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ABS-CBN Stages Simultaneous 5-City “One Run, One Philippines”

(Press Release) Thousands of participants are expected to take part in the “One Run, One Philippines,” the five-city simultaneous advocacy run of ABS-CBN in the Philippines and the United States this October 6 as part of ABS-CBN’s 60th anniversary celebration.

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Run for the Pasig River: The Quezon City Experience Updates

If you are joining the Run for the Pasig River: The Quezon City Experience or will be travelling along the routes of the race during the event on Sunday, here are some updates you may find useful:

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A Run for the Pasig River: The Quezon City Experience

The Run for the Pasig River is back on its third year, and this time it is dubbed “The Quezon City Experience.”  The race for the first time will start in Quezon Memorial Circle and aims to cleanup the waterways in the city that lead to the Pasig River.

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Spontaneity at the Philippine International Marathon (Part 1)

Just about every plan I had with this race didn’t come to fruition—from registration to meeting targets.  At the same time some of the unexpected came to be, both pleasant and repulsive, making this one of the most stressful but interesting races I’ve had.

Decision at the 11th Hour

The previous “prestigious” event that I was really preparing for found me flabbergasted—with so much disappointment at that race I felt like I had to get redemption somehow.  Prior to the said event I wasn’t really thinking of sweeping all the “International Marathons”—all I was aiming for was to support our city’s initiative (QCIM) without sacrificing my dream of running at the SCTEX in a decent manner.  For the latter the goal was simple: aim to run my marathon with hardly any walk breaks.  Unfortunately even though I got a new PR I didn’t fulfill my “simple” goal.

By the time I truly decided on joining the race registration was already closed.  It really took me a while to decide to sign up because the day of PIM was the day after my birthday—would you run a marathon the day after your birthday after you had just finished two marathons back to back?

Desperate Runner

Knowing that registration was already closed I was seriously considering a last resort—yes it’s doing the “B” word that I don’t encourage.  It’s not a matter of not wanting to register; it’s just that I can’t.  I was so desperate to join that I event filed a leave from the office to go to ABS-CBN Foundation to try to register, but failed.  So when life gives you lemons make lemonade—in this case if I was to run as a “bandit” might as well make it a more purposeful act—be a pacer… again!

Meant to be

Heaven was hearing my prayers—I found a “legal’ work-around to my “B” problem by getting the race number of a fellow runner who registered double, one for the full marathon and one for the marathon relay with Team Logan (more on this later).  Although race bibs are not transferrable it at least allows me to join the race “legally.”   At that moment I was just ecstatic!  Finally just a few days before the race I’m “legal.”

Another “But Wait, There’s More” Moment

Barely 48 hours before the race I was offered complimentary race kits by Sir Rene courtesy of Quezon City Hall—at first I was reluctant because I already have a kit and didn’t know it was complimentary but due to the urge of fellow runners I again signed up with the idea that I’ll have a kit under my name—full legality and not just a workaround.  But wait, there’s a catch.

Continued: [ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ]

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who greeted me for my birthday yesterday, November 07.  I was really overwhelmed and am sorry if I wasn’t able to respond to your greetings individually (greetings on my Facebook wall exceeded way beyond what can be conveniently displayed) but rest assured I read them all (through my email).  I’d like to thank as well Microsoft Philippines for giving me a licensed copy of Windows 7 Professional as a birthday present.

To my family as usual I’m deeply honored to have known you guys and one again was overwhelmed with the overflowing support you give me, fellow runners, and the running community as well.  I really appreciate all the efforts and the love you gave us earlier during the race.

To Craig, Michelle, and Justin of Team Logan once again you truly are an inspiration to a lot people, myself included, and thank you for giving me the honor of letting me run with the team.  We’ll miss you for the time being and have a safe trip!

God bless!


Ketsana’s PR (Phenomenal Rain)

Typhoon Ketsana, also known as “Ondoy” in the Philippines, was one of the most devastating typhoons in recent history particularly in Metro Manila where all-time-high rainfall was recorded.  Places that never experienced flooding saw unimaginable levels of water, and elsewhere were just nothing short of a disaster.

As for running, the extremely bad weather unsurprisingly caused races to be postponed, including the much anticipated New Balance Power Run.  And announcing its deferment was just timely—the weather was turning from bad to worse and after several hours people were stranded on their roofs.  Although a lot of runners were disappointed, looking back it was a good call by the organizers.

Seeing all the damages and the misery Ketsana has brought was really disheartening.  Suddenly all motivations to run was just carried away.  How can anyone run when at the back of your mind someone you knew was stranded atop their flooded home?

If there were things that this ordeal brought out were the best and the worst in us.  The worst was the act of selfishness—people were just thinking of how to save themselves resulting in more hardships for others and delays in distribution of aide.  It was back to basic instincts—self-preservation, every man for himself.  But then later on the best in us was revived—the act of selflessness.  Suddenly the Tagalog word “Bayanihan” was in use and exhibited.  People themselves started reaching out to help one another because in a way all of us are affected by this calamity.  I myself had a chance to see firsthand some of these genuine acts of kindness and to my surprise even those whom I know were affected by the flooding are even lending a hand.

Angel Brigade (in coordination with Harvest Foundation, Isdanco Foundation, Mased Association) drop off center for Calamity Relief Goods

Angel Brigade (in coordination with Harvest Foundation, Isdanco Foundation, Mased Association) Drop Off Center for Calamity Relief Goods

There’s still a lot of work to be done, and it would be done faster if all of us lend a hand, and most of us can help in our own way.  Even runners are doing their share for the community:

  • Team Hardcore and the TKO.250
    Hardcore runners will be running for the victims of typhoon “Ondoy.”  They will be running four marathons, two half-marathons and a 200 kilometer marathon relay.  For every kilometer they will run, the donor will give Php1. They will run a total of 250 kilometers making the total donation amount of Php250.  You are welcome to give more.  Read More
  • Rio dela Cruz and Timex
    All 2009 Timex Run registration sites will be accepting your generous donations.  I am also opening my home at 46 D. Macapagal St. Vista Valley Subdivision, Sto. Niño, Marikina City if you wish to send it in bulk.  All participants, including friends and family, are invited to the distribution of relief goods on November 15, 2009, 1PM, at the different barangay halls and evacuation centers in the hardest hit areas in Marikina.  Read More
  • The Rescue Run
    It isn’t a race.  There are no race bibs, no souvenir t-shirts, no swag bags, no finishers medals, no prize money.  In lieu of registration fees, we will ask for donations, depending on the distance you intend to cover: Php300 for 3K, Php400 for 5K, and Php500 for 10K.  All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross for typhoon Ketsana victims.  Read More

Even races were not spared of Ketsana’s havoc.  Here’s the list of races that were affected by this typhoon (courtesy

Original Date New Date
New Balance Power Run September 27 November 29
Run For Child October 03 TBA
iRun for Teachers October 03 TBA
Takbong Lasalyano October 03 TBA
Takbo Breast Friends October 04 October 11
Race for LIFE October 10 October 24

Ketsana may be out of the country but the country is still not out of the woods yet.  As of press time another typhoon, Parma (“Pepeng” locally), is slowly making its way into Northern Luzon.  Everyone is hoping that it would pass through peacefully so that we can all start the recovery process and claim back our lives.

As of 02 Oct 2009 15:29 GMT

As of 02 Oct 2009 15:29 GMT

Agencies and Numbers

National Disaster Coordinating Council
(02) 734-2118, (02) 734-2120

Department of Social Welfare and Development
(02) 931-8101 to 05 loc 506, (02) 951-7119

Philippine Coast Guard
(02) 527-3877, (02) 527-8481, (02) 527-6136

Philippine Air Force
0927 964 5098, (02) 853 5023

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

Philippine National Red Cross (for donations)
143, (02) 527 0000

Citizens’ Disaster Response Center
(02) 924 0386, (02) 928 7860

GMA Kapuso Foundation
(02) 982 7777 loc 9901 & 9905

Sagip Kapamilya – ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
(02) 411-4995, (02) 415-2272 loc 3765

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