Outrun Your Dreams Trail Run: May 27, 2018

Two of our local Pinoy trail runners will be living their dreams as they climb several summits, cross rivers, run over glaciers covering 171 kilometers in 3 countries namely, France, Italy and Switzerland. The 2 are going to run the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), the World Cup of ultra running and will be their first time to race in the alps of Europe. For Noy Gentoleo and Felmer Sancho Hiponia, they will be with the best field of ultra trail runners all over the world. They will be showcasing their speed, endurance and experience, and aim to finish the race within the cut-off time.

It is with this aim that Team Amihan, in partnership with the UP Night Runners and Pinoy Trails is presenting the “Outrun your Dreams” trail run, a benefit run which aims to help Noy and Felmer raise funds for their Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) quest. The race will start and end at the Wawa Covered Court, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal.

The 6k and 10k routes will cover Mt. Parawagan while the 22k distance will ascent the mountains of Mt. Parawagan, Mt. Ayaas and back.


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Date: May 27, 2018
Day and Time: Sunday, 4am
Venue: Wawa Covered Court, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal
Race Distances: 21km, 12km, 6km, 2km kids
Registration period: April 1 – May 16

Gun Start:
22km: 4am
10km: 6am
6km: 6:30am
2km kids : 7am


Registration & Inclusions
2k kids – P300 (Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Loot)
6k – P700 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal)
10k – P800 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal)
22k – P1000 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal)

Cut-off/ Race Qualifications
22km – 7 hours / Med Cert & completed a 21km trail run (at least)
10km – 4 hours
6km – 2.5 hours
2km kids – 1 hour


How to Register
1. Deposit Payment to below Accts:
BPI Account #: 2569-17-8935
Account Name: Maria Vicenta Gado
2. Email the deposit slip to outruntrailrun@gmail.com with below details.
Subject Title: “Outrun Trail Run Registration”
Name of Runner:
Birth date:
Distance Category:
Shirt Size (First come first serve basis)
Team Name:
3. You will be receiving an email confirming your registration within 3 business days.

More details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1270591792973066/permalink/1304379182927660/


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Mt. Ayaas Peak

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Lagalag Sundown Eco Trail Run

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One of my favorite yearly trail race happening near Metro Manila is once again all set at Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal on March 17, 2018. The Lagalag Sundown Eco Trail Run is  a very well-organized race and is featuring 6km, 12km and 25km distances. Slots are limited so register now!

The 3rd edition of the Lagalag Sundown EcoTrail run will be on March 17, 2018 at the Glades, Timberland Heights, San Mateo Rizal. Participants will have the chance to enjoy running in Timberland’s trail system and at the same time contribute to our event’s beneficiary – WWF’s Tamaraw Conservation Project.

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Registration Sites:
Lagalag Store Manila

Online: https://reg.goorahna.com/event/lagalagsundown

25km: Php 1400
12km: Php 1100
6km: Php 800
*Registration is non-transferable and non-refundable

Gun Start
25KM – 3PM
12KM – 330PM
6KM – 4PM

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Cut-Off Time
6KM- 2HRS at the finish line.
12km – 3HRS at the finish line.
25KM – 4.5HRS at the 18KM mark and 6HRS at the finish line.
(Please take note that only runners with headlamps/flashlights at the 18KM mark will be allowed to continue after 530pm).
Light Requirement (25KM Runners Only)
Headlamp/flashlight is mandatory for night running. 25KM runners arriving at the 18km mark by 530pm will be checked for lighting equipment and those without lights will not be allowed to continue. Runners with no lights anywhere along the course by nightfall will be asked to stop for safety reasons.
It is advisable for everyone to bring lights even if you are a fast runner, this is a trail run and anything can happen. It would sure be handy if you miscalculated your speed or during emergencies.

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This is a Green Run, there will be several water refilling stations along the route where you can replenish your water bottles/hydration packs but there will be NO DISPOSABLE CUPS. Lets make this a clean race.

LEAVE NO TRACE. Don’t litter. It ruins, not just the environment, but also the experience of other runners. Automatic disqualification for those caught littering.

There will be markers along the trail. Do not remove them. Anybody caught doing so will be automatically disqualified. Let us all be responsible trail runners. Lastly, RUN WILD and HAVE FUN!

There will be a jeep shuttle service to and from the event, more details to follow.

Going to the venue: You may click on this link for reference


1. The Organizers have the right to modify the race course, rules and regulation at any time to ensure the safety and welfare of the participants.
2. Race numbers must be worn in front and must be visible at all times.
3. Runners must follow the marked course and must pass through all the checkpoints of the organizers. Cutting the course will be grounds for disqualification.
4. All runners are required to bring their own refillable bottle and/or hydration bladder and enough trail food for sustenance during the race. There will be no disposable cups in all water stations to minimize trash.
5. Runners who decide to discontinue racing must inform the marshals or race official at the nearest Water Stations. Directions will be given on how to reach the race basecamp safely. Only injured participants will be evacuated.
6. Removing or altering directional signs and trail markers are grounds for disqualification.
7. Any complaints or protests about the results must be made within an hour after the close of the race and must be made in writing, signed and submitted to the Race Organizers for proper action. Any complaints after this period will not be entertained.

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas 2016: Registration Now Open

If you think you’ve trained hard to be tough enough, be there! Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas raises the bar as it hosts 2 races this 2016. The Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Asian Invitation in SM Mall of Asia and Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas World Series in Clark, Pampanga. This is one of the Premier duathlons organized in the country in terms of number of participants, and it will be bigger yet this year with more than 3,000 duathletes expected to participate.

These races will have good volunteer support, well-marked course with marshals controlling traffic at intersections, technical t-shirts, finishers medals, free massages, nice swag, etc.

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas, the Philippine affiliate of the International Powerman Association (IPA) is set to hold its 2016 duathlon race series in November and December this year. On November 20, the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Asian Invitational consisting of a Powerman Short (5km run-30 km -5km run) will be held at SM Mall of Asia by the Bay.

On December 3 and 4, the Powerman  Duathlon Pilipinas World Series will be held at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.  Aside from featuring a Powerman Short, events will also include the Powerman Classic (10 km run-60 km bike-10 km run), Powerkids (for kids ages 6-16) and Powerteens leg.  The Poweman Duathlon series will be an important sporting event with around 3,000 participants expected to attend.

Race proponents of the Powerman Duathlon during its recent launch at BGC

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas is a qualifying event for the Powerman Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. The event welcomes professional and highly competitive age-group athletes, seasoned multi-sport athletes who want to take on a different challenge, and beginner multi-sport athletes.

Register Now!


You may register to Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Asian Invitational and World Series 2016 via our official registration hubs.

  • THE BRICK MULTISPORT STORE Unit 1, Woodridge Apartments, McKinley Hill, Taguig City (across Venice Piazza, just at the bottom of that deadly hill we all dread at races!)
    Phone : 02-9854890
  • CYCLING ZONEShell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa
    Tel.: 02-809-6736
  • BIKERS’ CAFESM CITY MALL OF ASIA, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay
    (02) 556 0680

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Asian Invitational

(Sunday, November 20, 2016, MOA)

  • SHORT – ELITE: PhP3,500.00 Details
  • SHORT – INDIVIDUAL: PhP3,500.00 Details
  • POWERTEENS – 15-17 y.o.- INDIVIDUAL: PhP3,100.00
  • SHORT – RELAY: PhP1,767.00 Details

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas World Series

(Saturday, December 03, 2016Sunday, December 04, 2016)

  • POWERMAN CLASSIC – 18y.o. & above – INDIVIDUAL : PhP3,900.00
  • POWERMAN CLASSIC – 18y.o. & above – RELAY: PhP1,967.00
  • POWERMAN SHORT – 18y.o. & above – INDIVIDUAL: PhP3,300.00
  • POWERMAN SHORT – 18y.o. & above – RELAY: PhP1,667.00
  • POWERTEENS – 13-17 y.o.- INDIVIDUAL: PhP3,100.00
  • POWERTEENS – 13-17 y.o.- RELAY: PhP1,567.00
  • POWERKIDS – 6-8 y.o.: PhP1,500.00
  • POWERKIDS – 9-10 y.o.: PhP1,500.00
  • POWERKIDS – 11-12 y.o.: PhP1,500.00

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Bundles


The early bird discount for Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas 2016 is only until June 14, 2016! Register now to avail of the early bird rates! #BeAPowerman this coming November 20 in SM Mall of Asia by the Bay and on December 3-4, 2016 in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga!

Sign up and get this! All participants of the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Asian Invitational and World Series 2016 will receive this special #PowermanPH In Training Shirt available EXCLUSIVELY for Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas participants! Registration is now on-going at http://www.powerman.ph

Race Director, Thumbie Remigio

Power Training with Anytime Fitness

A primary purpose is to encourage more people of all ages and from all walks of life to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, and perhaps consider taking on the challenge of becoming a Powerman. The goal is to invite people to try alternative sports activities so that runners can also start biking, and bikers can likewise enjoy running.

But to help even the seasoned duathlon participants prepare for their events, Anytime Fitness has devised a Power Training program that will help boost stamina and improve athletic ability at the races.

Apart from the requisite physical training, the program will include Power Camps and Power Clinics. These are venues where guest coaches and other mentors will share their expertise to help participants improve  techniques, or overcome other physical and mental barriers that may impede optimum performance.

Gael Le Bellec, Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Ambassador and Powerman World Champion for 2014 &2015 will be one of the guest coaches.

Powerman Gives Bikes to the Batang Tri Grassroots Program

Part of the proceeds of Powerman will go towards buying bicycles and other gear for the Batang Tri Grassroots program. This is a program that supports young individuals who do not have the financial means to enter the world of multi-sports. Starting out as an initiative of CEO and president of F&F International Events Group, Inc. and restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo, Batang Tri is currently headed by Coach Jojo Macalintal, Coach Ivan Leopando and Coach Melvin Fausto, and is supported by Seafood Island.

Visit www.powerman.ph to register. Or check out  Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas on Facebook for  more information and updates.

Hangaway Antique Half-Marathon Trail Run: May 15, 2016

The province of Antique is inviting all runners to the Hangaway (Ha-nga-way) half-marathon Trail Challenge. The race will be held in Sibalom, Antique and this is their follow-up to their highly successful “A Taste of Antique Trails” (ATAT) held last January!

This year, the 4th edition of the Antique Half-Marathon Challenge will live up to it’s name and will give them the real challenge. “HANGAWAY” is a Visayan term for “Warrior.” They are bringing the challenge from road to trail this time and savor the raw and majestic trails of Antique!

Join the Antiqueños to a 22Km and 12Km trail race with obstacles on the last 2Kms of the route. A 6Km road to trail category is also being added. Just when you think you had enough and you feel like giving up, we challenge you to step up and become a Hangaway! We call all road and trail runers and unleash the warrior in you!

Are you tough enough to become one? We dare you!



RACE DAY – May 15, 2015


6K Road/Trail, 12K Trail/Obstacles, 22K Trail/Obstacles



22K Trail/Obstacles – 60 Slots

12K Trail/Obstacles – 60 Slots

6K Road/Trail – 40 Slots


Early Bird Registration – January 25 – March 6, 2016

Regular Registration – March 7 – May 8, 2016

Late Registration – May 9 – May 13, 2016

22K Trail/Obstacles (Busalian)

Early – Php750.00

Regular – Php850.00

Late – Php1,200.00

12K Trail/Obstacles (Hangkilan)

Early – Php650.00

Regular – Php750.00

Late – Php950.00

6K Road/Trail (Sumalayhaw)

Early – Php350.00

Regular – Php450.00

Late – Php650.00

Gun Time:

22K Trail/Obstacles – 4:30AM

12K Trail/Obstacles – 5:00

6K Road/Trail – 5:30AM

Assembly Time:

22K Trail/Obstacles – 4:00AM

12K Trail/Obstacles – 4:30AM

6K Road/Trail – 5:30AM


22K Trail/Obstacles – Singlet Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt, Finisher’s Medal

12K Trail/Obstacles – Singlet Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt

6K Road/Trail – Singlet, Race Bib and Certificate

Medal for 22k Finishers

Race singlet


  • Top 3 Male and Female for 22K and 12K Trail/Obstacle race will receive a trophy
  • Top 3 Male and Female 6K race will receive a certificate

Finishers Shirt for 22k and 12k Finishers


We have 3 types of registration:


Register online and pay using Paypal or Credit Card. Visit webscorer.com (https://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=60456). Additional Php60.00 will be charged as processing fee.


Download Registration form at our Facebook page (look for the link, available in jpg and pdf format). Deposit registration fee thru Bank of the Philippine Islands

Acc. # 3056 4064 39

Acc. Name: Manuel Magbanua, Jr.

Email registration form and scanned deposit slip to: antiqueathletic@gmail.com


We have registration sites located at the following:

San Jose, Antique:

-Black & Yellow Carwash

Trade Town, Brgy. Dalipe, San Jose

Tel. Mark (0926) 7168791


-ALM Party Needs

Fenete cor Maza St. Sibalom, Antique

Tel. Boogie (0927) 7786286

For  other Inquiries text/call:

Manie (0917) 7954458

Visit: www.facebook.com/antiquehalfmarathon for updates.

The 2nd Antique Marathon: November 15, 2015

RACE Date – November 15, 2015
Distances: 42K, 21K, 10K

The 2nd ANTIQUE MARATHON is a 3-town race in the province of Antique, Philippines. The province has a storied history, arresting landscape and exhilarating views.  Its beautiful scenery and the centuries-old structures  have attracted visitors from around the world for years.

The marathon will take off from the town of Sibalom and will pass through the capital town of San Jose de Buenavista and the historic town of Hamtic. The route is relatively flat which is friendly to first time marathoners. It consists of 37 km asphalt and concrete with a 5Km dirt, sand and aggregate road.


Now on its 2nd year, it is the biggest in Antique which takes place in a rural setting, and brings lots of opportunities for the towns people to showcase the best of their province. Runners will never run out of fresh air that flows from the nearby mountains, rice fields to the sea.

Participants will pass through historic sites in the province – the Pangpang bridge, the Evelio Javier Freedom Park, the place where Evelio B. Javier – the local hero of the province was gunned down in 1986 that triggered the start of EDSA Revolution. Also along the route is the Malay Settlement site believed to be the first settlement of the 10 Bornean Datus in the 13th Century.

Pangpang Bridge

Whatever your reasons for running, we invite you to join us on the start line and become part of this exciting athletic event. The 2nd Antique Marathon provides fantastic sights, challenges to suit various abilities, lots of fun, and the chance to achieve something memorable in one of the most iconic parts of the country.

42K – 50 Slots
21K – 60 Slots
10K – 30 Slots


Early Bird Registration – June 8 to September 6, 2015
42K – Php800.00
21K – php550.00*
10K – Php350.00*
* Early bird registrants for 21K and 42K will have a personalized race bib with their name printed on it.

Regular Registration – September 7 to October 30
42K – Php900.00
21K – Php650.00*
10K – Php450.00*
* Regular registrants for 21K and 42K will have a personalized race bib with their name printed on it.

Late Registration – November 2 – 13
42K – Php1,200.00
21K – Php750.00
10K – Php500.00

Assembly Time:
42K – 2:30AM
21K – 4:00AM
10K – 4:30AM
Gun Time:
42K – 3:00AM
21K – 4:30AM
10K – 5:00AM

10K – Singlet, Race Bib and Certificate
21K – Singlet Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt, Finisher’s Medal
42K – Singlet Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt, Finisher’s Medal

• Top 3 for Male and Female Categories will receive a trophy
• We are still working out for the cash prizes


We have 3 types of registrations:

Register online and pay using Paypal or Credit Card. Visit Webscorer.com http://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=43274. Additional Php60.00 will be charged as processing fee.

Deposit registration fee thru Bank of the Philippine Islands
Acc. # 3056 4064 39
Acc. Name: Manuel Magbanua, Jr.
Email scanned deposit slip with your name and category to: antiqueathletic@gmail.com
Bring deposit slip upon claiming of race kit.

Evelio Javier Freedom Park

Malay settlement site

We have registration sites located at the following:

San Jose:
-Black & Yellow Carwash
Trade Town, Brgy. Dalipe, San Jose
Call/SMS: Mark (0926) 7168791

-ALM Party Needs
Fenete cor Maza St. Sibalom, Antique
Call/SMS: Boogie (0927) 7786286

For other Inquiries call/SMS:
Manie (0917) 7260899

Part of the race route

Visit and like: www.facebook.com/antiquemarathon for updates.

More on Antique:

If you’re searching for quiet shores, then Antique is for you. Charter a boat from Culasi to take you to hook-shaped Malalison Island. Its sparkling waters hug a powdery white-sand shore. Snorkel in Batabat Coral Reef, and you’ll see a bunch of fish and aquatic animals.

Malalison Island

A local favorite is Malumpati Cold Spring, whose waters flow into the Bugang River. Get a cottage near the pool. This place is ideal for swimming and picnics.

Malumpati Cold Spring

Other good spots for diving and snorkeling in Antique include Batbatan Island off the coast of Culasi. This tropical island has natural caves and white-sand beaches. Maniquin Island, also called Hammerhead Island, is for divers. Then there’s uninhabited Nogas Island off the coast of Anini-y, which is a marine sanctuary with a beautiful stretch of frangipanis. Sira-an Hot Spring is a tiny sulfur pool overlooking the sea. The majestic white sand stretch of Seco Island is a sweet spot for kitesurfers.

Siraan Springs and Hot springs

Antique is also a place full of pristine falls. Go chase the seven-tiered Bugtong-Bato Falls in the wilderness of Brgy.Tuno, Tibiao. Its refreshing waters flow into a basin ideal for swimming. Hop into a kayak and paddle your way through the white water rapids of the Tibiao River. Enjoy swimming in the cold emerald basin of Pula Falls. In the town of Carawisan, you’ll find the towering Batwan Falls.

Tibiao River

Scale up the peak of Igbaclag Cave, or take in a stunning view at the summit of Bato Cave in the town of La Union. Marvel at the lush mountains, green farmlands, and fields. Hike up Mt. Igtuog and catch a Rafflesia lobata in full bloom, if you’re lucky. The gigantic flower is endemic to the mountains of Antique and Iloilo, and is picky about blooming.

Rafflesia Lobata Flower

End the day by taking a hot bath in an enormous kawa. This vat was originally used by the locals for cooking brown sugar. But now it’s for your pleasure.

(From: http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/antique/)

Daraitan Trail Run With Team Soleus: Trail Recon #1

Way back 3 or 4 years ago, i would occasionally run into an energetic group of runners wearing black dri-fit shirts with a yellow patch of “S” emblazoned on it and would later learn that it was the Soleus Running Team . I wasn’t really into any other running watch except for Garmin which i had acquired for a review on this blog and another one as a gift from a friend. However, i really had my sights on having one of those Soleus shirts they were wearing.

Those first generation Garmin GPS watches didn’t last very long with me as it had issues on quality and durability after only 8 months of use so i switched back to my old reliable chronograph watch . Later on,  i was invited by L-Time Studio (distributors of the Soleus watch) big boss, Judith Staples on the launching of their very first GPS running watch, the durable Soleus 1.0. It was great that they adopted their first GPS running watch which was simple in design and performance yet very affordable at that!

Getting to know Judith was my introduction to their running team. She is a huge motivator, very supportive of her growing team and most importantly, i get to run with a really friendly and equally supportive group of runners! Oh, and did i tell you that i got to have the shirt i was pinning for?

Team Soleus is open to all ages and the levels vary from elite, ultra runners, marathoners, beginners and fun runners who mostly wear a Soleus GPS watch. The runners here are super friendly and have a great bond with one another which i think is cool because you get to challenge yourself more and share that extra motivation from being with a team who share the same interests not only in running but by the watch they wear.

Last week, i had the chance to bring the team at my favorite trail playground, the Sierra Madre trails in Tanay, particularly the route going to Daraitan and the popular Tinipak River and rocks. To describe the group’s reaction of the trail route would be a task but to put it in two words: refreshing but hard-core!

Many struggled over those uphill climbs and slippery river crossings but got over those as time went by. The trails are moderate to very technical, a run-hike route depending on your level of fitness. Everybody though, were able to survive it. Although it is not as steep as other trails, there are lots of stream/river crossings and you tend to get lost if you’re not familiar with the route.

Once we were out of the trails, we all found ourselves back on a primary road and it was a short jaunt to the road leading to Daraitan and to the Tinipak Rocks. After about 6 kms and a short halo-halo stop, we finally reached Daraitan with the rocks and boulders looming everywhere like gem stones sparkling in ice water. I’ve been to this place many times before and it still was mesmerizing seeing it that day like it was the first time i saw it.

We lost no time in getting ourselves cool and dipping into the cool water. Here’s a run-down of our adventure in photos. Enjoy!

Team Soleus with the Rundezvous runners before the start of the run.

Irish and the Sierra Madre mountains as backdrop

At one of the stop overs on a hill top

Judith always rams the downhill parts

With Kerwin and Judith

That’s Abet cooling off her bruised knee

The team doing their balancing act

A very difficult part of the route where you thread on sharp jagged rocks and should maneuver with caution

With Judith (c) Running Atom

Finally at the Tinipak River

Mirjam enjoying the views

Bulalo, Gourmet Tuyo Pasta and Fried Chicken–thanks to Abet and Judith!

A Closer Look At the Trails of Mt. Sembrano

Here’s a set of pictures of the trails of Mt. Sembrano in Pililia, Rizal taken by Ninya Regalado, a mountaineer and trail runner during one of her mountain trail runs. I’ve always been intrigued as to why many runners, hikers and mountaineers enjoy visiting this place as they say it’s so hilly, open and hot specially in the summer. But having seen these photos of the trails, i can see that they offer some of the best views here in these parts.

The forthcoming 2nd DBB Uphill Mt. Sembrano Trail Race Challenge on April 18, 2015 will prove another opportunity to see and conquer this rolling grassland hills to the tilt. And through these pics, you’ll see why last year’s runners have been raving about the ascents and descents that literally kept them on their toes!

Check out the views over-looking Laguna Lake, Talim Island and the other mountain ranges which are arresting and very scenic.

You’ll see why running this upcoming 15k and 30k DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Race Challenge is worth it when you see these picture postcard worthy sweeping views. I’m nowhere close to being able to run this trail yet, but that will surely change when i get to run with some of the most fun and serious trail runners come April 18!

See you there!

Registration is still open. For more details, you can check my previous post at https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/mt-sembrano-trail-run-challenge-april-18-2015/ or the event FB page at https://www.facebook.com/events/814150221978573/

All photos by mountaineer, traveler and trail runner Ninya Regalado who documents her adventures in her blog, http://www.proadventurer.com.

Mt. Sembrano Trail Run Challenge: April 18, 2015

If you enjoy hardcore, moderate to steep rocky trails through open forests, mountain ridges, steep ravines and magnificent views of Laguna De Bay and Talim Island then this race, The DBB Uphill Challenge, Mt. Sembrano 15k and 30k Trail Run on April 18 is just the perfect trail race waiting for you!

The mountain trails offers an elevation of from 625 meters to about 745 meters. Between these elevation gains are single track dirt trails, grassy mountain ridges, hilltops and a waterfalls that will surely be refreshing for those tired and overly exposed to the sun.

This race is a week before the 2015 Salomon Trail Race on April 25, 2015 so the Mt. Sembrano Trail Run Challenge will be a perfect tune-up race for those running Salomon.

Here are the details of the race:

Date & Time:  Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 6:00 a.m.

Start/Finish Location:  Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal

Course Description:  Rough roads which leads to rocky path; numerous mango trees; grassy summit which is fully exposed to the sun with the great view of Laguna Lake.

Cut Off Time: 6hrs (15km) / 10hrs (30km)

Awards:  Top three finishers for each race, both male and female.

Camping:  Runners are welcome to camp on the grounds Friday evening.  Camping is available at an assigned area on the covered court with facilities near.  Showers are available.  Please take out what you bring in.


Make your deposits to:

Account Name: Rayman D. delos Angeles
BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56

P 1,000.00 / 15km Mountain Run

P 1,200.00 / 30km Mountain Run
Inclusive of Finisher Medal, Shirt and Post Race Meal

Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to mgm_dbbmtsembrano@yahoo.com.ph  with your Name, Gender and Size of finisher shirt. Subject: MGM MT. SEMBRANO REGISTRATION. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit.

Elevation Gain/Loss for the 15k Run

Packet Pick-Up:  Saturday April 18, 2015, 3:00 a.m.

See more of the Event Details at our Facebook Page MGM Productions : DBB Uphill Challenge (Mt. Sembrano Mountain Run 2015)

View of Laguna Lake and Talim Island


View from the top (Pic from Asanyas.com)

Another view of the summit (Pic from B. Lakwatsero)

Other pics taken from the DBB Facebook page.

Pimco’s Last Hurrah: NTDR Leg 3 Trail Run

At the start with Pimco’s Manny Santos, far right

Nice cool breeze, newly discovered trails, beautiful scenery, a gigantic almost 90 degree descent and another chance to discover the vast highlands of the Sierra Madre Mountains! What else could there be?

We were one hour late after the gun start of our 21k run thinking that the race would start at 5:30am (instead of 4:30) so we were caught off guard when the last batch of the 5k runners were just sent off as Jun Santiago, Jackie Gutierrez and myself where still inside Jun’s car trying to find a parking space near the starting line. So we rushed to the registration area and as soon as we got our bibs, we immediately were off, treating this race as an LSD trail run instead of getting a fast time so, no pressure at all.

Pimco Sporting events, the organizers of the Tanay Natures Trail Discovery Run series has provided one of the best trail routes, mostly located in Tanay. However, PIMCO boss Manny Santos is having his last bow as this would be his last managed race under PIMCO and is letting his main race director Alvin Balderama continue with the trail series under new management.

As this was PIMCO’s final leg of its NTDR trail series, Manny wanted it to be his ultimate offering, something that would galvanize Tanay as the mecca of trail running that he so popularized. And he did not disappoint! The route was grandly arduous but there’s no mistaking the rapturous enchantment felt by the trail runners themselves.

It was a trail retrospective covering the small Baranggays of Cuyambay, San Andres, Cayabu, Sto. Nino and other small sitios. It launches through rice fields, dry single track trails to mountain ridges, heavily wooded areas, waterfalls, uphills and a killer downhill where we went sliding with out butts holding on to tall grasses to break the free-fall!

It doesn’t take long to recognize that RD Alvin Balderama has made the route another challenging one and it’s sometimes a hassle treading on a very technical course without the presence of any “safety net”. Alvin is an incredible trail finder who has a knack for discovering new, untapped trail routes. With his energy and enthusiasm, he knows the ins and outs of the trails in Tanay, being a resident there!

The course was clearly marked and there’s no way you can get lost especially with the orange string markers hanging above the trees and volunteers telling you where to go, so there’s little to no confusion on where you’re headed.

Manny describes Tanay as a great trail destination, whether you’re new to trail running or an elite–there’s something for everyone and that’s exactly what it is. He left us some beautiful views of mountains and rivers to discover, some brutal uphills and downhills and a pile of fascinating trails and waterfalls–a trail running mecca, near the heart of Metro Manila.

Thank you Manny for the discovery!

Here are the pics of NTDR’s final offering. Enjoy!

Helping out an injured runner, led by Doc Forrest Arayat

Marie Joyce!


Fell twice off the downhills. Moral lesson: Don’t take pictures when threading on a steep downhill!

This was like Shangrila–a place of very green plants and trees!

One of the highlights of the route

Another waterfalls

Part 3: Trail Chronicles Recap: Highlights of 2014 (Last of a Series)

Trail Chronicles #20 : A Dozen River Crossings (August 24, 2014)

Puray and its trails commands the attention of serious trail runners wanting a challenging route and it won’t be complete unless you reach its main attraction, Puray Falls and climbing up further to its crest to see the magnificence of the various lagoons of streaming waters.

This trail route is probably the most river crossings we had, no less than a dozen of them, one of which we had to maneuver right smack in the middle of deep waters, crawling horizontally, clinging to rocks in order to reach the other side. Against strong currents and slippery boulders, our trail running shoes were no match for it.

The trails going to Puray Falls (Rodriguez, Rizal) are mostly technical, many with rocky terrain and to compound things, some of the rocks covered under the rivers are mossy making them quite slippery. Been to this place on previous occasions although temperatures were swelling during this time post the rainy onslaught of the previous days. Jun and i together with old running friends Darryl, Jeyson, Werner and Chips, all established trail/ultra trail runners were on for this adventure!

Trail Chronicles #21: A Sneak Peek of Mt. Talamitam (September 1, 2014)

It didn’t matter that i would be waking up early at 2:00 in the morning, hie off to Makati and meet up with blogger-friends, Franc and Henri at 4 am or that we would be driving to Nasugbu, Batangas and discover Mt. Talamitam. The trail route to Mt. Talamitam did not dissapoint! Gorgeous and scenic views, not to mention the tremendous uphills that were waiting for us along the trails.

Here on this secluded area, far removed from any modern amenities of civilization (except for the locals use of cell phones too), i felt as though i could run forever with different views switching on every few seconds. We took trail routes which were longer, used exclusively by the locals, far different from those that hikers and trekkers regularly use. Our hosts, the Cavite ESE Team, led by JC Igos and his co-Race Directors were gracious enough to bring us up their training grounds!

Trail Chronicles #22: Salomon City Trail Intramuros Run (September 10, 2014)

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

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

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

Trail Chronicles #23: Dalandanan Trails (October 4, 2014)

Many trail runners, specially those with an eye for technical or long, mountainous and river paths often flock to the peaceful hinterlands of San Mateo, Rodriguez and Tanay, all in Rizal province. But the trails and peaks of nearby Bulacan, with Licao-Licao, Mt. Balagbag, Mt. Maranat, to mention a few, which is just an hour away from Metro Manila is just as ideal for adventurers–and a lot less known to runners.

Nearer still is Ciudad Real in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, one of my favorite  venues for unlimited trail running as many trails here remain untouched from runners, just waiting to be discovered.

We returned to Ciudad Real but instead of going through our usual route, we explored trails that we haven’t ran before, discovering in the process raw natural landscape, where water is clean enough to drink, fresh air blowing from atop trees and flower-filled forest with reds beaming on the side of the trails.

Trail Chronicles #24: The Other Side of Timberland (November 23, 2014)

There are still so much to look at here at Timberland and explore. If you look past the former garbage dump when you’re on the trails past Shotgun Road, there’s a nice little chunk of woods at the other side of this dumpster that runners try to avoid because it’s either stinky running near it or they just don’t know how to get there.

There are a few runnable trails that connects the usual trails inside Timberland Heights and past this landfill with several smaller offshoot trails. Jun and i went beyond our comfort zones and explored a few kilometers of random single track paths. You run through both wide open areas and under a lush treeline and can truly get the feeling of floating over a mountain ridge even though you know you’re only a few breaths from a landfill!

Trail Chronicles: Indang, Cavite Trails: Dash For The Elderly 21k Race (August 14, 2014)

The Dash For The Elderly Half-Marathon Trail Run in Indang, Cavite, was another unforgettable adventure with trails almost dry and packed, throwing some of its best routes, scenery, humidity, small town hospitality and fresh air for trail runners! And with only about 150 runners, we had all the trails by ourselves!

The trails were mostly double tracks, an obvious reference to the mountain bikers who frequent these routes. The place is basically an agricultural area where different crops are planted including pineapples and other plant varieties. Some parts of the trails were really grassy and wished that they had trimmed it off a bit to reveal those shallow canals located in between the double tracks. Beautiful place!