Incoming: Plantronics Blackbeat Run

Let’s Party! Let’s Run! Why not do both?  Plantronics Blackbeat Run together with Brother Philippines gives you a run and an after race party concert that brings back all the fun in the run on May 28, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex.  Take part in the 5K, 10K, 16K and 21K distances, party and contribute to the cause of Kythe Foundation.

Plantronics Blackbeat Run

Summer just got hotter as Plantronic Blackbeat Run and Brother Philippines brings you a concert and a race rolled into one.  It’s a run that will definitely bring excitement in the running community, sports enthusiasts and young professionals.  Run and dance to the beat on May 28, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia.

  • Enjoy live performances from Autotelic and Jensen & the Flips.
  • Dance and party overload with DJ Pat Po, DJ Katsy Lee, Legacy Dancer plus fun on-ground activities and competitions.

The Run would also be for a good cause as part of the event proceeds will be for the benefit of Kythe Foundation that provides psychosocial care and assistance to pediatric patients in hospitals. The name is derived from the Scottish word, “kythe,” or “kything” which means communicating through minds with no need for words or pictures.

For every registration runners will get the following items: Race Shirt, Sun Visor, Slap bracelet, Finisher Medal and FREE Bluetooth Headset worth P 995.00.  This one is definitely a value for your money race, party, event for a cause all rolled into one.  The fun does not stop there as there will be an overload of prizes come race day.  Well, bring the whole village to a party as there will be major prizes for the biggest delegations for schools, organizations and company.  Register now and get ready to end summer the Plantronics Backbear Run way.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: May 28, 2017
  • Venue: SM Mall of Asia

Fees and Inclusions

  • 5K – P950
  • 10K – P1,100
  • 16K – P1,300
  • 21K – P1,5oo
    • Inclusive of Race Shirt, Sun Visor, Slap bracelet, Finisher Medal and FREE Bluetooth Headset worth P 995.00.


  • Online via Goorahna
  • In Store:
    • Runnr – Trinoma, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center
    • Toby’s – Edsa Shangrila, SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta


Race Winner Prize Package:

  • 21K category
    • 1st place- Backbeat Fit & i60 ThiEYE camera + F&D T200X TV Speaker + more exciting prizes
    • 2nd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
    • 3rd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5portable speaker + more exciting prizes
  • 16K category
    • 1st place- Backbeat Fit & i60 ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
    • 2nd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
    • 3rd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W4 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
  • 10K category
    • 1st place- Backbeat Fit + i60+ ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prize
    • 2nd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
    • 3rd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W4 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
  • 5K category
    • 1st place- Backbeat Fit + i60+ ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
    • 2nd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5 portable speaker + more exciting prizes
    • 3rd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W4 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

Biggest Delegation Awards

School Category (minimum of 20 registered runners)

  • Brother Printer (DCP-L2540DW)
  • SDigital Bass Cruzer
  • F&D 2.1Speaker (F210)
  • Plantronics Backbeat Fit
  • more exciting prizes

Company Category (minimum of 25 registered runners)

  • Brother Printer (DS-720D)
  • SDigital Bass Cruzer
  • F&D 2.1 Speaker (A180X)
  • Plantronics Backbeat Fit
  • more exciting prizes

Organization Category (minimum of 30 registered runners)

  • Brother Printer (MFC-L2700D)
  • SDigital Bass Cruzer
  • F&D 5.1 Speaker (F3800X)
  • Plantronics Backbeat Fit
  • more exciting prizes

Online Promotion


1. Open to ALL registered runners online and in-store.
2. Registered runner is entitled to (1) one raffle entry.
3. Winner will be draw after the registration period.
4. Announcement of Winner will be posted on the official Backbeat Run 2017 FB Page and Plantronics FB Page.
5. Awarding of Winners on the Event Day.

Race Update


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Incoming: Million Volunteer Run 4

Red Cross has been on the forefront of disaster prevention in the country.  Contribute to that cause by joining the Million Volunteer Run on July 23, 2017 at the Quirino Grandstand with 3K and 5K distances to choose from.

Million Volunteer Run 4

Now on its fourth year, the Million Volunteer Run is this year’s biggest humanitarian run organized by the Philippine Red Cross. It aims to further grow the PRC’s already extensive network of volunteers nationwide.  The event is happening on 23 July 2017, Saturday, 4:00AM, at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila.

The advocacy run likewise seeks to once again draw participation from government, corporate, religious, academic, and athletic institutions to rally together behind the impartial protection of life and dignity, especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

There will be a 3K and 5K fun run to choose from.  The proceeds of the event will fund PRC’s various humanitarian programs and lifesaving services such as its Blood Services, Disaster Management Services, Safety Services, Health Services, Social Services, Red Cross Youth and Volunteer Services.

For more details on Million Volunteer Run 4, visit, like, or call (02) 790.2410.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: July 23, 2017
  • Venue: Quirino Grandstand

Fees and Inclusion


    • REGISTER at
    • PAY via Credit Card, Paypal, Bancnet, 7-Eleven, Bank Deposit, Internet Banking, GCash, plus other Payment Centers
    • CLAIM Race Kit at PRC National Headquarter or CHRIS Sports at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM North Annex, SM MOA, SM Sucat, Glorietta 3
      • TO CLAIM RACE KIT: Bring printed copy of proof of registration (emailed notice of successful registration) and proof of payment.
    • PAY via or SM ticket counters nationwide
    • REGISTER at
    • CLAIM Race Kit at PRC National Headquarter or CHRIS Sports at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM North Annex, SM MOA, SM Sucat, Glorietta 3
      • TO CLAIM RACE KIT: Bring printed copy of proof of registration (emailed notice of successful registration) and proof of payment.
    • PAY and CLAIM Race Kit at the location you indicated in your online registration, either at the PRC National Headquarter, designated CHRIS Sports outlet (SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM North Annex, SM MOA, SM Sucat, Glorietta 3), or chosen local PRC chapter.

Race Map

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DBB Mountain Rockstar 2017



Running DBB Rockstar event is never an easy task at whatever distance.  The trails were both technical and slippery and the ascents were really steep and endless.  The scorching summer sun also came to play at the latter part of the race. At the end of the day, that’s what Rockstars are made of.  Rock stars takes all the adversity and just shine.

DBB Mountain Rockstar

There’s the story that happens between the starting line and finish line.  It’s the starts that give us a pat in the back that says, “good job for being here”.  It’s the end that gives you satisfaction and validation but it’s the journey that happens in between that brings you lasting moments and memories you’d store in your gritty database.  It’s what keeps me coming back for more. There are days I breeze to a race and there are days that I struggle.  DBB Mountain Rockstar was a race that I struggled and I loved every moment of that struggle.  It’s a different story every time.  12 kilometer run with Mount Batolusong’s elevation and technical trails providing the challenge.

Race Route and Elevation

Race route and elevation profile is powered by Suunto Ambit 3 Sports

Race route and elevation profile is powered by Suunto Ambit 3 Sports

The race route was simple with a slightly rolling terrain on the first kilometer before it shifts to an all out assault to the summit and then the race descends back to the finish line.

The Race

It's gonna be a fun ride - Photo by Jose Raizares

It’s gonna be a fun ride – Photo by Jose Ramizares

When I arrived at the venue it was raining hard at around the start of the 25 Kilometer gun start.  While rains are tolerable on trail races, they do change the dynamic of the trails by making it slippery.  By the time, it was our gun start, the rain has already stopped.  We had our gun start at exactly 6 am and for one, I didn’t have a game plan.  The drill was climb half the race with more 600 meters elevation gain and then descend the second half.  The 12 kilometer had a different route since we’ll be taking an out and back on the traditional trails while the longer distance had a longer ascent though on wider trails.

Photo by Jose Ramizares

Photo by Jose Ramizares

The first kilometer were on rough roads with a rolling terrain.  I took this chance to start fast as it would probably the only time I would be running given the long ascent.  Midway the first kilometer, the trails shifted to single track dirt roads and some with paved stairways.  The ascent was steep so it was a struggle as we had to go on slippery and wet dirt grounds.  I brought out my pole and then went at a slow pace.  Funny how I followed the pace of people in front me only to find out that they were trekkers and not part of the race.  I felt real slow on the climb.  Since the miles were trickling so slow, I shifted my watch to just focus on the altitude.   I had to cover around 600 meters of elevation.

The early morning sea of clouds.

The early morning sea of clouds.

It was an almost direct assault with no rolling stretches to recover so I’d take a few hundred meters and rest for a few seconds and go again.  The first part of the climb reminds me of the tough technical surface of Mount Makiling and it’s mostly forested trails.  Aside from the poles, I would try to hang on the rocks and twigs for leverage on the climb.  Difficult as it is, I have grown to appreciate technical trails because it keeps your mind thinking on what’s your next step.  It keeps you occupied from all the huff and puff moments of the climb.  There were also a lot of views to keep you visually enticed on the climb.  There was the early morning sea of clouds and then there were the mountain ranges surrounding Mount Batalusong.

As we went out of the forested trail, we had a better view of the mountains though at this time, were partly covered by the clouds. I hit the aid station later, where there was a short rolling stretch and ridge where you can actually run before resuming the arduous journey to the summit.  After recovering a bit on the ridge part, it was time to climb again. It was another set of assaults to the summit.  The trails were still technical and we were enveloped by clouds so it’s mostly white background at this point.  It was one effort after another until I hit a spot where a lot of people are taking pictures.  I hope that’s the summit.  Well, its not.  It’s a bit foggy but you can see the mountains and the trails from this vantage point.

ID picture with white background.

ID picture with white background.

We were still about a kilometer away from the summit so I went ahead on another set of climbs.  It was a slightly forested trails with some bamboo shafts.  I just did the drill of just climbing until I hit the stretch approaching the summit.  We saw someone climbing on the rock and thought if we had to do it too.  The marshal told us to take the route on the right.  It was a really slippery trail and it felt dangerous.  I almost slip on one rock but it was a good thing I was able to get my balance or it could have been a long ravine to fall from.  It makes me think that I should have just taken the rock climbing options.  It became tougher since it was also the descending trail from the summit so there were part where we have to squeeze ourselves on the single track trails.  Back to the basics on trails like this is to keep your center balance to the wall and hang on to rocks, twigs or anything you can hang on to.  It was a difficult stretch on one hand you had to deal with the climb and at the same time you had to manage your balance.  All is worth it as I finally have my ID picture with white background at the summit.

All that effort for this photo with white background.

After hitting the summit, I told the marshal that this was the hardest ID picture with white background photo ever.   It was satisfying though after the seemingly endless climb, the numerous slips and the struggle.  It was time to descend the trails.  The descent was even more difficult than the climb as it was really slippery.  I used my pole to add more balance and was bouncing around from one tree trunk, stone, bamboo shafts just to ensure I won’t slip on my way down.  It was a slow descent especially on the slippery parts.  I saw some 12K and 25K runners on their way up and I can feel the difficulty in them too.  I was able to exit the technical part of the trail and was on drier grounds.

I took the chance to run on drier trails and hello Mr. Sun.  The sun was scorching hot already at this time so it was draining every time I run.  I just went on to run, walk, recover until I hit the aid station, which meant I was just 3 kilometers to the end of the race.  I was also back to the technical parts of the trails. I tried to skip on the steps just to speed up a bit until I hit the forested trails.  Since the trails were covered, it also meant that the trails were still wet from this morning’s rain.  I went slow at this part and even slipped several times on this stretch.  I had to stop and gather my composure and recover my confidence on the descent.  I went slow until I was comfortable again. When I hit the bottom of the descent, there was a store. I had a soft drinks break, which was my treat for enduring that scary descent.

Finishing up - Photo by Eva Marie Soquena of Active Pinas

Finishing up – Photo by Eva Marie Soquena of Active Pinas

It was now routine at this point.  I brisked walk on this stretched and went on to run the final stretches to finish within 3 hours.  I was slow for this one but I did enjoy the experience.  If it’s easy that it won’t be meant for rock stars like you and me.  I’m also glad to see friends before, after and during the race.  What happens between the starting line and the finish line is always an epic adventure for the books.

Post Race lunch with Erick, Majo and Aldean

Post Race lunch with Erick, Majo and Aldean



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Be On The Go with E-Hydrate

E-hydrate is an all natural Protein on the Go hydration pack that can complement your active lifestyle and aid in muscle recovery and joints health.  #HealthyOptionsPh #KnowtheWholeStory


I got to try out e-hydrate from Healthy Options to check if it can complement with my healthy and fit lifestyle.  Running has been a part of my system for the past seven years.  I still get to learn a thing or two about nutrition as of now and it’s good to explore a product like e-hydrate. Nutrition is something I have yet to master but it’s always best to get to try it out and see how your system reacts.   The first plus about e-hydrate is that it’s all natural.  It’s generally safer for the system.  Among the key products I tried would be their Premium Whey Blend + Electrolytes that comes in vanilla and chocolate flavor and Premium Whey Blend + Joint Health.  The e-hydrate with electrolytes would be an excellent nutrition sources when working out and the e-hydrate for joint health would be an excellent boost to the muscles and joints to strengthen it and help it recover from the strains of training.

E-Hydrate (Premium Whey Blend + Electrolytes)

I got to try out e-hydrate with electrolytes as my run hydration partner.  Protein is important in our system as it helps improve our metabolism as well as help in muscle generation while electrolytes helps our system in terms of water retention.   It’s really important to have a system of replenishing nutrients in our system as we sweat it out during our runs.  That’s were a hydration plan comes into place.  First thing I like about e-hydrate that I like is that it’s easy to grip on the run.  It can go in place of your water bottle. Just add water and you’re ready to go.

I’m good to go with just one e-hydrate right in the palm of my hand.  I had the vanilla flavor for this run.  It’s just light on the hand so it won’t feel like a chore when you run and you can alternate between hands too.  I would usually take a sip every 500 meters to 1 kilometer.  The key is never deprive your body of hydration to the point you are gasping for water already.  The taste of sweetened vanilla with cold water is such a thirst quencher.   It’s just the right amount of sweetness to jump start my system on the next stretch of the run. Overall, I did 45 minutes run around the park.  I consumed about 75% of the pack and finished the whole pouch after the run.  I didn’t feel lacking in energy and water in my system even on a hot and humid night.  It did give me a nice boost on the run and would be perfect too for longer runs, which require more electrolyte replenishment.  I do hope that they can make a fruity variant for variety as I also would want to mix the flavors when I run.  The e-hydrate can be an excellent work out hydration partner on your runs or when you work out.

E-Hydrate Active (Premium Whey + Joint Health)

E-Hydrate is not just your workout partner.  It can be just there to support you on the rigors of your daily life.   The main difference of this variant is it’s focused on giving you a healthy joints.  I tried it on a busy day at work.  Even or regular days, I don’t slouch around.  I take the stairs. I walk several blocks to get to my parking.  I usually do errands.  Keeping active, requires energy.  I tried E-Hydrate Active, which have a Milk Chocolate flavor.  I can say I am more active and more mobile with it. The milk chocolate flavor gives my my sugar dose without feeling like an indulgence since it comes from natural sweeteners.    I don’t feel sluggish and I am energized to last the rigors and stresses of the days.  It helped me recover faster and I was able to run on back to back days.   In between working out is recovery and that includes keeping those joints healthy and mobile on regular days.   The faster you recover, the more frequent you can train and the stronger you get.  It can be your go-to day to day drink to complement balancing work, life and training.  It’s an energy and protein source to keep you going to healthy enough to get the job done.


In a nutshell, E-hydrate can help power your day and your workout with ingredients that comes from natural sources.  It can go as your go-to energy drink for that regular electrolyte replenishment when you run or work out or that added dose of nutrients to keep the bones and joints healthy to reduce the wear and tear of having an active lifestyle.  The vanilla and chocolate flavors are not usual for energy drinks but it’s a good option as those can be still be excellent source of sugar and energy to power your work out.  It’s excellent to use on regular days or when you travel as it’s handy and easily dissolves in water.  E-Hydrate is available at Healthy Options.

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Incoming: ICU Challenge

Catanduanes is truly captivating. After the successful Isla Catanduanes Ultramarathon last year, comes another challenge designed to test your running and endurance skills and at the same time explore the beautiful island of Catanduanes.  Come June 24, 2017, get to run the island once again with a 6 hours and 12 hours endurance run.

Read About:

ICU Challenge

Catanduanes is one of the most beautiful island in the country.  It’s rich with natural wonders like beaches, waterfalls and even overlooking ridges across the island.  When it comes to terrains and elevations, it’s a challenge as the road goes rolling with long ascents and descents.    ICU Challenge happens on June 24, 2017 at Virac, Catanduanes. This special ICU edition is designed to test the physical and emotional endurance over running for 6 hours and 12 hours. It is open to all first-timers, enthusiasts and hardcore runners. Aside from exploring the town of Virac by foot, ICU Challenge will give you a chance to visit the most popular places, views and taste the sumptuous dishes on the island of Catanduanes.

It’s simple just run as much 6 kilometer loops as you can with the 6 hours required to have a minimum of 6 loops (36 kilometers) and the 12 hours required to have a minimum of 9 loops (54 kilometers).  It’s an excellent way to build up on mileage for your next marathon or ultramarathon race. It could also be your tune up race over the much longer Isla Catanduanes Ultramarathon happening later in the year. So gear up, run and explore the island of Catanduanes.

Race Details

Date and Venue

  • Date: June 24, 2017
  • Venue: Virac, Catanduanes

Fees and Inclusions

  • Php 1,000 – 12 hours
  • Php 800 – 6 hours
    • Inclusions: Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Shirt, Finisher’s Certificate and post-race meal


  • Registration Period: April 04 – May 31, 2017
  • Payment thru Bank Deposit
    • Bank: Banco De Oro
    • Account Number: 002120110502
    • Account Name: John Henri A. Mariano
  • Send your deposit slip via email to together with your name, contact number and shirt size.

Rules and Regulations:

  • All participants must be at the starting area 1 hour before the gun start.
  • Participants should be 18 years old and up.
  • Participants must be physically fit!
  • Race Bib must be visible at all times.
  • Support vehicle is not allowed.
  • Runners to litter; anyone caught for this will lead to disqualification. Let us all help preserve the town of Virac.
  • All the participants will run in an open traffic.
  • Runners are required to run at the left side of the road for safety reason.
  • Runners who want to leave the race or want to discontinue the race he/she must notify the race officials.
  • All Runners must follow the correct route.
  • Runners must run in single file.
  • Pacers are not allowed.
  • Registration fee is non-Refundable and non-Transferable.
  • The organizer will provide aid stations along the route.
  • To be considered as finisher of 12 hours, you must finish at least 54kms or equivalent of 9 loops on or before the cut-off time. Six (6)km per loop.
  • To be considered as finisher of 6 hours, you must finish at least 36km or equivalent of 6 loops on or before the cut-off time. Six (6)km per loop.
  • Organizers have the right to remove any participants from the race either because of cheating, not following rules or due to medical emergencies.
  • The most number of loops finished within the cut-off time considered at the top finishers. (Male & Female- Champion, 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-up).
  • Top Finishers for 6 hours and 12 hours category both Male and Female will receive podium trophies.
  • Rain or shine the event will takes place.
  • The race is designed for first timers!
  • All the participants MUST sign the WAIVER before the race.
  • Race kit claiming date and venue to be announced very soon.
  • Be prepared and don’t think it would be an easy feat, but it will be a fun and outstanding adventure.
  • There will be no cash prizes to be given to the top finishers.
  • ICU Organizer, at any time, may make changes on the course and race details or rules for the benefit of all runners.
  • Any runner caught cheating or violating the race rules will be subject to outright disqualification. The Race Organizer’s decision is final.
  • Enjoy the race. Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just don’t QUIT!
  • Register now, limited slots only!
  • Good luck and hope to see you!

Contact Person

  • John Henri Mariano
  • 0909 825 6457 | 0999 902 8886
  • email at
  • Origanized by Part Events
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Let the Kids Play at Nuun Dirt Pre-school

Coach Ige leads the kids in Nuun Dirt Pre-school

Coach Ige leads the kids in Nuun Dirt Pre-school

Kids belong outdoors and for one weekend, they got to enjoy the outdoors and the trails via Nuun Dirt Preschool.  Camp N of Nuvali played host for a little dose of sunshine and a lot of dirt as they got to learn the basics of trail running and the importance of the environment last April 1, 2017.

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Nuun Dirt School

Being a dirt schooler myself, I can say I really learned a lot from Nuun Dirt School with the several sessions I’ve joined.  Trail running is a skill we get to master with practice and of course, from interactions with people who’ve spent a lot of trail time like Coach Ige Lopez.  He’s a mountaineer and a triathlete and definitely can walk his talk when it comes to trail running.  For a change, I went to cover a really special session of Nuun Dirt School, which was their pre-school.  I found it the perfect way to de-stress from a the hectic work schedule I had lately.  The trails is indeed for everybody, Kids included.  It would be fun to see kids at play and enjoying the outdoors.

Pre School

Camp N was the perfect venue for the kids as Nuvali has a mini trail that safe for kids and also had fun, games and obstacles to keep those energetic kids occupied.  Handling 26 dirt pre-schoolers was a real challenge for Coach Ige but he was able to adjust his approach for the kids.  It started in a non-competitive (make that competitive as kids would always be competitive in any game) obstacle race which had the kids going over tile obstacles, climbing, crawling and running.  

The kids were separated into four groups and they took part in the obstacle 2 groups at a time.  Those kids are just bolts of energy as they’ve blitz the whole obstacle course in minutes.  You can really see that the kids were having fun along the course and Coach Ige were timing each participants (Like I said, it was non-competitive).

The energy and the laughter of the kids were really infectious.  This is how kids should enjoy their childhood, outdoors and having fun.  It was also fun to see the kids at play.  It may look chaotic at times but watching them was such a pleasure.  After the obstacle course, they took a hydration break to try out Nuun Hydration. Yes, Nuun is perfectly safe for kids and let me quote the kids, it taste like ice cold lemonade.  That had them refreshed, recharged and ready to go again.

Time to Hit The Trails

When kids run, they run real fast.

When kids run, they run real fast.

Up next was an actual trail run.  Camp N has a trail that run for 1.3 kilometers and it was divided into shorter segments so the kids can do a manageable relay race.  When kids run, they really run fast and that’s natural of them.  Coach Ige led the first group of kids who went to run the course.  Even if this was a short trail, Camp N was able to show different trail views and surfaces. There were open trails and there were also forested trails.

Let’s just say the kids gave their parents a hard time chasing them along the trail.  They were definitely having the time of their lives running the trails.  Let the kids experience a bit of dirt. They may have some bruises and scratches but it will give them appreciate the outdoors better.

They had a blast at the trail and they even have their own finish line after the race.  There should really be more trail runs for kids just to get them to have the hang of the outdoors.

Trail for Singles Only? I find this trail sign really funny.

Trail for Singles Only? I find this trail sign really funny.

After the trail run, Coach Ige shared some pointers on the importance of the environment to the kids.  They also got to get their lootbags for the event.  The kids then went on to enjoy the facilities of Camp N.

Meet Future Trail Runner Ellie Bellie.

Meet Future Trail Runner Ellie Bellie.

Kids at Play

After the session, the kids were allowed to play and it turns out that the camp was just a warm up for them.  They went through a maze, explored the place but they spent most of the time having fun in a wooden lever you had to balance by distributing the weight of the participants evenly.

It was really fun seeing the kids play here.  The bigger kids would try to find a way to balance the wooden lever but the younger kids would just run around it since it was more fun being bounced around from one side to another.  Kids would always be kids and let them be.

Let the Kids at Heart Play Too

I ended up trying the roller coaster zip line with the people from Nuun and it was a crazy ride.  The longer one had us screaming our way while being thrown up, down, left and right along the path of the zip line.  The short one was shorter but equally scary since we’d be bouncing around over 3 major looping drops.  Jecky and Claire also tried the rappel and the wall climb.

So cool how my On Running shoes matches my outfit and the Camp N helmet.

So cool how my On Running shoes matches my outfit and the Camp N helmet.

I guess the kids at heart had their share of fun as well.  When I was in Camp N a year ago and we had the first shot at the place before it was open to the public, I didn’t try this one. This time, before I even thought about trying it, the safety gear was already on.  I had no choice but to try it and I’m just glad I did.

” Life is a roller coaster ride.  It may take us up, down and even at times spiraling out of control but if you let the thrill play it’s role, you’ll end up enjoying the ride.”

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Incoming: Flanax Dance Fitness Concert

Flanax (R) is on its 35th year of being a time-tested remedy against pains and aches.  They get to give you a different treat come April 8, 2017 at the PICC Forum 2 and 3 as they bring #Flanax #SubokKoNaYan Dance Fitness Concert to be led by no less than the country’s dance fitness diva Regine Tolentino and the chinito hearthrob Richard Yap. #winagainstpain #pixrepublikpr


Flanax (R) is now on its 35th year in the market and  they’ve been time tested remedy against pain, fever, swelling and stiffness.  It complements those who take part in the active and the dynamic side of life like dance, sports and outdoor adventure.  Having an active lifestyle is not a walk in the park as you often get some bumps, aches, soreness, muscle pains and it’s normal.  Flanax (R) is right there to help you through all the pains and soreness.  Enjoy life to the fullest but let Flanax (R) help you as you recover in between adventures.

WitH Regine Tolentino and my friend Rochelle Romero at the Launch

WitH Regine Tolentino and my friend Rochelle Romero at the Launch

In celebration of Flanax(R) 35th year in the market the company initiated a huge dance- fitness-concert “Subok Ko Na Yan” to be attended with over 1500 participants on April 08, 2017 at the PICC Forum 2 and 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. This event is to be led by 2 of the famous personalities in the entertainment industry namely Richard Yap the Chinito hearthrob and Regine Tolentino the country’s dance fitness diva.

Regine Tolentino will take the lead on the Dance Concert.

Regine Tolentino will take the lead on the Dance Concert.

“Subok Ko na Yan” is a 2-hour high-energy dance fitness party. Regine Tolentino will kickstart the program along with Madelle Paltu-ob, a world-class performer and Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) plus dozens of instructors from all over the country. There will be special performances of Richard Yap, UPeepz, the winners and finalist of Bilbiling Mandaluyong. Not to mention, the highlight of the event is the launching of Regine Tolentino’s dance fitness album with instructional easy to follow video produced by Flanax.

Meet One of their endorsers in Richard Yap during the event.

Meet One of their endorsers in Richard Yap during the event.

A jam-pack PICC forum 2 and 3 is expected, members of the men in uniform are supporting namely the BFP, MMDA, PNP, NCRPO with the NCRPO Fitness team. Some attendees are flying all the way from Visayas and Mindanao to witness and to be a part of this. This is to promote and prove that dance-fitness is for everybody! Regardless of your age, gender and size.

Let’s make this event trend, please use the official hashtags #subokkonayan #winagainstpain #flanax in all your posts and future posts related to this event.

Free Access with Flanax 9+1 Promo Pack

To get access to the event, buy a Flanax 9+1 promo pack worth Php100 at all leading drugstores near you. (Mercury Drug, Watsons, South Star Drug and Rose Pharmacy)

Event Details

Date and Venue:

    • Date: April 8, 2017, 4-7 pm

Venue: PICC Forum 2 and 3


  • Free with every Flanax 9+1 promo pack worth Php 100 at all leading drugstores near you. (Mercury Drug, Watsons, South Star Drug and Rose Pharmacy)


  • Event T-shirt, Regine Tolentino Dance Video CD, plus gift pack from participating brands.

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Start Your Wednesday Brooks Run Happy Habit

Wednesday is Run Happy Day as Brooks in cooperation with 2xU, Pace Prehab and Recovery, Planet Sports and Kerry Sports Manila, brings you the Run Happy Crew.  It’s a series of lecture and run sessions that focuses on individual aspects of the run.  Run Happy Crew is held every Wednesday from March 29 – May 3, 2017, 7 pm at Kerry Sports Manila.

Run Happy Crew

Brooks has been bringing the Run Happy feel with their shoes, which is made for runners by the runners themselves.  They bring Run Happy in a totally different way via their Run Happy Crew, which is a series of Running sessions focusing on individual aspects of the run.   The run is free and you just have to pre-register as follows:

  • Visit Kerry Sports Manila in BGC or 2xU Performance Center in Glorietta
  • Sign up the Registration form provided at the cashier
  • Those who sign up in-store automatically gets a 10% discount coupon to 2xU and P500 off on Brooks.
  • Confirmation message will be sent via email within 24 hours upon registration
  • Present any valid proof of registration to the run coaches on event day and go run happy.

The sessions started on March 29, 2017 with a talk on breathing as well as a 5 kilometer run around BGC.  There will be new focus topics on the succeeding sessions, which falls on Wednesday, 7 pm at Kerry Sports Manila.

The first session handled by Coach Francis Diano was all about breathing. Breathing is really important when you run as it helps regulate your system.  You can have side stitch, stiffness on the shoulder and lack of breathe when you don’t use the proper technique which is breathing from your diaphragm.  I’m a chest breather most of the time so I try to be more conscious with proper breathing on the run.  It can really help you sustain your surges on the run as well as prolong your endurance. The participants got to try out the tips on an actual run around BGC.

Run Happy Indeed.

Run Happy Indeed.

Well, this is just the start of the weekly Run Happy Crew sessions. Make it a Wednesday Habit.  Take note on the individual topics and then get to combined all the skill set on the May 3 session.  You’re definitely gonna be a better runner in 6 weeks and more importantly, you’re gonna Run Happy.

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Global Athletes and Celebrities took the Test of Will Challenge

AJ Matthews, Mark Streigl, Gretchen Ho and JC De Vera

AJ Matthews, Mark Streigl, Gretchen Ho and JC De Vera

The Philippines got their chance to have a Test of Will last March 25-26, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center.  Global Athletes like Fil-Am Bellator fighter AJ Matthews, MMA fighter Mark Streigl, TV Host Gretchen Ho, Actor JC De Vera, 3-Time Jiu-jitsu champion Meggie Ochoa among others also took part in the event.

Test of Will 2017

MMA fighter Mark Streigl doing the Drills at the Test of Will

MMA fighter Mark Streigl doing the Drills at the Test of Will event

Now on its second year, Under Armour’s Test of Will was designed to be “the most advanced urban fitness challenge.” Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City played host to the Philippine leg of the Test of Will last March 25 & 26.   It offers athletes the chance to compete in a simple 4-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw.

Each competitor was scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national Heats from each respective country will be sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6, 2017, to face-off with other representatives from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei.  This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00, winners will also get free head-to-toe gear and special discounts.

Bellator Fighter AJ Matthews also joined the event.

Bellator Fighter AJ Matthews also joined the event.

 Some of the athletes and celebrities who joined the event on UA Test of Will’s first were Filipino-American Bellator fighter AJ Matthews, Alliance Gym’s top coach George Castro, UAAP football player Kali Huff, volleyball player and TV Host Gretchen Ho, actor JC de Vera, MMA fighter Mark Streigl, fitness expert Elle Adda and three-time world Jiu-jitsu champion Meggie Ochoa.  Participants witnessed MMA fighters AJ Matthews and Mark Striegl slug it out in the 4-minute challenge ‘Test of Will’.  Striegl won over Matthews 119 to 101 in terms of total repetitions.

The side-events also included arm wrestling challenge and a fitness session with Elle Adda.

Elle Ada also held a fitness talk.

Elle Ada also held a fitness talk.

For more information regarding ‘Test of Will’ and other events, you may visit  Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for updates as well as Facebook at

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Running with the Windmills at Ilocos Norte

Run with the Windmills

Run with the Windmills

Ilocos Norte has always been a part of my bucket list. Thanks to North Luzon Renewables, I’m happy to tick that off as well as be able to have an intimate runs around their windmills at Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte.  It was a great eat and run weekend that had us awed by the beauty of Ilocos Norte.

Ilocos Norte

Touchdown Laoag! - Photo from Rene Villarta

Touchdown Laoag! – Photo from Rene Villarta

Ilocos Norte has been illusive for me even if I spent most of my lifetime in the Baguio City.  Well, I’ve got the chance to join some influence-rs to run and explore the potentials of eco-tourism and race-tourism in the facility of North Luzon Renewables Energy Corporation.  North Luzon Renewables operates 27 windmills with a maximum output of 81 MW to power the area and the rest of Ilocos Norte.  The place is just awesome, you have the view of the beaches of Pagudpod, the nearby mountains and the windmills.  I was really honored to be part of the group to test out the place.  There’s so much potential in the area in terms of eco and sports tourism with wide trails, an access to the beaches and magnificent views.

Java Hotel was our home for the first day of our stay.

Java Hotel was our home for the first day of our stay.

Upon arrival at the airport, our first stop was La Preciosa.  The place won me over with the ambiance and of course, my all-time favorites bagnet and dinuguan.  It was the start of our eat and run weekend.  It really does make sense having an eat and run event here with the cuisine and a lot of run-able locations in the region. We then headed to Java Hotel, which would be our home for the day.  It had a Bali and Morocco inspired interior complete with Cogon Roofs and also had a river at the side of the restaurant.

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

The first part of the tourism part was checking out the Paoay Sand Dunes.  We just walked along our way to the sand dunes and it was impressive. The place had a dessert like feel like Tatooine and the artworks display added to the charm and mysticism of the Sand Dunes.  It felt great running in the sand dunes and just appreciating the art displays that established the dessert-feel of the place.  I’m glad we walked and ran this part just to burn all the bagnets in our bellies.

There were also people riding 4×4 vehicles screaming their hearts out every time they had to encounter a really steep slope.  We awaited for sunset and spent some time at the beach area.



We then headed home for dinner and some drinks at Java Hotel.  It was really nice spending time with these creative bunch as we had so many ideas to share over dinner.

Dinner Time - Photo from Rene Villarta

Dinner Time – Photo from Rene Villarta

The Road to Pagudpod

Coach Ige and Yana

Coach Ige and Yana

The next day, I was up early and so was Coach Ige and his daughter Yana. We took the time to explore Java Hotel.  We also had breakfast and when in Ilocos, go for Longanisa.  That’s what I had for breakfast before preparing my stuff on our way to Pagudpod to visit North Luzon Renewables.

Running at PIN Road

Running at PIN Road

We took the PIN Road heading to Ilocos, which was rough roads and trails.  The whole stretch of the PIN road was about 15 kilometers of rolling trails with some steep section, which made our ride extra exciting.  PIN Road was really scenic.  It’s forested and you get to see some birds and butterflies along the way.  The route was really scenic. We were really tempted to get off our car and just run the course.  This can really rival the Salomon and TNF courses in terms of beauty and challenges.  When we got out of PIN Road, we were off to lunch.

Bergblick Restaurant is a popular stopping point for those on the road.  After our group, several groups also came in to have lunch here. It’s a Dutch restaurants and we got some really tasty chicken, meat, sausages and a lot more.  I liked that it was a totally different meal experience from the previous day.

North Luzon Renewables



After meals, we were off to North Luzon Renewables facility in Pagudpod.  We were briefed on the regulations of the place and how windmills work.  I learned so much about the technology and also realized the importance of going for renewable energy.  We then had a tour of the facility, which would be our running ground the next day.

The facility was impressive and the views were just magnificent.  You had the beaches of Pagudpod, the mountains and of course, the windmill.  It’s an up and down route, which would really be a challenge the next day.

They’ve mapped out a 10K route for us though they also have a 21K loop available.  It’s gonna be an epic run tomorrow. We then headed to Kingfisher, which would be our home for the day.

Chillin' Like A Villain

Chillin’ Like A Villain

Duyan with a beach view is just the perfect place to chill.  The beach had fine white sands and we spent the rest of the afternoon just chillin’ in the water.  Come dinner time, we had a Pizza Party.  It was make your own pizza kind of a night.



Run With The Windmills

Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto

Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto

It wasn’t really a race but they made it feel like one.  We had a gun start, a formal warm up, route marshals, water station and route markers.  It was a run around the course on a rolling terrain that had a lot of climbs.

Running around the windmill was just Epic.

Running around the windmill was just Epic.

When the race started I sprinted over the first 100 meters and yehey, I’m first on the first 100 meters. Ok, time to walk. => Well, it was a long climb after the first 100 meters so I shifted to a more conservative approach.  I walked on the climbs and ran on the descents.   The race was pure climbing on the first 3 kilometers so I just went at a consistent pace without stopping.  After the first 3 kilometers, I went more aggressive with run on the descents and to the portion of the climb just to make the walking breaks much shorter.  The views were just amazing. I had to stop from time to time to have my photo taken.  The terrain was rolling so the route remains a challenge but I like how even on a test run, we tried our best to have a good time.  I finished the 10.35 kilometers in 1:42, which was a good time for me considering that this was a hilly course.  There were finisher snacks available on the finish line.

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

We also did some tree planting after the race. Funny how the one assisting me was already doing the planting while giving instructions.  It was a nice way to cap our day by contributing to the reforestation efforts.  We then headed to the Jetty area to see where materials are delivered.  It’s always an awesome view to see the blue of the waters.

We then headed to Kingfiisher to change before proceeding to the post race hilot, which was another holistic experience. Felt so much relieved after the hilot in all aspects. We spent the rest of the day at the resort before heading back to Laoag for Dinner at the White House. They probably have the most glamorous rest room ever. After dinner, it was finally time to head home.  That was an awesome weekend.


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