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I’m baaack! :-)
After more than a year of not telling stories of my recent past running experience, I’m just happy to be writing again. Taking baby steps, so to speak.
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To start with lets see this very interesting upcoming fun running event from Without Limits and Jelma Phil. Inc; “Kaya Natin ‘toh Pilipinas: Takbo Para sa Kaunlaran”. This is a Fun-Run for a Cause by White Flower Embrocation.
Who doesn’t know White Flower? It has been in any household for years passing different generations since 1929. White Flower re-brands itself as a sports liniment providing comfort and quick ease of pain better than any other product in the market. To begin, WF will be challenging participants with a – 21K Race and side events 3K, 5K and a 10K.
This is NOT your Ordinary 21K. Its time to switch on the competitive side of you as a runner. Read more and learn more how.

Race Mechanics for 21K Race

1. The 21K is not the usual 21K race. There are special awards awaiting for the individual . Individual participants can get a chance to win not just the over-all awards but also:

  • 2KM Challenge – be the first to reach 2KM
  • 5KM Challenge – be the first to reach 5KM
  • 10KM Challenge – be the first to reach 10KM
  • 16KM Challenge – be the first to reach 16KM
  • King of the Hill – be the first to climb up Kalayaan Fly-over

All participants must complete the 21K Race in order to be entitled for the special awards

Special Race Winners for 21K are:

a. King and Queen of the Hill
b. Sprint King and Queen
c. 5K King and Queen
d. 10K King and Queen
e. 16K King and Queen

2. There will be special signage once you approach the 21K Special Race Marks and there will be a marshal waiting to hand over the special mark medal for the participant who claims it first.
3. Once the special mark medal is handed over to the participant who reaches the mark other participants cannot claim it anymore.
4. 21k Participants can only get one Special Award
5. 21K Participants who won the special awards must complete the whole race to claim their prize, they must turn over the medal at the finish line with the finish line judges and have their names recorded at the winners booth.
6. Participants will win special prizes from their specially marked awards
7. In case of disputes participants must prepare a written report against other participants and must be signed by the race director. There will be a corresponding dispute fee of 500 Php.


Gunstart

21K – 4:00 AM
10K – 5:00 AM
5K5:30 AM
3K – 5:40 AM

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Registration is until Aug 15, 2014

REGISTRATION VENUES:

  • Online Registration: Dragon Pay Online
  • In Store Registration (Manual Process) at the following Chris Sports outlets:
    • SM MOA
    • SM North Annex
    • Market
    • SM Megamall
    • Glorietta 3

Registration Fee:

  • 21K – 1000 Php
  • 10K – 700 Php
  • 5K – 500 Php
  • 3K – 400 Php

Participants upon their registration will receive:

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  • WF Singlet
  • WF Race Kit
  • WF Map
  • Calchews Chewables 2 small box of 15’s

Finishers Shirt will be given to 21K Finishers

PMMA’s Fest: Takbo Para sa Marinong Pilipino

Did you enjoy the Red Crab Post Race Breakfast complete with table set up and assignments during the Red Crab 5K Run? Oh, did you miss it? Now’s your chance to experience it (and again)

Registration starts on January 20

Registration starts on January 20

Register and Join PMMA FEST 2013 TAKBO PARA SA MARINO 5k Fun Run

on February 17, 2013 (Sunday)
at Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
Assembly time is 5 o’clock in the morning
Gun will signal the start at 5:30 am

The Seafarers Welfare Fund, PMMA Alumni Association Inc. will benefit from this race

REGISTRATION FEES

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For as low as P700.00 you can sign up already to this race complete with singlet and race bib upon registration and a finisher’s medal upon completing the race. Students of SY 2012-2013 can get a  DISCOUNTED Registration PRICE of P450.00 just present your ID before registration.

But wait there’s MORE!

Free Fiesta Breakfast from Red Crab after the run!
Discount stub from Chris Sports
– 5% discount on regular priced items in any Chris Sports branch
– 40% discount on ON SHOES (available in Chris Sports Glorietta only)
– Stub is valid from the date of registration to March 31, 2013

REGISTRATION SCHEDULE
REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 18 20 – February 15, 2013 or until supplies last
PRE-REGISTRATION / RESERVATION: January 12 – 17, 2013 (call Without Limits Secretariat 3837658)

Check out your nearest Registration sites c”,)

• Chris Sports SM North Annex Tel No. (02) 928-1487, (02) 927-6734
• Chris Sports SM MOA Tel No. (02) 556-0261, (02) 556-0260
• Chris Sports SM Megamall (02) 633-4946, (63)(2) 633-1659
• Fitness and Athletics Bonifacio Global City Tel. No. (02) 5191750
• The Red Crab Alimango House Tomas Morato Tel. No. (02) 412-4323
• The Red Crab Alimango House The Venice Piazza Tel. No. (02) 403-8011
• The Red Crab Alimango House Lucky Chinatown Mall Tel. No. (02) 7089578
• The Red Crab Alimango House Resorts World New Port Mall Tel. No. (02) 856-0087
• The Red Crab Alimango House Greenbelt 3 Tel. No. (02) 757 4129 / (02) 7574716
• The Flying Pig East Wood Tel. No. (02) 900-0886
• PMMA Office
TSM Building Dian St.
Pasong Tamo, Makati City
(02) 9372080 Mr. Glen Rosales

EXACT Center, Inc.
Exact Building
891 Galicia St. Cor. Espana, Sampaloc
Manila
(02) 5596355 / (0918) 9122973 / (0922) 8597060 Mr. Sonny Dilag
For inquiries, call Without Limits Secretariat at 3837658 (look for Vayne or Marjan), text 0922-8386200, or visit http://www.withoutlimits.ph.

Press Release

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, Inc. is cordially inviting all running enthusiasts and families to join the first PMMA Alumni First Host Classes “Takbo Para sa Marino 5k Fun Run” on February 17, 2013 at the Venice Piazza McKinley Hill, Taguig City.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to Seaman’s Welfare Fund.

To add more fun, free Fiesta Breakfast from Red Crab will be served in round tables after the run.

Registration fee is only Php 700 with singlet (running shirt), race bib and a finisher’s medal.

For students, registration fee is Php 450. Avail of this discount by providing valid (current school year 2012 – 2013) student IDs upon registration.

Registration sites are open in selected Chris Sports branches, Red Crab Alimango House restaurants, and PMMA Office.

Let us all start the year with a healthy and fun lifestyle. Join PMMA Fest 2013 5km Fun Run Takbo Para sa Marinong Pilipino!

For inquiries, call Without Limits Secretariat at 3837658 (look for Vayne or Marjan), text 0922-8386200, or visit http://www.withoutlimits.ph.

Color Manila Run 2013

A colorful start of the year awaits the runners come the 1st weekend of 2013! But before that I would like to announce my winner for the race kit promo on my Facebook personal account.

Congratulations!!!! Please PM me your details (Name, Address, Signature at ang iyong suking tindahan! lol) AS SOON AS YOU READ THIS POST.

a colorful race of the year

a colorful race of the year

Cheerleaders in Yellow, Drummers in Blue, Rockstars in Pink, Dancers in Green, and Poi Performers in Purple. These are just a few of the highlights along the route when you participate in the most colorful race PROACTIVE is offering to start the year 2013. Get ready to race through clouds and crowds of Yellow, Blue, Pink, Green, and Purple and dash to the finish line, powder-splattered in rainbow colors.

RACE DETAILS

Distances: 1.5K / 3K / 5K
Date: January 6, 2013
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Registration Sites: RUNNR branches at Bonifacio Global City, Rockwell, and Trinoma,
Toby’s branches at Mall of Asia, Megamall, and Greenbelt 3
October 24 to December 24, 2012, from 1PM to 8PM, daily.
Registration fee: P750 (3K and 5K divisions.

Not just for fun, this exciting run is also for the benefit of Republikha, a non-stock, non profit organization that aims to empower the next generation through music and education, and Hop-E, a foundation moving towards helping eradicate poverty through the four elements, Education, Empowerment, Employment, and Events.

Compliments to Blas Tiangco! Thank you PROACTIVE and Cheers to a Great 2013!!! Visit them at www.proactive.ph for race updates and upcoming events.

Stiletto Race

Never, ever, settle for the minimum” – Bave dela Cruz

“Many aspires, only few would dare”

Its Marikina City’s shoe festival once again and how time flies fast. It has been a year already since I joined the pilot race of Tour de Takong last November 18, 2011. It was a bitter-sweet but more bitter moment at that time. That up until now, whenever I see the 500 meter Shoe Avenue I feel angry of what transpired in the event. Call me a sore loser…but you can’t take that away from me. And if you were in my position you might see yourself pounding your stiletto on the judge’s crown.

FLASHBACK

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It was a rain-showery morning of November18, 2011. I AM EXCITED! Excited to ramp my DIY tutu skirt, and my sexy red stilettos which may only be 3 inches and enters the minimum, only because I don’t want to take the risk of having an injury. To cut the story short, the race was delayed because it was covered LIVE on National TV by a morning show Umagang Kay Ganda. A false gunstart injured many participants especially the “mamaws”. After a few more minutes of recovery the gun was shot by Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 Venus Raj. With approximately 3-4 minutes I crossed the finishline in 4th position. With the second placer being disqualified for age criteria (18 years old and above and she’s 16) I moved up to 3rd place. The judges measured the stiletto heels of my sandals and it was short by .01mm, therefore I was announced disqualified too for the title. C’mon!

the so called measurement of the “judges”…SHORT by .01 mm using a white plastic ruler for preschoolers with faded prints

I know…I know its way TOO late to rant about this. In fact, I held my so called letter of petition, I wrote that very same day. I just thought, WHY BOTHER? The prizes were awarded already on the spot. For the benefit of not making a scene I swallowed my pride and went home sourgraping of the what-would-have-beens.

Now that they will do it again for the second time, I still feel excited, not as excited as last year though but I so looking forward to this. It’s just because of the fact that I can run on stilettos. The chance that most women would want to join into but won’t dare do it (just like doing barefoot or ultramarathons). I just hope that this year would be more fun and standards are more acceptable.

Race Details
Title: TOUR DE TAKONG aka Stiletto Race 2012
When: November 16, 2012, Friday, gunstart at 7:00AM
Distance and Venue: 500 meters starts from Teatro Marikina to Cityhood Park
Criteria: Wear any kind of Stilettos with a minimum of 3 inches in height and maximum of 1.5 cm diameter.

Special prizes awaits the Fashionable Stilettos and costumes on race day. As per public demand, a male category is opened. Registration is FREE!

PRESS RELEASE from the Marikina City Government

As part of the celebration of the Sapatos Festival 2012, Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman invites everyone to join the “Tour De Takong” a.k.a. Stiletto Race on November 16, at the stretch of the Shoe Avenue, Marikina City.

The race will be held on the stretch of Shoe Avenue in Barangay Sta. Elena. The starting line is in front of Teatro Marikina and will end at the Cityhood Park covering 500 meters.

The stiletto race is open to all males and females, aged 18 years and above, Filipino citizen. Non-Marikeños are also allowed to join.

Stiletto of any kind and design can be used as long as the heel is at least 3 inches high and has a tip diameter of not more than 1.5 centimeters.

The stilettos must not be taped on the contestant’s feet. The age of the contestants, height of the heels, and the diameter of the heel’s tip will be checked to see if these requirements conform to the race rules before the winners are declared.

“The stiletto race would not only measure the strength and tolerance of the participants enduring the discomfort while racing to the finish line, but the beauty and durability of the shoes as well. This is why we encourage all our participants to wear Marikina-made shoes during the competition, because they are highly durable and comfortable to wear,” De Guzman said.

Check-in time for the participants is 5:30 a.m. while the race proper starts at 7:00 a.m. Male and female participants are set to run separately.

Contestants are encouraged to wear fabulous, sexy or unique attires as special awards will be given like the Shoe-perstar Award, Shoes-yal Award, Shoe-nique Award, Shoe Sexy for this Race! Award, and the Miss Shoe-niverse Award.

Medals and cash prizes will be given to the winners. First placer will receive Php10,000; Php7,000 for the second placer; and Php5,000 for the third placer.

Registration is free. Forms are available at the Marikina Sports Park, Marikina City Hall lobby, Marikina Cultural, Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotions Office (MCTTIPO), and Sapatos Festival Secretariat at the General Services Office (GSO).

Filled-up registration forms must be submitted to the registration area during the race day. Participants must bring a valid ID or any proof that he/she is 18 years old and above.

Immuvit Fearless Challenge 2012: Metafit Challenge Leg 2

Immuvit Fearless Challenge Leg 2 Participants
by Manghusi PhotoShop

How timely! Who would have known that some kick ass event like this will pull me out of the dungeon and wake my hibernating body. Nobody!

I’ve been having this running drama for like almost 3 months. I’ve been always absent at running clinics, even on our regular meet up every Tuesday. Even Cris is dragging me out of the pit I dug myself into. Yes, you see me running at events but that’s to get on and done with it. Running in races for the past days were not as exciting as having butterflies in the stomach. That’s something I really missed to feel. Until we get to be invited in this event. The Immuvit Fearless Challenge Leg 2.

We were not able to register for the 1st Leg which was held at the La Mesa ecoPark  last August 26 because I got a prior commitment to run a race on the same date at McKinley in Taguig. According to some friends who participated, it was fun and challenging at the same time. Well, I witnessed it too by browsing some of their photos of the event, must be really exciting jumping off logs on fire! My kind of fun run, unique and adventurous. =) This race was themed, “NO SURRENDER”.

Running friend Blas, contacted me if I could run Vicky Ras’ kit for Leg 2. Without thinking what I will be up to I said yes. I didn’t even bother to research what’s in-store until 3 days before the said event. At our AnR Ortigas session, we simulated some of the drills to be done come Saturday, and hoped cramming would help me. Well what do you expect from a 3-month bum? My goal on race day is just to have fun, besides its Metafit, I will enjoy it no matter what.

cramming…that’s what I do best…*wink

Cris got the kits from Without Limits office (Thank you so much!). At the back of the singlet says “NO EXCUSES”.

Boom! I’ve been living in and enjoying all the excuses I’ve been making in order not to train. Unpredictable weather condition. Too much rain. Too humid. Tired from household chores. My 24/7 Mommy job. Being the schoolboy Mom. Q’s assignments and exams. Monthly periods. Boredom. Name it, I got them. This event should kick my butt out, I told myself.

12 midnight of September 29, I woke up because of the heavy downpour, worried that the event might not push through, but good thing it stopped. With friends, we head to Quezon City Memorial Circle for Immuvit Metafit Challenge, which is the 2nd leg of the 3 part Challenge event. It was an intimate event joined by a number of fearless participants despite the rain.

Participants were divided to Waves and Categories; Advanced Male/Female and Beginner Male/Female. Some waves like mine have mixed genders. There were 5 exercises/drills to be made after each sprints, namely, Rip:60 Pull-Ups, Tire Flips, Wiper Push-ups, Tire Pull, Walking Lunges with weights and Burpees (as opposed to the published Burpee Box Jump). Reps vary depending on gender and category. There’s a team relay too right after the individual categories finished.

My number belonged to the 4th wave — will race against a woman and 10 men (as I remembered). The dynamic stretching was lead by Coach Bob Tolete and Coach Czhel Macogay before each waves. Gunstart of each was shot every 10 minutes so as not to crowd the exercises and give the participants the chance to perform and execute each drill well.

My body is shaking thinking about how to pull through, (pull my body up, i should say) the Rip:60. Having the advanced category for women I got to pull myself 20 times the suspension band. However, the drill was still modified for women; legs on 90 degrees, for male legs should be straight. Back should be straight with elbows close to body on 90 degrees too.

“Take your Time!”

My strategy, slowly but surely. For all we know “walang kaibi-kaibigan” in this event, (hahah) One wrong execution and its invalid, therefore, for 20 reps with 5 wrong form makes you a total of 25, whew! I only had 2 wrong body form so I made 22 reps…

“Butt Down!!!”

“Butt Down!”, the marshals would scream to their runners. The goal for this drill is to move the tires by flipping it about 50 meters to the cone and back on a squat position. What makes the drill extra difficult is when the tire landed unevenly and wiggles as you throw it. Its a no-brainer for those who does the squats regularly.

If I could hate one drill there is in the event, this would be the top notch, the Wiper Push Up. Its because no matter how much I wanted to do it right I just cant. Well practice makes perfect as they always say. Same with the first drill, wrong form voids the execution. 90 degree arms, straight back, knees bent for women and straight legs for men. 20 reps alternately “wiping” left and right for advanced and 10 reps for the beginners.

After the arm numbing wiper push ups I gotta get up and find balance and sprint my way to the tires tied on ropes. With Running Host yelling on the microphone, “This is your forte Bave! Dont Relax! Go! Run…run..run!” , how were I able to catch my breath and run on that slippery pavement. (Thanks to my Diadora Samurai 3, of course!) We made 2 loops of 20 meters pulling the tire around another tire on the other side. Then sprint again to the next station. But before that I had to hit the water station and breathe for air.

Another hamstring and leg burning drill, the Walking Lunges. It is where I appreciate best my long legs. The longer the strides the lesser energy consumed the faster I get to the other side of the loop. First part would be lifting two 10 pounder dumbbells (for women, 40lbs for male) over the head then walk. Upon reaching the loop, the weights can be put down on the sides still walking in lunges. The trick here is not how fast you change strides but how you perform and how your posture look like. I learned from running clinics legs should be shoulder width apart to gain balance. Maintain 90 degrees on both front and back legs. Back straight.

Then while the legs are wobbling, I gotta sprint again to the other side of the oval and do the Burpees with jump and clap instead of the original jumping on box. 20 reps again of that for the advanced and 10 for the beginners. Since I gained speed on some the participants I caught the lady in the burpees station. Burpees with jump is no joke, you get dizzy when you’re not used to doing it. That’s my advantage. But since she was there already when I came, I had to double time my speed in execution.

Strong Finish Signature

She stood up ahead of me and ran her way to the Finishline. But because of the cheers from friends it boosted my speed and found myself almost flying the remaining 200 meters more or less escorted by the Running Host and my marshals.

one down!

Boy Ramos, the host, announced that participants have to wait till the last wave finishes. The fastest in each waves, Advanced and Beginner will have to compete again for the sole Title — “Metafittest”. While waiting, I borrowed a DSLR camera of some photographer friends who are also running, and took some shots at the event. I also volunteered as watcher for the marshals whom we suggested to try the competition too, AND BOY! IT WAS FUN — Pushing and motivating back the ones who pushed you to finish the race.

clicking and running and clicking and running

Yeah! *insert devilish grin*

Payback time…hehehe…
“Push it! Push it!”

After all the waves including the relay teams finished, Running Host announced those who were included to compete for the Finals. I was one of the female contenders. Since only one will be awarded, there was one female that obviously stood up among the advanced. It was Irene Marfil, a body-builder lass, who was remarkably fast in all the drills especially the ones that needed the upper body strength. Congratulations!

Female Advanced Category Championship with Coach Jim Saret

Look at those muscles!!!

Race Review

Since the weather didn’t cooperate the organizers modified some of the drills as opposed to the launched and published one because the participants’ safety comes first of course. Quezon City Memorial Circle grounds (painted pavements) fronting the stage and oval was the official location of the event. The painted pavements were a bit slippery, the performance depends on one’s shoes and balance. It was a well-manned race. Every runner has their respective marshals to watch over the proper body form to be executed in each drills. Some were so uptight though, lucky me my  watchers were considerate enough but I know I tried my best to perform well.

The show must go on. Despite the heavy downpour every now and then the race didn’t stop. Not even the band that was singing on stage to wake up the expectators and runners on a cold and wet weather.

After crossing the finish line, loot bags and the finishers medal were given away. Water and Powerade were enough. Photo opts here and there. The event didn’t have that much participants maybe due to a race the next day. The best thing about small races is that participants are intact. Lots of chances to get to know each other more, regardless how seasoned or new you are in this activity. You may come in different groups but the event unites everyone as a family.

I have lots of people to thank for, first and foremost Blas Tiangco and Vicky Ras for the kit. Sir Ian Alacar of Without Limits, congratulations to also to the team for a successful event. Coach Jim Saret of Milo Apex and Coach Joseph Pagulayan of Kinetiq for the  concept of this Metafit Challenge. Running Host Boy Ramos for the LIVE boost over the microphone. (nakakaloka lang talaga!) The Marshals who were also my running friends and acquaintances, you’re too many to mention but I would like to have a special shout out to those who personally assisted me throughout the race both in the eliminations and finals Maccoy Lontoc, Rico Azurin, who I met for the first time at the event, Sir Toel, Jackie Gutierrez and Peachy Tamayo…Thank you very much guys! Thanks and nice to see the other running friends too who marshaled  and ran in the event. To my teammates, Jimmy Ong, Eric Caramay, Dennis and Jinky Cruz, Nestor Huerno and family, Ivo Ingua and Pat Enriquez thank you and CONGRATULATIONS. Last but not the least, to my coach, pacer, cheerer and everything Cris, Thank you for the patience training me last minute. I know how I gave you a real hard time pulling me out my comfort zone still you never gave up. Congratulations too, for doing the Individual and the Relay. You’re a monster!

To all the photographers, Thank you so much. Check out their albums of the said event. Like them on Facebook.

  1. Tong and Sheryll of Tong Pascua Photography
  2. Alfred aka Running Atom
  3. Manghusi Photo Shop
  4. the Running Photographers (Jojo, Rodel, Ryan, RJ etc)
  5. D3finity

I dedicated this run in advance to our departed running friend Penn Cenido. 

Thank You dear Friend

One day more and its gonna be a week old…the event that shocked a lot of people with disbelief…especially in the running community…The day Penn Ceñido aka Skipper was murdered at his workplace.

2nd Mass @Penn’s Last Night

Last September 26, the last night before he will be laid to rest, Cris and I went to St. Peter Chapels Commonwealth, together with some running friends to pay our last respect. I’m happy there was a second mass for him.. At the homily, the priest said something about how to remember a loved one who passed away. He said,

“Let’s remember him not by how he died but by how he lived his life”

True enough. While most of us, more so his family, cannot accept how brutally he was been killed, there is a silver lining to that cloud of thought, why not remember him by how he shared his life and how he has been a part of our lives.

I want to remember Penn as a generous and fun loving person. I first encountered Penn at Takbo.Ph forum. He was Skipper at that time. There, he is one of those forumers who would give advises to newbie runners like me. I first met him in person at AnR Tiendesitas. Until I became an official member of Team CB. My close encounters with him were just the recent ones, like mid-part of 2011.

Penn is hardworking and generous. When Penn launched his chicken business, he sponsored 10 dressed chickens for BDM 160 Team CB participants and support last January. Cris and I claimed it at his store at the Commonwealth Market. There he showed us how his business works and his routines. He’s got to give up some of his activities like running because he is a hands-on business man. But he really wants to go back running with friends. Since he can’t find time, he does cross-trainings and rides his bike to work sometimes instead, he told us. Another account of Penn’s generosity was during the typhoon Sendong where he sold his bike “Skipper” and had all proceeds donated to the typhoon victims.

Since Penn lay low in running, I wasn’t able to bond with him at team’s training when I became a TCB member. Fortunately, he can manage to be present at the group’s get together once in a while. There, I was able to bond and laugh with him even for a short period of time. Some of these events were the online chats and  “kulitan”, post race hangouts, TCB Christmas party, the post Outreach outing at his friend’s house pool. And the recent was just last September 15, exactly a week before the tragedy.

Penn’s action slash goofing around shots

Special Memory

That was a sweaty, fun-filled day with Penn. We had a badminton tournament late afternoon. It was a tummy-aching, laugh-out-loud moment watching him play. Most of us were newbie to the game but what he lacks in skills he makes up in having fun and he made sure anyone who watched him will enjoy their game, (well at least I did!). He changed and soaked again his white shirt with sweat twice, I think during his 2 games. Then he went to me and said, “Inay! kung ganito lagi ang ipapawis ko sa larong ito, okay lang na araw-arawin ko maglaro.” Then he proposed another tournament and he’s gonna sponsor for it.

We didn’t allow to end that day…there was  a dinner after the tourney, a surprise baby shower dinner to be exact, too bad he can’t join us. I had a chance to hug him when he bid goodbye that night — without knowing, that was my 1st and last chance to do that.

Friday night, the eve of his death, teammate Cherry buzzed me through YM a plan to run the next morning with Penn, and I agreed. But, I had to back out after Cherry gave me a wake up call, and went back to sleep. I received a call from Cris, who’s on his way to Mt. Banahaw updating me of their whereabouts then broke this bad news. “Bie, may bad news…Pinatay daw si Penn sa bahay nya…” Hearing that I thought it was joke. I forgot I was still sleepy and stood up and checked and hoped i was just dreaming. But I wasn’t. I opened my Facebook, the news feed that fronted my wall was a photo of Penn with a caption “You will be missed, Penn Ceñido! Thank you for the friendship.” My entire body froze… my world just stopped. When I recovered…I immediately contacted Penn’s cellphone…NO ANSWER…In panic mode, asked some friends to contact his other numbers. Then asked Cherry if he’s with Penn already hoping Cris was just bluffing, but at the back of my mind, why would he tell a joke like that. We researched more, until we found out he was actually shot to kill at his chicken store at the Commonwealth Market. =(

From Team CB with Love

To cut the story short,  those who heard the news, didn’t stop until it was confirmed. Didn’t believe until we see it before our eyes. Waited for updates about his body and wake details. The day was like a roller coaster ride and before I knew it I saw myself in our florist friend stall nearby doing reservation for a flower arrangement for the dead. We delivered the flowers that same night at St. Peter Chapels, but he’s not yet there. We waited an hour and there goes a blue casket rolling in front of us followed by weeping angry relatives.

I cant still believe my eyes as I look at Penn inside the box. Tears fell continuously from my eyes as I reminisce the last moments with him. How he made us laugh like crazy last week. That thought that we’re supposed to be running at UP that morning only if I didn’t backed-out. The thought that his plans and goals he shared for the next months are all gone. The thought that a little girl lost a father at a very young age.

To pay tribute, the Team decided that the upcoming weekend races will be ran to his dedication. We invited running friends to do the same and wear black ribbons to show cooperation.

I created movie clips in commemoration of our dear friend Penn Cenido. With a prayer intention to seek justice the soonest possible time. With the hope he’s in God’s loving arms. That someday we’ll see each other again at the FINISH LINE.

3rd TreK the TEC

If there’s one adventure race I would like to join, Vertical running is one of them. Ever since it started 2 years ago I always kept an eye on this. Unfortunately budget and time always gets in the way.

This year, on their 3rd season, DIADORA was part of its supporters and we got a chance to take part on this rare occasion where runners’ ability are really tested. Its a short course event BUT demands high endurance both physically and mentally – The Trek the TEC Vertical Run. TEC is an abbreviation for The Enterprise Center, a twin tower building found at the Central Business District of Makati, along Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas.

I’ve never seen so much stairs in my life until this morning

Excited as always, Cris and I drove our way to Makati 6am in the morning of Sunday, June 24. Prepared and assembled at the drop off lobby of TEC, runners were divided into waves. The Relay participants were sent off first, followed by the Open category with blue laces on their proximity cards, which by the way serves as the timing chip that will be swiped at the finishline. Then our group with green laces ran next, so on and so forth.

We agreed to go with our own of paces, besides there’s no chance of making it to the placer’s. (Most of my “idols” were present! LOL). I just enjoyed how to deal with the different stair flights and captured my moments during my walk breaks. Watch the short documentary I made during my Trek at the TEC.

Review

I was invited by my Diadora Manager for this event. Race details were not really announced as often as the other race events happening on the same date. Good thing at the actual event a decent number of runners (I think better number than the last seasons) supported. For a registration fee of P595.00 you get a bib and dri-fit shirt and a chance to run The Enterprise Center’s fire exit staircases of not just one but 2 towers.

Route
Started at the drop off lobby of TEC. Conquered the staircases of Tower 1 up to the 39th floor, goes down the other fire exit stairs going to the 3rd floor (same building). Crossed the lobby access towards the Tower 2. Climbed up the stairways again until the 30th floor which is the roofdeck also known as the Skygarden. If my computation serves me right its 102 floors all in all. A must try route if you’re bored or wanna try new challenges (of course during Trek the TEC event only, but you can try it also on your office building perhaps). Totally different from regular road races incomparable even to routes with uphills.

Hydration
Water were served every 10th or 12th floor. Strategically positioned but wasn’t able to prevent spillage that caused some steps to be slippery. Some trekkers carried on their cups while going up. Good thing marshals were present few steps from the stations to pull out and clean up the mess.

Marshals
Marshals and Medics were present in almost all floors especially on critical areas. I heard many runners stopped just before “traversing” Tower 2. Others marshals were cheering and boosting the morale and capturing photos and videos of the participants.

Loots
Post race loots were iced cold Pocari Sweat right after crossing the finishline. Some freshly harvested veggies, choose one among Pechay, Okra, and Dried Loofah were distributed too. Breakfast (banana, egg, 2 pcs pandesal with cheese) in brown bags  and Starbucks coffee were also served. At the awarding program the host gave out some freebies at the “bring me” game like bags and shirts from Halo2 Mall, one of the participating sponsors.

Over all it was fun. A highly recommended event for all adventure lovers and only if you prepare well.  Not suitable for claustrophobic persons and those who has difficulty breathing in an enclosed environment. Not all floors have vents especially the first 10 floors . You literally gasping for air and if you’re one of those who are part of the mid-pack runners, be prepared to breathe breaths and body odors of those in front of you in the first few minutes.

Congratulations to E-ventologist Co. and Trek the TEC Organizers for putting up another successful Vertical Run event on your 3rd season! Congratulations to all the winners whom (until now) I cannot comprehend how they were able to insanely leap a maximum of 5 steps at a time (according to them) and even break the previous record. Amazing!

T’was a hard yet fulfilling running event.

Thank you Diadora! The Samurai III works well on slippery pavements. And because its lightweight, it didn’t give me a hard time to drag my legs and feet upward.

with Diadora Marketing Manager and Diadora Philippines Brand Manager