Suunto Spartan Ultra is Definitely Progress Beyond Logic

Suunto Spartan Ultra is the ultimate sports and adventure watch. It keeps you aware of all the metrics you need on your workout.  It has a touch screen display, bluetooth connectivity and it’s an investment to a lifestyle of fitness and adventure.

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There’s so many factors to consider in getting a sports watch.  You have to consider your budget, expectations and even long-term plans.  Different sports watches comes in different price range and features.  Low on budget, go for the basic features and it’s still good to go.  If you’re in for fitness and adventure for the long-term then having a Suunto makes lot of sense.  I’ve been a Suunto user since 2013 and that means covering thousands of kilometers running and biking with it.  Along the years, Suunto also got better from better features to an even better post work-out metrics and videos.

Aside from the video recap after the race. You can also save existing route and use it for navigation purposes on future runs.  You can customize your views and it can really help you on your race.  It’s really a mental edge being aware of the distance, pace, elevation, heart rate and a lot more.  I still use for Suunto Ambit 2 Sports for indoor cycling since it’s Ant+ compatible.  Starting with the Ambit 3 series, Suunto shifted to Bluetooth technology, which is more accurate when it comes to pairing of the devices. It’s also a watch that can go with you even on regular days as it can go as a lifestyle watch.

Suunto Spartan Ultra

What then sets Suunto Spartan Ultra apart?  The more obvious part is that it goes touchscreen and shifts to a colored display.  So it can go with a digital or analog display and you can vary your watch face.  It also has an activity monitor that allows you to monitor the calories and steps you make in a day.  I actually like this feature since I like watching my calories and activity in line with what I eat and do. Spartan Ultra can really make you more aware of your activities even on regular days.

Suunto Spartan Ultra has customized views per sport depending on the metrics you’d want to monitor.  You really don’t need to customize the views since you almost have all the metrics specially when you have 5 windows view available.   It helps having all the metrics in one view as you get to see everything already and saves you time shifting from one window to another. I actually discovered how to better customize the views with Movescount.

Just create a new sport mode and you can customize you’re views.  I prefer the average pace, heart rate, distance and duration on regular routes.  I would add the altitude and cadence on hilly routes.  The third view is the history of the laps in the run.  With that I’m good to go!!!

Operation Customize- Success!!!

Operation Customize- Success!!!

Suunto Sapartan Ultra In Action

Suunto Spartan Ultra powering my year-end climb to Mount Ulap

Suunto Spartan Ultra powering my year-end climb to Mount Ulap

If there’s one thing that I appreciate about Suunto Spartan Ultra is that it gives you awareness on the run or climb.  It’s really a mental edge when you know your elevation, your pace, your heart rate, your cadence, etc.  If you need to reach 1,000 meters of elevation, it helps to know that you’re slowly chipping in the elevation and  When you’re running a marathon, you’d like to know the distance and the pace to be able to control your energy reserves.  When you’re running a fast 10K, you’d like to know your heart rate to know if you can push yourself further.  When you’re an a rhythmic run, you’d like to know that you are maintaining your desired cadence.  Suunto Spartan Ultra can do all of that for you in real time.

Yellow Trails with Suunto Spartan Ultra

Yellow Trails with Suunto Spartan Ultra

Another clincher is the battery life. At best GPS accuracy, you’re good to go for 18 hours and it can go on for 65 hours at a lower GPS accuracy.  That’s a perfect watch for an Ultramarathons or for those going for overnight climbs.  GPS detection is fast, you’ll barely notice the watch searching for GPS when you start your exercise.  Having your watch on full power can really help you notice your progress especially on those seemingly endless trails and runs.  Suunto Spartan Ultra has also navigation features you can use when you get lost. You can also upload a route and the watch would guide you in terms of direction.

Tanay with Suunto Spartan Ultra

Tanay with Suunto Spartan Ultra

Suunto Spartan Ultra is your ultimate adventure watch and can go with different sports.  With it’s bluetooth connectivity, you can easily link it to your phone for easy loading of your work outs.  It also prompts you with messages from your phone and different apps even on workout mode.  Suunto Spartan Ultra is an investment to a lifestyle of fitness and adventure and that to me is priceless.

SUUNTO Spartan is distributed by Time Depot and retails at the following prices:

  • Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium P45,000
  • Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium 40,000
  • Spartan Ultra Black 40,000
  • Spartan Ultra White 40,000

Available at the following stores nationwide:

Metro Manila

  • Time Depot Rockwell, Shangri-La, Festival Mall, SM the Block, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons’ Manila,
  • Maximus Athlete’s Café Shop

North Luzon

  • Time Depot Harborpoint Subic


  • Time Depot SM Cebu, SM Davao, Centrio Cagayan de Oro
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Year of The Franc XI

2016 was a year of change. Change does not come easy.  It’s a road filled with struggles and failures but when you own up to your responsibilities, you’ll always find a way to succeed.  Lessons were learned and those would come in handy in 2017.

Year of The Franc XI

Towards the end of the year, I got a chance to visit my Lola at Bario Mamat-ing in La Union.  It was the site of a lot of childhood summers fun. Things were simple. We’d wake up, play all day, get dirty and call it a great day.  Well, my life is far from simple. In 2016, I made it even more complicated.  I started my own Company while still working full time.  I started a new website.  Through the website, we organized our own race.  I still had my training load as well as regular races.  To this day, I don’t know how I got past everything but I do feel how difficult it was to try to juggle so many things.  Having the Annual Year of the Franc post makes me appreciate the past 12 months including people who lent a helping hand along the way.

FrancRamon Enterprises Inc.

The first few months of setting up my own corporation was humbling. It was a big feat being able to start but the first lessons of business I got was reality is always far from expectation.  It wasn’t a walk in the park as I am the President, CFO, Accountant, Messenger, Driver and a lot more on my own Company. I hope it will expand one day but I am learning a lot from this venture.  Business is a game of innovation and always learning and finding ways of reaching out to your market.  I need to spend more time growing the business come 2017.

The Trail is My Playground

The Story of 2016 was my growing love for the trails. For the first quarter, I still was doing my routine races but when I started building up for Cordillera Mountain Run in June, it was trail love all over.  I was in the trails on a weekly basis and I was happy to visit a lot of new trails and growing my Tale of The Trail database.  Whether you are fast or slow on the trail, you learn to adopt faster the longer you stay in the trails.  Even after the race, it became routine now spending weekends at the trails or joining races.


Pinoy Trails was born out of the love of the trails.  Together with several like minded persons, we founded Pinoy Trails.  We wanted it to be a forum where trail runners, mountaineers and trail enthusiast can share their stories and create a trail database to further promote the trails.  It’s always difficult to start but we’re slowly sending out message.  We’re slowly expanding our presence in trail events and also had our very own event, Sierra Trail Adventure Race to raise the brand awareness of Pinoy Trails.

Sierra Trail Adventure Race

Sierra Trail Adventure Race gave me the highest and lowest moment of my year.  Having your event cancelled by the typhoon was really depressing.  We got rid of the negativity, regrouped and started planning a great race.  The highlight of that journey was having people around you who are passionate enough to help without expecting anything in return. Honestly, we didn’t have much to offer since all the budget was gone even before the first staging.  With the very light environment and happy runners on race day, it made all the tough times before worth it.  We did learn a lot but I’m glad we had a group who took ownership of the responsibility and made it successful.

The Running Lifestyle

If there was something that partially took the backseat, it was my running lifestyle.  I was able to join 20 races but the bulk of it were on trails.  I opted to rest my injuries towards the last quarter of the year in preparation to bigger and badder 2017 races.  Even with less races, I still ensured that I still get my regular dose of calories burned.


While I still get my regular traffic, my own site has also taken a backseat with my busy schedule.  Though somehow, it’s also something I wanted.  I don’t want to over post on my site that it loses it’s personal touch.  I also invested time on my site in previous year that it can generate its own traffic.  I guess we’re in for a leaner and meaner Francramon.Com in 2017.

Bucket List

I had several out of the country trips during the year with trips to Taiwan, China, Singapore and Japan.  Japan would be the highlight of my year in travel.  While I don’t really officially have a bucket list hiking Mount Fuji is definitely worthy to be included in the list.  I personally make sure I do get at one big vacation or out of the country hike per year.  2016 would be the year for Fuji.  I was also able to visit Catanduanes, which was a beautiful as Batanes.

Towards Year 2017

A year always starts and ends in my home town, Baguio City.  Family will always be the one constant in your life the you can count on.  Honestly, I feel tired and burned out towards the end of 2016.  Having to mix up so many things can really take the energy right out of you.  The lessons came in 2016.  2017 will be smoother with the right focus and the right mindset. It’s time to make life a lot simpler.

2017, I’m Ready!

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Coffee Appreciation Time at Maximus

There’s more to coffee than it’s bitter taste. It’s full of different flavors depending on the beans, the roasting and the preparation.  It was coffee appreciation time at Maximus Athletes Shop Cafe last December 17, 2016 in a session handled by Master Roaster RJ Zamora from Bean & Barley. 

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Maximus Athletes Shop Cafe

I got a better appreciation of coffee ever since Maximus opened this year.   When it comes to coffee, we always are on the lookout for that bitter sting to set in to awaken our senses.  Well, there’s more to coffee than that bitter taste.  There’s a different flavor when it comes to preparation. There’s a different taste when it comes to origin.  Some would have a natural citrus taste.  Some would have a tinge of chocolate in it. Some would have a nutty after taste.  Some can be a combination of flavors.

Maximus Athletes Shop Cafe was the venue of the coffee appreciation event hosted by Master Roaster RJ Zamora of Bean & Barley.  It was a two hour workshop, where we got a better appreciation of coffee as well as develop a more discerning taste buds in search for those different taste and flavors.  We started by testing out different types of fruit for us to appreciate the acidity in coffee.  Some coffee have a richer citrus flavor and some have a neutral or even drier acidity. We also got to try nuts and chocolates to learn to discern more on the different taste.  We also got to test the richness of different milk. We also got to differentiate coffee fragrance versus coffee aroma.  Coffee fragrance is the scent you get from dry coffee while coffee aroma is much more encompassing than just scent, it’s also about mouthfeel and flavor.

You have to utilize all your senses when it comes to coffee.

  • Sight to see the different coffee beans
  • Smell to get the fragrance and aroma of coffee
  • Taste to get the mouthfeel and flavor
  • Touch to feel the texture of coffee
  • Hearing to listen to the process of the coffee preparation

The next step was to taste the different coffee flavor from different type of beans.  Slowly, we were able to discern each flavor and characteristic or at least we are starting to get the hang of it.  By appreciating the different fruits, nuts, chocolates and milks, our taste buds were more equipped to get to be more discerning from one coffee with a citrus flavor, to another with a nutty feel, to another with more range of flavors and one that had a strong bitter taste.  Yes, there’s more to coffee than its bitter taste.

We also got to taste coffee with different textures.  Same beans, different textures means different taste. This is how important a coffee grinder is. After the session, we talked everything about coffee and we did learn a lot too. Where do we go from here?  First, stop bad coffee. We are used to just the bitter taste but once you start appreciating coffee, you turn a world of black and white to a world full of colors. We are in the next wave of coffee development and it’s time to try out the different specialty shops like Maximus and have a better appreciation of coffee. Explore and you’ll be surprised with the rich experience you’ll get with specialty coffee.

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Under Armour Opens Greenbelt and Robinsons Magnolia Brand Houses

Under Armour at Robinsons Magnolia

Under Armour, the world’s leading performance brand just got bigger in the Philippines. Under Armour has just opened their Greenbelt 3 and Robinsons Magnolia Brand House giving them presence in the Makati and Quezon City / Greenhills / San Juan area.

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Under Armour is now in Greenbelt 3

Under Armour is now in Greenbelt 3

Under Armour’s presence in the Philippine market gets stronger by the minute. After their initial brand house in BGC a few year ago, they’ve successfully added SM Megamall, UP Town Center, Trinoma, Ayala Town Center in Cebu as well as expanding their retail presence in different retail store chain in the country. It doesn’t stop there as they have just added Greenbelt 3 and Robinsons Magnolia to their growing list of brand houses.

Greenbelt 3

Greenbelt 3

The Greenbelt 3 brand house is located at the heart of the country’s central business district.  It sits within the vicinity of Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark and SM Makati area, which has among the largest foot traffic when it comes to malls.  Makati is among the favorite locations for shoppers owing to the proximity of the area to their workplace as well as having the more complete chain of shops, food chains and restaurant making it also an excellent family hot spot.  Under Armour Greenbelt is located at 2/F Greenbelt 3.

Under Armour Greenbelt

Under Armour Greenbelt

Under Armour has also opened their Robinsons Magnolia Brand House. Robinsons Magnolia is located at Aurora Blvd. cor. Dona Hemady St., Quezon City, Philippines.  It’s located at the center of Metro Manila with easy proximity of Greenhills area, which is a shopping hub.  Robinsons Magnolia is among the newer hang outs coming from offices, school and residents in the area.  Under Armour Magnolia is located at their 2nd Floor Level.

Robinsons Magnolia

Robinsons Magnolia

The growth of Under Armour in the Philippines is a growth of the fitness community as well.  With its top-of-the-line technology when it comes to performance gear, apparels, shoes and accessories, it has provided athletes and fitness enthusiast a trusted brand that’s both fashionable and comfortable.

Robinsons Magnolia

Robinsons Magnolia

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Incoming: Mount Ugo Marathon

Mount Ugo is among the higher peaks of the Cordillera Region at approximately, 2,170 M.A.S.L.  It’s a popular spot among mountain climbers and come February 19, it’s gonna be an arena to test the trail runners’ spirit as they try to conquer 21K and 42K distance.

Mount Ugo Marathon

Elevation Profile of Mount Ugo Marathon

Elevation Profile of Mount Ugo Marathon

If you’ve done half or full marathons on the road, why not try a different kind of challenge? You can level up by doing a Mountain Marathon.  That’s my mindset as I see Mount Ugo Marathon as among my next bucket lists of races.  It’s a different sets of challenges.  You have to have the physical strength and mental fortitude to overcome the long and seemingly endless climb.  You have to have the daredevil spirit in you to take advantage of the descent as gravity is at your side in chasing the cut-off.  You have to be consistent at each point of the race to keep on going and going and going towards the finish line.

Mount Ugo Marathon is happening on February 19, 2017 at Kayapa, Nueva Viscaya is not the easiest of Marathons but rest assured it’s gonna be a memorable one.  The hard climb is an excellent reason to slow down while catching your breath as this would allow you to appreciate the views at a really high altitude.  The descent will give you an adrenaline rush that we always seek on our weekend adventures.

Take the 21K distance and you’re in for a good hard times that will challenge you and would surely be in the look out for more mountain runs and trails.  Join the 42 kilometer distance and be minted as a mountain marathoner.  It’s also a big stepping stone to trail ultramarathons. Mount Ugo Marathon is part of the King of the Mountain Trail Run Philippines, which also includes the Old Spanish Trail 50k and Four Lakes 100K on April 1, 2017, Pulag 100K and Hardcore Hundred Miles (H1) on May 19, 2017.  It won’t be easy but it would be a big feather you can add to your trail running cap as well as it’s also a UTMB qualifying race, which will earn you 2 points.  Register Now.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Start: February 19, 2017, Sunday, 4:00 a.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Finish: February 19, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Awarding and Closing Ceremonies: February 19, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Race Briefing and Race Kit Distribution: February 18, 2017, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Cut-Off:
    • Marathon: Ten (10:00:00) Hours / February 19, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. (Runners must reach the turnaround in Mount Ugo Summit in 5:00:00 hours / 9:00 a.m.)
    • Half Marathon: Five (5:00:00) Hours / February 19, 2017, Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Fees and Inclusions

  • Marathon:
    • PhP 2,000.00 for local entrants
    • USD 50.00 for foreign entrants
  • Half Marathon:
    • PhP 1,500.00 for local entrants
    • USD 35.00 for foreign entrants
  • Inclusive of trail fees, long-sleeved event shirt, pre-race snacks and post-race meal.
  • Official finishers will receive a finisher’s token.


• Bank Deposit: (Local Entrants)

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
  • Account No: 2379 0362 39
  • Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr

Bank Deposit: (Foreign Entrants)

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
  • Account No: 2379 0362 39
  • Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
  • Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr
  • Please refer to your bank’s current PHP rate vis-a-vis USD.
  • Telephone contact number for record is 63 999 998 7654

• Write name, gender, birthday, nationality, and shirt size (see Asian sizing chart) AND qualifying race on the deposit slip, scan/photograph and email to (Subject: 2017 MUM)

• Wait for an acknowledgment email to confirm your registration.

Route Description

Mount Ugo is one of the taller peaks in the Cordillera mountain range. It used to be the main source of lumber for a mining company operating in Benguet many years ago and was purportedly “discovered” as a destination for mountain climbers after a tragic plane crash in 1987 for which it is also infamously known.

The marathon takes runners to Mount Ugo’s summit, approximately 2170 masl.

The out-and-back course consists of only one kilometer or less of concrete road. The rest of the route consists of mountain-side dirt roads and single-track trails.

The race is worth 2 UTMB® points.

Race Start / Finish

Both the marathon and half marathon start at the KAYAPA MUNICIPAL HALL and finish at the KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL (1121 masl).

From the start area, runners ascend a concrete road for about two hundred meters before entering the trailhead going to TALECABCAB.

They will pass dirt roads and intermittent stretches of concrete tire paths until they reach TALECABCAB WAITING SHED. From there, they are to proceed towards INDUPIT (1866 masl, 8 kilometers) which is marked by a small settlement and another waiting shed.

The next landmark is BUNDAO AID STATION (1835 masl, 10 kilometers), where runners will find two structures – a shed and a house. Assorted food/snacks and drinks will be available. This is the LAST aid station before SADDLE/DOMOLPOS STATION (7 kilometers away) so runners are strongly advised to fill up their bladders/water bottles and eat here.

Half marathon (21-kilometer) runners must proceed about 500 meters more until they reach the turnaround point at MOUNT SAMENTO WAITING SHED, where marshals will record their numbers. They shall make their way back to the finish line in KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL via INDUPIT/ANSIPSIP Trail and TALECABCAB Trail (the same route they took going up in reverse).

Marathon runners will tackle the wide, open trails from this point. Their next landmark will be the ANSIPSIP WAITING SHED (1935 masl, 12 kilometers) which offers a view of the Mt. Ugo summit turnaround, even the city of Baguio, on a clear day.

DOMOLPOS VILLAGE (1700 masl), where locals reside, is the next landmark. From here, runners assault a single-track trail until the SADDLE.

SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED JUNCTION (1763 masl, 17 kilometers) is where another aid station is located. The shed won’t be hard to miss as it is painted pink. Spring water and assorted trail food will be available. Runners are advised to refill and eat here.

Runners will proceed around three kilometers towards the LUSOD AREA/BACUYAN JUNCTION (1770 masl, 20 kilometers) through a single-track trail.

At BACUYAN, runners will make a U-TURN towards the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER via a steep two-kilometer climb.

Runners’ times will be recorded at the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER (2170 masl, 21.2 kilometers).

From the summit, runners are to trace the same route they took going up in reverse till they make it to the finish line in KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL.

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Incoming: Soleus Running Dance Festival 2017

Soleus Goes Sabor Latino. They are celebrating their passion for dance with Soleus Running Dance Festival 2017. No less than famed International Zumba® Fitness instructor William Flores will lead the post-race dance party.  Experience running and dancing combined, which is a first and the biggest celebration in the country on February 4, 2017 at SM Mall of Asia with 5K, 10K and 21K distances to choose from.

Soleus Goes Sabor Latino

Who is William Flores?  He is among the growing names in the dance world, being an an experienced dancer include 3 years of ballet, modern dance, jazz, reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, folk dance, merengue and hip hop. He has experiences as a performer at several major dance events including international events in Dubai, USA, Singapore, Mexico, Germany. Spain, Malta, France, Italy, Ireland are some of the countries he has performed in. William Flores is also a proud addition to the Soleus Family.  He brings in his energetic personality that made him a top International Zumba® Fitness instructor and a has been great performer for almost 4 years now.  Aside from his broad experience William Flores is passion personified, which means he gives 110% on every performance and he cares about his students  both outside and inside the Zumba® Fitness center.

At the Media Launch for the Soleus Running and Dance Festival 2017

At the Media Launch for the Soleus Running Dance Festival 2017

Whether dance is your passion or not, this event is right for you.  Well, it’s not everyday that you can share the stage in a dance fest with an International Dance Icon in William Flores.  It’s 2017 and it’s a great time to learn a new thing or two and with his expertise, you are in very good hands.  Of course, it’s a party atmosphere all event long with the members of Soleus and the running community.  There are so many reasons to love this event and seize this opportunity by registering for the race.  No other running zumba party can top that.

The Great Jared Modeling the Race Singlet.

The Great Jared Modeling the Race Singlet.

Be it 5K or 10K, which are shorter and sweeter distance, you’re in for a festive run. With marathon season happening in February and March, the 21K distance would be a great training block on your road to your marathon or ultra marathon.  It would come in a more relaxed environment that would make you enjoy the fun in the run.  Of course, all the running steps and the dance beat lead to the after party with William Flores and that’s gonna be Legen-wait for it-dary.  Register Now.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: February 4, 2017 | Saturday
  • Venue: SM by the Bay, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
  • Distance Categories: 5K | 10K | 21K
  • Assembly Time: 3:00 a.m.
  • Gun Start:
    • 21K – 4:00 a.m
    • 10K – 5:00 a.m
    • 5K – 5:30 a.m.
  • Dance starts at 6:30 a.m

Fees and Inclusions

  • 5K – P600.00 | inclusive of Race Bib, Event Singlet and Finisher Medal
  • 10K – P750.00 | inclusive of Race Bib, Event Singlet and Finisher Medal
  • 21K – P950.00 | inclusive of Race Bib, RF ID, Event Singlet, Finisher Medal and Finisher Shirt


  • Online Registration:   Log on to
  • Thru Bank Deposit:   (starts December 13, 2016)
    • Bank: BANCO DE ORO
    • Account Name: Mirjam Ann G. Del Rosario
    • Account Number: 003980196644
    • ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE: please e-mail the scanned copy of the deposit slip with your name, contact number and shirt size to
  • On-site Registration:   (starts January 3, 2017 at selected L Timestudio stores)
    • L TIMESTUDIO Market! Market! | 2ND FLOOR
    • L TIMESTUDIO SM Southmall | GROUND FLOOR (near SM Dept. Store entrance)
    • L TIMESTUDIO Robinsons Place Ermita | 2ND FLOOR

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Incoming: 7-11 Run 2017

7-11 Run 2017 is a rare chance to run in the Skyway.  It’s a unique experience of being on elevated terrains appreciating the night view of the cities from Alabang to Makati.  All the running mileage leads us to Filinvest City in Alabang on February 5, 2017. Register, Train and See You in the Skyway!

7-11 Run 2017

Every time I am on the Skyway, I don’t see it as just a road.  I get glimpse of happy memories running the Skyway from the long, painful and endless climb to the sweet rolling terrain of the Skyway.  It’s a run that takes you all the way from Alabang to Makati and back.  It’s also among the more challenging terrains you’ll ever experience. After all, it’s not called Skyway, if it doesn’t involve a lot of elevation challenges.   7-11 Run 2017 gives you another chance to experience the one-of-a-kind experience of being up on elevated grounds crossing towns and cities by the kilometer. 

You get your chance to experience that high too on February 2017. 7-11 brings you Run 2017.  7-11 Running Series has also grown into the most participated running events in the country. The series started with a run at Cavitex before moving to the Skyway a few years ago.  The 7-Eleven Run Series has been gaining momentum since it started in 2013. With more than 12 thousand participants last year, Run 2017 promises to be the biggest and most exciting of the series yet!

Run 2017 will feature eight categories for runners to choose from. The 42KM, 21KM, 16KM, 10KM, and
10KM Buddy Run categories will see participants sweeping through Filinvest City and the Skyway, while
the 5KM, 3KM and 500M Kids Run will be held along Filinvest City.  Three winners in each category will be announced on the race day and will receive cash prizes and medals. In addition to this, the top three Filipino males and females in the 42KM and 21KM categories will be sponsored by 7-Eleven Philippines to compete in an international marathon in Asia, all expenses paid. Finally, the top three organizations with the highest number of registrants will receive a special trophy.  part of the proceeds of the race will also go to Everyday! Play!

Runners can also get a chance to earn free race kits through 7-Eleven’s CliQQ loyalty program.

Promo Mechanics

Promo Duration : November 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017

  1. Cliqq App user or Everyday Rewards cardholder will earn E-stamps for every P100.00 purchase of any participating items from the major sponsors.
  2. For every purchase of a booster item, the customer instantly gets an additional E-stamp. (If item is P100.00 or above was purchase with another participating item, the cardholder gets 2 E-stamps for that transaction.)
    • E-Stamps needed:
      • Earn Fifty (50) E-stamps to redeem the race category of your choice.
      • For 10K Buddy Run, the customer must earn One Hundred (100) E-stamps
  3. Customer will instantly receive the one-time use 7 – Connect Reference Number through SMS or App.
  4. The SMS will show the message “Redeem your RACEKIT & use Ref. # at at any 7-Eleven stores on or before January 10, 2017. Show this message at the counter: 7-CONNECT: 1234-5678-9012”. The 7 – Connect Reference number will be used for the registration of the race category they redeemed.
    • Race Voucher Instructions:
      • Click “I have a promo code” tab
      • Enter the 7-Connect Reference Number
      • Choose what store they want to pick up the free race kit.
  5. Race kit claiming will be in the store nominated by the customer upon registration.

Registration is now open! Visit for more info. Registration is until January 18, 2017.
Race Kits can be claimed on the date indicated on the receipt, from the same store where payment has
been made. Aside from the exciting freebies that customers can look forward to on race day, all
registrants of Run 2017 will also receive an Asics 20% discount voucher.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: February 5, 2017
  • Venue: Filinvest City, Alabang
  • Assembly and Gun Start

Race Fees

  • 500 meters – P 400
  • 3K – P 500
  • 5K – P 600
  • 10K – P700
  • 10K Buddy – P1,000
  • 16K – P800
  • 21K – P1,000
  • 42K – P1,500


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Behind the Scenes at Pinoy Trails #STAR2016

It's time to call it an event.

It’s time to call it an event.

We were so happy with how Pinoy Trails Sierra Trail Adventure Race turned out with a lot of happy experience.  If there was one thing we’d wanted to share it was the beauty of the trail.  It was not an easy road to the staging as we had to go through all the stresses of the rescheduled race and other challenges.

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Sierra Madre Trails

It was our second attempt at exploring the Mysawa Trail last March. Almost a year before, we tried the same trail and ended up going out a different part of Tanay.  Last March, we (Me, Rene and Jun) went back to the Mysawa Trails.  We made the right turn this time but ended up in uncharted regions. We were passing by rivers, mini falls, muddy forest trails and even steep ridges.  We ended up in a more beautiful trail which provided the runners a lot of variety when it comes to trail running. We’d like to showcase this to the runners and we hope we can do it soon as the Mysawa route is slowly being paved already.

We got a chance when we launched Pinoy Trails a few months after.  It started on a high note with the runners giving a warm reception to the event.  Everything was on track until fate threw a curve ball.  There was a typhoon on our race day and we were forced to reschedule the event.  It was a tough call and a hard one at that.  A reschedule would mean incurring all the race course all over again.  We were crushed but deep inside we knew that the right thing to do is use this event to aspire to give an even better STAR2016.  It was one of the lowest moment in our lives.

We had to get help from friends and thanks to Redg, Richard and the other running bloggers were willing to help at a moments notice.  From just passion, it turned to obsession. We wanted the best event for our runners. We had to revisit each of our sponsor to seek more prizes for the runners.  We ended up with a box-ful of premium stuff.  Thanks a lot to our sponsors, Brooks, Oakley, Activehealth Carb Gel, Suunto, Lightwater, Vitamin Boost, C1000, Mega Fiber, Goutritis, Nuun, Bonk Breaker, Runnr, Newton, Amihan, Ahon, Lilys and our official photographers Active Pinas, who not only covered the event for us but also were there to help on the small stuff. We also had some passionate runners who volunteered during the event.

It was a challenging time and there were a lot of learning opportunities along the way.  One thing we’d want to change is that this time, we wanted to enjoy the process.  We had some who were busy and was not around for the restaging but we also had more volunteers.  We didn’t like creating STAR 2016 feel like work. We enjoyed what we were doing so up until the wee hours of the morning of race day, sleep-deprived and all, we were in good spirits.  I came to realize that maybe we were pushed to this date to send a different message. It was December and it meant that it was off season for most runners so it would be a great time to gather teams, friends, family, office mates and others to enjoy the trail and we were confident that Tanay would be a perfect venue.

8K U-turn slot.

8K U-turn slot.

The day before the race we came early to Tanay to setup and it was a less stressful environment. I love how team work was in play from the start from our race logistic team led by Rene, Jham, Arvin, Jun and Mike to those who stayed in the venue to set up (Me, Redg and Jose).  Redg and I also went on to check the 8K route since I wanted to show to her the surprises of the route that the newbie runners would love.  By noon, we were all back to 10 cents to prepare again and by 5 pm, we were all set.  It was just execution the next day.  We opened the claiming a lot earlier before midnight so if there were early runners, they could rest in our area.

The runners came around 2 am and thankfully, we were able to distribute the kits before 5 am.  By 5:15 am, we started the briefing. We had some problems with the sound system so when I was announcing, there were some time when the volume would suddenly go low.  I just made sure that they key items were properly advised to the runners. By 5:45 am, it was gun start and as runners made their way to the course, I knew that it would be a good race for everybody.  Rene, Jham, Mike, Arvin and Jun had the course ready.  Jose was on the timing. Redg and Richard were handling the registration and baggage counter.  Active Pinas also helped in the baggage before taking their spots for their photos.  Aquiz also came in to help with the photos.

As runners were crossing the finish line. We were happy to hear their stories about the race.  We were happy to see teams, friends, family, office mates converge at Ten Cents to Heaven.  The route was hard and came with a lot of surprises. Even those who got lost along the route found it part of the challenge.  All the challenges, the pains and the hard work was worth it upon seeing the runners cross the finish line on a happy note. Thanks to everyone who made the event really successful.

Mission accomplished.

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Brandon Vera and Mark Streigl Wins Again

Brandon Vera In Action

Brandon Vera In Action

Brandon Vera and Mark Streigl, both Under Armour athletes, showed once again their dominance in ONE Championship ring last December 2. 

ONE Championship

Mark Streigl in Action

Mark Streigl in Action

I have followed the careers of both Brandon Vera and Mark Streigl. Both are proud of their Filipino Roots.  Having interacted with them in Under Armour events, they are both down to earth persons who remains grounded despite their success.   It’s no wonder that they have been effective ambassadors of the Under Armour brand and also continue to dominate their fields.

Vera was the honorary guest in the opening of the Bonifacio High Street brand house in the same year, while Striegl has been an Under Armour gear user since he started his professional mixed martial arts career and was enlisted as a brand ambassador since 2015.

Under Armour Philippines supported ONE Championship’s year-end fight card as two beloved mixed martial arts athletes competed at the highly-anticipated “Age of Domination” event on Friday, December 2.  To the delight of Under Armour fans, Brandon Vera and Mark Striegl came out of the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City with their hands raised in triumph as both Filipino-American fighters scored impressive victories in their respective bouts.

With Brandon earlier this year

With Brandon earlier this year

Vera successfully defended his ONE Heavyweight World Championship, making easy work of previously unbeaten Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine to win by technical knockout just minutes into the first round.  From the opening bell, Vera began to land series of solid blows on Sekine, who surprisingly took Vera’s best shots quite well.  Moments later, a thudding body kick connected for Vera, sends Sekine crashing to the canvas clutching his midsection. Vera then put on the finishing touches with punishing strikes from the top to get the win.

With Mark at Last Year's Earn Your Armour Event

With Mark at Last Year’s Earn Your Armour Event

Striegl persevered through three grueling rounds against Bulgaria’s Sotir Kichukov to win by unanimous decision in a catchweight contest.  Striegl began the match aggressively, using superior speed and angles to stifle Kichukov who struggled matching Striegl’s erratic rhythm. Striegl took Kichukov down to the ground at will, controlling his opponent with a smothering top game.  In the end, all three judges saw the bout the same way with Striegl emerging as the victor.

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R.O.X. Gift Coach Helps You Find the Perfect Adventure Gifts

It’s a Season to be Jolly… lalalala lalalala… Yes, It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again but with that comes a lot of time-crunching, traffic-bearing, and diet-breaking time for every one.  R.O.X. takes a little stress away from your shopping through their Gift Coach.  They’ll help you find the perfect gift for your adventure buddies.

Gift Coach

Being an adventure junkie myself, Christmas is the best time to pack up your adventure gear.  A lot of people have embraced the life outdoors and a lot more should be enticed by living life to its fullers.   There are so many gift ideas yet so little time to get our loved ones the presents.  From relaxed weekend getaways to an itinerary packed trips with the gang, R.O.X., the country’s biggest outdoor concept store, extends a helping hand in the quest to find the right gifts for our loved ones’ next big adventure!

Introducing the R.O.X. Gift Coach, a holiday campaign which seeks to help shoppers find the right gift/s for their loved ones’ adventures! With R.O.X.’s very own pool of outdoor experts – who have mastered the ins and outs of the outdoors – gift-givers are guaranteed to pick out presents that will make their loved ones’ next adventure a truly memorable experience. The best thing about the R.O.X. Gift Coach? One can easily get in touch with one online.

So how does one exactly enlist the help of the R.O.X. Gift Coach?

It’s as easy as 1, 2,3! Simply send a private message to ROX Philippines on Facebook on weekdays, from 11am to 4pm and you get a wealth of advises about well-suited gifts for different kinds of adventures to personalized recommendations based on a person’s favorite outdoor activities, the R.O.X. Gift Coach can certainly cover a wide range of topics.

One may also ask questions regarding outdoor activities as well as the most suitable outdoor products based on different age groups. Once one has decided on a gift, he or she may have the gift reserved for up to three days and pay for the gift/s at the store.

Apart from getting in touch with the R.O.X. Gift Coach on Facebook, one may also approach the R.O.X. Gift Coach in all R.O.X. stores daily, from 11am to 9pm. With the assistance of the R.O.X. Gift Coach, one may easily choose among the wide array of premium adventure and outdoor lifestyle products housed inside the store.

And here’s more…

Exclusively available at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street are customized cards and gift wrapping to further make one’s gift/s truly special.

From outdoor lifestyle products that will suit your loved ones’ personality to adventure essentials that will make his or her experience smooth-sailing and hassle-free, finding the right gift/s for your adventure-seeking loved ones just became so much easier with the R.O.X Gift Coach!

Check out R.O.X Stores around the Country

You can check out R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street Manila, R.O.X. Solenad 3 Nuvali, Laguna, R.O.X. Marquee Mall Pampanga, R.O.X. Camp John Hay Baguio, R.O.X. Ayala Cebu, R.O.X. Abreeza Davao, R.O.X. The District Cagayan De Oro, and R.O.X. Ayala Mall Legazpi. You can also follow @roxphilippines on Facebook for news and updates on your favorite outdoor brands!

R.O.X. is the only store that lets you in so you can get outside!

R.O.X. is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.

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