Preview: CDO Run For Odyssey On November 8, 2015

CDO Run for Odyssey
Bonifacio Global City
5K, 10K, 21K

5K – Php 550
10K – Php 650
21K – Php 900

Included in the registration fee are the singlet and race packet (bib, timing chip). Finishers will get lootbag, finishers medal and shirt (21K).

Registration period is on Sept 11 – October 30.

Chris Sports at Glorietta/ SM Megamall/ SM North Edsa/ SM MOA/ SM BF HOmes/ Market Market


ONLINE REGISTRATION – August 30- September 15 ONLY

IN-STORE REGISTRATION – starts September 11-October 30 or until supplies last.

Get your assured Finisher Shirt size for the Half Marathon category when you register ONLINE or IN-STORE until September 30 ONLY.

Only 1000 slots for the 21K.

Race Director Jinoe Gavan during the launch

The Run For Odyssey is an event organized by Foodsphere, Inc. and has become a tradition of celebrating fun and good health. Run For Odyssey is a CDO way and expression of loving and caring for others. Proceeds of this exciting run convention go straight to the Odyssey Foundation, a non-profit organization created to formally continue providing individuals new hope into their lives by giving aid and assistance.

Therefore when you run for Odyssey, you not onle get up to the challenge of proving yourself in your chosen run category but you also help nourish the life of thousands of needy children and families in the country.

Run with a meaningful purpose! Run for Odyssey!

The Earth Kitchen: A Healthy Approach To Dining

The Earth Kitchen @Bonifacio High Street Central

The natively-tuned decor and the simple yet elegant ambiance of this homey and woodsy second setting of the Earth Kitchen at Bonifacio Global City might explain how they can do what they do: serve original, healthy and ingenious cuisine using the best local ingredients!

The owners have partnered with local farmers and indigenous communities that produce organic products—and it shows. From their fresh vegetable salads, tender beef offerings to exceptional goat cheese ice cream and fruit shakes, there’s delectable quality throughout!

Earth Kitchen’s facade

From the outside, The Earth Kitchen at the BGC appears to be a Cafe in a garden setting, similar to that of their first branch located along White Plains Avenue (Katipunan Ext.) but this one is toned down with just a few pots of plants displayed below their signage and glass door entrance. Inside though, reveals a more relaxed ambiance, sort of a cross between a car garage decorated with various plants hanging on wooden slabs atop the ceiling with tables and chairs made out of wood, spread out like in a picnic ground.

A peek inside

The stretch of the Boni High Street Central is awash of high-quality, fine dining and drinking places but the Earth Kitchen is still not a place where you’d expect to find cooking of this quality. The owners wanted this place to be like a picnic ground with just simple, healthy food offerings but the extraordinary food makes you forget everything else.

This restaurant is not cuisine-specific. Their food fare caters to everyone, from vegetarian to meat-based, fish, you name it– they got it! Most importantly, they take pride in using local ingredients, as they believe in the philosophy of using what is found in the local markets.

And now, the food! I’m not surprised anymore why restaurants such as these that offer gastronomic delights are handled by Public Relations maven, Ms. Nana Nadal who has cornered many of the best eateries that offers new culinary trends. Again, i was fortunate enough to be invited by her to try out this delightful find that offers the best dishes in the metro at reasonable prices, with service befitting the setting.

The Earth Kitchen’s top four offerings are Beef Kebab, Watermelon and Rocket Salad,  Beef Bulgogi Soft Taco and Shrimp Spring Rolls.

Rather than worrying about whether Nana’s favorite Beef Kabab are as delectable and authentic as those of Behrouz’ along the Scout area in Quezon City, the Kitchen’s tour of dishes becomes a mini-adventure in flavor, color and creativeness. And yes, the Beef Kebab has that middle-eastern twang to it and so was the brown rice pillaf and sauce that were served on the sides.

Beef Kabab (Nana’s favorite) — P410.00

The vegetable salad entry of greens was a riot of color, texture with stand-outs being the white cheese toppings, watermelons and all the organic plant based vegetable you could find along White Plains Avenue! I’m not sure why they called this the Rocket salad as we were just glued on our seats concentrating (others pretending) to like this amalgam of green, yellow and red healthy stuff. Next…

Watermelon and Rocket Salad — P300.00

This is one of my favorites, the Beef Bulgogi in Soft Taco which should be rolled and eaten like an ordinary taco. Great combination of organic salad greens, seaweeds and boneless beef ribs that’s right up to the last bite! Check!

Beef Bulgogi in Soft Taco — P310.00

Not every dish here is above criticism. This off-beat creation of combining herbs, greens, peanuts and shrimp was not the best match. The vegetable was a little starchy, over-powering the taste of shrimps if ever there was one. Even the excellent lime hoisin sauce couldn’t save it from mediocrity. The Shrimp Spring Rolls came as the odd one out!

Shrimp Spring Rolls — P220 (Regular) P325.00 (Large)

If you’re not at imminent risk of having a heart attack, Earth Kitchen has prepared this sumptuous dish for meat lovers or for anybody who likes to take protein as recovery food after an intense work-out. The Braised Bacon has two slabs of thick ribs crafted from what seems like pork belly. So rich and so succulent, the boneless fatty-edge meat is exceptionally tender and juicy. A fruity, peppery marinade gives it intensity, while pickled red cabbage and the marble potatoes are the perfect accompaniment.

Braised Bacon — P580.00

Another one of the heart thumpers is the Risotto Milanese, an organic braised beef short rib which was tasty, supple and tender. While the rice has the perfect consistency, it was the short ribs that melted in the mouth. I was able to get the shank part so i scooped, sucked and licked all the bone marrow inside. I think i ate a lot of this thingy so it was my meds that i reached for right after! 🙂

Risotto Milanese — P640.00

The Beef and Citrus Salad is a perfect combination of beef rib chunks, greens, diced raw papaya and dayap vinaigrette. Not too much funfare here but just your solid meat and green salad! Perfect!

Beef and Citrus Salad — P320.00

The Paccheri (pronounced as ˈpakkeri’) is new to me and the pasta in this particular dish has been made into flat slabs with goat’s cheese roasted pumpkin and pili nuts added into the mix to give it its distinct flavor.

Pumpkin and Goat’s Cheese Paccheri — P340.00

Squid Ink beans anyone? This may look strange but it’s actually good! The squid ink gives the Risotto Uni Negra its blackish color but the taste is not too over-powering but has just the right flavorful mix with the French beans and scallops–one you should try.

Risotto Uni Negra — P350.00

The Four Mushroom and Egg is Earth Kitchen’s version of Carbonara. It has strips of bacon, four kinds of mushrooms including Shiitake, milky and button mushrooms plus fortified with organic eggs. One of the best pastas in their menu.

Four Mushroom and Egg — P385.00

The Sweet Potato takes on a different mask with this delectable recipe that includes white cheese, pili nuts, parmesan cheese, pomodoro sauce, basil and the basic camote tops. A must try.

Sweet Potato Tops Ravioli — P400.00

Tired of eating old ice-cream flavors? Try the Goat’s Cheese ice cream, a combination of wild honey, dried figs, cashew nuts and goat’s cheese*. (*goat not included).

Goat’s Cheese Ice Cream — P270.00

And finally, Fresh Juices to die for. The red one below is called Got Heart Mix which includes a mixture of beets, carrots, cucumber, apple and honey while the yellow one is Mango Yoghurt Shake.

Got Heart Mix — P200.00 / Mango Yoghurt Shake — P 130.00

Bon Appetit!

Soon: The Great LEAN Run On September 19, 2015

This run is in honor of student leader Lean Alejandro, the first Secretary General of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) who was killed on September 19, 1987 by so called rightists groups. The run will also commemorate the declaration of Martial Law 43 years ago and the people’s heroic resistance to the Marcos dictatorship whose victims continue to seek justice.

Here are the details of the run:

The Great Lean Run
September 19, 2015
UP Sunken Garden and Academic Oval
3.7 KM
Race Organizer: Withoutlimits

Registration Fee:
– Regular : P800
– Student : P300

Inclusive of singlet and race bib

Registration Venues:
* Online Registration
Payment via Paypal or credit card :
Payment thru Bank:

* In-store Registration:
– Store registration at selected Chris Sports Stores (to be announced soon)

– Registration period: July 10 – September 18, 2015
– Claiming period is from September 7 to September 18 at the UP Vinzon’s Hall lobby.
– Please present your claiming stub and valid ID during the claiming.
– For online registrants, please print out your confirmation or bring your deposit slip (if payment was thru bank)



The Great LEAN Run or TGLR is a joint undertaking by the UP Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan Alumni (UP SAMASA) and the UP Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs (UP OVCSA).  It is a celebration of the life of Leandro L. Alejandro, one-time UP Student Council Chairman, and the most popular youth leader during the turbulent Martial Law years. He continues to be a prime example of how the youth can effect change through critical thought and social involvement.

The 3.7 kilometer run is a special distance experiential run that includes a specially-designed obstacle course, race and chase production, among other surprise features. It will enable each participant to experience life under Martial Law, to step into Lean’s slippers/sandals/shoes/flipflops (whatever you want to call it).


The Great LEAN Run will be held at the UP Sunken Garden and Academic Oval on September 19, 2015, Friday.  Assembly time is 4:00PM.  The First Wave begins at 5:00PM.


Anyone can join the Run but participants who are below 18 years old must have their Registration Forms signed by their parents.

Non-runners and walking participants are also welcome.  This is a fun run so this is for everyone who wants to enjoy the experiences and surprises the course has to offer.


Online Registration may be done through the following links:

You may also register and pay at selected Chris Sports branches.

Some schools and student organizations will be joining as a group.  You may coordinate with your school or org representative.


Students   –   P300.00  (special rate)

Regular    –   P800.00

Participants shall be issued 1 singlet, 1 bib and a Race Kit.  Singlet sizes are issued on a First Come, First Served basis.  REGISTER and PAY EARLY!!!



Start – July 10, 2015

End  – September 18, 2015  or until we have 2,000 participants

Strictly NO REGISTRATION on the day of the Run.

  • ISSUANCE OF RACE KITS (weekdays only)

Venue: Lobby, Vinzons Hall, UP Diliman

Start – September 7, 2015

End  – September 18, 2015

NO ISSUANCE of race kits on the day of the Run


There will be 10 waves of 200 participants per wave. Individual wave schedules shall be relayed via text and posted in the TGLR Facebook Page at least two (2) weeks prior to the Run. Bibs shall also contain the wave number on the upper right hand corner and embeded in the bib barcode.

Assembly Time starts at 4:00PM

First Wave starts at 5:00PM. Succeeding waves shall start every 30 minutes.

Wave participants are expected to be at the Starting Line at least 15 – 20 minutes before Gunstart of their respective waves.

NOTE:  For effective management of foot traffic,  please proceed directly to the Race Pen upon arrival.


Participants should wear comfortable clothes and footwear.  The singlet must be worn with the bib pinned infront at all times. The belt with the three (3) ribbons must we worn around the waist with all the ribbons always displayed prominently.


Each participant will be issued three (3) ribbons that will be tied to the waist.  Each ribbon will represent life, liberty and property.

The object of the run  is to survive in the shortest time with as many ribbons intact as possible. The obstacle course, the race and the chase will have participants come face to face with the dreaded elements of Martial Law who will snatch ribbons from them.  Along the way, participants will be able to feel how it is to “lose one’s rights”.

To be eligible for a prize, a participant must finish with at least one (1) ribbon on his waist.  If all ribbons are lost, it would mean that the participant did not “survive” Martial Law. He will still be allowed to finish the Run and his time will be recorded but he will not be eligible for a prize.


Helping Other Participants

Participants are allowed to help each other complete the challenges of the obstacle course. However, at the Desaparecidos Zone, participants shall no longer be allowed to help one another.

Physical Contact with Martial Law Elements

No physical contact is allowed between participants and Martial Law elements. This includes touching, fistfights, pulling, pushing, kicking, tacking, scratching and other similar acts.

Participants and Martial Law elements are strictly prohibited from throwing anything at each other.

Violators will immediately be disqualified and removed from the Run.

– See more at:

Press Release:


Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in that dark period of our nation’s history when the free press was shut down, the voice of the people was suppressed, and thousands of Filipinos were abducted, tortured and summarily executed?

The University of the Philippines is again living up to its reputation as the bastion of youth social consciousness, this time through a obstacle run that will give runners a taste of what it was like during the years of Martial Law.

Dubbed The Great LEAN Run (TGLR), the activity will feature obstacles reminiscent of dictatorial rule, such as barbed wire, water cannons, anti-riot police, arbitrary arrests and much more.  Runners will aim to survive the challenges of the course for a chance to win prizes, not to mention unique bragging rights.

TGLR honours the life of Lean Alejandro, student leader of the 1980s who led the student movement that helped a national people’s action to depose then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Atty. Susan Villanueva, Chairman of the UP SAMASA Alumni Association, said, “The overthrow of the dictator and our subsequent return to democracy is a major victory of the Filipino people.  The youth of today should be made aware of the real situation at the time so that they can learn from it and be guided by its lessons as they become the new leaders of the nation.”

Proceeds of the obstacle run will go to the UP fund for the Liwasang Lean Alejandro.

The Great LEAN Run will be held on September 19, Saturday, 5:00pm at the UP Sunken garden and Academic Oval in Diliman.  Registration is ongoing online at the Great LEAN Run Facebook page and Chris Sports branches at SM Megamall, SM City North, Glorietta 3 and Metro Marjket Market BGC.  For details, interested participants may contact Irish Vayne  Alacar at 0906270646 and

PREVIEW: Salomon City Trail Manila on September 6, 2015

I was part of last year’s first ever Salomon CityTrail 12k Run inside and around historic Intramuros in Manila where you get to immerse yourself in the walled city’s vintage atmosphere from start to end!

The starting line was situated near the entrance of the iconic Fort Santiago where we were once brought as children on our first school field trip to study the life and death of our national hero, Dr. JP Rizal. And that race last year was like turning back the clock visiting this historical site from where Dr. Rizal spent his last few days. From here, the short 12k course is a veritable festival of historical sights.

So what is a CityTrail (or CityTrail running), one might ask? How could it be possible to have trails similar to Tanay, San Mateo or on wooded forests when this one is located in a highly urbanized, old city like Manila?

Well, it’s a venue event label by Salomon, the shoe brand that’s bringing us their new road to trail running shoes, the Salomon X-SCREAM 3D Running shoes. The  CITYTRAIL™ Races are part trail and mostly concrete running events that challenges runners to explore different terrain settings like pathways, bridges, tunnels, grass, stairs, etc. within urban landscapes simulating those in trail running. And what better venue to exemplify this than the historic Spanish and World War 2 settings of Intramuros!

Salomon X-SCREAM 3D

Those who missed the race last year will now have the chance to experience and re-live the last days of Dr. Jose Rizal, from his closed dungeon cell to his footpaths going to his execution site at nearby Rizal Park, the last TRAIL experience of one of the greatest Filipinos who ever lived!

Salomon City Trail 2015 Details

Event details:

For the SALOMON CITYTRAIL MANILA 2015, we will have Intramuros, the heart of Old Manila as race venue— the oldest City in the Philippines, perfect for an adventure run & rich with culture and heritage. Our proposed details are as follows:

Race Date: September 6, 2015 (Sunday), 4PM
Venue: Intramuros, Manila
Race Distance: 6km & 12km Citytrail
Target # of Participants: 500 pax
Target Market: Adventure seekers, Weekend Warriors, employed individuals and not the usual road runners.

Category/Distance: 6km & 12km Citytrail Registration Fee:

Php 900 (6k), Php 1,200 (12k)
Registration Period: July 22 to Aug 23, 2015 (Online Registration, Salomon Doors Registration)
Aug 24 to Sept 4, 2015 (R.O.X. BHS Race Kit Distribution and Registration)
Inclusions: All registrants get a Racebib, Timing Chip, Salomon Citytrail Singlet,
Citytrail Cap, Post-race Meal, and a historical running tour of Intramuros.

Online Registration / over the counter at Salomon Stores– c/o 3rd party vendor)
*Registration will be c/o Incognitus Events (3rd party vendor, formerly Runner’s Runner); Registration fees will be paid via paypal or bank deposit to Runner’s Runner account. All proceeds will be deposited by the vendor to PRIMER at the end of the event.

Other details:

Race Assembly
Start/Finish line will be at Fort Santiago, Intramuros. Just show your Race bib, and your entrance fee to the premises will be waived. Companions will have to pay the Entrance Fee to the Fort.

Race Course
The Citytrail Race will not be a conventional road run. It will include challenges such as going up stairs, bridges, ramps—different footstikes that simulates the skills needed in trail running. It smultaneously is a historical run, passing through landmarks & scenic areas with FAQs. Cutoff time for the entire race, is 2hours.

Green Run
The Citytrail Manila Race is a GREEN RUN. No disposables will be given throughout the racecourse. Gatorade dispensers & Water Jugs will be stationed around the road areas of Intramuros. Everyone is mandated to bring their own hydration provision – hydration belts, handheld hydrobottles.

Top 3 male & female winners per distance will be awarded. ROX Gift Certificates, Salomon Products & other freebies await the winners. Raffle items will also be given away.

Parking / Baggage Handling
There are enough parking spaces within Intramuros. There is a parking area within Fort Santiago. There are parking attendants within Intramuros for street parking as well.
A Baggage counter will be situated within the Start/Finish Area in Fort Santiago. All race participants may leave their bags in the counter.

Other Details
For more details, go to Salomon Pilipinas’ Facebook page. For comments, inquiries: email

With Balikbayan marathoner, Terri Cubero-Boyce


Salomon Citytrail Manila 2015:

In today’s fast-moving world, more people are looking into wellness in everyday living. Simple ways such as climbing stairs in a building, walking to work—a lot of city dwellers nowadays, want to infuse some form of exercise into their busy lifestyle. Most of these people are weekend warriors, having to escape the city in every opportunity for some adventure in the mountains, for some running on the trails. Salomon creates this interface of the outdoors within the urban setting—by bringing the trails to the city.

CITYTRAIL is Salomon’s approach to everyday running in the city. Recognized for technical leadership in trail running footwear, Salomon built CITYTRAIL as a way to escape running on the same route everyday. It began with an idea of re-creating the kinds of terrain and surface variations that is found in trail running, but in an urban landscape. Even the most avid trail runners want to vary their routine- a staircase, a steep hill, a bridge, or maybe linking different surfaces through a park, it just makes running more interesting.

The CITY TRAIL RUN is a global event that has been held in Europe, United States, and parts of Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong, and Taiwan) to encourage runners to make their own trails in the city. This September 6, Salomon will take urban dwellers back to Intramuros, the heart of the Metro, the oldest City in the Philippines, perfect for an adventure run & rich with culture and heritage. The Citytrail Race Route will include running on different surfaces—pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs.

With actress Rian Ramos

Suited for Citytrail Running, Salomon presents the X-SCREAM 3D and the SENSE MANTRA 3 footwear models, which combine the technology we’ve come to expect from Salomon. As the #1 brand in trail running, the same technology is infused in these Citytrail models—to bring out the best performance in running. Providing excellent foothold and comfort, they are constructed to have a firm grip on both hard and loose surfaces, perfect for varying terrains in the City.

Salomon held it’s Media Launch & Race briefing last Aug 19, 2015 at the R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street. Guests and media partners were briefed on the specifics of the CITY TRAIL RUN 2015- registration, time, venue, race routes, categories, prizes and requirements. Special prizes were also being raffled to some lucky participants of the media launch.

Salomon CITYTRAIL encourages all to find trails wherever they are, even in an urban environment. Step out of your routine, connect with your surroundings, and rediscover the joy of running. To find out more about CITY TRAIL RUN 2015, you can go to their Facebook page, or email for any inquiries regarding this event.

Preview: Run For The Aspins on October 18, 2015

The Run For The Aspins is a celebration for “man’s best friend”, with hundreds of runners to either run or walk and support PART (Philippine Animal Rescue Team) that help save the lives of dogs and cats and provide adoption for these animals.
Run for the Aspins or Asong Pinoy, the contemporary name for street dogs is an upcoming fund-raising event of Soleus Philippines in partnership with Rundezvous Inc. to raise awareness against Dog cruelty.
Funds raised will be for the benefit of Philippine Animal Rescue Team (P.A.R.T.) where they place pets in loving, responsible, committed permanent homes, following a comprehensive adoption process which includes taking considerable care in finding good matches and educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a dog into their homes and lives.
Also to benefit this fun raising run is the K-9 Handling unit of Camp Aguinaldo.
This event welcomes not only foreign bred dogs, but mixed-breed or Aspins as well. Run for the Aspins will offer distances for both runners (M/F) and dog walkers (dog and owner/trainor), alike.
The main race will have a 10K and 15K Distance Race for male and female categories.
Human-and-dog tandem categories will be 600-meter Dog Parade and 2K Dog Walker. The 600-meter dog parade category will be for the toy, small and medium sized-dogs and will be encircling the inner area of Camp Aguinaldo grandstand. The 2K dog walker category meanwhile will be solely reserved for medium and large-sized dogs. Participants of the 2K are allowed to walk, or run together with their pet dog.
Race Details:
Assembly Time: 4:45 AM
Camp Aguinaldo Grandstand
Gate 1 Col. Bonny Serrano Ave, cor. 15th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
Distance Categories and Fees:
  • 15K Runner (M/F) : PhP900.00
  • 10K Runner (M/F) : PhP800.00
  • 2K Dog Walker: PhP700.00
  • 600-m Dog Parade: PhP700.00

Special Bundle Categories:
  • 15K Solo Runner + Dog with Owner Category Bundle: PhP1,250.00
  • 10K Solo Runner + Dog with Owner Category Bundle: PhP1,150.00


15K Solo Runner (M/F) – 5:15 AM
10K Solo Runner (M/F) – 5:30 AM
2K Dog Walker – 7:00 AM
600-m Dog Parade – 7:15 AM

Race-kit Inclusions:

  1. Technical Race Shirt
  2. Race Bib
  3. Finisher’s Medal
  4. Dog bandana (for dog categories only)

Finishers Medals

Dog Bandana

Registration Steps

A. Online:
  1. Follow the link: or click the “Register Now!” button below.
  2. Fill-up the required information on the online form.
  3. Pay the corresponding registration fees with your credit card (additional web service fee is charged).
  4. Print the confirmation message.

B. Bank Deposit
  1. Pay corresponding registration fee thru BPI. See bank details below.
  2. Download, fill-up, and sign the appropriate registration forms (human registration form and dog registration form).
  3. Take a photo or scan the deposit slip and accomplished registration forms.
  4. E-mail the scanned copies to: with subject: Run for the Aspin – <Distance Category>.

Bank Details:
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Account Name: Rundezvous Inc., CA
Account Number: 2431-0082-14
Race Kit Claiming:
You may claim your race kits on Oct. 9-11, 2015 at 100 Miles Cafe, Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Taguig. To claim, just bring the copy of your documents and present it at the claiming area together with your valid ID. For proxy claiming, authorization letter and ID of both the registrant and proxy must be presented.

Follow the link: or click the “Register Now!” button below.
Fill-up the required information on the online form.
Pay the corresponding registration fees with your credit card (additional web service fee is charged).
Print the confirmation message

You may visit the Facebook page of Soleus Philippines for your inquiries and other race updates.


Dogs are acquired for various reasons. While some are trained to become professional security dogs, most families acquire them with one purpose in mind: as guard dogs which gave birth to a term called “Bantay”. Their purpose is to secure properties and serve as deterrent for residential burglary, nothing more and nothing less.
There are individuals and families who are so devoted, passionate and kind hearted with the purpose of owning a dogs not only as a pets but as a members of the family and beloved companions. They are showered with so much love, affection and lavished with material treats that sometimes would even cost a fortune.
However, there is also this one sad reality that is very evident in our society; the increasing number of incidents involving DOG CRUELTY and ABUSE. These incidents not only happen on the streets, they also happen at home. Most of the victims are dogs of local and mixed breeds or what is now termed as ASPINS or Asong Pinoy and they are treated as low class breeds.
Loving a dog does not require money but rather a kind and compassionate heart. A dog is a loyal companion and the person who owns him is his whole life. That is why they are called a “man’s best friend”.
The Soleus Run for the Aspins aims to raise funds to help PART in sustaining a decent living condition for all the dogs under their care and give them a second chance to life.
But the main thrust of this race is to spread the vision of PART and that is to effect change in society by raising awareness about dog cruelty and abuse, promote responsible pet ownership and spread compassion for animals.
From simple animal neglect to extreme cases such as illegal dog fight gambling and dog meat consumption, we strongly believe that this is a battle worth fighting for.
Soleus Run for the Aspins welcomes not only foreign-bred dog, but as well as the local or mixed-breeds, offering distances for both solo runners and dog with their handler (owner or trainor).For the dog lovers without a companion dog, there will be 10K and 15K categories for them, while the human-and-dog tandem participants may stroll through the route of the 2K Dog Walker or chaperone their cuddly companion at the 600-m Dog Parade category.
A race village will conglomerate sponsors who will provide display and samples of their merchandise for both pet owners and dogs. Also as part of the event’s special activities, you may have a lasting memorabilia of your dog from the magic hands of Mr. Jun Aquino of the Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas (SKP) for a small donation that will also be added for the beneficiaries’ funds.
Registration may be done online via or thru BPI bank deposit (Acct name: Rundezvous Inc., CA Acct number: 2431-0082-14).
This race hopes to embroider a deep awareness for everyone, to become involved, responsible, and be “an Architect of change… one rescue at a time.”
“Our race does not define us, and their breed doesn’t define them.” – Philippine Animal Rescue Team

DBB Mt. Batolusong Mountain Run: Oct. 25, 2015

Good times are coming for trail runners who are itching their way to run the great outdoor trails once again. The Mt. Marami 21k Trail Challenge is up this coming Sunday where most of the 700+ trail runners ( a record of sorts) will be having the chance of having their pictures taken at the dizzying Silyang Bato, near Mt. Marami’s peak. Also happening is the Conquer 50k Trail Challenge and the Conquer 25k/11k Trail Challenge to be held on September 12 and 13, respectively to start and end at the Tanay Adventure Camp in Tanay Rizal.

Too, Alvin Balderama of PIMCO, the master trail blazer of Tanay will also be staging the Amazing Tanay 15k/10k Trail Race on November 22, 2015 at Sampaloc Inn in Sampaloc, Tanay as venue while the Miyamit Falls Trail Marathon (MF42) and 26k will be held on October 4, 2015 in Porac, Pampanga.

Meanwhile, one of the most awaited trail races of Dabobong (DBB) Angeles’ MGM Productions (the same organizers of the vastly successful Mt. Sembrano Mountain Trail Challenges in Pililia, Rizal) is also gearing up and this time, their race is headed for Tanay too! To be staged is the MT. BATOLUSONG 50k/25k/12k MOUNTAIN RUN this coming October 25, 2015. This race is in conjunction with Tanay’s yearly HANE Festival.

I particularly love the route of the Mt. Batolusong Mountain Run as this is a route where we have ventured several times in the past that features gorgeous trails, green views, rolling pastures, ridges and deep ravines. The scenery is a perfect back drop for taking photos, hiking and of course trail running. Mt. Batolusong is one of its attractions – a bit difficult in the beginning (until you reach the Maypatag Plateau), but plenty of places to stop for a breather and to catch views of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Mt. Batolusong is not a tall mountain, but it will definitely give you great views of the nearby Susong Dalaga peaks, Banahaw, Cristobal, Laguna, Rizal and as far as Quezon. It does have a couple of spots where elevation can cause you to huff or puff a bit.

I’m leaving you with details and some pictures of the Mt. Batolusong Mountain Run route for their upcoming race this October 25, 2015.


In celebration of Tanay Hane Festival,
MGM Productions Present: DBB Mountain Rockstar Trail Run

Mt. Batolusong, Barangay San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
October 25, 2015

This is part of the DBB Uphill Challenge Trail Running Series and a 100% TRAIL race.

Distance: 12km / 25km / 50km

Start Time: 6AM (50km) / 6:30AM (25km) / 7AM (12km)

Starting/Finish Area: Barangay Hall of San Andres, Tanay Rizal

Registration Fee:

Php 1,050.00 / 12km Mountain Run
Php 1,350.00 / 25km Mountain Run
Php 1,650.00 / 50km Mountain Run

Inclusive of the following: Finisher Shirt, Medal, MGM Rockstar Cap, Race Bandana, Bib Number, Post Race Meal and Tree Seedlings.
* only 25km/50km can get a FREE MGM Rockstar Cap

Registration Period: July 25 – October 01, 2015

Registration Procedure:

Deposit the registration fee to
Account Name:Rayman D. delos Angeles
BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56

Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to with your name, gender, race distance and size of finisher shirt . Subject: MGM MT. BATOLUSONG REGISTRATION”. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit on the race day.


****** The event takes place RAIN or SHINE! ******

Entrep Run: An 18K Run For Entrepreneurship

To be an entrepreneur requires a special combination of vision, creativity and passion. The path to success is forged by finding your own calling and having the passion for it! It’s where small beginnings grow, unfold and act to its many possibilities! There is a purpose to doing what you love and taking control, making adjustments and knowing your markets are the keys to successful entrepreneurship!

It is with this mission that the AFFI (Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc.) is staging the 1st Entrep Run, an 18K, 10K, 5K and 3K advocacy run to help young entrepreneurs find solid ground within their businesses. The run will bring together different trade organizations, local government units, and private corporations, symbolizing how even competitors can run as one in order to promote diversity in the business industry.

Here are the details:

September 6, 2015
CCP Complex
3K | 5K | 10K | 18K | 18K buddy

Registration Fees:
3K – P550.00
5K – P650.00
10K – P700.00
18K – P900.00
18K (buddy run) – P1,750.00

Registration Venues:
*Online Registration ->
*In-store Registration:
1.) Mizuno
– Trinoma, Megamall, BHS, Alabang Town Center, MOA
2.) Big Apple Express Spa
– Eastwood, Fairview Terraces
3.) Affinitea
– Makati, CEU Manila, SM North Edsa
4.) Mercato Centrale Weekend
– BHS, every Friday & Saturday for the month of July and August
5.) All SM Cinema Ticketing outlets nationwide or purchase through

Singlet and Finisher’s Medal (Photo by Mader Rikki Suarez)

AFFI Organizes 1st EntrepRUN to Benefit Young Entrepreneurs

It’s been 18 years since the Association of Filipino Franchisers (AFFI Empowering Entrepreneurs™) first began helping the business community reach new customers and investors through exhibits and trade missions, communicate through open dialogues and discussions, participate in business matching, learn to professionalize and improve their processes through AFFI programs, and more. Even now, the organization continues to help emerging and established entrepreneurs improve their businesses.

1st EntrepRUN: A Run for Success

This year, AFFI are celebrating their triumphs as well as continuing with their advocacy to help young entrepreneurs find solid ground within the business, through the 1st EntrepRUN: A Run for Success. This run will stretch all the way from the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Roxas Boulevard to Coastal mall in Parañaque City, a huge event designed to promote entrepreneurship throughout the country.

AFFI calls it “more than a fun run,” saying that the event will showcase various business industries and stakeholders to demonstrate solidarity in advocating entrepreneurship. The run will bring together different trade organizations, local government units, and private corporations, symbolizing how even competitors can run as one in order to promote diversity in the business industry.

The prime movers of the AFFI

The run will be open to all sorts of runners who support AFFI’s goals, whether or not they are entrepreneurs, and it will be held on September 6, 2015, with the program set to begin at 4AM.

Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

Part of AFFI’s goals in organizing this event is to generate funds for their corporate social responsibility program, which aims to help the next generation of young entrepreneurs launch their business concepts. The people at AFFI firmly believe that entrepreneurship contributes toward alleviating poverty and nation-building by way of a more robust economy.

The Race principals

AFFI intends to serve as the mentor to young entrepreneurs as they strive to succeed in the business industry. Some of the proceeds will go to Go Negosyo’s Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) program, which will provide selected students with the seed capital to launch their business concepts.

Proceeds will also go toward AFFI’s Seminars and Business Clinic, which conducts learning events such as Entrepreneurship Seminars that educate the public on how to start a small business. AFFI conducts over 100 of these seminars throughout the year, with the help of seasoned entrepreneurs willing to share their expertise and top tips.

With race proponent, Businessman/Runner Mark Anthony Liu and Race Director Saul Navarro (both standing) with bloggers during the EntrepRun launch

Activities at the EntrepRUN

Running isn’t all you can do at EntrepRUN. The event will feature a festival area, which will showcase partners’ brands and include booths where AFFI partners will be able to share samples of their products or even sell them outright as well as share flyers, brochures, and other information about their businesses.

Following the run are Breakfast Mentoring Sessions, which include four sets of seminars open to the runners, so they can improve their knowledge and be encouraged to set up their own businesses or franchises. The topics include: Right Franchise for You, Franchise Your Business, Entrepreneurship 101, Winning Sales Strategies.

AFFI also supports the balance of business, health, and family through the run. They hope this event will promote a healthy lifestyle among entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to literally run great distances for their businesses. Plus, this is a family-friendly event, as 50 fun mascots will be participating in the 3K Kids Run.

The 1st EntrepRUN: A Run for Success will be held on Sunday, September 6. The program starts at 4AM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.