Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Amazing Pinoy Fun Run Updates

The Amazing Pinoy Fun Run has been moved to May 25, 2013.

Check out details here

Route Maps

Challenge Stations

Race Kit Inclusions and Finisher's Items

Sponsors and Deals

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Muddiest and Dirtiest Trail Run of the Year: Xterra Mud Run 2013

Xterra Mud Run 2013 is a trail run event with obstacles in the race route. Each participant is required to undergo all obstacles before crossing the finish line. Obstacles are designed to be muddy and very dirty. This event will be held on May 26, 2013 (Sunday) at the new Filinvest trail, Alabang. The venue is a new venue for trail runners and bikers.


April 5 to May 20, 2013 for online and onsite
5k - P500
10K - 800

Registartion Centers: ROX, Second Wind Ortigas and Festival Mall Alabang
Online : http://www.xterraphil.com/
Participants will be given a timing chip and will be released in waves.
They are targetting 2,000 runners only so register ASAP.

Finisher's Loot

  • Finisher's Shirt

  • Vaseline Men Loot bags

  • Key Chain - Tyre Thread Reader

  • Pinoy Style Post Race Meal
Sample Obstacle Courses

10k trail runners has to complete 10 obstacles.
5km trail runners has to complete 5 obstacles.

Two of the obstacles will be sponsored by Fox international Channels and may be connected to "Videoke" and "Minute to win it". Other obstacles will be a surprise.

The obstacles will keep you very dirty during the race so the organizers will be providing an outdoor shower and has set an age limit to avoid casualties.

Special Deal from Crimson Hotel

P4,000 nett with Free Breakfast for 2 to those who wish to book in preparation of this event.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Crimson Hotel

Press Releases


Discover true elegance at the new Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila. Grand opened in March, this new hotel creates an atmosphere of tranquility, subdued elegance and new expression of cosmopolitan life at its finest in the vibrant and green Filinvest City.

Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila, 15 minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, is located in the main gateway of the progressive Calabarzon region.  It is right at the center of world-class shopping, dining and entertainment locales, golf courses and theme parks. For business, the hotel is just minutes away from key economic zones and information technology parks and 20 minutes from Makati.

Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila, is an urban sanctuary housed in the most stunning tower complex ever to grace Filinvest City, Alabang.  Its iconic architecture in the heart of this cosmopolitan city makes it a landmark hotel in Southern Metro Manila. It offers savvy business and leisure travelers an elegant lifestyle of live-work-shop-play seamlessly.  With its hub location, it is an ideal venue for momentous social and business events. Discerning guests will enjoy the convenience of a deluxe hotel complemented by diverse dining options, upscale shopping and entertainment within the city.


At the new Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, an extraordinary experience awaits each guest.   It is in the stylish rooms, the modern amenities, chic lobby, exceptional dining and stellar service, all set against the backdrop of a vibrant metropolis.

I take pride on our young and dynamic team, which is the heart of our business.  It is in our cosmopolitan spirit and gracious Filipino hospitality that allows us to create unforgettable moments for every guest” explains Mr. Robert Bormes, the hotel’s General Manager.

The guestrooms, with its rich and contemporary aesthetics, appeal to people who appreciate cutting-edge touches without sacrificing comfort, familiarity and homeliness. All 345 guestrooms, 20 of which are suites, are done in champagne and earth tones and are equipped with amenities adhering to international standards. Any guest can delight in the utmost comfort of superbly delicate linens and pillows and indulge in luxury conveniences such as high-speed WiFi, 40-inch LED television with DVD player among others.  The room air-conditioning system is equipped with Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) technology that allows improvement of air quality by way of continuous circulation of fresh air.  Executive and Suite room guests enjoy premium services and amenities for an exclusive “Crimson lifestyle” experience with access to the Executive Lounge at the top floor of the hotel.
Guests will enjoy international dishes at Café Eight, the all-day dining restaurant, delectable sandwiches and treats at The Lobby Lounge. Unwind at The Deck Bar, an open-air dining and exquisite cocktail bar that features Dedon Nestrest loungers, perfect for relaxation and engaging conversation.
The hotel also offers a 564-square-meter Crimson Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 500 for a cocktail reception and 300 for dinner; 6 meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audio visual facilities; a full-service business center and concierge services.
As with any Crimson hotel or resort property, we deliver the highest standards in terms of the products we offer and quality service that our diverse clientele truly deserves.   I believe that as our guests are world-class, they deserve nothing less” added Mr. Bormes.
The hotel is owned by Filinvest Alabang, Inc. as a development of Filinvest Hotels.  It is proudly managed and operated with distinction by FilArchipelago Hospitality, Inc.  (FHI).  Filinvest Hotels has been in the forefront of tourism development in the Philippines with its current inventory of three hotels notably: Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan and Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila under its homegrown 5-star Crimson brand and Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu under its 3-star Quest brand.  They are currently managing and operating over 1,000 rooms.  Their goal is to develop more properties in key destinations such as Manila, Tagaytay and Boracay.  In 2015, it will embark on managing another world-class property - a 190 room resort in Boracay under the Crimson brand.  Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila was master planned by the world-renowned Architectural and Interior Design firm of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) from California.  It’s a grand testimony of the Filivest Group’s commitment to nation building and active support to the government’s tourism development programs.


Crimson Hotels & Resorts caters to premium leisure and business travelers who desire newness and innovation yet appreciate genuine and heartfelt service.  In contrast to traditional travelers, their guests are more explorative, more environmentally aware and more open to richer experiences.

“Our purpose is to provide guests with genuine heartfelt Filipino hospitality with a contemporary urbane flair. In order for our guests to embrace and be captivated by genuine local warmth, yet energized and stimulated by styles beyond our shores.  To achieve this, we express the brand’s spirit by being: Playful, Alluring, Refined, Savvy and Elegant.  We intend to consistently bring the brand experience to life across our properties through our products and services” explained Mr. Bormes in his speech. 

From their old insignia to a new brand identity, it is a symbolism to express of their vision to transform and break from traditional to contemporary.  “Just like the phases of the moon, we continuously evolve as a brand to cater to the changing times and mind-set of travelers the world over” expressed Ms. Pearl Peralta-Maclang, VP –Sales & Marketing of FilArchipelago Hospitality, Inc. 

“Our mission is to create an international brand in the hospitality field.  It has been a great mystery to many how so many Filipino talents can be found all over the world in the hospitality industry and yet the Philippines has not established their own hotel brand.  We have chosen the path less travelled by establishing our own brand and we are encouraged by the astounding response of our guests on our Crimson offerings” explained Mrs. Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Filinvest Development Corporation’s CEO and President.
For more information contact 863-2222, book online at www.crimsonhotel.com/manila or email info.alabang@crimsonhotel.com.  Visit facebook.com/CrimsonFilinvestCity or follow @Crimson_Alabang for updates.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Get ready for the muddiest and toughest trail run with the Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run

Athletes and adventure seekers are once again set to get down and dirty for Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run, the second leg of the 2013 Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series.

            Set to happen on May 26, 2013 at Filinvest City in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run is an extraordinarily challenging trail run event that will surely make participants sweaty, muddy, and dirty. Get ready for the muddiest run this year! Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run will feature a 5 and 10-kilometer course which includes obstacles that participants must negotiate before crossing the finish line. Designed to test their physical strength, and endurance, these obstacles will involve climbing, rope skills, crawling, leaping, balancing, and carrying. As if these weren't difficult enough, the trail run will also cover a variety of terrain - hilly, fast descents, slow ascents, fire roads, loose rocks, grasslands, dirt roads, and concrete roads.

            To take on the grueling and dirty Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run, you may register for by logging on to www.xterraphil.com.  You may also visit the ROX store in Bonifacio High Street and Second Wind store in Ortigas. Deadline for registration is on May 20, 2013.

            Just recently, Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series concluded its first leg -- the Vaseline Men XTERRA Championship Weekend. Held in Liloan, Cebu, the race served as the qualifier for the XTERRA off-road triathlon global championship in Maui, Hawaii.

A proud supporter of the Philippine athletic community, Vaseline Men offers a wide range of skin care products which are perfect for men who engage in physically demanding activities including triathlons as they help protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays and wash away dirt, dust and pollution. Included in its range are Facial Washes, Face Moisturizers, Body Lotion and Body Wash. Now, Filipino men can c still get their skin protected from harsh elements from nature. Vaseline Men is now available in all leading men's zones in major supermarkets, drugstore and department stores nationwide.

For more information about the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series, log on to www.xterraphil.com or visit www.facebook.com/vaselinemenph.

The Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series is sponsored by Alaska, Summit Water, Timex, Rocktape, The Philippine Star, Intercare, Prudential, Gatorade, Fox, Filinvest City, and Multisport.ontinue to enjoy doing their physical activities outdoors and 

Enervon Active Hydration Belt Promo

1.        This promo is exclusively for registered 2013 Run United 2 participants.
2.        Purchase 10 pieces ENERVON ACTIV at any of the authorized registration centers of RU2 (worth 120php) and get the limited edition Active Health Hydration Belt for only 200php (includes 2 bottles X 180mL).
3.        Race bib number must be presented when availing the promo.
4.        Promo can be availed once per bib number only.
5.        Promo Duration: April 26 – May 26 or until supplies last.

Per DOH-FDA Permit No. 0831 s. 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Is the GNC Fitness Throwdown for Beginners too?

New Friends from GNC and WOD Nation had contacted me about their upcoming event at Alabang, Makati and Quezon City tagged as GNC Fitness Throwdown. I, initially, thought that it will be an event like the Reebok CrossFit games. So, not a place for people who don't do CrossFit.

But I asked the organizers if this event is exclusively for Cross Fitters and they told me that they planned to include beginners in the event by placing a category for us (RX for Beginners). This category will perform a surprise set of exercises that would be "easier" than the series of activities that the regular cross fitters will perform. It will be a good venue for someone to see how well we'll fare in general fitness so I would recommend trying this event out. Sample exercises may include Burpees, Box Jumps and the like that will be performed within a given time.

On another note, there will be another category for those who are already Cross Fitters (RX+ Advanced) so this event is also for you. And in a sense, this will be like the Reebok Cross Fit games.

Kyle de Leon (WOD Nation) says that the purpose of this event is to involve everyone into fitness by giving them a taste of weight lifting, body control (gymnastics) and of course conditioning as facets that CrossFit exemplifies. GNC Throwdown involves a different physical toughness event that will test our individual GPP (General Physical Preparedness).

GNC Throwdown event will be held on April 28 (Alabang Town Center), May 24 (Glorietta) and June (Trinoma). Registration can be done at any GNC Store in Metro Manila. The registration fee is P1,000. Registrants will receive an event shirt, Gatorade Sports Drink, GNC Arm Band and a City Watch Emergency Response Membership Card.

Details can be found on this post.

More details here: http://gnc.com.ph/promos_and_events

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Adidas King of the Road 2013: Save the Date

Adidas KOTR is back!

Runner Friends: Save the Date

Adidas KOTR 2013
July 7, 2013
10k / 16.8km

Additional Update: KB Photography, Letsky Runner Photography and Tong Pascua Photography will be covering the event.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nat Geo Earth Run Race Reminders

Here are some reminders from the organizers:

  1. We are concerned about the heat and temperature on race day.   We want you to finish strong so we adjusted the gun start earlier for 21K and 10K. New gun start for 21K is 4:00 am.   New Gun Start of 10K is 5:00 am. Assembly time is one hour before.  
  2. We encourage you to use your EDR bottles but water will be provided all throughout the course. Energy drinks are also provided at the finish line.
  3. Security will be tight as your safety is our utmost priority.  Please allow at least 1 hour before gun start for parking and baggage deposit.  We ask you to please cooperate with the organizers and our security personnel. 
  4. Certificate of Participation for all categories will be available for claiming as early as 4:00 am. You need not finish to claim your certificate. 
  5. 21K Finisher stubs will be given to you at the finish line. Please present this to claim your specially made ILLEST Finisher Shirt. 
  6. Please park at the designated parking areas. (parking area map below)
  7. Please dispose of your trash at designated trash bins. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

My First Official Trail Run at the Salomon Xtrail Run 2013

The Salomon Xtrail Run 2013 is an annual run organized by the top brand for trail running parapernalia, Salomon Philippines. This year, they promised to be the most technical trail run of the season. On March 23 at the Hamilo Coast, Pico de Loro, Nasugbu, Batangas, I joined this event as my first official trail running event.

Pre Race

I shunned trail runs because of the possibility of getting myself and my shoes dirty. (Ewww, putik) But last year, I had no choice but to run in the trails of Wilmington, Delaware. So I grown an appreciation for trail running and I even bought myself trail running shoes. The longest I ran on those running trails was 10k. It was difficult and my body was aching all over the following day but the trail made me stronger. I wouldn't leave road races but I opened myself up to joining trail runs. (Ibang usapan yung mud/putik run, magsolo na kayo duon. Cheerer na lang ako!)

Arriving at Pico de Loro

When my friends invited me to join the Salomon XTrail Run, I was easily swayed to registering since I'll be running with them and that should be fun. We even registered together para sunod sunod ang number sa race bib.

PRC at Pico de Loro

Sunod sunod... YEY!

At the beach

Timex Endorsers

Unfortunately, pre-registration lang pala ang onsite registration so no race kit when we registered. A few days before the race, we saw ads in Salomon's FB page and we claimed our race kits in ROX at sunod sunod naman ang number sa race bibs. (YEY!)

Actual Race

The race venue was a 3 hour drive from Manila and with a gun start at 5am, we left Manila at around 1am. We rented a van good for 10 people and headed to Batangas armed with an Iphone 5 GPS app. I was seated on a seat not suitable for a nap so I chatted with Lee and KC the whole trip. This was my first official trail run and the first running event with very little sleep (nakatulog ako ng 1 hour before heading to our departure point). Since Bata was running 24km, we arrived there before the 5am gun start. We used the time to take some pictures and have a pre-run snack (Buko Pie na prinamis ni MJ 1 year ago). At 5:30am, it was Kay's turn to her 12km gun start. We then took more pictures at the beach since the sun was already up at that time.

Sama sama sa muna

Sunday, April 21, 2013


In anticipation of one of the Philippines’ biggest annual running events, National Geographic Channel is cooperating with local law enforcement and local government to beef up security for Earth Day Run 2013 on April 28, 2013 at Bonifacio Global City. The channel has broken Earth Day Run’s previous record of 10,000 participants and is working hard to ensure the safety of the 12,000 runners registered this year.

In order to assure participants a safe and pleasurable running experience, National Geographic Channel is taking the necessary steps to address safety concerns and secure the race route. Hundreds of members of the police force and K9 units will be deployed at the venue, and National Geographic Channel is employing dozens of additional race marshalls along with increasing its medical staff and ambulances on call. They are also putting up more barricades and more water stations to protect the runners and help them stay in top condition during the course of the race.

“Let’s not put our guards down. Let’s be vigilant in protecting our runners. We must let all our runners cross the finish line safely,” said Police Chief Superintendent and District Director Gen. Jose Erwin T. Villacorte from the Southern Police District.

The Nat Geo Earth Day Run is consistently one of the biggest running events in the Philippines, beginning in 2010 with 6,000 runners and gaining the participation of 10,000 runners in each of the last two years. This year, 10,000 more runners, young and old, are expected to participate in the Earth Day Run to show their support for the rehabilitation of the environment and a greener future.

Now on its fourth year, Earth Day Run is giving participants the chance to green the planet by promising to plant three trees in each registered runner’s name.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Nat Geo Earth Run Updates (Only 21k slots left)

NatGeo Earth Day Run slots for 3k, 5k and 10k are now all sold-out. For 21k, slots remaining are the ones without singlet (priced at Php780).

The Greenbelt reg kiosk will be open from 11am to 7pm daily for:

- registration of 21km without singlets, unitl it gets sold out
- compli registration for partners and sponsors
- race kit claiming for those who have paid slots

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

GNC Fitness Throwdown

DATES: April 28, 2013 Alabang Town Center, Main Activity Area
May 24, 2013 Glorietta Mall, Main Activity Area
June 27, 2013 TriNoma Mall, Main Activity Area

Registration Fee: P1,000 Per Individual (per event).

Participant Registration and Requirements (How to join):
  1. Visit any GNC store within Greater Manila Area (GMA) / Metro Manila and accomplish the "Participant Registration Form".
  2. Pay the Php1,000 Registration Fee then submit the form to our GNC Store Personnel or Authorized Representative.
  3. Keep the Claim Stub to be given to you by our representatives to claim your GNC Fitness Throwdown Participant Kit at the day of the event.
  4. Participants must be 18 years old and above and must not be suffering from any medical health condition.
  5. Division and Winners:
    1. The 2013 GNC Fitness Throwdown will have four (4) divisions namely: Individual Women’s Masters (30 y.o. & Above), Individual Men’s Masters (30 y.o. & Above), Individual Women’s Masters (Under 30 y.o.) and Individual Men’s Masters (Under 30 y.o.). Each leg will have 3 sets of winners per division namely: Champion, 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up.
    2. At the end of the 3-leg event, an Over-all Champion, in each division, will be named the 2013 GNC FITNESS THROWDOWN OVER-ALL CHAMPION.
    Division1st Leg2nd Leg3rd Leg2013 GNC FT Over-all Champion
    Individual Women's Masters (30 & Above)ChampionChampionChampionOver-all Champion
    1st Runner-up1st Runner-up1st Runner-up
    2nd Runner-up2nd Runner-up2nd Runner-up
    Individual Men's Masters (30 & Above)ChampionChampionChampionOver-all Champion
    1st Runner-up1st Runner-up1st Runner-up
    2nd Runner-up2nd Runner-up2nd Runner-up
    Individual Men's Masters (Under 30)ChampionChampionChampionOver-all Champion
    1st Runner-up1st Runner-up1st Runner-up
    2nd Runner-up2nd Runner-up2nd Runner-up
    Total Winners1212124
    - Exciting prizes from Reebok CrossFit, Lenovo Mobile, GNC, Gatorade, Stoked Inc. and many others await deserving winners.

    For more information, please call 836-5878 loc. 9878 or (0917) 519-9906.
More details here: http://gnc.com.ph/promos_and_events

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Nat Geo Earth Run Updates

Organizers of the NatGeo Earth Day Run 2013 have decided to add 2,000 new race slots! Herein are the breakdown of these available slots per race category:
3k = 400 slots
5k = 700 slots
10k= 400 slots
21k = 200 slots (race kit with complete inclusion)
21k = 300 slots without race singlet at a lower registration fee of Php780

These additional slots were made available starting tonight on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other important information:
1. Online registration have been closed as slots intended for it have already been sold out.
2. Once these 2,000 additional slots have been sold-out, registration at the Greenbelt 3 kiosk will already be closed.
3. 300 slots for 21km with a lower registration fee of Php780 is available without a race singlet, all other race inclusions meant for 21k however will still be provided.

Run United 2013: First of three - DONE!

Run United is no stranger to a serious runner's calendar and this year's trilogy began with Run United 1 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds last March 17, 2013.

Pre Race

After completing my first marathon in TBRDM, I was planning on doing smaller races, aiming to be faster but then I decided to complete the Run United trilogy (at nang maka-graduate na dito). However completing the trilogy means I have to do more long distance races so I refined my goal to getting a PR for my second marathon at the conclusion of the Run United 2013 series. (Ayan dineclare ko na! Dapat magka-totoo.)

Photo from Mang Husi

This race came shortly after my marathon so I didn't have time really train to break my 2:24 21k PR but I still tried. A week after my recovery week. I tried doing Jeff Galloway's magic mile training (Check out his training plan book for more details). Nanibago pa ako kasi long slow ang training sa TBRDM. I was still adjusting and here comes race day.

Actual Race

I like doing races in MOA since it's easier to commute to. I could ride the jeep and wouldn't need a ride a taxi cab since the jeep is near my residence. But RU1 runners are more serious than I thought. 30 minutes before gun start they are already at the race venue. I tried to ride a jeep to MOA but the rest of the 5k++ half marathon runners didn't dare to be late. I opted to ride a taxi cab to try to reach the gun start but I ended up almost 12 minutes late.

Photo from Active Moments

I saw Mommy Vimz aka Kulit Runner at the starting line and waving hello to her was my gun start. I tried to target another PR so I did Galloway's Magic Mile all through out. This composed of a little faster than your race pace for half a mile then walking for 10 feet then going all out for the rest. I was channeling running idol barefoot daves at that time (Late man, nakakahabol din) as I was able to reach the middle of the half  marathon runners by the turn around point. I saw some friends from Pex Running Club pero mabilis talaga yung ibang running friends eh.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Markdown Madness Shoe Sale at Tektite Offers up to 70% Discount

Markdown Madness Shoe Sale at Tektite Offers up to 70% Discount

One of the biggest annual summer sale events in town, Markdown Madness @ Tektite is happening once again.   Enjoy up to a whopping 70% discount on participating brands: Skechers, Keds, Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Pony, Merrell, and No Fear from April 15 to 19, 9am to 8pm at the Philippine Stock Exchange Exchange (PSE) Auditorium, Tektite Tower in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Markdown Madness is now on its 10th year and promises to be another grand sale with great finds on selected items from participating brands.  This is a good time to buy shoes for your summer escapades and vacations, as well as for                      back-to-school. 

Don’t miss this chance to get the best shoe deals in town! Visit MarkdownMadness on Facebook for more information and updates  

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Share your passion for fitness: Promo for the Amazing Pinoy Run

One of the goals of the Amazing Pinoy Fun Run is to get more people in the road to overall fitness. Chris and Andrew (first name basis?) emphasized that they wanted to promote fitness so they came up with this race. The Amazing Pinoy Fun Run is a mixture of fun run and Pinoy themed challenges aimed to excite regular and newbie runners.

In line with this goal let me first address a question from fellow blogger Michy.

Michy asks "how does a newbie start running?". I am no expert on running but I will answer this question based on my experience. I started running by doing walk-runs for 30 mins. As my body got used to running, I do less walks and more runs. (E.g.: I start doing 1 min walk and 1 run intervals. After a week, I progress to 1 min walk and 2 min run interval) I did this until I am able to run for 30 mins. If you are already doing regular exercise, you could skip to longer run intervals.

Here is a link to a newbie program to your first 5k run: Couch to 5k program

On April 27 May 25, Amazing Pinoy Fun Run will happen at BGC, Taguig City and with the help of Event Logic, we are giving away 2 free race kits.

To qualify for this promo, just tell us how you shared your passion for fitness on the comments section. Then, put your name, address and preferred race distance (2k/5k/10k).

Sample Entry:
"I shared tips to Michy on how to run her first 5k."
Thirdy Lopez

Good Luck!


Congrats, Richard Loresca and Maridel Totanes! You won 10k and 5k kits!

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