Preview: The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run Traverse

From the organizers that brought to you the Mt. Talamitam Trail Race Challenge and the recent Mt. Marami-Silyang Bato Mountain Run where more than 700 trail runners braved the elements, New Era Race Events is now bringing you a 35K, peak-to-peak trail challenge that will start from Maragondon, Cavite towards Mt. Marami and traverses to Mt. Pico De Loro.

Dubbed as the Beautiful Horizon Trail Run Traverse, the race will be on December 20, 2015 when cool weather conditions will generally favor all runners with the obligatory mud trails going to Mt. Marami and slight showers and some steep mountain climbing thrown in to remind athletes that this will not be an easy trail race.

As with all the events of New Era, the course will be very challenging with the first 25k route being an all-trail terrain going to the mountains of Mt. Marami then to Pico De Loro which will be mostly rolling hills, single track, double tracks, roots, gravel road, mud and more mud (Mt. Marami route) along with some technical sections like mountain climbing. The last 10kms will be a mix of concrete and mountain roads all the way to the finish.

Silyang Bato, Mt. Talamitam

This will be a great 35k trail running experience! Check details below for registration. See you there!

“The Beautiful Horizon 35K Silyang Bato to Pico De Loro Trail Run Traverse”

When: December 20, 2015 (Sunday)

Where: Maragondon, Cavite

Assembly Area: Barangay Talipusngo (Barangay Hall)

Finish Line: Maragondon Cavite Town Plaza (Covered Court)

Distance: 35KM

Elevation Gain/Loss: 850m+/-

Race Kit Claiming Starts at 12:01AM (December 20-Race Day)

Gun Start: 5AM

Cutoff Time: 10 Hours

Pico De Loro

Pico De Loro peak

Race Inclusions: Event Shirt, Finisher’s Trail Trucker Cap, Medal and Post Race Meal

Trail Trucker Cap

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Event Shirt

medal sample

Finisher’s Medal

Prize for the Podium Finishers Awaits!

*Hydration Stations are available for the first 15KMs- 3 Aid Stations (no available hydration station on the traverse part of the route with 7KM distance). Hydration Station will be available again at KM 24 onward.

REGISTRATION

PROMO: Register from November 2 to 13 (10 Business Days Only) and pay only P1,500 (300 pesos OFF for Solo or Group Registration) via our NEW ERA BPI-ISLAND Account.

GROUP PROMO: Register with minimum of 5 pax and get 10%OFF  from November 16 to 30!

REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE: P1,800 (November 16 to November 30)

DEPOSIT YOUR REGISTRATION TO

Current Account Name: New Era Race Event Management Inc.

Current Account Number: 1591-0077-73

*Send the E-Copy of your deposit slip with your Name / Cell Number /Shirt Size to neweraraceeventmanagement@gmail.com to confirm registration.

Registration Duration: 25 Days

Deadline Of Registration: November 30-Monday

Note: In-Store Registration to follow.

BPI’s “Make The Best Happen” Financial Planning Campaign

This is one of the best event launch i have ever attended… a light, fun and a mind-opener about managing your personal finances in the easiest, most doable way while you’re still young that is going to reap benefits the way you want it in the future.

Bank of the Philippine Islands has put up a major financial service dubbed, “Make The Best Happen”, and it’s a campaign that will help jump-start or help get you on track to managing your money right in order for you to have that financial cushion and live comfortably during retirement.

Every major bank have their own personal financial scheme but BPI is taking the lead to support its clients by helping them focus on their life aspirations. It’s geared towards a needs-based financial planning where individuals make decisions based not on returns but on the goals they want to achieve.

The process begins with helping clients identify their life needs and goals and then create a priority list based on those aspirations. Clients are then encouraged to make personal financial assessments, computing, among others, one’s net worth, cash flow requirements, and even emergency funds.

Based on this initial assessment, BPI helps clients create a game plan, mindful of their budgets, goals, risk profile, and investment options.

“Make the best happen.” That was what we were invited to do at the recent event of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). The launch of BPI’s institutional campaign revealed an animated video, a reminder that we can make anything we’d love to happen, happen.

And to guide us along the way, BPI also created a microsite. Makethebesthappen.ph addresses some of the areas in life where most individuals have goals. The articles offer practical tips on travel, health, parenting, shopping, dining and planning for the future. A quick tour of the site shows several helpful reads such as listings of secret food stops outside Metro Manila, quirky Korean tours, inspiring workouts, some necessary life purchases, and how to teach kids to save money.

During the lunch hosted by the bank, media representatives were welcomed by Ma. Corazon S. Remo, BPI Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic and Corporate Planning Division. We had fun as we were sent booth hopping, earning prizes at every stop. These booths were meant to give the guests an idea on what life goal they could pursue.

Ma. Corazon S. Remo, BPI Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic and Corporate Planning Division

We enjoyed some canapés and wine at the dining booth, played tourists at the travel booth, engaged in pseudo-retail therapy at the shopping booth, exercised a little bit at the health booth and did some art at the parenting booth.

Enjoying some canapes during the launch

A “trip” to South Korea

At the future booth, we sat down with BPI’s investment counselors and shared our aspirations. The counselors listened and did some pencil pushing keeping in mind our concerns and perceived limitations. Together, we identified the barriers and discussed ways to break them down or move around them. We walked out of the meeting feeling empowered, believing that indeed, we can make the best happen.

In a statement, Cezar P. Consing, BPI President and CEO, said, “We strive to know and understand the individual circumstances and financial needs of our clients, then offer financial advice. Only then do we propose certain solutions that are suitable and customized for each and every client. BPI empowers Filipinos to make the best of their life happen by providing innovative and accessible financial solutions.”

“We’re here to make anything you’d love to happen, happen whether it’s for leisure, education, or broadening one’s horizons.”
Tricia Quiambao, Head of BPI’s Strategic Brand Management, said with BPI’s Make the Best Happen campaign, people come first. “We put a premium on understanding our clients and their needs, and as people become more and more aware of the world around them and the many possibilities and opportunities it offers, BPI enables them to accomplish those goals and aspirations better, faster and more efficiently,” she explained.

Tricia Quiambao, Head of BPI’s Strategic Brand Management

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PRESS RELEASE:

Everyone hopes to achieve something in life: explore the world, dine in the finest places, play sports and get fit, send one’s children to the best schools, open a business.

Recognizing that each individual has a unique dream, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) recently embarked on a campaign to help people achieve their aspirations. Dubbed “Make the Best Happen,” the campaign kicked off with the launch of an animated reel encouraging the pursuit of life and lifestyle goals.

Alongside the video, BPI also introduced a microsite, http://www.makethebesthappen.ph, which addresses some of the areas in life where most individuals have goals. The microsite’s articles offer practical advice and tips on travel, health, parenting, shopping, dining and planning for the future. A quick tour of the site reveals several helpful reads such as listings of secret food stops outside Metro Manila, quirky Korean tours, inspiring workouts, some necessary life purchases, and teaching children the habit of
saving.

In a statement, Cezar P. Consing, BPI President and CEO, said the campaign is a reflection of the bank’s commitment to empower people and achieve their life goals.

Making the best happen means “helping people achieve anything they would love to happen, whether it’s for leisure, education, or broadening one’s horizons,” Consing said. “We strive to know and
understand the individual circumstances and financial needs of our clients, then offer financial advice. Only then do we propose certain solutions that are suitable and customized for each and every client.”

“BPI empowers Filipinos to make the best of their life happen by providing innovative and accessible financial solutions.”

BPI, the first bank in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region, has a wide range of consumer, corporate, and investment banking products and services.

At the Make the Best Happen launch, BPI Senior Vice President and Head for Strategic Corporate and Planning Division Ma. Corazon S. Remo welcomed members of the media and treated them to an
afternoon of fun, games, raffle draws, instant prizes, and delightful food.

Tricia Quiambao, Head of BPI’s Strategic Brand Management, says the campaign reflects BPI’s unique appreciation of people’s needs and lifestyles, and how it strives to meaningfully engage its clients. She adds the campaign is one way the bank aims to guide people reach their best dreams and goals.

“Make the Best Happen is a different look on banking. We want people to look at their needs first, whether it is about travel, starting a business, or funding their children’s education,” Quiambao said.
“Afterwards, people can then look at the different products and solutions that BPI has to offer.”

“As people become more and more aware of the world around them and the many possibilities and opportunities it offers, BPI enables them to accomplish those goals and aspirations better, faster and
more efficiently,” she added.

 

 

Preview: The Labelled Green Fun Run

The La Salle Labelled Green ’91, the 2016 Silver Jubilarian batch of La Salle Green Hills and the La Salle Green Hills Alumni Association in collaboration with popular Race Director Saul Navarro announced the other night the launch of “Labelled Green Run”, a 3K, 5K and 10K Run-For-A-Cause, which will take place on November 29, 2015 at the La Salle Greenhills in Ortigas Avenue, San Juan.

At a news conference for bloggers at Shakey’s in El Pueblo, Pasig City, RD Saul Navarro invited avid runners to participate in this worthy cause, whose proceeds will raise funds to aid scholarships for deserving Lasallians in various One La Salle Academic Institutions.. This fund raising event will also help the La Salle Green Hills Sports Program Development Office’s food allowance fund for NCAA athletes housed in LSGH dormitories.

The race will start at the La Salle Greenhills Campus, goes out to Ortigas Avenue then goes up to the EDSA flyover, inside the Greenhills Shopping Center and back.

Registration is now open for all categories until November 25. Here below are the details:

Registration Sites:
RUNNR Trinoma
RUNNR Bonifacio High Street
Toby’s Sport SM Mall of Asia
A-1 Driving School SM City Fairview
A-1 Driving School SM Megamall
La Salle Green Hills SPDO

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About the Organizers:

Labelled Green ’91, the 2016 Silver Jubilarian batch of La Salle Green Hills, is a non-stock, non-profit organization. Aside from being the primary presentors of the upcoming LSGH Alumni Homecoming on February 6, 2016, Labelled Green ’91 has successfully hosted this year’s LSGH & College of St. Benilde NCAA Pep Rally, and will also hold the LSGH Alumni Association Jubilarian’s Cup golf tournament in early 2016.

A major portion of the proceeds of our fundraising activities shall be used to finance and support the following beneficiaries:
– A scholarship fund for deserving Lasallians in various One La Salle
Academic Institutions
– The La Salle Green Hills Sports Program Development Office’s food allowance fund for NCAA athletes housed in LSGH dormitories

Arla Dairy Foods Now In The Philippines

They may not seem familiar to you because they’re new in the market. But looking closely, ARLA Dairy Foods is the 5th largest dairy company and boasts having the biggest “Organic” dairy facility in the world. With over 100 years of experience, Arla is a co-operative jointly owned by 13,400 Swedish, Danish, Dutch, German, Luxembourgian, British and Belgian dairy farmers.

The company is one of the most innovative dairy specialists with offices worldwide, their products available in more than 140 countries and is now being introduced here in the Philippines!

Last week, Arla Dairy Foods was launched and a veritable who’s who in the food, health, media and corporate world were on hand to witness and get to taste their products!

The launch of Arla’s Natural Goodness range last October 15 at Skye Lounge was graced by a star-studded cast of Arla principles and influencers. L-R: TV personality Amanda Griffin-Jacob, Danish Ambassador to the Philippines Jan Top Christensen, Arla Foods AGS for Asia Jens Christian Krog Nielsen, General Manager for ScanAsia Overseas, Inc. Raymund William Acedera,  blogger Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, Blogger and Fitness Guru, Tonette Nicolas, Executive Chef  Gino Gonzalez,  Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team member, Chris Everingham, and Tourism ambassador Marco Lobregat.

As Filipinos begin to adopt a more refined taste, their gastronomic choices now border on safe, traceable, natural, and reliable. But for the average Filipino household, finding real food to serve to the table can be an everyday struggle. It’s hard to find the right and reliable product you know you can trust.

It’s a good thing Arla Foods, the world’s largest multinational farmer-owned organicairy company, now makes it easy for Filipinos to go natural with the first Philippine and Southeast Asian launch of a completely new line of dairy products made from 100% natural milk and ingredients.

The best in natural cheese

Farmer-owned Food, for Families to Love

In the 1880’s, dairy farmers in Europe began forming smallscale cooperatives to yield produce of higher quality. Since then, those small groups have grown to form what is now known as Arla Foods, the number one farmer-owned organic dairy company in the world.

Arla natural cream cheese variants

Arla’s strength is that it’s farmer-owned. “That means we govern the whole value chain – from the raw milk, to the transportation, and production facilities. “We have 100% control of raw material we use,” shares Jens Christian Krog, Arla Foods Senior General Manager for Philippines, Vietnam & Thailand. This not only substantiates Arla’s 100% all-natural claim, it also enables them to consistently optimize and develop farming methods, while securing high standards.

That’s Zumba Heartthrob, Tonette Nicholas (holding the Fill-In-The-Goodness sign) tasting the Arla milk

Sample fare of the Arla products

Cheese samplers

Safety & Care in Every Step

“We find that simple isn’t necessarily easy,” shares Jens. “Creating great natural-tasting products takes innovation and skill – but not many ingredients. Arla is known for going that extra mile. “ Arla’s farmer-owned structure ensures that consumers can count on the fact that all their products are traceable and bring food safety. All farms have a number that accompanies all records and analyses from tanker to dairy. Not only does this guarantee transparency, it also allows us to trace the milk all the way back to the farms, should there be any cause for concerns.

“Pika-pika”

The secret to Arla’s natural goodness lies in the company’s belief that quality starts by having access to the best raw material, their world class, hormone-free milk. This is brought even further with the brand’s quality assurance method called Arlagaarden (pronounced as Arla-Gon; garden meaning farm). The four Arlagaarden cornerstones are: ensuring that milk composition is perfectly balanced and that freshness is preserved, implementing a high level of hygiene to keep offering consumers food safety in every product, striving to improve animal welfare through optimal care and animal-friendly environments, and protecting the environment.

Natural milk products

Moreover, the cows from Arla are cared for by knowledgeable staff and are inspected on a daily basis. Arla farmers are prohibited to use hormones to boost growth or milk yield. They not only contribute to providing healthy and natural food, they also do it more and more sustainably. With Arlagaarden, the dairy cooperative sets the bar higher beyond even the already stringent EU regulations in terms of environmental impact of farming, animal welfare, food safety & traceability. “Our dedication to innovation allows us to take milk, a high quality raw material, and through it, make products that are natural and tasteful without adding any additives, preservatives or colorants,” Mr. Krog adds.

Yummy cupcakes

A Taste of All-Natural Dairy

Arla’s new lines of dairy products are made from 100% natural milk obtained straight from the cows cared for by its farmers. “Our happy cows produce happy milk – and our happy milk is used for our Arla Natural Goodness range, a range that doesn’t have stabilizers, additives, preservatives, colorants or any artificial flavor,” Jens adds.

The Arla Milk Goodness line is all-natural and not reconstituted like most of the milk in the shelves today. The milk delivered straight from the farm undergoes ultra-heat treatment, which kills any microbiological organisms, ensuring safety in every drop and allowing all Arla Milk Goodness variants to have a 12-month shelf life. A naturally good source of nutrition for the whole family, it has all the natural goodness, vitamins, and minerals of fresh cow’s milk squeezed into one tasty pack. A mouthful of Arla milk has calcium that strengthens bones and teeth, and protein for boosting growth and maintaining a strong body.

Arla Milk Goodness comes in a family of variants: whole Full Cream UHT Milk 3.5%, semi-skimmed Low Fat UHT Milk 1.5%, skimmed Low-Fat UHT Milk 0.3%, and Organic Full Cream UHT Milk, the first organic full cream cow’s milk introduced in the Philippines. Arla markets this best-selling variant as the answer to the organic shift apparent in the industry, with more people wanting more organic food to incorporate in their food habit. It also puts Arla among the first organic producers of milk in the Philippines. Enjoy it for breakfast on cereals, in soups, or as an ingredient in other household favorites.

Also available is the brand’s Lactose Free Full Cream UHT Milk. “Up until today Filipinos have been only drinking reduced lactose milk, and lactose-free milk at a high price. Now that Arla is here, Filipinos do not have to pay the premium to enjoy true lactose-free dairy,” adds Jens. The process behind their Lactose-free variant begins by putting an enzyme that breaks down the remaining lactose right after filtering out most of it.

Meanwhile, Arla Natural Cheese Slices come in a variety of flavors Filipino families are sure to love. Cheese starters will want to enjoy Arla Natural Gouda Slices, the only Gouda in the market with no added preservatives, colorants, or additives. Its mild and sweet flavor makes for a light snack that pairs well with bread or for flavoring a meal. A nice addition to your household cheese board is Arla’s Natural Mozzarella Slices. With a signature stretch and a creamy yogurt-aromatic taste, it’s the brand’s recommended cheese for homemade pizza pandesal, grilled cheese sandwiches, and other sandwiches made better with melted mozzarella

Produced in Allgaü, Germany’s premier cheese-making region (Allgaü is to Emmental as what Parma is to ham), Arla’s Natural Emmental Slices gives off that aromatic nutty flavor that’s also delicately spicy in taste. Use it in packing your children’s sandwiches for school and watch them come home with a smile. Lastly, Arla’s Natural Havarti Slices, the brand’s banner product, is a cheese based on a Danish recipe by Hanne Nielsen that dates back to the 1870’s. Arla takes pride in being the world’s biggest producer of the mild and very creamy Havarti cheese.

Arla’s Natural Cream Cheese line is filled hot into its tubs and sealed instantly to preserve that 100% no-preservative, no-additive, no-stabilizer, all-natural goodness. From casual get-togethers to afternoon snacks, Arla’s Herbs and Spice Cream Cheese adds that extra oomph to your cooking’s flavor. Arla’s Lacto-Free Natural Cream Cheese variant brings in the full flavor of regular plain cream cheese, but without the milk sugar. This makes it easy for lactose intolerant family members to enjoy Arla’s natural cream cheese goodness. Arla’s Natural Light Cream Cheese variant contains the same full flavor but with less fat, perfect for weight-watching eaters. Enjoy the flavor of Arla’s Natural Cream Cheese line minus the additives and preservatives that most cream cheeses have in the market today.

Last but not the least, Filipinos will want to dip into a blend of sweetness and acidity with Arla’s Pineapple Cream Cheese. The variant that rated highest in Filipino taste tests conducted by the brand, Pineapple cream cheese is sure to make waves in the landscape of Pinoy desserts. More than that, it can also serve as a delicious spread that’s a lot more natural and free from additives, preservatives, and colorants than most jams, marmalades and peanut butters in the market today.

Let In the goodness!

Going on 30 years strong in the country, Arla Foods continues to bring natural dairy with the highest possible nutritional value to the tables of Filipinos nationwide. “If it’s Arla, you can be assured that we have produced it as natural as possible,” ends Jens.

Preview: Nuvali Dirt Week-End On November 6-8, 2015

Nuvali’s “Dirt Weekend” hosts Philippine qualifying race for the 2016 World Mountain Bike Championship!

Nuvali has announced that it will be staging this year’s Philippine qualifying leg of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike (MTB) World Championship at the annual “Dirt Weekend” on November 6, 7 and 8 at Nuvali in Laguna. UCI is the international governing body on sports cycling and competitive cycling events. Started in 2009, Dirt Weekend is now recognized as one of the country’s premium racing events among professional MTB riders and enthusiasts alike.

L-R: Host and biker Frank Garcia, Fox gear representative Aica Danas, Race organizer, Tena Mendoza, UCI Technical Director, Geoff Kronenburg and Nuvali General Manager John Estacio

“We are honored that Nuvali is hosting this prestigious international cycling event. Biking is part of the environmentally-responsible culture that we are cultivating in Nuvali. We continuously develop programs that are attuned to the local biking community – programs that promote a healthier lifestyle by encouraging biking as a mode of transportation and recreation. Also, we would like to serve as a platform for globally competitive athletes from the Philippines to get a chance to compete in the global stage,” said John Estacio, Nuvali General Manager.

Premier Mountain Biking race in the country

Nuvali is a 2,290-hectare masterplanned mixed-use development that straddles the cities of Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna. It is Ayala Land’s largest estate development to date with approximately 50% of the whole development dedicated to green and open spaces. Through the years, it has become a notable stomping ground for outdoor adventure enthusiasts via its nature amenities such as the 35-kilometer mountain bike and running trail. It also features a multi-functional lake, hiking paths, and a Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary.

An aerial view of the start. Shot taken last year during the Dirt Week-end 2014

To get to Nuvali, one can get off the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at the Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, Eton-Greenfield, Silangan and Canlubang exits. Nuvali is also accessible via public buses that ply to and from the estate from major centers like Makati, Bonifacio Global City and Balibago.

Dirt Weekend will feature four MTB races, each requiring a unique set of mountain biking skills, throughout a three-day period of non-stop festivities revolving around the popular cycling sport. The main event is the UCI Cross Country Marathon (XCM) World Series qualifying race which enables top finishers to move up to the 2016 Cross Country Marathon World Championship in France.

The XCM course on Nuvali runs for 70 kilometers and is riddled with technical descents as well as rocky paths and obstacles, designed to mimic a mountain terrain. The UCI Cross Country Olympic (XCO) is similar to the XCM but shorter at 35 kilometers. The XCO is a “Registered Class 3” UCI race that lets elite riders earn UCI points. The Four Cross Race is a gravity or downhill event that features four riders racing at the same time through a challenging BMX-like trail of jumps, drops and obstacles, with the top finisher proceeding to the next round. The Dirt Weekend Cross Country Race is Nuvali’s signature cycling event that draws over 1,000 riders yearly to the estate in an exhilarating dash around its 35-kilometer dirt trail.

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“This year, we are expecting over 5,000 visitors to Nuvali for the Dirt Weekend, including 1,500 riders. We strive to make Dirt Weekend an enjoyable gathering place for competitive bikers and fun riders by staging challenging races that cater to all skill levels, as well as entertaining fringe activities such as a bike expo and food fair for all,” said Estacio.
In the weeks leading up to Dirt Weekend, bike enthusiasts can participate in special activities designed to build the momentum for the grand three-day event. On October 17 and 18, Ayala Malls Solenad in Nuvali will hold a bike expo at the Solenad Activity Park.

The outdoor-themed premium shopping complex is one of Nuvali’s newest leisure attractions featuring new dining and shopping spots, bike lanes, spacious walkways, a fully-packed playground and pocket gardens.

On the same weekend, Nuvali will also hold a bike clinic designed to introduce newbies to the sport of mountain biking.

Over the years, Dirt Weekend has created massive ripples across the MTB community as a leading pioneer in staging world-class cycling events, a testament of its enthusiasm and support to the Philippine cycling scene. In 2012, Dirt Weekend summoned hundreds of riders around the country with the staging of the first Enduro Race in the Philippines. The following year, it created another round of excitement among dirt riders when Nuvali became the venue for the first UCI Philippine MTB National Championship and the first Philippine MTB Marathon National Championship, garnering over 1,000 participants in attendance.

“As we all know motor vehicles account for a substantial portion of greenhouse gas emission. If we are to reverse or mitigate the effects of climate change, we must find an alternative and more sustainable means of transportation. That’s why in Nuvali, when we plan the whole estate, we made sure biking is a priority. We have put together infrastructure that will allow such. We have dedicated bike lanes, we are starting with our bike share program and we have also established dedicated off road biking and running trails.” concluded Estacio.

Nuvali is a complete self-supporting eco-community that is home to 12,000 residential units, two business process outsourcing (BPO) buildings, a leisure shopping mall, and two prestigious schools. A world-class health facility is set to rise on the estate grounds by the second quarter of 2016.

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Nuvali’s “Dirt Weekend” has been regarded as one of the major mountain bike events in the country, as well as one of Nuvali’s signature events that encapsulate the sustainability philosophy that the eco-city strives to adhere to. Nuvali General Manager John Estacio talks about this year’s much-awaited cycling weekend which will be the venue for the Philippine qualifying leg of the World Mountain Bike Championship.

What is Dirt Weekend?

Dirt Weekend is a mountain biking (MTB) event that we have organized yearly since 2009. This year, it will be held on November 6, 7 and 8 at the Nuvali estate in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

We are proud to have been recognized as one of the premium cycling events in the country that professionals and enthusiasts look forward to every year. Other than bike races, there are also fringe activities designed for families and friends who show their support during the race weekend such as a bike expo and a food fair.

Dirt Weekend is a pioneer in bringing world-class cycling formats in the Philippines, including official races sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world-governing body on sports cycling and competitive cycling events. We hosted the first Enduro Race in the country in 2012, which attracted hundreds of pros and enthusiasts to the highly technical downhill event. In 2013, Dirt Weekend presented the first UCI Philippine MTB National Championship and the first Philippine MTB Marathon National Championship. The two events alone drew over 800 and 1,000 riders, respectively, to Nuvali.

Why hold “Dirt Weekend” in Nuvali?

We are honored that Nuvali is hosting this prestigious international cycling event. Biking is part of the environmentally-responsible culture that we are cultivating in Nuvali. We continuously develop programs that are attuned to the local biking community – programs that promote a healthier lifestyle by encouraging biking as a mode of transportation and recreation. Also, we would like to serve as a platform for globally competitive athletes from the Philippines to get a chance to compete in the global stage.

Nuvali is also one of the popular weekend destinations for dirt riders who love to challenge themselves at the 35-kilometer mountain bike trail.
What are the race events that we can look forward to this year?

For this year’s Dirt Weekend, we will have four cycling events, two of which are official UCI races. The main event is the UCI Cross Country Marathon (XCM) World Series Philippine qualifying leg. Riders who will qualify can proceed to the 2016 Cross Country Marathon World Championship in France. Nuvali’s XCM course is 70 kilometers long and is filled with rocky paths and obstacles and various technical descents, simulating a ride through forest roads. We will also be staging the UCI Cross Country Olympic (XCO) event, a “Registered Class 3” UCI race that lets elite riders earn UCI points. It is a shorter version of the XCM course at 35 kilometers.

Our Four Cross Race where riders go at the __-kilometer course in fours and the first one to finish will proceed to the next level. This gravity event is characterized by BMX-like trail with jumps, drops and various obstacles. It will be one of the most exhilarating events for sure.

Finally, there’s Nuvali’s signature event, the 35-kilometer Dirt Weekend Cross Country Race. This is the one race that draws over 1,000 riders yearly.

Who can participate in “Dirt Weekend”?

Anyone is welcome to join any of the cycling events at Dirt Weekend! Fun riders will tackle the courses alongside professional elite riders.

How does one get to Nuvali?

Nuvali is accessible via multiple exits of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, Eton-Greenfield, Silangan and Canlubang. One can also take any of the public buses that ply to the estate from major centers like Makati, Bonifacio Global City and Balibago.

How much is the registration?
What are the prizes in “Dirt Weekend”?

What are the other bike events that riders and enthusiasts can look forward to?

We have special activities designed to give riders and enthusiasts a taste of the excitement building up to Dirt Weekend. On October 17, we will have a bike clinic at Nuvali. This is perfect for newbies who want a proper introduction to the sport of mountain biking.

On October 17 and 18, there will be a bike expo at Ayala Malls Solenad in Nuvali to be held at the Solenad Activity Park. The bike expo will feature top cycling brands and stores.

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Preview: Sunpiology 2015 on November 28

The Sunpiology Run has been a yearly event of Sun Life Philippines and has become a celebration of life through running in a way to show support for all those people with sickness. This year’s run, the Sunpiology Kick Diabetes Run is to raise funds for the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation, Inc. (ISDFI) an organization focused on Diabetes research.

The Run will be spearheaded once again by movie idol, Piolo Pascual who will be heading a total of about 3,000 runners. Thousands have already showed up in past Sunpiology races to raise funds for the Sun Life Foundation and ISDFI. This year’s race will be the Sunpiology Kick Diabetes Run and will be held on November 28, 2015 at McKinley West, Fort Bonifacio.

Here are the details:

SUNPIOLOGY – #KICKDIABETES RUN
Global health statistics show that the Philippines has become an “emerging hotspot” of diabetes as it affects more than four million Filipinos, apart from those who remain undiagnosed. This is despite the fact that the disease can be prevented and managed with a healthy lifestyle.

This disturbing trend prompted Sun Life-Philippines to dedicate the SunPIOLOgy Run 2015 to the fight to #KickDiabetes and finally halt its escalation.

Piolo Pascual is still spearheading the Sunpiology 2015 Run

RUN for health & education

Now on its seventh year, the SunPIOLOgy Run slated on November 28 will carry the twin advocacies of health and education to be led by Star Magic celebrities who will physically tackle “diabetic” obstacles along the routes of the newly-opened McKinley West of Megaworld Properties in Fort Bonifacio. Beneficiaries include the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation, Inc. (ISDFI), Lingkod Kapamilya, Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines Inc., Star Magic Scholars and Hebreo Foundation.

Much like how wellness should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, the SunPIOLOgy Run now has a new category called the Golden Kilometer or GK (P600). It’s a 1K distance that can be enjoyed by those in their 50s and up. Participants can still choose from the old time favorites 500-M Kids Dash (P350), 3K (P700), 5K (P800), and 10K (P900).

“Together with other Sun Life territories, we are concerned about the widespread prevalence of diabetes, especially here in the Philippines. We actually belong to the top 15 countries where diabetes is most rampant,” said Sun Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Riza Mantaring. “So for this year, we will raise funds for both health and education – two advocacies that have always been very close to our values as a company.”

Ms. Riza Mantaring, President and CEO of Sun Life Financials

KICK up the fight

However, the battle against the diabetic bulge goes beyond the finish line. Participants can give more through the Sun Life Foundation’s KICK2GIVEwherein runners will be challenged to kick body bags with “diabetes” wordmarks for additional donations to ISDFI.

Race Director Rio Dela Cruz

Since it started in 2009, the SunPIOLOgy Run has already raised millions of pesos for education and social services. Every year, the event is made even brighter by the presence of Star Magic’s crowd-drawers including Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, Paulo Avelino, Matteo Guidicelli, Xian Lim, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Ejay Falcon, Rayver Cruz, Jessy Mendiola, Robi Domingo, Joem Bascon, JC de Vera, Pokwang, Angeline Quinto, Zaijian Jaranilla, Nash Aguas, Alexa Ilacad, PBB alumni, Inigo Pascual, Sofia Andres, Michelle Vito and Bea Alonzo to name a few. Iza Calzado is also joining the annual Sunpiology Run.

STOP the spread

Of course, Sun Life ambassador and Hebreo Foundation founder Piolo Pascual continues to be at the forefront of this annual event. “I’m hoping that this will be the biggest and brightest SunPIOLOgy Run yet. Aside from being able to send more scholars to school, we will also be doing our part in stopping the spread of a debilitating disease such as diabetes. So guys, let’s run together in the name of a healthier and diabetes-free Philippines,” he said.

Registration begins online from October 12 at sunpiology.com and in-store via Runnr BHS and Trinoma and Toby’s outlets in Robinsons Galleria and SM Mall of Asia starting October 19.

Can’t wait to get started? Warm up with Sun Health Quest App, a fun game filled with wellness information, including diabetes prevention tips. Check it out via sunlifeph’s FB page.

Organized by Run Rio, SunPIOLOgy Run 2015: #KickDiabetes is supported by Megaworld Properties (Venue Partner), Medicard (Medical Partner), Tobys & Runnr (Registration Partners), Max’s (Presscon Partner) with Gardenia, Cebu Pacific, Sante Barley (Event Partner) and supporters PhilRice and Sun Life Asset Management. Media Partners are: The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror, Business World, CNN Philippines, Star Studio, Yes Magazine, ANC and Cinema One.

See you at the finish line!

Run For The Aspins: Final Reminders

We have 10 days to go before race day so here are some last minute reminders for those running the Run For The Aspins this coming October 18, 2015 at the Camp Aguinaldo Grounds in Quezon City!

RACE KIT CLAIMING STARTS TOMORROW, October 10-11 (Sat & Sun) at 100 Miles Cafe, (near Fitness First) BGC from 10am to 7pm. Registration will still be open at the above venue during the race kit claiming.

Race Date: October 18, 2015 (Sunday)

Where: Camp Aguinaldo Grandstand

Race Owner:   Soleus Philippines

Race Organizer:   RUNdezvous

Race Categories: 10k (M/F), 15k (M/F), 2K and 600-meters (Dog Categories)

Assembly Time: 4:00am

Gun Start Times:

  • 15K – 5:15AM
  • 10K – 5:30AM
  • 2k – 7:00AM
  • 600M – 7:15AM

Race Beneficiary: Philippine Animal Rescue Team

Distance Categories and Fees:
  • 15K Solo (M/F): PhP900.00
  • 10K Solo (M/F): PhP800.00
  • 2K Dog Walker: PhP700.00
  • 600-m Dog Parade: PhP700.00
Special Bundle Categories:
  • 15K Solo + Dog Category Bundle: PhP1,250.00 (only 1 race shirt for the runner doing 2 categories)
  • 10K Solo + Dog Category Bundle: PhP1,150.00 ((only 1 race shirt for the runner doing 2 categories)

All participants should enter via GATE 1, along B. Serrano (Santolan) facing 20th Avenue

Entrance for all participants will be through GATE 1, along Boni Serrano (Santolan entrance) facing 20th Avenue)

Parking Areas: Both left side and right side of grandstand and along Capinpin Road.

Parking slots: Right side of grandstand

Parking Slots: Left side of grandstand (for runners with dogs)

15K Route is 2 loops of the course

10K Route: Black arrow – 1st loop/ Blue arrow- 2nd loop

2K Loop (Runners with dogs)

You may visit the Facebook page of Soleus Philippines for your inquiries and other race updates or call Ms. Abet Ocampo at 0915-8030224.