Sunpiology Adventure Run: November 15, 2014

Looking for your next mini-adventure run? How about an afternoon running with movie heartthrob Piolo Pascual and Star Magic artists like Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Jessy Mendiola, Matteo Guidicelli, Jane Oineza and former PBB All In Housemates? The 2014 Sunpiology: An Adventure-filled Run with the Stars has you covered!

This run will have you crawl, blown-away (literally), zoom past torching fires and have your bodies showered by water to cool you down as you’ll get the chance to run a 10k, 5k or 3k run filled with these obstacles, guaranteed to bring you laughter at the finish line! Each finisher will receive loot bags with sponsors freebies, drinks and also a Sun Life Towel.

Not only that, but each runner gets a high-quality race singlet, free Sunlife water bottle and raffle stubs to win big prizes with their registration! Proceeds of the run will be used to help send more scholars to school under the Hebreo Foundation and Star Magic Charities.



 Sunpiology 2014

November 15, 2014 (Saturday, 3:00 PM)
Bonifacio Global City

Race Director: RunRio


500m – Php 350
3K – Php 700
5K – Php 800
10K – Php 900

ON-LINE Registration:  SEPT 22 – NOV. 2 or

Race Kits will be delivered if you registered on-line. Plus P150.00 for processing/ delivery and P50.00 for web admin fee.

In-store registration will be done at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting October 6, to November 12, 2014.

  • RUNNR Store BGC
  • B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
  • Toby’s Galleria
  • 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
  • Toby’s SM North
  • SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
  • Toby’s MOA
  • SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

During the launching of the Sunpiology Adventure Run 2014 yesterday at Max Restaurant. L-R: Host Robbie Domingo, Piolo Pascual and RD Coach Rio Dela Cruz


10k Race Route

5k Race Route


Adventure beckons at SUNPIOLOGY RUN with the Stars!

As the sun sets, your brighter adventure begins. Conquer the elements of nature in theSUNPIOLOGY: An Adventure-Filled RUN with the Stars with mazes and crawls adding excitement to your usual fun run. Leap to the holiday spirit because every mile you go brings supported scholars closer to finishing their education.

One of the most anticipated annual charity events in the country, this year’s SUNPIOLOGY: An Adventure-Filled RUN with the Stars is set to take place on November 15 (Saturday), 3 pm,at the Bonifacio Global City, with 500m dash (Php 350), 3k (Php 700), 5k (Php 800), and 10k (Php 900) distances.

The event is expected to be star-studded with the participation of Piolo Pascual and his co-Star Magic artists namely Jane Oineza, Ynna Asistio, Francis Magundayao, Trina Legaspi, CJ Novato, Jovit Baldivino, Markki stroemm, Igiboy Flores, former PBB all in housemates Aina Solano, Axel Torres, Fifth Solomon, Fourth Solomon, Joshua Garcia, Loisa Andalio, Manolo Pedrosa, Maris Racal, Nichole Barranda, Vickie Rushton, Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Joem Bascon, Jessy Mendiola, Matteo Guidicelli and many more surprise guests.

“For this year, we want to do more than just dash to the finish line. We want to make this run more fun with surprises inspired by the earth, wind, water, and fire. It’s our way of bringing Sun Life’s innovative spirit to our CSR activities,” explains Sun Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Riza Mantaring, who is also a marathoner.

Born from the partnership between Sun Life Philippines and Star Magic, SUNPIOLOGY has raised millions in funds for Hebreo Foundation and Star Magic charities in recent years. Organized this year by RunRio, the much-anticipated charity run is supported by the Sun Life Foundation, JM Squared, and One Meralco Foundation.

They are joined by media partners 9TV, ANC, Business Mirror, Star Studio, Cinema One, Jeepney TV, Mellow 94.7, Outcomm, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Star Studio, The Philippine Star, and YES Magazine as official media partners while Toby’s and Runnr are registration partners.

Official hotel partner is F1 Hotel Manila, official medical partner is St. Luke’s Medical Center, while event partners include 360 Fitness Club, Gardenia, Jamba Juice, Krispy Kreme, Max’s, Purefoods Sexy Chix, San Mig Coffee, Nizoral and Sun Life Grepa Financial. Venue partner is Bonifacio Global City, official hydration partner is Gatorade, and Timex stands as official timer.

“Every year, SUNPIOLOGY becomes more meaningful because we get to see how much we are helping the lives of our beneficiaries. We also receive more assistance, which means that more people are pitching in. Together, we do live up to the most generous season of the year,” mused Pascual, during its launch presscon held at Max’s Restaurant.

SUNPIOLOGY: An Adventure-Filled RUN with the Stars registration runs until November 12 or through our official registration partners RUNNR BGC and TOBY’s (Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria, and North Edsa The Block).

Registrants will receive a Sun Life water bottle together with the race kits. Exciting raffle prizes await runners after they cross the finish line.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for your next brighter adventure!

As TIMEX Goes By

It was great running the TIMEX Run 16k yesterday, almost identical to the festive mood i had running the 21k Go Natural Run the week before. Two back-to-back races organized by Run Rio and both were challenging and tough, although yesterday’s race required a bit more effort for me to run that i had nothing left of a finisher’s kick at the last straight before the finish.

There were a few odd things about yesterday’s run. For starters, there were already a sizable crowd of runners milling around the race area when i arrived at 4:00am. You don’t see that much crowd gathered as early as 4 when the first race, the 16k event starts at 5:10am. Maybe, the presence of heartthrob Piolo Pascual piqued many to come this early?

Secondly, Riovana was already buzzing with customers even before i arrived and you’d think that there was a post-Christmas sale going on inside as the store was nearly jam-packed! Thirdly, the run started going towards 5th Avenue instead of towards Serendra, a nice change of direction.

Early visitor at Riovana (Photo by Timex Sports)

Lastly, it was nice seeing the friendly Chinggay Andrada, professional fitness trainer of Pinoy Biggest Loser fame doing the warm-up exercises. I met her during one of Skechers’ shoe launching a few months back and she was just so warm, friendly and chummy that she immediately recognized me at the press tent during the awards ceremony yesterday.

Yesterday morning’s weather was pleasant, not so cool but not humid either. Piolo was up stage to fire the starting gun and as he went up the podium, shrieks and screams were heard, which was expected from the crowd. The starting line was abuzz with runners trying to shake off all stiffness in them. When the gun was fired, we were off and i settled of nicely and was with a bunch of runners who were trying to overtake the slower ones.  This was just a 16k race so i thought of revving it up a little bit too and go on with the flow.

Piolo firing off the 16k runners (Photo by Timex Sports)

I finally settled into a more relaxed rhythm and as the route was a familiar one, it was just my mind and body getting into sync while enjoying the festive aura surrounding me. I didn’t see Piolo along the route although i knew that he was running the shorter 10k distance with Coach Rio, i was still hoping that we would cross paths and get a glimpse of his running…form, cadence and all. He was trying to go below his standard 10k time of 47:53 something which i found out later that he was able too accomplish.

Before i knew it, we reached the turn-around mark along Buendia, just before reaching the corner of Ayala Avenue and at that instance i really felt awful already, struggling to keep pace with the runners i was pacing with. Before that, i even saw running buddy Betty who was in good form and ahead of me by a few hundred meters. Reaching the base of the Kalayaan bridge going back BGC, i was able to coast along the whole uphill span without stopping and those hill training at Meralco might have done a lot of good.

Cruising along Rizal Drive, i saw i sign that read last 2 kms and was skeptic at first because i knew that we were going to turn right when reaching 5th Avenue and that would be a few hundred meters more. Turns out that we would skip that part and turn left instead on the way to the finish.

I crossed the finish line, looked on top for the time and read 1:48. Not exactly a good time but one that i can live with.:-)

Note: Seems that i did a 1:50 according to the official race results which you can find here:

Near the finish (Thanks to ARC and to Noel C for tagging)

It has been a great 2 weekends of running for me and the start of the year seems to be steps in the right direction. Big kudos to Gemma Pagsibigin of Timex for a great race and to Coach Rio for a job well done!

A quick glimpse on the press tent in pictures:

Lucky for you who won a Timex watch!:-)

Chinggay Andrada (2nd from left) with Gigi, Lara Parpan and Jaimie

Coach Rio and friends at the tent

Timex Run 2012: A Reunion With Piolo

This is going to be another anticipated race for Sunday, January 22, 2012 when actor and heartthrob Piolo Pascual will be running the Timex Run together with Coach Rio Dela Cruz. Not only will you get a chance to set a chance for a PR but also be rubbing elbows with some of showbiz’ hot personalities like, Victor Basa, Joseph Marco and of course, Piolo who will be running the 10k and improve his 10k best of 47:53 set two years ago.

You still have a chance to register. Please check out the following registration sites:

  • Riovana BGC – until January 22, 2012 (Sunday, Race Day)
  • Riovana Katipunan – until January 21, 2012 (Saturday)
  • Timex Trinoma – until January 18, 2012 (Wednesday)
  • Watch Republic Shop Robinsons Galleria – until January 18, 2012 (Wednesday)

Here’s the press release of the run:

Piolo & Rio Reunite for Timex Run 2012

This January 22, 2012, TIMEX, world renowned makers of high quality time gears, will once again unite casual runners and hardcore sportsmen alike on one blazing race track as it gives rise to the much-awaited TIMEX Run 2012.

Set to unfold at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, the historic race shall witness the reunion of the unbeatable running tandem of sought after actor and runner Piolo Pascual and multiple champion runner, coach and marathon organizer Rio Dela Cruz. Last January 13, 2012, the two led a special press gathering to officially present before media partners how this running event levels up from before and all the other races in town, and just why everyone should be part of it.

Coming from a string of back-to-back sporting events where it joined forces with the country’s premiere athletes, such as the Camsur Ironman Triathlon and TIMEX 226 in Bohol over the last years, TIMEX is all set to make this year’s race all the more memorable, fun and extremely power-packed!

So, what’s to be excited about the TIMEX Run 2012?

First and the most exciting of all, participants shall get a very special chance to get fit, have fun and best of all run side-by-side with two of the country’s most beloved idols in entertainment and running; TIMEX brand ambassadors Piolo and Rio. For the last few months, the two have dedicated time amidst their busy schedules to train hard to ensure they’re in the best shape come race day. Together with the two, a handful of other celebrities and personalities shall also be sprinting along with TIMEX, just like during its first edition back in 2009. On top of the list are its youth ambassadors Jessy Mendiola and Joseph Marco as well as Boys Night Out DJs Slick Rick and Sam YG and actor Victor Basa to name a few.

Divided into three race categories, athletes, race fanatics, and casual runners can choose from the 5, 10 or 16 kilometer event. The race is organized by no less than the in-demand team of Runrio who assures participants of accuracy in timing and a host of other innovative features and acitivities. One of which is the disposable “champion” chips, timing devices attached to shoe laces specially designed to let runners monitor their starting in finishing times with stern accuracy. Functioning only soon as the runner steps on the designated ground matting, the recorded time is sure to be precise.  Another is the Runpix analysis which is a record of interesting running statistics unique to each individual who ran. This will be available after the race at and

If you’re up for the action and ready for truckloads of fun, well you still have a chance to join as regular registration has been extended until January 18, 2012. All you have to do is go to any Riovana stores at Bonifacio Global City or Katipunan or visit the TIMEX outlet at TriNoma or the Watch Republic shop in Robinsons Galleria. Registration fees are at Php650 (5KM), Php700 (10KM) and Php750 (16KM). 15 TIMEX watches are up for grabs when you register as a group at Riovana outlets.

Aside from the breathtaking action set to unfold in the race track, those joining can also expect a finish line filled with great prizes. While all finishers will take home loot bags from various sponsors, those who will emerge on top of the pack in every category will get TIMEX watches, A-class activity and time-tracking gears that gives wearers nothing less than the optimum when it comes to style and functionality. First placers shall also take home a pair of Skechers shoes. Canon shall also raffle of digital cameras and provide photobooths for participants to be able take home souvenir shots.

The whole race is also powered up completely with hydration partners Powerade and VIVA! Mineralized Water. A total of 35 watches shall also be raffled off all throughout the day in celebration of the Piolo Pascual’s 35th birthday. Timex partnered with companies such Riovana, Century Tuna, Magnolia Lite, Nutri Bar, Kaspersky, Multisport Magazine and Unilab to make this anticipated race possible.

To keep the day much more exciting, participants are also challenged to guess Piolo’s bib number and finish time. Lucky guessers will win their very own TIMEX watches. For more details visit

At the launch of the TIMEX run last Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hurry and register now, time is running! Assembly time for all categories is at 4:00AM. Gun start times are at 5:10AM (16KM), 5:30AM (10KM) and 5:50AM (5KM). Run with Piolo and Rio at the TIMEX Run 2012 and make history once more! For more information, please visit


Piolo’s Challenge: “Beat Me At 15K!”

It was inevitable. It only took a few questions if he was going to beat his previous best of 47 minutes for the 10k and immediately declared an open challenge. Screen heartthrob Piolo Pascual is going to race 15k for his next run on March 21 at “The Green Miles” (Run For An Eco-Smart Lifestyle) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

The Press Launching of the Green Miles Run was held this afternoon as i was one of those invited among the bloggers. Organized by the UST High School Batch 88 Alumni Association headed by Undersecretary Lorelei Fajardo, the venue, at Paul Calvin’s Deli at the Fort was packed to the rafters as press people and the organizers occupied both floors of the tiny venue.

When Piolo was asked if he was aware that his 10k time of 47:54 at the Timex run caused a “tsunami” and an earthquake of Haiti-an proportions that  “revolted” the running community who thought of him as a “non-runner”, he answered in the affirmative and read all the accounts including that of the OPEN LETTER made by Luis ( He said that he trains with his brother and with plenty of time to train before his next race, he thinks he could do a 1:10 for the 15k.

When told that he or his time will be the next target to beat for those whom he ‘annihilated’, he just laughed off such threats and said that anybody can beat his time given the right training and conditioning. “I’m not pressured to compete with anybody. I always give my best to whatever i do so those who choose to compete with me better train as well. I’ll be competing in the 15k race,” he declares with his arresting smile.

The race is being managed by the UST HS Batch 88 Alumni Association, Inc. and will benefit the rehabilitation of the Marilao River System. Its organizers are Ian Alacar and honchos, Jinoe Gavan and Doc Lyndon.

Registration starts on January 15, 2010 at Secondwind, ROX.

Registration Fees: 3k, 5k, 10k, 15k – P500.00

Piolo at the presscon

Listening to the race mechanics

Gives a short talk

Race organizers presenting a birthday cake for Piolo

Group pic

Couldn't get near Piolo as the ladies were so engrossed around him so i got the next best celebrity in Undersecretary Lorelei Fajardo to pose with me.

Ms. Fajardo. She looks so much younger in person.

Jazzrunner’s Run For The Pasig River

It was one wacky and fun atmosphere at last Sunday’s Philippine International Marathon (Run For The Pasig River) where thousands of runners, joggers and walkers invaded Roxas Boulevard, getting together for one noble cause–the clean-up of the Pasig River to bring it back to life.

I had registered for the 10k about 2 weeks ago at a Van Heusen Store in Gateway Mall, Cubao but was told to pick up my race kit one day before the race (Saturday evening) at the ABS-CBN Foundation offices in Quezon City. Earlier that Saturday morning, i was asked by Runnex Chair Art Disini to get from the office of Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte about 50 complimentary PIM race packets and to give it to those who might be interested to run in any of the race categories (3k,5k,10k or 42k). Having already registered myself beforehand, i called up friends who may be interested in joining.

To my dismay (and that of the others) who were with me waiting at Q.C. Hall for the race packets to arrive, we discovered that the packets had no race numbers on it and instead, a generic bib with just the words, “Kapit Bisig Para Sa Pasig” written on it. Although the packets contained the free singlets, the runners were therefore not going to be officially registered for this race and therefore will run as “fun runners!” Embarrassed, i apologized to those who were expecting to be registered, specially those running the 42k marathon.

The race was reminiscent of previous Milo elimination races held every year in Manila wherein students from the different schools in Metro Manila and elsewhere were asked to participate as fun runners thereby flooding the race to about 12,000 to 15,000 participants. It’s the ballyhooed “Biscocho Magic” of race director Rudy Biscocho in getting hordes of participants to join his events.

The 42k run started at exactly 4:30am, just as when we were about to reach Rizal Park. Saw running friends like James, Doc T, Mar, Gab, Roselle and a host of others.

The 10k run started at 6:00am with former President Fidel V. Ramos firing the starting gun. I thought it was the largest 10k run i had participated in as running buddy June Santiago and myself started to push with the crowd at a moderate pace of 7:00mins/km. The crowd started to thin out only when we ran up the Buendia Flyover at the 4 km mark. We reach the turn-around halfway mark at about 32 mins.

While the first half of our run was continuously flowing, our way back was chaotic as we tried to sidestep on the 5k and 3k runners, weaving and zigzagging our way out to avoid bumping into these students who were walking and mostly in groups! Before reaching the U.S. Embassy, we were able to get out of the maze when we saw an opening and transferred into the other lane but we still had to maneuver ourselves up to the finish line. June and i were laughing when we try to sprint towards the finish. Our time was 1:06 and we had to contend with a surly middle-aged lady who seemed uncomfortable in dealing with the large crowd as she got the cut-out bottom of my race bib.


The early morning crowd


TJ Manotoc and Nina Corpuz doing the hosting chores for TV


Early risers woke up to find the race "live" on tv


At the start


June, wearing the "improvised" fun run 10k bib


A week early for Piolo

The lady above was ready to run and asking where Piolo was. When we told her that Piolo won’t be running until next week, she wouldn’t believe us. She said that she had registered already with some friends and they will be running with him during the first 2 kilometers. Only when we told her that this race was the Run for Pasig and that Piolo’s run would be held next week at The Fort did she realize her mistake. When we proposed that she run with Rio instead who might be running this race, her terse reply was, “Who’s he?”


With 4th place finisher, Cris Sabal


With Ailene Tolentino


with Jhun Bautista, Mr. Meekrunner


With the Rexona Ladies

Over-all the conduct of the 10k race was satisfactory, with adequate drinking water and a host of marching bands playing along the route. But what’s more significant is the running community’s contributing role in helping raise funds to rehabilitate and transform the Pasig River into a scenic spot where people can play, engage in water sports, cultivate aquatic life and unclog it of garbage and other toxic wastes and restore it to its former glory.

Run With Fafa Rio


Move over, Fafa Piolo! Fafa Rio, the new heartthrob of running is ready to steal the hearts of colegialas, matronas and those in between from the hottest hunk icon, Piolo Pascual. No, Rio and Piolo are not doing any movie together but are collaborating in a run to raise funds for a school in Masbate.

The 2009 Timex Run is a 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k race which will start and end at the Bonifacio High Street, Taguig on November 15, 2009. Regular Registration will start on Ocober 4 and end on November 9, 2009.

Registration Centers: TIMEX Shops at SM: North, MOA, Megamall, Edsa North, Southmall and at the Glorietta 3.

According to Rio, only 3,000 registrants will be accepted so with Fafa Piolo running this event, i’m sure slots will be filled up in two to three weeks time so i suggest you register early!

Timing chips will be used in all categories and finishers medals will be given to all 21k finishers.

Hope to see you there!