UNO Magazine: Dawn Jimenez and Bangs Garcia

Back last December 2013 when i wrote about UNO Magazine’s December-January issue featuring the Mocha Girls (article here), it became this blog’s top post with the highest number of readership for the next 8 weeks that i thought of dropping Running as my main subject and change to writing about the sexiest performers in the local entertainment industry instead!

But before i seriously wallow on featuring sexy bodies cavorting on bedrooms instead of on the roads, UNO Magazine has again titillated our imagination as it comes out with its latest cover girl issue with the young, mesmerizing actress, Dawn Jimenez.

Dawn Jimenez (L) and Bangs Garcia (R)

Last Wednesday, i was invited to attend an autograph signing of Uno Magazine’s #92 issue with Dawn and another sexy TV/Movie thespian, Ms. Bangs Garcia. They were a pair to ogle at (sorry guys, no bikinis this time) both very charming and interesting as they gave a no-holds barred answer to almost any topic they were asked i.e personal, love life or other wise.

Uno Magazine just knows how to present their sultry cover girls while keeping their regular menu of current events, lifestyles, food and fashion fun and energetic. Just take a look through these covers and you’ll see what you’re in for!


UNO Magazine puts Dawn Jimenez on the cover

Here at UNO, we know men. We really do. And we know that if you have someone as hot and delectable as Dawn Jimenez waiting for you at home or in the office, you’d be hard-pressed to leave either place, right?

Or, because you know where to find her, you’d try to catch her again in her break-out role during THE climactic scene in On The Job, a movie about prisoners exiting prison to become hired hit men for corrupt government officials. Dawn surprised everyone as she took everything off for her wild love scene with Gerald Anderson, whose character didn’t get any action for several months. Everything. She didn’t even leave the cover on.

Her willingness to be daring however paid off, as Dawn scored her first cover for UNO and an upcoming role in the ABS-CBN afternoon teleserye Moon of Desire.

For UNO’s 92 issue, she gets down, dirty and simply delicious for her cover shoot. Donning the teensiest red and black lace lingerie, Dawn nibbles ever so gently or sometimes fiercely on a luscious piece of chocolate in the photos.

She reveals her thoughts on nabbing the role in OTJ and her excitement at being in a new afternoon teleserye with JC De Vera, Meg Imperial and Ellen Adarna.

She wasn’t afraid to get all wet and lathered in chocolate for this UNO cover either. Dawn, with a sweet smile that could melt the hardest heart or chocolate, is actually a lover of zombie movies, even the low-budget ones, a fact that will surely get many a guy’s attention.

Well, if the first few pages of Dawn’s body in chocolate, with chocolate, on chocolate still didn’t get your heart pumping (you must be cold-blooded then), perhaps the last spread will get a rise out of you.

Dawn. Chocolate spread ever so messily all over her body. And finger-licking. That should be enough right?

Well, this 92nd UNO issue also has some other articles that will get you excited and blood flowing to other parts of your body.

Like the Places to Dayo For, a food feature that takes you to different kinds of hole-in-the-wall restos from North, South to Central Metro Manila. If you are still hungry after this feature, you can go back for some more Dawn.

Or you can impress your girl with your vast knowledge of wines, especially if all you’ve been drinking all your life is beer. Your wine expertise is sure to get your girl excited and more…fluid.

And we didn’t forget to include a feature in this issue for that other part of you that also does some thinking…your brain. Atom Araullo, the big shot broadcast journalist gets intimate and shares about his rise to fame and how this alpha male manages it all: work, fame, and love.

So go ahead, feel free to grab UNO’s 92 issue. Everyone deserves a bite of chocolate-y happiness.

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Del Run 3: Run For The Marikina Watershed


The local government of Marikina City headed by its Mayor, Mr. Del Guzman and the Rotary Club of Marikina are once again staging the Marikina Watershed DEL Run3 on April 13, 2014, 4:00 in the afternoon at the Marikina Sports Center.

During the official launch of the run last Monday at the Cafe Kapitan Restaurant in Marikina City, Mayor Del explained that the proceeds of the run will be used to raise funds for the undertaking of various tree planting activities covering an area of 10,000 hectares  in consonance with the National Greening Program (NGP), and intensify law enforcement in the area.

Mayor Del Guzman of Marikina City at the launching of the DEL Run3 at Cafe Kapitan, Marikina City last Monday

Mayor Del also emphasized that the funds will also be used to develop a buffer zone and social fence against urban sprawl, and provide alternative livelihood to settlers and indigenous people in the area to wean them away from kaingin and charcoal–making, two activities largely blamed for tree loss inside the watershed.

Registration is now ongoing and will have a fix registration fee of P600.00 for either the 5k or 10k run.

Check out the details below:

Event Name : Del Run 3
Event Date : Sunday, 13 April 2014
Time : 4pm
Entry Fee : PhP 600.00
Start & End Point: Marikina Sports Center
Distance : 5km / 10km
Gun Start : 4:15pm / 4pm
Beneficiary : Marikina Watershed Green Foundation

Race Organizer : RunRio Inc.


Online registration period is from February 17, 2014 to March 30, 2014.

Regular In-store registration period is from February 24, 2014 to April 6, 2014 only at the following venues:

7th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Mon-Sun: 12nn to 8pm

Tobys SM Mall of Asia
G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd., Manila
Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm

Tobys SM North, The Block
Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm

Marikina City Hall – City Hall Quadrangle
Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm

Marikina Sports Center
Mon-Sun, 1pm to 9pm


Singlet Design


*Only Filipinos are entitled to win in the 5k and 10k; only Filipinos are entitled to win the cash prize.

Special Awards will given to the following (Open to Foreign and Filipinos):
-Oldest finisher (5k and 10k)
-Youngest finisher (5k and 10k)

Love A Tree 32k Trail Race Recap

Finally, we were able to nail down this labyrinth of a route with all its hazards, obstacles and in pitch darkness. We did at times stray off the designated trails but recovered quickly before we got too far and it was one long, graphic adventure.

Having familiarized myself with the route twice during daylight, I was still worried about how we would go about finding our way in this circuitous maze of a jungle trail in the wee hours of dawn, with only the flicker of our headlamps peeking through the shallow river, rocks and narrow pathways.

Yes, the race started at 4:00 am, too early i might say, and we were off from our start in front of Sampaloc Inn, as running buddy Jun Santiago ran along the 1.2 cemented highway and up on the trails thereafter. We were all basking at the cool “Baguio” weather and didn’t sweat a bit until we reached that uphill assault in a small village where i could hear gasps of runners around me trying to catch their breath. Mine was as wheezing as theirs!

This was our first salvo into the trails and a portent of things to come! With one uphill after another, we were then led into a long downhill rough road then into more uphills and into a Barrio called Dayapa. Since this is an out and back route, i could just imagine the struggle we would encounter as we would tackle back the hills that we went through.

At about the 4th km, my main headlight went bonkers as it would switch off every time i skip or jump over a rock. And every time i re-set it on, it would go off again once i step on a bump! Good thing i had taken with me a spare single LED light which sustained me for the rest of the run.

The course came out to this river trail and we had to cross or wade through it several times, some knee-deep high. This part offers the most incredible running on the trail as we had to figure out which way to cross to the other side of the river. Groping in the dark, there were really very few options on how to move forward and it was a hit or miss thing finding the right trails. Regardless, we did our best to work around it.

There are probably a dozen scenes that vary from one trail to another—every surface from soft-packed trails to steep rocky ones and every kind of environment from vegetable fields to river and rock trails, often in different scenery.

There were arrow signages and yellow ribbon markers along the trails but they were far and few in between. You can’t see most of them in the dark so we were always keeping a sharp eye, like connecting the dots through these ribbons but as long as we saw some hanging on branches, we knew we were on the right track.

The course came out of the woods around the 10km mark and it was daylight by then. Six kilometers more of rough roads before the turn-around point at the Tinipak River and Rocks, my favorite part of the route.

The second half of the route was a long and arduous one as we re-traced our way back from Tinipak river to Daraitan Road then to the jungle maze then finally going through those hellish uphills which reduced many of us to walking. We made it again running into the small villages before hitting back on that 1.2 cemented highway for one final time.

I knew i was just a few hundred meters away but didn’t see the finish from the road as it was tucked inside the front parking space of the Sampaloc Inn. Still, i tried to make a dash for it and it finally came abruptly as i made a slight left turn to hit the tape! It was great to be done as the distance covered was actually 33.8 kms with my time at 6:57.

First place finisher, Manolito Divina who clocked in at 3:44 will be one of three runners representing PIMCO for a 50k trail race to be held in Hong Kong next week.

Running buddies Jun and Rhett

Instead of using the entrance bridge going to the Tinipak rocks, we were detoured to cross this shallow part of the river. No to bridge toll fees! 🙂

You can miss this scenery, on our way up to the trails of Tinipak

Chinky and Dave

Ashley, Rhon and Aldrin

The trail along the river banks

This was on our way back with about 3 kms to go

Over-all, it was a well-organized race with lots of hydration this time although i wished that they had moved the starting time a little later than the 4:00am start of the 32km distance and the 4:30 start of the 15k. I was told that majority of the 15k runners were not able to see the waterfalls at their turn-around point at the 7.5 km mark since it was still dark when they reached there.

Still, it was well worth the effort for the organizers to give us a good race. Our kudos to the Pimco Team of Alvin Balderama, Manny and John Santos for a job well done!

If you came from the usual fanfare of other local races in the city which were held simultaneously last Sunday, this Love A Tree Trail Run would pale in comparison in numbers but if you look past the loot bags and after race programs and gimmicks, this is one beautiful trail run with great back-drop all around.

If you love picture card scenery, this trail run is for you!

For RACE RESULTS you can check it here:!32k-love-a-tree-y3/cwls

Great Chow in Tanay: Ponkee’s Cafe

Just a little past the commercial area of the Sampaloc-Tanay Road and Marcos Highway in Tanay, Rizal is this dainty little eatery that serves a lot of delicious native dishes at very affordable prices!

It’s a great stop for a hearty breakfast or lunch after a long trail run on the mountain trails of Tanay. The place is rather small, a typical hole-in-the-wall neighborhood “carinderia” but the food is fantastic, like having lunch in a fancy restaurant with prices 3x cheaper! The food? Mucho sabroso!

It’s a bit cramped inside with three, 3-person tables at the most and 2 tables outside that you might find it hard to get a seat during their peak hours of lunch and merienda.

Having skipped lunch while me and running buddy Jun were still at it on the trails, we were invited by Alvin Balderama, Race Director of the PIMCO trail run races and arrived at this eatery at about 3pm, starving like a pack of wolves that we were ready to devour anything that was available.

That afternoon, they were preparing their merienda special for the day–home-made grilled hamburgers which were thick, juicy and sinfully tangy with a kick! It was so delicious that we had 2 orders each!


We also tried their baby back ribs which were thick and tender, marinated just right and juicy to the bones! You can just feel the tender pork had been simmering on the grill for a long time as the marinated sauces had soaked into the layers of the pork belly. It’s juiciness created a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness to the pork and showered the meat with rich barbecue flavor.

Baby back ribs

We also had a sample of their marinated chicken barbecue which was rich in sauce and with good amount of black pepper to give your taste buds a kick.

Their prices? Look at their menu below:

Cheap and delicious food

The place is presently being frequented by bikers, motorcycle riders and now runners who are ever-present running along the National Highway and of course, the trails.

If you’re in the area after finishing your trail runs or long road bikes to energize and replenish your bodies with delicious food, i highly recommend dropping by this place. You won’t regret it!

Ponkees is located near the intersection of Sampaloc-Tanay Road and Marcos Road, near the Flying V Gas Station. From the Sierra Madre Resort, drive past the Pranjetto Hills Resort and after 2.5 kms, turn right to Sampaloc-Tanay Road. The eatery is less than a kilometer on your left.

Trail Chronicles #7: The Boondocks of Norzagaray

As with other trails in Bulacan, i don’t see how you’re not going to enjoy this rustic but arresting trail route, loaded with interesting sceneries like wide vegetable plantations, farms and the ever present mountain ranges of the Sierra.

Though the trails are easy to follow during the first few kilometers of the route, it becomes more intricate once you venture inside the wooded areas as there are several smaller trails that branch out. This said, it can be easy to get a bit lost inside these trails.

The wide open spaces are breath-taking and relaxing and you won’t miss the post card scenes once you are atop one of the many mountain ridges.

This place in San Mateo, Norzagaray which borders that of San Jose Del Monte doesn’t have the usual falls we see often in other parts of Bulacan but if you’re looking for a relaxing yet somewhat challenging trail run, you’re here on the right place.


  • The two wooden bridges that seem to have existed since the birth of our forefathers. Both are ancient but built of sturdy woods and reinforced by strong bamboo poles that can withstand any onslaught of a typhoon Yoling.
  • The vegetable plantations and other wide areas of vegetation which makes for a relaxing run.
  • The unlimited zigzagging trails of uphills and downhills
  • Wild birds of different sizes and colors that whiz by on top of tree branches
  • The mountain trail leading down to a valley over-looking Mt. Balagbag
  • An alternative route to Mt. Balagbag although this is way longer than coming from Licao-licao. The trails here are more challenging and very secluded so be prepared to back-track a little to find your way!

San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan. The road entrance to the trails

Downhill trail to the plantation

Vast vegetable plantations

First bridge crossing

The first bridge located just 1.5 kms away from the entrance. This leads to the main trails.

The second wooden bridge

The river below

Long hill ahead

Mountain ridge overlooking the Sierra Madre mountains

Yummy lunch at Jun’s place. Burrrp…

Trail Chronicles #6: Paradiso

As we moved eastward from Tungkong Mangga going towards Licao-Licao near Norzagaray, we noticed several trails that were branching out from Baranggay San Roque, San Jose Del Monte (SJDM) in Bulacan. Jun and i weren’t sure about any possible running routes in the area but we were game to discover places.

Apparently you don’t have to wander much around SJDM to discover many trails that can go on for plenty of kilometers on end. So we decided to stray a while and entered a side trail in a small Baranggay called Paradise or Paradiso, as the locals would put it. We started on a trail head just past the Paradise Farms and Community School.

The trail stretches out to farm fields as you enter into a world of deserted vistas and valleys that nearly dwarf the small dwellings of villagers that marks the area. We passed some pastureland but saw very little cattle grazing although this would have been a haven to feed hundreds of beast of burden.

The trails are less intricate here, varying from single track to fire roads and dirt paths.

I would highly recommend checking out this trail to anyone going out to Licao-licao but do check out the Kaybanban trails too (here—>kaybanban-trails) which is just a few kms away.

Here’s a glimpse of our week-end Paradiso trail hunt:

The entrance to the trails

Views as we enter into a remote village

Hard-packed trail and we had this for ourselves

June enters a wooded area

Typical of trails in the SJDM area

We call this the bamboo trail

Manggo trees are also abundant in the area

An isolated house (right) tucked in the middle of the village

More trails as we venture inside the village

Going to more stretches of uphills

A narrow straight-way to narrower paths

Wild flowers and bushes mushrooming the area

Nearing a wider, open space

A lone house perched in the middle of a plain

Mango trees galore

Would be a nice picnic area


Sierra Madre mountains in the backdrop

Passing through more open spaces

An uphill stretch–re-starting to run

The place is called Pulo, Purok 4

Running on shaded trees is a plus

Back into the woods

11 kms of running so far

It’s so nice running on trails like this

A small river along the trail

Got to stop for this! Yum!

Jun getting his fill of Goto and tokwa’t baboy

Color Manila Nite Run2

Good news!!! Registration and Race Kit claiming is extended until February 20, 2014 Thursday due to popular demand! Visit the the Color Manila Nite Run booth at 2/f, Carousel Court, Festival Mall, Alabang from 12 Noon to 9:00PM!

CMNR_Race details

Color Manila Nite Run 2
February 22, 2014, Saturday Night
Filinvest City, Alabang

Registration Fee:

Php 850


• Nite Race Shirt
• Glow Sticks
• Finisher’s Medal
• Glow Eyeglasses



10K  –  8:00PM
5K    –  8:30PM
3K    –  8:45PM





How to register?

1. Purchase your Color Manila Nite Run 2 ticket at ANY SM cinema.
2. After purchase, go to and click on the event, COLOR MANILA NITE RUN 2.
3. Click on the “REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT” and fill up registration form.
4. Enter your Ticket ID indicated on your ticket to complete your registration.
5. You will receive an email confirmation via email
6. Keep your ticket and print out of email confirmation as proof of registration.

For online registration, click here -> Color Manila Nite Run 2




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