NOW”.
  • When choosing payment, choose SM Tickets and enter your Ticket ID on the ticket to complete your registration.

For more info, please log on to:

Welcome to St. Luke’s Run for Wellness!

In light of the  tragedy caused by Typhoon Yolanda, St. Luke’s Medical Center calls on everyone to put on their running shoes and charitable hearts to run and rebuild lives. The St. Luke’s Run for Wellness is a fun run where we can all unite to bring back to wellness, our  fellow Filipinos devastated by the recent disaster.

It will be held on December 7, Saturday, 6 a.m. onwards at the Bonifacio Global City grounds. All proceeds of the fun run will go to the relief and rehabilitation of areas stricken by the recent calamity in the Visayas.

Targeting to engage experienced and first-time runners, the young and young-at-heart who want to help out and get involved, the Run for Wellness promises to be a creative, non-traditional fun run that combines the exercise of running and fun-filled activities along the race route. It is also St. Luke’s way of promoting community spirit, disease prevention and overall well-being for the general public.

Among the stations that runners will encounter during the race include a Water Gun Station where marshalls will spray runners with water along 100 meters, aColor Me Blue Station where blue powder will be thrown as runners go through the course, and an Air Blower Station where runners will be dried off and blown away as they try to reach the finish line. The fun doesn’t stop when the race stops because other activities await participants such as a giant slidecreative photo booth and a balloon wall.

In this regard, we would like to encourage all of you to share a gift of health by supporting the Run for Wellness by way of pledging a running contingent for any of the 3 categories – 3K, 5K and 10K distances. For a minimum donation of P18,000, you can send a contingent of at least 25 runners.

Alternatively, if you are unable to send any participants, you may also opt to have us allot this amount for volunteers or beneficiaries who can join the race in your behalf. Each running participant shall receive a race kit comprised of a race shirt, bib and freebies. Products from your company which we can give away as prizes would likewise be  accepted. (Press Release)

Race Shirt





Summit Wellness Center: Home To Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy

I’ve been doing more than my regular mileage of running lately, averaging from 70 to 90 kms a week, and the training comes continuously with no particular race in mind aimed at. On top of this, i have recently started to cross-train twice a week at Fitness First, doing core and strength exercises so the soreness in my legs have even progressed to my upper body! Lately, i’m feeling the soreness all over from neck to toe!

It came as great timing when i received this invitation from Summit Wellness Center a few days ago to try out their Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy facility at their clinic in Ortigas Center. What a perfect way to knead all those tightness and kinks in my muscles as this clinic aims to help their patients gain back their normal, pain-free movement at the soonest time possible. So i immediately set for a schedule.

I’ve been hanging out a bit lately with trail runner, Iris Torculas, having coffee, light dinners, helping out in her groceries or just talking till late night about her activities and her running as a whole. She has been perennially suffering from Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) that has been plaguing her due to mis-managed training, among others. 🙂 It hasn’t been treated consistently well and she has been looking for some professional help so i decided to tag her along with me.

The Summit Wellness Physical Therapy Clinic provides treatment for lots of sports injuries, from Plantar Fascitiis, ITBS, and all leg, foot, arm and shoulder pains. Aside from Physical Therapy other services include Cryotherapy, Electro Therapy, Hyrdrotherapy, Massage and Kinesio Taping.

We arrived at the clinic last Wednesday afternoon and the minute i walked inside, i felt well at ease and relaxed. We were met by Ms. Jamie Naval, their Marketing Manager. She was an excellent communicator, touring us on the clinic’s facilities and introducing us to some of the staff. The facilities were welcoming and we were greeted with smiles and the patients coming out of their therapy seem to be revitalized.

From talking and observing some of the Licensed PTs, i can say right off the bat that these are well-trained health givers, take an immense sense of pride and care in their craft and their desire to get to know their clients. This seemed to rub-off on their PT student-trainees as well, who were undergoing hands-on training at the clinic as well. They were efficient and well-mannered.

Getting ready for some deep-tissue massage

I like the concept of having all these different experts available in one roof, a whole bunch of dedicated injury specialists devoted to wellness and well-being. The therapy rooms are clean and uncluttered and i felt relaxed as they asked me to lie on the soft bunk ready for some assessment.

Chief PT Carl Tuason working out on my legs

It was no less than their Chief Physical Therapist Karl Tuason, PTRP who fortunately attended to me and i say his style of collaboration and treatment is one of competence, sensitivity and one who knows his stuff!

Applying pressure on my Iliotibial Band

Well, it wasn’t really that easy working with Karl because once he got to feel the tightness in my plantar and calves, he began to work on it immediately. I felt the soothness of his throbbing at first then he became the “hard-core” experienced PT that he was. The kneading became deep-tissue sports massage that i was sometimes grimacing in pain. Delightful and soothing both at once but is was sometimes way beyond comfort!

PT Assistants stretching the lower limbs

One thing utterly lacking inside the treatment room is music, loud music to cover up my moaning and “crying” while being massaged!

Iris got her share of treatment too, her PTs applying Electro Therapy, stretching and massage on her ITB.

Iris with her PT

Kneading on her hamstrings

After our ordeal, like survivors of typhoon Yolanda!

The Summit Wellness Center is a great place for sports injury treatment. The services they offer and the professionals they employ are one of the best i have experienced so far and it needs to be known. If your sports therapist is even half of what PT Carl was, consider yourself lucky!

Thank you so much to Ms. Jamie Naval and staff for this opportunity!

The Summit Wellness Clinic is located at the  4F West Tower, Phil Stock Exchange Center (Tektite), Exchange Road, Ortigas Center.


Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm

Saturday from 9am to 2pm


Tel:                 02) 667-3065 / 661-6327

Mobile:           0927-8656532


Aerotropolis Half Marathon (SCTEX Challenge) All Set

CLARK is it! So Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga will be the next showcase for the 1st ever Aerotropolis Half-Marathon! The race organizers, Hubble Multisport, a group of multi-talented triathletes who are all members of the TriClark Triathlon Team have chosen Global Gateway Logistic City (GGLC) in Clark where the race will start and take runners along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

The race will be held on January 19, 2014 and will also feature 10k, 5k and 3k categories.

The race will be run on paved streets throughout and runners will find the course mostly flat along the SCTEX and return back and snake inside the GGLC before finally going back toward the finish line.

The inaugural GGLC Aerotropolis Half Marathon aims to be the premier running event in Central Luzon by providing a unique and unforgettable experience to participants. The event targets to attract over 2,000 participants.

Here are more details of the race:


Date                            : January 19, 2014 (Sunday)

Venue                        : GGLC Grounds, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga

Event Formats       : 21km, 10km, 5km, 3km

Start times:

  • 21km             5:45 AM
  •  10km            6:00 AM
  •   5km              6:15 AM
  •   3km              6:30 AM

  • Nov. 4, 2013 to Nov. 30, 2013

  •   21km             Php 950.00
  •   10km             Php 650.00
  •     5km              Php 550.00
  •     3km              Php 400.00

Dec. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013

  •   21km             Php1,000.00
  •   10km             Php700.00
  •     5km              Php600.00
  •     3km              Php450.00

Jan. 1, 2014 onwards

  •   21km             Php1,100.00
  •   10km             Php750.00
  •      5km             Php650.00
  •      3km             Php500.00

Online Registration via:

:Registration partners

New Balance

  • Inclusions                    : Finisher’s technical T shirt, Finisher’s medal, Race bib, Loot bag
  • Race Pack claiming     : January 16-18, 2014 – Venue to be announced
  • Aid Stations                 : There will be adequate hydration, nutrition and medical support along the entire length of the course.
  • Entertainment             : There will be periodic entertainment stations along the course to motivate and encourage participants to the finish.
  • Race Organizer           : Hubble Multisport Inc.

: Race Director – Jumbo Tayag 0917 8977470

  • Presenter                    : Global Gateway Logistics City

Finishers Shirt

Finishers’ Medal


CLARK FREEPORT – Global Gateway Logistic City (GGLC) will host the very first GGLC Aerotropolis Half Marathon dubbed as “SCTEX Challenge: Run Beyond Your Limits”. The Half Marathon will start at the GGLC grounds extending to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) on January 19, 2014. An estimated 2000 participants will join the marathon composed of 3km, 5km, 10km and 21km distances.

According to Peregrine and GGLC Vice President for Sales & Marketing Jeff Pradhan, “Global Gateway Logistics City aims to showcase Clark as a premiere sports venue through our first Aerotropolis Half Marathon, similarly promoting camaraderie among sports enthusiasts of all ages in the Philippines especially in the Metro Clark community.”

Pradhan added that the Aerotropolis Half Marathon which is staged to start at the GGLC grounds targets to provide assistance to a local orphanage in Angeles City.

“The marathon will also benefit a select orphanage in Angeles City funded only by donations and individual sponsorships. This is a part of GGLC’s corporate social responsibility programs aimed at giving back to the society,” said Pradhan.

Organized by Hubble Multisport in partnership with GGLC, this aims to be the premier running event in Central Luzon by utilizing SCTEX in the course which allows participants to enjoy the scenic view of the country’s longest expressway giving them a unique and unforgettable running experience.

“The marathon course is something to look forward to. A portion of the SCTEX will be closed to traffic so runners can experience a full view of the expressway – a rare opportunity for runners. We will also have pacers for all levels for the half marathon and entertainment stations all along the route which gives a fun and exciting running environment,” said Race Director and Hubble Representative Jumbo Tayag.

There will be water stations and designated medical booth to ensure safety of the runners. Worth P70,000 cash prizes, medals and certificates are at stake. Each participant will receive a finisher’s technical t-shirt, finisher’s medal, race bib, timing chip and a loot bag.

GGLC Official during the launch

Jumbo Tayag of Hubble Multisport

To know more about the run, visit As an early bird promo (until November 30, 2013) registration fees for 21km, 10km, 5km and 3km are as follows: P950.00, P650.00, P550.00, and P400.00 respectively.

And for the regular rates (December 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013) registration fees for 21km, 10km, 5km and 3km are as follows: P1,000.00, P700.00, P600.00, and P450.00 respectively.

For more details, please contact +63 920-961-6758 or email

About Global Gateway Logistics City

Global Gateway Logistics City is the Philippines’ very first Aerotropolis, an urban plan in which the layout, infrastructure, and economy is centered around an airport, existing as an airport city. The 177-hectare master planned mixed use aviation oriented logistics and business center of excellence approximately $3-Billion worth of investment at full build-out.

It is a perfect blend of modern, state-of-the-art offices and commercial spaces to highly efficient warehousing and light industrial facilities with its four zones: LOGISTICS PARK, BUSINESS PARK, AERO PARK and TOWN CENTER. Powered by Cisco® Smart+Connected Communities blueprint, making the new aerotropolis one of the most technologically advanced communities in the country.

About Hubble Multisport

Hubble Multisport was formed in 2011 with the aim of promoting an active and healthy lifestyle through organizing various running and endurance events like cycling, swimming, duathlon, aquathlon and triathlons. Its five directors are members of the prominent TriClark Triathlon Team.

The company is well-connected through its network that includes local running groups, local cyclists and multisport teams all over the Philippines. Hubble Multisport has been organizing races since 2011 and its directors have been joining this type of events for the past 8 years. (Press Release)

For more information, visit

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Tri United 3: Post Event Results

It was a win-win triathlon for the organizers Bike King and Unilab Active Health (ULAH) as well as many of the participating triathletes at the just concluded Tri United 3 Elite-Age Group Championship at Dungaree Beach of Subic Freeport recently. A number of participants leveled up and posted new personal records, which they attribute to the event being well-organized, from the safe and challenging routes to the pre- and post-race support.

The weather was near perfect when the gun rang off for the 470 participants at the starting line.    The participants are generally in good spirits before, during and after the race. They particularly liked the nice personal touches such as the customized name plate and transition mat provided for them. And some more extras such as the cymbals that they crash to make noise about exceeding themselves and champagne to cap off a great race.

“All the elements, from the weather to the road conditions, played out nicely for all the participants. Our very own triathlon team came out strong and pulled off a clean sweep— a first for our team,” said Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health, who improved his own personal record at TU3.

Team Unilab Active Health’s triumvirate of Benjamin Rana, Jr. Mark Anthony Husana and Philip Atento dominated the 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike and 10 km elite race. Rana placed first as he clocked in two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds. Followed by Husana (2:11:00) and Atento (2:13:58) for second and third, respectively. Their teammate and coach, Ani de Leon-Brown, champed it out at the women’s Elite race with a time of 2:33:05. Brown was followed by Kristina Beckendorf who clocked in 2:34:33.

The other members of Team Unilab Active Health also had podium finishes in their respective age groups. These include Drew Arellano and Ramon Rodriguez who placed first and second respectively in the male 30-34 age group, Javy Olives who placed third in 35-39 age group, and teen Samuel Ranque who placed third in the 15-16 age group.

The shorter race course of 750m swim-20K bike-5K run for the teen participants was dominated by La Union lad Juan Carlos Abad who clocked in 1:10:40 to place first in the 15-16 age group and Joshua Ranque (1:15:28) in the 17-19 age group. Christianne de Vera who clocked in 1:37:13 to lead the teen girls’ 17-19 age group, while Sophia Ysabelle Jamila was the sole winner in the 15-16 age group with a time of 1:40:28

The other Elite Age Group winners were Mervin Rencel De Los Santos Santiago and Kriska Rose Marzan Sto. Domingo (20-24), Don Berba Velasco and Angelica Pascual Limjoco (25-29), Andrew Estrella Arellano and Nathalia Marie Tan Benipayo (30-34), Edison Salawad Morales(35-39), Rayzon Galdonez and  Roque Endaya (40-44), Joevic Gallo Pajarillo and Mariela Janet Martinez Powell (45-49), Jaime Corea  Lopez (male 50-54) and Josef Gueta (male 55-above).

Team Sante Barley bested four other tri teams (Endure Multisport, PLDT-Bike King, Smart Triathlon Team, TriMac and Unilab Active Health) and bagged the team championship with an accumulated time of 27 hours and 15 minutes.

Organized by Bike King, the event was supported by Unilab Active Health, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department, Enervon Active, Enervon HP, I-ON Energy Drink, Hydrite, AboitizPower, Pocari Sweat, Timex, Crystal Clear Purified Water, Corima and Orbea.

Tri United 3 champion teams from left to right: PLDT-BikeKing (second place), Sante Barley (first place), Trimac (third place). With them are Coach Raul Cuevas of BikeKing (leftmost, 2nd row), Lester Castillo, Sports and PR Executive of Unilab Active Health (leftmost, 1st row) and Alex Panlilio, Head of ULAH (rightmost, 1st row).

As this develops, Tri United 4 in Clark is scheduled on November 24 with a friendly distance of 900m swim, 30km bike, and 5km run. For results and more details about Tri United and other races, please visit  or its social media pages. ### (PRESS RELEASE)

Official Race Results of 2013 TriUnited 3 Elite-Age Group Championship in Subic. Congratulations to all the finishers!

Fitness First: Let’s Get Personal

I’m trying to jump-start my gym program these days, squeezing some sessions at Fitness First after totally neglecting a one-year free training session at another fitness club, a circuit training center in Ortigas last year. Fitness First is one of the biggest, if not the biggest health gym in the country today and prides itself in creating a unique training environment.

At the launch of the Fitness First-Let’s Get Personal/Personal Trainer Program last week, the fitness club strives to maintain a facility that allows both serious fitness buffs and those less experienced to get the most of their work-outs by finding the right Personal Trainer to get optimum results!

The FF Blogger-Ambassadors with the Fitness First Trainors

I was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen bloggers to be a blogger-ambassador for Fitness First and the first thing that i realized was the importance of having the services of a Personal Trainer (PT). PTs offer a safe, effective, goal-oriented and fun workout for their fitness habitues.

First among other things, we were asked to take the PT Match Test to find the ideal personal trainer and instantly get a free fitness introductory session. Having the perfect partner-in-training helps get an exercise plan tailored just for you. Since there is no  one-size-fits-all approach to every client, the PT match is tailored-made based on the following:

  • body type, diet, lifestyle and present hobbies or sports
  • how the members want to be trained and
  • his or her purpose of getting fit (loose weight, improve fit, injury rehabilitation, improvement of sports performance

I was able to have my body composition analyzed  via the Tanita Analyser after the PT match-up. Among the findings are: Weight-162lbs (73kg), from 181lbs 3 mos ago although ideal weight should be 63.6 kg. Biological age is 43 y.o. (i’m in my mid-50s). Degree of obesity is 16%! Ugh!  Still seems normal on all counts so i was off to a good start!

As a runner, i chose a training program that would improve my running performance and that would entail a lot of upper body and core strength. More than this, The Fitness First PT experience shows and guides members to work out safely and correctly (using equipment the right way) based on their goals. Members should enjoy the session because PTs understand each person’s needs and goals hence customizing the work-out to suit that person.

My Personal Trainer that “helped me see the light” during the launch, Archie Gabaleo. Aside from being a PT, Archie is also a Registered Nurse who is a regular at Fitness First Platinum, RCBC

The compatibility match test resulted in my having Archie Gabaleo as PT that afternoon and boy, he really showed me the ropes of getting my whole body soaked in sweat with all those basic core exercises that he tried to squeeze on me! Archie is also a runner where he has done marathons and several halves and with this knowledge in running, sort of fit through to what i was looking at for a Personal Trainer.

We did lunges, squats, planks, medicine ball exercises including TRX suspension work-outs plus some cool-down on the treadmill. As expected, my muscles was a bit sore the following morning! 🙂

One of the basic core exercises i did while PT Archie supervised

It was one excellent learning experience of getting a PT supervise your work-outs. Aside from gaining knowledge and more skills from them, they are powerful motivators, an avid supporter and a great coach!

To find yourself a Personal Trainer  that will go the extra mile with you, you can log-in at

You won’t regret it!

Fitness First Blogger Ambassadors

Vanj Endaya Test Runs the Cavinti Trails

As the 1st Cavinti Road and Trail Adventure Marathon winds down on its final 3 weeks, registration is at fever pitch with the 21k and 42k distances already running out of race bibs! Race Director Joseph Prince Baltazar had to reconsider requests to open up more slots and with the Cavinti Mayor’s go signal decided to add an additional 100 slots for the 21k and 50 more slots for the 42k distances.

I’m a bit surprised how this trail run has attracted huge interest considering that the venue is located remotely away from Metro Manila where travel time takes about 2 to 3 hours to get there and the limited time it took for the organizers to launch the race.

Already, registrants numbered to 445 from the day registration opened 2 weeks ago and is about to exceed the limit of 500 runners for the four (4) distances offered.

Part of the allure of this race might be its scenic course, a combination of roads and trails that winds down to many interest facets of Cavinti like its natural forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and its brown trails and fire roads. Together with other trail runner friends, I was fortunate enough to document the route of the race during a test run we did a few weeks ago which best describes on a blog i wrote:

Mild temperatures, expansive views of surrounding mountains, rolling hills, moderate elevation gains, a beautiful lake and wildflower meadows are the highlights of running in Cavinti. It reminded me of running up the mountain passes of Miyamit in Porac, Pampanga but here, they were shorter and the rolling terrain was more tolerable.

The dirt roads and wide-track trails offer everything from gentle loops to challenging climbs with sweeping views of the Sierra Madre Mountains…

(Complete story and pictures here: cavinti-test-trail-run/):

Just recently, no less than runner and triathlete A-Lister Vanj Endaya took to the trails of Cavinti and tested its waters, so to speak.

Vanj is such a popular multi-sports figure in the local community that when she posts her pictures on Facebook while either running, biking or just lounging around at home or at work on a selfie shot, chances are that in just an hour or two, the picture would garner anywhere from 150-200 “likes”, more if she’s in close-up shots wearing those body-hugging tri-suite of hers!

She’s sexy, to put it bluntly and she attracts what any red-blooded male (or even female) runner wants to see in a female athlete… fast, fierce and a beautiful competitor!

Unless any conflict of schedule gets in the way, Vanj is running the 12k or 21k of this race on November 30.

Let’s get to see some of her pictures during her run in Cavinti a few days ago:

Whether in a trail or road shoe, it sure looks good on her

Getting ready for the run

At the spillway

At the Bumbungan Eco Park

At a fire road in the innermost side of Cavinti (This pic attracted 510 likes as of press time)

She gives us a sneak peek of the 42k route

After the run, Vanj gives a courtesy call to Cavinti Mayor Milbert Oliveros (middle). At left is RD Joseph Prince Baltazar

The nice glass-made 42k medal

Glass trophy

Thanks to Aquiz Minlay and Vanj Endaya for the photos!

Run BGC 2013: Takbonifacio 5k Adventure Run

Bonifacio Global City is gearing for one big celebration this coming November and it’s called the BGC PASSIONFEST, a three-day event tradition filled with various activities that focuses on culture, art, fitness, lifestyle and most of all FUN!

This year continues the city’s tradition of celebrating with a bit of a historical twist as it honors the 150th birth anniversary of one of the Philippines’ most passionate national Heroes, Andres Bonifacio.  It will be a modern fiesta filled with music, arts, food, culture and dance to be held on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2013.

At the launching of the Passionfest 2013, Lorenzo’s way Resto, BGC

The BGC Passiofest kicks off with the following activities:

Friday, November 29 :

  • Percussion Ensemble setting the rhythm in Bonifacio High Street (BHS)
  • Presentation by Gantimpala Theater Foundation entitled “Katipunan (Mga Anak ng Bayan)” at BHS Central Amphitheater
  • Supremo Sale of participating stores in Bonifacio High Street.

Saturday, November 30:

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony at 7:00 a.m.
  • Science sa Plaza happens at The Mind Museum from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Run BGC 2013: TakBonifacio featuring Katipuneros versus Guardia Sibil gathering at BHS Central by 3:00 p.m.
  • Rock Supremo in cooperation with Rock Ed to showcase music written by today’s hottest bands and artists inspired by the life of Andres Bonifacio;
  • Boni-Fiesta bringing the traditional barrio fiesta at BGC with giant game booths, food booths and art activities;
  • Bisita Kusina curated by Pinoy Eats World to present up and coming food entrepreneurs sharing their best items inspired by Philippine history and culture

Sunday, December 1:

  • Parada de Kalesa at 3:00 p.m. where Filipino horse carriages will be specially dressed up to parade around BGC complete with music and dance troupes (Parade Route: 7th, 9th, 11th Avenues and 28th & 30th Streets);
  • Kislap at Kutitap is happening in BHS Central featuring the best of the country’s most prestigious performing groups to cap off the feast of passions featuring Sandosenang Sapatos by Tanghalang Pilipino at 6:00 p.m.
  • Performances from the Philippine Madrigal Singers and Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m.
  • Launch of the Symphony of Lights—the annual Christmas decorations competition for all construction groups and buildings in BGC.

November 30 – December 1:

  • BoniFiesta will be on November 30 to December 1, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will feature activities including Giant Filipino Games (Palosebo, Tumbang Preso, Pasikot-sikot, Luksong Tinik & Bato-Bato Pick), Food Booths, Art Activities (Chalk Art, Sketch Mob, Parol Making, Wishing Wall & Carton Crafts), Kalesa Parade, Free Kalesa Rides plus various musical and dance performances from the country’s prestigious groups.
  • Guests may avail a BoniFiesta Passport which provides access to numerous activities during the Passionfest, through every purchase with a single receipt worth P 1,500 from retail stores or restaurants in Bonifacio High Street, One Parkade, Two Parkade, Bonifacio Stopover, Crossroads, or The Fort Entertainment Complex from November 29 to December 1, 2013 only.
  • The BoniFiesta Passport allows guests to enjoy giant games, claim free food items, enjoy free kalesa rides and participate in the art activities.  Visit for more details.
  • 150 Artists for 150 Years art activity featuring Saturday Sketching Sessions brought in by Moustache Creatives where a total of 150 artists will do live painting along the Bonifacio High Street stretch all weekend long to commemorate the life, passion and ideals of Andres Bonifacio.

10 lucky media/bloggers who got commemorative P500 peso coins each! (Photo courtesy of B. Tiangco)

Here’s the PRESS RELEASE of the Run BGC 2013 Takbonifacio:


To commemorate the life of one of the country’s most passionate heroes AndresBonifacio, the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is holding an interesting and unique run entitled Run BGC 2013: TAKBONIFACIO slated on Bonifacio Day, November 30, 2013 at 3:00PM (afternoon run).

An afternoon of fun run with exciting obstacles awaits friends and families alike on this 5-kilometer adventure. Participants are encouraged to wear the best Katipunero or traditional Filipiniana attire while going through the unique run. To complete the 19th century setting, Gwardiya Sibil will be scattered around the obstacle course to provide the almost true-to-life challenges to the Katipunero participants.

Participants will be wearing a belt with life flags.  Guwardiya Sibil will pose as threats when they attempt to get these life flags.  Fun obstacles await participants as inspired by historical events which happened in key areas around Metro Manila like San Juan (Guwardiya Sibil will be armed with water soakers to attack the participants); Pinaglabanan (An army of Guwardiya Sibil will be running after life flags instead of just standing around);

Bonifacio (Participants should be on the lookout for Andres Bonifacio, who will be giving away free life flags); Marikina (Participants will climb up the giant inflatable slide and enjoy the way down! Or crawl inside the tunnels while Guwardiya Sibil awaits them on the other side); andBalintawak (Participants will express themselves and write why they are proud to be a Filipino).

Registration for the event opens on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at any of the following establishments: Toby’s Sports in Shangri-La Mall, Mall of Asia & Glorietta; Runnr in Ayala Alabang Town Center & Bonifacio High Street; and Brooks in SM North EDSA.

Registration Fee for participants is P500.  Special rates apply to residents and workers of BGC at P350, Groups that form a battalion of at least 50 persons only have to pay P150 per head (registration and payment must be submitted at the same time), Kids who are 5 to 12 years old only have to pay P150.

Participants will be given a red neckerchief and a belt with life flags prior to the race. Upon registration, participants get a race bib.  They will get a TAKBONIFACIO Souvenir shirt in their loot bag filled with goodies from event sponsors.

Top TAKBONIFACIO Finishers will be given cash prizes as follows: P 7,000 in cash each for the First Male and Female participants, P 5,000 in cash each for the Second Male and Female participants, and P 2,000 in cash each for the Third Male and Female participants. In the Kid Category, cash prizes are as follows: P 1,500 in cash each for the First Male and Female kid participants, P 1,000 in cash each for the Second Male and Female kid participants, and P 500 in cash each for the Third Male and Female kid participants.

Special Prizes will be given away including Best Costume to be determined by originality, inventiveness, intricacy & color, and fun.  Best in Costume winners get cash prizes as follows: P 5,000 for the Batallion winner, P 3,000 each for Male and Female winner, and P 1,000 for the Kid winner.  The Biggest Battalion will awarded a trophy.

Prizes to be raffled off are as follows: 1 Grand Prize worth P 50,000, and   5 Minor Prizes worth P 20,000.

BGC Run 2013: TAKBONIFACIO is open to anyone who wants to run for fun! Interested parties between the ages of 5 to 12 must have parental consent upon registration.  Those with serious medical conditions must present a medical clearance to compete in the event.

For more details on costume requirements and registration by groups may log on to

We’ll see you all there!