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Health Matters TV: Just for RUN, Join the FUN

Coming on the first weekend of June is the biggest natural food, organic products, health and wellness bazaar in the South of Metro at Filinvest City Tent from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. It will be a three day event that will commence on June 5, and conclude on June 7 with an early morning of fun bonding of running in 3K, 5K, or 10K categories.

Don't miss out this healthy weekend, be on your feet and get your buddies to shop for a fresh purchase of organically grown products then make your way to a fun (or serious) run. Your participation will not only benefit your own wellness but also the students of Pedro E. Diaz High School and the alumnus of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.


Health Matters TV's Just for Run, Join the Fun
7 June 2015 Sunday, 4:30 AM
Filinvest City, Alabang
PEDHS Brigada Eskuwela and PLMunAA

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 10K - 4:45 AM / 5:15 AM
  • 5K - 5:00 AM / 5:30 AM
  • 3K - 5:45 AM / 6:00 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 3K - Php 400.00
  • 5K - Php 500.00
  • 10K - Php 600.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • Online Registration via B99 Events (until June 3, 2015)
  • In-Store Registration (until May 27, 2015):
    1. Toby's Sports Alabang Festival Mall
    2. Toby's Sports Arena - Glorietta 2
    3. Runnr Alabang Town Center
    4. Just for Run booth - 2F, Alabang Festival Mall
    5. Bioessence Skin Care Clinics - Greenhills; BF Homes Parañaque; SM Southmall; Molino; Sta. Rosa; Calamba; Lipa; San Pablo; West Ave.; Sta. Lucia East Grandmall
Get limited edition button pin when you register
Event Jersey/Singlet Design
Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
Route Map
Health Matters TV is a block-timer lifestyle and health show in ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), aired every Saturdays at 8:00 PM hosted by Paolo Abrera with a replay on Sundays at 11:00 AM. Season 2 – pilot episode aired on May 16, 2015.

This fun run aims to promote healthier lifestyle and to encourage everyone to experience a fun-filled run that is both health- and value-oriented and will deliver impact in the community. Registrations will include Race Shirt, Race Bib, Finishers Medal for All , Raffle Entry and Free Entrance in the Organic Bazzaar Expo (in Filinvest City Tent).

Natural and Organic Products Expo


Southern Manila is a haven for the posh elite, young urban professionals and families and expats who lead active lifestyles, pro-health, and pro-environment. This renewed interest in keeping fit and the latest health trends that have become viral thru social media has spurred us to come up with the first Natural and Organic Products Expo at the Filinvest Tent on June 5 to 7.

The expo’s objective is to promote natural, sustainable and healthy lifestyles, natural and organic products. It will encompass four main focuses including, the Natural Food, Natural Beauty & Spa, Natural Living and Health & Nutrition. The expo also provides an opportunity for supplying and sourcing natural and organic products.

This event would not be possible with the help of our generous sponsors. Special thanks to (Major sponsors) Hotel Sogo, Belleieshua Collagen Peptide, Toby's, Runnr, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, (Minor sponsors) Uratex, Hawk Backpacks, Nyogi, Ok Quench, Aquabest, Walter Bread, Blackview, and Bioessence. We'd like to acknowledge our Media Partners, Health Matters TV, WhenInManila.com, and HealthJunkie.ph, and our official photographers, Running Photographers.

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Alaska World Milk Day Family Run 2015


World Milk Day is celebrated annually in many countries worldwide, providing an opportunity to focus attention on milk as a global food central to health and well-being across cultures and nations, and to highlight the contributions connected with milk and the overall dairy industry. To celebrate this year, Alaska will have a running event and will launch the Milk Hour at 6:00 AM in four different locations: Manila, Baguio, Cebu
and Davao.

This activity aims to promote proper nutrition for kids and promote family bonding of going out and enjoying fun activities together like running.

Alaska World Milk Day Family Run 2015
31 May 2015 Sunday, 4:00 AM
Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia
for the benefit of Children's Hour

Gun-Time:
  • 10K Individual - 4:30 AM
  • 5K Individual - 5:00 AM
  • 3K Family - 5:30 AM
  • 3K Individual - 5:30 AM
  • 1K Kids - 6:30 AM
  • 100-m Kids - 6:40 AM
  • 3K Provincial Legs - 5:00 AM (Baguio, Cebu, and Davao)
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 100-m Kids - Php 150.00 sold out
  • 1K Kids - Php 250.00 sold out
  • 3K Individual - Php 550.00
  • 3K Family - Php 1,200.00
  • 5K Individual - Php 650.00
  • 10K Individual - Php 750.00
  • 3K Provincial Legs - Php 300.00 (Baguio, Cebu, and Davao)
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • Online Registration via Alaska World Milk Day
  • In-Store Registration at World Milk Day kiosks:
    1. SM Megamall - May 1-25 and 27, 2015 only.
    2. SM Baguio
    3. SM Cebu
    4. SM Davao
Other Provincial Activities:
  • Zumba - 300 slots per province
  • Fun Run/Walk
  • Milk Hour at 6:00 AM

Event Shirt Design

SM Mall of Asia Route Map

Provincial Route Map

You may visit the WorldMilkDayPh Facebook for more details and further race updates.

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Celebrate Running and Walk with the Kids at Takbo.Ph Runfest 2015

It's the 7th year anniversary of Takbo.ph this year, and with it also comes the Runfest which brings all the runners together.

This year, Takbo.Ph runfest will not just be in the Metro, but the provinces of Bacolod (Aug. 30) and Cebu will also experience the running festival that Takbo.Ph is known for. Not only that as there will also be an Ultrafest coming soon.


As part of the anniversary Runfest, the event is also raising funds for the benefit of Make-a-Wish Foundation, Phils. You may also become part of this endeavor in granting wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions through your generous giving from any of the five (5) options indicated on the infographic below:

Click here for list of upcoming wishes for the "Adopt-a-Wish"

Make-a-Wish foundation will also greatly appreciate any amount that you can donate. No amount is too small to make the kids happy!

Takbo.ph Runfest Manila 2015
12 July 2015 Sunday
34th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
For the benefit of Make-a-Wish Phils.

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 21K - TBD AM / AM
  • 10K - TBD AM / AM
  • 5K - TBD AM / AM

Distance Category and Registration Fees:
NOTE FOR EARLY REGISTRATION
Personalized Race Bibs are available during the early registration period only.
Race kit are not given yet when you register. There will be a race kit claiming from June 18-20 at 100 Miles Cafe.

NOTE FOR REGULAR REGISTRATION
* Race kits will be available upon registration. No need to claim during the race kit claiming schedule.
* Race bibs will no longer be personalized.

Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • Online Registration via Active.com
  • In-Store Registration:
    1. Chris Sports Store - Market! Market!; SM Megamall; SM North EDSA; SM Mall of Asia; Glorietta; Festival
    2. 100 Miles Cafe - 2F Fort Point II, 28th St., Bonifacio High Street, Taguig

Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
21K Finisher's Shirt

Route Map
TBP

Celebrate Running and walking with the Kids of Make-a-Wish at Takbo.Ph Runfest 2015!

You may visit Takbo.Net for more details and further race updates.

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A Night Filled With Nike 10K Women Runners


The summer heat two Saturday nights ago was blazing hot with the feminine prowess of girls dressed in cool melon-orange running shirt during the Nike's All-Women 10K Manila Run at Filinvest City in Alabang. The 8,692 participants was a first ever event of Nike in the Metro and also in the Country so far, with such a huge crowd of All-Women runners that spectators like us can't help but be so overwhelmed with such big population of girls, in one night on a single location, and who are all united in one grand event.


I know everbody were so excited as the girls strolled around non-chaotically together with their sisters, mom, aunts, or girl-friends and finally gathered to the starting line before the gun-start. I can't help but feel a mix of relaxed- and hyper- energy streaming from the surroundings to my body that made me reminisce the group of 4 girls during the first All-Women Relay Run five (5) years ago. It was the same energy except that this time of Saturday evening was more intense due to such an overpowering crowd of excited and very happy runners.

Seeing these ladies as they trudge on the route, the camaraderie of each of their own group, the giggles, and their excited squealing in delight makes us (the spectator guys) smile and also laugh and appreciate the beauty of an event that is only meant for girls, to make them feel empowered and encouraged to commit and become a better version of themselves.


With Nike and RunRio's race organizing expertise, these women runners were made to experience a grand race designed for them that the event was so organized without the congestion that you might expect from having a huge crowd, and that despite from the many selfies along the route. It's just sad that my photography skills' so lacking that I can't take a good shot of the passing runners. The last few meters were lined-up on each side with ladies who are cheering each runner as they cross the carpeted aisle to the finish line.

The fast 500 runners were also taken to a VIP area where they can grab a cool-down snack, get a massage, and earned another Nike shirt that is only for them.


Inside the activity village is a big air-conditioned 360-degree planetarium-like dome where runners gathered to rest and feast their eyes on an interactive film showing while lying down on a soft, white couch (oh we are so envious)! Those who still have the energy took up a challenge at the Nike Training Club (NTC) stations on the big multi-level carpark ranging from different workouts such as squats, lunges, planks and push-ups that made them earn rewards.

Nike Dome
DJ Jess Milner on the deck for a high-energy music mix

Congratulations to all the Women who became better for it, enjoyed the eve, got the accomplishment they deserve, conquered their first 10K, made a personal record, and even to those who finally pulled their Mom, Aunt, Bestfriend, or Girl-friend to accompany them in crossing both the starting and the finish line!

“Women across the globe are embracing the fitness and sport lifestyle, and this is even more evident in the Philippines. We are here to empower them through services, product innovation, athlete inspiration and motivating them to be the better version of themselves,” says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager for Nike Philippines. “Whether it was her first 10k race, or a moment to achieve her personal best, Nike is here to inspire, connect and enable women to be #betterforit.”

“This is definitely something that I will remember for a long time. This is my first time joining an all-women race, and my whole race experience has been so beautiful and positive. I’m sure all runners who joined the Nike Women’s 10k Manila will say the same,” shares Monica Torres, number one female triathlete in the Philippines. “All women who crossed the finish line are better for it and have every reason to be proud of achieving their 10k goal.”

Nike Women’s 10k Manila is part of the global Nike Women's Event Series, connecting more than 200,000 women across 25 cities. Designed to power women to be better through sport, the series includes the Nike Women’s Race Series, with runs ranging from 5k to half marathon, and the N+TC Tour, a five-hour training challenge hosted by elite athletes and master trainers.
I am also especially grateful for the ladies of Eon PR Team - Nike's Media Relations group for inviting us to witness this spectacular event!


More photos may be found from my Facebook album.

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R.O.X. Outdoor Festival Welcomes Everyone Outside

R.O.X. celebrated the best of the outdoors with the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival, held from April 18 to 19, 2015 at Bonifacio High Street. Attended by outdoor enthusiasts and converts of all kind, this two-day event marked the culmination of R.O.X.'s Get Outside campaign, which encouraged people to turn to a life of non-stop adventure.


Competitions, games, challenges, booths, shows, and workshops at the event kept excitement at a permanent high, as participating outdoor brands and organizations introduced people everything the outdoors had to offer.

One of the event's big features was the R.O.X. Zero Gravity Bouldering Competition, sponsored by premier wall-climbing group PowerUp in partnership with the Sport Climbing Association of the Philippines, Inc. (SCAPI), where bouldering champions from all over the country fought for the top title and a round-trip airfare for two to Kota Kinabalu by CebuPacific Air.

A more grueling kind of challenge met participants of Mountain Hardwear's Last Man Standing competition, staged on the first day of the festival. Fourteen hardy participants fought to stay on each of their 3-foot columns for nearly five hours as they endured various physical challenges on top of the heat of high summer. The winner took home the complete outdoor treatment: an all-expense paid trip to Coron, Palawan courtesy of Cebu Pacific Air and The Funny Lion Inn plus a complete set of gears by Mountain Hardwear.


Event-goers also proved eager to take on the rest of the festival's activities, including Fox's Pump Up the Track Challenge, The North Face's Mountain Athletics Challenge, Columbia's Trying Stuff Challenge, Salomon's Outrun the Road Challenge, Strider's competition for kids, and other high-octane pursuits.

For people new to the outdoors, the event also offered opportunities for them to get started. Various outdoor brands, service providers, groups, and communities packed Bonifacio High Street with booths for people to jumpstart their adventure.


Those interested in niche outdoor experiences found sound advice from the event's talks and workshops, such as Liliane Cobiao's introduction to traveling around the world, Tamara Benitez and Mike Eijan Santos' guide to filming the outdoors, Carla Grino's lecture on exploring the outdoors with your kids, and other highly useful topics by outdoor professionals.

Come evening, the festival switched on to a more entertaining and relaxed vibe with performances by Lucille and Indio I at the amphitheater and big screen film viewings for families and groups of friends sprawled on the grass.


Without actually taking people up mountains, across open seas, or into a long and winding trail in the wild, the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival proved that the road to adventure is easy to find. It only takes a brave heart and a desire to Get Outside.
R.O.X. Outdoor Festival is sponsored by the Primer Group of Companies, The North Face, Columbia Sportswear, Eddie Bauer, Sea to Summit, Fox, Telic, Nalgene, Roxy, Quiksilver, DC, Timbuk2, Poler, O'Neill, Volcom, Sanuk, Native, Mountain Hardwear, Hurley, Stance, Healthy Back Bag, World Traveller, Spyder, OtterBox, Goal Zero, Nivea, CORE, GoPro, Dan's, Specialized, Strider, Amorita Resort, Cyburban, Planet Zips, Cebu Pacific Air, Costa Pacifica, The Funny Lion Inn, Garmin, PowerUp, Gatorade, Magnavision, Krispy Kreme, Syoss, the Department of Tourism, and Tourism Promotions Board Philippines.

This event is also supported by the following media partners: Business Mirror, Malaya, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Rappler, WhenInManila.com, Juice.ph, Writer's Block, Gist.ph, View Magazine, 2.0 Magazine, Explore, PowerPlay Magazine, Speed Magazine, Endurance, Travel Now, Travelife, Clavel, GRID, Asian Journal, Adventour Magazine, and MultiSport Magazine.
See all the thrilling highlights of the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival by following ROX Philippines on Facebook and on Instagram.

Gear up before you Get Outside. Visit R.O.X. at Bonifacio High Street, MarQuee Mall, Camp John Hay, Ayala Center Cebu, Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro, and The District North Point Bacolod.

R.O.X. is owned and operated by Primer Group of Companies, Asia's next retail giant.
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Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas Run 2015

As I mentioned from my previous X-Trail 2015 preview post, Salomon has been on its love-and-hate-and-love relationship with the Participants of its xTrail series in the Country, most specially from the past two (2) season when it was held at Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas (if it were not that the 24K and 32K categories easily ran out before I got my slot, I might have been one of those who did not finish within the cut-off time).

This year's X-Trail though, the route have been much friendlier to the participants, not on the distance, but more on the technicalities, ascents, and descents. For the 24K category of which I am part of, our route was also much easier to tackle than the 2nd Salomon XTrail series that was held at Tagaytay Highlands. Technically, it is also easier than the 12K category on the first Hamilo Coast series. In fact, this was the easiest among all the past three Salomon XTrail runs that I participated in.

Although I said it is easier, it doesn't mean that this race is for the wimp as this trail race is not your ordinary dirt-track type of trail. The presence of slippery moss-covered rocks, challenging ascents both on the road and on the mountains (these are not just short rolling hills), varying terrains and varying levels of water on river crossings proved that this trail run will require not just your speed but also your stamina, strength, agility, mountaineering, and other physical skills to get you to the finish line without any harm.


The scenic ocean views from the trail course overlooking the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) over the Bataan peninsula after a grueling climb though is a great recoup to recharge and tap your shoulder for making it at this point.

The last 6K is also one of the toughest, running on the beach side with its soft sand burying each of your stride and the slippery boulders and ocean rocks on the side.

According to my Suunto GPS recording, the whole route measured 25-km distance from start to finish. Despite that, the race was well organized with lots of fun and entertainment from the local community ranging from the fire dancers, villagers who were cheering the runners, and to a band of kids playing their musical instruments for almost the whole duration of the event.


What I missed upon finishing the race is the cool down by swimming on the beach afterwards since it is not so accessible from where the event area is.

Having completed two 12K's and two 24K's on Salomon X-Trail Run, my goal for the next two years of Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas is to complete and finish its more challenging category of 32K which simulates the SkyRunning ascents... on the hindsight, I think a 6K category will do. :p

Watch the route's movescount movie by Suunto:

Enjoy some of the photos I took during the race:
Fallen tree bridge
First river crossing
Though the photo does not show, it's a steep downhill
From calf-level to sudden hips-level deep river crossing
Hungry but still can't eat this jack fruit
Road climb
Sir Raul Patrick Concepcion (the RunningShield) at the last 8-km hydration station
Either avoid the water and slippery rocks or balance your way on the edge of the beach
Beaching jelly fish
Runners resting and feasting on their lunch at the resting area
Together with some of the PhilSky participants who most of them garnered a Podium finish from every category.
Race Profile:
Distance: 24 km.
Official Time: 03:39:49
Official Ranking: 40th out of 288 category finishers

Race Info:
When: Apr. 25, 2015.
Where: Anvaya Cove, Morong, Bataan
Event: Salomon x-Trail Pilipinas Run 2015

Post Race Press Release:
Leading trail running brand, Salomon, gathered over a thousand outdoor enthusiasts and trail runners of varying skills for an adrenaline-filled weekend

Time stopped and the earth stood still as nearly 1,500 trail runners gathered for the biggest trail running event of the season, the Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015, last April 25.

For more than five years now, the Salomon X-Trail Run series has been one of the most anticipated trail running events in the Asia-Pacific Region. Held in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines, it has attracted numerous participants, from newbies to hardcore loyalists of Salomon. The race’ technical trail route combines different terrain surfaces including vertical ascents, long uphill climbs with multi -surfaces of dirt, rocks, sand, and concrete paths.

On its’ 5th consecutive year, Salomon Pilipinas X-Trail events were held at Premier locations outside Metro Manila, boasting beautiful sceneries, where mountains & coastlines merge together in the race route, with more than 1,200 participants – making it one of the most well-attended trail run races in the country. And this year is no different as it surpasses previous feats – cementing Salomon’s slogan, being the “#1 in Trail Running.”

This year, the race toured the roads, hills, mountains, and valleys surrounding the beautiful enclave of Anvaya Cove, one of the country’s premiere developments in Morong, Bataan by Ayala Land Premier. New trail routes were created exclusively for the event such as trail sections overlooking the cove that are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, roots, and thick foliage. To recharge lost energy, runners were blessed with a breathtaking view of the sunrise that made the experience all the more worthwhile and memorable.

As the clock struck 5:00am, trail racers for the 32km embarked on an adrenaline-filled adventure as they sped through a mixture of challenging terrains, from asphalt, to sand, to rocks, to river crossing and technical ascents. The category simulated ascents of Skyrunning races – an arena wherein Salomon dominates. Given a seven-hour cut-off time, hardcore trail runners were surely tried and tested to push their boundaries and surpass the limits.

At 5:30am, trail runners of the 24km mountain run went blazing off into the trail and were greeted with technical ascents and varying terrain which likewise simulates ascents of Skyrunning races. The cut-off time for the 24km race is five hours.

By 8:00am and 9:00am, the participants of the 12km and 6km Road -To-Trail category were tested with a unique yet introductory trail running course, which consists of road & trail routes that are likewise challenging and technical. The cut-off times for the 12km and 6km categories are two and a half hours and one and a half hours respectively.

As the Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas is a Green Run, no disposables were provided at the hydration stations and participants were required to bring their own provisions.

At 11:00 am, the awarding ceremony commenced and this year’s roster of winners earned not only a range of prizes but most importantly, the ultimate sense of achievement upon taking on and conquering such a challenging feat as the Salomon X-Trail Race.

As an added, no one went home empty handed as Salomon gave away items during a raffle portion, together with awesome items from sponsors—Suunto, Otterbox, Eco x Gear and R.O.X.

It has been the absolute objective of Salomon to promote trail running and passion for the trails. Each year, it never fails to push every runner’s boundaries and test their limits as it inspires each one to recognize their potential and overcome challenges. Once again, the Salomon X-Trail race has proven to be the trail running event that runners can aspire to take part of each year.

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015 is in cooperation with AXN & R.O.X., with official venue partners: Anvaya Cove, an Ayala Land Premier property. This event is also sponsored by Honey Stinger, Suunto, Gatorade, Sea to Summit, Sudeco, Otterbox, Goal Zero, Eco x Gear, Nalgene, and the Primer Group of Companies. Thanks also to our media partners:The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror, PinoyFitness.com, Endurance Magazine, UNO Magazine, Clavel Magazine, Psst! Magazine, Multisport Magazine, and Speed Magazine.

Salomon is exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia's next retail giant.
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