Salomon X-Trail Run 2015: The Mountains, The Sand and the Beach

Last Saturday’s Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015 was a very challenging course which consists of 15% pavement, lots of fire roads, uphills, mountain passes and single track trails. The race is well organized, hydration was well supported and the views were top-notch!

The one thing that stood out to me about this race was the support of locals who were on checkpoints everywhere on the trails. Also the presence of paramedics gave you an assurance of security as with the availability of water and Gatorade which were ever present, specially at the last kilometers of the race.

The last 6 kilometers was the toughest because you had to dodge large rocks along the beach and run along its shores which was next to impossible as your foot gets buried mostly in the sand.

Over-all, i enjoyed this trail race immensely and could see myself coming back next year to savor the sand, mountains and the sea once more!

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015: The biggest running event of the season

Post Press Release:

Leading trail running brand, Salomon, gathered over a thousand outdoor enthusiasts and trail runners of varying skills for an adrenaline-filled weekend

Time stopped and the earth stood still as nearly 1,500 trail runners gathered for the biggest trail running event of the season, the Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015, last April 25.

For more than five years now, the Salomon X-Trail Run series has been one of the most anticipated trail running events in the Asia-Pacific Region. Held in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines, it has attracted numerous participants, from newbies to hardcore loyalists of Salomon. The race’ technical trail route combines different terrain surfaces including vertical ascents, long uphill climbs with multi-surfaces of dirt, rocks, sand, and concrete paths.

On its’ 5th consecutive year, Salomon Pilipinas X-Trail events were held at Premier locations outside Metro Manila, boasting beautiful sceneries, where mountains & coastlines merge together in the race route, with more than 1,200 participants – making it one of the most well-attended trail run races in the country. And this year is no different as it surpasses previous feats – cementing Salomon’s slogan, being the “#1 in Trail Running.”

This year, the race toured the roads, hills, mountains, and valleys surrounding the beautiful enclave of Anvaya Cove, one of the country’s premiere developments in Morong, Bataan by Ayala Land Premier. New trail routes were created exclusively for the event such as trail sections overlooking the cove that are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, roots, and thick foliage. To recharge lost energy, runners were blessed with a breathtaking view of the sunrise that made the experience all the more worthwhile and memorable.

As the clock struck 5:00am, trail racers for the 32km embarked on an adrenaline-filled adventure as they sped through a mixture of challenging terrains, from asphalt, to sand, to rocks, to river crossing and technical ascents. The category simulated ascents of Skyrunning races – an arena wherein Salomon dominates. Given a seven-hour cut-off time, hardcore trail runners were surely tried and tested to push their boundaries and surpass the limits.

At 5:30am, trail runners of the 24km mountain run went blazing off into the trail and were greeted with technical ascents and varying terrain which likewise simulates ascents of Skyrunning races. The cut-off time for the 24km race is five hours.

By 8:00am and 9:00am, the participants of the 12km and 6km Road-To-Trail category were tested with a unique yet introductory trail running course, which consists of road & trail routes that are likewise challenging and technical. The cut-off times for the 12km and 6km categories are two and a half hours and one and a half hours respectively.

As the Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas is a Green Run, no disposables were provided at the hydration stations and participants were required to bring their own provisions.

At 11:00 am, the awarding ceremony commenced and this year’s roster of winners earned not only a range of prizes but most importantly, the ultimate sense of achievement upon taking on and conquering such a challenging feat as the Salomon X-Trail Race.

As an added, no one went home empty handed as Salomon gave away items during a raffle portion, together with awesome items from sponsors—Suunto, Otterbox, Eco x Gear and R.O.X.

It has been the absolute objective of Salomon to promote trail running and passion for the trails. Each year, it never fails to push every runner’s boundaries and test their limits as it inspires each one to recognize their potential and overcome challenges. Once again, the Salomon X-Trail race has proven to be the trail running event that runners can aspire to take part of each year.

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015 is in cooperation with AXN & R.O.X., with official venue partners: Anvaya Cove, an Ayala Land Premier property. This event is also sponsored by Honey Stinger, Suunto, Gatorade, Sea to Summit, Sudeco, Otterbox, Goal Zero, Eco x Gear, Nalgene, and the Primer Group of Companies. Thanks also to our media partners:The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror,, Endurance Magazine, UNO Magazine, Clavel Magazine, Psst! Magazine, Multisport Magazine, and Speed Magazine.

Race Results can be viewed here:

Ahon GAITERS: Now On Sale

The Ahon Tradvistat Gaiter


Gaiters are trail running shoe accessories that cover a great portion of the shoe’s upper and extends up to the Achilles tendon. Its use is to keep small pebbles, sand or any debris from entering inside your shoe thus, reducing the chance of blistering, rubbing or any irritation that results from it.

Gaiters are usually constructed with thin, breathable, elastic materials that don’t impede the natural movement of the feet. It keeps away dust and absorbs water when wet.

A local version is now out on sale and are called the “Ahon” GAITERS

  • Prevents grit and grime from entering trail shoe
  • Available in 3 different designs
  • Used for trail running shoes, or low-ankle trekking shoes
  • Quality is at par with the leading foreign Gaiter brands
  • Proudly Filipino made

The Baybayin design

The “Kikay” (modern) design

My love for trail running stretches back to several years now and the experiences running or walking over soft dirt, ankle-deep mud, knee-high rivers, half-buried rocks, protruding roots and many other obstacles are part and parcel of the experience in running on trails while trying to avoid mishaps like tripping, bruising or chafing your feet!

Keeping out small pebbles or fine grit inside your shoe poses a major irritation if you have been running with it for a long period of time during a long run or race. The only solution to this is to stop on your tracks, remove your shoe and tap it to flush out all the grime clinging or rolling inside your insoles or socks.

Testing the Tradvistat design

Last week at the DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Run Challenge, i had the privilege of test running this new gaiter product coming out in the market, the AHON GAITERS, distrubuted by the AHON Group, composed of running enthusiasts, Ronald and Aldean. I put them through their paces up at Mt. Sembrano where the ground surface is a mix of soft soil, rocks, grass and plenty of sandy pebbles mostly located during the downhill parts of the run.

On a regular 15 km trail run where i get to experience running in these surfaces, including river crossings, i usually stop 2 to 3 times to remove the shoe and dump those tiny pebbles that would dribble and prick alternately between the heel and the arches. However, while wearing these gaiters at Mt. Sembrano, no tiny outside forces were able to breach inside–no pebbles, no twigs, absolutely nothing. It did its job and was very effective indeed!

How To Wear Them:

You must first attach the adhesive velcro strips (comes free with the gaiters) on the back of the shoe, just above the midsole part. Before putting on your shoes, slide the gaiters on your foot with the narrower part first, wear your shoes and after tying down the laces,  clip the hook of the gaiters to the front laces of your shoes and attach firmly the velcro to the adhesive velcro strip which you pasted on the back of your shoes and you’re good to go.

Notice the white velcro strip

These gaiters are paper weight and are made of 4-way stretch of Spandex and Lycra. You’ll hardly notice them and they feel light even if they’re wet. They’re cool and breathable, no heat accumulation, whatsoever. The AHON Gaiters have 3 available designs so far but are planning to have 3 new designs per quarter.

The AHON Gaiters will be available anytime this week via on-line only, although plans are also set to sell them physically in stores! Here are the price listings:

1 pair = 900 Pesos
2 pairs = 1,700 Pesos
3 pairs = 2,500 Pesos
(for bulk orders, pls e-mail them a message)

To purchase:

Step 1
Select any of our three existing designs:
1) Baybayin [not alibata] – our forefathers’ alphabet.
2) Tradvistat [short for Traditional Visayan Tattoo] pattern – Ahon’s hometown heritage. These lines and patterns are just amazing. We just added some colors for them to pop out.
3) Kikay – no Filipino heritage here. Just pure awesomeness.

Step 2
Choose your size
1. Small-Medium (men’s shoe sizes US 5-9)
2. Medium-Large (men’s shoe sizes US 9-13)
Please note that if you are in between sizes, check your ankles. If they are small, choose small-med. If they are huge, choose med-large.

Step 3
Email us at
State which of the designs you are ordering and corresponding size and quantity. We shall reply with the exact amount of your purchase and our bank details.

Step 4
Deposit amount to our BDO account.

Step 5
Write your name and order on the deposit slip. Take a photo of the deposit slip and send it to Be sure to reply on your previous email thread. Also, indicate your mailing address.

Step 6
Once confirmed, we shall send it to your indicated address via Xend. Cut-off for shipping will be 12 noon of the day you sent your deposit slip.

First batch of AHON Gaiters ready for packing and shipping

Runners testing the Gaiters at the DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Challenge last week

See you on the trails! Cheers!

PDIC Takbo 2: May 10, 2015

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) recently launched its benefit run “Takbo 2: Tungo sa Kalusugan Para sa Kalikasan” at the PDIC Office 8/F SSS Bldg., Ayala Ave. corner V.A. Rufino St., Makati City.

Takbo 2 to be held this coming MAY 10, 2015 at the CCP Grounds is in line with PDIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that advocates the protection of the environment and balanced development of communities. It aims to raise more funds to build shelters for the PDIC-GK Village in Lawaan, Eastern Samar. Proceeds from the benefit run will be turned over to GK for the construction of disaster-resilient shelter homes for survivor-families from supertyphoon Yolanda.

PDIC Takbo2: May 10, 2015, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Distances and Registration Fees:

  • 1K Kids – P200
  • 1K Adults – P400
  • 3K – P400
  • 5K – P500
  • 10K – P600
    • Inclusive of Singlet / Bib / Timing Chip

Registration Venues:

  • PDIC Office (8/F SSS Bldg., Ayala Ave. cor. V.A. Rufino St., Makati City) – April 13 – May 8, 2015
  • Chris Sports (Glorietta 3, Metro Market Market, SM Manila, SM North Edsa Annex) – April 16 – May 6, 2015
    • Race Kit will be given immediately upon registration
    • Bulk registration is allowed. Interested participants below 18 years old must submit their waivers, signed by their parents/guardians. However, adults are not allowed to run with children on strollers.
    • Registration forms may also be submitted by a representative to the registration centers listed above, provided that the forms are completely executed by the participants themselves.
    • Registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Please make sure you are good to go before signing up.
    • Change of category after registration is NOT ALLOWED.

Gun Start

  • 10K –  5:30 AM
  • 5K – 5:35 AM
  • 3K- 5:40 AM
  • 1K – Children – 6:30 AM
  • 1K – Adults – 6:50 AM

PDIC runs for Yolanda victims. Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation President Cristina Que Orbeta (4th from left), reigning Miss Earth Jamie Herrell (3rd from left) and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General Jose Mari M. Oquiñena (5th form left), who is also Gawad Kalinga Bayani Challenge Event Head, led the official launch of “Takbo 2: Tungo sa Kalusugan Para sa Kalikasan”

PDIC continues run for Yolanda victims (Press Release)

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) is spearheading a benefit run on May 10, 2015 at the CCP Grounds, Pasay City. “Takbo 2: Tungo sa Kalusugan Para sa Kalikasan” is in line with PDIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that advocates the protection of the environment and balanced development of communities. Takbo 2 aims to raise funds to build shelters for the PDIC-Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Lawaan, Eastern Samar.

Proceeds from the benefit run will be turned over to GK for the construction of disaster-resilient shelter homes for survivor-families from supertyphoon Yolanda. GK is PDIC’s partner in the building of the PDIC-GK Village.

Takbo 2 is PDIC’s second benefit run to support the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. It has four-race distances, 1km, 3km, 5km and 10km, to cater to all types of running enthusiasts including children. Registration fee ranges from P200 to P600 per runner.

During the media launch

Interested participants may register starting on April 16, 2015 at the 8/F, SSS Building, Ayala Ave. cor V. A. Rufino St., Makati City. Instore registration may also be done at Chris Sports: Glorietta 3, Metro Market! Market!, SM Manila and SM North Annex. Assembly time on May 10 is at 5:00 AM. The public may call PDIC at 841-4643 for more information.

With reigning Miss Earth 2014, Jamie Herrell supporting the run

Brooks, Del Monte Philippines, Guitar Garments, Philippine Postal Corporation, Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines, Saucony, St. Luke’s Medical Center, The Generics Pharmacy and Tobys Sports are partnering with PDIC for Takbo 2, with the support of Chris Sports, Metro Ad-vantage and the Miss Earth Foundation.

10K route (2 loops of 5k each)

That Thing Called DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Challenge: 7 Hugot Quotes From This Trail Run

Hugot #1
Me: Oh, bakit ka nakaupo na..napagod ka naba?
Aleth: Napuyat kasi ako kagabi, wala pang training
Me: Kung wala kang training, magdala ka ng maraming inspirasyon. Kung wala ka din nun, ako na magbibigay syo!

I had a little trepidation when i was invited to run the DBB Uphill Trail Challenge knowing that the mountain trail route to Mt. Sembrano had a less than kind reputation where you wrestle for the first 5 kilometers of continuous uphills on gnarly trails. Still, i think this is going to be one of the best trail races of the year even with the negligible blips of getting lost on the trails which made this race even more exciting.

So i’m sitting here typing this post with still aching thigh muscles trying not to over-emphasize the harshness of last Saturday’s trail run. It’s hard not to, Mt. Sembrano does possess this treacherous but scenic trails, similar to that of Mt. Talamitam but the former does have more gorgeous views with great sights of Laguna Lake, Talim Island, Mt. Banahaw and the Sierra Madre.

Hugot #2
JB: Ang lungkot naman sa trail na to, lalo na siguro pag ikaw mag-isa at walang kausap
Aleth: Uu nga, malungkot dito pag wala ka kasama
Me: Pag nag iisa kyo, tandaan nyo lang—hear your heartbeat, connect with yourself. Once you connect with yourself, there will never be loneliness!

With all its hardcore route, moderate to steep rocky trails through open forests, mountain ridges, steep ravines and magnificent views, there’s a certain aura that this race possess and is really hard to describe because it’s something you have to experience for yourself. From the whole trail course, i was able to deal with 2 beautiful people who made the whole journey very worthwhile! Here are some of my insights:

  • A reunion of sorts with other hard core trail runner friends whom you hadn’t seen for a long time.
  • Got to test run the AHON Gaiter product of Ronald Declarador and put it through its paces. Positive on all aspects! Will do a review later.
  • Started the run with runners i barely have seen in running events and ended with them as friends. Thanks to you both, Ms. Aleth and Ms. JB, to whom i dedicate this post!

Old trail running friends (c) rickyfrancisco

  •  A no frills, all thrills race. Nice free buff given to all runners before the start with our names printed on it! Instead of race bib numbers, our numbers were emblazoned on our arms, like in triathlons.
  • “Starting gun” jammed and fired 10 seconds after the runners were sent off via countdown providing some comic relief for the runners.

Hugot #3
Aleth: Ang hirap naman ng rutang ito! Puro paakyat! Wala bang patag naman?
Me: Wag mong hanaping ang rutang madali syo, ikaw ang mag adjust sa rutang tatahakin mo! Parang pag-ibig, wag mong pilitin ang sarili mo sa isang di ka naman gusto, hanapin mo yung lalaking makapag bibigay ligaya syo, o di ba?

At the start

With Aleth and JB (Actual hugot 1 scene)

  • Rocky trail after about 700 meters from the start. It was all uphill from there.
  • Trails galore; single track, rocky, some fire roads and mountain passes
  • Where stations ran out of water, we took advantage of spring mineral water provided by the locals or from bamboo shafts hanging above rocks and trees. And they taste good!
  • Getting lost at one part of the route when we entered a shaded trail instead of the open trail below the power lines.
  • Fresh coconut was being sold atop Peak 1 for P30.00, an increase of P10.00 just an hour before, as informed to us by marshals.
  • Stopping several times as i experienced cramps on both my thighs. So excruciating was the pain that i had to call the Race Director who was pacing nearby and he got me up like a post and held on to him so i could stretch my legs! Thanks DBB! 🙂
  • Confusion along the trails as to where the 30km runners should pass to complete their remaining distance.
  • Witnessed the organizers’ dedicated trail sweeper, Andrew Aquino who was not far behind us, remove or cut the trail ribbon markers after we, the last of the group had passed by the trails. Thanks to him also for being our trail guide.
  • Recounting race stories, life experiences and our “That Thing Called Tadhana” moments with Alex Reblora and JB Cionelo, my companions throughout the entire race.
  • Running and walking the hottest, most intense heat during the last 2.5 kilometers and imagining having super thirst-quencer halo-halo at the finish line
  • Unlimited Cobra Energy drinks at the finish line and nice swags to bring home.

Over-all this race has exceeded expectations and with just a few tweaks like adding marshals to junctions and providing more water atop the mountains, this should be a must race to be aspired for all trail runners. Hard work and dedication should bear fruit once you conquer this race and that’s definitely the case here, as this was one of the most grueling yet rewarding trail races I’ve done yet.

This mountain run is not for the weak of heart or for people who are looking to set a fast pace but I would recommend it to those looking to deviate from road events and challenge themselves with a difficult but doable trail run. Congrats to Dabobong Delos Angeles, Jon Las Bruce, Daphne Codilla, Cezar, Andrew and Ariel Aquino, Ronnel Go, Dianne Palogan and to the rest of Team MGM for a job well done!

Hugot #4
JB: Grabe, ang gaganda ng mga bulaklak dito sa trails! Paano kaya sila nabubuhay dito sa gitna ng kagubatan na di nasisilayan ng araw o tubig?
Me: Ang mga bulaklak na nabubuhay dito sa kahirapan ng gubat ay syang pinaka natatangi at pinaka maganda…parang kayo!
Aleth: At anong klaseng mga bulaklak naman kami?
Me: Hmm…Chicharon bulaklak?!

Hugot #5
Me: Teka, hihinto muna ako, grabe sakit ng cramps ko!
Aleth: Sige, dahan-dahan na lang. Samahan ka naming maglakad kung gusto mo! Ito technique dyan, kausapin mo legs mo at makiusap na wag na sya mag cramps. Works for me.
Me: (Nakatingin sa cramps ) “LEGS, SHUT UP!”

Hugot #6
JB: Pagod nako, gusto ko na maglakad!
Aleth: Uu nga, maglakad nalang tayo, tutal naman abot pa tayo sa cut-off time
Me: Sige, ok lang maglakad. Pwede din kitang kargahin kung gusto mo, pasakayin kita sa tricycle!

JB taking a break to massage her aching plantar before her assault to the first peak

At the first peak with Andrew Aquino (left) who took off the trail ribbon markers once the last runners passed by

Nice to see Marissa who has been a constant fixture in various trail races in the past

View from the peak

What happened to your hair?

Wrong entry! We mistakenly entered this trail when we should have taken the open trails near the power lines. Lost a few hundred meters.

Finally finding our way back on the right track

It was mostly downhill from here

Long downhill to go before we reach sea level

It was great to have these Gaiters which kept tiny pebbles out of my old worn-out but still great NB 660 trail shoe. Nice gaiter from the local AHON group which will be out in the market soon!

We started out together and also finished together well before the cut-off time! Great company!

Hugot #7
Aleth: Im a strong woman. I can conquer the greatest fears. I can handle the toughest moments. I can ignore any pain. Thats why i want someone to make me feel weak…
the way you do..
JB: Boom!

Adidas Climachill: Black is Cool, Black is Beautiful!

Romanian Simona Halep, ranked presently as the world’s No. 3 female tennis player in her adidas Climachill outfit

True to its reputation in providing state of the art innovation in sports apparels for athletes, adidas has once again come out with its latest apparel range, the Climachill which contains 3D aluminium-cooling spheres and titanium woven into its sub-zero flat yarn that allow superior cooling performance.

The development of a heat management technology product from the brand was a direct design outcome from consultations with elite athletes like tennis wiz Simona Halep and basketball star Jeremy Lin to provide a more moisture-wicking technology that is also able to cool down the body the fastest way.

The adidas Climachill comes in an very unlikely color—black, which defies its capability in giving this cooling effect. Seeing this innovative advancement from adidas, i won’t be surprised if this would cascade into their other sports apparel and incorporated into their Boost running shoe!

Basketball star Jeremy Lin

adidas Climachill™ delivers maximum cooling technology for improved sports performance

adidas announced the launch of the new Climachill™ apparel range, headlined by a black training t-shirt that features intuitive body heat management technology to cool athletes in hot conditions. Perfect for the warm and humid climate in the Philippines, the adidas ClimachillTM is designed to deliver maximum cooling benefit without compromising comfort or design.

Female track speedster Octavius Freeman

“The body’s core temperature can increase by 3 degree Celsius when we are exercising. To maintain a stable temperature, your body needs to work a lot harder to lose excess heat. This may result in impaired physiological functions, which will ultimately affect performance,” explained Dr Maarten Hupperets, Director of Future Sport Science at adidas. “When it comes to performance, every degree matters. The Climachill™ apparel is the smartest and most advanced sporting product and can provide maximum cooling experience.”

For athletes who desire sophisticated solutions in order to regulate body temperature and remain cool in adverse conditions, the innovative Climachill™ apparel is their answer. In this cross-category collection, adidas has also launched training shirts in the most unconventional colour for athletic apparel – black – to showcase the process of the ClimachillTM technology.

Soccer star Gareth Bale of Real Madrid

Employing industry-first 3D aluminium-cooling spheres, the Climachill™ apparel provides an instant cooling sensation upon contact. In addition to the aluminium dots, the ground-breaking SubZero flat yarn also contains titanium and is woven throughout the inside of each Climachill™ jersey to deliver more cooling capacity.

Filipino athletes don’t have to be afraid of wearing black for fear of heat and they can now train harder, run longer and compete better.

The Climachill™ product range will be available locally from 1st April 2015 at leading adidas Sports performance stores, adidas online store ( and sports retailers nationwide.

–Press Release


Move over oatmeal and popcorn! Make room for this low-energy-density food that allows you to eat more without gaining weight and filling enough to fight hunger even while watching Master Chef “Boy” Logro’s mouth-watering IDOL SA KUSINA cooking program!

Megafiber is an all-natural food supplement. It is made from 100%  Psyllium Fiber, reputed as nature’s best and most efficient source of natural dietary fiber. To compare, one teaspoon of MEGAFIBER has 14 times more fiber than oat bran and other cereals.

I’ve seen them being given as samples (sachets) in some of the races i’ve joined and they taste quite good and filling. But just what’s in this Psyllium fiber supplement? Is this really any better than a bagful of popcorn while watching the latest “The Avengers” movie?

Megafiber is made from Psyllium fiber plant-material, considered nature’s most effective soluble fiber. It has no additives or laxatives, no preservatives, no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

Psyllium is a soluble fiber that is derived from the seeds of the plant Genus Plantago, with the husk being the outer coat of the seeds. It is also referred to as Isabgol or Isapagula husk.

The species P. psyllium and P. ovale are commercially grown in India, Pakistan, and in countries in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Psyllium products are grown for their mucilage content. Mucilage describes the clear, colorless gelling agents derived from plants which are able to increase in volume upon absorbing water.

The all-natural fiber supplement is also a natural fat absorber that assists in capturing the fats in our food, which are then excreted during regular bowel movement.

Because many of us strive for a perfectly lean body, one that can perform our optimum best in our given sport, we deny ourselves food that we think will lead to excess in calories and sluggish performance. This may be normal thinking for athletes but keeping a too-tight rein on food selection may be setting you up also on nutrients deficiency.

However, Megafiber provides a feeling of fullness, which in turn helps reduce hunger pangs, and lessens the tendency to overeat. As for its effectiveness, it assists in weight management, helps prevent constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, control Diarrhea or Loose Bowel Movement (LBM), reduce the risk of heart diseases and cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels and uric acid levels.

This is a great way to include MEGAFIBER into their weight loss plan. It is advised to add one heaping tablespoon in a half glass of water or juice 30 minutes before meals, followed by one glass of water.

MEGAFIBER is available over the counter at Mercury Drug outlets nationwide. It comes in bigger 7.5g sachets at P10.75 each, travel pack of 30 sachets at P325, and in bigger 300g jars at P430, with 50% more fiber than other brands to give you more value for your money. It is also offered in half-kilo family size packs at P705 for even greater savings.

MEGAFIBER is FDA-approved. Product inquiries may be coursed thru the MEGAFIBER customer service hotlines 524-6549, 354-2208 to 09 and 09474890262, and email. Product information is also available at and the MEGAFIBER facebook page.

2 Affinitea Races Coming Soon Including A 42K Marathon!

Two major races from the Affinitea Race group is in the offing and promises to give runners a whole new vibe of thrill and excitement. This coming July 5, 2015, the Raise D Roof Run will be happening and will feature a 21k race to benefit the He Cares Foundation, a sanctuary for homeless, abused and abandoned children.

Their second offing will be the Brown Race Marathon and yes, you guessed it right! It will feature a 42k marathon to be held on December 6, 2015 with the theme, “Nurturing God’s Love, Core Gifts & Family Relations”.

Details are as follows:

1. Raise D Roof–July 5, 2015:

*Venue: CCP Complex
*Distances/ Registration Fee: 3k Kids-P400.00/ 3K Regular-P550.00/ 5K-P650.00/ 10K-P750.00/ 16K-P800.00/ 21K-P900.00
*Registration Venues: Via On-Line at or
Pre-Paid cards available at Mizuno Stores (MOA, Trinoma, BGC, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center) Affinitea Stores (Makati, Binakayan, Cavite, Mendiola, Taft) and Garmin Store at Glorietta 5. Check Poster for details!
*Gun Start: 3K- 5:30am/ 5K- 5:15am/ 10K- 5am/ 16K- 4:45am/ 21K- 4:30am

2.  BROWN Race Marathon–December 6, 2015

*Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Roxas Boulevard
*Distances/ Registration Fee:
3K-P550.00/ 5K-P650.00/ 10K-P750.00/ 16K-P850.00/ 21K-P1,000.00/ 42K-P1,600.00
*Registration Venues:
Via On-Line at or
Pre-Paid cards available at Mizuno Stores, Affinitea Stores and Garmin Store. Check Poster for details!
*Gun Start:
3K- 5:15am/ 5K- 5:00am/ 10K- 4:30am/ 16K- 3:30am/ 21K- 2:00am/ 42K- 12 Midnight

Raise D Roof-July 5, 2015

Raise D Roof Finishers Medal for the 21k


Brown Race Marathon – December 6, 2015

Brown Race Marathon Finishers Medal


Brown Race Marathon Clinic. Ten training sessions with professional coaches, training shirt, graduation medal and hydration during the clinic. Registration Fee is at P2,500.00

Daraitan Trail Run With Team Soleus: Trail Recon #1

Way back 3 or 4 years ago, i would occasionally run into an energetic group of runners wearing black dri-fit shirts with a yellow patch of “S” emblazoned on it and would later learn that it was the Soleus Running Team . I wasn’t really into any other running watch except for Garmin which i had acquired for a review on this blog and another one as a gift from a friend. However, i really had my sights on having one of those Soleus shirts they were wearing.

Those first generation Garmin GPS watches didn’t last very long with me as it had issues on quality and durability after only 8 months of use so i switched back to my old reliable chronograph watch . Later on,  i was invited by L-Time Studio (distributors of the Soleus watch) big boss, Judith Staples on the launching of their very first GPS running watch, the durable Soleus 1.0. It was great that they adopted their first GPS running watch which was simple in design and performance yet very affordable at that!

Getting to know Judith was my introduction to their running team. She is a huge motivator, very supportive of her growing team and most importantly, i get to run with a really friendly and equally supportive group of runners! Oh, and did i tell you that i got to have the shirt i was pinning for?

Team Soleus is open to all ages and the levels vary from elite, ultra runners, marathoners, beginners and fun runners who mostly wear a Soleus GPS watch. The runners here are super friendly and have a great bond with one another which i think is cool because you get to challenge yourself more and share that extra motivation from being with a team who share the same interests not only in running but by the watch they wear.

Last week, i had the chance to bring the team at my favorite trail playground, the Sierra Madre trails in Tanay, particularly the route going to Daraitan and the popular Tinipak River and rocks. To describe the group’s reaction of the trail route would be a task but to put it in two words: refreshing but hard-core!

Many struggled over those uphill climbs and slippery river crossings but got over those as time went by. The trails are moderate to very technical, a run-hike route depending on your level of fitness. Everybody though, were able to survive it. Although it is not as steep as other trails, there are lots of stream/river crossings and you tend to get lost if you’re not familiar with the route.

Once we were out of the trails, we all found ourselves back on a primary road and it was a short jaunt to the road leading to Daraitan and to the Tinipak Rocks. After about 6 kms and a short halo-halo stop, we finally reached Daraitan with the rocks and boulders looming everywhere like gem stones sparkling in ice water. I’ve been to this place many times before and it still was mesmerizing seeing it that day like it was the first time i saw it.

We lost no time in getting ourselves cool and dipping into the cool water. Here’s a run-down of our adventure in photos. Enjoy!

Team Soleus with the Rundezvous runners before the start of the run.

Irish and the Sierra Madre mountains as backdrop

At one of the stop overs on a hill top

Judith always rams the downhill parts

With Kerwin and Judith

That’s Abet cooling off her bruised knee

The team doing their balancing act

A very difficult part of the route where you thread on sharp jagged rocks and should maneuver with caution

With Judith (c) Running Atom

Finally at the Tinipak River

Mirjam enjoying the views

Bulalo, Gourmet Tuyo Pasta and Fried Chicken–thanks to Abet and Judith!

Pro Earth Run 2015: April 25, 2015

Earth Day Network Philippines is hosting the 3k, 5k and 10k Pro Earth Run 2015, an advocacy run to encourage people to Protect, Respect, and Oversee the sensible and sustainable care of Mother Earth. Proceeds of this event will go to the continuing environmental projects of the Earth Day Network Philippines, Incorporated.

By partnering with Earth Day Philippines, the organizers hope that runners and other health enthusiasts will enjoy this run celebrating the wonders of life on our planet & join others in peaceful thoughts & prayers to nurture neighbor & nature. This is in partnership with government agencies, non-government organizations, private corporations, academic institutions, religious groups, and environmental advocates.

This event will include some booths focusing around health, wellness, sustainable living, or energy efficient education, products & options. The 10K, 5K and 3K run  will go through the SM Mall of Asia grounds in support to its continuing environmental projects and eco-social initiatives such as Zero Basura Olympics, Trees4Life: Tubong Pinoy Reforestation Movement, Mini-Carbon Olympics, Watershed Restoration and Forest Conservation, and Re-Charge Tacloban.

The run have corporate partners that are helping promote this race to their members and/or employees that will help with the overall number of participants. Fun and games will be available at the end of the race along with snacks & beverages booths giving samples of their products.

Included with registration:

Sling Bag, Jersey, Race Bib, Finisher’s Medal (post run), and goodwill product sampling from participating sponsors (post run, while supplies last) Raffle Prizes, Sponsor Freebies along with enjoyable times for all!

You are also entitled to join the raffle draw during the post run where you can win prizes from participating sponsors, and many more exciting surprises!

Additional Information:
Please visit:

Race route

Corporate Partners and Sponsors


“The future of humanity is everyone’s responsibility. This is why we never get tired of telling people that Earth Day must be everyday, everywhere, for everyone,” said Earth Day Network Philippines
Chairman, Dr. Metodio Palaypay.
Palaypay underscored the critical role of media in bringing out the message of earth care to the public when he addressed the press and bloggers last 31 March 2015 at Merrell Concept Store, Market!Market! Bonifacio Global City in a media briefing for Pro Earth Run 2015. In the end, he entreated the members of the press, “Into your hands, I commit Mother Earth.”
Meanwhile, DENR Director for Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service Jesus Enrico Moises Salazar commended Earth Day Network Philippines for the environmental work it has been doing over the years. “While the result of your labor may not
always be immediately felt, it will eventually yield something good for the country.”
Earth Day Network Philippines is at the forefront of the annual worldwide April 22nd Earth Day Celebration. It actively engages the participation of people from government, corporate, religious, and academic institutions to rally together behind environmental protection, preservation, and promotion. Now on its second year, Earth Day Network Philippines stages Pro Earth Run 2015 to encourage people to take active lead in protecting, respecting, and overseeing Earth care by running the race for Mother Earth.
Happening on 25 April 2015, Saturday, 4:30AM, at the Mall Of Asia MOA Grounds in Pasay City, proceeds of the 3K/5K/10K advocacy run will fund the continuing projects and programs of Earth Day
Network Philippines such as Watershed Restoration and Forest Conservation, Re-Charge Tacloban, Zero Basura Olympics, and Mini Carbon Olympics.
Pro Earth Run 2015 tickets are available at SM Ticket counters nationwide until April 19 and at Merrell Concept Stores in SM North Edsa Annex, Trinoma, Festival Mall, and Market! Market! until April 15. Registration is until April 20 via
Presented by Earth Day Network Philippines, in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), United Parcel Services (UPS), and SM Cares, the Pro Earth Run 2015 is supported by Xend, Official Courier Partner; The Me
dical City, Official Medical Partner; Greenlite Banner (The Reusable Banner), Official Printing Partner; Merrell, Official Shoe Sponsor; Maynilad, Official Hydration Partner; Canon; Timex, Official
Timing Partner; Slimmers World, Official Fitness Partner; Gerry’s Grill and Uncle Cheffy, Food Sponsors; Kabayan Hotel, Air Asia, Rudy Project, and Integrated Waste Management Inc.
Pro Earth Run 2015 is also supported by GMA7, GMA News TV, 97.9 Home Radio,106.7 Energy FM, 99.5 Play FM, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, and out-of-home-media specialist, United
Details on Pro Earth Run 2015 are posted on