AyosDito.ph Launches SportsKoAyosDito

AyosDito.ph is the hallmark of what an on-line buying and selling site should be. Local, honest, reliable, trustworthy, and skilled. AyosDito.ph has enough glowing reviews on their classified ads business, and are now launching a campaign called “SportsKoAyosDito” to promote a hassle-free, safe on-line selling and buying of Road Bikes for the budding triathlete.

The SportsKoAyosDito’s campaign is highlighting on the sport of triathlon and this media is now positioning itself as a portal for best buys of pre-loved road and triathlon bikes in terms of pricing and quality.

Bike bought at AyosDito. The Scott brand is for Maridol while the Bianchi goes to Jeffrey

This campaign is partnering with celebrity triathlete Drew Arellano and triathlon coach, Miguel Lopez to search and select bikes at AyosDito suited for newbie triathletes who would want to gear up and buy a decent, race-ready bike for their first race competition.

I was fortunate enough to be invited at the “SportsKoAyosDito” launch at the Museum Cafe last Monday and we were introduced to this concept wherein both Drew Arellano and Miguel Lopez presented to us their trainees, Jeffrey Calayag and Maridol Yabut, respectively who were able to purchase their competition bikes at AyosDito.

Maridol on midle pic (red shirt) and Jeffrey on extreme right.

Here in full are the details of the SportsKoAyosDito campaign:

AyosDito launches “SportsKoAyosDito” campaign to promote sports and hassle-free, safe consumer-to-consumer e-commerce

MANILA, Philippines, November 10, 2014—AyosDito has launched a campaign called “#SportsKoAyosDito” to help beginners pursue and level-up their passion for sports, and at the same time, promote hassle-free, safe online selling and buying.

Partnering with celebrity triathlete Drew Arellano and triathlon coach Miguel Lopez, AyosDito helped selected triathlon beginners—Jeff Calayag and Maridol Yabut—to gear up and train for their first triathlon competition. With “#SportsKoAyosDito”, the biking community was able to sell their pre-loved road bikes for the triathlon beginners.

Drew and Miguel were largely involved in the campaign. They both searched for the bikes on AyosDito, and met the sellers to transact with them – just like what happens with sellers and buyers in real life – to demonstrate that online selling and buying, especially with AyosDito, is hassle-free and safe.

Brand influencer and triathlete Drew Arellano shared, “I realized that with platforms like AyosDito, various items especially for sports, are available so it is now easier and more cost-efficient to start a passion like triathlon. Meeting sellers is an exciting experience as it puts the human element in online selling and buying. My own user experience in meeting the sellers and buying the bike was safe and fun as AyosDito has a dedicated reviewer who ensures ads and sellers quality.”

Triathlon coach and athlete Miguel Lopez said, “Sports enthusiasts will be surprised that they can rely on platforms like AyosDito because they can find what they need for a particular sport. For instance, I found a fit bike for my trainee Maridol Yabut who needs a 48 – 50 cm road bike and this bike, despite being a pre-loved one, is competition-ready. Knowing the strict ads approval of AyosDito, my expectation was met when I saw that the bike was original and the seller was reliable.”

Believing in the potential of customer-to-customer e-commerce sites to promote and grow passions like sports, AyosDito Philippines Marketing Manager Rebecca Ricalde said, “At AyosDito, we are committed to helping Filipinos pursue their passions like sports by creating a hassle-free, safe, and trustworthy environment where experts and beginners can connect and transact with peace of mind.

With AyosDito, we believe we can grow and sustain communities like sports. For this campaign, we are highlighting triathlon but the message applies for all sports and hobbies such as surfing, mountaineering, boxing and many more.”

Drew Arellano (in black) explains his role in SportsKoAyosDito

To make sure every buyer or seller can enjoy the most Ayos experience, the company strictly implements the following rules:

1. Duplicate ads are not allowed. Nobody likes spam. On AyosDito.ph, buyers find items they’d like easily.
2. “General Patronage” items only. AyosDito.ph stays up-to-date on the prohibited items for sale based on Philippine laws. Likewise, there are no ads promoting tobacco, alcohol products, and more. For a full list:
http://www.ayosdito.ph/about/index.htm?ca=5_s&page=prohibited
3. Honesty is our policy. One major concern when buying online is scam. To prevent this, ads are scrutinized based on their photos, description, and item price compared to current mall prices. Usually, if an ad is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t!
4. Clear photos are required. Part of ad quality control is focused on reviewing ad photos. Ads published need to be clear. Photos that are blurry, dark, with too much text, and even those with watermarks are rejected as a way to prevent scam ads.
5. Actual photos (of cars) are required. Everyday, over 72,000 buyers are looking to buy cars on AyosDito.ph! To make sure these interested buyers get the best experience, specifically prohibited are stock, internet, and magazine or catalogue photos for car ads. Actual car photos are required to inform every buyer on their decision.

About brand influencer Drew Arellano

Committed to fitness and wellness, Drew has been actively involved in triathlons since 2007. The first triathlon event he participated in was the NAGT Sprint Triathlon in UPLB. His first triathlon bike was a Giant TCR.

About the campaign partner and triathlete and coach Miguel ‘Ige’Lopez

Miguel has been doing triathlon/multisport training since November 2000. This month marks his 14th year doing triathlons/multisport. His first triathlon was in July 2011 when he finished the first UPLB Trantados Sprint Triathlon.  In the first triathlon he saw in 2000 gave him the chance to participate in a team relay in half-ironman distance race in Matabungkay, Batangas His first bike, given by his dad way back in high school, was an old Gary Fisher mountain bike he used for bike commuting and going around town. His first “real” bike was a second-hand generic frame road bike which cost Php16,000.00.

Miguel has been coaching personalities. His former students include Erwan Heusaff, Miriam Quiambao, Bianca King, Lance Gokongwei, Anton Wang, and Fernando Zobel. Currently, he is coaching Kim Atienza and Isabelle Daza.

About the triathlon beginner and trainee Jeffrey Calayag

Jeffrey has been training for running for a year. He joined We Run United, and Milo for 21k running events. Now, he is training for his first marathon for Condura next year. With biking, he is getting into it between these runs as his recovery and now checking if there is a chance he can join a duathlon. His inspiration to fulfill a healthy and active lifestyle is his family. Drew Arellano is his role model and inspiration ever since the start. He has a generic Alloy bike.

About the triathlon beginner and trainee Maridol Yabut

The triathlons she has joined so far include the 5150 Safeguard Triathlon Bohol 2014 (where she was a runner on the relay team), Dream Marathon 2011, CamSur International Marathon 2010 and 2011 (21k), and the 34th Milo Marathon. For Maridol, swimming is the skill that she really has to learn. Her fitness goals are to be able to finish her first triathlon and in the long run, join international marathon events. Her family and friends inspire her. Right now, she is having her road bike from AyosDito with the help of coach Ige Lopez.

For more information on AyosDito.ph ad review policies, please visit: http://www.ayosdito.ph/about/index.htm?ca=5_s&page=rules. Like AyosDito on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AyosDito.ph; follow us on Instagram @AyosDito_PH and Twitter @AyosDitoPH.

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About AyosDito.ph

AyosDito.ph is an online classified site developed for Filipinos, by Filipinos. It is dedicated in giving the best online buying and selling experience through FREE ad postings and safe online shopping for its users. For over 5 years, AyosDito.ph has helped prevent spam and scam through an extensive and personalized ad review process, followed by global sites in more than 30 countries. This way, more Filipinos find items and sellers they can trust.

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Short Sprints: Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

Media test running the NIKE Zoom Air Structure 18

You might be surprised by what running shoe companies have come out with in their latest models. Take for example the latest iterations of the Altra, Hoka One One and Saucony shoes. These running shoes may look big and chunky but are actually very light and more advanced in built. The newer models are also pushing the boundaries of technical innovation.

Let’s look at NIKE’s latest offer, the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18. Last Wednesday evening, i hied off to the Nike Park Store in BGC as NIKE Philippines was going to have this model tested by me and 5 other bloggers and from those in media on a group run which also coincides with the Nike Running Clinic being held nearby.

The numbers speak for themselves. The Air Structure has been one of Nike’s best selling models to date and here now is their 18th version!  True to Nike’s innovation, this venerable stability shoe has been updated regularly from its previous incarnations.

We went to the nearby Track 30th Park which is a few steps outside the Nike store and put on this model in our sizes to get a feel for the kind of support, flexibility and stability they’ll give when you actually run in them. As a warm up, we did 3 loops of 300 meters each of easy jog inside the park’s perimeter after which we did running drills to loosen up the muscles.

With our first few steps in the NIKE Air Zoom Structure 18, here are my initial impressions of the shoe:

FIT and FEEL:

It has a decidedly snugged fit, enhanced by a contoured arch, narrow mid foot, an accommodating toe box and a smooth upper which is made comfortable by its “Flywire” technology. It is superbly light, and you’ll detect some bouyancy that springs back immediately after foot impact. I also noticed the super secure heel which did not play around while doing our warm-up stretching and running drills.

Doing dynamic stretching with the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

CONSTRUCTION:

At quick glance, it has a great looking upper with its famous seam-less mesh. The “Flywire” technology is incorporated into the lacing system that wraps the foot nicely for a very snug fit. The Structure 18 incorporates yarns and fabrics that were knitted right into the Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight. The result is a more  precise fit that adopts to the foot in motion and gives it a plush look.

PERFORMANCE:

This short test run entailed us to do a warm-up jog for about a kilometer and about 20 minutes of running drills.  To give this shoe a final test, the Nike coach asked us to do 6 x 100 meter sprints with about 70-80% effort. We were grouped in pairs and while doing the sprints, we were mindful how the shoe would react to fast paced running.

The feel on these fast pacing was SMOOTH! No issues about hot spots, irritations, nor dragging. It offers a soft, resilient ride and feels more comfortable at fast speeds which may be due to the easy flexing upper.

The other runners in our wear-test group found the ride to be a little bit bouncy but surprisingly stable for such a soft trainer. For me, the agility and responsiveness in the midfoot and forefoot were more than adequate which i believe would be ideal for a marathon.

The shoe’s outsole with lugs similar to those of trail shoes

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION:

I really can’t give an all-out endorsement regarding this shoes’ performance because the wear-test limited us to just doing short interval sprints for a few minutes and to give it a full recommendation should also entail testing on how they would perform during long runs and races. Unfortunately, we had to return the shoe after this initial test.

However, based on my initial impressions, i would give this high marks for its sublime feel during the speed work-out. This shoe is sufficiently cushioned and it’s spry enough to be able to rev up for faster paced work-outs. I also liked the snug and secure heel cup and accommodating but not baggy forefoot.

Suggested Retail Price for the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is PHP6,095.00 for both Men’s and Women’s models.

Women’s model

PRESS RELEASE:

New Nike Air Zoom Structure: Stability Has Never Been Faster
The 18th version of the beloved workhorse delivers stability and performance that are unshakeable at high speeds.

Strength and growth come from continuous effort — but growing up doesn’t have to mean slowing down, as proven by the new, revolutionary Nike Air Zoom Structure 18. Now in its 18th version, the Nike Air Zoom Structure raises the bar for a running shoe that delivers both speed and stability.

Over the last two-plus decades, Nike designers have debunked the notion that stable means slow. They’ve constantly pushed to make the Nike Structure shoe lighter, smoother and more responsive without sacrificing any of its vaunted stability features. The design of the Structure 18 is a quantum leap from past versions where designers revolutionized it from top to bottom.

The Nike team worked closely with elite athletes such as 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp and 3,000m world junior champion Mary Cain for insights to bring the distinctive shoe across the finish line. Rupp, who runs nearly all of his 120 miles per week in the Nike Structure, said the Structure 18 gives him a more stable ride and feels faster all the way through his runs.

“The Nike Structure is the only shoe I’ve trained in since I started running, so it feels special to me to have input in the design of the new one,” Rupp said. “I love the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 because it hugs my foot in the right places, providing the support I need to go the distance. I was really surprised when I picked them up and felt how light they were. It’s like Nike found a way to magically shave a few ounces off, and because of that, I feel like I can run faster in them.”

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 delivers uncompromising stability through the combination of an upper featuring Asymetrical Dynamic Flywire and a triple-density Dynamic Support system in the midsole. The new contoured last — created to provide a better fit and more responsive ride — combined with Nike Zoom Air cushioning, provides added toe spring for the snappy, quick-off-the-ground feel athletes expect from Nike Zoom Air.

Designed to provide runners with support and cushioning, the innovative Dynamic Support system uses opposing wedges of foam with different densities to help slow the rate of pronation. Designers enhanced the support in the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 by adding a third, high-density foam to the existing system. When needed, the three-density Dynamic Support system kicks in to help provide added support and enhance the smooth transition upon foot strike.

The design also features a Nike Engineered Mesh upper with Asymetrical Nike Flywire cables that wrap the foot and provide support without the bulkiness of previous models, letting the foot move naturally. Nike Engineered Mesh also improves comfort and breathability. Nike Engineered Mesh enables designers to precision-engineer ventilation and lightweight support where needed most, improving comfort and breathability.

Nike’s Zoom Air technology is the fastest, most responsive Nike Air cushioning, making it the cushioning of choice for many elite and everyday athletes. Highly responsive Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot combined with the added toe spring of the new Zoom last, provides the Structure 18 with a responsive snap and fast transition.

“We designed the Zoom Air collection to be a revolution in speed,” said Rob Dolan, Nike VP and Creative Director, Footwear. “Whether athletes are racing or training, they repeatedly ask for Zoom Air because they love that fast, snappy, responsive ride and the energy return they get from it.”

For the first time, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available for customization with NIKEiD on nike.com starting Sept. 25. NIKEiD will exclusively provide choices in widths, sockliners and personalization with colors, color-fade graphics and characters. The inline Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available on nike.com starting Oct 2.

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is part of a collection of Zoom Air running shoes that includes the Air Zoom Pegasus 31, Air Zoom Elite 7 and Air Zoom Streak 5.

Eating At Lorenzo’s Way

I must have eaten at this place a half dozen times, most of them after short, evening runs with friends or when i get to attend product launches which are sometimes held in this fine restaurant. There are plenty of fine Filipino restaurants within the Bonifacio Global City but this place takes it to a whole new level.

Lorenzo’s Way is one great fine dining resto, it has this classic touch, the place is visually nice and the food is top notch, Filipino style! I soon found at that Lorenzo’s Way is owned and operated by the same owners of Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Havana and Abe Restaurant, favorite hang-out of people who love good food.

You would feel at home here, even if you enter in your sweaty work-out shirt, shorts and dirty running shoes as the service staff are very welcoming on each customer and there’s the usual greetings as soon as they recognize you, if you’ve been frequenting the place.

Getting to the food, there’s the usual favorites which we often order like the Binukadkad na Pla-pla and the garlic chicken which are their specials! Lots of other dishes to choose from and i have listed below some of their other dishes offered in an event launch last week.

I would recommend this place for anyone who works or lives in Bonifacio Global City. It’s great for an evening or lunch get together, not your typically over-priced restaurant and the food here tastes so good!

Crispy Baby Squid

Nice to have a beer with this, crispy deep fried baby squids. Addicting as you munch on this while waiting for the main course. I prefer to dip this in garlicky vinegar instead of the chili sauce.

Bulalo Soup

Mini servings of beef shanks and bone marrow soup. Reminds me of Tagaytay’s authentic Bulalo.

Binukadkad na Pla-pla

The meat of this large Tilapia is sliced on both sides up to its head, just exposing the thorns and is deep-fried to perfection. Best served with soy sauce cum bits of onions and red chili or local vinegar sauce. The outside turned out really crispy, while the inside was tender and flavorful as you could taste all the flavorings in it!

Bamboo Rice

Fried rice with bits of chicken, mushroom and shrimps served in a short,  open bamboo pole. Just good for two people so you have to order some more if you’re more than two.

Braised Beef Short Ribs (Beef Calderata)

Large chunks of beef which is creamy while the tomato sauce is not too overbearing. Cooked with the usual carrots, potatoes and olives.

Spanish Garlic Chicken

The chicken here has been marinated, oven cooked with whole cloves of garlic that are sauteed in olive oil, mashed into small bits, and added back in towards the end of cooking. One of the best chicken recipes i have ever tasted! You can eat the garlic if you want but don’t forget to brush your teeth after!

Kangkong Lechon

Tender pork belly deep-fried and we had a rind that is crisp and puffed. Served together with sauteed adobong Kangkong (water spinach) and you have a winner!

Mild Gising-gising

Bicol vegetable dish made with ground pork, green beans, coconut milk and chilis. Great with steamed rice!

Banana Chocolate Volcano Cake

Dessert came in the form of a chocolate cake topped with roasted bananas, smothered with chocolate syrup and coffee creme sauce. A great dessert to end a meal!