Posts Tagged ‘Independence Day

12
Jun
14

Happy 116th, Philippines! Ang #SarapMagingPilipino!

Today is the 116th Independence Day of the Philippines!  We may never really appreciate how much sacrifice it took to gain our freedom, but we can always appreciate the gifts that we now enjoy thanks to that freedom, and be proud for being the oldest democracy in Asia.

Declaration of Independence of the Philippines, June 12, 1898, as depicted in the old five Peso bill
(Courtesy Wikipedia)

Thank you Google for the doodle! 😀

There are so many reasons for Filipinos to be proud, and so many reasons why it’s good to be Filipino.

12
Jun
12

Happy 114th Independence Day Philippines!

Mabuhay ang Kalayaan! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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11
Jun
11

Philippine Independence Day: Wear the Flag Proudly

June 12 is the Independence Day of Asia’s first Republic, the Philippines, and one of the most visual ways of showing our patriotism is through the proud display of our national flag.  But as per my observations, there are many who are still unaware on its proper display so before we start getting creative in displaying our national symbol, here are some protocols we must observe:

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10
May
11

Philippine Independence Day Races

The 113th Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines will be held on June 12, 2011, a Sunday.  And what does Sunday means as far as running is concerned?  Race day of course!  Strangely though, there was supposed to be a half marathon race to commemorate the day, but until now there’s absolutely no details about it!

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01
Jul
09

runningpinoy’s 2009 Midyear Report

2009 is my first full year of running and with the first half completed its time to have a look back at some of my highlights for the first six months of the year.

January

The year started with “bi-polar” races: one was well praised and the other went in infamy.  Of course I’m referring to TNF Thrill of the Trail in Nasugbu, Batangas and PSE Bull Run in Bonifacio Global City, respectively.  While people can’t stop being enthusiastic about their wonderful experience with the trails of Batulao and the race overall (including myself), it was the complete opposite on the other side of the track—I’ve never heard of so much complaints about a race and it probably had the record of the longest queue at the finish.

Thrill of the Trail, Nasugbu, Batangas

The following weekend race was probably redemption for a lot of runners with the Happy Run—another RunRio event that was one of the most organized and fun race of the year thus far.

With some happy runners

It was also during this month that I acquired my Garmin 405—just a day before we were off for Batangas for the TNF Thrill of the Trails where it had an excellent stage for a debut.  Also having a debut on this race was my first trail shoes, New Balance 811.

Garmin Forerunner® 405

Garmin Forerunner® 405

February

February was the first month since I started running that I had zero races.  This was the first of two months that I was in Ohio, USA and in spite of being race-less I was not run-less: the below freezing temperature wasn’t enough to stop me from running outdoors—an experience that I suggest everyone try at least once in their lives.  While I was “chilling” on the other side of the world the race scene in the Philippines ensued the love month.  There wasn’t much high-profile races for this month making my craving for races more bearable.

My winter gear: a runner’s beanie, windbreaker with regular white cotton t-shirt, pair of gloves, thermal tights, cushioned socks, and trail running shoes

My winter gear: a runner’s beanie, windbreaker with regular white cotton t-shirt, pair of gloves, thermal tights, cushioned socks, and trail running shoes

Before leaving for the US I managed to have my first LSD (Long Slow Distance) run along one of the dreaded routes in the Metro—EDSA, from North Ave. all the way to the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

After finishing my EDSA LSD

After finishing my EDSA LSD

March

By the time race season was starting in the US due to the arrival of spring I was unfortunate enough to be packing my bags for home thereby missing the opportunity to participate in races stateside, but on the bright side I was back for one of the most anticipated races of the year—Condura Run.  This race was one of the rare opportunities to run on the SkyWay and was also my first half-marathon and first race medal.  Also first for this event was the Carbo-Loading Party of takbo.ph which they say was a first for a half-marathon race.

Running with friends at the SkyWay

Running with friends at the SkyWay

April

This was the month of LSDs for me as there were only a handful of races set.  Among these routes were Commonwealth Ave. to Bonifacio High Street via C5; Commonwealth Ave. to SM Mall of Asia via Quezon Ave., España Ave., and Roxas Blvd.; and my first LSD on trails in Montalban.

View from the summit of Montalban

View from the summit of Montalban

Arguably the highlight race of this month was the Greenfield City Run in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  With its free shuttle service many runners were given chance to run outside Metro Manila and experience the fresh landscape of the rural areas.

Another finishers medal courtesy of Greenfield City Run

Another finisher’s medal courtesy of Greenfield City Run

May

May boasts the longest and one of the most difficult races in the country, The North Face 100 (or simply TNF100).  Many underestimated the trails of Sacobia, Clark before they even embarked on it so it was a shock for many, even seasoned ultramarathoners, on how difficult this race was this year resulting in only a select few proud finishers.  This was my first attempt at an ultramarathon and I am very proud to be one of the few finishers of this race.  It was also my longest distance-wise at 100K, and time-wise at 30 hours (raw time that includes eating, resting, and some dozing off).

Sunrise during TNF100

Sunrise during TNF100

May also sparked my return to trekking with our initial climb to the summit of Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas.  This became a “team-building” activity for me and my takbo.ph friends and because we had taken an unexpectedly difficult trail it also served as my training for TNF100 that followed two weeks after.

Having breakfast on the summit of Mt. Maculot

Having breakfast on the summit of Mt. Maculot

The month was ended by a rivalry of two high-profile races: The Earth Run at McKinley Hill and Microsoft’s IE8 Run at Bonifacio Global City.  It was a difficult time for runners on which “side” to choose but in the end The Earth Run came out with being more competitive and having more attendance.

Medal from the Earth Run

Medal from the Earth Run

June

The month kicked off with another high-profile and highly anticipated race, the Mizuno Infinity Run.  Coming from a popular footwear brand, this race has a good set of followers which were not disappointed with the race outcome as it became the first race to have a “Time Challenge.”  This year’s participants had their finish time recorded for next year’s race where they can challenge their previous record for a chance of a prize.

Kicking off June with Mizuno Infinity Run

Kicking off June with Mizuno Infinity Run

The second week of June was the Independence Week with the 12th of the month being the Independence Day of the Philippines.  For a change I left my running shoes home and put on my trail running shoes for the first Freedom Climb—40 summits nationwide simultaneously having flag raising ceremonies to commemorate the occasion.  It was the first official climb of our takbo.ph offshoot group, the RunHikers as a group, in Pico de Loro, Cavite.

On our way to Pico de Loro during Freedom Climb

On our way to Pico de Loro during Freedom Climb

If May brags of an ultra-trail race, June is not far with an ultra and trails.  More like a month-wide split of the TNF100, June had an ultramarathon road race: Botak 100, and two trail run (and bike) races: King of the Mountain (KOM) in Timberland and Men’s Health All Terrain in Sta. Elena, Laguna.

Sunrise over Sta. Elena, Laguna during Mens Health All Terrain

Sunrise over Sta. Elena, Laguna during Men’s Health All Terrain

The All Terrain race was a good race overall especially for introducing trail runs for beginners.  The race was well-organized flawed only by the fact that the trails were a little dull.  This was salvation for Men’s Health reputation from their abysmal past races.

Finally to close the first half of the year was Botak 100—the first ultramarathon road race in Mega Manila.  Despite Botak’s attempt to salvage their reputation from the last race that plagued them, it was “A” (H1N1) viral issue that hampers their efforts.  That issue led them to postpone the side events of this race to the dismay of some runners (myself included).  Fortunately enough the ultramarathon road race pulled their reputation forward that Botak could be proud to say that they “pulled it off.”  Surely there were still a lot of shortcomings but as an “active spectator” all these issues were negligible.  Welcome back, Botak!

Pacer at Botak 100

Pacer at Botak 100 (courtesy Marvin)

Truly it was a roller-coaster ride for the first half—events fell on either side of the poles.  From the best to the worst these races and other side events really made the first half of 2009 quite remarkable.  Now that the second half is about to begin, will it be able to outshine the half that was?  Or will the race organizers sit on their laurels and stop innovation?  I guess we’ll all find out soon enough.

14
Jun
09

Freedom Climb Chronicles (Part 1: The Birth of the RunHikers)

It was another one of those long weekends in the country with this year’s Philippine Independence Day, June 12, falling exactly on a Friday.  For the first time Filipino mountaineers stand united to create the first Freedom Climb—a flag-raising ceremony to be held atop 40 summits nationwide to commemorate the occasion.

6AM Baclaran, Parañaque City: the first meeting of the RunHikers—an offshoot group from the takbo.ph family composed of amateur and veteran hikers alike, as an official mountaineering group.  This group was unofficially formed during our first assault on Mt. Maculot summit last May 08, 2009.  The bonds that were formed by the team persisted long after the climb and inevitably lead to the group’s conception.  Coming up with a group name that incorporates both our passion for running and hiking was not an easy task, but since it was urgently needed for registration purposes for this event, Mar (The Forefoot Runner)—the mastermind of the group, had to pick one and RunHikers was derived.  Although the original cast of the group wasn’t all present for this climb, we were glad to have new members and another hardcore mountaineering group with us.

I was surprised to find out that we have our own ride for this event—it was an old baby bus that we could probably call our RunHiker Mobile.  There’s nothing fancy about it and we all fit so it was perfect.  I even thought that traveling like this is charming because we often travel so protected inside our vehicles that we don’t notice and feel the outside world.  Isn’t it nice to feel the wind blowing in your face?  By 7AM we were finally off for Cavite—Pico de Loro here we come!

The RunHiker Mobile

The RunHiker Mobile

All aboard!

All aboard!

Inside the RunHiker Mobile

Inside the RunHiker Mobile

Stopping over for some more food

Stopping over for some more food

At about 9AM we arrived near the starting point of the trails of Pico de Loro, but first we must first register with DENR and pay P20 to help fund in keeping the place as it is.  The mountains are free but of course when people start traversing it we need to have funds to help preserve its state so expect such measly fees when trekking.

At the DENR office

At the DENR office

The gang at the DENR office

The gang at the DENR office

The starting point of the trails, also called a jump off point, was about 750 meters away from the DENR office.  Pat (The Running Safety Pin), a fellow TNF100 finisher, offered me to run all the way to the jump off point.  Missing running badly I brashly (and expectedly) took the offer and right after getting a satellite lock on my GF405 we were off—746 meters in 3 minutes and 12 seconds (4:18 pace).   That’s the runner side of me talking.  After a few minutes our RunHiker Mobile arrived with the rest of the gang and this was where our Freedom Climb adventure began.

Run!

Run!

At the jump off point

Road in front of the jump off point (right)

(To be continued)




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