Posts Tagged ‘Metro Manila

03
Mar
14

La Mesa Eco Park Quickie

It’s quite interesting that sometimes familiarity in one place is inversely proportional to your distance away from it.  The closer you are to it, the less likely you are to go to it.  And one such place for me is the La Mesa Eco Park.

Behind that mound is some of the waters that quench Metro Manila’s thirst—the La Mesa Dam

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02
Oct
13

Back on the Road: Running Commonwealth Avenue and C5 (Again)

It’s been ages since I last run on the road outside of races and I’m glad I finally did!  I didn’t join any races for the month of September but I’m glad that something came along to motivate me out of my bed.

Don’t you just love Sunday morning traffic? 😀

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23
Aug
13

Top Five Most Interesting Races in Metro Manila

Races come and go and with the number of races happening in Metro Manila it’s quite difficult for one to stand out.  But every once in a while there are those that goes beyond the norm and gives us that extra mile sort of speak.  Here are my top five picks of the most interesting races in Metro Manila.

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19
Aug
13

Mythical Five: Five Years of Running

August 17, 2008—five years ago when yours truly got introduced to running, and the rest as they say, is history.  And instead of my usual nostalgic thoughts about that milestone, I thought of sharing some information that may be useful to other runners out there.  And because it’s my fifth running anniversary, I didn’t just thought of sharing a list of five items I liked—I’m sharing five lists of five items each!

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02
Jul
12

runningpinoy on TV

Remember my almost three year old article “Top 5 Best Places to Run in Metro Manila?”  Well, one way or another, it had spun off from the web to the small screen yesterday at the “Best Places to Run in the Metro” segment of Sports Pilipinas over at NewsTV Channel 11.  And of course, I had to be there!

Screen shot (literally) of yesterday’s actual broadcast
(we should really implement digital TV)

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14
Jul
10

Darkness Falls

The rainy season’s full onset officially begins in the Philippines as typhoon Basyang (Conson) entered the country’s area of responsibility and had a landfall, and last night Metro Manila was just hammered by very, very strong gusts of winds (maximum of 120kph according to weather reports) as it traverses the island of Luzon.  The result—darkness!  A few minutes short of midnight last night, power was cut and not as isolated as I had initially thought.  As of the time of writing the typhoon is already out into the South China Sea, there’s still no power throughout the island of Luzon, and the operations of electric-powered LRT and MRT were suspended.  It’s a good thing that classes were suspended too as it alleviated traffic.

As I finish my late candlelit dinner last night I can’t help but think how far we have come.  In this age of internet, mobile devices, wireless broadband, and timing chips we sometimes fail to acknowledge our over-reliance to technology, electricity in particular, that we always rush things and forget to slow down to savor those precious moments of life.  Isn’t it nice to take it easy every once in a while?

Last night I felt like I was transported back to the 19th century colonial times and how difficult life was.  You can’t even walk fast as your candle’s light might be put out, not to mention the fire hazards it brings.  I also remembered the phrase “nagsusunog ng kilay” (literally, burning eyebrows, connoting studying) with a scene of a student reading his book in front of a lamp (which reminds me of those rare childhood moments when there’s a blackout and you had to study for the exams the following day).  Then all that experience was broken the moment I opened the tap and there’s running water. 🙂

27
Mar
10

Featured Race: National Geographic Channel’s Earth Day Run

On April 18, 2010 at the SM Mall of Asia National Geographic Channel will have a race to celebrate Earth Day—the Earth Day Run.  What sets this race apart from other events is the proceeds aren’t just handed over to an organization and you won’t know how it would be spent—proceeds of NatGeo Earth Day Run will support the Design Against the Elements (DAtE), a global architectural design contest that aims to provide a solution to the problems presented by climate change.

We all know that the Philippines, while may not be a significant contributor to climate change, is one of the countries most susceptible to its effects.  We’ve all seen how typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) flooded 80% of Metro Manila in 2009 and it is just but one of many strong typhoons that would come our way in the future.  We’ve all seen how Filipinos and even the international community joined hands to help the victims but ask yourself, “do I still have clothes/goods/donations to give for the victims of the next ‘Ondoy?’”

The DAtE project aims to reduce losses by designing communities that are both sustainable to build and can withstand the rigors of the Philippines’ typhoons and consequent flooding made worse by increasingly alarming effects of climate change.  It shows the world that the Philippines isn’t just a country that constantly asks for help—we are doing something about it—and you can be a part of it.

According to Jude Turcuato, Territory Director of FOX International and National Geographic Channel Asia, “the funds we’ll generate out of the event will help build affordable, sustainable, eco-friendly, and disaster-resistant model houses in Taguig City that can withstand environmental calamities like last year’s Ondoy flooding.”

NatGeo Earth Day Run

When: April 18, 2010, 5:00AM

Where: SM Mall of Asia

Distances and Fees: 3K (P500), 5K (P600), and 10K (P700) inclusive of a limited edition Earth Day Run technical shirt

Registration: Nike Park Bonifacio High Street and Timex stores in SM Mall of Asia and SM North EDSA until April 11, 2010; online via www.natgeorun.com until April 4, 2010.

“On April 18, show the world how much we care.  Join the thousands who will wake up early to run, walk, and be counted.  A little sacrifice will definitely inspire people to care about our planet,” Turcuato said.

Race Results

Update: Race results for 3K, 5K, and 10K are now furnished courtesy of www.natgeorun.com.




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