Incoming: Color Manila Glitter Run

 

Color Manila brings in the foam, the glitters, the color powders and some retro music at CM Glitter Run happening on October 22, 2017 at SM Mall of Asia Grounds with 3K, 5K and 10K Categories.

Color Manila Glitter Run

Fill your Facebook and Instagram feed with foam-tastic photos as CM Glitter Run will turn your fun run experience into one fabulous foam fest that’s definitely for the win!

Fill your Facebook and Instagram feed with foam-tastic photos as CM Glitter Run will turn your fun run experience into one fabulous foam fest that’s definitely for the win!

Color Manila has never stopped adding more fun elements in their run.  From the eye-candy color powder display, they are now adding foam, glitters and some retro music for the CM Glitter Run, happening on October 22, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City with 3K, 5K and 10K categories to choose from.

Because you, our runners, are the stars of the show, we will let you dazzle and sparkle in one double-tap worthy run to remember through our CM Glitter Stations.

Because you, our runners, are the stars of the show, we will let you dazzle and sparkle in one double-tap worthy run to remember through our CM Glitter Stations.

They are shaking up the metro’s fun running sphere with the CM Glitter Run. This is undoubtedly going to be a certified game changer in the fun running scene, thanks to its glitter station, that will allow 3K, 5K, and 10K runners to shine (literally and figuratively) through a shimmering glitter shower spree, as well as a foam station that’s guaranteed to give all participants a bubbly and blithely run. Runners will also have a field day going through the usual color stations we’ve come to love in Color Manila runs, while being sprinkled with and sopping each other in bold and bright color powders. Further proving that merrymaking (more than monitoring your mileage) is, indeed, king at CM Glitter Run, registrants will be having a major throwback as they reminisce the past through the retro music beats that will be played all throughout the untimed run. Because at CM Glitter Run, as it has always been in other CM runs, heading straight home post-run is never an option, we will bring you Color Festival—an extravaganza of color powder and up-to-date music hits that’s sure to get your enthusiasm and energy going.

Put on your dancing shoes and switch on your celebratory mood as a not too shabby dance-and-color powder party at the Color Festival will welcome you after the run!

Put on your dancing shoes and switch on your celebratory mood as a not too shabby dance-and-color powder party at the Color Festival will welcome you after the run!

“Just when you think you’ve seen and experienced it all, CM Glitter Run comes in and combines everything that you’ll ever love to have in a fun run. Glitters, foam, color powders, retro music, and more—say no more, we’ve got ‘em all covered to ensure a well-rounded and wellness-inclined run for all of you. You wouldn’t want to miss this for the world. Join now!” invites Color Manila VP Justine Cordero.

Getting pumped up and ready to pace yourself and party with us yet? Kick off the fun and festivities by choosing from our Deluxe, Rockstar, and Superstar kits now! Valued at Php950, the Deluxe kit is worth a shave off your wallet because, not only will you get to run the distance of your choice (3K/5K/10K), you’ll also get dibs on our must-have kits consisting of a Dri-FIT shirt, race bib, sunglasses, color packet, and finisher’s medal. The Rockstar kit, on one hand, only costs Php1,500 and is inclusive of your running slot and a Dri-FIT Shirt, race bib, sunglasses, drawstring bag, bandana, color packet, and finisher’s medal. And last, but definitely the best, the Superstar kit, which is priced at Php1,850, comprises your registration, plus a Dri-FIT shirt, race bib, sunglasses, drawstring bag, bandana, color packet, finisher’s medal, and finisher’s shirt.

CM Glitter Run won’t be complete without our signature CM Color Stations to immerse you in a stunning and spectacular color display.

CM Glitter Run won’t be complete without our signature CM Color Stations to immerse you in a stunning and spectacular color display.

Online registration is ongoing at colormanila.com up to October 21 or until supplies last. SM Tickets are also available for cash purchase at SM Cinema booths nationwide on the same dates. You may also buy prepaid cards at Toby’s Glorietta, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia, Toby’s SM Megamall, Toby’s SM Aura, Toby’s Trinoma, and Toby’s Alabang Town Center on the mentioned dates. Kit claiming is at Toby’s SM Aura from October 19 – 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM., and from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM at a venue to be announced soon.

CM Glitter Run is supported by PLDT Home Fibr, JBL/ Beyond Innovations, F1 Hotel and Resorts, Golden Phoenix Hotel, SM Mall of Asia, SM Tickets, Toby’s Sports, Pascual Creamy Delight Yogurt, NutriAsia’s Locally Fruit Juice, Vitamin Boost, SIP Mineral Water, GMA, WhenInManila.com, Manilascope, Takbo.ph, YuneOh, iFM 93.9, Royal Express Travel and Tours, and Ariva Academy, and will benefit Operation Blessing.

With glitters, foam, color powders, and retro music under CM Glitter Run’s belt, you will never see fun running the same way again after this. Glimmer on the go, have a frothy and fun-tastic (pun intended) run, and color your Sunday happy and healthy at CM Glitter Run! Take a stroll down memory lane via retro music along the route, and show off your widest grins too! Ready, steady, shine at the CM Glitter Run 2017!

Race Details

At CM Glitter Run, we’re bringing the old beats back with our retro music blast all throughout the route. Let’s all rock, roll, raise the roof, and reminisce the good old days while on the run!

Date and Venue

  • Date: October 22, 2017
  • Venue: Block 16, SM Mall of Asia
  • Gunstart:
    • 10K – 5:30 am
    • 5K – 6:00 am
    • 3K – 6:20 am

Fees and Inclusions

Registration

  • Online via Color Manila
  • Onsite: Toby’s SM Aura
  • Prepaid Card Stores:
    • Toby’s Glorietta
    • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
    • Toby’s SM Megamall
    • Toby’s SM Aura
    • Toby’s Trinoma
    • Toby’s Alabang Town Center
    • SM Tickets Nationwide
  • Kit Claiming
    • Toby’s SM Aura, October 19-21, 2017, 10 am to 9 pm

Race Updates

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Powerman Philippines Asian Chammpionship

Thomas Bruins leading the pack in the Powerman Duathlon

Thomas Bruins leading the pack in the Powerman Duathlon

Powerman Philippines Asian Championship showcased Philippine duathletes on a global scale last October 8, 2017 at Clark Freeport Zone,  Pampanga.  Local bets showed that the future is bright on the world level as they showed that they can be at par with the world’s best.

Powerman Asian Championship

Part of the media team for Powerman Philippines Asian Championship

There’s a big difference when you run a race and when you cover one.  When you’re on the race, it’s all about your journey from start to finish. I did have a lot of journey with duathlons having finished several races a few years ago.  Covering Powerman Duathlon was both an enticement for me to try again and also an appreciation of how duathlon has grown in the country.  It’s a race on its own and it was nice seeing elite and world class duathletes racing on local shores.  It’s even more heartwarming seeing our local bets hold their own against the best in the world.

There’s so much stories that happens in a race and when you cover one, you get a glimpse of all these stories.  There’s the heartbeat-stopping moments watching the elites outrace each other.  There’s the journey of the age-groupers which ranges from the newbie, celebrity, experienced and the veteran duathletes.

The Elites

The elites were the first to have their gun start at exactly 6:15 am for the Classic Elite that had them navigating the roads of Clark and SCTEX for 10 kilometers of running, 60 kilometers of cycling and another 10 kilometers of running.  It was a exciting to watch the elites blitz the race course but at the end of the race, it was Australian’s Thomas Bruins and Matt Smith finishing 1-2 in the Classic Elite Division. The Philippines’ own Emmanuel Commendador finished 3rd in the event.  For the Female Classic Elite, Miscelle Gilbuena of the Philippines was the top finisher, followed by Alexandra Mcdougall of Australia for 2nd place and Rowena Valdez for 3rd place.

For the Men’s Short Elite, which was a 5K run, 30K Bike and 5K run, Jarwyn Banatao of the Philippines placed first, followed by Jason Loh of Malaysia and Cipriane John Topia of the Philippines.  Airi Sawada of Japan topped the Female Short Elite category followed by Bic Ferreria of the Philippines.

The Age Groupers

Having friends in the multisports community, it was really exciting to watch the Age Groupers go at it for both the short and classic categories.  It was also nice to note that I had friends in the Podium. Charlle Sy of Fitness First Tri was the first for the 30-34 age group for the Female Classic Category.  Icar Hiponia of Team Smart was first for the 25-29 age group for the Female Short Category.  Tiff Batillo Santos was first for the 35-39 age group for the Female Short Category.

Jake Cuenca finishes strong in the Male Short Categoty

Celebrities also came to play and also had strong finishes.  Jake Cuenca and Kim Chiu finished strong in their respective distace while Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero was able to finish third in the mixed relay for the Classic Category.  It’s nice to see celebrities also share the love for the sport.

Powerman World Championships

Aside from a being a scenic run-bike-run tour of Clark and SCTEX, the event is also a qualifying event for the Powerman World Championships.

  “It’s all about investing in the Filipino duathlete’s potential, pushing their boundaries, and expanding their competitive horizons with the ultimate goal of sending our top Filipino duathlete to the Powerman World Championships,” said Powerman Philippines’ general manager, Coach Kaye Lopez.

Powerman Asian Championship showcased the Filipino duathlete is world class and the future of duathlon is indeed bright for the country.  We have elite athletes who can be at par with the world’s best. 

The event is presented by Summit Natural Drinking Water.  The event is backed by Clark Freeport Zone and NLEX-SCTEX as Official Venue Partners, Cobra Energy Drink as Official Energy Drink, Official Sports Nutrition Partner Unilab ActiveHealth, Official Timing Partner Garmin, Official Footwear Partner Skechers Performance, and Event Partners Seafood Island Restaurant, Hammer Nutrition, 2XU, Dan’s Endurance, Cycles & Brew by Hubble, Starbucks Coffee, Pace Prehab and Recovery, WattUp Cycling, Hotel Stotsenberg, Lohas Hotel, and Fontana Leisure Park.

For details, visit www.powerman.ph and follow @powermanph on social media or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @powermanph official hashtags: #NoManNoPower, #PowermanPH, #PowermanPHPresentedBySummit.

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Lantau 2 Peaks

Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we learn.  Lantau 2 Peaks was a game plan gone wrong for me.  I ended up having cramps, getting lost and ending up with a totally different adventure.  It was not my day but lessons were learned and truly grateful to have a race partner who’d hang in there with me during those tough times.

Lantau 2 Peaks

Years from now, I'll look back to this moment and still thank you for being there on this moment.

Years from now, I’ll look back to this moment and still thank you for being there on this moment.

My biggest fear when racing was having cramps early during the race and clueless on how to finish it.  It finally happened on one of the race that I’ve been preparing for months now.  After 4 kilometers of pure uphill challenge, my right calf muscles cramped up real hard and after trying to move forward for another kilometer of climbing, it was both calves cramping up real hard.  It turns up, my decision to use calf sleeves at the last minute didn’t do well.  It ended up too tight restricting the blood flow into my legs. I knew it was muscle failure the moment I fell as no amount of salt and electrolytes were resolving the tightness.

Dragon's Back with Princess a few days before the race.

Dragon’s Back with Princess a few days before the race.

It’s also in the times of greatest failure that I got to appreciate one of my greatest blessings during the race.  The road to Lantau started mid this year and it was with Princess.  We’d synced our busy schedules and train together or at least keep tab on our progress leading into the race.  It was a journey that peaked to this moment and I’m glad she was there with me.  Personally, I’m not used to being helped and would have preferred that she move forward in the race as I knew the months of preparation she had.  She said there would be other races and there she was nursing me back to my health and even holding on to me on the slippery wooden part of the trail.  On my several years of running, this would be a moment I’d treasure and be forever grateful.  I’m disappointed for sure but the selfless act of Princess just made my not so good day, one of the best ones.

The Race

We stayed at my cousin’s place, the whole time we were in Hong Kong.  I was struggling with cough all week so which made me a bit worried about the race.  It was a packed itinerary as we did Dragon Back, explored Discover Bay, and had our tour of the City.  All roads lead to race day and there we were at the starting line less than an hour before gun start.  There were a lot of participants though there was not as much fanfare on pre race ceremony like in the Philippines. We were just surprised that the race just started at 7:30 am without any briefing.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

The race started fast and we went with the pace knowing that it’s the only part of the course where we could save some time before hitting the climb.  I would take a few walking stops because of the cough and then go again.  It was a stretch of ascending road but we just went with the flow.  Personally, running on the road feels new to me again after spending so many months in the trails.  It was about 2 kilometers of the trails before hitting the trail head.

Upon entering the trail head, it was stairs unlimited so we just went on power hike mode.  I did prepare for this part as I did have a lot of Power Mill sessions before.  The stairs can be really punishing, we did take a several photo breaks just to catch our breath.

We also met some Filipino Hikers from Bandilang Pinas in the trails. The mileage were creeping so slowly with the endless climbs but we were moving forward.  It was purely uphill with some rolling sections after the first cable car ride.  We took it as an opportunity to speed up a bit then it was another set of stairs.  This was the drill for the next 2 kilometers of climbing.  It was around 4 kilometers before right calf muscles cramped up and it was really stiff.  After a few minutes of trying to relax the muscle, we went on.  I tried to shift my weight on the left to reduce the wear and tear on the right calf muscle but after another kilometer of climbing, it was both calves cramping up real hard.

It took more time as Princess tried to relax both muscles and this is the time I figured that it might be the calf sleeves causing the cramps.  One big mistake was I never got to try this on before the race so when the muscles expanded after all the effort, it felt too tight. I had to pull down the calf sleeves and it felt relieved after that.  I was thinking I just need to find a way to hit the aid station and DNF there and let Princess continue during the race.  Princess held on to me on the slippery wooden planks as I was slowly recovering from my cramps.

Top of the climb.

Top of the climb.

We’ve managed to hit the top of the climb and the worst part was over or that was what I thought.  We ended up missing the trail marker by the side of the cable car and went on a different route.  We realized we were lost when some runners were coming back and we met some hikers and they told us that this was not the right route.  We traced our way back to the Cable Car station found the pink ribbon and went on.

We followed the pink ribbons which led us to a fork with no markers again.  We took the left route first then upon seeing no markers, we went back to the right part of the and with no markers still we went back again and waited for the next group to come so at least we can get lost together.  We eventually found our way after several kilometers being lost and clueless.

With so many wasted time already, we would already be missing the cut-off so we just went at a leisure pace and had some photos of the trail.  It was a scenic part of the trail as we were running by the side of the mountain with the urban side and the mountains as part of our view.  We went on consistently and my calves were also feeling much better already.  It was not the adventure I expected but it was still a great experience in my books.

We’ve hit the aid station beyond cutoff. We were already more than 10 kilometers in my watch but this was the 8.5K mark of the race. We were lost that long.  We asked if we could continue at least the 15K route.  The race official at the top agreed for the shift in the distance.  I could have opted to just ride the bus at Ngong Ping but whether officially or unofficially finishing even the 15K distance would still be a good booster after the really bad case of cramps.

It was all downhill and mostly paved roads. It does make my wonder why we could just have taken this road heading up.  Princess took the chance to speed up.  I was a bit hesitant first because of my calves but eventually I did run the descent too.  Slowly, I was regaining my confidence in my legs and we were back in the Tung Chung proper for the last 3 kilometers.  Thanks Princess for pushing me even during the times I doubted myself.  We ended up running the last few sections of the race.  When we finished, I was given my time but being the goody-to-shoes that I am, I went to the race official mentioning that the race official upstairs allowed us to shift distance and even got our race number. Apparently, they didn’t get the memo so we ended up with no results. All is well though as after such a scary incident, I still get to head back to the finish line on foot. Well, it’s back to square one once again.

It’s better to try and fail than fail to try.

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Run Like A Thief with Under Armour Bandit 3

Run as if you stole something, that’s probably what Under Armour had in mind when they came out with the Bandit line.  Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 gives you all the tools to run like a thief with its lightweight design, precise fit and cushioned feel.  It’s gonna make you steal some precious seconds or minutes in chasing your personal best.

Under Armour Running

I have a long line of old reliables when it comes to Under Armour line of running and fitness shoes.  There’s the SpeedForm Apollo, which is among the lightest shoes out there at less than 6 ounces.  There’s the SpeedForm Gemini, which introduces Charged foam / cushioning technology that can keep your feet comfortable for hours.  Even Steph Curry’s line of shoes uses the same technology to match his blitzing pace on the court.  Then there’s the Under Armour Charged Bandit line that takes its DNA from the best of the previous models.  Bandit 2 game me a feel of the more traditional running shoes with focus on cushioning, responsiveness and a construction that makes running a lot more comfortable.

Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

Bandit 3 is a major level up from previous incarnation.  It’s a much lighter shoes compared to the Bandit 2 at just about 9 ounces.  With running as a rhythmic continuous activity those savings on those precious ounces can really save a lot of wear and tear on the legs.  It uses the same Speedform technology that gives you a more precise and responsive fit that makes you focus more on the run and be more adoptable to the different surfaces.  I have a lot of heel issues lately especially with so much time in the trails.  So I really appreciate that the Bandit 3 has a heel counter to keep the heel in place and reduce over pronation.

Recent changes in shoe technology veer towards even lighter shoes and take out some of the cushioning.  While it’s true if you’re running at the right form, there’s a reduced impact on the legs.  I’ve finished 2 marathons using lightweight shoes using this assumption but I still do appreciate the Charged Cushioning of the Bandit 3. Why? In the long-run, those accumulated wear and tear can lead to injuries.   I think this is also the reason that my knees are less stressed when wearing the Bandit 3.  With thousands of mileage under my soles, I’m just glad that the cushioning technology of the Bandit 3 is there to preserve my legs and knees for years and decades more of running.

It has a mesh exterior, which uses Under Armour’s Threadborne technology that’s light, breathable, durable, stretchable and allows you a better feel of the road.  The Threadborne technology is among my favorite innovations of Under Armour especially since the Philippines is a tropical country.  It’s just designed to let you feel cool even on hot and humid days.  The mesh knit may not be waterproof but it does dry faster than other fabrics.  I’m not a fan of waterproof shoes since once the water comes in, it doesn’t go out.  Sometimes, you just have to embrace water in your shoes as it will also help cool it down while running.

Stair-sessions with Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

Stair-sessions with Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

In my years of running, my foot usually doesn’t adopt well with new shoes but the Bandit 3, stole my heart in an instant.  It felt good running using the Bandit 3 both in the road and in the treadmill.  It’s also looks so fashionable even for regular days. It does make running feel easier with an ortholite sockliner that molds to the foot making it more responsive.  I also run at night so I feel much safer with 360 reflectivity that keeps me visible at night plus how can you not stand out with their flashy colorway.  I got a blue colorway, which is my favorite color.

Light, responsive, durable, cushioned and breathable. That’s Under Armour Charged Bandit in a nutshell.  It’s designed for the fast and long ride for both newbies who still need to work on their running bad habits and experienced runners who would want to preserve their legs for the long haul.  Either way, with proper training, the Bandit 3 can steal away those precious seconds or minutes en route to your new personal best.  Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 is now available at Under Armour stores in the Philippines.

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Easy Grocery Makes Grocery Shopping Just A Click Away

I’m a busy person and grocery shopping is a chore for me.   Whenever I get a chance to squeeze doing the grocery, I also end up impulse buying on some items.  Easy Grocery makes grocery shopping just a click away with their mobile App.

Easy Grocery

Got my grocery in just a few hours upon requesting my orders

Got my grocery in just a few hours upon requesting my orders

I got my groceries in an instant.  EasyGrocery makes grocery shopping so simple that you can do it at the palm of your hands.   It’s as easy as one, two and three.

  • Download the app
  • Choose the location
  • Choose the store
  • Pick your items

It’s just a short wait as you get to see your shopping list, slowly get ticked off by your assigned personal shopper.  They would even give you feedback on items that are not available via the apps messaging and call features.  I didn’t make it easy for them as I did take out a variety of items with my P2,000 budget and I was surprised that my grocery list was completed in minutes.  The app also gives you real-time updates on  the delivery.  Just like that I had my grocery delivered to me by their rider.

Convenient Shopping

For people on the go and multi-tasker like me, I need something like this.  It not only saves me time but money as well as I just get to buy what I need and reduce the impulse part of the grocery shopping.  It was impressive when we got our delivery and it was also individually packed and in good condition.  This is just the start as the app is set to get better as they get consistent feedback when they do more operations.

Grocery Made Easy

Choose your orders

Great news – you can now do your groceries online, and in the comfort of your own home!

Imagine foregoing the hassle of physically going to the grocery, dealing with traffic and parking woes, dealing with a crowded supermarket and longer lines at the cashier.

This is made possible by EasyGrocery, the latest mobile app which allows consumers to purchase their grocery items from the app and have them delivered to their preferred address within 60 minutes committed time. The app works for both iOS and Android phones and is now available for download from the App Store and Google Play.

The launch of EasyGrocery comes at a time when more and more Pinoy shoppers are putting premium value for convenience. The results of the annual Nielsen Shopper Trends report from 2015 to 2017 showed a common theme on the shopping habits of Filipinos. While income and purchasing power remains on the upswing, what remains a reality is that the consumers’ time is now a highly-priced commodity. Hence, products and services that are convenient, trustworthy and hassle-free will always appeal to busy Filipinos.

The proliferation of online shopping in the Philippines has significantly altered the way Filipino consumers approach shopping. In 2015, there are already 26.01 million Filipino eCommerce users, majority of which come from the middle class. Topping their list of purchase are electronic goods, clothes and even furniture.1

Therefore, it is surprising that in spite the proliferation of online shopping sites and apps, one still has yet to buy their groceries on foot and in store. This may be the reason why another earlier Shopper Trends survey showed that Filipinos are spending less during grocery shopping but spending more in convenience stores.

Grocery Shopping for the changing times

It was amazing seeing Easy Grocery for the first time as my orders was completed in minutes.

It was amazing seeing Easy Grocery for the first time as my orders was completed in minutes.

EasyGrocery aims to cater to the average Filipinos who find grocery shopping a daunting but necessary task: it can be the average office worker who spends a minimum of 8 hours in the office, excluding overtime; it can be the harried mother trying to balance taking care of the kids and still do house chores; or it can be OFWs who want to be more hands-on on their family’s budgeting.

“We currently live in a fast-paced lifestyle where convenience and time-savings are the public’s priority requirement in their day-to-day activities. It is from this reality that the idea by which EasyGrocery was conceptualized.”, said EasyGrocery’s President & CEO Eugene Leoncio.

Whatever the case may be, this latest mobile app delivers the hassle-free and convenient way of getting the week’s basic necessities from the store to the customer’s home, with just a few clicks.

To appeal to the discerning market, EasyGrocery puts prime value in winning the trust of their users by putting their own brand of customer service in place:

  • A fast and easy ordering system designed exclusively for the app
  • Trained Runners who will personally pick-up the groceries as soon as orders are

    confirmed online

  • GPS mobile app tracker for their riders which allows customers to track the driver’s

    location with ETA

  • A proactive notification system which allows customers to see if items/orders are

    already in process and see their current status

EasyGrocery provides a variety of online grocery shopping options as it makes it possible to purchase the orders in some of the country’s biggest supermarket chains. What’s best, groceries will come from the stores nearest to the customers in order to meet delivery time. Users have the option of paying Cash On Delivery (COD), credit card and points payment and soon, payments can also be made via Bayad Centers, over the counter, online banking, convenience stores and mobile payment facilities.

And since EasyGrocery only charges a flat rate of 100 pesos for the service fee per order and another 100 pesos for the delivery fee; it is still more affordable compared to commuting and then dealing with the unnecessary expenses of grocery shopping!

EasyGrocery is now available in its three pilot areas of Makati, Parañaque and Taguig, and hopes to add more cities in the coming months.

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Toby’s Sports to Celebrate 1st #NSFDay on October 1, 2017

 

Toby’s Sports dedicates a special day to celebrate the importance of sports and fitness in Filipinos’ lifestyle through the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on Oct. 1.

When it comes to sports and fitness, Toby’s sports has been the go-to brand of a lot of Filipino with their multi-brand retail approach to cater to the needs of majority of the sports and disciplines. #NSFDay

Toby’s Sports

Promoting the benefits of sports and fitness to Filipinos, Toby’s Sports will celebrate its 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on Oct. 1.

Promoting the benefits of sports and fitness to Filipinos, Toby’s Sports will celebrate its 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on Oct. 1.

Toby’s Sports, the largest multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, today announced that it will be celebrating the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017. Toby’s Sports established the National Sports and Fitness Day to further highlight the positive benefits of sports and fitness activities for Filipinos of all ages.

Apart from having the widest selection of sports products from the top brands in the industry, Toby’s Sports has also been at the forefront of the sports and fitness movement through a variety of initiatives, such as running a youth sports foundation, regularly holding sports events for amateurs and consistently partnering with other organizations that are dedicated to improving people’s lives through sports. The retail giant’s 50 stores nationwide also house a team of sports enthusiasts and specialists that are dedicated to helping customers find the right gear and assisting them in their journey to an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

Toby’s Sports, the leading multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, has been at the forefront of promoting sports and fitness initiatives through the years.

Toby’s Sports, the leading multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, has been at the forefront of promoting sports and fitness initiatives through the years.

“We have been the trusted ally in sports and fitness for millions of Filipinos nationwide for the past 39 years, and we’re excited to finally introduce a special day dedicated to appreciating the importance of engaging in sports and an active lifestyle,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc., the parent company of Toby’s Sports. “As we celebrate the first National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017, we want our customers to know that they can count on us to cheer and support them in whatever sport or fitness activity they take on.”

National Sports and Fitness Day

In celebration of the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day, Toby’s Sports will be giving away Toby’s Backcourt Pro basketballs to the first 50 customers per store nationwide on October 1.

In celebration of the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day, Toby’s Sports will be giving away Toby’s Backcourt Pro basketballs to the first 50 customers per store nationwide on October 1.

To make the first National Sports and Fitness Day extra special, Toby’s Sports will be giving away Toby’s Backcourt Pro basketballs to the first 50 customers per store nationwide, as well as in its e-commerce site (www.tobys.com) on October 1, 2017.

Toby’s Sports is also encouraging their customers to share their National Sports and Fitness Day experience and tag @tobyssports on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NSFDay.

 

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Golden Fiesta is Your Heart-Friendly Canola Oil

Reduce your body’s cholesterol level by up to 15 percent by choosing Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, made possible by its phytosterol content.

Reduce your body’s cholesterol level by up to 15 percent by choosing Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, made possible by its phytosterol content.

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil: a rich source of cholesterol-reducing ‘phytosterol.’ It’s an oil that’s friendly to the heart keeping it healthy and on the go for your fitness regime and day-to-day activities.

Golden Fresh Canola Oil

Choose the cooking oil that’s best for you with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, which is rich in the heart-healthy phytosterol that reduces cholesterol level by up to 15 percent.

Choose the cooking oil that’s best for you with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, which is rich in the heart-healthy phytosterol that reduces cholesterol level by up to 15 percent.

Heart-friendly is probably the last thing on your mind when you reach for the cooking oil in your kitchen shelf, with health buffs giving it a bad rap all these years. It’s time, then, to set things straight: while some cooking oils put your cardiovascular health at risk, others provide essential good fats that our bodies need.

In fact, did you know that some cooking oils reduce your risk of having coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments?

One of the healthiest oils in the market that nutrition experts recommended is canola oil, which contains heart-healthy nutrients called phytosterols, and which is now being offered by leading oil brand Golden Fiesta by NutriAsia.

Reduce the risk of catching coronary heart disease and similar cardiovascular ailments with the heart-healthy Golden Fiesta Canola Oil.

Reduce the risk of catching coronary heart disease and similar cardiovascular ailments with the heart-healthy Golden Fiesta Canola Oil.

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a rich source of the cholesterol-reducing phytosterols, an all-natural plant extract that can reduce your body’s cholesterol level by up to 15 percent. Scientific studies and trials show that consumption of two grams of phytosterols per day has the potential of diminishing the risk of coronary heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

According to the 7th DOST-ENRI Nutrition Survey, Filipinos become vulnerable to heart disease as early as age 20 due to unhealthy diets and an increasingly stressful work environment.

The claim that phytosterol-containing food may reduce the risk of heart disease, as sanctioned by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA), bolsters the benefits of consuming Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, the substantial phytosterol contents of which help ease the intestinal absorption of dietary cholesterol and facilitate the excretion of biliary cholesterol in the feces.

Enjoy your favorite fried dishes while safeguarding your cardiovascular health with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, which is rich in the cholesterol-reducing phytosterol nutrient.

Enjoy your favorite fried dishes while safeguarding your cardiovascular health with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, which is rich in the cholesterol-reducing phytosterol nutrient.

Made from the seeds of canola flowers, Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is also rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are also beneficial in lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and some types of cancer when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

Compared to other vegetable oils, canola oil has a low level of uric acid, glucosinolates, and saturated fatty acids and bad fats, making it one of the healthiest and more widely used oils in the market.

So the next time you go the supermarket, choose the cooking oil that is best for your heart—NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil!

: Daily consumption of two grams of phytosterol, which is found in Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, may potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, studies show.

Daily consumption of two grams of phytosterol, which is found in Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, may potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, studies show.

NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a good source of phytosterols. Two grams of phytosterols per day may potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

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Nuun Dirt School Mount Makiling

The attack of the Limatiks, that’s how Nuun Dirt School felt  to us.  Aside from the wild encounter with the blood sucking leeches, Mount Makiling was a great refresher on technical trails and a long ascent to build on my endurance.

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Limatiks

Limatiks

Limatiks

Midway on the upper part of Mount Makiling, Coach Ige called us to show us a limatik on the palm of his hand.  Later on, we had limatiks all over us and that was our first encounter with those blood sucking leeches.  I was well covered for this one with Oakley compression but the thought of a creature just wiggling on your clothes still makes me panic.  Well, at least for our first few encounters.  I’m still puzzled how they suddenly appear on your clothes from out of nowhere.

Time to Fly or Time to Get Leeched

Time to Fly or Time to Get Leeched

Nuun Dirt School

Nuun Dirt School is a camp handled by mountaineer and triathlete Coach Ige Lopez.  It has all you need to know about trail running and race preparation.  I’ve been to many Dirt School already and it’s really effective.  For one, I get my time on the trail and second, I practically get to relive all the lessons on my trails and races.  This time it was not about to learn the lessons but apply it in a long distance course like Mount Makiling.

Makiling is an easy to remember course and yet it has all the challenges.  It has long ascent, which is around 10 kilometer from the Botanical Garden to the summit with elevation gain of about 1,000 meters.  Mount Makiling also has a share of technical course, which starts from the trail head at Agila Base until the summit and back.  Yes, it’s not an easy course but it’s an excellent training ground.

The Makiling Trails

With Jaymie (The Bull Runner), Joey (The Boss) and Sitti (Bossa).

With Jaymie (The Bull Runner), Joey (The Boss) and Sitti (Bossa).

Dirt School has both a lecture type discussion and an actual trail run.  Coach Ige gave us some tips in planning for a race and we also got a special appearance from Carina Dayondon, who’s on track to be the first Filipina to climb the World’s Seven Summits.  It was a one hour lecture and since the Mount Makiling trails were mostly covered we didn’t have to worry about starting late.  At first I was sleepy but after using my Young Living Peppermint oil, I was good to go on the trail part.

One of the friendliest persons in the running community, The Bull Runner Jaymie Pizarro

One of the friendliest persons in the running community, The Bull Runner Jaymie Pizarro

The first part of  the trail was about 6 kilometers on ascending paved roads to Agila Base.  Previously, this was half paved, half rough roads.  First strategy, run walk on moderate ascent.  Since we were fstill resh, we were able to do some run walk sets on the moderate ascent.  It’s really difficult to do a full run on ascent this long.  By the mid part of the course, I was pacing with Coach Ige and we were comparing notes on Hoka and Salomon Shoes.  I guess, each one has its pros and cons depending on the trail surface.

Heading towards the Agila Base.

Heading towards the Agila Base.

Midway in the climb, I shifted to a fast hiking pace with runs on flat surfaces and short descent.  I was sweating all over so I kept myself hydrated with Nuun.  It’s really amusing how climbs keep your heart rate higher and lets you exert more effort resulting on more sweat.  I like the long climb. It’s punishing but if you keep moving forward you eventually reach your destination.  We’ve reached Agila Base in about an hour, which is a bit fast for a climbing course for me.

It was a good breather at Agila Base as we had cold Nuun drinks and a short rest.  Nuun and trails are really a perfect match since you just have to find a water source and add Nuun to have your much-needed load of electrolytes.  I always have a pack of Nuun tablets whenever I go on a remote trail.  After a few minutes, we continued on the trail head.  This is about 4 kilometers on technical trails.

Same pace group with Jaymie

Same pace group with Jaymie

We just went at a consistent pace and funny how we saw each tree trunk we had to cross as obstacles ala Spartan Race.  We were on technical trails but we were also cautious to lean on rocks or tree trunks as its limatik infested.  I guess that’s the challenge of keeping your balance on the trail yet keeping yourself aware of your surroundings.  We did appreciate how cool it felt inside the covered Makiling trails and how we had the chirping birds and some shouting from limatik attacks as our music.  The first part was manageable with slight ascents but it became more steep and technical on the higher part of the trail.

We’ve reached station 22 where we regrouped.  There’s about 8 stations left.  Since I reached my training goal already for the day, I decided to go back since I already reached the summit of Mount Makiling before. Jaymie also reached her training goal so we went back together.  Lessons of the past dirt schools was floating on my head on the trails.  There’s using 3 limbs on technical trails, either 2 feet are planted with one on the lookout for twigs, branches, etc to hang on to.  Well, we were also on the look out for limatiks.  There’s planning your steps like a chess game where you should be ready for the next few steps to ensure you’d keep your balance even when you slip.

We met Joey and Sitti on our way down, who later joined us at Agila Base.  We then went on a easy run-walk set heading down and be able to finish our distance strong.  I’m so happy that I’ve logged my needed mileage, learned a lot and had fun at the same time.  That concludes this year’s edition of Nuun Dirt School.  I really recommend that you try to experience it yourself. See you in the trails.

I love how the Oakley Packable Duffel Bag has been so useful for sudden out-of-town trail runs like this.

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Run 2 Me

Run 2 Me was an intimate run in celebration for Master Lao Ogerio’s Birthday.  It also came with a long uphill climb to Mount Parawagan to Wawa Area.  A good climb is always a welcome challenge for weekend trail warriors like me.

Run 2 Me

Trail Chick Maica and Princess

Trail Chick Maica and Princess

I’m starting to get used to hitting the trails on weekends.  The trail run for the week is Run 2 Me, which is a birthday run for Master Lao Ogerio.  I’m building up for a race in Hong Kong in October, which is one of the reasons for the more frequent trail runs.  We’ve just been to the Wawa loop 2 weeks before for Rough N’ Tough Mountain Run Leg 2. It’s a different route this time, which includes Mount Parawagan.

Race Route

Map Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports WHR

Map Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports WHR

Race starts at the covered court in Wawa area and heads up all the way to Mount Parawagan for the next 5.5 kilometers and heads back to Wawa area.

The Race

Race starts at 5:30 am and starts with the 2.5 kilometer climb to the intersection before heading to Mount Parawagan.  Since the first 1.5 kilometer was on concrete, played a little bit of elevation management, run on flats and descents and walk on the climbs.  I’m bringing in  some fatigue from trails runs and training prior to the race and its evident as in the middle of the climb as I felt some pain in my lower back.  It was hard to lean forward which was a faster position when you climb.  I had to adopt to the situation. First was to embrace the pain and reduce the lean forward to reduce the stress on the back.  It was a bit slower pace but at least I am consistent without stopping.

I also decided not to use poles today even if there’s 5 plus kilometers of climb.  I wanted to give my quads a work out to strengthen it. I should be good to go with or without poles.  The poles could have been helpful on the long climb but I need to experiment on the races.  I also had a lighter hydration setup using just one hydrapak flask paired with my Amihan vest.  I was racing light for this one. Now, if i could only shed a few more pounds.  It was another kilometer on rough roads before we hit the intersection where I ate one banana before the next set of climbs.

My training buddy until October, Princess.

My training buddy until October, Princess.

I’m also running the trail with Princess since we are training for the same race in October.  The next set of trails was new territory for me but long story short, it was pure uphill.  I just made a steady but consistent effort.  The game plane was go easy on the climb part and attack the descent.  The next 2 kilometers were purely ascent and followed by muddy trails.  By now, I’m used to muddy trails so instead of taking it slow, I just continued to slide forward on the trail.  It was another kilometer before I hit the u-turn slot.

Mount Parawagan

Mount Parawagan

The u-turn slot was Mount Parawagan.  There was no clearing but I still appreciated the view even if it’s just pure white background. The world is much more beautiful in the eyes of a trail runner because we get to see the sheer beauty of nature.  Up next, it was the descent.  I started to brisk walk the muddy part. Once I’m past that stretch, I started to run downhill.  I’m starting to love downhill running especially with the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2. It’s a shoe made specific for downhill running.

Downhill fun!!! - Photo by Master Del Villanueva

Downhill fun!!! – Photo by Master Del Villanueva

I hit the aid station had a few drinks and also refilled my flask before heading to the next sets of descents all the way to the finish line.  I’m not yet at my peak but I’m loving running a bit faster than the usual chill pace.  It’s always fun to hit the finish line and see a lot of familiar faces yet again.  It was a simple intimate race but it was a good one. Happy Birthday Master Lao.

Finish Line - Photo by SPDS

Finish Line – Photo by SPDS

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Incoming: My Little Pony Friendship Run

My Little Pony Friendship Run brings in the colorful little ponies at the helm for kids and kids at heart to enjoy in a short but sweet fun run.  It’s happening on September 23, 2017 at the SM By the Bay, MOA Complex with 500 meters, 1K, 3K and 5K Categories.

My Little Pony

Last weekend, I played with my 3-year old Inaanak after I gave her a My Little Pony set.  She got one of the blue pony and said in glee, Rainbow Dash.  With that I got re-introduced to the world of My Little Pony, which also was popular when I was a kid.  My Little Pony Friendship Run is for the kids and kids at heart.  Get to enjoy a really feel-good and jovial atmosphere for a short but sweet run and get to see the characters popularized by Hasbro. The run is a prelude to the upcoming big screening of My Little Pony: The Movie this coming October 6,

There will be a short 500 meter dash, 1-kilometer, 3-kilometer and 5-kilometer run of September 23, 2017 at the SM By The Bay, SM MOA Complex.  It’s a family friendly run that’s designed for the whole family to enjoy a morning of running, laughter and pure childhood fun with the My Little Pony Gang.  Register Now and create those happy kiddie memories once again in the run.

Race Details

Date and Venue

  • Date: September 23, 2017
  • Venue: SM by the Bay, MOA Complex

Fees and Inclusions

  • 500 meters / 1 kilometer – P700
  • 3K – P900
  • 5K – P1,000
    • Inclusive of Shirt, Drawstring Bag, Race Bib, Race Manual and Finisher Medal

Registration

  • Online Via Goorahna
  • In Store:
    • Payment and Registration: Chris Sports (SM North EDSA Main, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia)
    • Redemption: Toy Kingdom Stores (SM North EDSA Main, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia)

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