Ayala Corporation (Ayala) has reaffirmed its support to the development and training of the country’s national track and field athletes, giving them access to the facilities of its newly opened Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite.
Ayala had recently linked up with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and served as title sponsor of the just-concluded Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships in Ilagan, Isabela.
“We believe in our national athletes’ potential to inspire, drive and instill collective nationalism through sports,” said Ayala’s John Philip Orbeta. “One of the biggest gaps is an internationally certified athletics facility which the Vermosa Sports Hub provides as a means to improve their performance and competitiveness.”
At PATAFA’s new official home, athletes will train in the only International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) certified track & field oval in the Philippines with specifications and standards equivalent to those they will compete with internationally. Aside from the existing oval and Olympic- sized pool, upon completion of the Sports Hub’s first phase, PATAFA will also have access to the 600-square meter Sante Fitness Lab, a first-of-its- kind combination of facilities in the country, which will feature a strength and conditioning fitness facility, sports rehab areas, a Sports Science Laboratory, a dance studio, a spinning class area, bike shop and services, a nutrition and fitness café, VO2 max/lactate testing, plus conference and lecture rooms. Future plans include a provision for a 3,000 seat multi- purpose indoor sports arena.
Manila Water Company, Inc., through its subsidiary Manila Water Total Solutions (MWTS), will also be supporting this project with Ayala through a hydration sponsorship of Healthy Family Purified Water to the PATAFA athletes. Healthy Family will be supplying 4,000 bottles monthly of its 500ml variant to PATAFA for the duration of their training at Vermosa.
As advocates of environmental sustainability, MWTS will also be working together with PATAFA on a program called “Toka ng PATAFA”. This program is an advocacy on environmental stewardship and responsible consumerism that helps promote the value of waste segregation through the recovery of used PET (polyethylene) bottles. This is an initiative to be spearheaded by our athletes as champions for health and wellness, as well as, staunch partners for the environment.
Ayala will provide financial support to facilitate and strengthen PATAFA’s recruitment and training programs.
“Ayala’s support will help the athletes train better, perform better and hopefully bring more medals and recognition for the country,” said PATAFA President Philip Juico.
The eagerness to help improve the skills and international ranking of our national athletes has spurred the Ayala Group to do its part in helping Filipino athletes achieve excellence in their respective sports and succeed in various international competitions.
Now on its 6th year, Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is back! An MTB race with 24, 12 and 6th hour categories. Save the Date July 7 – 8, 2018.
JEJU IS., SOUTH KOREA – “Race safe, enjoy and make 7-Eleven and the Philippines proud.”, was 7-Eleven Run Series Project Head Michelle Saludes’ message to the runners on Sunday, race day morning of the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival held at Gujwa Life Sports Park in South Korea’s Jeju Island.
Eleven Filipino runners made it to the race courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines, as part of their prize for landing within the top three spots of this year’s 7-Eleven Run Series held last February. The runners, who carried the banner of Team 7-Eleven Philippines, lived up to expectations and grabbed podium finishes in the 21km and 42km categories.
Fresh from her training camp in Italy, Olympic medalist and marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal showed her winning form and finished the 21km race in 1:18:44 to come up on top, besting the Japanese and Korean elite runners who placed second and third, respectively. “I wasn’t able to break my personal record but I am satisfied and happy with my overall performance. This race serves as an evaluation of my training and a good warm-up for me for the Asian Games next month.”, said Tabal who flew back to Italy the day after the race to continue with her training which is due to finish by August.
Ruffa Sorongon and Christabel Martes, who directly came from their successful 10km race in last week’s Philippine National Games, took the fourth and fifth podium spots of the 21km category to complete the Female top five.
Richard Salaño, Bulacan’s “Kenyan Slayer” settled for a top two finish in the 21km male category, clocking the race at 1:11:19.80. Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee and Cagayan de Oro’s Jerald Zabala settled for the fifth and sixth place, respectively. It was Lee’s and Zabala’s first race outside the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the Filipino runners also reigned in the 42km category of the race. Bryan Quiamco, who earned his slot by winning the third spot of the 42km race of the 7-Eleven Race Series last February, took runner-up honors as he finished with a time of 2:37:03.70. Richeel Languido grabbed third while Rafael Pescos placed fourth.
On the distaff side, the Filipinas ruled as veteran Davaoeña runner Judelyn Miranda covered the challenging course in 3:16:03.91 to bag the crown and beat team mate Maricar Camacho who finished at 3:26:55.02 and settled for second place.
“Para sa akin amazing ang laro na ito kasi kapos ako sa ensayo pero naglakas-loob akong lumaban sa laro na ito dahil dala ko ang bandera ng ating bansa. Salamat sa 7-Eleven Philippines na nagsuporta sa aming lahat na makapunta kami sa South Korea.”, said Judelyn Miranda when asked about her win.
“For me this race Is amazing because even if I lacked training, I bravely went on to race because I am carrying our country’s flag. Thank you to 7-Eleven Philippines who supported all of us in going to South Korea.”
“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race. With that we encourage them to prepare well and we’ll see them on February 3, 2019 for the 2019 7-Eleven Run Series.”, shared 7-Eleven General Merchandise Division Head Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr., when asked about the team’s performance.
Ever since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given a set of Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international stage by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid for plus pocket money and all needs taken cared of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish on any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.
The participation of Filipino runners at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Asics as exclusive sportswear partner, Smart and ESPN as media partners and sponsors Selecta Ice Cream, Nature Spring Water, Gatorade, Summit water, Del Monte, Fit and Right, Active, Blue Flavored water, San Miguel beer, Le Minerale, SIP water, Sosro fruit tea, Safeguard, Kopiko 78, Aquafina, Cheetos, Pocari Sweat, and Evian.
Billy Biag flashed superb form and dominated the long distance triathlon while Mark Malolot held off Jade Albar in the standard distance as they shared top honors in the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series at the Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur last May 26 and 27, 2018.
Biag clocked 3:19:04.4 to rule the grueling 1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run event, beating Renel Brecenio (3:27:05.9) by almost eight minutes while Anthony Llaguno III timed 3:50:30 to place third overall in the event, capping the two-day, novel triathlon event which featured a four-leg mass participation series composed of individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon.
Malolot, on the other hand, ruled the 1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run in 2:27:31, foiling Albar, who clocked 2:31:09 while Ryan Laurino placed third overall in 2:38:43 followed by Edgar Cabalero (2:46:37) and Ricky Busran (2:51:59) in the event. Actor Gerald Anderson won in the 25-29 age-group (1:16:15) sprint division with Team De Rosa and Ms. Earth Air 2016 Michelle Gomez won in the freshmen distance.
Biag likewise top the 35-44 age-group with Breceno claiming the crown in the 25-34 category and Regina Rosquites topping the female side in the 25-34 section of the event which served as the third leg of this year’s Asian Series and hosted by CamSur where athletes also provided school supplies and slippers to over 200 indigent kids under the Race to Give program of Sanctband of One of A Kind Marketing, the marketing arm of Tri-factor in the Philippines.
“I’m looking forward to another cheerful event next year – the people, the place and CamSur are just amazing,” said Elvin Ting, co-founder of Tri-factor and manager director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd.
Sharing the spotlight are the top finishers in relay in the Open division of the long distance triathlon, led by Bolima Madler, Platilla Margarito and Lagyap Marino, who timed 3:02:32.7. Hezron Vasquez, Gil Peña Jr. and Dave de Vera placed second in 3:18:47.6 while the troika of Ruben Mariano, Inocencio Parza and Dennis Suz clocked 3:27:36.8 for third.
“When you’re focused on finishing the race, it is the most amazing feeling. Nothing else matters but to see yourself cross the finish line,” said Gov. Migs Villafuerte, who also graced the event with Rep. LRay Villafuerte with Elle Adda as host.
Malolot, meanwhile, also took the crown in the 16-24 age category with Laurino ruling the 25-34 division and Busran topping the 35-44 side of the event where the top winners gained berths in the TRI-Factor Series in Thailand plus overnight stay in Caramoan islands.
In the sprint distance (740m swim-20km bike-5km run), John Caleb Barlin took the overall crown with a 1:08.29 clocking, beating Louie Ibo and Roman Bonagua, who timed 1:12.52 and 1:14.46, respectively. They also took the top three places in the 16-24 age category.
Junior Oba topped the 30-44 division in 1:29.43 while Aldo Turiano took the 45-and-above crown in 1:33.40 while Faith Robertson (16-29) and Keigh Pascual (30-44) reigned in female side in 1:27.28 and 1:32.30, respectively.
TRI-Factor Asian Championship series celebrates their 10th year doing four-leg mass participating series in a number of countries across Asia such as Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Thailand.
The next TRI-Factor series will be in Thailand on June 17, 2018.
Hey guys! I’m sharing with you these photos taken during last Sunday’s fun run, The Color Run Hero Tour 2018, held at SM Mall of Asia grounds, Manila. The race was awesome to say the least, children and adults enjoyed the race as if it’s a family event. Friends alike had a blast participating in this one of a kind fun run that’s really fun! I included myself in the last photo, ‘coz I seldom share my selfie in this blog. 😛
See you in the next race!
Prepare your running gears for the coming weekend. On Sunday, April 22, 2018, lace up and run the 9th Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 at SM Mall of Asia grounds. I will be one of your photographers on the road. See you there!
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 6 April 2018 – Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018, one of the most awaited
and well-attended running events in the country every year, is slated for April 22, at the SM Mall
of Asia Grounds. Now on its 9th year, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run reinforces its commitment to
preserving the planet by calling all “Eco Warriors” to be part of the exciting race which will
coincide with the celebration of the International Earth Day.
Since its inception, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run has been attracting thousands of individuals
across Asia who have pledged to save the planet. In the Philippines, National Geographic is
looking to see 15,000 runners across the 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K categories.
Following its success in the previous years, Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 together with the
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, will partner again for the 6th time to officially
commence the #NotPlastic campaign, which will tackle the country’s issue on single-use plastics
that pollute oceans and threaten marine biodiversity.
“The Philippines has been identified as the third highest plastic polluter in the world. In response
to this, the two organizations aim to increase awareness on plastic waste and push programs
that focus on plastic waste management by utilizing the proceeds of the highly-anticipated
annual run for the environment.” Said – Jose Angelito Palma, WWF President & CEO.
New Race, New Journey
Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 will present a lineup of exciting and meaningful activities
participants can join. This year’s edition includes the Fun Run under the new 3K race category
that encourages more Eco Warriors to participate and champion the environmental causes they
Elite runners registered in the 21K category can join a series of running clinics where experts
will share warm-up and cool-down lessons, hydration and post-run exercises that will help
runners prepare for the race. The running clinics will take place on March 5 and 7 and April 9
and 11 at Track 30th at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Registered runners will be able to receive a singlet, race bib, timing chip, water bottle and towel.
21K race finishers will receive a finisher’s medal and a finisher’s shirt, while 10K finishers will
receive a finisher’s medal.
Interested participants can log onto the Nat Geo Earth Day Run website
(http://www.natgeoearthdayrun.com/). Offline registration is available starting March 17 at
authorized booths located at SM MoA, SM Aura, and SM the Block.
Registration fee for the 3K category is Php 750.00, 5K category is Php 850.00, 10K category is
Php 950.00, and 21K is Php1, 400.00.
The gun start for participants of the 21K run is at 3:30AM, 10K is at 4:00AM, 5K is at 5:30AM,
and 3K is at 6:00AM.
For more information, visit http://www.natgeoearthdayrun.com/ or log on to its official Facebook
page, NatGeo Run.
About National Geographic Earth Day Run
Year after year, Eco Warriors rise up to the challenge of preserving the planet through the collective
running phenomenon that began in 2009, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run. Since its inception, National Geographic religiously mounts the run open for all individuals who wishes to make their contribution in saving the planet, making this one of the most awaited and well-attended running event every year.
Vision Express now carries Sports Brands – Maui Jim, Revo, Julbo and Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.
Leading top-quality eyewear store, Vision Express, added brands for sports and active lifestyle into their wide-array of choices of prescription and non-prescription lenses to cater to all your eyewear needs. Selecting brands to offer to their clients that will truly meet your requirements for improved vision and comfort while doing your favorite sports, most especially running.
Finding an eyewear that is light and comfortable as well as getting the protection your eyes need is quite a task for many of us. These lens wear features are not guaranteed to meet your expectations unless you’ll try it while hitting the road and not just trying inside the store. That is why Vision Express carefully selected products to meet runners’ demands, just like carefully selecting shoes to wear during training as well as your tested pair on a long distance run or even on a fun run.
Probably, at least one of the following sports brands mentioned here will meet your need for an eyewear to complement your existing running gears, while protecting your eyes from bright sunlight, UV rays or even HEV.
Drop by Vision Express at UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center***, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Cloverleaf, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3***, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall***, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Dasmarinas, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Fora Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz or Trinoma.
*Carry Julbo, Maui Jim & Revo
Julbo, best known for their Photocromic Technology is now available in the Philippines through Vision Express. The Reactiv Photochromic lenses get darker or lighter to match the changing light conditions making them suitable for all your outdoor sports. Their new models like AERO, tagged “Light As Air” are endurance sport men’s sunglasses with suspended lenses. Designed for runners looking for intense efforts, these glasses are uncompromising when it comes to performance and comfort and feature the AF 3D Fit Nose for a snugly fit especially for Asian faces which tend to be smaller.
Lady runners also can look forward to their Breeze design which is 100% feminine and 100% performance. These too are fitted with Reactiv Photochromic lenses and the AF 3D Fit Nose feature that perfectly adapt to the shape of women’s faces. Breeze offer excellent coverage, fantastic field of vision and perfect ventilation.
If you are looking for Clarity, Color and Detail, Vision Express offers Maui Jim known worldwide for their patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology. Maui Jim changes the way you see with its vivid colors, improved clarity and crisp details while blocking the harmful UV. Their PolarizedPlus2® lenses eliminate 99.9% of glare that washes out colors, obscures details, and fatigues your eyes. They have several models you can try in-store, so slip on a pair and see the brilliance.
If you need total performance check out Revo. The extensive Revo lens color palette includes 9 lenses designed to manage and selectively filter the full spectrum of light to optimize customers’ vision in a variety of light environments. What makes the Revo Eyewear unique is that they manage the full spectrum of light, including harmful ultraviolet light, Blue Light, and high-energy visible (HEV) light in all their collections.
Revo also has a campaign with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and musician Bono called Buy Vision, Give Sight committed to preventing vision impairment and blindness in children.
Vision Express also brings something very new to the Philippines market – Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses, progressive sunwear lenses. Designed for sports that suit any frame size or shape, with the most advanced technological lens solution. These lenses focus on vision zones like far vision, intermediate vison, near vision, and peripheral vision making it perfect for dynamic sports and an active lifestyle.
Vision Express Philippines is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the #1 leading optical retailer in Europe. Vision Express Philippines has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert Optometrists and the global brands they carry. To cater to the growing number of runners in the country, Vision Express now carries brands like Julbo, Maui Jim, Revo and are the only distributors of Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.
Visit their website www.visionexpress.ph for more details.