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Be the Man on Top at the Rogin-E ManCon 2017


Join the First Rogin-E ManCon on February 18, 2017 at the Metro Walk Tent, Pasig City, Philippines. Event showcases the hottest cars, fashion brands, toys and hobbies for the Rogin-E Man.

Manila, February, 2017 –   Accomplished. Successful. Driven. Oozing with charisma. A man of substance. These are the traits of a Rogin-E ManHe leads an active lifestyle. He has a successful career. He is driven to excel in everything. He indulges in recreational activities. On top of all these, he finds time for his family.

On February 18, Rogin-E will hold the first-ever ManCon at the Metro Walk Tent in Pasig—a whole-day event especially geared for men who want to stay on top of their game. The Rogin-E ManCon 2017 will showcase activities that speak to men with varied interests and passions. Think cars and motorbikes for men who love speed and mobility; sports activities for those who want to stretch the limits of their physical strength and power; fashion and grooming for those who know that appearance counts; and a selection of toys and hobbies to engage a man’s mind and body.

The Rogin-E ManCon 2017 recognizes that men have distinct needs to stay ahead – physical and mental endurance, focus and mental agility, and the energy to attend to his diverse interests.

Rogin-E is a multivitamin especially formulated for men who want to be on top of their game, at work and at home. It contains Korean Panax Ginseng that enhances physical and mental endurance against weakness and exhaustion; Deanol for potency, improved concentration and mental agility; and Royal Jelly for youthful vitality. Rogin-E gives the extra energy that men need to do well in all his activities both at work and at play.

Multivitamins + Minerals + Deanol + Royal Jelly + Korean Panax Ginseng is the generic name of Rogin-E.

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2015, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of EUR 46.3 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.3 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.



Canon Philippines Unveils EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon Marketing Philippines officially launched last night the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DLSR with Orimedia’s Michael Ori. Along with his DIT Joey Jonaitis, Michael, demonstrated the camera’s high-end features as well as its functionalities. The country’s top photographers converged at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier in Taguig City, to witness and welcome this newest model in the EOS 5-series. I almost drooled seeing its new capabilities and enhancements over its predecessors. I wish could afford to get this impressive full frame camera (sigh!).

#CanonPhils #CanonEOS5DMarkIV #CanonImagenNation

Random Shots at Unicef Heroes for Children Run

I’ve been telling a lot of runners to check this site for pictures of them that might be included for posting. Whenever I’ve been asked: “Saan po makikita yan?” (“Where can I see the photo?”), “This is for Gatorade documentation, but you can visit my site to see if your photos will be posted.”, is my repetitive answer. Apologies to those runners who really wanted to see their pictures but found nothing here. As mentioned in my “About” page, I’m a very busy singing daddy of four children, with sideline jobs to make both ends meet. In as much as I would like to please you, I have too little time left everyday to edit, resize and upload great number of photos to your pleasing. 😦

But wait, luckily, I have free time just for now after a combined 2 weeks of rigid technical training and certification and some subject tutorials for my kid here and busy relocating to our new office there. After baking our food and having dinner, I will upload some photos before I go to bed. Actually, I’m lying on my bed now. Thank you for your understanding. We might see each other again on Run United Philippine Marathon and Gatorade Run. See y’all!

The Curious Case of Mary Joy Tabal – What it truly means for her to represent the Philippines in the Rio Olympics

The running community recently celebrated the success of Mary Joy Tabal hitting the Olympic standard for marathon. Joy ran a 2:43:30-hour marathon time at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, beating the 2:45-hour standard for her to join the Olympics. While the running community celebrates, there are mixed feelings inside the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).

PATAFA is the national governing body for athletics sports such as track and fieldroad runningcross country running, and race walking in the Philippines. It provides guidance and support to select athletes to perform their best and represent the country.  PATAFA has a rich history of coaching, even enrolling the help of athletes like the legendary Dick Beardsley to help with training its athletes.

PATAFA is responsible for selecting the official track and field delegation of the Philippines to the Olympics. But it has a sad history with Mary Joy Tabal.

In October 2014, Mary Joy Tabal, along with other standout athletes, was recommended by the coaching staff to be included in the national team. Four months later in February 2015, PATAFA communicated Tabal’s official inclusion to national team. This means that she is now part of the privileged few who would receive coaching so that she can represent the country in milestone events like the SEA Games and the Olympics.

Part of PATAFA’s responsibilities would be to keep national athletes at their best.  It means helping them make choices on training, including the races to run. This is very important for long distance events like the marathon.  In elite athletics, marathoners should not take part in more than two marathon races within a span of 12 months. Based on scientific studies, participation in a marathon taxes the body tremendously down to the cellular level.

From a layman’s standpoint, Elites may just appear as running effortlessly at a constant pace for 42KM.But inside the body of the elite marathoner running an average pace of 3:45min/KM is a totally different story. Running a marathon at this pace imposes a huge demand on the different physiological systems of the body.It strains the bones and joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, to the extent that challenges the maximal limit of the athlete’s body.

PATAFA takes care of its long distance athletes that is why these physiological facts are explained to the athletes in detail. It is also why PATAFA requires agreement to rules and regulations that come with being part of the National team. This includes consistently informing PATAFA of athletic activities that may potentially hinder performance in offical events where the country is represented.

(Photo credit: Mary Joy Tabal's Facebook page)

(Photo credit: Mary Joy Tabal’s Facebook page)

Mary Joy Tabal was a special case. Because of her talent, she was granted certain exceptions. For example, while other athletes were required to relocate to the Philsports training camp and be supervised by duly designated national coaches, Joy was allowed to be based in Cebu. She received special treatment upon her request.  It was an assumption that her personal coach would be able to provide guidance, but with inputs from PATAFA.

Slowly, these exceptions, became a source of alarm to PATAFA.  Tabal began racing without discretion; meaning, she runs and wins events but with a long term negative impact on her legs.

Prior to her inclusion into the national team, Tabal won the December 2014 Milo Marathon Finals. Apart from the cash prize she, she and the male marathon champion Rafael Poliquit were awarded an all expense paid entry to the 2015 Los Angeles (LA) Marathon.  They were, of course, advised by the PATAFA leadership to forego the LA Marathon trip as it would impact their training for the forthcoming 2015 SEA Games. Participating too soon in a race would also adversely affect their long term athletic performance. Aside from this, PATAFA had already developed a two-year program for both of them to reach their optimum potential as marathoners with the 2016 Olympics as the ultimate goal. This meant being selective with their races, to give the Philippines the best opportunity during the Olympic games.

Unfortunately, both advice and explanation went unheeded.  Both Tabal and Poliquit raced the LA Marathon without sanction from PATAFA. Upon their return from the US, they were asked to submit a letter of explanation why they have disregarded the express advise of PATAFA.

Immediately, Poliquit drew up a letter of apology, citing error in judgment for his non-compliance and promised to abide with the NSA directives and regulations from then on. Poliquit’s case was then resolved and closed. Tabal’s case had a different twist.

Instead of writing a letter of apology, or explanation at the very least, Tabal wrote a lengthy letter of justification for her decision. She cited that Milo pressured her to join the LA Marathon as part of her “contractual” obligation in winning the Milo Marathon. PATAFA sought the side of Milo; the latter denied that it ever pressured Tabal to run the LA Marathon. They maintained that the LA Marathon participation was actually a privilege for the Milo Marathon winners, and not an obligation. In short, it was up to the winners to take that privilege. They were disappointed that Tabal lied.

But the racing continued.  Even after the LA Marathon, Tabal went on joining local races, with 21K as minimum distances. She continued to disregard her obligation as a National Team member, disheartening teammates who abided by the PATAFA guidelines, and lowered her chances of peak performance at the 2015 SEA Games where she was to represent the country.

While disappointed, PATAFA retained their belief in Tabal. Some officers saw Tabal’s potential and the missed opportunity if she won’t be able to compete in the SEA Games.  With insistent prodding, Tabal submitted an apology message so that she can compete. Instead of writing a formal apology letter, she sent a short casual text message to PATAFA President Philip Juico.

Juico, in his genuineness, never took slight and believed in Tabal’s apology over SMS. He took it as an indication of Tabal’s sincerity. Tabal then competed in the SEA Games and as predicted, ran very poorly with a time of 3:15 hours. Her time was estimated to be at least 20 minutes better had she listened to the PATAFA and kept her commitment as a National Team athlete.

Right after the SEA Games, PATAFA learned that Tabal was again joining a string of local long distance races. This included a triathlon event that would severely impact the long term plans for the Olympics. PATAFA leadership was very unhappy with Tabal’sdecisions, and what they discovered to be her unmanageableand prideful attitude. They directed her to submit a letter of explanation for the unsanctioned activities and for continuing to disregard her responsibilities as a National Athlete.

Tabal responded on August 13, 2015: a 3-page, impeccably written, legalese sounding resignation letter. Saddened by the loss of potential, PATAFA President Philip Juico accepted her resignation.

All the while, as she continued winning races, Tabal remains a hero.  She is fast and strong, and there was never a mention of how she conducts herself outside of the races. She is portrayed as a hero.  In fact, a Cinderella who trains on her own and blossoms into a winner in all the events she joins.

This is the reason why PATAFA is having such a conflicted time with Joy’s qualification to the Olympic Standard.  Achieving the standard is an eligibility to be included in the competition; it is not an outright prerogative.  In order to join the Olympics, Tabal first needed to make herself be part of the national team and commit herself to the team and to the body that governs the team.  But she was unwilling to make that commitment and in fact, voluntarily resigned from the National Team in 2015.

Everyone immediately presumes Tabal’s inclusion into the Philippine Olympic team.  But that presumption is tantamount to penalizing all national team members who have toiled under the challenging conditions of being a national athlete and remained faithful to the sport and the association. After all of what Tabal has demonstrated to PATAFA, it is now a difficult decision to endorse her as a representative of the Philippines, selected to mirror the ideals and attitudes of the country.

This decision matters because Tabal will never win the Olympics.  Her participation is a matter of pride for the Philippines, and supposedly a personal honor for her.

Tabal’s qualifying time is 2:43 hours. She is far from the Women’s leading time of 2:19 hours, while the top 23rdwomen marathoner clocked in at 2:27 hours. “Team B” qualifiers for the US Team is 2:45 hours. By extrapolation, Tabal’s time will put her outside the top 100. If ever she makes it in the Olympics, right before she steps into the starting line, she’s already guaranteed to land on the tail end of the race. Also, by refusing to listen to PATAFA guidance, Tabal is sure to have destroyed her legs for the Olympics.  She has run two hard marathons in the span of one month in order to qualify.In all practical consideration, her participation will not even be felt by her competitors.

Tabal’s participation in the Olympics was never about her winning it.  She was to be groomed as the representation of the Filipino athlete. Talented, driven, and passionate about the sport. PATAFA knows that she will never win, but does she truly deserve to represent the sport?

The cost of her participation will be shouldered by taxpayers, and it is PATAFA’s choice to send her or not.  Sadly, it now seems like asking Filipinos to chip in to fund a millennial who wants to prove an egotistical point.  That an athlete can be undisciplined and disrespectful, so long as a qualifying time is met.  People are celebrating, but what are they truly celebrating? It is PATAFA’s opinion that perhaps, with more maturity and humility, Mary Joy Tabal can represent the country for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Regional Selection Camp in Baguio City Concluded with Surprising Turn-outs

Young players Magnus Gabriel  Ines, Manuel Andray Ober, Christian Allen Magno, Jan Zyrus De Ayre, Christine Angela Venterez, Kristine Cayabyab, and Rosemarie Delos Santos were selected to join the Jr. NBA/Jr WNBA National Training Camp in Manila.

Young players Magnus Gabriel Ines, Manuel Andray Ober, Christian Allen Magno, Jan Zyrus De Ayre, Christine Angela Venterez, Kristine Cayabyab, and Rosemarie Delos Santos were selected to join the Jr. NBA/Jr WNBA National Training Camp in Manila.

Seven out of 295 young basketball players in Baguio City and nearby provinces were selected 15th of March 2015 to join the National Training Camp in Manila on April 11-12, 2015.

The stringent selection process was held in St. Louis University Laboratory High School, Baguio City by Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA evaluation committee headed by PBA legend, Coach Rodney Santos.

Some participants were anxious while some were excited during the registration as well as during the announcement of who will be chosen among the 295 players. It was a surprise also for the coaches that they attracted 24 girl participants to join the selection.

An awesome experience to witness these aspiring kids, some with accompanying parents supporting them, trying to get a slot in a level-up training camp in Manila come next month.

Christine Angela Venterez, 13, of Baguio National High School; Christine Cayabyab, 14, of Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School, Dagupan City and Rose Marie de los Santos, 13, of St. Albert the Great School, Dagupan City will be the Jr. WNBA representatives for North Luzon in the National Training Camp.

Jan Zyrus De Ayre, 13, of Berkeley School, Baguio; Magnus Gabriel Ines, 13, of St. Louis University Laboratory High School, Baguio; Christian Allen Magno, 14, of St. Albert the Great School, Dagupan and Manuel Andrey Ober, 13, of Dagupan City National High School are the region’s Jr. NBA representatives to the National Training Camp.

Day 1 Photos

Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA team from the Philippines joined their foreign counterparts in Beijing last year where they got the chance to watch an NBA game and meet up close some of its celebrity players like Yao Ming.

Alaska is really helping the country grow a nation of champions by providing world-class sports training, as great things were imparted to these young ballers by their coaches. They didn’t just acquired physical skills in the sport, but mentally, the importance of attitude, discipline, sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect were instilled on them.

Day 2 Photos

For more information about Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska, visit its pages at:




Go Girl Expo: Empowering Healthy & Active Filipinas

Go Girl May 2015 Rockwell Tent poster

Press Release:

GO GIRL! EXPO: A Pursuit For a Healthy and Active Filipino Women

In a study conducted by World Health Organization, more women in the Philippines are considered inactive whether it is occupational, non-occupational, or leisure-related activities (WHO 2010). The same study also reveals that women are more active in domestic activities than men more than ever. Furthermore, physical inactivity may contribute to coronary diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

This is the reason why Jump Start, Fondo Manila and Yabang Pinoy are working together to bring the very first GO GIRL! EXPO- Empowering Healthy and Active Filipinas. It is by promoting a holistic well-being among women— a healthy and active Filipinas— can we achieve a healthy and active Philippines. We further define a “GO GIRL!” as a well rounded Filipina that balances life, work , play, adventure, sports and more importantly – knows how to have fun.

GO GIRL EXPO will be held on May 30-31, 2015 at Rockwell Tent, Makati City. This event will be a celebration of every Filipina’s pursuits and women’s success and empowerment in different fields. The expo will feature faces of healthy and active Filipinas from different walks of life- from the working Filipina to moms, from outgoing women to social women. Furthermore, the expo will be a collection of products and services from different companies and industries that will cater to the needs of a healthy and active Filipina.

The expo will also be an avenue for women’s inspiration—tapping Filipinas who are considered “Go Girl!”. These women will share their impassioned stories of both success and struggle, how they achieve where they are now, and what keeps them active despite the daily routine this age has offered to them. Their stories will be installed in a gallery wall together with the commitment board that will gather responses from women of different size and age.

Come and be part of this milestone that will encourage Filipinas to shift from ordinary women to GO GIRL!.

For more information and other inquiries:

GO GIRL! EXPO Secretariat










Carbo-loading, Italian-Style at La Piadina

Last Monday, wife and I were invited for a food-tasting night at La Piadina, a cozy Italian restaurant in Legaspi Village, Makati Central Business District. Their branch at Solaris-One Building is very accessible, Dela Rosa is just a parallel street with Ayala Avenue, and parking is available nearby. In my opinion, I can say that Italian cuisine is healthier, compared with other European cooking, theirs uses a lot of healthy oils, tomatoes and herbs. Long-distance runners and athletes may want to try carbo-loading, the Italian-style at any of the two La Piadina branches. Did I mentioned great pizza and pasta?


La Piadina at One Solaris Building, 130 Dela Rosa Street ,Legaspi Village, Makati City

We were welcomed warmly and assisted to join other blogger-friends inside and were immediately served with red and white wines. We tasted samples of new entries in their menu starting with appetizers, Spinach souffle with cheese sauce (Sformatino di spinaci e la salsa formaggio) and Egg plant tart (Tortino di melanzane), followed by Fresh homemade potato dumplings in cheesy tomato sauce (Gnocchi alla sorrentina), Penne pasta with ricotta cheese (Pasta “Cacio e pepe”) and Crepe with ricotta cheese mushroom and minced meat (Crespelle di ricotta, funghi e carne macinata).


Spinach souffle with cheese sauce (Sformatino di spinaci e la salsa formaggio) with Egg plant tart (Tortino di melanzane)


Fresh homemade potato dumplings in cheesy tomato sauce (Gnocchi alla sorrentina), Penne pasta with ricotta cheese (Pasta “Cacio e pepe”) and Crepe with ricotta cheese mushroom and minced meat (Crespelle di ricotta, funghi e carne macinata)

For the main entrée, Italian-style rice with fresh mushrooms, parmesan cheese and truffle oil; Seared chicken fillet in orange sauce; Pork fillet in herb salt; and Grilled fish fillet with cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and fresh thymes were served, finished with a dessert, Chocolate souffle with creamy white sauce. I love the bitter-sweet taste with the right moisture of this cupcake, complemented with sweetness of its creamy white sauce.

Italian-style rice with fresh mushrooms, parmesan cheese and truffle oil (Risotto ai funghi e olio di tartufo); Seared chicken fillet in orange sauce (Lombata di pollo all arancia); Pork fillet in herb salt (Rutolo di maiale); and Grilled fish fillet with cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and fresh thymes (Pesce spada).


Chocolate souffle with creamy white sauce (Tortino cioccolato and crema Inglese)

And finally, what  really made our tummies full is  a delicious shrimps pizza on a thin and crispy crust that tastes like a veggie cracker! Though this is not new in their menu, one of their hosts offered us to try one, hmmm, yummy!


Seafood Pizza (La Pizza di Mare)

The food-tasting event highlighted the 10 new dishes of La Piadina’s creator and head chef, Giorgio Matera, who is on a brief visit to Manila. Chef Giorgio is taking time off from his Aoyama (Piadina store) in Tokyo to introduce to Manila a new and exciting set of dishes that best capture flavourful identities of the four select regions in Italy – Puglia, Emilia Romagna, Piemonte and Toscana.

All their food is prepared and cooked in each of the outlets, NOT precooked and transported from a central kitchen. The Piadina stores are at  the 2nd Floor Glorietta IV, Ayala Center, and Ground floor Solaris One Building, 130 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village, both in Makati City.