Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Press Release

Manila, 23 June 2015 – Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila cultivates a lifestyle of wellness as it holds the 2015 Sofitel Manila Half Marathon. First held in August 2014 in partnership between the only 5-star luxury resort hotel and premier running event organizer, RunRio led by Coach Rio de la Cruz, the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is a hub for runners and wellness enthusiasts uniting in an effort to support the children of the Virlanie Foundation.

“Over 4,500 runners joined us in last year’s Sofitel Manila Half Marathon. The event aims to bring us at level with similar international runs such as the Singapore Marathon. More importantly, the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is an event with heart as the collaboration with RunRio and our featured partners are to support and uplift the lives of the street children of Manila through the Virlanie Foundation,” shares General Manager, Adam Laker.

The 2015 Sofitel Manila Half Marathon will feature 3 categories at 5K, 10K and 21K to be held at the Mall of Asia Grounds. The marathon takes runners through a panoramic view of the bay area showcasing the scenic surrounds and promoting a green lifestyle encouraging runners to bring water bottles for refilling at designated hydration stations, minimizing the use of paper and plastic cups.
“With the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, we hope to create a bigger platform and be among the world’s most popular running events attracting both amateur and professional runners. This marathon is dedicated to the children of the Virlanie Foundation as we strive to make a difference in the lives of the children of Manila,” shares Coach Rio de la Cruz.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and RunRio invite you to be part of the movement. Online registration commences on June 23, 2015 and in-store registration shall start on July 20, 2015 at Toby’s Mall of Asia, Toby’s Robinson’s Galleria, Toby’s Trinoma and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Log on to www.runrio.com for more information on a truly exciting and meaningful race.
Registration fees for the available categories are at Php750 for 5K, Php850 for the 10K and Php950 for the 21K. All participants shall receive event race bibs, singlet and finishers’ loot bag. Runners on the 21K category will also receive a finisher’s shirt and medal. An assortment of cash and lifestyle prizes are in store for some of our top running enthusiasts.

This event is co-presented by the Philippine National Bank and Cebu Pacific GetGo. The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is made possible by the following sponsors: Gatorade, Timex, Salonpas, Subaru, Althaus Philippines, Star Xpo Enterprises, Delsan Office Systems, The Real Deal Company, The Cream Factory, Certified Calm, Kleen Kanteen, Toesox and TFC & Saforelle. Media partners include: ANC The ABS-CBN News Channel, AXN and Sony Channels, Businessworld, Fox International Channels, Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Philippine Star.

For more information, please call +63-2 463 4813 to 14 or email feedback@runrio.com.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Reasons to get a dachshund

Meet Prok, a dachshund...

He's a year old and we had him since last year. He's a bundle of love and cheers. He'll give you headaches but he'll give you kisses too.

Here are 8 reasons to get yourself your own Prok:

1. No more quiet dinners...

Or Lunch, or breakfast.

He will be there watching every bite, asking for his share

2. He is funny.

Look at him. He's probably doing something funny.

3. You'll have a living alarm clock.

He know when it's time to get up and he won't stop barking until you wake up to take him for a walk.

4. Someone will be happy you're back home.

One of the great things with going home is getting slobbery kisses from this little guy.

5. You will have exercise.

Since you have to take him for a walk, you will exercise regularly.

6. You'll have someone to dress up.

He may not always like it but it's so cute to dress him up.

7. He'll be a celebrity

All that cuteness is bound to have an audience. That is why he is more popular than me.

8. Unconditional Love

He'll love you no matter what.

Families, friends pedal for health and nutrition at Alaska Cycle Asia Philippines

Another iteration of Alaska Cycle Philippines is set to gather families and friends for an even bigger and more fun cycling challenge from May 15 to 17 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

From children as young as two years old to parents and grandparents, Alaska Cycle Philippines opens its doors once more to cyclists of all ages and abilities in its quest to promote proper nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether you own a bike or not, you can participate in this year’s challenge and enjoy pedaling on a closed road manned by race marshals and protected by safety barriers.

This year’s race is divided into even greater categories: A 100m/500m Tricycle Ride for young children ages 2 to 5, the 5.5-km Kids Ride open to children ages 6 to 10, and the 30-minute Junior Challenge for ages 10 to 12.

There is also a 20-km Community Ride for people age 10 and above, a 20-km Foldies Community Ride catering to a growing community of folding bike cyclists, and the 40-km Challenge for individuals and teams aged 14 and above.

Unique in this year’s race is the 20-km Individual Community Ride with Bike, wherein, even though you don’t have a bicycle, you can still join the race by registering and paying a fee of 6,000 pesos. Participants in this category will get a bike which they can bring home after the race!

Challenge competitors and cyclists joining just for the fun of it will get some awesome freebies in their ride pack: an Alaska race jersey, Alaska waterproof pouch, an Alaska bag, and special pair of cool Rudy Project sunglasses for Kiddie Riders only. Finishers will also get a beautifully crafted medal from Alaska.

Alaska Cycle Philippines is an annual cycling event organized by Cycle Asia, in partnership with Alaska and Sunrise Events. The event is part of Cycle Asia’s network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe, closed public roads in major Asian cities. Different iterations of the race have been held in Singapore and Malaysia, with plans for similar events in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In the Philippines, this event is part of Alaska’s “Nutrition. Action. Champion.” program of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle through sports participation and milk consumption. Through events like Cycle Philippines, Alaska hopes to reverse the effects of obesity and malnutrition in the country.

According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (FNRI) 7th National Nutrition Survey in 2008, about 2 out of 10 Filipino children, and at least 16 million Filipinos, are overweight. With low levels of physical activity, being overweight can lead to serious heart problems and diabetes at a young age, leading to serious health, financial, and social implications in adulthood.

With Alaska Cycle Philippines, Filipinos can be part of a community activity that would help them become physically fit and healthy, enabling them to become champions in life.

Become a champion too and join Alaska’s “Nutrition. Action. Champion.” Program. For more information on Alaska Cycle Philippines, visit www.cyclephilippines.com.ph/alaska or follow its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alaskacyclephilippines. For live Twitter updates, follow @ALASKAsportshub.

Organized by Sunrise Events, Inc., Alaska Cycle Asia Philippines is sponsored by Alaska Milk Corporation, Subaru, 2Go, Gatorade, Garmin, f2P Sportswear, Intercare, Storybook.ph, Specialized, Rudy Project, Pioneer Insurance, Devant, Finisher Pix and SM by the Bay. Media partners are The Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports + Action.

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