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World A.I.D.S. Day Run Promo for RunningAtom Followers

With the worldwide observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, Pep Squad Events and Premiere condoms is bringing us the World AIDS Day Run 2015 on the 5th of December, 2015. The race will be held at McKinley West, Taguig City, 5:00 PM for the benefit of Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated (PAFPI), The Love Yourself (TLY) group, and the Project Red Ribbon.

In support of this event, the followers of RunningAtom (either a subscriber of this blog or follower of any of its social accounts -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) are entitled to a registration fee discount at any of the registration centers below.

To avail of this limited promo, just drop me a message signifying your interest to run and together with your e-mail address (if you're a follower, then you'll know how to reach me), wait for the confirmation that will be sent to you, and present it upon registration. Deadline is up to December 3, 2015 only.

Registration Centers (until December 4, 2015 12:00NN - 9:00PM):
  1. Runnr Bonifacio High Street
  2. Runnr Alabang Town Center
  3. Toby's Trinoma
  4. Toby's Shangri-La Plaza
  5. Toby's Glorietta
  6. Online thru Premiere's website (until November 29, 2015 only)

For more about the race details, check out or visit and follow their social accounts (@premierecondoms).

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Stephen Curry and Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx Join Forces in New Under Armour Basketball Campaign for the Curry Two

Press Release

Philippines, 30 October 2015 – Global high-performance sports leader Under Armour, U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Stephen Curry and actor Jamie Foxx team up again in a new campaign to launch the highly acclaimed Curry Two shoe from Under Armour. The first basketball shoe to feature a full-length Charged Cushioning midsole unit and a UA SpeedForm seamless upper, the Curry Two was first unveiled by Curry during his tour of Asia on the Under Armour Road Show on September 6 in Shanghai, China, and will be available at retail globally on 24 October 2015.

The new spot, created by award-winning agency Droga5 and entitled “Flash,” illuminates Curry’s unparalleled skill set, which continues to transform the game of basketball. Foxx provides a narrative that questions, “How long does it take to change the game of basketball?” The emphatic response is, “.4 seconds,” which is the amount of time it takes for Curry to release a shot, the fastest ever measured. Amidst explosions of light, sparks and smoke, Curry unleashes an array of moves in an explosive sequence, as Foxx narrates his journey to the top and his lasting effect on the sport.

The “Iron Sharpens Iron” Curry Two, the lead colourway for Stephen’s second signature shoe

“Stephen is a generational talent and through hard work and self-belief he’s doing things on a basketball court that is impacting how the game is played, coached and seen by fans throughout the world,” said Peter Murray, Vice President Global Brand and Sports Marketing, Under Armour. “This new story, featuring Stephen in the new Curry Two, showcases his dynamic skill set which is inspiring a new generation of basketball players to challenge the foundation of the game and lead the new era of basketball.”

The spot features the “Iron Sharpens Iron” Curry Two, the lead colourway of Stephen’s second signature shoe. Inspired by Stephen’s relentless commitment and dedication to make his teammates better through his play and leadership, the “Iron Sharpens Iron” Curry Two features a grey upper with a back layer of yellow that pops through perforated patterning, as well as a midsole with orange to yellow fade that incorporates detailed speckles to represent the forging of metal. Stephen’s motto, “Make My Teammates Better,” serves as the foundation for how Stephen mentally approaches the game of basketball. His strength and fortitude serves as a source of strength for his teammates and the team.Additional colourways of the Curry Two will release throughout the season.

Created with a full-length Charged Cushioning midsole unit and a UA SpeedForm seamless upper, the Curry Two is engineered for basketball’s next great game changer.

“The first time I put my foot in the Curry Two, I knew having Charged Cushioning through the whole shoe would be a performance difference-maker,” said Curry. “I’ve been wearing the Curry Two all summer in my workouts, and I'm excited that the design and performance of the shoe will not just enhance my game, but it will provide all basketball players with real innovation that works.”

Video still from “Flash”, the new campaign by Under Armour, Stephen Curry and Jamie Foxx to highlight Curry’s exceptional skills and to launch the Curry Two

Charged Cushioning® System

The full-length Charged Cushioning unit in the midsole absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst to enhance Stephen’s first-step and change of direction.

UA SpeedForm® Technology

The UA SpeedForm Technology upper moulds precisely to Stephen’s foot, providing free range of motion and strategic stability so he can stop and go, cut and change speed without restrictions. The perforated engineering in the UA SpeedForm keeps the Curry Two lightweight with durable breathability.

Locked in Stability & Control Technology

The Curry Two’s external heel counter also locks in the foot and eliminates sliding for a secure fit. The rubber outsole with an organic herringbone traction pattern offers supreme underfoot control and multi-directional grip of the court. External shanks in the arch and forefoot provide midfoot and lateral stability. A high abrasion skin on the toe tip increases durability to support Stephen’s quickness and change of pace.

“In the Curry Two, Stephen has freedom of movement, responsive cushioning and strategic stability,” says Dave Dombrow, Vice President of Design, Footwear and Accessories, Under Armour. “What makes Stephen great is that he plays the game like no one we've ever seen, and at any moment he’s going to do something on the court we didn’t think possible. We drew from that to build him a shoe that allows him to play untethered and unpredictable, while staying in complete control of his every movement and speed.”

Curry Two Availability

The “Iron Sharpens Iron” Curry Two will retail at Php 8,995.00 at the Under Armour Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall and UP Town centre, and selected multi-branded stores of Tobys, Titan, Olympic Village and Planet Sports. Eight additional colour ways will be released over the rest of the quarter, up till Christmas.

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McHappy Day Stripes Run 2015: Run for a Cause with the Whole Family in Davao and Metro Manila

Press Release

Running for fun is guaranteed to make people feel good. Imagine how much better it would feel to know that running can also help Filipino kids in need learn how to read!

At McDonald’s, families can have fun and help other families at the same time through the McHappy Day Stripes Run. This year’s McHappy Day is bigger than ever as it brings the Stripes Run in two key local cities: People’s Park, Davao City on November 28 and in BGC, Taguig City on December 5.

Registration is now open! To join, simply fill-up the registration form available at select McDonald’s stores and online via, settle the registration fee, and claim the race kit right after.

Each race kit includes a McHappy Day shirt, McDonald’s red and white striped socks, stub for a free McDonald’s breakfast meal at the venue, and a race bib.

There’s a distance for every runner and every member of the family with 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K categories. Exciting activity booths also await participants after the race as they celebrate a fun and fulfilling run.

Help Filipino kids learn and eventually love reading by joining the 2015 McHappy Day Stripes Run. Proceeds from the Stripes Run will be donated to ‘Ronald McDonald Read To Learn’, a flagship program of McDonald’s charity of choice, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Philippines.

Since 2002, RMHC has touched the lives of over 11 million children through its Ronald McDonald Read To Learn program. RMHC Philippines also celebrates its 20th year of making a difference this year.


1K / 3K / 5K / 10K

November 28, 2015 (Saturday)
People’s Park, Camus Corner Palma Gil Streets, Davao City

December 5, 2015 (Saturday)
34th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

  • Catch Hamburglar 1K (8 years and below) – Php 400.00
  • Run Grimace Run 3K Children (15 years old and below) – Php 495.00
  • Run Grimace Run 3K Adult (16 years old and up) – Php 495.00
  • McDonald’s Family Dash 3K (2 kids under 15 years and 2 adults) – Php 1,500.00
  • Early Birdie 5K (16 years old and up) – Php 795.00
  • Ronald McDonald Challenge 10K (16 years old and up) – Php 995.00
  1. McDonald’s Greenbelt, Makati
  2. McDonald’s People Support, Makati
  3. McDonald’s Makati Ave, Makati
  4. McDonald’s Valero, Makati
  5. McDonald’s 32nd Street, Fort Bonifacio
  6. McDonald’s BGC Forum, Fort Bonifacio
  7. McDonald’s Park Triangle Mall, Fort Bonfacio
  8. McDonald’s Bench, Fort Bonifacio
  9. McDonald’s Forbes Town Center, Fort Bonifacio
  10. McDonald’s Eastwood, Quezon City
  11. McDonald’s Quezon Ave., Quezon City
  12. McDonald’s Katipunan, Quezon City
  13. McDonald’s ETON Centris, Quezon City
  14. McDonald’s Greenhills, San Juan
  15. McDonald’s Strata 100, Ortigas
  16. McDonald’s Tycoon, Ortigas
  17. McDonald’s Alabang, Muntinlupas
  18. McDonald’s Pontevia, Las Pinas
  19. McDonald’s Sucat Carita , Las Pinas
  20. McDonald’s Blue Bay, Manila
  21. McDonald’s Jose Abad, Manila
  22. McDonald’s Pioneer, Mandaluyong
  23. McDonald’s Marcos Highway, Marikina
  24. RUNNR BGC, Fort Bonifacio
  1. McDonald’s SM City Davao
  2. McDonald’s Damosa
  3. McDonald’s Matina Crossing
  4. McDonald’s Abreeza
  5. McDonald’s NCCC Mall
  6. McDonald’s Bajada
  7. McDonald’s Davao Pampanga
  8. McDonald’s Sta Ana
  9. McDonald’s Illustre
  10. McDonald’s Bolton
  11. McDonald’s MTS
  12. McDonald’s Gaisano Mall
For more information on the McHappy Day Stripes Run, visit or follow McDonald’s official Facebook page at Sign-up today and tell your family and friends about it! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #McDoStripesRun and tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram.
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First Ever Gatorade Run Marks Debut on November 22

Press Release

Manila, Philippines – The world’s number one sports drink is finally making its debut in the country’s fast growing running circuit with the launch of the first ever Gatorade Run.

The run will happen on November 22 at the Seaside Boulevard at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. There will be two distances—11 and 22 kilometers gun-starting at 5:00 and 4:00 AM respectively. Race fee is P1,100 for 11K participants and P1,500 for their 22K counterparts. The pre-race kit will include an Adidas race tee, a race bib and a timing chip. Another Adidas shirt, this time a finishers tee, will also await all finishers.

“The Gatorade Run will cap off what has been a historic year for us,” Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said. “We just celebrated our 50th birthday; we recently beefed up our line-up with a new variant called White Lightning and welcomed a powerhouse cast of ambassadors; and now, we’re launching the first ever run powered by Gatorade.”

Atayde added, “As a global leader in sports performance, runners can expect that Gatorade will bring its sports science expertise to the fore. More than just a run, this milestone event is a platform for us to reinforce our message of proper hydration.”

The Gatorade Run will feature a hydration station where participants can get pre-race hydration drinks, a post-run hydration test area where they can instantly learn about their hydration status, and a warm-up area where free sessions will be available for those who want a full-on warm up activity before the run.

Registered participants can start claiming their kits on November 16 until November 19 from 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM at their chosen store and schedule upon registration.

Log on to for more information or to register.
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Sold Out Slots: 2016 Cobra IM70.3 APAC Championship

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Sunrise Events, Inc. does it again for the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship 2016 edition!

Regular slots for the Cobra energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship 2016 got sold out in 28 minutes beating its own record of 40 minutes for the 2015 edition. Definitely a heart rising moment for all triathletes who registered at the Cebu Provincial Capitol this morning when they all converged over breakfast sponsored by Alaska Milk Corporation. Watch out for updates as triathletes start their journey to the Cobra energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship 2016 race.

For more information about the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, please visit Follow us on Facebook, @cobraironman703 on Instagram, @CobraIronman703 on Twitter for updates.

Tag us at #cobra703apac; #ironman703philippines; #IM703ceburegistered; #ironmanmorefun; #IM703APAC2016
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The Great Lean Run - Relive the Martial Law Experience

With our Country's rich history from the Colonial Spaniards up to the Martial Law era under the Marcos administration, there has been a lot of unnamed, unsung, or even unwritten histories of great People who have done some great works and contributions for our liberation, freedom, and the democracy that we now enjoy. Leandro "Lean" Legara Alejandro is but one of them (or at least for me) whom I have only heard about just recently.

From the short information from Wikipedia, Lean was an activist in the 1980s, a student leader, nationalist, intellectual rebel, and a critic of then President Ferdinand Marcos who played various key roles in the formation of different national organizations. With those roles that he held, he was assassinated on September 19, 1987 after announced his plans for a major demonstration against the Marcos regime.

Honouring the life of Lean Alejandro, the UP SAMASA Alumni Association will be holding an obstacle run reminiscing the dictatorial rule that will give runners a taste of what it was like during the Martial law years. Obstacle at the UP sunken garden and Academic oval will feature barbed wire, water cannons, anti-riot police, arbitrary arrests and much more. Runners will aim to survive the challenges of the course for a chance to win prizes, not to mention unique bragging rights.

Registration fee is Php 800.00 (Php 300.00 for Students) and included on the race kit is a singlet, race bib, race belt with 3 ribbons (representing life, liberty, and property). This event aims to raise funds for the construction of Liwasang Lean Alejandro in UP Diliman campus.

Registration is ongoing Online via RegOnline or at the Great LEAN Run Facebook page and Chris Sports branches at SM Megamall, SM City North, Glorietta 3 and Metro Marjket Market BGC.

Race Route

For more details, interested participants may contact Irish Vayne Alacar at 0906270646 or via email thru or you may visit The Great Lean Run page of WithoutLimits.

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Justice League Run Cebu 2015

The Manila leg of the 1st World of DC Comics All Star Fun Run held last April 2015 drew about 10,000 registrants. With this success, Global Procurement Inc. (GPI) - the lead Organizer of the event, is again gathering runners to another DC run that will be held at the grounds of SM in Cebu City on September 26, 2015.

Now called Justice League Run, the event will be part of 7-Eleven's 1,500th store that will surely revolutionize the fun-run experience of the participants who will be dressed in colorful singlets of their chosen DC Superhero like Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, or Wonder Woman. A second-piece costume is also included to embody the whole Superhero experience based from their chosen Superhero singlet: Superman's Cape; Face Mask of Batman, The Flash, or Green Lantern; or Headpiece for Wonderwoman.

For all finishers, a limited edition Justice League medal also awaits them when they cross the finish line. All these premium items that cannot be just bought anywhere will be part of their registration together with a DC JL sling bag, freebies from Sponsors, and race bib with timing chip.

Race categories and registration fees are: 3K - Php 600.00; 5K - Php 700.00; and 10K - Php 800.00

Surely the Cebuano running community will have a great morning run highlighting the fun and gathering of family, friends and DC Comics fanatics.

Registration is currently on-going at the following sites:
  1. Online: Zalora (until 20 Sep. 2015)
  2. In-Store (until: 21 Sep. 2015):
    • Chris Sports - SM Radisson; Ayala IT Park
    • Island Souvenirs - SM City Cebu; Ayala; Sinulog Square; Raintree; Regal; Salinas

More about the race details may be found by visiting Cebu DC Justice League Run website.

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Western Union's Heroes for Better

In celebration of Western Union's 25th year anniversary in the Philippines, a global tribute and advocacy campaign to celebrate and recognize the efforts of Filipinos around the world who have given their time, money, skill or expertise to make a positive change in their own little way. The "Heroes for Better" campaign also aims to showcase them as role models to inspire others to likewise take positive action to help create a better world.

In line with this advocacy, Western Union will be honoring 25 Heroes for Better, from around the world, with inspiring and interesting stories to tell.

One of these role models is Eddie Vega "The Barefoot Bandito". His story is known for setting the world record for most marathons run on bare feet as a way to raise awareness and funds to over 300 million children worldwide who don’t have shoes, including those in the Philippines.

Though far from his native land, he never stopped caring for young Filipinos. In fact, the passion he has given his cause clearly goes beyond remembering these kids. What struck him even more is the fact that in many countries around the world, schools refuse to accept children unless they wear shoes. For him, this contributes to the vicious cycle of poverty.

And that is where his advocacy began; one that started out as a dare. Running on the 5th day of his 50th marathon for the year 2012, he joked about having no more shoes for his last run. He had only brought 4 pairs, and he had used one each for the past 4 races. It was then that he decided to run the race barefoot, dedicating the effort to his parents who had passed away. The move introduced him to a whole new method of running, which he totally enjoyed. Moreover, curious people who saw what he did began to spread the word about his feat.

As of May 2015, Eddie Vega had completed hundreds of full marathons in different countries, barefoot. He is one of only six individuals in the world to complete a marathon in all 50 states of the US within one calendar year. He holds the distinction of being the only person in the world to complete more than a hundred marathons within one year, completely BAREFOOT.
Other heroes currently on roster of Western Union's "Heroes for Better" campaign are Edmond Corpuz and Adelaida Saito.

Edmond Corpuz, "The Pencil Crusader", together with friends, initiated and organized the "Black Pencil Project" targetting far-flung barrio schoolchildren from kinder to grade six to donate school supplies from the Ifugao communities, to other remote provinces as far as Batanes, Sulu and Southern Palawan. To date, the project have inspired and mobilized immersion programs like photography and art workshops, as well as experiential tours that teach volunteerism, aptly called "voluntourism".

Adelaida Saito, "The Neighborhood Champion", spearhead an organization named Ishinomaki Hawak-Kamay which initially aimed at helping Filipino tsunami victims in Japan, and now also provides financial aid, relief goods, emotional and spiritual refuge to victims of natural disasters even to other parts of the world.

The acts of giving of the 25 Heroes for Better can fall under, but not to be limited to, any of these categories:
  • Education
  • Health
  • Livelihood and Entrepreneurship
  • Science and Technology
  • Promoting Security and Safety
  • Protecting and upholding Human rights (i.e. women, elderly, children)
  • Culture, Arts, and Sports
  • Volunteerism
  • Environmental Protection
  • Migrant Causes

Watch the video to know more about Vega’s story or visit
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A Peek of Living at Timberland Heights

I first came to know about Timberland Heights more than 4 years ago during the 2011 Merrell Adventure Run and I was able to come back for a few more times for some training runs, cycling, and traverse mountain bikings. Back then and until just recently during our 2-day weekend getaway, I have no idea that Timberland Heights is one of Filinvest's Township community project that spans a total of 677-hectares of premiere mountain development.

As of this date, Filinvest has already developed 20% of the combined residential, campsites, eco-trails, and farm lot projects from the Adventure Farm, The Ranch, Mandala 1 and 2, Banyan Ridge, Banyan Crest, Manila Waldorf School, Timberland Sports and Nature Club (TSNC), and the just soft-opened -- The Leaf Condotel (TLC).

Members of Filinvest, Media, and Bloggers who experienced an extraordinary weekend at Timberland Heights (photo by Timberland Heights)

Our short yet blissful experience living the life at Timberland Heights a few weeks ago gave me more than a glimpse but also impressed me with its bounty of close-to-nature activities without having to go far. The 2-degrees cooler than the neighborhood Metro climate will also give you more time to be outside for more adventures as it sits at 400-meters above sea level (masl) elevation on the clean and unpolluted mountains of San Mateo, Rizal. This strategic location can give you an almost 360-degrees of picturesque views of Metro Manila, Laguna, and Manila de Bay.

Getting There

Timberland Heights is only a stone's throw at just 9-kms away from Quezon City or 15-20 minutes drive from Batasan Pambansa.

To reach the site by commuting, you may ride a jeepney from Philcoa, QC going to Puregold San Mateo traversing Commonwealth Ave. From Puregold, hop on to a tricycle towards the famous Aling Tina's Carinderia or at the entrance near the famous Shotgun road. From there, it's just around 1-km of walk/hike at the steep road going towards the gate of Timberland Heights, and another less than 1-km to reach TLC or TSNC.

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For an easier and stress-fee commuting, the availability of Uber may take you to TSNC in no-time. I actually went there thru the UberX service and the charge was Php 249.00 for the 18-km ride coming from V.Luna Ave. Although, this route is not yet covered by Uber as it is no longer part of Metro Manila. Until such time that the nearby Rizal province becomes covered by Uber, you may need to tell the driver in advance where you are heading and come up with some agreements (but if he agrees without other arrangements, then don't bother!).

My Uber driver still accepted my route although with hesitation, so in return I offered to fuel up the vehicle for a few pesos at the nearby gasoline station (no monetary exchange).

First Day - Timberland Tour and Glamping

Arriving late for the morning itinerary which involves the luncheon briefing at the Peak Bar of TSNC, I was still able to join the 1st day's guided shuttle tour to the already existing developments of Timberland, together with other adventure bloggers and members of the print and lifestyle media. Entering these high-end communities, I was in awe and amazement as we were briefed by Filinvest's staff about the offerings and features of each of the village.

The residential farms of Mandala 1 at the North side with only a handful of houses built yet. On the South side just after the gate was the The Ranch, followed by Mandala 2 opposite Mandala 1 which is also a residential farm. The more familiar project to me was the Banyan Crest at the Southeastern portion, fronting the TSNC as this was where the past Merrell Trail run participants' vehicles were allowed to park.

At the Eastern/Northeastern part comes the ongoing development which is The Glades (not the Glades of the Arrow TV series). This portion as I recall was where the obstacles of the Merrell Adventure Run 3 trail route looped with its orangey and sticky mud. Now this will become an 11-hectare community development.

The main road here is already in place, and just opposite the Glades, St. John Paul II Church - a Church inspired by the Thorncrown Chapel in Arkansas will be constructed. Not far from this entrance was another familiar route going to the highest point, overlooking Laguna de Bay, the Metro Manila skyline, Tagaytay Ridge, and Mt. Arayat. This area will be developed with a stunning 360-degrees of view deck and will be aptly called the Timberland Outlook Park or T.O.P. for short.

Proceeding towards the Timberland gate after peeking at these properties and future developments, we found the Adventure farm with its surrounding nature-inspired partitions and the camping grounds just a few stairs away. The next activity woke me up back into reality and broke my daydreaming of owning a Timberland property.

Camping / Glamping area

Walking up to the camping grounds with Ms. Mars (Happy Camper), Dennis (Running Pinoy), and Pepi (Kampeo ng Pagibig), I ignorantly asked them what "glamping" means (yes, that word was alien to me!). Honestly, I did not know that there is such a thing as glamorous camping! Well I thought it is glamorous enough if you're camping at the grounds of a premiere property and with such event being hosted by a beautiful host (Ms. Hilary Isaac), but I got more surprised with the camping foods -- red and white wines (not beer nor demon spirits - gin), different variations of cheeses (instead of the packaged snack/junk foods), fresh ham varieties and fresh lettuce, and there's even a set of ice cream maker on another table.

Instant tent in no-time

But before we indulged ourselves in such treats, Coleman Philippines introduced their new line of camping tents. The newest was the Pop-up instant tent where you can get this portable shelter ready in just less than 10-minutes with spacious, fully-seamed, and large window ventilation. The easy setup was made possible with the pre-attached poles so you'll spend less time getting it done. The tent can accommodate up to four people.

After the demonstration, a simple game followed for the fastest group among us to setup the same tent.

With the rain and strong winds already coming, we went back to our own rooms at The Leaf Condotel to wash-up and get rested.

Two beds for myself

The room that I occupied has two beds, plush green beddings, pillows, and comforter blankets. As the Condotel is still on its soft-opening, there was still no telephone unit but it is already equipped with satellite channels from Cignal Digital TV, lighted closet with small deposit box, a personal ref and water heating for the morning coffee.

When closed, you won't see that it's the bathroom door

What's odd is that the room does not have its own comfort room/bathroom -- or so I thought! Impressive as it is, the bathroom's door is unlike any other as it is camouflaged with the room's wood-parquet designed wall. The camouflage also becomes more effective with the absence of a door knob.

We ended the cold evening after the sumptuous dinner at the Ridge Bar of the TSNC, a night of socials, and dancing with Pepi as the lead dancer showing his gracefulness in ballroom dancing.

Pepi the dance Instructor
Second Day - Outdoor Adventure

The next morning, I had my deepest sleep after a long time with the cushy bed and very relaxing ambience of the room that I was not able to wake up to my alarm at 6:00AM. I woke up at around 7:00AM -- the call time for our breakfast.

Proceeding to Magnolia Conference for the breakfast, we got to know Mr. Edmund Mangaser the owner of All Terra Cyclery who lent the different models of Giant Mountain Bikes and some representatives from the different dealerships of Nissan Phils. with their test units of the 4x4 Navarra NP300 double-cab pick-up trucks. These beautiful 2-wheeled and 4-wheeled vehicles were our choice of rides for the morning's trail adventure.

Giant XTC and Anthem MTBs

The group was divided in two, those who wants to bike and for those who wants to ride the 4x4s. For some reason, I did not get excited to hop on the Navarra so I chose to get dirty with the mountain bike trail routes until I saw our other companions and Dennis riding at the pick-up's cargo.

While the first batch of Navarra riders went ahead, the biking group was led by one of the pioneer mountain bikers of Timberland Heights, Filinvest's Arch. Noel Advincula, and RR our in-house mechanic from All Terra. We were briefed for a moment about the basics of mountain biking, bike handling, and safety before proceeding to our route.

Dennis and a companion enjoying the ride at the cargo of the Nissan Navarra NP300 4x4 (photo by Timberland Heights)

We were only traversing the basic trail and everyone was excited and in high-spirit, specially Ms. Mars who seems either having trouble with her bike or just keeping RR for herself (aherm!).

The heavy rains from the previous day made the almost 8-km. trail Roxas loop an intermediate one on the single tracks of slippery mud. Albeit the challenging off-road ascents and descents, everyone was enjoying the ride on their own models of the Giant hardtail and full-suspension mountain bikes. Ms. Mars who just got a better grip of her bike was also laughing in excitement and was the lead group's cue that they are already nearby.

The mountain biking enthusiasts (photos by Timberland Heights)

I, on the other hand, got so impressed with the Giant Anthem bike that I was using as we tackled the rocky and slippery ascents of the route. The Anthem is fully-equipped with front and rear suspensions with manual lockout, hydraulic brakes, has an SRAM X0 groupset and 10-speed drivetrain, and 27.5" wheelset on a small frame size that was just right for me.

The bike was light and smooth on the technical portions, yet it can also go fast on paved road. Comparing this bike to the mountain bike that I own, I would say that mine was an owner-type jeep and the Giant Anthem was a mid-sized all-terrain SUV. This experience pushed me to finally give-up my bike for my brother and get a somehow better spec'd mountain bike (although still it's incomparable with the Giant Anthem).

Timberland Height's mountain bike routes are IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) certified, the first one in the Philippines to achieve such recognition.

Getting dirty and sweaty after more than 2-hours, we returned back to wash-up and finally get a dip at the infinity pool of TSNC while our other companions who rode the 4x4 Navarra went to the Adventure farm to pick some of the harvest-ready organic vegetables.

The dip for about 1-hour was just enough to cooldown and relax our tired body. Ms. Mars was our shutterbug while Dennis and I practiced our laps at the 25-meter swimming pool.

Pepi, Me, Ms. Mars, and Dennis after gettng refreshed at the TSNC pool (photo by Ms. Mars)

Concluding the Timberland Weekend

We've ended the 2-day adventure at Timberland Heights with delicious varieties of Japanese buffet lunch back at the Peak Bar. I specially liked the seaweed miso soup which warmed my tummy, well I actually love the taste of each food which satisfied my palate.

Timberland Heights still has a lot facilities to get you busy. Our 2-day weekend experience was not enough to fully experience the whole of it. Soon I will be back to discover the remaining biking routes (intermediate and advance trails), and hopefully to get another dip at the pool or have a relaxing massage.

As we travel back home, and actually get back to my normal life, I realized that one does not need to go far to find a place to retire, or a place to dwell while continuing your businesses. With its close-to-Metro location, you may still attend to your business schedules and also get your daily dose of peace, inspiration, and motivation just a few kilometers away with the many close-to-nature offerings of Timberland Heights. On the other hand, if you already have a land of your own but doesn't know what to do with it, why not mimic the great idea that Timberland Heights have?

Still, my mind wanders if all the future development plan to Timberland Heights will be able to sustain the life and its co-existence with nature. Will the more than 50 species of birds flying around Timberland Heights still be there 5 or 10-years from now? If Timberland Heights is the last frontier of the Metro, how will you protect and preserve the blissful and serene sanctuary of Timberland Heights?

Find more photos I've taken from my Facebook album, and learn more about the Timberland projects below.

Timberland Project Briefs

Targeting the high-end socio-economic segments of the market, Timberland Heights envisions to become a unique community with close proximity to nature offering comfort, convenient, serene, intermodal connectivity, and high-end living standards encompassing over 380-hectares of housing, employment, recreational, leisure, and entertainment developments.

Timberland Heights is a premiere mountain township development that will provide prospective buyers a refreshing change of lifestyle. It will be a nature haven where residents will feel relaxed, refreshed and energized.

Mandala 1 a 40-hectare low-density residential farm with an average lot area one can own of 1,200 sqm of which only 30% should be occupied by the estate and the remaining for farming use only.

The Ranch a 5.70-hectares community of only 113 households with average 250 sqm lot area. This project gives picturesque views of Laguna de Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Mandala 2 opposite Mandala 1 which is also a residential farm but with much lower density of only 130 lots averaging 1,250 sqm. each over 20-hectares property.

Banyan Ridge at the eastern part is is a 6.30-hectare community of only 118 exclusive residential lots located on a ridge with a panoramic vista of the city and surrounding mountains.

Banyan Crest 15-hectare development on the western area with a total of 293 residential lots located on a ridge with a higher altitude that offers panoramic vista of the Metro and picturesque views of Laguna de Bay.

The Leaf this Condotel offers a modern mountain resort lifestyle through an investment that could pay for itself. This development is a fully-functioning condotel gives an investor ownership of a prime condominium and a membership to TSNC, operated and managed by TSNC for worry-free income generation, hassle-free maintenance and room rental pool management.

Timberland Sports and Nature Club is an exclusive membership club where family members of all ages can enjoy indoor, outdoor, and various recreational facilities. It has an existing hotel rooms for overnight accommodations and meeting rooms and ballrooms to allow holding of various types of exclusive, private and corporate functions.

Greenways and Eco-Trail is a purposely-built mountain biking, running and walking trails, and campsite / glamping area.

Adventure Farm a preserved and balanced ecological system with the establishment of its own Agro-forestry Center. Hobby-farmers will literally reap the benefits from cultivating nature’s bounty on their farms with the expert advice and technical facilities of the Agro-forestry. It was designed to create an exciting, fun-filled and educational experience for its visitors. Inside the farm are: 1) the farmhouse; 2) butterfly sanctuary; 3) greenhouse; 4) hilltop haven; 5) veggie valley; 6) herb terraces; 7) treetop; 8) vermiculture; 9) chicken farm (chicken chums); and 10) mini fish lagoon (fish frenzy)

Manila Waldorf School is one of the fastest growing non-traditional education movements in the world that utilizes holistic development of the young’s hand, heart and mind.
About Filinvest Land, Inc.

Built on the Gotianun tradition of integrity, quality and service, Filinvest Land, Inc. is one of the most-trusted real estate developers in the country with a diverse property portfolio catering to all markets. Currently, FLI has developed over 2,400hectares of land and more than 600,000 square meters of prime office, residential and retail spaces. For updates, check out our website or follow them on social media: and
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Celebration of Philippine Athletics Team Victory for the 28th SEA Games

Powered by a blend of Filipino Heritage athletes and home-grown talents, the athletics team brought home a total of 21 medals, a stunning +62% improvement in a mere two years.

The magic number to beat was 13. That’s the number of total medals won by Philippines Athletics in the 2013 edition of the SEA Games.

With Veloci Time and L Timestudio's sponsorship, support, and having witnessed the “blood and sweat” performances of all our athletes during the 28th SEA Games 2015, a Victory party was held for #TeamPilipinas Athletics last June 17, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay to share the highlights of their game, welcome them back home, and pat their back and honor the fruits of their training and performances.

The gold medals were hauled from the Hammer trow by Caleb John Christian Stuart, followed by Kayla Anise Richardson for the Womens 100-m dash. The double Gold medalist and double games record setter Eric Shaun Cray for the 100-m Dash and 400-m hurdles grabbed the 3rd and 4th gold medals, while Christopher Ulboc Jr. set in the 3,000-m Steeplechase heroic record on the last day of competition. With the +8 total medal improvements in SEA Games and these highlights of the Philippines Athletics team, the country eyes the upcoming Olympics and World Championship to be re represented by these young up-and-coming athletes.

PATAFA Pres. Philip Ella Juico: “Eric Cray is already qualified for the Olympics in Rio, and is ranked top 10 in the world in the 400 Hurdles”, said Juico. “This is a huge achievement to have a bona-fide qualifier from the Philippines. We are targeting to have perhaps 2-3 more before the 2016 Olympic Games open in Rio”.

If you have been following the 2015 SEA Games from the Media outlets, you would have noticed some Filipino-Foreigner contingents of our Philippine team. While this is no big matter for most of the People whose sole wish is to bring gold and glory for the Philippines, some would not even appreciate this goodness, does not even see the skills, and what kind of hard-work and discipline these Athletes went through to qualify for the SEA Games.

Now if you have read some weekly round up reviews (or even just the post title, like what I mostly do) prior to the SEA Games from by Mr. Pirie Enzo, you will learn that these athletes trained very well and are home-grown talents of the Country. They did not just suddenly sprout up during the competition, they joined many qualifying games and even broke national records prior to these Victorious wins from the 28th SEA Games.

Possible bets to make the cut before Rio 2016 Olympic Games and join Cray are young pole vaulter Ernest John "EJ" Obiena, who continues to smash the national record on a monthly basis; and 2-time Olympian Marestella Torres in long jump.

The victories of Cray and Kayla Richardson anointed the Philippines as "The speed capital of Southeast Asia". “It was a shocking performance and we overtook traditional sprinting powers Vietnam and Thailand”, Juico stated. “Never in the history of the SEA Games have we taken the sprint crown in both men’s and women’s 100 meters.”

Despite these achievements, the athletics team did not go without heartbreak from the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, with several prior champions failing to again attain the gold medal. Most notable among these athletes was Jason Ramil Cid in Decathlon, Archand Bagsit in 400 meters, and Marestella Torres in Long Jump. But for PATAFA President Philip Ella Juico, a podium finish is what matters. “Whilst some may be focused solely on Gold Medals, we are not. This is sports. Sometimes there is an injury. Sometimes a fraction of a second means the difference between Gold and Silver. We must be wise and celebrate the achievement and not nit-pick. In 3 races we had photo finishes and we got the silver in all 3. Give us another tenth of a second we would have 3 more gold medals”, says Juico.

The silver medals were brought home by EJ Obiena for the 5.25-m Pole Vault; Jesson Ramil Cid - Decathlon; Mary Joy Tabal - Marathon Women's; Kayla Anise Richardson - Women's 200-m; Mervin Guarte for the 800-m and 1,500-m; and the 4x400-m team of Archand Christian Bagsit, Edgardo Alejan Jr., Ryan Bigyan, and Joan Caido.

Another notable Philippine representative is the 34-years old Marestella Torres, who, although was not able to jump for the gold, but worthy of applause from her come back after having a now 1-year old baby. She "qualified and medaled in her event, and was only beaten by two world class jumps by the Vietnamese and Indonesian, both breaking their national records. It required national record jumps, a perfect day, to beat her. Marestella is a tribute to mothers everywhere who combine motherhood with excellence in other facets of life. She is a hero for getting onto that podium” says Juico.

Long jumper Mom Marestella Torres with Ms. Abet Ocampo
Bronze medalists also brought additional 9 medals to the tally from Marestella Torres for the long jump; Janry Unbas - Decathlon; Rosie Villarito - Javelin Throw; Riezel Buenaventure - 3.60-m Pole Vault; Patrick Ma. Unso - 110-m hurdles; Narcisa Atienza - Heptathlon; Donovant Arriola Jr. - long jump; Edgardo Alejan Jr. - 400-m; and Jessica Lyn Barnard for the 3,000-m Steeplechase.

A +62% medal improvement is a major step-change and makes athletics one of the bright spots of the Philippines performance. If all NSAs had achieved a similar result, the country would have won a total of 155 medals and finished a few notches higher. In the end, Philippines attained only 125 medals.

To cap off the victory party, the athletes took a cake-cutting ceremony and photo-op. The cake was specially made by the pastry Chef of Marriott Hotel

For Veloci Time and L Timestudio, the intense speed, breathtaking jumps and powerful throws that were unleashed with the hope of attaining glory for our country, they will continue to extend their support with the hope of uplifting our athletes. There were victorious moments and there were unsuccessful attempts. But the remarkable effort of each athlete as they fought for a triumphant finish is what really matters.

Mr. Roy Chua - Veloci Time Philippines President
with Women's Marathon Silver Medalist and Cebuana Ms. Mary Joy "Tabby" Tabal (photo by: Running Photographers)
with Ms. Katherine Khay Santos - a University of Baguio student and 4th Place for Women's long jump
Abs Showdown
Veloci-Powered #TeamPilipinas
L-R: Judith Staples(L Timestudio/Veloci); Sportscasters Anthony Suntay and Chino Trinidad; and Ms. Rochelle Romero (L Timestudio)

You may check other photos of the medalists from Veloci's Facebook album.

To the Philippine Athletics Team, you are all HEROES. WE SALUTE YOU!
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