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Ayala backs national track athletes

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.”

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From left to right: Reizel Buenaventura, Edgardo Alejan, Sharon Marcial – General Manager, Healthy Family, Jay Teodoro – Estate Head, Vermosa (Ayala Land), John Philip Orbeta – Managing Director, Ayala Corporation, Philip Juico – President, PATAFA, Marestella Sunang, Rosie Villarito, Mervin Guarte

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.

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Team 7-Eleven Philippines dominate South Korea race

Press Release:

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.


National Geographic calls on Eco Warriors for 2018 Nat Geo Earth Day Run

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!

News Release:

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
believe in.

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.

 


7-Eleven Run is Back!

Press Release:

Are you ready for one of the most anticipated running events of the year?

RUN 2018 is back and bigger than ever!

This coming February 4, RUN 2018 is not only happening in Filinvest City, but, for the very first time, it will also be happening in Cebu (IT Park) and Davao (SM City Davao) at the same time!

The overall top 3 Filipino male and female placers with the best/shortest time record from all 3 locations of the 21KM and the 42KM categories will also get the chance to join an International Marathon in Asia, all expenses paid. Cash prizes also await winners of the other categories.

Registration is until January 23, 2018! So what are you waiting for? Register now!

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Team 7-Eleven Philippines Reign in Da Nang International Marathon 2017

Da Nang Vietnam, August 6, 2017 – This year’s Da Nang International Marathon was successfully concluded this morning in Danang, Vietnam with six Filipino runners, representing Team 7-Eleven Philippines, taking podium spots in the full marathon and half-marathon races .

Lany Cardona of Pangasinan cruised through the 42km race to land as the champion of the women’s division, finishing the course in 03:27:26 while Rafael Pescos of Cebu finished second in the men’s division with a finish time of 02:40:06. Richard Salano, a member of the Philippine Army secured the third spot in the podium of the 21km race with a finish time of 1:20:36 while the trio of Jho-An Banayag-Villarma (01:31:53), Nhe-Ann Barcena (01:37:08) and Ruffa Sorongon (01:37:38) swept the first, second and third spots of the 21km women’s category.

Meanwhile, Lizane Abella (4:20:19) and Azlan Pagay (3:02:06) took the Top 1 honors in their respective age group for the 42km and Kennechie Lorbes (1:49:10) took Top 5 for his Age Group in the 21km race.

“Masaya kami kasi ang 7-Eleven ay walang sawa na pinadadala kami sa ganitong international race.” said Lany Cardona who together with Rafael Pescos were given a slot to race in the Shonan International Marathon happening on December in Kanagawa, Japan with all expenses paid, as part of their prize for winning in the 42km category of this race.

Nine Filipino runners participated in this morning’s race, four of them in the full marathon while five in the half-marathon – a fulfillment of the commitment given by Philippine Seven Corporation (7-Eleven Philippines) to the top 3 (male and female) marathon and full marathon winners of the 7-Eleven Run that was held in the Filinvest City, Alabang last February.

According to Project Head Ms. Michelle Saludes, “We at 7-Eleven want to give Filipino runners not part of the Philippine Team the opportunity to showcase their abilities and be recognized in an international competition.”

Local and foreign participants coming from 50 countries, competed in the Da Nang International Marathon 2017 where the route brought the experience of running through Da Nang’s beautiful coastline passing the bridges across the poetic Han’s river in the middle of the city during sunrise.

This is the fifth year that 7-Eleven Philippines has brought Filipino runners to an international race giving them full support from taking care of all expenses, pocket money and with the help of sponsor Asics Tiger, a complete race suit.

“We will continue to encourage runners who aspire to represent the country in an international competition through the 7-Eleven Run Series which we are planning to expand by having another race in Cebu before the year ends and which will serve as a qualifying race to the 7-Eleven Run happening in Manila next year.” shared Mr. Jose Ang Jr., General Merchandise Division Head.

The participation of Filipino runners was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the support of sponsors Safeguard, Selecta Ice Cream, Pocari Sweat, Del Monte, Nature’s Spring, Summit Water, Dole Pineapple, Powerade, Solar Sports, CNN Philippines, Skyway, Filinvest and Asics.


NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017

It’s 2017 and Earth Day celebration is just around the corner. Every one across the globe are encourage to join Earth Day events for teach-ins on environmental and climate literacy and the March for Science. NatGeo Run, the annual, much-awaited road race and on it’s eight year, will be be staged again at SM Mall of Asia grounds, with the same call for everyone to be aware of current Earth’s need for environment protection and be fit at the same time. Runners, don’t be late to register!

 

REGISTRATION SITES

  • SM North The Block
  • SM Aura
  • SM MOA

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

  1. On-line Registration via Credit Card
  2. On-line Registration via Pre-Paid Card
    • Purchase a Registration Card at the Registration Center
    • Go to http://www.natgeorunph.com or http://www.runrio.com
    • Click on Register Here
    • Completely fill-out the fields of information requested
    • Enter the unique scratch code found at the back of your pre-paid card when
      prompted
    • A confirmation email will be sent out as proof of successful registration
    • Print out your confirmation email and present this during Race Kit Claiming
  3. Manual Registration
    • Fill-out the Manual Registration Form and Pay the corresponding Registration Fee.
    • You will be given a Proof of Registration. Keep this slip to claim your race kit during Race Kit Claiming

RACE KIT CLAIMING

  1. On-line Registration via Credit Card
    • Registered Runners via CREDIT CARD will have their Race Kits delivered.
  2. On-line Registration via Pre-Paid Card and Manual Registration
    • Race Kit Claiming will be on April 8-20, 2017.
    • Runners will choose where they will claim their race kits upon registering

Venues for Race Kit Claiming

  • SM The Block
  • SM Aura
  • SM MOA

RACE KIT INCLUSIONS

  1. Singlet
  2. Race Bib
  3. Timing Chip
  4. LED Shoe Laces

Finisher’s Entitlement For 21K and 42K

  1. Finisher’s Medal
  2. Finisher’s Shirt

Other Highlights

#8withEDR

Present your Race Bibs from the Past Seven NatGeo Races and get VIP Priviledges!
Upon claiming your race kits, race bibs from the past 7 NatGeo Races. Get a Special VIP Wrist Tag.

With the Wrist Tag, You will enjoy the following privileges on Race Day

  1. Pre-Race Warm Up
  2. Priority in-front of the Starting Line
  3. Special Booth at the Activity Area for your Finisher’s Shirt and Lootbag
  4. Post Race Cool Down

Costume – the dress up in recycled materials

“Come and Run in a costume made of recyclable materials and win exciting prizes!”

visit http://www.natgeorunph.com for more details

SINGLET DESIGN

 

 

 

MEDAL DESIGN

 

FINISHER SHIRT DESIGN

 

RACE ROUTES

 

MEDIA LAUNCH PHOTOS

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National Geographic celebrates 8 years of environmental advocacy with Earth Day Run 2017

April 23, 2017 marks another of raising the public’s consciousness about environmental issues and health and fitness for National Geographic, which celebrates its eighth straight year of holding Earth Day Run. Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Day Run 2017 aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts and Eco Warriors to register and run for the environment. The event will be held not only in Manila but simultaneously in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taichung, an initiative that was adopted last year and effectively spread the vision and advocacy of Earth Day Run across Asia.

At Earth Day Run 2017, National Geographic will be celebrating eight years of social awareness through fitness with special program features using the hashtag #8withEDR. With the hopes of mobilizing all the Eco Warriors of previous Earth Day Runs, this year’s event welcomes all previously registered participants with VIP treatment and special loyalty perks to be enjoyed on the day of the run. Participants from previous Earth Day Runs will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bags and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition themselves and recover in comfort.

This year’s new participants can also join in the celebrations for Earth Day Run’s eighth anniversary by visiting the 8 Years of EDR Gallery at the race village and learning about what the event has accomplished over the years, including the environmental and social initiatives it has benefited with the help of its registered runners. Visitors to the gallery will learn how their participation at Earth Day Run has made a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines as well as how their actions as individuals can affect the environment.

Earth Day Run 2017 in Manila will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, where participants can join 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K categories. The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part, from fun-runners of all ages to the serious marathon runners who regularly compete. This year, Earth Day Run will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials. Finally, to make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

Last year, Earth Day Run participants ran to benefit such causes as saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan; giving the Earth Hour or “Gift of Life” village in Monreal, Masbate sustainable solutions that reduce carbon footprint; conservation of the Marine Protected Area and coral reef in Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and beefing up reforestation efforts in the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which supplies Metro Manila with fresh water. Registered runners at Earth Day Run 2017 will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness by joining this year’s event, but will also be doing their part in contributing to National Geographic’s environmental efforts.

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Content and Marketing at FOX Networks Group Philippines.

Interested runners of all ages can join National Geographic’s Earth Day Run 2017 by registering at natgeoearthdayrun.com and from March 1 to April 16, 2017.


Under Armour kicks off promising 2017 with ‘Armour @ The Fort’

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Under Armour, the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, successfully held “Armour @ The Fort” on Saturday, January 28 at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater in Taguig City.

Armour @ The Fort had a two-part program that was filled with exciting activities for Under Amour fans and fitness enthusiasts alike.

On the first agenda of Armour Day, the affair kicked off with a morning run, which was conducted by the country’s renowned running coaches Titus Salazar and Dan Brown. It was followed by Unilab’s fitness and nutrition symposiumThe company then made an official announcement of its joint venture with Under Armour to launch Run Limited Exceed 2017 later this year.

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Catering to active lifestyle aficionados, the afternoon schedule had a full swing of activities that was attended by the who’s who of the sporting community like ultra marathoner Ferdie Capiling and the UP women’s football team.

An afternoon circuit training was led by Under Armour-affiliate trainer “Mama” Kat Geronimo, a renowned celebrity fitness coach who mentors notable film and television actresses such as Marian Rivera, Danica Sotto-Pingris, Melissa Ricks, Megan Young, Bettina Carlos, Anne Curtis and Jessy Mendiola.

To cap off the event, Under Armour unveiled some of its plans for 2017, including the launching of the “Armour @” series. The fitness apparel likewise formalized its partnership with Kerry Sports Manila as the state-of-the-art facility opens its door for the Test of Will 2017 participants. 

 

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for more updates and announcements as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.