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The Race of Rock Stars

What do the Afroman, Cinderella, and the country’s top social entrepreneur have in common? December 19 holds the answer. On that date, the three notable personalities from equally exciting yet distinct fields will head to one destination: Corregidor. And they will not just do a tour of the island, but will do more than that. They, together with close to 400 gritty and elite running aficionados, will rock the island and run in the inaugural Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM).

Top race organizer and running coach par-excellance Rio dela Cruz, also known as the Afroman of the Philippine running community, has confirmed his participation in the CIHM, billed the last major race of the year. Rio, fresh from his blistering finish at the New York Marathon, is eyeing the top spot in the CIHM to become its first ever champion.

Gwen Zamorra, GMA Talent Center’s newest and fast-rising sweetheart, who’s endearing a throng of fans with her role as Cinderella in the top-rating telefantasia Grazilda, will see action in CIHM. Unknown to many, Gwen has been into running for almost two years to date, with a 15k and a half-marathon under her belt already. But in CIHM, she is out to prove that she is not a frail damsel in distress. On the contrary, she may just unwittingly cause distress to male participants whom she might outrun in the race.

Then, there’s the country’s prime social entrepreneur Illac Diaz who is deadset to bring one of his advocacies to the running community and at the same time prove that his mountaineering stamina is no fluke. Illac is excited to be part of CIHM as he sees the race’s design akin to his ecological advocacy and a perfect venue to measure his remarkable fitness level.

With the participation of these three interesting personalities, the anticipation for the first Corregidor International Half-Marathon is fast approaching its fever-pitch climax. Close to 400 runners, and still counting, are rushing to register for this historic footrace on the hallowed grounds of Corregidor, known as The Rock. The composition of participants is nothing but out of the ordinary. From age to professional background the race looks remarkable. The youngest participant is 18 while the oldest, so far, is 67 years old. The professions of registered participants paint an interesting picture. Participants vary from lawyers, physicians, dentists, IT specialists, human resource practitioners, engineers, and even band artists. Likewise, a huge number of runner bloggers will see action in the race, with no less than Jinoe Gavan, the top honcho and moderator of the country’s biggest running forum and blogsite Takbo.ph will make his mark on the race course of CIHM. Surprisingly, the number of female contenders almost approximates the number of their male counterparts. Definitely, it will be interesting to find out how the gender war will be played out in the race.

And to further escalate the excitement of CIHM, Session Road, one of the country’s sought after bands, will rock it out for the Victory Party of CIHM, in the evening of December 19 at the island. During the party itself, exciting prizes will be raffled off for participants. Lucky participants stand the chance to run away with a gift certificate for a 2-night & 3-day stay at Two Seasons Hotel Boracay, Holster Jelly Sandals, trendy running shoes, Sun Cruises gift certificates, and cool items from Coleman.

Registration has been extended to December 4 and will run daily from 4pm to 8pm (beginning Monday, November 29) at ROX in Bonifacio High Street. For more race details, visit www.corregidor2010.runningmate.ph.
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The Beauty and Grandeur of Kaos


Las Vegas Meets Broadway in a one-of-a-kind spectacle, first time in the Philippines. Presenting the good wizard Enrique Polo with the amazing white lion KAOS, the adorable white tiger SITO and the yellow tiger BETTY.

NEWPORT CITY, Pasay - In a medieval kingdom, a lonely prince peers into a magical mirror and falls in love with a beautiful maiden from the future. As the past and the future converge, the two discover a love that transcends time, prevailing over a scheming adviser and numerous obstacles.

This at a glimpse is the story of KAOS, a visual and musical spectacle unlike anything the country has ever seen.

A Convergence of world class talent

Set to be Resorts World Manila's first exclusive production, KAOS was conceptualized with international audiences in mind. The story, a timeless tale of love, is an engaging experience for the whole family. But what truly sets it apart is the combination of internationally acclaimed acts that it weaves seamlessly together in one show.

Kaos will feature celebrated stage thespians in the leading roles. Livewire singer and theatre actor Gian Magdangal will play the valiant prince, half-Pinay Canadian Idol standout Martha Joy will take on the part of the heroine, while versatile veteran performer Joel Trinidad will don the role of the scheming Adviser.

The three will lead a strong cast sure to captivate audiences with their performances of original songs specially created for the show, with no less than the Manila Symphony Orchestra providing the musical score.


Central to the story is none other than the title character, Kaos, who happens to be a real and rare white lion.

Kaos is part of the menagerie of world-renowned animal performers specially trained by Spanish master illusionist Enrique Polo, who will be part of the show along with his other lions and tigers.

Breathtaking acrobats from China and the Power Duo, a world renowned act from Belarus, will test the limits of physical endurance with their riveting performances.

Stunt motorcyclists from Spain will defy gravity in the astounding Cycle of Life, while the Human Time Machine performers from South America will showcase superb balance and synchronization.

Hip Hop dance champions Philippine All Stars will energize the show with their winning moves.


Behind KAOS is a world class production team. Andrew Botha from South Africa designed the magnificent set pieces, while seasoned costume designer Liudmila Karpinka brought to life elaborate and beautifully detailed medieval and futuristic costumes for the story. Veterans of various Star Cruises productions, Khmelnytsky Oleksandr and Donchanka Nataliya collaborated on the amazing choreography.

Resorts World Manila's Colin Kerr leads the show as Executive Producer, with Sviatlana Burkun as Production Manager.

Only at Newport Performing Arts Theater

Audiences will be able to catch KAOS up to eight times weekly at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. The 1,500-seat theater boasts of the largest LED wall ever built in the Philippines, as well as state-of-the-art lights and sounds technology. This ultra-modern performance venue is part of Resorts World Manila, an integrated leisure destination where guests can shop, dine, play and enjoy excellent live entertainment daily.


This spectacular production of love and magic is only one of the many surprises to be unveiled in time for Resorts World Manila's grand launch.


KAOS is not just a show; it is an experience everyone will enjoy again and again. And it's coming this December 1 2010, Wednesdays to Saturdays 8:00 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets start at Php 988 at the Resorts World Manila Box Office.

Visit RWM's website for more details, or call the Tour/Visitor Hotline at (02) 836-6333 for more details.
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Nike Club Run Manila

NIKE CLUB RUN MANILA 5K RUN
December 5, 2010
28th St. cor. 9th St., Bonifacio Global City

Download the image to see full details about the event.
REGISTRATION PERIOD: November 23, 2010 - December 2, 2010

CATEGORIES AND EVENT FEES
Student: PHP 100
Non-Student: PHP 300
School Challenge

SCHOOL CHALLENGE:

In this category, the school with the most number of accumulated kilometers ran will be the declared winner.

How?:
a. Students can register in group through their school or as an individual registrant.
b. Every student who registers will have to identify his/her school.
c. The most number of students from the school who ran and finish the race will be the winner of the Student Challenge.

NIKE+ MINI:

The Nike+ Mini is originally a personalizable application which when created, functions as a runner's "mini me". It changes with the runner's activity and can be taken beyond the site (in facebook and blogs) for motivation and bragging to friends.

In this race, there will be no singlets, no finisher's shirt or medals to be given away. Instead, Nike will be having a "finisher's give-away" in the form of the Nike+ Mini doll.
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A Runner’s Journey to Her 1st Int'l Marathon

When the going gets rough, the tough get going. While some go running. In a generation where everything is handed to us in an instant, one might consider this sport primitive because hitting the pavement with your rubber shoes is as simple as breathing.

Running is a sport that fuels ones' drive to start their journey but take determination to finish. It is every runner’s dream to cross that finish line, and yet we forget that the journey is just as important.

Kassy Pajarillo, 26, is a freelance Media Relations cum Events Coordinator whose aim in life is to check off every item in her bucket list before it becomes overdue or impossible to reach. Not always starting as such, earlier in her life she had a serious bout of hives and was induced with heavy dosages of steroids as medication, and her weight soared with no caloric effort. To her disdain, depression had set in.

Running had become the outlet that she needed to motivate herself out of her challenges. She ran in pace with the life that she wanted – a healthier one. She engaged in Bikram Yoga; got a certification as a TRX trainer, now offering her expertise to friends, family, and enthusiasts; while on the weekends, if not in a marathon, she’s in the ocean surfing.

Also a self-declared flexitarian, her zest for life has been an insatiable journey towards health and fitness, and it’s a wonder how everyone else had kept pace with her. Still with running as her first love, Kassy is slowly but surely approaching the next item to be checked off her list – to run in an international marathon.

Running for a cause

Beginning this journey with a few local marathons here and there for almost a year, vigorous training has not stopped for Kassy whose breather were a few surf sessions in between and the occasional yoga cravings. This, she believes, is what is expected for her first international marathon in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore.

With a clear direction and sheer determination, Kassy will be running a full 42.2KM marathon in the beautiful city of Singapore come December. She admits that although it will be a challenge to complete her first destination marathon race, she is especially motivated by the excitement of knowing that it will benefit such a worthy cause – the communities and families of the Maple Tree Foundation.

The Maple Tree Foundation’s vision is to help deprived and underserved mountain communities live healthy, productive, and peaceful lives with sustainable resource development programs that provide basic services, livelihood development, and education. For this, they need not to stay as less privileged citizens around Manila believing it will make their lives easier, when in fact they can do this comfortably in their own hometowns. Maple Tree founders are Canadian, Kassy figured, if these Canadians have been helping our citizens, Filipinos should too. And she did, pledging and successfully raising PHP 10,000 to help in this cause.

Kassy explains, “Whether it is to lose weight or to run for a cause, once you've achieved that first kilometer to a mile, you'll be proud of yourself by finishing one race after another. There's no clear explanation on what the runner's high is, it varies per person, but it definitely gives you a lot of lessons that you can apply in life like patience and determination; goal setting; and achieving with proper training. Just like life, vision without action is merely a dream.”

Kassy dreams to finish her first international marathon with a smile on her face proudly knowing she finished.

It’s never too late to help Kassy run for Maple Tree Foundation. On 5 December 2010. You may read more through her active lifestyle blog Flexitarian Runaholic Diary; sponsorships, goods, books and merchandise are welcome for the benefit of Maple Tree Foundation.

To Kassy, an advanced Congratulations to you, and I know God will continue to bless you and guide you in all your dreams, your generous effort and cause. Finish strong Kassy!
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Cashsense

Have you heard about Cashsense? You may have not heard it yet, but I'm sure you've already read that word - here in this post! What's the sense? To give you a background, Cashsense Inc. is an online money remittance and payroll merchant services. It has been incorporated in the Country last 2005, and have been an independent Filipino company aimed squarely at overseas Filipino markets since 2008.

Now, Cashsense will be giving away weekly prizes to participants who submit the right answer to their "Guess What?" contest.

Each day, Cashsense will post an additional clue. The answer may be difficult to guess on day one, but progressive clues will be easier. The first correct answer will win the first prize and so on. Once five correct answers have been given, the answer will be revealed and the winners posted.

Don’t stop posting answers though even if the main prize winners have been posted. Every week, all correct answers will go into a lucky draw and the winner will be awarded P500 e-load.

You may already join their contest for this week's "Guess What...?" and win:

1. Henry’s Place P800 GC
2. Rudy Project Bag
3. Funky bottle lamp
4. Organic body care products
5. eLoad

Visit the Cashsense's FB fanpage for more details, and get updated with their weekly contest.
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2nd McHappy Day Race Kit Winners

And the winner is...... oopppss!

And the winners are........

Before I announce the winners (yes, there's more than one winner), I would like first to thank and express my gratitude to Ms. Naissa L. Carmona of EON for making this giveaway contest possible. This is such a great birthday present from you. Your generosity helped me fulfill one my plans for my birthday, to give something simple but special enough for the running community.

So what you've been waiting for, here are the winners of complimentary race kit for the 2nd McHappy Day Fun:

The number represents the comment number on the giveaway page
in ascending order, excluding the comments with no valid entry.

* Rory Alcantara - 10k
* Janbrey A. Espia - 500m kids
* Marvin Trilles - 5k
* Krizia Bernadette Villaverde - 3k

How to Claim your Race Kit
You may claim your race kits on race day itself, starting at 5:00AM at the media registration tent, just look for Ms. Naissa.

Congratulations to all of you! And to other participants who didn't won, just keep close, I might have other giveaways or contests in the future. :)
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Magsimula Ka

Last November 19, 2010, our Company's CEO gave us a ticket for the Musical play of "Magsimula Ka" at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.

"Magsimula Ka" is an OPM composed by Marlo Sanchez and popularized by the voice of singer Leo Valdez.

Through the genuine creation of Gines Tan and Nestor Torre, the original Filipino hit musical play "Magsimula Ka" was born, and was presentated by Spotlight Artists Centre under the direction of Robert Seña.

Magsimula Ka Lyrics
Magsimula ka, batiin ang kay gandang umaga
Ng may ngiti sa iyong mga mata
Sa pagkakaidli gumising na
Ang buhay ay masaya
Palalagpasin mo ba

Magsimula ka, tuparin ang pangarap mong tunay
Habang ang lakas iyo pang taglay
Sa paghihintay baka masanay
Sayang naman ang buhay mawawala ng saysay

(Refrain)
Iisa lang ang buhay mo
Kumilos ka, gamitin mo
Kung may nais ang puso mo
Mangarap ka, abutin mo
Upang ito'y makamit mo
Magsikap ka, simulan mo

Magsimula ka, pilitin ang tuklasin ang hanap
Madanas man ang maraming hirap
Ang mithiin mo pag naging ganap
Langit ng pagsisikap iyo nang malalasap

(Repeat refrain 2x)

Upang ito'y makamit mo
Magsikap ka, simulan mo
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Coca-cola Christmas Caravan

Shake up the happiness. Wake it up, wake up the happiness. It’s Christmas time!

Once again, the country’s one and only partner in opening up the true spirit of the holiday season, Coca-Cola, rolled down the highly anticipated Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan and the annual Araneta Center Giant Tree Lighting last November 12, 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum parking lot. The well-loved beverage brand treated guests to an experience like no other when it painted the town red and led all the festivities, keeping true to fulfilling its tradition of bringing everybody together to usher in a magical Christmas.


Kicking off the day’s funfair was a grand parade led by a convoy of Coca-Cola Christmas trucks carrying two of the hottest youth icons of today and Coca-Cola ambassadors Kim Chiu and Enchong Dee with teen celebrities Empress Schuck, Joseph Marco, Matt Evans and the Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010 housemates Ivan Dorschner, James Reid, Ryan Bang, Bret Jackson, Tricia Santos, Jenny Sol, Devon Seron and Fretzie Bercede, Starstruck idols Kris Bernal, Steven Silva, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda and Diva Montelaba along with the Philippine Navy Band which marched along and rocked out the Araneta Center with lively renditions of popular Christmas jingles.

Right after the caravan spread cheers across the upbeat hub, more and more surprises were opened up as the energetic duo of Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper welcomed guests to the various game, activity and photo booths lined up by Coca-Cola just before the official tree lighting ceremony started. The renowned Love Radio tandem DJ’s bonded and shared an early Noche Buena feast with the celebrity guests, granted some of the guests’ heartfelt wishes and gave away raffle prizes to lucky folks all through out the afternoon.

In no time, all the rush and thrill finally led to the much-awaited lighting of the Giant Christmas Tree situated at the heart of Araneta Center, a celebrated custom since 1981. The exciting countdown to the “it-moment” was joined in by officials from the local government, Araneta Center and The Coca-Cola Company along with Kim Chiu and Enchong Dee along with other personalities and celebrity guests. Standing at almost 100ft. this year’s tree is bedecked with more than 10, 000 lights and hundreds of stars and Coca-Cola Christmas balls, with huge ribbons and colorful gift boxes as accents. Through the years, it has been a beacon of hope among the Filipinos; a most cherished icon that signals the beginning of the holiday season and reminds us to always believe in the magic and happiness it brings, the same way Coca-Cola inspires.

“We are so happy that we are part of this very momentous affair - to light up happiness and open up a magical Christmas season with our favorite drink, Coca-Cola! That’s what this occasion is all about- for us to remember that we would always have Coca-Cola to energize our bodies with its delicious taste and fizz as we celebrate with the ones closest to our hearts and to refresh our spirits so we can all enjoy life’s goodness,” says Coca-Cola ambassador Enchong Dee.

Unlike in the previous years, Coca-Cola gave the amazed partakers more reasons to light up happiness among themselves and others around them as it held the first-ever simulated lights and sounds show. The magical harmony of lively Christmas anthems and dazzling beams that sparkled among the Coca-Cola caravan up to the giant tree culminated to a fireworks display, which left guests in high spirits.


Indeed it was a day of wonderful surprises, moreover when Coca-Cola also launched the Coca-Cola Contour Glass promo. “The Coca-Cola contour glass is one of this season’s fun, ultimate merry must-haves that will surely complete our Noche Buena bonding and allow us to keep refreshing ourselves with the deliciously fizzy cola drink we all love. It’s available in five perky colors such as red, yellow, violet and green and the latest addition to the bunch, the aquamarine contour glass. Let’s make moments count this Christmas by sharing them together. Let’s make it more colorful with an ice-cold Coke and these cool contours,” says Coca-Cola ambassador Kim Chiu.

It’s so easy to take home all five Coca-Cola Christmas Contour Glasses: Buy Coca-Cola, Coke Light, Coke Zero, Sprite or Royal Tru Orange in any of the 500ml, 750ml, 1L, 1.5L and 2L packs. Look under the Santa cap for the “Coke Glass” text and collect 2 more regular Coca-Cola Santa caps and exchange these caps for one Coca-Cola Christmas Contour Glass from any 7 Eleven store, selected sari-sari stores or public markets and Coca-Cola Sales offices nationwide. You may redeem from November 15 to December 31, 2010 only.

This Christmas, let us all open and celebrate magical moments together shared with nothing less than the irreplaceable sparkle that uniquely refreshes and makes us happy- Coca-Cola. Energizing Christmas Spirit. Open Coca-Cola, Open Happiness.
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My Birthday Race Giveaway

As you have read from the title, yes, I'll be giving away FREE RACE KITS for the 2nd McHappy Day Fun Run which will be held on my day of birth - November 28. The race will take place at McKinley Hills, Fort Bonifacio Taguig at 5:00AM.

Fun Run Details:


Race Beneficiary:
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)

Distances to choose from:
500m (for kids 7 years old and below); 3K Individual; *3K Family; 5K; 10K

Lucky commenter on this post will get their free race kit, which includes:
1. Race Bib
2. McHappy Day Reminders with Route Map
3. Meal Stub

Race Schedule:
Assembly Time: 5:00 AM
Gun Start: 10K – 5:30 AM; 5K – 5:50 AM; 3K – 6:00 AM (Individual and Family); 500m 6:30 AM.

Prizes and medals will be given to the winners during the Awarding Ceremony. For more race details, you may visit this post.

Let us all be Happy on McHappy Day and my Birthday

How To Qualify for the Giveaway


Since it is my birthday, I will not let you answer some questions or do a lot of "liking" on some posts. All you have to do is:

Promote the event on your social network (blog, twitter, facebook, friendster, etc.) by posting the following message (together with the link):
McDonalds to hold it's 2nd McHappy Day Fun Run on Nov. 28, 2010. http://ht.ly/19xswH
After doing so, let me know that you already did by posting a comment below this post, together with your promotion link, your FULL NAME and PREFERRED DISTANCE.


The WINNERS will be picked through random.org on November 21, 2010 11:59PM.

More Chances:
And since it is my birthday, I am giving more chances for you to win by doing any of the following, and leaving a comment for each:

a. Follow my blog by clicking on the 'FOLLOW' button located at the right sidebar of this blog. Then let me know by posting a comment below such as: "Hey Atom, I do follow you, follow you wherever you... may go!". (+1 additional entry/comment)

b. Follow me on twitter (@RunningAtom). (+1 additional entry/comment)

c. Add me to your blogroll. (+1 additional entry/comment)

Contest Rules


1. You may post each of your entry on a separate comment. That means more entries, more comments, more chances for you to win.

2. Each participant can only win once. If in case a participant win more than once, the other winning slot will be re-raffled.

3. Only the individual races category are qualified for the giveaway. This is for me to be able to give more race kits not only to one household/family.

4. Don't forget to post your FULL NAME and PREFERRED DISTANCE together with your comment for each entry.

This giveaway will run until November 21, 2010 at 11:59PM so keep posted for the announcement of winners and how to claim your race kit by next week.
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Mother Nature - A Health Expert

Modern life is full of contradictions. Interest in natural wellness is at an all-time high – and so are stress levels. A 24/7 lifestyle and perpetual multi-tasking leads us to demand maximum return from every peso and every calorie.

Yet for most urbanites, 100% health perfection is simply not realistic. Our daily trip to work exposes us to toxins and pollution; sleeplessness, convenience food and inadequate exercise are facts of modern office life.

Funny then, to fight these new ills with wisdom from an old source: Mother Nature. In the days when “organic” was the rule rather than the exception, balanced health could be found as close as the family garden. Humble, homegrown malunggay kept generations of Pinoys hardy and strong, without ever setting foot in a gym.

MLO: Make Life Outstanding
From that inspiration comes MALUNGAI LIFE OIL: an all-natural supplement that unlocks the disease-fighting powers of moringa olifera in extracted, highly concentrated oil. A product of proudly Filipino company Manila Nature’s Link, Malungai Life Oil is the only oilbased malunggay supplement in the market today.

Rich in Vitamin C, calcium, antioxidants and essential amino acids, malunggay has long been associated with benefits that are more relevant than ever. These include higher energy, increased immunity, and helping to manage three of today’s main health concerns: blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.

In fact, while it is still being studied, malunggay oil also shows promise not only in preventing cancer but in easing the painful effects once it is already developed.* The key to it all is chlorophyll, engine of the plant’s powerful conversion of energy. By distilling both seeds and leaves into a pure, cold-pressed oil, MLO maximizes malunggay’s chlorophyll and renders it, in the words of a medical expert, “preserved, conserved and available.”

This means that malunggay’s health benefits can be delivered with more stability and consistency than in the dried powder that was previously available. So you get a synergistic combination of nutrients which normally can be obtained only from separate food sources.

MALUNGAI LIFE OIL. Pure, potent power from Mother Nature – in convenient, concentrated form, perfect for getting the most out of life.

For more product information, please visit www.malungailifeoil.ph.
* Phytonutrients [are] present in the leaves of the moringa tree. These leaves are exceptionally rich in chlorophyll and many potent antioxidant flavonoids… A pressing question is, therefore, whether ingesting… “Moringa Life Oil” derived from these leaves can significantly reduce the likelihood of cancer development and even suppress cancers once they have fully developed. … [This] should be studied in non-operable cancer patients. At a minimum, it might help alleviate some of the side effects of chemotherapy. More importantly, it may help fuel and activate the body’s natural cancer preventative and suppression processes.“
-- “Moringa Life Oil” in the Prevention and Therapy of Cancer. W. John Martin, MD, PhD.
Institute of Progressive Medicine, Burbank CA
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Make Your CIHM Participation One for the Books

For those who are joining, or are still contemplating to join the Corregidor International Half Marathon 2010, the CIHM Organizing team came up with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that would answer your, well... questions about the race.


Q: Is the Php2500 (early-bird rate)/Php3000 (regular rate) too expensive for a race in the Philippines?
A: Not so. Relative to the ever increasing registration fees of races in Metro Manila, the participation fee in CIHM is actually very reasonable, and almost a steal. Sun Cruise’s regular rate per person for a daytrip to Corregidor that includes round-trip ferry, a group-guided tour of the island, and a lunch buffet is Php1,900.00. The CIHM package, excluding the guided tour, offers all participants round-trip ferry, a full lunch buffet on race day, a genuine dry-fit race shirt, race backpack, race bib equipped with an RFID timing chip, a classic Finishers’ Medallion, access to the Carbo-loading Bonfire Party, and a ticket to a mercury-rising after-race bash that is the CIHM Victory Party.

Q: Does the registration fee cover accommodations in the island?
A: No. Accommodations, however, range only from P1600 to P2400 per night per room. A standard room could accommodate three persons comfortably. It may be arranged through Sun Cruises at these numbers: 8346857/8346858 / 5275555 loc 4511 or 4512.

Q: Is there any other option for accommodation if I were to go overnight?
A: Yes. CIHM participants may opt to camp out with their own tent. They only have to make a one-time payment of Php200 per tent to Sun Cruises. The camp site is at the parade grounds adjacent to the South Dock and facing the beach. Those who will camp out need not worry about their lavatory needs. Though spartan in nature, there are more than ample clean washroom and restroom cubicles that are very proximate to the tent grounds.

Q: Still concerning those going overnight, where could they avail of their meals?
A: Sun Cruises operates Corregidor Inn where CIHM participants may dine out in a welcoming restaurant. Alternatively, there are several kiosks in the island such as that in McCarthur’s Inn where participants may check out other meal options.

Q: Will CIHM participants camping out be allowed to bring camping stoves?
A: Mini camping stove or similar devices that will produce a relatively minimal combustion may be allowed to be brought in by participants who will camp out.

Q: Are bikes allowed to be brought along?
A: Owing to space limitations in and weight restrictions of the ferries, CIHM participants are disallowed to bring along their bicycles.

Q: Will Corregidor be open to regular tourists on the day of the race?
A: No. The island will be exclusive to CIHM participants on Dec 18 and 19. This means that CIHM racers could totally enjoy a traffic-less and urban-nuisance-free race amidst a dramatic backdrop, and that is only in Corregidor.

Q: Where can foreign nationals, residing outside the Philippines, intending to join CIHM get information on Philippine visa requirements?
A: They may check out the tab “Philippine Visa Information for Foreign Participants” in the CIHM website www.corregidor2010.runningmate.ph or other veritable websites on the net.

Q: Can registered participants have their own pacers?
A: Yes but only if the pacer is also a registered CIHM participant. The race will strictly adhere to the “No Bib, No Race” policy.

Q: Will there be a sweep time for CIHM participants?
A: None. CIHM participants need not worry about being swept off the race course after a particular time. However, for a participant to finish the race, he/she needs to reach the half-way checkpoint on or before 1hr45min from gunstart. Participants who will be unable to do so, however, will be awarded with a 10K Achiever medal and will be brought to the Finish area onboard the Sun Cruises tranvias. All participants who will successfully finish the 21k distance will be awarded with the CIHM Finishers’ Medallion

Q: How many hydration stations will there be on the race course?
A: There will be 8 hydration stations, including one at the finish area, at 2km interval from each other.

Q: Will there be first aid stations along the race course?
A: Yes. First aid, actually, will be integrated with the hydration stations. Aside from this, a mobile paramedic team will also be in place.

Q: What is the unique selling point of Corregidor International Half-Marathon?
A: It is the idea that all CIHM participants will have the rare opportunity to run on sacred grounds and all their determined efforts will be cheered on by the glorious memory of heroism of our noble predecessors. Then there’s the bonus of an after-race Victory Party where participants could let their hair down to celebrate their achievement.
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Grand Fiesta Manila

Grand Fiesta Manila 2010: The Resorts World Grand Launch


NEWPORT CITY, PASAY – The long wait is over! Witness the biggest celebration of Pinoy heritage at Resorts World Manila’s grand launch, the Grand Fiesta Manila 2010. This November, the most exciting destination in Asia will hold an extravagant unveiling that will showcase the wonders of the Philippine culture and what the first integrated tourism destination in the country has to offer.

In its quest to raise the country’s profile in world-class standards, RWM’s grand launch will be a fiesta of flavors, arts, culture, and talent at its grandiose best. There’s no denying that Filipinos know how to party, and RWM is ready to show the world how Pinoys do it.


Saráp – delicious, good
Eating is an integral part of the Filipino culture, and RWM will prove itself as the place where the local cuisine will be at its most sumptuous. Gourmets will celebrate as RWM introduces its various dining destinations on its grand launch. RWM will whip up a spread of the most scrumptious Filipino viands and the most popular international cuisine prepared by the most experienced chefs local and abroad.

Sine – movie theater
RWM takes you on a ride on the most memorable moments on the Filipino silver screen. Watch the creations of famed Filipino filmmakers in the newest premium cinemas at The Newport Mall. It’s a whole new viewing experience at the Newport Cinemas, designed with stadium seating and superb views from any point in the movie house. Take the viewing experience a notch higher with the Ultra Cinema 1 which features fully reclining seats and leg rests and a call button per pod for personalized service.

Likhá – create
It’s Pinoy talent on show when RWM sends down the runway the designs of favorite Filipino designers. After holding successive events such as La Flora de Mayo where more than 30 sagalas modeled ternos; Broadway on the Runway which saw the best of Broadway as interpreted by Filipino designers, and more; RWM is ready to take Filipino creativity to greater heights at its grand launch!

Tanghál at Kantá – place where the show is exhibited and to sing
There’s no denying that talent for the stage runs strong in Pinoy blood and RWM will showcase this on a magnificent scale at its Newport Performing Arts Theater. This 1,500-seat theater is the metro’s biggest stage for musicals, events, performances, and more. Watch out what will take centerstage on RWM’s big day which can only be magical and memorable.

One of its magnificent productions is KAOS – a timeless tale of love and magic that will surely take one’s breath away.

Sayá – happy, cheerful, memory
Respected Filipino painters and artists will put their talents on display at RWM. This is in line with RWM’s aim to highlight Filipino talent and culture by holding exhibits featuring renowned artists.

Watch out for more information on Grand Fiesta Manila 2010 on the days to come. RWM is preparing a lavish celebration fitting of the rich Filipino heritage. For more information on Resorts World Manila, call the Tour Counter (632)836-6333 or visit www.rwmanila.com.

ABOUT RESORTS WORLD MANILA:

Resorts World Manila (RWM) is the first integrated tourist destination in the Philippines. Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3, RWM is an instant gateway to Philippine hospitality in world-class standards. This lifestyle hub is home to three international lodging brands: Maxims Hotel, the first six-star all-suite hotel in the country; Marriott Hotel Manila, a five-star brand known all over the world; and Remington Hotel, slated to open in the third quarter of 2011, will offer amenities at an affordable price.

Also home to RWM is The Newport Mall that features luxury retail brands from all over the world. Experience a unique viewing experience at The Newport Cinemas with its stadium seating and state-of-the-art cinema projectors. Watch plays and performances at a grand scale at The Newport Performing Arts Theater, the metro’s newest venue for the hottest events.

Find the biggest gaming facility at RWM, and amp the excitement by becoming a cardholder! Membership at RWM is free and provides an instant pass to discount, freebies, and exclusive invites to RWM events.

Join the fun at RWM’s grand launch! This November, RWM will hold a memorable and extravagant unveiling that will prove itself as the most exciting destination in Asia.

Resorts World Manila— the place to PLAY.


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CONTACT
ARCHIE NICASIO
Public Relations Manager
Mobile 0917.8728737
Email archie.nicasio@rwmanila.com
5th Floor, Star Cruises Centre
100 Andrews Avenue, Newport City
Pasay, Metro Manila
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Resorts World Manila

Resorts World Manila – the first integrated lifestyle center in the Philippines

Newport City, Pasay - The Philippines is one of Asia’s most desirable destinations due to its wonderful tourist spots. However, the country’s most prized quality is the warmth of its people immediately extended to visitors upon arrival. Tourists and locals alike now have more to celebrate with the arrival of the first integrated lifestyle hub in the Philippines, Resorts World Manila (RWM).

RWM Facade at Daytime
RWM at Night with the 1st 6-Star Hotel in the Country - the Maxim Hotel
RWM is the latest addition to the Resorts World franchise known for its premium entertainment and lifestyle offerings. Guests of RWM now have the opportunity to experience the best of the good life combined with Filipinos’ signature hospitality. Whether a guest is a world-traveler, thrill-seeker, gourmet, shopaholic, or an art and music lover, RWM has something to offer those seeking world-class leisure and entertainment.

Play the World-Traveler

Come home to luxury at RWM’s Maxims Hotel. This six-star hotel is the first in the country to offer all-suite accommodations, totaling 172 suites. Each suite is sumptuously furnished and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Guests will experience the Filipino trademark hospitality in world-class standards with the hotel’s celebrated personal butler services.

5-Star Marriott Hotel
Moreover, experience luxe accommodations at Marriott Hotel Manila. Nestled in RWM, this five-star lodging brand offers first-class amenities and services known all over the world. Coming soon is the Remington Hotel, targeted to open in the third quarter of 2011. Remington will offer basic services and amenities for an affordable and comfortable stay within everyone’s reach.


Play the Gourmet

Highlight the good life with good food in any of the wide array of dining establishments in RWM. Among these are Passion which serves mouthwatering Cantonese and Southeast Asian cuisine; Ginzadon with its sumptuous offerings of Japanese and Korean dishes; Noodle Works which offers the best Asian noodles; and Mercado with its buffet of exquisite Filipino cuisine, to name a few. As RWM unveils more dining destinations, gourmets will have more to celebrate and explore.

Passion Restaurant
Play the Shopaholic


Find the best of luxury brands in one place at RWM’s The Newport Mall. The four-level mall will offer premium entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Its iconic design and indoor piazza with a glass skyline promote an open space concept for a relaxed atmosphere. The Newport Mall is slated to be the latest fashion hotspot for fashionistas and amusement destination for families

Play the Art and Music Lover

RWM has various options to entertain. Bar 360 regularly features awe-inspiring acts and performances as well as thematic events to party the night away.

Moreover, enjoy blockbuster flicks and well-loved classics at The Newport Mall’s premium cinemas with a total seating capacity of 1,200. Meanwhile, plays, concerts, and more will be featured in a grand stage at RWM’s Performing Arts Theater.

High-End Technology
Play the Thrill-seeker

Test your luck at RWM’s gaming facilities at par with gaming capitals all over the world. RWM’s casino is the largest in the country with 1,000 slot machines and 300 table games to date. Moreover, RWM will also be home to the country’s most exclusive lifestyle club, The Genting Club.

Watch out in November for RWM’s grand opening! The newest and most exciting destination in Asia is gearing up for an extravagant and unforgettable unveiling that will redefine entertainment and leisure in the country.

World Class Slot Machines
Behind RWM are veterans from the fields of leisure and entertainment. RWM is the flagship integrated project of Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. (TIHGI). The innovative group is a joint venture between two of Asia’s most dynamic companies, Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI), and Genting Hong Kong (GHK).

When it comes to leisure and entertainment, RWM makes sure that each guest’s expectation is met and exceeded.

Power Duo
Resorts World Manila – the place to play.

*The information on this post was from the resources given to us during the Press Conference held last November 4, 2010 at the Passion Restaurant, Resorts World Manila. For further inquiries, you may keep in touch with the Contact information indicated below.

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CONTACT
ARCHIE NICASIO

Public Relations Manager
Mobile 0920.9603556
Telephone 836.6061
Email archie.nicasio@rwmanila.com
5th Floor, Star Cruises Centre
100 Andrews Avenue, Newport City
Pasay, Metro Manila
Philippines 1309
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RWM Grand Fiesta Run 2010

"Sign up, Suit up, and Get Creative for Resorts World Manila’s Grand Fiesta Run 2010!"

Last Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, we have been lucky to be invited to the Press Conference of Resorts World Manila's Grand Fiesta celebration, a 4-day event which will run from November 25 to 28, 2010. Part of the grand fiesta is the Grand Fiesta run which will be held on Sunday, November 28 (my day of birth too, and I give an advance thanks to Resorts World Manila (RWM) for holding a Grand fiesta on my special day, lol!) at the Newport City, Pasay. Everyone is invited to join as RWM will bring back the "fun" in this run. Prizes await winners, and participants get a shot at the amazing raffle prizes, which will surely, uhm... amaze us! ;)


How? Just come in your weirdest and wildest fiesta-inspired costumes, or suit up and grab your briefcase for an unforgettable rat raced theme run. Prizes await for the Best Dressed, Most Unique, Biggest Group/Company, and Wildest Costume.

At stake are fabulous Reward Points from Resorts World Manila that will make sure that you and your friends will have a memorable night at the first integrated tourism destination in the Philippines! Awards and corresponding  prizes as RWM points are as follows:

Men
Women
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
10k
20,000
10,000
5,000
20,000
10,000
5,000
5k
10,000
5,000
2,500
10,000
5,000
2,500
3k
6,000
3,000
1,500
6,000
3,000
1,500
1k
10,000
5,000
2,500
10,000
5,000
2,500

For those who want a bit of a challenge, you may opt to join the 3K, 5K, and 10K categories. Runners may select their finish chute for the chance to win prizes such as shop, movie, spa, hotel, and cruise gift certificates.

Not only that, incredible raffle prizes await the participants. RWM will be raffling off a 3D/2N stay at Resorts World Sentosa for four (4) with free tickets to Universal Studios OR a cruise for two (2) to Singapore and Malaysia and back to Singapore.

Winners of the raffle will be brought to their destinations via the Resorts World Manila private jet! How’s that for living the high life?

Registration fee for the run is Php 650.00 for all race categories. Interested parties may register before November 22 at the following:
  • Chris Sports in MOA, Glorietta, and SM Mega Mall;
  • R.O.X Bonifacio High Street;
  • Resorts World Manila Tour Counter.
You can also call WWWExpress at 793-1777 (press 2 for marketing) or 852-7210 to register via phone and arrange for delivery. A delivery fee of P70 will be charged for Metro Manila deliveries and P100 for deliveries outside of Metro Manila.

*1K Fiesta Rat Race category registration is at RWM, ROX and thru WWWExpress only.

Gun starts at: 6:00AM for 10K, 6:05AM for 5K, 6:10AM for 3K, and 7:15AM for 1K. Bring your families and friends on November 28 for one truly unforgettable fun run!

For more information, visit www.rwmanila.com, or call the RWM Tour Counter at (632)836-6333.

RWM and Grand Fiesta Run FAQ:

What is Resorts World Manila?
Resorts World Manila is the Philippines’s latest only integrated tourist hub where you can relax, shop, dine, and play. Resorts World Manila has a mall complete with the best shops and restaurants, movie theaters, a performing arts theater, hotels (Marriott and Maxims), a club (Republiq) and a gaming area.

Are children prohibited from entering Resorts World?
No. Only the Casino and Republiq is restricted to ages 21 and above. The shops, restaurants, movie and performing arts theaters, hotels are all open to people of all ages.

Is there an age requirement or age limit?
Anyone can run as long as they deem themselves fit enough to participate. A liability waiver needs to be signed by every participant. Parents or guardians need to sign for entrants under 18 years of age.

Is there an age requirement for Resorts World Manila membership?
No. Although you need to be 21 and above to play in the Casino, Resorts World Manila members below 21 can still avail of special discounts and earn rewards points when they shop and dine in Resorts World Manila. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE.

Do I have to be a member of Resorts World Manila to join the run?
No. Special privileges though will be given to Resorts World Manila members during the run. To win in the grand raffle, you also need to be a member. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE.

What does the race kit include?
The race kit comes with a singlet, timing chip, and race bib with loot bag stub, raffle stub, and an RWM gift stub

Can I transfer my race kit to another person?
No. The moment you register, your information is assigned to the race kit and is encoded into the system.

What is in the loot bag?
The loot bag will contain items from Resorts World Manila and our sponsors

What are the singlet sizes?
The sizes are XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL.

Can I change size if it doesn’t fit?
No

Where can I get a size reference for the singlet?
The sizes are by Unibersidad and you can use their past singlets as reference.

Do I need to wear the Grand Fiesta Run singlet during the run?
Although it’s preferred, you don’t need to wear the singlet

What is the 1k Fiesta Rat Race?
The Fiesta Rat Race is a special 1k category where registrants are encouraged to come in office attire (example: suits and rubbershoes) or fiesta-inspired costumes.

What do I get if I join the Fiesta Rat Race?
Aside from the all the fun and great photos of participating in a themed costume run, prizes will be given away to the best dressed, the most unique, and the wildest outfits.

Can I change distance after registration?
No

Can I register for more than 1 distance?
Yes, but you will need to register twice (and pay the registration fee twice)

Will the run push through if it rains?
The run will take place rain or shine


You may also download the FAQ document for full information.
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All Treat, No Trick: CIHM Registration Update

Early-Bird Rate for Corregidor International Half-Marathon is Back!

Halloween may be over but the party is just starting for all fans of Corregidor International Half-Marathon.

Here’s the treat.
All runners who intend to join the CIHM may still avail of the Php 2,500.00 early-bird rate through the following conditions:

(1)Register on-line via www.runnersrunner.com/corregidor2010
(2)Alums of Conquer Corregidor
(3)Wear your Finishers’ Medal from any of the race you have participated in during the year upon personal registration at Second Wind/Runnr on these dates: Nov 6, 7, 13, and 14


So what are you waiting for? No need to grab those long broom sticks to do the trick. Hit that keyboard or the road to your nearest registration center before the race slots quickly vanish in a snap.
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Run For Fun and Start Kicking The Habit

Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult but rewarding thing a person can do. Many smokers tried a number of times before they give it up for good. Are you ready to quit and end all nicotine use?

Now, this is the perfect time for all the smokers to do what is best for them. Take the first step at the “KICK THE HABIT FUN RUN” and start living a new life!

RunnerSpeak TV, the country’s first TV show about running and active lifestyle together with QC Lodge 122, an organization of Free and Accepted Masons under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines and organized by Blue Magnet Marketing Solutions, Inc. urge you to take the first step at the “Kick the Habit Fun Run”, the first ever race in the Philippines particularly designed for smokers and their runner friends and family.

The KICK THE HABIT FUN RUN highlights the Buddy Run where a smoker and a runner are to be paired and simultaneously run with arms tied together in the 3k and 5k categories.

The objective is that the runner will continuously give the smoker the needed push for him to keep running during the whole duration of the course—both never letting go until the tandem crosses the finish line.

Organizers believe that: “Every smoker who wants to quit needs the support of friends and family for him to be able to reach the goal towards a smoke-free life.”

The 3k and 5k Family run route will also have a group category composed of at least four members each.

While the 3k and 5k routes will have an individual category, open for both male and female participants.

The first race of this five-part series will take place on November 14, 2010 at the Newport City, Pasay.

Get involved and be part of the first- ever advocacy run to quit smoking and look forward to a healthier and smoke-free lifestyle.

Say goodbye to nicotine addiction…….say goodbye to smoking and take the first step… KICK THE HABIT!

Click poster to download Registration Form.

For more questions and other inquiries, you may contact

BLUE MAGNET MARKETING SOLUTIONS INC.
Tel # 477-23-94 or 576-17-81

Join the run, support the advocacy and watch the Pacquiao VS Margarito fight right after at Resorts World Manila!

Only limited slots available...

Send us your name and contact number and we'll be the one to reserve a slot for you.

Avail of this Limited Promo... until November 7 only!



Pacquiao vs. Margarito Fight
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360Fitness Club's Circuit Boot Camp

Announcing.... a first in the Country... it's a circuit, it's a boot camp, it's a test of your own limit, it's a Circuit training boot camp Marathon, happening on the 27th of November 2010 at the PhilSports Arena (formerly Ultra) Track and Field oval.


360 Fitness Club introduces the Country's first Circuit Training Marathon. A unique racing experience never before seen in the Philippines that will challenge even the most experienced athletes and bring [circuit] racing to a whole new level. So what is this all about?

The Boot Camp will feature 8 different stations where participants will have to perform a specific exercise using free weights or their own body resistance. After completing the required number of repetitions, participants will have to run to the next station to complete another set of exercises. “It’s a refreshing change from your usual races,” states Finance Director Kimberly Tañedo, “but that doesn’t make it any easier!” There will be three levels of difficulty catering to beginner, elite, and expert runners. Instead of the usual 3k, 5k, and 10k categories, participants will vie for the best time in each of the three difficulty levels.

Whoever has the best valid time for each category will win cash prizes. Special gifts from sponsors will also be given as tokens of appreciation, and gift bags are in store for all participants.

Registration will be from October 1 to November 20 at the following locations:

360 Fitness Club
13th Floor Strata 100, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center
Call: 0917 560 0360 or (02) 577 7807
October 27 to November 19, 2010
Mon-Fri 7am to 10pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm

R.O.X
Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Call: (02) 8564639
November 3 - 20, 2010
Wed-Fri 6 to 10pm; Sat 10am-7pm

Registration form is also available for download online.

Summary of Updates:
  1. Date/Time has been changed to November 27, 2010 (Saturday) @ 4PM.
  2. Registration, Orientation, and warm-up routine starts at 3PM.
  3. Deadline of Registration is on November 19, 2010
  4. Detailed schedule of each heat/level will be announced after registration closes
Details can also be found on 360 Fitness Club website and on their Facebook fanpage.
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