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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 wuheroesforbetter.org.
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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 www.filinvestland.com or follow them on social media: facebook.com/FilinvestGroup and twitter.com/filinvest
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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 PinoyAthletics.info 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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Run United Philippine Marathon 2015

Coach Rio explaining the RU3 details during the event launch with the Bloggers and Pacers

On October 4 this year, the 3rd series of the RunRio and Run United Trilogy will resume with an ever exciting racing categories to cap-off each one's goal of being a progressive athlete and becoming the best in each leg and exceed themselves as they progress.

The 3rd and last series of the year features the full 42.195-km Marathon that will traverse the roads of Metro Manila from the starting line at the Seaside Blvd. in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, and ending at the same road entering an exclusive finish-line for the RUPM category finishers inside Manila's stylish venue by the Bay -- One Esplanade (1E).

Layout of the exclusive Finish line for the RUPM finishers at One Esplanade (1E)

In-store purchases of prepaid cards has already started today (June 19) and will end on the 13th of September, 2015 (or until slots ran out) from 12:00nn to 8:00pm daily. Register your purchased prepaid card before August 16 to guarantee your singlet size (all categories) and finisher's shirt (for the 21K and 42K categories).

Included on the race kit are Race bib w/D-Tag and a Chaf-Reduc ActiveHealth singlet that reduces or prevents the chafing in the underarms that is usually caused by the stitches of the usual jerseys. Post-race, finishers will be given their respective Active Health ventilation bag, Hydration, Finisher shirt and Medal (21K and 42K finishers only).

More about the race details below:

Run United Philippine Marathon 2015
4 October 2015 Sunday, 1:00 AM (earliest assembly time)
One Esplanade, Seaside Blvd. cor J.W. Diokno Blvd., SM MOA Complex, Pasay

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 42K - 1:00 AM / 2:00 AM
  • 21K - 3:00 AM / 4:00 AM
  • 10K - 4:00 AM / 5:00 AM
  • 5K - 5:00 AM / 5:30 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 5K - Php 750.00
  • 10K - Php 850.00
  • 21K - Php 950.00
  • 42K - Php 1,350.00
*for just an additional Php 60.00, you'll get the following: i) Personalized race bib; ii) Free Sports Nutrition Solution (3-caps Enervon Active and 140-gms. Enervon HP Recovery Drink); iii) Customized Exceed Yourself Training Plan from Coach Ani de Leon-Brown; and iv) ActiveHealth gel bib holder.

Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • 1In-Store Purchase of Prepaid Cards:
    1. Runnr Store BGC and Trinoma
    2. Toby's Sports Robinson's Galleria, Mall of Asia, Arena Glorietta 2, and Robinson's Metro East
  • 2Online Registration via ULAH's website.
1Prepaid cards are sold on a first-come first-serve and per person-basis only. The race kits will be given from 10:00AM to 8:00PM during the 3-day Race Expo on October 1-3, 2015 (expo closes at 5:00PM on October 3) at One Esplanade.

2Note: Additional Php 150.00 will be charged for race kit delivery for online registrants. Fees are inclusive of Php 50.00 web admin fees. Race Bib with D-Tag Delivery Schedule will be on or before September 18, 2015.


Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token

Route Map
TBP

You may also visit ULAH or RunRio.com for more details and further race updates.

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PMA-Kalasag Lahi Presents Run With Dad

Coinciding with Father's day on June 21, the Kalasag-Lahi batch 1997 of the Philippine Military Academy and the Business Industry and Retirees Chapter (BIRC) will be holding a fun run aimed to raise funds for their outreach programs. BIRC is one of the five major chapters of the PMA Alumni Association Inc.

Check out race details of this event below:


PMA-Kalasag Lahi and BIRC '97 Presents: Run With Dad
21 June 2015 Sunday, 5:00 AM
Camp Aguinaldo Grandstand, Quezon City

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 10K Challenge Run - 5:45 AM
  • 5K Recreational Run - 5:55 AM
  • 3K Fun Run - 6:00 AM
  • Zumba Party - 6:00 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 3K - Php 350.00
  • 5K - Php 400.00
  • 10K - Php 500.00
  • Zumba Party - Php 150.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • In-Store Registration:
    1. Hands of Children School - #48 Narra St., Proj. 3, Q.C. (Tel.#: 435-2457)
    2. Trellis 1980 Restaurant - Matalino St. cor. Kalayaan Ave., Brgy. Central, Q.C.
    3. Merci Bar and Resto - Timog Ave., South Triangle, Q.C.
    4. Venturecap Lending Investors Corp.
Event Jersey/Singlet Design
TBP

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
Finisher shirt for all participants. Refreshments before, during, and after the race.

Route Map
3K Race Route
5K Race Route 
10K Race Route
You may call 0927-751-4852 or 0917-932-6626 or 435-2457 for more details, inquiries, and further race updates.

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A Family Run and Celebration of Milk Day

Last Sunday, March 31, 2015, Alaska Milk celebrated the World Milk Day simultaneously in four different locations in the Country from Metro Manila and together with Baguio, Cebu, and Davao. The Seaside Boulevard and the activity area at the SM Mall of Asia garnered thousands of family members who all together, celebrated, bonded, ran, danced, and had a toast of Alaska milk by 6:00 AM.


SM City Baguio, SM City Cebu, and SM City Davao gathered the families at their respective cities on a 3K run, while SM Mall of Asia here in Manila gathered the families to different categories from 100-m and 1K distances for the kids, 3K, 5K, and 10K for the individual participants, and a 3K Family run where Moms and Dads were able to run the route together with their kids.

As for me, I originally planned to register for a 3K family run but then I forgot that my Kid also have an early appointment on the same date on his McDo Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation at the World Trade Center (WTC). Since I don't want him to be so tired before the graduation program begins, I decided to just meet him and his Mom at WTC after my 3K individual run. I won't be detailing about my run anymore as it was only part of my taper period for the upcoming pacer duty this coming Sunday, and actually, the festive gathering and bonding of the participants is more lively than how I raced. :)


As early as 4:30 AM when I arrived, kids were already jumping, climbing, sliding, and kicking at the inflatable play ground. Others were having their white, creamy moustache tattooed at the milk moustache tent. Breakfast goodies were also offered at the other tents like the champorado with condensed Alaska milk. What surprised me was the blended Alaska milk, I don't know if it was the powdered milk that they blended but it really tastes great and deliciously creamy! Never made and tasted milk that way before!

Right when 6:00 AM ticked, everybody joined the milk toast before proceeding to the next program. The milk toasting was simultaneously done together with the participants at the Baguio, Cebu, and Davao legs... except me, as I was busy taking a photo-op at the far end of the activity area with the Running Diva and her friend together with Alaska Tri-Aspire's elite Triathlete Mr. Matt O'Halloran. :)


After the milk toasting, everybody converged at the loot bag and milk can claiming area. This is where I saw the multitude of the crowd all lined-up while anticipating the many goodies. There were more than ample supply of 1.8-kg Alaska milk powder, sachets of Alaska milk choco, tetra-paks of Alaska fresh milk and flavored Yogurt drink, small can of Alaska evaporated milk, and bars of chocolates.


I left the event a few minutes after the Zumba dance started and after taking some photos of the participants. The Zumba party was well-attended not just by the girls but also the Kuyas and Dads. I even saw some of the elite runner participants signing up. I see that they are really competitive not just on the route but also in shaking their bodies at the dance floor! :)

The celebration of World Milk Day in the Philippines by Alaska is a great way to promote drinking of milk not just for the kids but for everyone at any age. It has also positively promoted a healthy lifestyle by doing fun activities like running (and Multisports) while bonding together with the whole family.

When I arrived at the WTC and my son saw the photos of the Alaska event from my phone, I regret not having him with me. I thought we could have still made it on his Kiddie crew graduation even after running at the #AlaskaWorldMilkDay. There will still be next time though, kiddo!

Check out more photos below:

That happy and priceless smile
This Mom-Dad-Son tandem just crossed the finish line, Alaska E-Cow at the back.
How I love this Father and Daughter tandem
A dream of every Runner Dad - to cross the finish line with his Son or Daughter :)
Also a dream of most Dads, to have an all-boys team in the Family! ;)
A family of five who just crossed the finish line together
With Ms. Roselle (the Running Diva) and her friend who just finished his first 10K
You know Ironman's secret? He also drinks Alaska Milk :)
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