Posts Tagged ‘Facebook

28
Apr
15

Support Nepal

I think by this time everyone who is on the internet already knew about that devastating earthquake that hit Nepal.  While we may be thousands of away from the scene, we can do a lot more than sharing the stories and pictures—we can actually extend our help without leaving our seats.  One of the easiest and fastest ways is via the Donate button being shown by Facebook.

Simply click this button and if you have a PayPal account, you may just click any of the predefined amounts (or specify the amount you want to donate) on the popup window, and click the Donate Now button to make the donation.  I haven’t tried the other options but it should work similarly.

If you have your PayPal account linked with Facebook it should show here

The good thing about using this method is that Facebook will be matching our donations (up to $2 million) so that should extend our donations.  As a citizen of a country that is susceptible to natural calamities like typhoons and earthquakes and is usually on the receiving end of donations, it’s our time to give back.  For those who can, please do.

If you don’t see the Donate notice, you may go directly to facebook.com/nepalearthquakesupport for your donations.

30
Apr
10

runningpinoy is now on Facebook!

Too lazy to type my über long webby address runningpinoy.wordpress.com?  Well if you have a Facebook account you can still be updated as finally I gave in and tied this site via http://www.facebook.com/pages/runningpinoy/167457018801 (hmm I think this one is even longer! :D).  Or simply type “runningpinoy” in the search box and click the “Like” button.  Keep in touch guys!

24
Mar
10

Team Runner’s World at Globe Run 2010 (Part 2: Race, Route, and Review)

5:40AM the 10K race started.  We “strategically” placed ourselves at the back of the pack as we’re not conscious of our time.  For me it was one of the few times I started at the back and it was a world of its own—the gun was sounded yet the people at the back were hardly affected—as if there was no race!

Just before the start of 10K

Presenting Team Runner’s World (10K Group): Abby, Mike, Me, Carly, Chris, Tracy, Ross, Mar, and Quennie

We were constantly chatting during our “pretty” pace—since we’re showing off our Runner’s World singlet we had to stay “pretty” for the camera, thus the name.  Despite the very, very slow pace (which was practically walking) we were still able to overtake many runners!  Unbelievable!  It was just about 500 meters into the 10K and yet we see people walking.  Eventually as the race progress this scene became more common, and as runners doing a “pretty” pace we had so much unused energy to maintain our speed (or lack of, hehe).

The ladies: Abby, Ross, Carly, Tracy, and Quennie, courtesy Tracy Carpena

The gents: Mike, Chris, Me, and Mar, courtesy Tracy Carpena

Race and Route (10K Perspective)

This was one of the most organized races I’ve seen so far.  Hydration stations finally reached international standards with long tables, adequate water and sports drinks, and close intervals.  Distance was a bit over but the route was my favorite particularly when it went through the “tunnel.”  Both sides of Kalayaan flyover were also used so it was a chance for us to run on the “other” side.  Some route markers were a bit confusing though but as far as 10K is concerned it wasn’t an issue.  Finally who wouldn’t appreciate the convenience of starting and finishing in the middle of Ayala Center.

The 10K route (notice the inaccuracies near high rise areas)

Strong Finish

We wanted to ensure that our presence is known, particularly in the finish, as we were there to promote our sponsor Runner’s World Magazine and so on the last few hundred meters of the race we “showed off” by running in our agreed formation, encouraging loudly those ahead of us to run, and crossed the finish with big smiles and loud cheers!  And yes we were really running the last parts as we saw the clock approaching an hour and a half into the 10K—finishing at 1:29:35 (1:27:46 chip time).  It was probably my slowest race ever (even slower than my BDM102 average pace) but it was definitely one of the most enjoyable one.  Thank you Summit Media and Runner’s World Magazine Philippines for this opportunity!

Tradition: With the rest of takbo.ph gang, courtesy Carlo Serrano

Review

This year’s Globe AyalaLand Run for Home successfully reinvented itself by still introducing new “features” that enhanced the overall race experience while still pushing the level of local races to international standards.  Of course this “upgrades” didn’t come free as fees also went North but on the bright side there were a lot of ways to get discounts, and it still is a run for a cause benefiting Habitat for Humanity.  The experience would’ve been “perfect” had the perpetually delayed race results been resolved.  If you had activated the Facebook live update though you had pretty much a good idea of your time (involves some Math) right after you finished, but for the rest it was a very long two days (detailed Runpix results still unavailable as of press time).  Overall I give this race a Very Good (4/5) rating.  Real time race results? Almost, but not quite—maybe next time?

Updates

After some procrastination, detailed Runpix race results are finally available via http://www.runpix.info/mnc10/ge.php.  Your in-race photos courtesy of PhotoVendo are also now available via http://free.photovendo.ph/.

23
Mar
10

Team Runner’s World at Globe AyalaLand Run for Home 2010 (Part 1: Origins)

The race that introduced timing chips to the local running scene is back, the Globe AyalaLand Run for Home 2010, this time bringing a running event, also for the first time, to the heart of the country’s financial capital, Ayala Center, Makati Central Business District.  The firsts don’t stop there—Facebook live updates were also introduced providing updates to your status as you pass each timing stations (provided you activated this feature of course).

Organize

This year saw registration fees reach all-time high and even Globe Run which used to be practically free was not spared with the trend, but as a cost effective option Globe provided discounts for group registration. Naturally the running community took this opportunity and formed groups (via takbo.ph) and I of course joined one.  Unfortunately for me and one of my buddies our group “organizer” didn’t “organize” and we were left hanging 48 hours before deadline!  We had joined the group early and I was told that by our “organizer” as late as four days before the deadline that everything was okay, until I went to takbo.ph a day after when he didn’t reply to any message I sent and found out that the group was actually dissolved!  I was so dismayed that I had placed a trust to a person whom I thought was responsible (which made me realize not to easily trust anyone online without a known reputation).  He single-handedly brought down nine other runners with him (which hopefully were able to regroup) just by doing nothing.  The funny thing was that I had successfully registered two other persons with another group!  I was so ashamed with my buddy but I was thankful he had a good mindset and told me it wasn’t my fault.  He had bought a Globe Tattoo HSDPA modem that comes with a free race kit.  I dropped the idea of running Globe.

Blessing in Disguise

I was so frustrated that I hanged out at takbo.ph’s shoutbox to chat with friends.  Fortunately Timmy had 15 slots in total for 10K and 5K courtesy of Summit Media (publisher of Men’s Health, Women’s Health, etc.) and offered me one as he read from the forum what happened to our group.  I was really gunning for a new 21K PR then which remained untouched for ages, but as I’ve no budget for the full 21K fee I reluctantly, but thankfully, signed up for the 10K group.  Little did I know that it would be more blessing than I realize.  (Thank you Timmy for saving my race!)

No such thing as a free lunch

I asked Timmy the “catch” of our free race and when he explained it I was pleasantly surprised—the “catch” would be running as a group (same pace all throughout) while wearing Runner’s World singlets!  Woah! From tragedy to ecstasy. This would be in line with the formal launch of Runner’s World Magazine Philippines, by Summit Media of course.  Me, a Runner’s World endorser?!

Pre-Race

It was two weeks after BDM102 and my right knee is yet recovered!  I was hoping badly that it would heal by race day but it didn’t so I was very thankful that I’m doing a 10K “only!”  I was barely able to keep up with our adiNation pilot run and doing a 10K was a real challenge.  Would I be able to keep up with my group?

Just who are these “Team Runner’s World?” Stay tuned to find out. Courtesy Tracy Carpena.

(Continued to Part 2: Race, Route, and Review)

18
Mar
10

adiNation Philippines (Ortigas Group) Pilot Run

The adiNation of Runners (aNR) Philippines is a running club with a goal to provide members with value-added training and special privileges to train and motivate them to achieve new fitness levels.  Here in Metro Manila aNR is staged initially in four locations: Ayala, Alabang, Ortigas, and Bonifacio High Street.  This program co-presented by takbo.ph.

Exclusive privileges:

  • aNR adidas specials
  • aNR running clinics
  • Coaching advice from the running clubs
  • adidas product highlights

The pilot run of the Ortigas Group was held last night in Pearl Drive in front of the University of Asia and the Pacific, headed by Luis (The Gingerbread Report).  Although there wasn’t much publicity about the event there was a good set of runners that joined the event.

Some of the participants of the pilot run with group head Luis (white visor)

Some orientation

The Ortigas Group runs every Wednesday nights (headed by Luis, 7PM onwards) in front of UAP, and Saturday mornings (headed by Rodel “The Argonaut,” 6AM onwards) in front of Tiendesitas and would cover various routes around Ortigas Center.

aNR Ortigas Group in action...

Joining the Group Run is free and you don’t need to be adidas gears to do so.  Just drop by the assembly area before the run starts, fill up the form, and you’re done!  You also get a “passport” that your group head would sign afterwards which you should keep for future runs.  Only one signature per week thought is allowed.

You can sign-up before the start of the run

More pictures from last night’s run can be viewed here via takbo.ph on Facebook.  For more information about aNR Philippines visit http://adination.takbo.ph/ or for the regional site visit http://www.adination.com/.

08
Nov
09

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 ]

* * * * *

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 takbo.ph 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!




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