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Safeguard Active 5i50 Triathlon at Subic


Athletes on Their Mark

for the Safeguard Active 5i50 Triathlon

MANILA, Philippines – Athletes know the importance of maintaining a proper regimen to enhance performance. They rely on state-of-the-art gear that delivers speed, proper nutrition that guarantees endurance, and a training program that increases their strength. But when it comes to hygiene, one important aspect is often overlooked: the skin, which is actually our first line of defense when it comes to germs.

There’s no body part quite as tortured as the human skin. Every day, it has to endure all the visible and microscopic dirt and grime from all the different elements around us. But it’s the triathletes who put their skins through the most abuse: as they splash, pedal, and stride, they expose their skins to a harsh mix of sun, chlorine or salt water, and dirt. These, along with excessive sweat and friction from gear, can take its toll on the skin – and it can lead to skin diseases and illness.

This October 6, Safeguard will gather local and international pros as well as age-groupers for the first ever Safeguard Active 5i50 Triathlon – a world-class and intimate race that will surely put those skins to the test. The course takes place in Subic, which promises a challenging yet controlled environment for both experts and beginners. The event will be composed of a 1.5KM swim at Kamana Resort [Swim Venue], a 40KM bike course along the rolling hills of Subic [Bike Venue], and will culminate with a 10KM run at a new route along the shady forest [Run Venue]. The entire course is set against the backdrop of Subic Bay’s breathtaking scenery, which promises a unique race for participants and an exclusive enjoyable experience for their families who will come to support.

In partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc., the agency behind the highly successful Ironman 70.3 and Iron Kids, this leg is part of the 5150 triathlon series, the world’s largest international Olympic race series in the world. It is also the first non-drafting international race series of its kind, offering a competitive platform for professional and age group athletes.

Safeguard keeps up with those who love the game by leveling up to their demands. The brand has been keeping family skin healthy for more than 75 years, using a mix of unbeatable germ protection and fresh, cleansing elements to care for Filipino skin. It has been every household’s partner for preventing disease and pursuing an active, worry-free life. For the 5150 race, Safeguard aims to showcase its new line Safeguard Active, a product specifically targeted for athletes’ extreme needs.

Safeguard Active boasts of a higher level of anti-bacterial ingredient, which inhibits the growth and re-growth of odor-causing germs for hours. It comes in both soap and body wash form, and its fresh scent can last all day and withstand both sweat and water. It’s the perfect protection booster for the body’s first line of defense.

For battle-tested athletes who aim to beat their personal records, the Safeguard Active 5150 Triathlon is a perfect chance to bring the 2013 race season to an iconic finish. Meanwhile, neophyte racers will be thrilled to participate in their first Olympic-level distance triathlon event.

It’s a day that promises exhilarating challenges for the adrenaline-hungry, coupled with unbeatable Safeguard protection to ensure a fresh, unhampered finish. No matter what kind of athlete you are, it’s time to get your skin in the game. 

Press Launch Photos


Power to Victory – Ironman 70.3 Philippines

The 2013 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines slated Aug. 4 at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa will not only be bigger but also promises to be more exciting with the participation of two Ironman World Champions Australian Pete Jacobs and Chris “Macca” McCormack.

The two will be among the 2,150 participants for this year’s event which also includes a world-renowned celebrity whose name organizers want to keep a secret for the time being.

Jacobs won the world title of the full ironman last year in Kona, Hawaii while McCormack clinched the world title in 2007 and 2010. Jacobs is also the three-time defending champion of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines. McCormack, on the other hand, will be racing here for the first time.

Slots for this year’s half Ironman competition were offered last December and all sold out within four days with 650 on the waiting list. Sunrise Events, Inc., the organizer of this event told the media that this year’s  triathlon competition will be the biggest and probably be the best Ironman 70.3 race ever in the country. Check out their press release below for more details.








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Cobra Ironman 70.3 and Alaska Ironkids return to Cebu

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines returns to Cebu, the country’s number one tourist destination, as the province hosts its fifth edition as well as the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon on August 3 – 4, 2013.

Already in its fifth year the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 has become the biggest and best Ironman 70.3 race in this part of the world with over 2,000 participants from 35 countries across six continents. All slots for the race were sold out four days after they were offered to the public and more than 600 individuals are on the waiting list.

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines starts with the 1.2-mile swim in open water at the beach of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Mactan Island on August 4.

The 56-mile bike ride will traverse four cities (LapuLapu, Mandaue, Cebu City and Talisay). The culminating 13.1-mile run will be at Punta Engano, Lapu-Lapu City.

Race organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. expects the coming race to top the wildly successful races of the past four years confident that this year’s race will be its biggest and most exciting ever.

Alaska Ironkids Triathlon will be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa on August 3. It is the local junior version of the international Ironkids triathlon series. It is open to youngsters age 6 to 14 years old and aims to promote health among the young through proper nutrition and an active lifestyle.

The Alaska Ironkids Triathlon has become an avenue for children to pursue their dreams and aspirations to become outstanding athletes and in the process develop positive values and adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Alaska IronKids Triathlon has grown from its humble beginning as a Sunday fun run for children to a national sporting event that has become a key training ground for the country’s aspiring athletes.

More than just competition Alaska IronKids Triathlon offers an opportunity for families to spend quality time together. It has also created a community whose members aspire to become the best they can be both physically, emotionally and mentally.

Leading the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines are the professional triathletes notably three-time champion Pete Jacobs of Australia.

Jacobs is a regular fixture of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines. He will gun for a fourth consecutive victory after winning the past three editions in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He will have his hands full against Cameron Brown of New Zealand and Alaska Team TBB’s Mathieu O’Halloran who placed second and third in the 2012 race. Other male professionals to watch out for include Ben Allen Australia, Fredrik Cronberg of Sweden and Michael Murphy of Ireland.

Defending women’s champion Caroline Steffen of Alaska Team TBB returns to defend her crown. Her strongest challenge will come from 2011 champion and 2012 third placer Belinda Granger who is fresh from her triumph at the Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon in Subic last June.

Expected to compete for the crown are Bree Wee from the United States (who placed second last year), Alaska Team TBB’s Christie Sym, and Jacqui Slack of Great Britain.

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines is a qualifier for the IronMan World Championships Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on September 8.

The event is also sponsored by Alaska Milk Corporation, Aqua Sphere, Century Tuna, David’s Salon, Devant, Gatorade, Globe Telecom, GU Energy Gel, Intercare, Kenneth Cobonpue, K-Swiss, LBC, Oakley, Prudential Guarantee, Safeguard, Suarez & Sons, Inc., and Timex. Official photographer is Finisher Pix while the host venue is Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa.
Media partners are MultiSport Magazine, The Philippine Star and Studio 23. Official hotel partners are BE Resorts, Crimson Resort & Spa, Movenpick Resort & Spa, Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan, and Crown Regency Mactan. Special thanks to Department of Tourism, Province of Cebu, Mayors of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu, and Talisay cities.

The Ironman 70.3 Philippines has become one of the most-awaited sporting events in the country attracting thousands of participants since its inception in 2009.

It is one of the country’s most popular sporting events. A world class race it attracts thousands of both local and foreign participants yearly since its inaugural race in 2009.

For more information, check out the Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70.3 Philippines website, www.ironman703phil.com.

Thank you Photo-Ops (www.photo-ops.com.ph) for some of the photos I used in the gallery.

Filinvest City, Inspiring Outdoor Fun!

A couple of times I ran a trail in Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, twice in Tagaytay Highlands and as a spectator-photographer at Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal. Those trails are very good for beginners and advanced runners alike and they have one thing in common – quite far from home, considering that I live in the city of Manila. I never thought of running a trail or just even testing it without travelling far north or south. But an invitation from the people of Filinvest City thru Ms. Vimz Mendoza, a.k.a. Kulitrunner in the running community, changed that thinking.

There is a mountain bikers’ haven that also serves as an off-road track for trail runners inside Filinvest City’s untapped tract. A mere 15-minute drive from Makati City through the Skyway, Filinvest City is located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It was once used as the starting point for the Condura – Skyway Marathon that was held early this year. And the good news is that they are planning to improve the trail that will eventually integrate it to the landscape of this vast development by commissioning a consultant abroad. I am excited to see how this beautiful place develops into a more fun outdoor event venue  and nature-friendly city.  Enjoy the photos!

Filinvest City mound at SLEX Interchange

Greenscape-Filinvest City 


Filinvest City Head, Mr. Don Ubaldo (fourth from right) invited us to experience trail running and mountain biking at Filinvest City in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.


Runners briefing before we run the course at Filinvest City.


Runner-bloggers gather to test the trail of Filinvest City.


Mountain bikers who frequent the bike trail in Filinvest City at one of their pitstops.


KB Runner and Kulitrunner

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I tried biking a small part of the route, and enjoyed it. I wish I have my own MT bike 😦



TV actor, triathlete and participant in the Xterra-Vaseline Men Tri-outs – Race to Maui, Matteo Guidicelli, is a regular biker in Filinvest City.


Mr. Rene Villarta, a.k.a. Jazzrunner


Running Atom and Kamote Runner enjoying the route and sunshine.



Vener Roldan (RunUnltd), KB Runner and Don Ubaldo


Some of the friendly bikers along the route.


Jenny (BilogGirl) leads the pack of bikers on the trail.




Rikki a.k.a. Cheapanggang Diva


RodRunner – Rod Apolinario and CruiseControl – Bobby Cruz.





Trailbiking at The Trails


Courting Ms. Vimz Mendoza (Kulitrunner) 😉



Post-run breakfast at The Palms Country Club Restaurant.


Allan Enriquez (Running Free Manila), during the Q&A.


Ms. Daphne Sanchez, Marketing Head and Mr. Don Ubaldo, Head of Filinvest City, discuss what the ‘City’ can offer to their community as well as running and biking enthusiasts.

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All smiles for the the photo-op after the event.



Carless Sundays Map

Download Filinvest City’s Summer Event Series (calendar of activities in PDF) here.

Press release:


It’s that time of the year when schools close down, the sun rises extra early and sets later than ever. Yes, it’s summer once again and there is no better place to play than in Filinvest City, where action and adventure can be found in every corner!

For its growing running and biking community, Filinvest City gives more reasons to hit the streets as it implements Carless Sundays allowing these enthusiasts to freely use the city’s tree-lined avenues for their favorite workout from 5 am to 10 am. During this time period, The City Loop, running from one side of Corporate, Commerce, Parkway and Filinvest Avenues, will be closed off while the other side of these streets will accommodate two-way traffic.

These runners and cyclists will also be able to experience the unique thrill of conquering the rugged terrain in the newly-expanded 9km bike/run trail within Filinvest City. And to aid running and bike aficionados to take their game to the next level, trail running and biking clinics will also be hosted.

Already, racers are eager to test their mettle against one of the toughest physical trials known to man, the Xterra Mud Run, an off-road marathon that will take place at this newly opened bike/run trail at the end of May.

All these can be experienced in complete safety thanks to round-the-clock security, and can be accessed with relative ease as transportation points are also operational 24/7.

Anyone who’s looking for a summer to remember doesn’t need to go far. At Filinvest City, the action is always sizzling hot and the fun is just yours for the taking!

Thank you to the friendly people of Filinvest City, especially to Mr. Don Ubaldo for inviting us to test their trail. Special thanks also to LeStSkY Runner Photography  for some of the photos I posted here.

CIHM – Half The Experience, One Hundred Percent Enjoyment

The Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM) race held last Saturday was a special treat for first-timer to the island like me. Though I ran (walk) the shorter distance which is 10K, the beautiful scenery, fresh air and the fun of taking pictures along the route are some of the things I really enjoyed there. If only I can run with a dslr, I have better shots of the ruins that can be found in this island fortress. I used the camera of my phone instead, so bear with the quality of photos I included in here.

Going to the island is more than an hour of ferry boat ride by Sun Cruises. Upon arrival at the pier; there are ‘tranvias’ that fetched us near the starting line. That day the weather was perfect, it was 8 o’clock in the morning with an overcast sky. Trees cover the start area up to a few dozen meters along the road and most of the length of the course. The organizers welcomed us, most especially Mr. Edward Kho, the race director and Atty. Raymund Martelino and while we waited for the gun start, the program hosts entertained the runners with their repertoire of jokes that even foreign participants had enjoyed.

The long uphill is a real challenge to those who had already experienced running in Tagaytay Midlands or Timberland in San Mateo, Rizal. If you are an obese like me :), you will feel a lot heavier running that route, making it difficult to speed up or sustain a decent pace. On the contrary, I felt pain on my right knee whenever I slowed down or try to walk downhill going to the finish line. The special treats:  cold sponges, jello, cranberry sweets, ready-to-pop bananas in the water stations and roses for lady 21k finishers, not to mention the sumptuous lunch buffet!

Damn, I guess I already injured my knee ‘coz up to now I am still labouring the pain; medicines did a little to alleviate it, aggravated by participating another race last Sunday. 🙂

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CIHM 2012 – A Call to Arms

Tomorrow, November 23, 2012 is the final day for CIHM 3 registration. Hurry and go to SM Tickets to secure your slot for this much-awaited race of the year.  To see full details of the race please click here.

Runners are all laced up and ready to race in the 3rd Corregidor International Half Marathon on December 1, 2012. As the big race weekend approaches, event organizers are inviting more and more running enthusiasts to register until Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:59pm.

Being the arena of one of the last major running events of the year, Corregidor Island is indeed mapped out and ready for the participants who will be flocking from all over the world. Runners from different countries will be coming in such as Ireland, the U.S., Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Filipino runners are also making a rally for the race. Runners from the eight key provinces that have played a major role in the Philippine Revolution will be present. These provinces are Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Tarlac, Laguna and Manila. Participants from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will also be coming in.

Like King Leonidas’ army in “300,” their professions will no longer distinguish the runners. While organizers see a good mix of medical practitioners, lawyers, policemen, government employees, businessmen, salesmen, journalists, actors, call center employees, advertising executives, athletes, HR practitioners, OFWs, architects, engineers, chefs, artists, tech gurus, finance experts, international relations specialists and airline executives, the CIHM 3 will provide a level playing field for everyone.

The participants are expected to arrive on the island on November 30. Though the race on December 1 will be hard, the runners will be expected to party harder. Before the race “showdown” begins, they will be treated to a delicious carbo-loading dinner courtesy of Yellow Cab and a traditional bonfire at the South Dock. And post-race, a rave party will erupt courtesy of Manila Beer and will be hosted by the inimitable tandem of DJ Chris and DJ Chloe from Mellow 94.7. Exciting prizes will also be raffled off during the party courtesy of Soleus, Yellow Cab, Sun Cruises, Igco Skim Milk and other sponsors.

The 3rd Corregidor International Half Marathon is managed and organized by Big, Big, Big, Inc. presented by Soleus and Sun Cruises, Inc., in cooperation with Yellow Cab, Manila Beer, Corregidor Foundation, Running Mate, One Sceniques, ROX, L Time Studio, Igco Skim Milk, 38 Energy Drink, and the official hydration partners Summit Mineral Water and 100Plus Sports Drink and media partners The Philippine Star, Total Fitness Magazine, Business Mirror, Kulit Runner, Takbo.ph, MultiSport Magazine, Pinoy Fitness and Mellow 94.7.

3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon Runners’ Briefing

3rd CIHM Race Shirt

This “astig” shirt will automatically be given to the registrants on the Runner’s Briefing day that will take place on November 24 and 25, 2012 from 3:00-8:00pm at R.O.X. store located in Bonifacio High Street, BGC.

Registration is still open until November 23, 2012 at SM Tickets at all SM Cinemas at Php 2,700.00 (plus 4% service charge, cash or credit card by SM Tickets).

Race Registration inclusions:
• Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
• Full lunch buffet on race day
• Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
• 3rd CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
• 3rd CIHM Race sling bag
• 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)
• Runners’ Briefing (Nov 24 and 25)
• 3rd CIHM Victory Rave Party (Dec 01, Saturday night)
• 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Certificate
• P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

See you there! 🙂

Back to the Island: All Are Set For The 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon

History has dealt Corregidor a rough hand. It came, carved its bloody mark and moved on, leaving pages and pages of memories of its past. But on December 1, 2012, History will make a come back as Corregidor will become the setting for another epic battle – the 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon.

The Corregidor International Half-Marathon aims to become one of the premiere and sought-after races in the country. Governed by the banner theme “SHOWDOWN ON THE ROCK,” this year’s event was masterfully designed to present an extremely tough course for all participants – from serious to recreational runners, to elite level athletes. Medals will not be waiting at end of a paved road. Rather, prizes will be playing “hard to get,” as runners will face all types of terrain – from grassy paths, rocky and muddy trails, dark tunnels to tricky down slopes. The course will be a challenging stretch so participants will need to dish out extra effort.

The course itself isn’t the only challenge though, the 3rd Corregidor International Half Marathon is also designed to not only pit runners against each other, but to also dare participants from the 1st and 2nd editions of Corregidor International Half-Marathon to beat their personal records. A special Conqueror’s Token awaits them at the finish line.

Co-founders, and passionate runners Edward Kho and Raymund Martelino, are both psyched for the event’s third installment. To them, the Corregidor International Half- Marathon is a realization of their dream to create what could be considered as the hardest race in the country. They hope that participants will be inspired by the rich history of the island and draw strength from courage of our forefathers during the war. To Kho and Martelino, the memorials across Corregidor will serve as reminders for participants to keep fighting their personal battles – to never stand down at the face of weakness, doubt, pain and frustration.

The 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon will cover a total distance of 21.0975km. It will run from the north side of the island at the Lorcha Dock, heading to the east access of the Malinta Tunnel. Runners will pass through its entire length and to head out to the tail side of island.

The first half of the race route will include the ascent to the Summit Hill with a direct view of the beachfront leading to the Japanese Memorial site en route to the half-way point at the YMCA Parade Grounds. The finish point of the race is at the South dock where finishers will encounter strong jets of West Philippine Sea breeze and waves smashing the dock’s breakwater.

Participants to the 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon must be at least 18 years of age and should not be more than 70 years old on the day of the race. A proof of age will be required upon registration. Exemptions to the age requirement may be given upon submission of a written proof of parental consent for applicants younger than 18 years or a physician’s certification of fitness for athletic participation for applicants beyond 70 years old. The 3rd CIHM is an international event open to all nationalities. However, foreign nationals who are not residents of the Philippines, upon finishing in the top 3 places, must present a clearance from DOLE to claim their prizes.

As for the declaration of winners, there will be Top 10 Finishers that will be declared from the Male and Female Divisions, respectively. All top 10 finishers will receive a Certificate of Achievement. The Top 3 winners from each category will receive cash prizes, certificates and trophy plates – 3rd place: P5, 000.00 and a certificate, 2nd place: P8, 000.00 and a certificate, and 1st place: P15, 000.00 and a trophy plate.

On top of the medals and cash prizes, the male and female champions will be hailed as “King and Queen of The Rock.” They will be awarded with replicas of the Corregidor International Half-Marathon trophy. Inscribed on the original trophy will be name of the first champion and the names of succeeding winners in the ensuing editions of Corregidor International Half-Marathon. This trophy will be on display in Corregidor Island under the care of Sun Cruises, Inc. Likewise, the team (with a minimum of 3 members) with the fastest cumulative finish time will be awarded with the “Team Hard Core” trophy.

In addition to 21km centerpiece, the event will feature a side event called the “10k Challenge,” for running aficionados who are yet to be familiar with the challenging terrain of Corregidor but yearn to discover and experience its distinctive scenic course. The top male and female runners in this event will be awarded with a certificate of achievement and winner’s plaque. All finishers in this race category will be awarded with a 10km Achiever Medal.

The 3rd Corregidor International Half Marathon is managed and organized by Big, Big, Big, Inc. presented by Sun Cruises, Inc. and Soleus, in cooperation with Corregidor Foundation, Runningmate, One Sceniques with the special support of Activelink, ROX, L Time Studio and media partners The Philippine Star, Mellow 94.7, Business Mirror, Kulitrunner, MultiSport Magazine, Pinoy Fitness and Total Fitness Magazine.