UP aNR: Heartbreakers!

We’re still in a frenzy after sweeping 1st place in all events at yesterday’s Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) 2nd 5th Sunday Run at Eastwood City. And the whole aNR Heartbreakers Team are still basking on the dramatic race finish wherein our last male relay runner, Blackjack boldly nipped the lead runner a few meters from the finish for a grand slam win!

The Team Relay is probably the most exciting and competitive event and after winning first place finishes in the male and female individual 5k race and bagging 1st in the Women’s relay a few minutes after, we were now set to win the last event, the Male 5k relay.

It wasn’t easy at the outset when Anthony, our first runner came only in 3rd or about 15 seconds behind the leading runner from the  BHS group. The same order of runners followed with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners now tailing the BHS group by about 30 seconds.

However, Team Heartbreakers was not to be denied as anchor leg Blackjack staged a courageous sprint surging past the BHS runner at the finish winning by a mere second or two.

This is our second over-all championship after winning all categories in last January’s inaugural aNR 5th Sunday run at Resorts World. It was a great day with another set of trophies (and cash) for our team.

1. Gerald de Asis — 1st Place
2. Rey Santos — 4th Place
3. Noel Castillo
4. Romy Doctolero
5. Edwin Reyes
*Reserve: Louie Lopez, Hendy Cheung

1. Janette Lumidao — 1st Place
2. Jomarie Allyson — 3rd Place

1. Anthony Aserdano
2. Charles Reyes
3. Louie Mar Estrella
4. Ronnie Valentin
5. Greg Ebina
*Reserve: Carlo Molod

1. Grace Parcon
2. Jappy Villasanta
3. Marydel Parcon
4. Pinky Roque
5. Mariflor Embuscado

Team Heartbreakers

Posing near the Adidas store

Celebrating our victory!

Our Team Leaders KB, Glo, Nick and myself would like to thank Team Heartbreakers for their full support, unity and for making our group one happy family.

We also congratulate the other aNR groups of BHS, Ortigas, Tiendesitas, Ayala Tri, MOA and Alabang for their camaraderie, friendship and sportsmanship and giving their best for this event.

Till next August in Alabang!

Re-Grouping For The 2nd aNR 5th Sunday Run

We are now just 3 weeks away from the 2nd Adidas 5th Sunday Run on May 29 at Eastwood City. Our Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) group in U.P. is presently gearing up for this race and we’re all in high spirits. The group is in the midst of their speed session phase and in about a week from now, we’re be having our final line-up of runners for the 5k male and female relay and individual events.

Ronald Salgado (2nd from left) of UP, aNR getiing ready for the relay start during the 1st 5th Sunday Run

During the 1st 5th Sunday Run last January 30, 2011 at the Resorts World in Pasay, our group emerged as Champions in the both men and women relay teams, aside from bagging 1st and 2nd for the individual male 5k run while snatching 1st and 3rd place for the women 5k individual race.

For the May 29 event, there will be some slight changes on our line-up but we still expect it to be a “lean and mean” team that can still give the other aNR groups a run for their money.

The UP aNR group

Also, the UP aNR group will be sporting their new get-up which i hope will be ready before race day. It looks something like this:


We’ll be there in full force cheering and giving encouragement for our team.

Go, heartbreakers!:-)

Co-Team Leader KB Runner recieving his Adidas supply

See you May 29

Runners in Quezon City can still join the UP group by attending its Tuesday sessions, 6:30pm in front of Bahay ng Alumni Building, UP campus.

aNR UP Group X’mas Party

So the guys were serious..they wanted to party! It was a spur of the moment decision for most to get to a place to unwind and celebrate the Christmas season after our running session at UP last Tuesday. Eat, drink and sing were the order of the night! We had been running together since October and its almost Christmas so what a better way to bond and have a nice get-together than… well (besides running) to party!

So we went to this place called Spazzio along Maginhawa Street (yes, the street Second Wind Running Store made famous) in Teachers Village, Quezon City. The open Veranda ovelooking the street is situated, of all places..on top of a bank! There’s a side garage entrance where you climb up its stairs and you’re immediately welcomed by a special ambiance that’s ideal for light dinners, a few bottles of beer or if you want to stretch your vocal chords a bit, a sing-along room in the inner quarter that will suit you just fine.

I got to know many of the runners personally, who i’m just familiar with from seeing their faces during our running sessions and its really a revelation for me that not only are they good runners but they can actually sing! 

Aside from the singing though, these group of runners were really revved up on the upcoming 5th Sunday run next January and this early, we are now preparing our roster for the 5k race events, the individual as well as the relays. Our representatives includes several sub-25min 5k runners, both male and female which will give other aNR groups some stiff competition.

I’m really looking forward to this event and give our group a chance to run, inter-act and compete with the other groups as well. In the meantime, cheers to all and may you all have a wonderful Christmas!


Outside the Spazzio

Enjoying some beers

We were in a bar, not a resort!

aNR UP Angels?

The guys' turn

While waiting for orders

We all had the place to ourselves

Why do professional fotogs take pictures like this?

Where is Noel?

Our sub-25mins 5k female runners from the UP Group! Watch out!

Carbo-loading for January 30?

Glo with her rendition of "Killing Me Softly"

Runners Flock to Adidas U.P. Adination Opening

The opening crowd

Long awaited and anticipated, the Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) running group/community has finally made its debut at the UP Campus grounds last Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

The running group threw open its doors to about 124 runners for the first time in Quezon City and it takes aim to provide regular runners of the UP Diliman Campus and its environs a piece of the great action that is taking place in their other four regular venues, the Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Triangle Makati, Ortigas and Ayala Alabang.

Beyond just providing a venue for runners to run around the UP campus in groups, aNR-UP will will spearhead the participants to various running sessions which will include proper running technique to develop their skills, stamina, proper running form and motivation to sustain all runners into this healthy running lifestyle. And last Tuesday’s opening session just gave a glimpse of what runners would expect in the coming Tuesday evening sessions to come.

I have been tasked to head this group at UP being a regular here with the Runnex group that also hold its own running clinic every Sunday. My only concern was how much we could draw runners to come and have them attend the weekly sessions regularly. I’ve had regular discussions with the Team Leaders of the other groups and specially from Jinoe Gavan of takbo.ph who is the overseer of aNR and gave some valuable feedbacks on what to expect, the procedures, hassles and the benefits runners has to gain in joining aNR.

Elite Triathlete Monica Torres and Coach Jojo Macalintal as guest instructors

We were fortunate enough to have as guest lecturers Coach Jojo Macalintal and multi-awarded triathlete Monica Torres who both gave valuable tips in form, techniques, stretching exercises and the value of proper nutrition.

In terms of anticipation and initial runner reception for the rain soaked and dark venue fronting the Abelardo Hall which we had to vacate to transfer in the more well-lighted front portion of the UP Theater, around 50 runners were assembled ahead of the 6:30pm start which swelled to around 120 participants when the sessions began. Co-TL Abby Jocson, designated Assistant TL Cecille Lavarez and myself breathed a sigh of relief when the rain stopped, in time for the running drills.

And it’s worth noting that Adidas had added a little incentive for the newly registered aNR runners in offering loot bags of Adidas products. Thanks to Jinoe and Que Gavan of http://takbo.ph, Sidney, JM, Jillian of Adidas and Mike and co. of BrandAction.

To the unregistered members who attended last Tuesday’s opening and those who plan to join for the first time, please register now for Adination membership at the following Adidas stores:

adidas TRINOMA , adidas GREENBELT, adidas ROCKWELL , adidas GATEWAY, adidas GLORIETTA , adidas SHANGRILA, adidas EASTWOOD, adidas ATC , adidas Newport City, SM MOA . Registration is FREE!

The aNR-UP will be held every Tuesday evening, starting at 6:30pm in front of UP Theater. See you there!

We are also on facebook.

Giving praises to aNR UP! Hallelujah!

Coach Jojo talks on running

Loot Bags from Adidas

Updates: Adination at U.P. (November 9, 2010)


I received an e-mail from Jinoe Gavan of Takbo.ph about a training program that was devised by a Singaporean Coach/Runner for  Phase 2 on all six (6) Adidas Adination groups here in Manila. It includes a schedule that is geared for runners who want to finish a 5k, 10k and a 21k. We will show you this during our opening on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 6:30PM in front of Abelardo Hall.

Also, registration for new members for the UP Adination are now being accepted at Trinoma. Kindly visit their store and fill up their registration forms so that you may be given a “Passport” that would entitle you to lots of Adidas discounts on races, gears and freebies. However, the forms are still on limited basis and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

In a meeting with the Adidas officers in charge of the Adination groups, Jinoe disclosed of various set-ups that will hopefully be implemented during the start of Phase 2 (November 9 for UP). Here are some of the updates agreed upon:

  • The Adination Team Leaders are allocated Passports on a limited basis to be distributed to runners who have pre-registered. However, registrations will still be done at the Adidas stores.
  • The aNR limited edition singlets will still be made available for sale. However, this might exclusively be distributed at Runnr Store. Start of sale will be announced shortly.
  • Hopefully, we shall receive the Passports of those who registered at the recent KOTR on Monday (if they were not given theirs yet) and if available by then, we shall give them on opening night.
  • We will have coaches and guest resource speakers for all aNR groups.
  • We will track attendance by putting the control numbers of the aNR members. The new passport has control numbers. It will only be your respective Control Numbers that will be logged in the attendance sheet and at the end of the week, we submit it to Adidas’ marketing arm, Brand Action for data keeping and analysis.

See you on Tuesday, November 9, 6:30pm!

Adination Running Clinic: Opens in U.P. Campus, November 9, 2010


The Adidas adiNation of Runners (ANR) movement which has about a thousand members in the Metro Manila area scattered among its present four group sites in Pearl Drive, Ortigas; Madrigal Circle in Ayala Alabang; Boni High Street in Taguig and Ayala Triangle in Makati will be opening another venue at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus in Quezon City on November 9, 2010.

The running sessions will be held every Tuesday evenings thereafter, starting at 6:30pm assembly time while sessions starts promptly at 7:00pm.

The UP adiNation group will spearhead the participants to various running sessions which will include proper running technique to develop their skills, stamina, proper running form and motivation to sustain all runners into this healthy running lifestyle.

The Team Leaders of the UP group will lead different levels of runners and pace them according to each present skills and ability. The runs will progress with their participation to different races and culminate in Adidas sponsored runs and races like the King Of The Road (KOTR) race.

A hosts of benefits and incentives awaits each runner who joins the adiNation group in UP and those of the other venues as well.

–Runners will be issued adiNation Passports prior to the start of the program, to be stamped by Team Leaders at the end of all training sessions.

–Stamps accumulated in your Passports get Adidas freebies and discounts of up to 30% on Adidas products.

–Exclusive race subsidies, discounts or free registration for selected races.

–Priorities to in-store sales, introductory products and many others.

The adiNation of Runners family movement was in full force during the Adidas King Of The Road (KOTR) race last October 24, 2010  held at The Fort where the different venue groups opened their registration for new members.

Team Leaders for the UP group will be headed by yours truly and Abby Jocson, who will handle the advance and intermediate groups while Cecille Lavarez will be in charge of the beginners group. Overseer of the Adination movement is Jinoe Gavan of takbo.ph.

Adidas Coach Jojo Macalintal will be the Head Coach. He, together with his coaching staff will be present for the first few Tuesdays to teach beginners and advance runners the proper running technique, body alignment, running form, stretching exercises, plyometric routines and other drills necessary to make runners unleash their full running potential.

We’ll see you on November 09!

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Jillian Panganiban explaining the mechanics of the Adination runs

Nao and Rodel, Team Leaders of Adination Alabang and Ortigas with JM Pillares of Adidas in the middle.

Abby, Carina and Que listening to Adidas' Jillian

With couple Doc Marvs and Zinnia

Rodel, Ellen and Cindy