Tori Ramen Tei Alabang

When it comes to food, nothing warms the heart like a bowl of Ramen.  Tori Ramen Tei – Alabang gives a sumptuous bowl of Ramen, gyoza and a lot more at an affordable price range. Visit them at The Port Food Park at 585 Alabang Zapote Road Almanza Uno, Las Piñas.

Tori Ramen Tei

Alabang has its Southern Charm away from the busier side of Metro Manila area. It’s also easily accessible via the Skyway.  It’s just the perfect place to escape the more congested Makati, QC and Ortigas area.  Recently, they started The Port Food Park at 585 Alabang Zapote Road serving meals and drinks from 4 PM until 2 AM. The Port Food Park is your week night and weekend hang out for your friends, office mates and even your family.    The Port Food Park is located along Alabang Zapote Road, just a few meters away from the Old Toyota Alabang near Concha Cruz Gate.  One of the food stops you shouldn’t miss at the Park is Tori Ramen Tei.

It’s time to unwind in the south and Tori Ramen Tei is a must visit.  They have affordable Ramen that’s hearty and satisfying down to the last sip.  It’s been my go-to Ramen place ever since it opened. I love how each bite and sip is just so pleasing to my taste buds, soothing to my throat and warm on my tummy.  They have a variety of sizes and level of spiciness depending on your preference.  I also love how to add their Gyoza as part of my routine meal since it complements well with their Ramen.  I don’t mind escaping my usual busy haven just to have a refreshing meal down south. Aside from their Ramen and Gyoza, I still would love to explore the gastronomic adventure in their menu in my future visits.

The place is born out of her love for Ramen by its owners.   With that love and passion comes the commitment to be more particular with the taste and combinations that would definitely give you a great dining experience.  Price range is affordable with Ramen priced between P60-P140 price range, Bento priced between P120-P140, Gyoza and other sides below P40.  That’s instant meal on a budget.


I have my share of Ramen experience. Most Ramen places are steep on the price so it’s nice that Tori Ramen Tei keeps their Ramen at an affordable price range.  It’s definitely a satisfying value for money meal.

Night out at The Port Food Park

Night out at The Port Food Park

The place gives you an outdoor and laid-back feel.  It’s just the perfect hang out place for a night out with friends and family.  They also have performers for the night as well as Television to keep you entertained.  More importantly, it’s the company that matters as the Port is patronized by people who like to chill the night away with warm foods, a good drink and a lot of stories.



Tori Ramen Tei is among the best sellers in the Port Food Court.  After all, Ramen can really warm the heart and pamper the tummy.   It’s a happy food that can bring in the good vibes.  It’s a place where you can enjoy a good meal with great company.  Of course, there’s also the people behind Tori Ramen Tei ready and happy to serve you. It’s time to visit Alabang and taste the reason yourself on why it’s the hottest place at Port Food Park. Check out their menu below.


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STAR Trail Challenge

STAR Trail Challenge All Set!

STAR Trail Challenge – Photo by Glair Recella

You can have all the bright ideas in the world but if you don’t have people to execute its just bound to be an idea.  After the successful Sierra Trail Adventure Race 2016, it took time before I was mentally ready for its sequel.  I also needed the experience and expertise of Be Trail Ready team and the full backing of the sponsors just to make sure STAR Trail Challenge would be a success.

STAR Trail Challenge

Planning STAR Trail Challenge at Frankies.

Planning STAR Trail Challenge at Frankies.

It took time for Pinoy Trails to finally decide on the sequel of the Sierra Trail Adventure Race.  It was a tough road heading towards the race in 2016 from cancellations, losses and a lot more but after all the happy faces during the race, it was worth it.  We learned a lot of lessons in the 2016 edition.  In 2017, there was no urgency to do the race as I had to prepare for my own races and also needed up helping some race organization and brands to promote in the trail community.  I also needed a team that share the same passion and would be there against all odds.  Then there was Be Trail Ready Team spearheaded by DBB and Hazel.  We’ve been to their races, had chats during recons and it was a good mix.  We still needed one more ingredient to make it a good treat for the runner and it was the sponsors.

Hoka One One

Hoka One One – Photo by Glair Recella

The first up was to get Hoka One One, who I’ve working frequently for several campaigns.  They would be the key sponsor and we wanted to use the race to help promote their shoes and help runners appreciate the Downhill Challenge.  Hoka One One was originally designed as a downhill running shoes with its excellent cushion, support and traction.  The original team alongside Rene and Jun of Pinoy Trails initially had a course in the Sampaloc loop but had to redesign the route to make way for the challenge.  A race within a race and I’m starting to love the idea of STAR Trail Challenge.

Photo by Glair Recella

We also had Nuun, Lightwater, Vitamin Boost, Gu and Del Monte for Hydration and Race Giveaways.  We had Amihan as our race gear partner. We had Gu as our nutrition partner. We also had Milesyone Pod, Drymax, Runnr, Fuel Belt, Trail Junkie, SanctBand and Under Armour.  Thanks to all the sponsors that we had a lot of prizes and giveaways on race day.  Everything given to us were given back to the runners because STAR Trail Challenge is a Runners Race.

Venue was Tanay Adventure Camp, which has easy access to a lot of trail routes.  We also love that’s its an outdoor haven and they share the same passion with us.  Special Thanks to Tanay Adventure Camp for being such a good venue partner and also to Tanay Tourism, who always fostered events like STAR Trail Challenge.

With Princess and Hazel

With Princess and Hazel

Pinoy Trails handled the sponsors, promotion and marketing while Be Trail Ready handled race logistics, venue, registration and the recons.  It was really great working with Be Trail Ready team and we’re looking forward to another STARry race with them in 2018.  Manila Box Office was our registration partner and it really made our job a lot easier which allowed us to focus more on the race.

Trail Talks

Trail Talks

It was also nice to have several trail talks heading to the race to promote the trail lifestyle.  Aside from our usual trail talks, we (Me and Princess) conducted several trail talks aimed at newbies and we’re happy to note that we were able to recruit several no-bies (no running experience at all) to get to try the race.  We really wanted STAR to be a venue for newbies to enjoy the trails yet keep the route exciting for the experienced ones.

The Race

Race ready

Race ready

The race was for Be Trail Ready to do what they do best on the trails.  They operated like a well-oiled machine from route markings, to route supervisions.  I joined Hazel, Princess and the rest in the venue.   I was just there to fill in any gaps.  It was raining so we had several plan Bs in store and yes, we were ready for anything this time.  I actually liked that it rained because it added another fun element on the trail.  As we were unleashing runners, things felt lighter for us.  We had to adjust several times but it’s all good.

Good Morning Runners!

Good Morning Runners! – Photo by Glair Recella

You can’t really plan everything perfectly but it was important that we were able to make adjustments along the way.  I ended up doing several task, including bring Vanessa of Active Pinas on the route, manually carrying cases of Lightwater from one side of the hall to another, to being a sweeper for the kids race, being part of the opening and closing ceremonies, brewing coffee and a lot more.  It was a good working as I probably did several kilometers being from one area to another, lifted a lot of weights too.  That’s what I do best, just be the glue to try to make things work even on a supporting role.

Kids Race

Kids Race

Of course, the runner in me would have preferred me running the course.  There were a lot of reasons I enjoyed STAR Trail Challenge.  It was a lot of happy faces.  It was people telling stories about their awesome adventures.  It’s the sponsors getting a good mileage.  It was nice to see the original Pinoy Trails Team (Rene, Jun, Arvin, Mike and Jose) and friends.   It was the new segments like the kids race and the downhill challenge.  I hope both this challenges get to get more exposures in other races.  The kids race though it was a side event did make me really happy to see kids play outdoors.

“Joma: Kids, gusto nyo ba mag parlor games na lang (since it was raining)?

Kids: NOOOOOOO!!!!

Joma: Kids, gusto nyo ba tumakbo sa ulan at maputikan?”

Kids: OO!!!!”

With that, we allowed the parents to join the kids in the race and they look so cute and so natural on the trail.   After all, this is a race for everybody.  We saw a lot of newbies brave the trails, a lot of elite runners show their wares and a lot of passionate runners cap their running year with STAR Trail Challenge.  It was a fun day at our rainy trail playground and I hope everybody did have fun and eventually continue to love the trails.  It’s time to recharge a bit for me and when I’m done, it’s back to the drawing board again with Team BTR and sponsors for another Epic STAR adventure.

See you in the trails!

See you in the trails!


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On Cloud X is the Ultimate Fitness Shoes

On Running Cloud X is the ultimate fitness shoes that’s handy on the gym and the technology to keep you running on cushy cloud feel on the road.  Running gets remixed by Cloud X with its versatility and its flashy and fashionable look.

On Cloud X

With Cai and Nica at On Cloud X Launch at Avant Garde Crossfit

With Cai and Nica at On Cloud X Launch at Avant Garde Crossfit

The tide of fitness is evolving.  It used to be running at the center of it all and the other fitness activities supporting the lifestyle.  The growth spurred the development of running specific products to better suit the needs of the runners.  On Running Shoes is equipped with the cloudtec technology that uses cloud pods as an added cushioning and at the same time an extra push for the next stride.  It’s one of the more efficient shoes when it comes to running with the cloud pods reducing the impact of each foot strike.  Fitness is now back at the top with more people hitting the gym, doing crossfits, strength based exercise and a lot more while running remains an alternative workout options.  Running remixed, that’s how things are now.

Running Remixed

On Cloud X Launch

On Cloud X Launch

Running isn’t not just about putting out foot after the other now.  It’s also important to keep the whole body in good shape to make running a lot more comfortable. On Running shoes introduces the Cloud X.  Running doesn’t stop on the road.  It also involves time in the gym or other fitness activity to keep that core firm, the muscles in tip top shape, the body flexible and a lot more.  Cloud X is the ultimate fitness shoes as it not only performs well on the road but at the gym as well. We got the chance to try out the latest Cloud X last December 2, 2017 at Avant Garde Crossfit with a mix of runs and cross fit exercise.

We had to do several sets of 800 meter run, 40 pull ups and 70 push ups.  What have I gotten myself into?  After a few warm ups, we were all set to go for the first part which is the run.  My legs are really choosy when it comes to running shoes.  It usually takes me a few runs and a lot of muscle pains before I can finally adjust to the shoes.  For this one, CLoud X didn’t need a break in period for my legs as it felt smooth on the run.  It helps that it’s a cross between the Cloud and the Cloud Flow, which I’ve been using running ever since.

It’s a lightweight shoes at just 8 oz and its fully cushioned with the cloud pods.   Since I haven’t really been running, I’d let it go if I’d have a short bout of shin splints while warming up but no, it felt smooth running on clouds.  It’s one of the rare shoes where I didn’t need a break in period.  Running the 800 meters felt like a breeze with Cloud X.

The pull ups and the push ups were a struggle for me since I rarely do core workouts but I’m a trooper so I survive this phase and went on with the second sets.  The thing with core and run workouts is that it brings fatigue in when you run, which simulates the latter part of a long run.  Despite the fatigue coming from the core workouts, it still felt smooth running with Cloud X with the added bounce from the cloud pods.  It was a quick work out but it was a good one with the mix of runs and core activities.

Cooling Down

While most running shoes works efficiently on a forward motion, Cloud X also supports multi-directional support common to most gym or cross-fit work outs. It has a heel cap that keeps the shoes steady when you move.  It’s light and breathable that keeps the foot refreshed and comfortable.  The soft cloud pods not only is comfortable when you run but is an added cushion when you do jumping exercise.  Of course, it’s flashy and would definitely stand out at the gym or at the road with their fashion friendly designs and cool color.

On Cloud X is the ultimate fitness shoes, whether you’re on the road or on the gym.  It brings the running on cloud experience in all your workout giving you efficiency, comfort and support.  It does keep you working out harder, farther and longer.

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Living the Young Living Lifestyle

It’s the little things that can shift your day from a bad one to a good one.  It may be a good night sleep, or tapping on an energy source, or it can maintain wellness and a lot more.  Young Living Essential oil ticks of all of these and has helped me manage the gazillion things I have to do with a clearer mind, a healthier body and less stress.

Young Living

I came to know of essential oils early this year and has been a part of my routine since April.  I could have started earlier but I’m equipped with a large amount of professional skepticism I’ve gained from years of my audit work.  Why spend on an amount for oils? It’s not technically a huge investment but it’s a normal process that goes through every spending I make.   Some things in life are priceless… like a goodnight sleep… a strong immune system… a healthy lifestyle and those moments that makes us smile.  With that, I finally joined the growing trend of essential oil users.

The process is simple, get a premium starter kit via Young Living and you’re good to go.  The premium starter kit contains the basic oil blends but it covers a lot of bases.  There’s an oil for everything after all. If we’d go back to the ancient time, people had no medicines but more on oils and plant extract to deal with their common concerns.  There’s a science to it but trying it out is a much better gauge on the essential oils.

It took months to convince me to try it out but it took just a few days of trying it to make me feel that I made the right choice.  The Premium Starter Kit is really effective in helping  a lot of your concerns but once you get the hang of it, you get to try other oils too depending on your need.   You can use it using the diffuser or some can be ingested and some can be used topically. Here are some of the reason how Young Living essential oils have changed my lifestyle.

For A Goodnight Sleep

My Go To Sleep Blend

My Go To Sleep Blend

Gone are the days that I can go on those sleepless nights and still get to brag about having no sleep.  I realized how sleep has always been the great equalizer whether it’s for your mood, for your energy, for weight-loss and for recovery.  There are a lot of sleep blends but I my go-to blend is Lavender, Cedarwood and Vetiver.  I do get weird dreams at times especially with Vetiver but that just means I get deep and quality sleep.  The usual worry here is not waking up on time but if I need to be up early, the more I’d go for my sleep blends as it will make sure it gives me quality sleep.  2 hours of quality sleep can be worth more than hours of restless sleep.  When I’m up, I’m good to go.

To Perk Up My Day

If Lavender is part of my sleep blend then Peppermint is the one that keeps me energized.  I usually diffuse lemon and peppermint to keep me focused at work.  It’s a feel good blend that keeps me awake and happy.  I also keep peppermint handy on my runs.  I remember when I did Mount Makiling a few months ago, I started real sleepy because of the early travel time.  After smelling the aroma of peppermint, I’m good to go.  It also helps open up the lungs for the long climb.

All Around Roller Blends

I’ve grown to love roller blends because it’s handy.  I don’t need to bring my diffuser and I can carry it anywhere.  Tranquil blend is good for sleep.  Stress away can really help calm you done on nerve-wracking situations at work.  Breathe again helps ease my breathing and lowers my heart rate. Deep relief is for the muscle pains and relaxing the body.  I use breathe again before I sleep to relax my heart and deep relief to relax my body.  You can also blend some oils for restful sleep, nervous system support, better circulation, immune system and a lot more.

For Digestion and Circulation

Digize always comes handy whenever I feel bloated.  It aids in the several stomach issues. I hate that bloated feeling so digize or the blend of digize and peppermint has really help me address those issues the past few months.  I also add a drop of lemon and grapefruit to my water for cleansing, detox and weight loss.  You can also add peppermint into the mix if you want to try a different taste and flavor.  I also got to try Detoxzyme Capsules and it really helps in the cleansing, detoxification and overall support of the body.

For My Healthy Lifestyle

There are so many oils and blends that matches my healthy lifestyle.  Peppermint helps perks me up for a work out and when I need a fresh burst of energy.  Breathe again helps my heart rate stay steady on the long climbs.  Deep relief roller and pan away helps on the muscle pains.  I also use Amino Wise as both my work out and recovery drink, which keeps me up longer on training and helps me recover faster.

For Immune Boost

This really helps a lot especially on when I need a boost in my immune system.  Thieves and Purification are great boosters especially when there’s a virus at home or in the office.  It also complements my training as we get weaker immune system the longer we train or as we peak in our training.  R.C. and Raven can really help in our overall wellness.  I make sure I have them and their equivalent roller with me as what can be more important than health and wellness, right?

For Valor

When it comes to Valor, it’s about balance between our physical and spiritual bodies.  It’s an extra dose of courage in a bottle and I always use it when I have to speak to a crowd or have a major task at hand.  It helps calms and relax me, giving me clarity of thoughts and confidence whenever I speak.  Yes, it works for me.

For Financial Blessings

I usually get a few drops of abundance on my palms to start my day and it works, I’ve managed to attract a lot of financial blessings.  It’s not a substitute of hard work though but a little bit of lady luck on your side is not a bad ally in a tough world.

Young Living Lifestyle

It’s been months of using essential oils and yes, there’s an oil for everything.  It’s a game changer, a mood shifter, an immune booster and a lot more.  Try it yourself and have an oily lifestyle.

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The Two Sides of My Beijing (Mis) Adventure

In one trip, I’ve ticked off one bucket list item I’ve been wanting to do ever since my first trip in China in 2004 and… I’ve also had my most horrible experience in the airport.  At the end of the day, I’m glad I was able to see the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.


Forbidden City

After getting a quick tour of the Forbidden City and a bucket list check moment by being in the Great Wall of China, we were rushing to the airport to catch our flight to Hong Kong and then the connecting to Manila.  There was nothing irregular on our flight except being a few minutes delayed from our 4 pm boarding time and the extra stringent security check.  When we were seated in our plane, I started watching a movie and that’s where all the mis-adventures started.


There were several delay announcements owing to air traffic control, which felt normal coming from a country where flight delays are so normal.  I barely noticed the time since I finished 2 movies already and that was 5 hours inside the plane.  From Air Traffic Control to the Smoggy Beijing Skies to Heavy Rains. By 9 pm, it was impossible to travel and we were asked to go-out of the plane and go to the one of the bay areas for the announcement of our food and hotel arrangements.  We had to queue for about an hour as they had to cancel our departure at the immigration and upon reaching the bay, we were informed that our flight would be scheduled tom at 10 am and for our hotel and food arrangements, there was none.

We managed to find a hotel, which we were only able to use for a few hours since we had to re check-in early the next day.  All announcement were in Chinese so we were practically lost in translation.  By the time, we reached the counter, we’ve been informed that the flight is overbooked.  How can you get booked out of your own flight, right?  They booked us to the 4 pm flight on the same day since they didn’t want to book us on the earlier available flight since they were not confident that the plane is coming.  That followed a series of flight that got filled out suddenly.  The delay was prevalent though and we managed to leave Beijing at 11 pm and once we hit Hong Kong early the next day, it felt that our world was back in full color after being helpless for 2 days in Beijing.   So I guess, every time I have an airport mishap, I’ll just remember this experience and it would make me feel better.  Even if this trip was a few months ago, the experience still does haunt me.

Bucket List Check Beijing

Forbidden City

I’ve been wanting to see Beijing ever since the first time, I’ve been in China in 2004. I appreciated the cosmopolitan setting of both Shanghai and Hangzhou and felt the remoteness of Shandong in my several trip to China but Beijing has always been the elusive one. Well, up until August this year as our Board Meeting was scheduled in Beijing.  We had a comfortable entry to China since we were on premium seats owing to the late booking.  We were able to visit a high end retirement home that had all the facilities to live the comfortable life.  We had a smooth board meeting and it was time to explore for the next 1 1/2 days.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

On any day it would have been impossible to enter the Forbidden City since there were numerous visit and you have to really be early.  It was good that our China based Director was able to arrange everything and we had a smooth entry at the Forbidden City.  It’s a lavish Kingdom fortified by pillars of defenses.  It’s an impenetrable fortress that kept Kingdoms and Dynasties secured from invaders.  There was history written on the walls and the displays.

It’s among the most visited sites in the world. It’s a palace complex that housed dynasties and has been the political center of China.  It took us several hour exploring the whole complex and was just barely on time reaching one of the gates before it closed for the day.

I made a wish and looks like its coming true.

The Great Wall of China

Despite the short stay in China, we were able to squeeze in the Great Wall of China.  We were able to get a cab who would take us early to the Great Wall and take us to the airport after as arranged by one of our Chinese Directors.  We were picked up at arrange 6 am in our hotel, was able to see the Olympic Stadium before heading to the Great Wall.

Just setting foot on the Great Wall meant so much for me since it’s always been on my to do list.  I remember before I would always reserve an extra entry on my Chinese Visa so if time permits, I’d be able to travel to Beijing and see the Great Wall.  It’s such a massive structure that’s really worth visiting.  We took a bus ride and then a cable car to the top of the Great Wall of China.

Traversing the Great Wall was not an easy feat as it’s a rolling terrain so you’ll have climb several sections and descend on steep steps too.  It was surreal being on top of the Great Wall.  It was foggy or smoggy that day.  I would like to think its fog because it feels a bit chilly up the wall.

With Peps And Eric

With Peps And Eric

It was a really long walk in the walls and we’ve been walking for kilometers just to see several sections of the wall.  We were just on the look out on the time as we had to be done before noon in order to catch our flight.  There were several pillars in the walls that led to another section of the wall.

I hope it’s just foggy and not smoggy

I was just glad even we had a very short trip, we still got the chance to explore this ancient structures.  I always love visiting heritage sites as it feels me connected with tradition and heritage.  We learn so much and we appreciate the greatness of the thinkers back then.

With ECP and Peps.

With ECP and Peps.

By 11 am, we were on the way back and had our lunch at Burger King before taking our cab to the airport.  I guess seeing the Forbidden City and The Great Wall of China made the trip and the succeeding misadventures worth it.  Sometimes, you just have to look at the brighter side and I’ve been at two of the main attractions in China and it was really worth seeing.

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The First Batch of Under Armour Curry 4 is Coming to Town

While Stephen Curry is on top of the world as a 2 time NBA Champion and a 2 time MVP, he’s among the more inspiring underdog story.  Undersized player who worked his way to the top of the sports and through that journey was Under Armour and his very own signature shoes. The first 200 pairs of Curry 4 lands in Manila this Week.

Curry 4


He’s the most un-guardable players with his range, foot work and speed and high basketball IQ.  Stephen Curry has redefined the game in making the 3s a potent weapon as well as the range that help spread out the defense to facilitate Golden State Warriors free-flowing offense.  With that range of skills set comes a shoe that can keep up with him.  Curry 4 has been improved to be better in all aspects of the shoes.

More Comfort, More Control, More Traction

The Curry 4 is all about more – Stephen’s insatiable desire to win more, to play more and to achieve more. The shoe was designed from the ground up with one thing in mind – to help Stephen get more, from the first ideation conversations, to sketches, to design iterations and beyond.

The Curry 4 offers more control, via continuity; a seamless feel between the foot and the shoe, and that is evident when putting on the footwear. Immediately, the shoe conforms to your foot, with no break in period, offering more comfort than ever before.

Traction is critical to Stephen’s game; the ability to grip the hardwood with no slippage and ensure the quickest, cleanest cuts to offer that extra sliver of space gives Stephen all he needs to unleash the fastest, deadliest release in the league. Concentric circles, inspired by gravitational waves, achieve more traction, beyond any prior Curry footwear iteration.

Additional tech details driving the Curry 4:

  • Knit internal sleeve creates a structural fit around the collar & forefoot for an amplified performance feel
  • Microfiber synthetic quarter panel is bonded to the knit material giving the ideal balance of support with reduced weight
  • Dynamic seam taping merges the knit sleeve & synthetic quarter panel without adding any stitching
  • Speed plate for underfoot structure & performance containment built to handle explosive movements
  • Cross-centric traction pattern is designed to optimize on forefoot-to-heel traction & provide amazing grip on any court
  • Proprietary foam compound for responsiveness under foot

Stephen has helped redefine what success looks like in professional basketball – being quick and light is the name of the game, and Under Armour has applied that approach to the design and functionality of the Curry 4.

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We Run We Care We Share

We Run We Care We Share is an intimate run for a cause spearheaded by Reyes Tacandong & Co Foundation Inc.  For me, it was a chance to meet up and run with former mentors and colleagues in the audit profession. 

We Run We Share We Care

FAA Babies

FAA Babies

We lived on a routine of meeting tough deadlines while servicing several audit clients.  We’d spent hours and at times even days at the office chasing deadlines.  Behind the chase are the people you get to share a laugh, a rant, and the tale of the sleepless nights.  That’s the life of an auditor and that’s the foundation of who I am today.  The core group of Reyes Tacandong & Co were my mentors and colleagues who I shared those sleepless work nights while sharpening my skills in the world of audit.  That was years ago and we’d have our different success story to tell but being with them at the run brought back all the memories of my times spent in the field of audit.

When I got the message from Ms. Carol, whose been among my favorite managers then partner, that RT & Co was doing a run, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share my passion with my former mentors and colleagues plus McKinley West and Bayani Road area is among my favorite routes because of the rolling elevation.  Arlyn, whose been my seatmate and among my closest friends in audit was also joining so I asked her to switch to 10K and promised to pace her til she finished.

With Ms Carol

I ditched the car on race day and just took the cab knowing that there are limited parking slots at McKinley West. It was good that I had an Amihan Go Lite Belt as I was able to fit my phone, my money, my home keys and an extra shirt in the belt.  I arrived around 30 minutes before the start of the race and it was an intimate crowd.  I could count the faces of the regular runners I see but I did see a lot of faces I used to work with back in audit.  Arlyn, Paul and Joseph came a few minutes before gun start so Paul would be pacing with Joseph while I’ll be pacing Arlyn on her first ever run.

At gunstart, we joined the crowd eager to run at the start of the race but since Arlyn had to retie her shoes twice  at the first 300 meters, we ended up at the back of the pack.   Since this is Arlyn’s first ever run and I did want her to finish the race, we started slow but we  run on the descents.  From the back, we slowly passed some runners.  I would encourage Arlyn to run faster on the descent and once we are approaching each water station.  The first part of Bayani Road was a net descent so there were a lot of opportunities to run.

With Joseph, Arlyn, Cocoy Tacandong, Paul and Ms Carol.

With Joseph, Arlyn, Cocoy Tacandong, Paul and Ms Carol.

We went at conversation pace and a few runs just letting Arlyn to go at a pace she was comfortable.  After all, she was just supposed to do a 5K run but I let her shift to 10K run.  I would tell her some ways to pace herself or how to approach a climb.  I would tell her to run and until we reach several light post or the water station.  The key was to keep her moving and also keep her mind occupied of not giving up on the race.

We’d hit the 4K mark at the C5 u-turn and I told her it’s mostly uphill from here.  We then shifted to running on flats and walking on the climbs.  I did run the long climb in Bayani Road and just waited for her on the top of the climb since I couldn’t resist the climb.  Whenever we’d see someone slowing down in front of us, I’d encourage her to run so we can move forward.  Then we were back on the Lawton Area for the last two kilometers of the race.

Boybas Unite

Boybas Unite

We took the route in Lawton and Arlyn was struggling a bit but she endured a went on to finish her first ever 10K run.  More than seeing her finish her run, it was nice catching up with her as due to our busy schedules, we haven’t really been able to keep in touch for a long time.  We caught up with our former colleagues after the race before having breakfast and calling it a day.

10K Mission Accomplished.

10K Mission Accomplished.

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Golden Fiesta Brings Heart Healthy Camp at Nuvali Starting November 11


Philippines’ top cooking oil brand Golden Fiesta holds the first leg of its Heart Healthy Camp at Solenad 1, Nuvali on Nov. 11.

Golden Fiesta brings the first leg of Heart Healthy Camp to Nuvali on September 11 to further promote their advocacy on health and fitness. Take part in different fitness routines as well as get to listen and engage in heart talks, as well as some cooking demonstrations.

Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp


Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp participants will be treated to an assortment of workout routines and activities that suit their fitness requirements.

Bringing its advocacy of health and fitness closer to more Filipinos, Golden Fiesta, the Philippines’ leading cooking oil brand, is holding the first leg of the Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp at Solenad 1 in Nuvali, Laguna, on Saturday, November 11.

The free-admission fitness camp is expected to gather—in a single venue—not just scores of fitness enthusiasts but legions of young professionals who want to be heart-healthy by jump-starting a fitness regimen.

Participants can choose from an assortment of fitness routines and activities that are categorized into beginner, intermediate, and advance levels to suit their varying fitness requirements. They can also listen to and engage in “Heart Talks” to be administered by licensed Nutritionist-Dietician and fitness specialist Fia Batua.


Golden Fiesta encourages its consumers to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle by engaging themselves in fitness activities and choosing the right kind of cooking oil.

Apart from the workout activities, a live cooking demo and food sampling using heart-healthy Golden Fiesta Canola Oil by NutriAsia will be conducted by Pinoy celebrity chef and fitness buff Jose Sarasola. Participants will learn how to prepare simple, heart-healthy meals like Golden Fiesta Lettuce Salad with Guyabano Vinaigrette, Golden Fiesta Bangus Back Fillet and Adobo Kangkong Duo, and Golden Fiesta Japanese Chicken Katsu in Curry Sauce.

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 as much as 15 percent. Scientific studies and trials show that consumption of two grams of phytosterols per day has the potential of diminishing one’s risk of developing coronary heart disease.


Golden Fiesta invites everyone to its free-admission Heart Healthy Camp at Nuvali to learn and enjoy new fitness techniques from experts and enthusiasts.

Interested participants may sign up at the registration area at Solenad 1-Flex Lot, Nuvali on Nov. 11 as early as 6 a.m. They will get a free test to check their current fitness status using Golden Fiesta’s Karada machines before proceeding to a warm-up session. They will also be given a special event passport that will be stamped after finishing each fitness activity. The Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp at Nuvali will run until 11 a.m.

According to Carl Constantino, category marketing manager at NutriAsia, the Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp is the brand’s way of reaching out to Filipino consumers, encouraging them to be more mindful of their food choices and to maintain an active lifestyle despite tight schedules.

“We are encouraging everyone, particularly residents of Laguna and nearby cities and municipalities, to drop by Nuvali, the first destination of our Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp, on Nov. 11. They must explore this opportunity to learn and enjoy new fitness techniques from fitness experts and enthusiasts—all for free. At the same time, our camp participants can pick up useful tips from nutrition and fitness experts and learn how to cook their favorite fried dishes—plus new dishes that they can try at home—using heart-healthy Golden Fiesta Canola Oil,” Constantino said.

After the Nuvali leg, the Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp will proceed to Track 30th at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on November 26 (Sunday) and to Eton Centris Walk in Quezon City on December 3 (Sunday). The Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp is coming soon to a venue near you, so make sure to check out Golden Fiesta’s Facebook page for updates on upcoming legs.

Golden Fiesta by NutriAsia, the country’s number one cooking oil brand, is available in leading supermarkets nationwide. NutriAsia is a powerhouse of beloved, timeless, and iconic Filipino food brands, including Datu Puti, UFC, Silver Swan, Papa, Jufran, Mafran Mang Tomas, and Golden Fiesta.

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Incoming: We Run, We Share, We Care 2017

Run… where every stride you make and each drop of sweat will help alleviate the lives of the poor community.  We Run, We Care, We Share is a run for a cause brought to you by Reyes, Tacandong & Co Foundation Inc. happening on November 19, 2017 at McKinley West in Taguig with 1K, 3K, 5K and 10K Distances to choose from.

Reyes Tacandong & Co.

Reyes Tacandong & Co is one of the emerging top audit firms in the country having established their operations a few years ago.  I’ve been in touch with the growth of the Company since some of the key partners were my mentors when I was still in the audit profession.  I’m glad to see it grow from the day it was founded and now being one of the more established audit firms in the country.  Of course, with that growth and success comes the need to give back and that’s where Reyes Tacandong & Co. Foundation Inc. (RTCFI) comes in.

Reyes Tacandong & Co. Foundation Inc. (RTCFI), a non-stock, non-profit organization committed to provide healthcare, educational access and livelihood projects to poor communities will be holding its first Fun Run Event entitled on November 19, 2017 “We Care, We Run, We Share” at McKinley West, Taguig.  McKinley West is also one of my favorite race route owing to its rolling terrain and its not as saturated as the other race venues.

This event aims to raise funds for RTCFI so it can financially support communities, beneficiaries or other non-profit organizations who provide affordable healthcare and educational facilities to poor communities. This event aims to promote awareness on social issues and to promote health and wellness activity to the event participants. About 1,000 participants from RT& Co. and as well as runners outside the company are expected to come together for this event.

All proceeds shall go to projects on infrastructure buildings such as classrooms and health care centers for the beneficiaries of the foundation. Everybody wins in a race like this, it jump starts you to a healthy lifestyle and it also warms your heart with a cause that will put smiles to poor communities.  Register now!

Race Details

Finisher Medal for Everyone

Finisher Medal for Everyone

Date and Venue:

  • Date: November 19, 2017
  • Venue: McKinley West, Taguig

Fees and Inclusions

  • 1K – P450
  • 3K – P650
  • 5K – P850
  • 10K – P950
    • Inclusive of Race Bib, Event Shirt and Finisher Medals for all Finishers


  • Online via Goorahna
  • In Store: Planet Sports Glorietta 3 Makati

Race Updates

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Salomon Introduces the All-New Sense Collection

One thing you can’t argue with when it comes to Salomon is the performance of its athletes and its users as you see them in the races. With a performance line that’s tried and tested by the world’s best trail runners comes an all-new Sense Collection featuring the VIBE midsole and contagrip technology designed for cushioning, support and traction.


Using Salomon at Cordillera Mountain Ultra

Using Salomon at Cordillera Mountain Ultra

Salomon is among the brands I trust in the trails and it’s been my trail weaponry in some of my biggest races.  It just gives me confidence on the trails with its superior traction and lightweight built.  When you feel comfortable with your shoes, you can focus on the run and be more effective.  That quality and efficiency on the trails comes from their passion for mountain sports and their rich 70-yearspworth of heritage in developing new technologies and progressive craftsmanship in the field of outdoor sports.  Committed in strengthening its engagement with various outdoor sporting communities, Salomon has been channeling its efforts towards promoting trail running.

From producing an extensive range of innovative trail running footwear to mounting a series of trail running events, Salomon seeks to expose the sport of trail running to a wider network of runners and outdoor enthusiasts. Consistent with this advocacy, Salomon sustains the momentum of encouraging more people to run with nature as it unveils its all-new Sense Collection.

All-New Sense Collection

Developed in the company’s Annecy Design Center in France – where engineers, designers, and athletes collaborate to produce innovative solutions that will continually enhance its offerings – the Sense Collection was designed to provide runners with maximum comfort and protection amid long runs through the toughest terrains and roughest of surfaces.

 Inspired by trail runners’ commitment to pushing the limits of their minds and bodies as they enjoy immersing in nature, the Sense Collection features three new footwear designs that will encourage trail runners to get off the beaten track and experience traversing through more diverse landscapes.


Sense Ride

Sense Ride

Leading the pack is the Sense Ride shoe which received tremendous feedback from testers and running specialists. Drawing from the key features of the S/LAB Sense Ultra, the Sense Ride embodies a new standard of performance for the brand’s range as it bears progressive technologies that will enable trail runners to go the distance.

These include the VIBE midsole technology which serves to provide better energy return and more cushioning capabilities via its Energy Cell+ material. Meanwhile, the CONTRAGRIP with Premium Wet Traction ensures extra grip on wet and slippery surfaces. Moreover, the Sense Ride shoe was built with a natural rocker profile to deliver a smooth ride along with an 8mm heel drop and bottom unit geometries to suit the needs of a large cross-section of runners.


From dry to grassy pathways to routes with intermittent obstacles and debris, the Sense Ride ensures pro trail runners and beginners alike with a smooth and secured experience. Sleek and lighter than most trail running footwear, the Sense Ride comes in the Navy Blazer colorway.


Sense Pro Max

For those who opt for more speed, the Sense Collection offers the Sense Pro 2. Crafted for a more lightweight and faster running experience, the Sense Pro 2 also bears the Energy Cell+ component. Also, included in the line-up is the Sense Pro Max with VIBE midsole technology; a trail running shoe that’s meant for those who seek more protection when going on longer runs.

 Run With Your Salomon Idols

In line with the launch of the Sense Collection, Salomon is more than thrilled to roll out an exciting campaign. Ongoing until November 15, Salomon offers a P1,000 discount for every purchase of any Sense Collection footwear. Upon purchase of a Sense Collection footwear and any regular-priced Salomon product, one is entitled to a Free Trail Running Session. For those who will join the Trail Session, there will be a free Trail running shirt, Sense ride testing units and raffle prizes.


Limited to 15 persons per batch, two sessions will be held in November with Salomon’s roster of athletes including TJ Isla, Erick Guieb, Miguel Lopez, Majo Liao, and Aldean Lim. At the event, raffle prizes will be given away to attendees. Plus, shoe testing units of the Sense Ride will be made available. This offer is not valid in conjunction with other discounts, markdown vouchers, and other promotions.

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