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10.10.10 Run for Pasig River

ABS-CBN Foundation in its sustaining effort for Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig launched the MALINAW Advocacy on April 15, 2010.

As a clear call-to-action to inspire Filipinos from all walks of life, the MALINAW advocacy aims to bring back the glory of Pasig River and mobilizes the whole populace into action.  It’s a yearning we’ve all clamored for—a Pasig River that is clean and sustainable for present and future generations.

As a milestone to this advocacy, the 10.10.10. RUN FOR PASIG RIVER aims to raise awareness and funds for the river.  Among ABS-CBN Foundation’s initiatives to restore the Pasig River, the 10.10.10 Run for the Pasig River is more than a run, it’s a social movement.

The 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River is targeting 101,010 runners from different sectors—the largest run ever conceptualized and to be actualized in the world—including government offices, schools, business corporations, and many more that will give their support and join the rally for the Pasig.

Surely, the Filipinos, yet again, may turn the heads of the Guinness Book of World Records.

It will consist of four major starting points—SM Mall of Asia (3K), CCP Complex (5K), and Makati (10K), all converging to one finish line at the SM Mall of Asia where a grand celebration will also be held after to cap-off this epic movement!

Everyone is invited to save the Pasig River and prove, once again, that the Filipino can stand, or in this case run together for one good cause.

On 10.10.10, save the date!  Save the river.

Run for Pasig River

When: October 10, 2010
Where: Various starting points depending on event

  • 3K: SM Mall of Asia
  • 5K: CCP Complex
  • 10K: Makati

All events converge at the SM Mall of Asia

Registration: P250

You may download the registration form here or register online here.

Race Routes

Here are the race routes for 10K, 5K, and 3K:

For more information about this event visit

See Also: 10.10.10 Run Makes History


The Ortigas Center Run

I never thought that this day would come—finally, the first race in Ortigas Center!

The Ortigas Center Association, Inc. (OCAI) has decided to partner with the Rotary Club of Ortigas Center (RCOC) to hold the Run for the benefit of the various humanitarian projects of RCOC.

With Rudy Biscocho as the run’s race director, all the people behind the event are aiming to accomplish the goals of the Rotary Club of Ortigas Center and Balance Lifestyle Fitness, and thus for the first time, this 27th of June, 2010, at 5:00 in the morning, more than four thousand (4,000) runners will run along the streets of Ortigas Center and surrounding areas, for the 3K, 5K, and 10K distances of the first ever OCAI RUN.

You may download the registration form here.

Press Release:

Ortigas Center warms up for first ever road run

Running enthusiasts will be psyched to learn that they will be able to sprint through the wide and hilly avenues of Ortigas Center come June 27, 2010. Thanks to the Ortigas Center Association, Inc. (OCAI), a non-stock, non-profit organization commissioned to uphold the stature of Ortigas Center as one of the nation’s prime business districts, the very first OCAI Run will have its gun start at 5:00am for 10k runners, 5:15am for 5k runners and 5:30am for 3k runners in front of the Philippine Stock Exchange in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

But this won’t be your usual, pardon the pun, run-of-the-mill race. What makes this different from the myriad fun runs that dominate the country’s fitness calendars these days is the location. “Never before has Ortigas Center hosted a run before,” said race director Rudy Biscocho. “Due to the elevation in and around the Ortigas Center area, there will be uphill stretches guaranteed to test your mettle,” he teased. “But naturally, for every uphill climb there is a reward, and you can improve you time by increasing your pace downhill,” explained Biscocho.

The 10k route will feature a downhill trek on Lanuza Drive in Valle Verde and an uphill stretch on Julia Vargas Avenue. The 3k race will be a more casual breeze within the Ortigas Center.

“This first ever road run in Ortigas Center aims to accomplish the goals of the Rotary Club of Ortigas Center and Balance Lifestyle Fitness,” said Luz N. Cotoco, Chairman of OCAI. “It is also for the benefit of the various humanitarian projects of RCOC,” added Cotoco.

Registration fee is Php 400 for any of the three distances which is inclusive of one race bib, baller band, route map, finisher shirt and loot bag that will be given out right after the run. All proceeds of the OCAI Run will go to the humanitarian projects of the Rotary Club of Ortigas Center. Registration period is from April 30 to June 23, 2010, at all Mizuno outlets and at OCAI Office until June 26. Many raffle prizes including a Technomarine watch and giveaways await lucky participants, while cash prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers of each category.

For inquiries call 890-4230 and 0922-8367990 and look for Ms Ana Salas. Or check out their Facebook page by searching for “OCAI Run”. The OCAI Run is organized by OCAI with RCOC, presented by the Ortigas & Company Limited Partnership and sponsored by HSBC, Meralco, Puregold, The San Miguel Corporation, First Holdings, Flanax, Xenical, The Oriental Assurance Corporation, BusinessWorld, CCI Enterprises, SM Megamall, Robinsons Department Store, Unilever and Ropali.

Humanitarian Projects of the Rotary Club of Ortigas Center:

  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral Soup Kitchen
    RCOC supports, with a regular monthly donation of Php 7,500.00, high school scholars of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (ICC) Soup Kitchen, organized and operated by volunteers of the ICC located at Pasig City. Some members of RCOC also individually provide monthly scholarship support in varying amounts.

    The ICC Soup Kitchen was organized primarily to provide regular feeding, every Wednesday and Saturday of the week, to more than 300 street children of Pasig City. The feeding program is used as a tool, and is supplemented by, religious, anti-dangerous drugs, etc. teachings to the children.

    RCOC also holds an annual gift-giving activity for the beneficiary children and their families.

  • San Lorenzo Ruiz Elementary School Special Education (SPED) Students
    RCOC, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong, earlier donated a braille embosser to the vision-impaired students of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Elementary School in Pasig City. Before the said donation, volunteer-teachers of the school used to manually type books in brail to enable the said students to read them. The very expensive braille embosser, now enables volumes of books to be printed in braille.

    RCOC maintains the said embosser and regularly provides consumables, like paper.

    In coordination with the Asian Eye Institute (AEI), RCOC also provides eye check-ups for the vision-impaired students. Last year, RCOC managed to have one of the students undergo a cataract and lens replacement operation with the help of AEI and the Philippine Ophthalmological Society.

  • Adoption of the Rizal Experimental School and Pilot School For Cottage Industries (RESPSCI)RCOC has adopted RESPSCI, a public school located in Pasig City, by providing scholarships to chosen high school students of RESPSCI.

    To promote and improve proficiency in English, Math and Science, RCOC also gives out annual awards (medals and cash) to the Best in Math, Best in English and Best in Science students. RCOC likewise sponsors various projects of RESPSCI. During Rotary Year 2009-2010, RCOC sponsored two educational field trips and financial support to cover expenses of participation of students in out-of-town competitions.

  • Interact of RESPSCI
    Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance.

    RCOC organized, supports and maintains an Interact Club, composed of high school students of RESPSCI. Every year, RCOC inducts the new directors, officers and members of “RESPSCI Interact of RCOC.” This Rotary Year, RCOC also conducted an orientation program and an anti-drug forum designed to lead the youth of Interact and RESPSCI away from dangerous drugs.

  • The Sinag Kalinga Foundation
    In early 2009, RCOC was introduced to the Sinag Kalinga Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit association established to provide for the welfare and needs of senior citizens who are incapable of adequately caring for themselves. Sinag Kalinga operates a hospice in Lucban, Quezon for abandoned and destitute elderlies.

    RCOC and Sinag Kalinga thereafter entered into a “Partnership in Eldery Care” project. As initial support, RCOC adopted three (3) elderlies for one (1) year, providing financial support in the amount of Php 7,000.00 per month per adopted elderly. This is the cost of maintaining each elderly, covering food and medicines. RCOC is working on continuing this support, and more, for Sinag Kalinga.

  • Calamity Relief Operations
    • Botolan, Zambales Victims. Early in the Rotary Year, or on 23 August 2009, RCOC answered the call of the Rotary Club of Olongapo City to provide assistance to typhoon victims of Botolan, Zambales. Officers and members of RCOC traveled to the said municipality and delivered much needed items, such as food, towels, feeding bottles, etc.
    • Ondoy & Pepeng Victims. RCOC was among the first to mobilize its members and resources to undergo the following relief operations:
      • Brgy. San Miguel and Pinagbuhat, Pasig City. RCOC braved the waist-deep floods to deliver relief packages consisting of rice, ready-to-eat canned products, noodles, soap and pails to more than 300 desperate victims of the calamities.
      • Taytay, Rizal. Joined by its Mayor and members of its Sangguniang Bayan, RCOC also conducted relief operations in three (3) different locations in Taytay, Rizal, benefiting more than 200 victims.
      • ICC families. More than 150 families of the children of the ICC Soup Kitchen also received relief goods from RCOC.
      • Tanay, Rizal. RCOC also answered the call for support from the Rotary Club of Tanay, Rizal and turned-over relief goods to the said Club.
  • Tulay Lingap ni Padre Pio
    RCOC has had a continuing support relationship with the Tulay Lingap ni Padre Pio, the social action commission of the Capuchin Order in the Philippines. Tulay Lingap has been helping provide free and socialized medical care to the needy.

    This Rotary Year, RCOC donated Php 25,000.00 to support the construction of Tulay Lingap’s socialized Pharmacy which now stands at the Lourdes School at Shaw Boulevard. RCOC is also working on linkages between the said pharmacy and RCOC’s project beneficiaries like the Sinag Kalinga.

  • Uniforms and Awards for Ortigas Center Traffic and Maintenance Personnel
    Every year, as part of RCOC’s continuing cooperation with the Ortigas Center Association, Inc., RCOC provides free uniforms to Ortigas Center maintenance personnel.

    RCOC also gives out semestral awards (recognition certificates and cash) to the Most Outstanding Maintenance Personnel, Most Outstanding Security Guard, and Most Outstanding Traffic Enforcer in Ortigas Center.


TNF100 Race Results

Race results for the recently concluded TNF100 Philippines 2010 is now posted via www.thenorthface100.phCongratulations everyone!

The first part of my TNF100 Chronicles is already posted: The Adventure Begins


SanMig Coffee Bay Run

SanMig Coffee Bay Run Dash for Health 2010

When: May 23, 2010
Where: SM Mall of Asia
Distances (and gunstart): 15K (5:30AM), 10K (5:45AM), 5K (5:50AM), 3K (5:55AM)
Registration: P550 for 15K and 10K; P450 for 5K and 3K at

  • Chris Sports
    Festival Mall, Mall of Asia, Glorietta, SM North Edsa Annex, SM Megamall
  • ROX
    Bonifacio High Street

Race kit includes a singlet, race bib, food stub, photo stub, loot bag stub, and map.

SanMig Bay Run Singlet


Limits Tested, Trails Endured—TNF100 Completed!

Congratulations to all TNF100 Philippines 2010 finishers particularly those in 50 and 100K!  This goes out as well to those who finished outside the cutoff—be proud of what you’ve accomplished!  And to those who weren’t as successful, the important thing is to never stop striving!

I’m especially proud of our TNF50 ladies whom not only successfully completed their campaign, some even placed within the top 10.  Placers or not, we are all winners in our own race.

Never stop exploring–The North Face

Thank you to my friends who sent their love and support from both near and afar, and thank you beautiful Baguio for your warm hospitality!  Watch out for my TNF100 story coming up soon!

Related: TNF100 Race Results


April 22 is Earth Day

Today, April 22, 2010 marks the 40th Earth Day celebration.

Think of the Earth. Think of Home. (Courtesy NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

The world has certainly seen better days and for those old enough they’ve seen the world degrade over the last four decades.  I sure hope that the next four decades that we see would be a better one than the last.  Think of the Earth.  Think of home.  It’s the only one we got.  Happy Earth Day!

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