NIKE’s Unlimited Stadium Unveiled: Unlimited You!

If you work or been around the Bonifacio Global City area walking along busy 32nd street, you would have noticed the construction being done on this huge open park for the past two weeks. Finally, the project has been unveiled! It’s a running track called Unlimited Stadium created by NIKE, the world famous athletic footwear and sports apparel maker.

Unlimited Stadium is in the shape of a 100-foot sole print of the Nike Lunar Epic Low Flyknit. It is digitally enabled, featuring a 200-meter running track lined with LED screens. Upon registration on an i-pad, you’ll be asked to register an avatar name (not more than 6 letters) and a color combination to distinguish you from other runners. An RFID would then be attached to your shoe so sensors would read it and would be flashed on LED screens on the sidewalls of the track and appear behind or ahead of you, depending on the pace you’re in.

This is now where the challenge comes in as the digital avatars of themselves grows in size based on the speed and distance they run, motivating them to push more beyond their limits.

At the entrance of the stadium with runing bloggers, Dennis Ravanzo and Redg Candido

At the registration station

At the start area

Inside the registration area and dressing room

The Unlimited Stadium run challenge will go on until August 21, 2016 and will be open from 4:00pm until 10:00pm daily. Registration is free!

Inside the “sole” area

At the interiors where the digital lasers tracking the runners are connected

Runners warming up before the test run

Mr. Bulbul Khera, Senior Director for Marketing, Nike Southeast Asia said, “The Unlimited Stadium is designed to encourage people to push beyond their limits, and to celebrate the spirit of doing more than what you thought was ever possible. Especially in the next 17 days when the world watches the best athletes on the planet defy expectations, Nike enables Filipinos with the opportunity to do the same through the Unlimited Stadium, innovations and the Nike+ community.”

Up running on the track

With one of the organizers of the run

Group pic

You can join and discover your unlimited potential through Nike+ challenges, powered by the Nike+ Running and Training Club apps, available for download at the Apple and Android store. The Unlimited Stadium is located along 32nd Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

A view from 32nd street

For more information on the challenges and schedule of events at the Unlimited Stadium, go to www.nike.com/manila on 5 August, or call the hotline at 02- 463-4814.

Unlimited Colorway (Press Release)

Nike released its Unlimited Colorway collection, with selected styles available in the Philippines. The colors used in the collection represent not only the unlimited athletic abilities of each individual, but also the way in which Nike views the world: bursting with unlimited inspiration and design possibilities.

The Unlimited Colorway collection will be available in selected Nike stores and will be offered across the Running, Training, Basketball, and Nike Sportswear categories.

The following selection of styles from the Unlimited Colorway collection is available at the Nike Park BGC and Nike Stadium Glorietta 2:

Running

  • Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit (P8,095)
  • Nike LunarGlide 8 (P6,295)
  • Nike Free RN (P5,295)
  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 (P6,295)
  • Nike Zoom Streak 6 (P5,795)

Basketball

  • Nike Air Zoom KD9 (P7,645)
  • Nike Hyperdunk Flyknit 2016 (P9,895)

Women’s Training

  • Nike Metcon 2 (P6,745)

Nike Sportswear

  • Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit (P8,995)

To access Nike’s latest innovations, consumers are encouraged to sign up as a Nike+ member and receive the best of Nike’s services at www.nike.com/manila on 5 August. Share your experience with #JustDoIt and #UnlimitedManila.

 

 

Short Sprints: Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

Media test running the NIKE Zoom Air Structure 18

You might be surprised by what running shoe companies have come out with in their latest models. Take for example the latest iterations of the Altra, Hoka One One and Saucony shoes. These running shoes may look big and chunky but are actually very light and more advanced in built. The newer models are also pushing the boundaries of technical innovation.

Let’s look at NIKE’s latest offer, the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18. Last Wednesday evening, i hied off to the Nike Park Store in BGC as NIKE Philippines was going to have this model tested by me and 5 other bloggers and from those in media on a group run which also coincides with the Nike Running Clinic being held nearby.

The numbers speak for themselves. The Air Structure has been one of Nike’s best selling models to date and here now is their 18th version!  True to Nike’s innovation, this venerable stability shoe has been updated regularly from its previous incarnations.

We went to the nearby Track 30th Park which is a few steps outside the Nike store and put on this model in our sizes to get a feel for the kind of support, flexibility and stability they’ll give when you actually run in them. As a warm up, we did 3 loops of 300 meters each of easy jog inside the park’s perimeter after which we did running drills to loosen up the muscles.

With our first few steps in the NIKE Air Zoom Structure 18, here are my initial impressions of the shoe:

FIT and FEEL:

It has a decidedly snugged fit, enhanced by a contoured arch, narrow mid foot, an accommodating toe box and a smooth upper which is made comfortable by its “Flywire” technology. It is superbly light, and you’ll detect some bouyancy that springs back immediately after foot impact. I also noticed the super secure heel which did not play around while doing our warm-up stretching and running drills.

Doing dynamic stretching with the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

CONSTRUCTION:

At quick glance, it has a great looking upper with its famous seam-less mesh. The “Flywire” technology is incorporated into the lacing system that wraps the foot nicely for a very snug fit. The Structure 18 incorporates yarns and fabrics that were knitted right into the Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight. The result is a more  precise fit that adopts to the foot in motion and gives it a plush look.

PERFORMANCE:

This short test run entailed us to do a warm-up jog for about a kilometer and about 20 minutes of running drills.  To give this shoe a final test, the Nike coach asked us to do 6 x 100 meter sprints with about 70-80% effort. We were grouped in pairs and while doing the sprints, we were mindful how the shoe would react to fast paced running.

The feel on these fast pacing was SMOOTH! No issues about hot spots, irritations, nor dragging. It offers a soft, resilient ride and feels more comfortable at fast speeds which may be due to the easy flexing upper.

The other runners in our wear-test group found the ride to be a little bit bouncy but surprisingly stable for such a soft trainer. For me, the agility and responsiveness in the midfoot and forefoot were more than adequate which i believe would be ideal for a marathon.

The shoe’s outsole with lugs similar to those of trail shoes

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION:

I really can’t give an all-out endorsement regarding this shoes’ performance because the wear-test limited us to just doing short interval sprints for a few minutes and to give it a full recommendation should also entail testing on how they would perform during long runs and races. Unfortunately, we had to return the shoe after this initial test.

However, based on my initial impressions, i would give this high marks for its sublime feel during the speed work-out. This shoe is sufficiently cushioned and it’s spry enough to be able to rev up for faster paced work-outs. I also liked the snug and secure heel cup and accommodating but not baggy forefoot.

Suggested Retail Price for the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is PHP6,095.00 for both Men’s and Women’s models.

Women’s model

PRESS RELEASE:

New Nike Air Zoom Structure: Stability Has Never Been Faster
The 18th version of the beloved workhorse delivers stability and performance that are unshakeable at high speeds.

Strength and growth come from continuous effort — but growing up doesn’t have to mean slowing down, as proven by the new, revolutionary Nike Air Zoom Structure 18. Now in its 18th version, the Nike Air Zoom Structure raises the bar for a running shoe that delivers both speed and stability.

Over the last two-plus decades, Nike designers have debunked the notion that stable means slow. They’ve constantly pushed to make the Nike Structure shoe lighter, smoother and more responsive without sacrificing any of its vaunted stability features. The design of the Structure 18 is a quantum leap from past versions where designers revolutionized it from top to bottom.

The Nike team worked closely with elite athletes such as 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp and 3,000m world junior champion Mary Cain for insights to bring the distinctive shoe across the finish line. Rupp, who runs nearly all of his 120 miles per week in the Nike Structure, said the Structure 18 gives him a more stable ride and feels faster all the way through his runs.

“The Nike Structure is the only shoe I’ve trained in since I started running, so it feels special to me to have input in the design of the new one,” Rupp said. “I love the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 because it hugs my foot in the right places, providing the support I need to go the distance. I was really surprised when I picked them up and felt how light they were. It’s like Nike found a way to magically shave a few ounces off, and because of that, I feel like I can run faster in them.”

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 delivers uncompromising stability through the combination of an upper featuring Asymetrical Dynamic Flywire and a triple-density Dynamic Support system in the midsole. The new contoured last — created to provide a better fit and more responsive ride — combined with Nike Zoom Air cushioning, provides added toe spring for the snappy, quick-off-the-ground feel athletes expect from Nike Zoom Air.

Designed to provide runners with support and cushioning, the innovative Dynamic Support system uses opposing wedges of foam with different densities to help slow the rate of pronation. Designers enhanced the support in the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 by adding a third, high-density foam to the existing system. When needed, the three-density Dynamic Support system kicks in to help provide added support and enhance the smooth transition upon foot strike.

The design also features a Nike Engineered Mesh upper with Asymetrical Nike Flywire cables that wrap the foot and provide support without the bulkiness of previous models, letting the foot move naturally. Nike Engineered Mesh also improves comfort and breathability. Nike Engineered Mesh enables designers to precision-engineer ventilation and lightweight support where needed most, improving comfort and breathability.

Nike’s Zoom Air technology is the fastest, most responsive Nike Air cushioning, making it the cushioning of choice for many elite and everyday athletes. Highly responsive Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot combined with the added toe spring of the new Zoom last, provides the Structure 18 with a responsive snap and fast transition.

“We designed the Zoom Air collection to be a revolution in speed,” said Rob Dolan, Nike VP and Creative Director, Footwear. “Whether athletes are racing or training, they repeatedly ask for Zoom Air because they love that fast, snappy, responsive ride and the energy return they get from it.”

For the first time, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available for customization with NIKEiD on nike.com starting Sept. 25. NIKEiD will exclusively provide choices in widths, sockliners and personalization with colors, color-fade graphics and characters. The inline Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available on nike.com starting Oct 2.

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is part of a collection of Zoom Air running shoes that includes the Air Zoom Pegasus 31, Air Zoom Elite 7 and Air Zoom Streak 5.

A Look At The Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+

NIKE is certainly one of the leading shoe innovators in the running scene and they’ve taken it another step further with the launch of their newest running shoe. The Flyknit Lunar 1 is a lightweight shoe that’s  snug and agile, fits like a sock and is as light as a feather.

The Nike Flyknit Lunar 1 features an innovative upper, constructed entirely of tightly woven polyester yarn that varies in density: more open in targeted areas that need greater flexibility or ventilation and tighter in areas that demand support.

This ultra-light (just 8 oz. in a men’s size 10) shoe combines revolutionary second skin fit and ultra-soft Lunarlon cushioning to give the perfect run — every stitch, every stride.

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Last week i was fortunate enough to attend the launch of the Flyknit Lunar One+ at the NIKE Park at Bonifacio High Street, the Fort, Taguig and had a chance to test run this shoe around High Street for about 15 minutes.

These unique high mileage trainers get their name from the yarns and fabrics that were knitted right into the Nike Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight. The result is a more  precise fit that adopts to the foot in motion.

The initial results of our short test-run proved positive. Nike’s Lunarlon, the shoes’ cushioning trademark is quite evident so the result is excellent absorption in a featherweight package that’s lighter than many racing flats. Some of the test runners/bloggers found the forefoot area to be a little narrow although others, including myself thought it to be snug and comfortable.

The run testers

Here are some details of the Flyknit Lunar 1:

Nike Flyknit Lunar One

the running enthusiast - nike flyknit lunar1+

SECOND SKIN FIT AND ULTRA-SOFT LUNARLON COMBINE IN NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR1+

Performance technology is engineered to give runners the perfect run – every stitch, every stride.

PHILIPPINES, FEBRUARY 2013—Runners lacing up in preparation for the spring race season won’t make sacrifices. They need a shoe that fits perfectly to take on the miles, has enough structure to feel supportive, offers cushioning for amazing comfort – and sports some style on top of it all.

With this inspiration, the lightweight Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ brings the virtually seamless upper using Nike Flyknit technology together with the plush, responsive cushioning of Lunarlon.

Since its launch in February 2012, Nike Flyknit technology has redefined the development and creation of footwear with its ability to be engineered to provide a more precise fit for the specific needs of the foot.

Support and structure are knitted right into the Nike Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight.  This spring the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ provides support, flexibility and breathability with a more cushioned midsole – a great solution for everyday runners.

The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ combines Nike Flyknit with plush, responsive Lunarlon. The resilient foam provides ultra-soft cushioning, and springy response and support. The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ has a neutral platform that benefits a wide array of runners looking for a responsive and well-cushioned shoe.

Strategically placed durable rubber inserts in the outsole deliver maximum impact protection in key areas on the heel and forefoot. The upper incorporates dynamic Nike Flywire, adaptive support that tightens and relaxes to accommodate the natural motion of the foot.

Nike Flyknit construction also eliminates the need for the multiple materials and material cuts used in the uppers of traditional sport footwear manufacturing. This revolutionary construction reduces waste by an average of 80 percent in the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ when compared to typical Nike running footwear.

Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ display at the Nike Park, Bonifacio High Street

Nike Flyknit was created for performance in world-class marathon events, and many elite runners have crossed the finish line in the Nike Flyknit Racer, part of the first Nike Flyknit collection. The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ expands the franchise to the everyday runner, offering a bright color palette to make sure runners look as great as they feel on the road. (Press Release)

The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ will be available at Nike Park Fort and Nike Stadium Glorietta 2 from February 1, 2013.

SRP: Php 6,795

The Nike Running Shield Pack Collection

Designed for wet weather running that would surely adapt to the seasonal monsoon rains and typhoons now gripping the country, NIKE is now introducing its running shoe SHIELD Pack collection.  The Shield pack running shoes are designed to ward off water in wet weather conditions through its inner sleeve innovation that doesn’t compromise its breathability.

It also has some reflective features that attracts attention and visibility even in dim-light conditions while adding some flash to the look.

The Shield Collection is now introduced in the NIKE LUNARGLIDE+ 4 SHIELD,  the NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD and the NIKE PEGASUS+ 29 SHIELD.

More here on its features and advantages, the SHIELD Collection:

PRESS RELEASE:

Introducing high-performance gear designed for the country’s extreme weather conditions:

Southeast Asia faces its annual wet and cool season through the monsoon months, with the highest rainfall at the end of every year. Running in the rain can be an exhilarating experience, but it can be dangerous as well. Wet tracks reduces grip, and reduces visibility.

The rain should not deter runners from their runs, and this Holiday ’12 season, Nike introduces products to keep runners dry, protected and comfortable.

The NIKE SHIELD PACK– a collection of running footwear to suit each unique running style –is  updated with the Nike Shield technology, igniting runners every day and night of this season no matter rain or shine. It features a highly reflective inner sleeve that performs triple duty—it’s reflective even in dim light for safety; it makes a barrier that resists water in wet conditions, but stays breathable; and the reflectivity adds some flash to the look.

The Shield Pack collection consists of the NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD, NIKE LUNARECLIPSE+ 2 SHIELD and NIKE PEGASUS+ 29 SHIELD.

So in this wet, rainy season, there is no reason not to continue running.

FOOTWEAR:

NIKE LUNARGLIDE+ 4 SHIELD

Men

Nike Lunarglide+4 Shield

The Nike LunarGlide+4 Shield delivers an ideal blend of lightweight cushioning and support with the winter protection of Shield. Designed for every runner, this style has been updated for cold, wet weather with the Nike Shield Pack. A reflective inner sleeve creates a barrier that resists water without compromising breathability and stays visible in low-light conditions while adding some flash to the look.

Nike Lunarlon and Flywire technologies combine for exceptional comfort and an adaptive, glove-like fit in a lightweight package. Nike’s Dynamic Support system provides the stability runners need without the added weight. Deep Nike Natural Motion Engineering flex grooves along the midsole and outsole encourage flexibility for a smooth, efficient stride, and BRS 1000 carbon rubber in the heel adds durability in this high-wear area.

NIKE LUNARGLIDE+ 4 SHIELD

Women

Nike Lunarglide+4 Shield Womens (Right)

The popular Nike LunarGlide+4 Shield has been modified for inclement weather with the Nike Shield Pack. Runners still find the great fit and excellent blend of cushioning and support in a lightweight package, but the updates allow for training no matter rain, cold or dark. The highly reflective inner sleeve performs triple duty—it’s reflective even in dim light for safety; it makes a barrier that resists water in wet conditions, but stays breathable; and the reflectivity adds some flash to the look.

Nike’s innovative Lunarlon cushioning offers a lightweight, smooth ride, Dynamic Support adds comfortable stability and the dynamic Nike Flywire technology adds a customizable, glove-like fit.

NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD

Men

Nike Free Run+3 Shield

The men’s Nike Free Run+ 3 Shield combines the benefits of natural motion with special protection from the rain and the cold. A Nike-exclusive BW2 mesh allows for a no-sew bond, increasing water resistance and providing a lightweight ride, and its weatherized finish keeps the foot dry without compromising breathability. Reflective overlays keep the runner visible and stylish.

Nike Dynamic Fit technology wraps the foot for a glove-like feel and the customizable laces accommodate a variety of arches, while the whole lacing system is offset to help reduce pressure on the top of the foot. Flex grooves and diagonal cuts along the length and width of the midsole enhance flexibility and natural motion and help increase foot strength.

NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD

Women

Nike Free Run+3 Shield Womens (Middle)

Women can experience the foot strengthening benefits of natural motion with added winter weather protection. The Nike Free Run+ 3 Shield uses lightweight Nike-exclusive BW2 mesh that allows for a no-sew bond to increase water resistance. The weatherized finish helps the feet stay dry and highly-reflective overlays keep them visible and stylish during runs in the dark.

Nike Dynamic Fit technology wraps around the arch for a glove-like feel and customizable fit and the low-profile, Phylite midsole provides a resilient ride and doubles as an outsole, reducing the overall weight.

NIKEAir Pegasus+ 29 SHIELD

Men

NikeAir Pegasus+29 Shield

Find the cushioning and smooth ride preferred by neutral runners with added winter protection in this adaption of a legendary Nike running shoe. The Nike Air Pegasus+29 Shield uses breathable mesh with a   weatherized finish. The highly reflective skin bonded to the backside of the mesh also improves water resistance and remains visible in low-light conditions, while adding some flash to the look.

NIKEAir Pegasus+ 29 SHIELD

Women

NikeAir Pegasus+29 Shield Womens (Left)

The long beloved Nike Air Pegasus running shoe has been updated with winter running protection. The Nike Air Pegasus+ 29 Shield for women delivers the cushioning and smooth ride that neutral runners want with water resistant mesh to help keep the feet dry. A highly reflective skin bonded to the backside of the mesh further enhances water resistance, and ensures visibility in low-light conditions, while adding some flash to the look.

The welded, ultra-lightweight underlay wrapping the forefoot delivers flexible support while the internal heel counter means a snug and secure fit. The Nike Zoom unit in the heel adds comfort underfoot.

PRICE LIST:

NIKE FREE Run+3  Shield–  P 5,495.00

NIKE LUNARGLIDE+4 Shield — P 5,795.00

NIKE PEGASUS +29 Shield — P 5,495.00

Accessories:

Breathability, ventilation and comfort come together in the NIKE RELAY TOPS (men’s and women’s). The Nike Dri-FIT knit fabric enables premium sweat management, while ergonomic seaming with flat-seam construction follows the body’s natural contours for reduced irritation, a flattering fit and a full range of motion. Mesh underarm panels and the dropped and vented hem augment the cool comfort. The NIKE RELAY top features reflective elements as well, keeping the runner visible in the dark. A reflective headphone cord loop at the back of the neck also means runners can listen to their music without distractions.

NIKE TWISTED TEMPO SHORTS for women pack high-performance features into stylish and comfortable running shorts, available in a wide range of color combinations with contrasting diagonal panels. The Nike Dri-FIT fabric and built-in Dri-FIT crepe liner helps keep runners dry. A zipper pocket provides secure storage for a small media player.

Nike We Run MANILA 10K: The Red Sea

Whether you like crowds that squeeze you like a pack of sardines while standing elbow to elbow at the starting line, or running in the dark unawares of the large cords or potholes below your feet, the NIKE Run Manila 10k last Saturday should let you experience how to survive a race of this magnitude with obstacles that could make or break your run… Nike’s version of the Urbanathlon!

I like big crowds and the fun that goes with it. So, arriving an hour and a half early, Mark, Abet and myself settled into the shaded tents in front of the stage and immediately went into banter with friends, taking pictures to post at FB and showing off those shiny, red-orange Nike shirts we had on. I was stiff as a statue as we were just standing in one place, never giving our legs a change to move or stretch about except for the last minutes before the start when we huddled our way to the porta johns.

25 minutes to gun-time as runners begin to swell at the starting line

There are a lot of ways to describe the Nike We Run Manila 10k and you just have to be there to experience it yourself:

  • Crowded start where hands and elbows collide waiting for the gun start. There was actually no room for the elbows to swing during the warm-up demo so all we did was to just bounce up and down because the only space left was above our heads! Didn’t matter though when you had your friends jumping beside you.
  • 99.9% of the runners were wearing the prescribed red Dri-fit shirt (the .10% were obviously bandit friends) so it was a sea of the red runners lining on a stretch that probably measured up to 300 meters.
  • Running in slow-motion during the first kilometer where you either maneuver to overtake or just wait for the ones in front to settle into their regular running pace.
  • Counting the runners who you bumped and those who bumped you so it was just give-and-take, see?
  • Hardly any vacant space as runners occupied every square meter of the road which stretched as far as the eye could see.
  • Long water stations conveniently located adjacent to each other. Saw some runners pouring Powerade sports drinks into their heads thinking they were water. There should be different cups for each.
  • Snake-like route that criss-crossed back and forth like an endless water stream of runners. I waved my hi’s and hello’s to the same runners several times.
  • Running in mostly dry, humid weather. I’m not used to running in the afternoons so i had wished it had rained a little. Poured cups of water in the head several times, instead.
  • Running in the dark for the last 2 kms but i’m used to this and other runners should likewise get used to it. Some training entails running from 12 midnight on-wards so there are parts of streets where it is unlit. Slow down and use use energizer lights when needed.
  • Being served food at the VIP lounge but couldn’t get it past your throat because you’re still panting. Gulped several cups of iced-tea instead.
  • An after-party rock concert that had many runners bobbing their heads. A while ago, it was the feet moving, now it’s the nobs!
  • Leaving the race vicinity immediately to attend to other business matters together with the partners at the Texas Grill at BHS.
  • Ready to hit the sack after dinner and a couple of beers.
Over-all, a enjoyable race and looking forward to the 2012 edition! Here are some of our pictures:

Picture break before the run (L-R) Jeff, Mish, Mark, Abet, me, KB

Arriving together at the venue with Abet and Mark

A fun moment a few seconds before the start

With the Takbo.ph gang

With running bloggers Eman, Roselle, Gail, Bobby and Banjo

At the Nike-Media tent

After dinner at BHS

Who Is Running This Race?

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I am anticipating that this race will be well organized (maybe even better) based on the January 25 race, “The Happy Run” which was also organized by Rio Dela Cruz. The race course for the 15k event will also be the same as that of The Happy Run and will pass thru Bayani Road, Heritage Park, McKinley Hill and end back at The Fort.

I have registered for this race a few days ago at the Nike Store in Bonifacio High Street.

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According to Rio’s site, all race finishers will receive free pictures from PHOTOVENDO and 1,000 runners will receive gift certificates from Gruppo Barbero.

The run is sponsored by the Asian Hospital and Medical Center for the benefit of Asian Hospital Charities, Inc.

See you all there!