The NLR Windfarm Trail Run in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

I love the sights, sounds and aura of the Ilocos region. It’s where my parents are from and get the highs every time i get the chance to visit the place. Ilocos Norte in particular, is a popular destination that has a lot of historical, cultural and lately, eco-tourism allure, thanks to its old churches, ancestral houses, beaches and now an expansive system of clean energy projects like those massive windmills located in Pagudpud, Bangui and Burgos towns…and this is new and exciting for me.

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One of many windmills located at the NLR Windmill farm in Pagudpud

One such impressive project i saw last weekend was that of the North Luzon Renewables, (NLR) a renewable energy company which operates 27 Siemen Wind Turbine generators and they are huge! Located in Brgy. Caparispisan, in the beach town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, it has a total rated generation capacity of 81 MW. With a total land area of 625 hectares, NLR through its vibrant reforestation program is fully committed towards forest protection, green local enterprises and sustainable development.

Pagudpud, and its famous Saud beach fits many people’s definition of a beach paradise; long stretches of white sand, warm blue waters, kite surfing and homey resorts characterize this most popular part of Ilocos Norte so most tourists here indulge in the beach scene. However, the NLR Windfarm is seeing beyond these commercial ventures by providing jobs to the locals, especially those living around the site of the windmills who are now able to earn a living and support their families without moving out of their town to find work in bigger cities.

Lately, NLR is embarking in promoting sports eco-tourism within the NLR Windfarm premises which could host trail running, mountain biking and triathlon, among others. Last March 24-26, I and a host of other sports enthusiasts were invited to test run the route of a proposed 10k race inside the NLR compound.

I was fortunate enough to be invited by runner/triathlete Menchi Dizon, runner-blogger Franc Ramon and Lai Tuba-Principe, Stakeholder Relations & CSR Manager of NLR ENERGY CORP. I was with about 11 other runners together with some officers of NLR and members of the BFP Pagudpud. We were led into the compound’s hilly mountain terrain, wide and maintained gravel roads shadowed by the gigantic turbine-powered windmills whizzing around our heads! The views around were simply amazing, seeing glimpses of the long stretch of Saud beach down Pagudpud and parts of the Cordillera mountains.

The magnet of this route to runners should be overwhelming as this presents a uniquely different feel of what running under the haze of spinning propellers around you is all about! Here’s some more sneak peek of the route.

Hope to be back to run and explore more of this paradise soon!

 

 

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Mountain runner cum Yoga master Honeybee Carmona

 

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Boston qualifier, Mench Dizon is running the Boston Marathon in a few weeks after qualifying at last year’s Tokyo Marathon. She’ll be one of a few to complete the 6 World Marathon Majors and earn the 6-Star Finishers Medal

 

 

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A scene along the route of the Windmill farm

 

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View at the top of a hill

 

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Stretching exercises led by Honeybee before the test run

 

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The joy of Yanna Lopez, our youngest test runner. Her happiness says it all!

 

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One of the many uphills of the route

 

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Yannah toughing it out on the uphill

 

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Franc Ramon on the downhill

 

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Moi getting a feel of the gravel-laden road

 

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Ige Lopez enjoying the run

 

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The group after arriving at the Laoag International airport

Hoka One One Launched in the Philippines

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The Hoka One One Line-up

To those not yet in the know, you might be surprised at what you’ll see at the RUNNR Store at BGC and its many branches. A few days ago, the one brand you were probably asking (specially if you’re a trail runner) is when this would be released locally, has been finally launched and the HOKA One One joins the many other running shoe brands that have been staple to both road and trail runners alike for many years already.

With about seven (7) of their newest models being introduced, there’s no way we could recommend which shoe would be best for you, but for the trail running buffs like me, their best sellers are included in the selection, the Speedgoat-2 and the Challenger ATR 2.

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Unveiling of the Hoka shoes led by Mr. Toby Claudio

The HOKAs have been a mainstay globally for the past 7 years. During those times, the brand developed a small but devoted following of trail runners (and later road runners), who liked the shoes’ over-sized wide body design, superb midsole cushioning, bounce and its light weight, going into the direction of being “maximalist”, as opposed to the uber- minimalist trend being introduced during Hoka’s infancy.

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Hoka Speedgoat

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Speedgoat’s Outsole

Among those models that were initially introduced were the Clifton, the Bondi, Mafate and Huaka, among a slew of others. Still, they evolved and are introducing new ones in the market.

If you’re one of those loyalists who liked the bouncy, maximalist feel of these old models, the newer ones won’t disappoint. These are pricey shoes but they work for the vast majority. Available at RUNNR Stores.

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First 3 customers!

MANILA, Philippines – March 16, 2017 – RUNNR, the Philippines’ leading running specialty store, today announced the arrival of HOKA ONE ONE®, the award-winning French running shoe brand that is making significant global strides with its maximalist sole design.

HOKA ONE ONE started in 2009 when Ultra Marathon champion Nico Mermoud realized he needed shoes to help him run downhill faster while reducing the shock that took a toll on his legs. Mermoud then partnered with fellow athlete Jean-Luc Diard in engineering a shoe that had double the shock absorbing material than traditional running shoes and uniquely carved geometry that encouraged an efficient foot strike – thus the revolutionary lightweight running shoe brand was born.

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Over the years, HOKA ONE ONE has become one of the most acclaimed running shoe brands in the world, winning multiple accolades from Competitor Magazine, Triathlete and Runners’ World. The continuous growth of HOKA ONE ONE can be attributed to runners of all types embracing the brand’s promise of delivering lightweight, well-cushioned shoes with an exceptional ride.

Recognizing the demand of the growing Philippine running community for quality and high-performing products, RUNNR, a member of the Quorum Group of Companies, will exclusively carry the HOKA ONE ONE shoe line in the Philippines, adding yet another premium item in its already impressive mix of running products.

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“We are excited to be the official distributor of HOKA ONE ONE in the Philippines. The arrival of this amazing shoe brand in the country has long been anticipated by our local roster of triathletes, ultradistance runners and marathoners,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc. and Founder of RUNNR. “As the leader in the local sports retail industry, we continue to support the growing Filipino running community by bringing in the best global brands.”

Philippines, it’s about time we experience HOKA ONE ONE. Why run when you can fly? Visit RUNNR at Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Cebu and grab a pair now!

ma Tibay Miles: A Benefit Run on April 9, 2017 at Guagua, Pampanga

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Once again in unity we are called upon to help save a baby’s life name Stevie Arghie M. Garcia or popularly known as “Baby Tibay”, who was diagnosed by a rare and fatal disease called “Biliary Atresia”. A condition that only a “Liver Transplant Operation” can cure, which costs 4.5 million Php.
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Baby Tibay’s Parents are just simple ordinary people who make enough just to raise a family and raising this kind of amount is a great burden for them. But, as any loving Parent would do, they will not give up and will fight and find ways to raise this kind of amount in order for their child to go on living and grow up to see the beauty what our God has given to us in this world.

So, on April 9, 2017, tell your family members, friends and neighbors to merge on this one meaningful event to help save a life of an angel called “Baby Tibay”. Let us all exploit this rare opportunity that was given to us to give life to a child.
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Thank you and here are the details below:
WHAT: maTibay Miles (A benefit run to save Baby Tibay from Biliary Atresia)
WHEN: April 9, 2017
WHERE: Plaza Burgos Guagua, Pampanga
DISTANCE and FEES:
10 Miles –  P750.00 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
6 Miles –  P650.00 (Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
3 Miles –  P550.00 (Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
2 Miles –  P400 (Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
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REGISTRATION SITES:
SPORTSHOUSE
– SM North Edsa
– SM Pampanga
– SM Clark
NEW BALANCE
– Marquee Mall Angeles, Pampanga
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ASSEMBLY TIME: 4:00 am
GUNTIME will be as followed:
10 Miles 5:00 am
6 Miles   5:30 am
3 Miles   5:45 am
2 Miles   6:00 am
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Race Medal

ONLINE REGISTRATION:
– Go to raceyaya.com
– Click Sign in Google/Facebopok
– Click on the event “maTibay Miles”
How to pay through online registration:
– Go to “My Races” located on the upper most left part of the screen
– Then click “Pay Now” and follow the instructions
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Sample Race Bib

HepCured Promotes Hepatitis C Awareness and Treatment

HepCured Promotes Hepatitis C Awareness and Treatment

Hepatits C is one silent disease that infects the liver and if left untreated can cause liver cancer and cirrhosis or scarring of the liver. It causes few symptoms so many of those infected don’t know they have the disease.

There are many forms of the hepatitis C virus and the most common is type 1. None is more serious than any other, but they respond differently to treatment.

In the Philippines, a movement that promotes awareness and treatment of Hepatitis C was recently launched, HepCured through the website www.hepcured.net.

Through HepCured, Hepatitis C patients can be part of a community of seekers for the cure called The Cure Club. The Cure Club endeavors to search for treatments and remedies that are more accessibly priced and can be found in non-traditional sources.

“One of the most common causes of liver-based sicknesses is Hepatitis C. According the Word Hepatitis Alliance, about 80 to 150 million people are dealing daily with Hepatitis C. In spite of such a high-risk rate, public concern and information is limited,” reveals former photographer, action star, movie producer and Hepatitis C survivor Derek Dee who spearheaded HepCured.

The once action star turned business mderekdan, Derek Dee, who is also known as the bad boy, ex-husband of Melanie Marquez, has now turned into an activist for the cause of hepatitis C victims here in the Philippines. A hep C survivor himself, Derek’s advocacy pits him against goliath pharmaceutical companies that block the entry of cheaper, more effective drugs into the country. He spearheads HepCured Philippines, a movement that promotes awareness and treatment of hepatitis C. 

 In spite of such a high-risk rate, public concern and information remains scant. A probably cause for this is that the disease has no visible symptoms and can take years, or even decades, to show any adverse effects.”

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Hepatitis C survivor Derek Dee

Anybody can have Hepatitis C and might not even know it, like what happened to him. A person’s lifestyle 15 to 30 years ago could damage the liver without any signs. “The main reason people die from Hepatitis C is because symptoms don’t show up until it is too late so you don’t know that you are sick,” points out Derek, emphasizing the importance of getting tested.

Four years ago, having Hepatitis C was a death sentence because there was no cure yet. But now, powerful medicines with a cure rate of 94%-97% have been discovered. And affordable generic options are available so there is nothing to fear.

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Derek Dee and daughter

Access to the cure that is easy on the pocket is provided in the site discussions. “It is through constant updating and sharing of knowledge that the disease can be identified, battled, and defeated,” declares Derek.

For more information, log on to www.hepcured.net or visit their Facebook page, @hepcured.

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SINAI 100 Ultramarathon: Last Call! 16k and 8k Trail Race Categories Still Open!

Sinai 100 UltraMarathon
March 18-19, 2017
Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines

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The 5th edition of Coach Roel Ano’s birthday run will be one grand celebration as he is staging his biggest and longest races that includes a 100km and 50km road-trail ultramarathon plus side events for a 16k road and trail run and 8k trail run to be held at Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal on March 18 and March 19, 2017.

Slots are still open for the 16k and the 8k distances. If you’re contemplating in doing the ultra-marathon events, just PM Coach Roel as he may have extra slots for you!

Starting Times:

March 18, 2017 :  50k and 100k — 4:00am
March 19, 2017 :  16k — 6:00am / 8k — 6:20am

Registration Fees:

Regular Rate (February 11- March 10, 2017)

100k – Php 2,500
50k – Php 1,700
16k- Php 750
8k – Php 650
1k (Kids) – Php 400

Note:
– 100km and 50km registration includes Finisher’s Trophy, Medal, Bib, RFID, Event shirt and Finisher’s Shirt.
– 16km, 8km and 1km (for kids) registration includes bib, medal and event shirt

Registration Centers:
Online registration -> goorahna.com

Thru bank deposit:

Landbank of the Philippines
Account Name: Liziel Ano
Account Number: 1476 1050 36

BPI Family Savings Bank
Account Name: Roel Ano
Account Number: 5996 4763 77

Once payment has been made, email the scanned copy of your deposit slip with your name, age, contact number and shirt size to bbgrunevents@gmail.com.

In-store registration:

L Timestudio
– SM Mall of Asia
– SM Megamall
– Market! Market!
– SM Trinoma
– SM Marikina

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Race Kit Claiming Dates
March 11-12, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday), from 11:00 a.m. – 08:00p.m. at Events Place, 3rd Floor, 500 Shaw Zentrum, Mandaluyong City.

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100k Trophy

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100k and 50k medals

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NatGeo Earth Day Run: Manila, Hongkong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taichung on April 23, 2017

Now running on its 8th year, the 2017 National Geographic (NatGeo) Earth Day Run Manila, to be held on April 23, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds is now one of the biggest running events in the country and will be held simultaneously in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taichung, to directly empower runners in these Asian cities the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection and climate change. The run hopes to educate the masses in preserving our eco-system and generate funds to benefit various environmental projects.

So what’s happening on its Manila leg? A lot! A NatGeo race village will be opened and will feature an Earth Day Run (EDR) Gallery that will showcase what the event has accomplished over the past 8 years, including the environmental and social initiatives it has benefited with the help of its registered runners.

As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials. Finally, to make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

Register now with details as follows:

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NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017

April 23 at SM MOA Grounds

Online registration starts today, March 1
Register using this link -> http://www.natgeorunph.com/

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Finisher’s Shirt – 21k and 42k

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Finisher’s Medal 21k and 42k

National Geographic celebrates 8 years of environmental advocacy with Earth Day Run 2017

April 23, 2017 marks another of raising the public’s consciousness about environmental issues and health and fitness for National Geographic, which celebrates its eighth straight year of holding Earth Day Run. Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Day Run 2017 aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts and Eco Warriors to register and run for the environment. The event will be held not only in Manila but simultaneously in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taichung, an initiative that was adopted last year and effectively spread the vision and advocacy of Earth Day Run across Asia.

At Earth Day Run 2017, National Geographic will be celebrating eight years of social awareness through fitness with special program features using the hashtag #8withEDR. With the hopes of mobilizing all the Eco Warriors of previous Earth Day Runs, this year’s event welcomes all previously registered participants with VIP treatment and special loyalty perks to be enjoyed on the day of the run. Participants from previous Earth Day Runs will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bags and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition themselves and recover in comfort.

This year’s new participants can also join in the celebrations for Earth Day Run’s eighth anniversary by visiting the 8 Years of EDR Gallery at the race village and learning about what the event has accomplished over the years, including the environmental and social initiatives it has benefited with the help of its registered runners. Visitors to the gallery will learn how their participation at Earth Day Run has made a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines as well as how their actions as individuals can affect the environment.

Earth Day Run 2017 in Manila will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, where participants can join 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K categories. The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part, from fun-runners of all ages to the serious marathon runners who regularly compete. This year, Earth Day Run will also be sporting new features for its runners.

Last year, Earth Day Run participants ran to benefit such causes as saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan; giving the Earth Hour or “Gift of Life” village in Monreal, Masbate sustainable solutions that reduce carbon footprint; conservation of the Marine Protected Area and coral reef in Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and beefing up reforestation efforts in the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which supplies Metro Manila with fresh water. Registered runners at Earth Day Run 2017 will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness by joining this year’s event, but will also be doing their part in contributing to National Geographic’s environmental efforts.

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Content and Marketing at FOX Networks Group Philippines.

Interested runners of all ages can join National Geographic’s Earth Day Run 2017 by registering at natgeoearthdayrun.com and from March 1 to April 16, 2017.

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Run For Jared: February 25, 2017 at BGC

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Three days ago, our dear friend, runner and blogger Jared Baliguat (Running Suplado, Supladong Irish Runner) suffered a Nervous Breakdown while at work and was rushed to Medical City Hospital in Pasig, where he is currently confined. He has been having seizures and is suffering from memory loss with fits of abnormal behavior. He has difficulty remembering things, recognizing people whom he knows well and worse, couldn’t even remember his own name.

As such, Jared’s prolonged stay in the hospital is necessary as he is still under observation as more tests will have to be conducted. He is currently living alone in Manila, a breadwinner to his Mom and sibling who are both residing in Antique. Jared’s office mates are now raising funds in order to bring his mother and sibling here in Manila.

In the meantime, runner-blogger friends are taking turns in caring for him at the Medical City. Jared has been only working for 5 months in his current job and still has no medical benefits. His friends from the running and blogging community are already making arrangements to raise funds and help in their own ways to help Jared ease his ordeal.

The Community Run For Jared is being held this coming Saturday, February 25, 2017 to help defray his ballooning medical expenses at the Medical City Hospital. All proceeds and registration fees will go directly to Jared and his family.

If you personally know Jared and would like to help, a bank account has been established, care of Mr. Rikki Suarez. You can make your cash donations to:

BPI Savings Bank Account

Name: Lino N. Suarez Account No.: 0069-5169-04

Thank you very much and please do not forget to say a prayer for Jared.