Holiday Greetings from a Chubby Runner and Some Running Tips for the Holidays

Apart from being eaten by my work even during the holidays I think I am also being carried away by the holiday mood and I’m eating A LOT! 
“OMG! I had two servings of the one in the plate and a variety of the one in the cocktail glasses.  If my hang-over-affected-memory serves me right I had Tequila Sunrise till the sun rises and the Blue Hawaii made me wake up feeling that I was really surfing in Hawaii when actually it was my head that was spinning. LOL!”
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The result = chubby me!  All my outfits are getting tighter and tighter  and my purse thinner and thinner (sigh). LOL!

Anyway I’m posting this to let everybody know that this is not the right way to spend the holidays.  Enjoy the season but don’t neglect our physical activities and abuse our health!  I know it’s easier said than done that’s why I am sharing this helpful link about Running Tips for the Holidays.

Let’s try our best to stay fit and healthy in spite of all the holiday temptations.  Let me also take this opportunity to greet everyone a MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS! …and of course to thank everyone for giving this site a fruitful, bountiful and awesome blogging year for 2013! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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Keep safe, keep fit and HAPPY!

37th Milo Marathon National Finals Result

Tabal named fastest Filipina marathoner in the Philippines Buenavista claims fifth title at 37th MILO Marathon National Finals

MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal and MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista celebrate division victories at the 37th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Manila.

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Records were shattered Sunday at the 37th MILO Marathon National Finals, as elite runner Mary Joy Tabal claimed her first MILO Marathon national crown and broke the current women’s event record for 42K set by Jho-An Banayag by 16 seconds. The MILO Marathon also posted its highest season headcount to date at more than 220,000 runners, after registering 26,681 runners at today’s championship race alone.

Not to be outdone, reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista bagged a back-to-back win, his fifth title in the prestigious footrace. Buenavista also holds the current men’s event record for 42K in the national marathon. 

Eduardo Buenavista retains the National MILO Marathon title after another superb performance in the finale of the country's most prestigious footrace Sunday. 

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For their outstanding victories, Tabal received the P 250,000 prize plus an additional P 20,000 for breaking Banayag’s record, while Buenavista received the top purse of P 150,000 from his Local leg win. Both runners also scored an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon as the first Philippine delegates sponsored by MILO in more than two decades.

Showing top form, Margaret Njuguna (2:42:18) was the only one to finish ahead of Tabal. The Kenyan runner led the distaff run since the sound of the starting gun, making her a powerful force to beat.  Trailing closely behind, Tabal led former MILO Marathon Queens Mary Grace delos Santos (2:54:27) and Cristabel Martes (2:57:15) to a 2-3-4 Filipina finish, and posted her best time so far at 2:48:00. Last year, delos Santos and Banayag topped the 42K female category race ahead of all foreign competitors.

The 24-year old Cebuana titlist later revealed that she changed her strategy and training scheme for the National Finals, attaining a total training distance of 150 kilometers per week.
“My initial target for this race is to hit below the 3-hour mark. I was actually quite surprised to have finished much faster and to have broken a record in the process,” said the 24-year old Cebuana titlist. The Paris Marathon will definitely be a new challenge for me, and I hope to be one of the many athletes who have brought great pride to our nation.” ~Mary Joy Tabal~
Cementing his reputation as one of the country’s finest male athletes, Buenavista outperformed strong local competitors Rene Desuyo (2:32:34) and Irineo Raquin (2:32:57), but failed to defeat this year’s set of Kenyan runners, namely Josphat Chobei (2:18:23), last year’s MILO Marathon King James Tallam (2:18:41), and Alex Melly (2:22:30). He expressed that the race was most challenging when his muscles began to betray him as he reached the finish line.
“I set the pace during the first few kilometers of the route. However, the Kenyans started to gain ground before we reached the halfway point. Motivated solely by the chance to represent our country at an international competition, I rallied for the local category win and was able to claim my fifth national title.”  This is both my greatest accomplishment and my most ambitious goal so far. I aim to post an even better time come the Paris Marathon.” ~Eduardo Buenavista~
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“We have reached the end of our 37th season, but the records broken today bear new beginnings for the local athletic community. The track has raised extraordinary characters who will bring gold and glory to our home soil not only in 2014 but in the years to come.  As we usher in MILO’s 50th year in the Philippines, we are looking forward to inspiring more athletes, most especially the youth, to run towards their dreams and aspirations.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
26,681 runners set the Manila tracks ablaze at the finale of the 37th National MILO Marathon.
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As part of its ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO has given a total of 34,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO delivered 1,000 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Metro Manila, namely M. Hizon Elementary School, Flora Ylagan High School Quezon City, Pasay South High School, A. Villegas Elementary School Manila, San Rafael Elementary School, Quezon City Longos High School, Malabon CAA High School, Las Pinas Tipas High School, Taguig Pasay West High School, and San Diego Elementary School Quezon City.

The 37th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Reebok, SMART, Gatorade, Sennheiser, and SM Mall of Asia, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Today’s Photographs: It’s A Bird! No!

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It’s a (human) plane!
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No!
It’s a cheer dance competition!
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At the 37th Milo Marathon National Finals!

To Whom This Pair of Running Shoe May Come–Prelude

Just before Typhoon Yolanda happened I was collecting my family’s pre-loved items so that I can donate them to a set of friends who are raising funds that will be used for their outreach programs.  However for some reasons (that I partly blame to my hopeless overloaded schedule) I was not able to finish collecting the items for donation.  I was so disappointed and I remember scolding myself for several days.

You see I love donating pre-loved items though most of the time I asked the recipients not to announce it publicly (and so do with the other small charities that I do).  Donating usable stuff that you no longer need is beneficial in two ways.  First, it enables you to do a small act of charity plus it also gives you the chance to spend time cleaning out and disposing useful things in a meaningful manner.

For some reasons my family has this mysterious way of accumulating lots of clothing and personal stuff (and not to boast most of them are of good quality and brands).  But no! - we do not buy them all.  Most of them are gifts from relatives and friends.  Anyway I think this clothing accumulation is normal because me and husband are both working and need to dress up most of the time plus that we have two rapidly growing kids.

Anyway going back to the unfinished collection of pre-loved stuff (1st paragraph). I continued  collecting miscellaneous items that we no longer need from our family stuff.  My thought is that I would have a ready batch to send to anybody who will need them.  Then came Typhoon Yolanda… I did not think twice. 

But here’s one secret that I would like to share and I hope that you will not judge me for this.  In spite of my not having problem on letting go of my personal stuff even some of them have  sentimental values, there are particular stuff that I can’t let go – my running gears. Particularly my running shoes. 

running shoesThey are not extra-ordinary nor the most expensive pairs.  But no matter how old and worn out my running shoes are I don’t give them away.  I wear them till it almost beg me to throw them away.  When a new pair came and the other pairs are still wearable, they just stay in my shoe cabinet.  I don’t know why but I won’t and can’t give them away.

That is why it was such a wonder for me when while I was cleaning my shoe cabinet, I suddenly picked some pairs and consider the thought of including them among the items that I continuously collecting for donation to Typhoon Yolanda victims.


Will I or will I not let these pairs go?  To be continued…

37th Milo Marathon: Angeles Eliminations Leg Result

Middle-distance runners Wenlie Maulas and Nikki Roque overcame the challenges of a 21K route and outraced other division contenders Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Angeles City. Today marks Roque’s first and Maulas’ second entry to the country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace, where they both took home the P 10,000 top purse for their victory.

Wenlie Maulas and Nikki Roque dominated the Angeles qualifying leg of the country's most prestigious running event, the 37th National MILO Marathon.

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A total of 7,367 students, athletes, and running enthusiasts joined the last qualifying race of the season, where 35 runners earned a slot to the finale on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City. They will compete with 500 of the country’s finest runners for the championship title and for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO.

A total of 7,367 runners blazed the Angeles track Sunday at the last qualifying leg of the 37th National MILO Marathon.

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As a seasoned mid-distance runner, Maulas used his speed and agility to his advantage and crossed the finish line at an impressive finishing time of 1:15:53, followed by Ganny Lou Coloma at a distant second (1:23:51) and Ronald Salgado in third (1:24:01).The 24-year old runner, who recently graduated from the University of the East-Manila, is hailed as one of the best athletes from the campus for winning multiple UAAP Men’s titles in 800m and 1,500m athletics. He also finished 4th place in the 2011 ASEAN University Games in Thailand.

Maulas expressed that he had difficulty finding his pace in the extensive 21K track, as this is only his second time completing the distance. His first 21K race was the National MILO Marathon in San Pablo in 2010, where he qualified for the National Finals and achieved his best time yet of 1:14. He also said that the coming finale will serve as one of the biggest challenges of his career.
“My younger brother, who trains with me, also joined the 5K race earlier. We both hope to make a career out of running and represent the country at international races someday.  The MILO Marathon finale is the first step towards realizing that dream. I’ll focus on my training for the next two weeks and practice 3 hours a day in preparation for the race.” ~Wenlie Maulas~
In the distaff side, 20-year old Roque proved that perseverance pays off and finished at 1:58:22, way ahead of Mary Gallano (2:06:52) and Therese Dimalanta (2:07:14). Roque is a government scholar at the Bataan Peninsula State University, and like Maulas, is a varsity athlete with several 1.5K, 3K, and 5K titles under her belt.

Despite being challenged by the rough road and by a persistent rival throughout the race, Roque expressed that her keen focus on the end goal gave her a second wind. In her younger years, Roque joined barangay races to contribute to her family’s finances. She also recently placed second in the 5K Orani Water District’s Water Dragon Run 2012: Run for the Watershed in Bataan. Aside from her family, Roque finds strength and motivation from her coach.
“Another competitor led the first 400 meters of the track, but I was able to match her pace and take the lead. At the 12th kilometer, all I could think about was winning the race to provide food for my family.”
“Our varsity coach at BPSU consistently motivates me to become a better athlete. He serves as an inspiration to me and my fellow varsity athletes.” ~Nikki Roque~
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“Transitioning to a more competitive area of the sport is not an easy feat, which is why the National MILO Marathon maintains well-designed races for our country’s best college athletes. Whether it is the shortest or the longest distance in the discipline, runners are able to meet a certain level of challenge in the MILO Marathon that drives them to become better on the track. We are proud to welcome new faces in the MILO arena, and hope that they become the next wave of champions who will bring pride to our country~” Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
MILO encourages the youth to engage in the sport of running to develop sportsmanship and fitness.

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As part of its ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO has given a total of 33,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Angeles City, namely Dr. Clemente Dayrit Elementary School, Arayat Central School, Pampanga National High School, Manibaug Elementary School, and San Fernando Elementary School.

MILO's Help Give Shoes advocacy today reached the 33,200 mark after distributing 500 pairs of brand new rubber shoes to beneficiaries in Angeles City.

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Click this link to view the complete race result.

37th Milo Marathon: Tarlac Eliminations Leg Result

Last year’s local winner, Miscelle Gilbuena made good use of her familiarity with the route to earn herself a back-to-back victory at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Tarlac City. Veteran runner Rafael Poliquit also showed perseverance under pressure and outlasted his closest pursuer, former MILO Marathon King Julius Sermona, in the men’s division race. Like many of this season’s marathon champions, both Gilbuena and Poliquit serve the country as members of the Philippine Air Force.

Veteran campaigners Rafael Poliquit and Miscelle Gilbuena edge their strong contenders to claim a trip to the 37th National MILO Marathon National Finals in December

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Of the 12,089 students and running enthusiasts who joined the race, 55 runners successfully beat the clock and booked a ticket to the finale in December. They are set to compete with 500 other elite runners from across the country for the championship title and for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO. As a testament to the increasing number of skilled athletes in provincial areas, the Tarlac race has tied Manila for the most number of qualifiers in a single regional leg this season.

12,089 runners braved the 37th National MILO Marathon qualifying leg in Tarlac.

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24-year old Poliquit found himself running alongside seasoned runners Sermona and Elmer Sabal, and sparked a rivalry with the veterans throughout the race. Poliquit managed to take the lead at the last 10 meters of the race, and settled the score at the finish line at 1:12:38, relegating Sermona to second place with 1:12:47 and Sabal to third at 1:13:53.
“It was a very close race. Sermona was my strongest contender, and I was only able to pull away at the last minute. With a slot in the finale secured, my next goal is to beat Kenyan runners in the Open Category of the National Finals.” ~Rafael Poliquit~
In the distaff division, 25-year old Gilbuena took the lead at the sound of the starting gun, but struggled throughout the first few meters of the race. After finding her pace at the 2-kilometer mark, she ran alongside strong male contenders and crossed the finish line at 1:28:06. Last year’s second placer Berna Pulmano finished behind her a distant second at 1:36:13, followed by Melinda de los Reyes at 1:42:16.
Gilbuena started running in the MILO Marathon in 2008 and has since consistently qualified for the National Finals year after year. This victory, the sprinter said, is dedicated to her family in Cebu, who are victims of the unfortunate events that affected thousands of our countrymen.
“It has only been a few weeks since the earthquake and the typhoon hit our hometown in Cebu. My family is still trying to pick up the pieces. Knowing that I could use my winnings to help them gave me a second wind and propelled me towards the finish line.” ~Miscelle Gilbuena~
Miscelle said that a part of her Php 10,000 prize money will be given to her relatives.
“Our athletes have consistently represented the Filipino resilience and determination to rise against adversity. We are proud that we have produced a group of dedicated and public-spirited individuals who run for the country and its people. MILO is one with the athletic community in dedicating every competitive stride to our countrymen after the recent events in the Visayan region. We hope that our runners’ passion inspire bravery and the will to move through the greatest challenges.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
As part of its ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO has given a total of 32,500 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Tarlac City, namely Capas High School, San Miguel Central School, Sto. Cristo Elmentary School, Tarlac West Central School, and Mataalaib Bato Elementary School.

MILO's Help Give Shoes Advocacy today reached the 32,700 mark and is set to lead more little champions to their dreams.

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The last regional qualifying race of the season will be held in Angeles City on November 24, before advancing to the SM Mall of Asia grounds for the 37th MILO Marathon National Finals on December 8.


The National MILO Marathon not only inspires athletic aspirations but also unity among Filipino families across the country.

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Click this link to view the complete race result.

Rescue Run 2013 for Typhoon Yolanda Victims by Greentennial Run. Count Me In!

I haven’t been officially running for more than three months now but when it comes to running for rescue - Count me in!

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The Filipino Running Community once again unite for a noble purpose.  Runners, athletes, families, office mates and friends are invited to join RESCUE RUN happening this Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Bonifacio Global City (9th Street cor 34th Street near the Football Field).

Minimum donation to run for 5K and 10K category is PhP150.00 in exchange for a race bib.  Registration starts Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at:

A Runner’s Circle Manila, Telephone # 567-4786
SecondWind Stores- Teacher’s Village QC, Telephone # 914-0283
- Ortigas Home Depot, Telephone # 914-0283
-Greenhills G-Strip, Telephone #945-7856y

For further details and updates see Greentennial Run Facebook Page (Source).

37th Milo Marathon: Dagupan Eliminations Leg Result

AFP members rule MILO Marathon Dagupan race

Alquin Bolivar and Mirasol Abad, both members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), combated strong winds and the slippery terrain to win the 21K division of the 37th National MILO MarathonSunday in Dagupan City. Both runners are set to lead 26 other qualifiers to the finale in December, where they will compete with the country’s best runners for the championship title and for a trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO. A total of 8,043 runners joined the day’s race.

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28-year old Bolivar, who hails from Cagayan de Oro, said that he took the lead at gun start, but struggled with his pace at the 12th kilometer mark because of the challenging weather. He eventually pulled away and locked a distance at the last few kilometers, crossing the finish line at 1:13:47. Behind Bolivar were national athlete Robeno Javier at 1:13:53 and Crifrankreadel Indapan at 1:16:02.
“I’m planning to use my training for the AFP Olympics to prepare for the National Finals. Through running, I and other members of the AFP stay in shape for work. We are able to develop good health and perform better.  A lot of the country’s athletes – those who are disciplined and motivated by their sport – are able to achieve bigger opportunities like being recruited by the AFP. The MILO Marathon has become a breeding ground for public servants.” ~Alquin Bolivar~
The Duty Sergeant also expressed that the MILO Marathon helps him promote the AFP and show that they are not just public servants but athletes as well..  He also added that MILO Marathon regional champion Gerald Sabal and two-time MILO Marathon Queen Jho-An Banayag are also members of the AFP.

In the distaff side, 28-year old Abad outlasted female competitors and crossed the finish line at 1:30:49, way ahead of Mercy Taypoc (1:32:52) and Lany Cardona (1:35:20), all while battling a mild cold. Abad, who is a member of the Philippine Duathlon Team, is considered one of the top duathletes in the country. She adds today’s victory to her collection of titles in other national races.
“My training includes a combination of biking and running for 3 hours to extend my endurance and improve my speed,” she said. “I also plan to join the Philippine National Duathlon Championships later this year to prepare for the MILO Marathon National Finals.” ~Mirasol Abad~
Abad also expressed that the MILO Marathon helps develops teamwork and camaraderie among members of the AFP as they frequently run together in the National MILO Marathon.
“MILO salutes the passion and dedication that the men and women of our nation’s armed forces render to defend our countrymen. We at the National MILO Marathon are very proud to have engaged an admirable set of people who continue to lead their fellow athletes to imbibe the core values of a champion. We hope to draw more local heroes to join the discipline and inspire runners to take their love for country and true athleticism to the competitive track.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 32,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. Through this ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Dagupan City, namely East Central Integrated School, Dagupan City National High School, Bonuan Boguig National High School, North Central Elementary School, and Bued National High School.

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The qualifying race will resume in Tarlac on November 17, before advancing to Angeles on November 24 for the last regional race of the season. The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Click this link to view the complete race result.

37th Milo Marathon: Baguio Eliminations Leg Result

Challenged neither by the course nor the competition, reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista treated spectators to a thrilling comeback Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Baguio City.

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Not to be outdone, a be-medalled Cristabel Martes also proved her mettle in the 21K track and earned herself a back-to-back win in the local race. Both Buenavista and Martes have four National MILO Marathon titles under their belt and are considered to be two of the best runners in the country.

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Buenavista, Martes and 35 other qualifiers booked themselves a ticket to the finale in December, where 500 of the country’s finest athletes will compete for up to Php 300,000 in cash and for a chance to represent the Philippines at the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO. About 5,210 athletes, students and running enthusiasts joined the prestigious race today in the City of Pines.

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Leaving no room for error, two-time Olympian Buenavista made good use of his quick reflexes to take the lead at the starting gun, and closed his finishing time at an impressive 1:12:39. With Cesar Castaneto (1:14:21) and last year’s local champion Hernanie Sore (1:19:55) trailing behind him in desperate pursuit, the 35-year old Cotabato native sustained a matchless pace and claimed his third Baguio title.

Adding today’s victory to his extensive collection of titles, Buenavista revealed that he may not be able to compete in this year’s MILO Marathon finals, as he is set to represent the country at the Southeast Asian games (SEAGames) in December.
“If time and condition permit, I’ll compete in the finale. If I do, my goal would be to defeat James Tallam in the Open category race. “I plan to train here in Baguio with the Philippine Athletics Team. My training will cover all aspects of running to ensure that I am prepared to meet strong local and foreign competitors.” ~Eduardo Buenavista~
Last year, Buenavista finished around 3 minutes after his foreign rival, and claimed the Local category win at the MILO Marathon finals.
In the distaff division, long-time Baguio bet Martes posted a wide margin over her closest pursuers Gretchen Ablaza (1:49:41) and Rowena Ba-A (1:50:43), and maintained the distance from start to finish. Unfazed by the uphill track at the end of the route, Martes clocked in at a swift 1:31:33 and claimed her sixth trip to the National Finals.
“I have had a long career as an athlete. I started running in 1992, and shifted to long-distance running in 1999 when a coach of the Philippine team discovered me” ~Cristabel Martes~
That same year, the running legend went on to become the then-youngest female runner to win the National MILO Marathon title at 21 years old. Her other stellar victories include taking home 2 gold medals in the SEAGames (2001, 2005) and winning various international races in Hong Kong and Cambodia. She also expressed that runners like her who are in their 30s perform extraordinarily well in the sport.
“Being 34-years old, I am currently at my athletic prime. I want to maximize my physical peak and use it to cultivate and develop future running champions. However, I have to start focusing more on motherhood.  I respect what MILO is doing to help young athletes and I am proud to be a part of their cause.”  ~Cristabel Martes~
Martes is both a coach at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and a mother to one daughter.

As an ongoing commitment to inspire more Filipinos especially the youth to overcome all of life’s obstacles and engage in a wholesome sport like running, MILO provides pairs of running shoes to underprivileged students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of MILO Marathon runners and partners, a total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Baguio, including Benguet High School, Bakakeng Elementary School, Manual A. Roxas Elementary School, Jose Rizal Elementary School and Josefa Carino Elementary School, bringing the total shoe count to 31,700.
“The MILO Marathon was the first sports event launched by MILO in the Philippines, and we have since truly grown as a local stage for athletics. This is evident in the number of runners we have engaged in the sport as well as in the caliber of talents that we attract and produce to date.  Eduardo and Cristabel are greatly recognized in the country and in Southeast Asia, and bear out the class of competition that the MILO Marathon continues to raise for both elite athletes and beginners. As we near the end of another season, we look forward to shaping a new band of champions through more quality races and our sports development efforts centered on education across all regions.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
The qualifying race will commence in Dagupan on November 10, before advancing to Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Click this link to view the complete race result.

Today’s Photograph: What Is Your Favorite Game Food?

What’s your favorite game food?

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You can have your hot dogs, popcorn, chips or whatever. We will have our Taho as we shout Goal!!!

37th Milo Marathon: General Santos Eliminations Leg Result

MILO Marathon Queen restores title at MILO Marathon General Santos race

Former MILO Marathon Queen Flordeliza Donos reestablished her dominance over the 21K tracks Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in General Santos City. Not to be outdone, veteran runner Arnold Unabia managed to post a 1-second difference against closest rival Gilbert Maluyo to win the men’s division race.

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About 7,060 students, athletes and running enthusiasts joined the country’s most prestigious foot race at the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

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This is Donos’ fifth and Unabia’s eighth time to earn a coveted spot in the MILO Marathon National Finals, where they will compete with 23 other qualifiers from today’s race for the championship title and for a trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO at the end of the year.

Donos, who is an Air Woman at the Philippine Air Force, used the fair weather to her advantage and clocked in at an impressive 1:26:51, way ahead of Monaliza Ambasa (1:31:39) and Cellie Rose Jaro (1:32:02). The 26-year old runner has had her fair share of marathon victories in the past, having won the MILO Marathon 42K National Finals in 2010, the MILO Marathon 21K Davao race last year, and the 10K Merrell Adventure Run 2013.

Despite today’s stunning victory, Donos said she is currently training for the Philippine Air Force Battalion Race, where she is team mates with two-time MILO Marathon Queen Mary Grace de los Santos, and might not compete in the National Finals unless given permission by her superiors.
Donos also expressed that beyond training Filipino runners need support from groups and from the government to improve their chance against foreign competitors.
“I always make it a point to run a MILO race every year to show my appreciation for the support and recognition MILO gives to local athletes. I also value how winners serve as role models to aspiring runners and to children who are beginning to love the sport.” ~Flordeliza Donos~
In the men’s division race, Unabia got a second wind at the 50-meter mark and crossed the finish line at 1:14:48, a mere second before Maluyo (1:14:49) but way ahead of third placer Welmark Garcel (1:18:11). The 35-year old trainer from Tangub City took the lead at the last 150 meters of the race, but had difficulty maintaining a distance from the other seasoned runner.

Unabia is no stranger to close calls in the MILO Marathon, having had an intense rivalry with Jeffrey Sotto in previous Cagayan de Oro races, where the younger runner broke his four-peat record. He said today’s victory reaffirms his goal to show other runners from big cities that small-town athletes like him can shine in the national arena. He added that he looks forward to competing with international talents and enlisting his students in the finale race.
“My passion for running has become my profession as well. I make a living by teaching children how to appreciate sports at the Tangub City Hall.  I motivate my students to join the MILO Marathon, so they can observe different types of runners and understand the discipline better. I am very thankful to MILO for their support and for helping young athletes aspire for greatness” ~Arnold Unabia~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 31,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. Through this ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in General Santos City, namely General Santos City National High School, Koronadal National Comprehensive High School, Baluan National High School, Buayan National High School and Ireneo I. Santiago National High School.

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“We have seen a steady increase in the number of local athletes whose goal is to compete against a diversity of runners from across the globe. Our runners continue to show that the Filipino spirit can triumph over a powerful set of foreign talents. While we support all competitors in the MILO Marathon, we recognize our very own runners as they vie for an all-Filipino finish. We will continue to work closely with local government units and other institutions to scale support and raise national athletic excellence.”~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
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The qualifying race will resume in Baguio on November 3, before advancing to Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Click this link to view the complete race result.

Today’s Run: Sports Bra

I remember mentioning several times on my posts that I can not run without music plug-in to my ears.  It slows me down and it makes me feel tired easily when I hear my steps and breathing.  The more the upbeat the music is the more I am motivated to run.  Now I found there’s another thing that makes me not to run - Sports Bra.

You know I’m kinda gifted on the upper part (LOL/but seriously).  And I’m not just gifted but you can call me “extra gifted”.  My female friends are jealous about this “gift” but to be honest most of the time I find it very inconvenient especially during runs.  So you must know how much I thank whoever invented the sports bra.  It made my physical activities and running more easier and comfortable.  

Anyway before we go further let me just mention that this is actually not “today’s run”.  This happened during the series of my run after Typhoon Maring.  Just when I thought that the continuous heavy rain did not cause any personal inconvenience to me, well I was wrong.  One morning while dressing up for my regular run I found that my brassiere cabinet has water on it and everything inside were wet.  It seemed like the non-stop heavy rain caused leak to our bedroom’s window sill.  The rain water find its way on my undies cabinet which is positioned on the wall beside the window.  Aaw the power of water!

Not wanting to cancel my plan to run I looked from the clothes line if there’s a dry sports bra that I can wear but I can’t find one.  The sun was not showing for the whole week thus the newly-washed laundries were still damp if not wet.  I put on a regular bra and picked up anything that I can wear.  I headed out and do brisk walking for thirty minutes then head back home.   What a lousy day!

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Today’s Running Wear:
Feeling lousy and lazy with one important gear lacking today, I grabbed my TEKGEAR running skirt (skort) and I topped it with an old soccer jersey.  I don’t feel like wearing a singlet without proper protection on top.

Today’s Song:
All from Chopin.

Today’s Eat:
Home made “sopas” and water.

Anyway just to give some simple reasons why one should wear a sports bra when doing physical activities:
  • It helps reduce breast pain
  • It helps to avoid annoying stares from the opposite sex (especially to someone like me who is really gifted up there).
  • It can reduce long term sagging
  • It will not look scandalous if some parts will be exposed unlike with regular bra.  Some are intentionally exposing the straps or whatever part to create a cool-looking style/fashion.
  • It makes a great collection
I have my own list of favorite brands and style but if you want to check the latest list of the best sports bra for runners - click this link!

37th Milo Marathon: Davao Eliminations Leg Result

One-two finish for Jaro sisters at MILO Marathon Davao race

Sisters Cynthia and Criselyn Jaro proved that speed runs in their blood when they posted a spectacular one-two finish at the 21K women’s division run Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Davao City. Last year’s champion Anthony Nerza also proved his mettle during the race and successfully defended his local crown to clinch a repeat victory. 

Anthony Nerza and Cynthia Jaro emerge as 21K distance champions at the Davao qualifying leg of the 37th National MILO Marathon.

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Nerza and the Jaro sisters earned themselves an all-expenses paid trip to the finale in December, where 500 of the country’s best runners will compete for up to Php 300,000 in cash and for a chance to run the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO. A total of 13,412 runners joined the twelfth qualifying leg of the prestigious nationwide race, with 29 other runners booking a slot in the finals.

In an eager attempt to take the lead, Nerza hastened his pace at the 58th minute mark and crossed the finish line at a record-setting 1:11:08, relegating Elmer Bartolo (1:14:43) and Machale Jan Echalico (1:15:44) to second and third place, and securing his third ticket to the MILO Marathon finals.

The 24-year old Brokenshire mainstay expressed elation at beating his best time despite having only a week’s worth of preparation.
 “The limited time I had to train for this race posed a big challenge for me before today, but surprisingly, it became one of my strengths. I followed a tough training program that includes 3 to 4 hours of jogging and 20 repetitions of a 400 m workout for speed and endurance. I pushed myself hard enough and managed to pull through at my fastest time to date.” ~Anthony Nerza~
In the distaff side, Jaro’s fast reflexes gave her an advantage when she propelled herself to claim the lead at the sound of the starting gun. She posted a finishing time of 1:30:43, ahead of younger sister Criselyn, who finished at 1:32:49, and Davao bet Emely Avergonzado (1:34:49).

The elder Jaro shared that three of their other sisters competed in the race, namely Dymie Rose, who placed 4th in the 5K division, and Cecel, who placed 3rd in the 10K division, and Cellie Rose who joined the 21K division.
“The race was exceptionally motivating as I was able to run with my sisters on the same track. I am proud of all of them and of what they’ve accomplished today, and I look forward to seeing Criselyn in December.  While victory is very fulfilling, there is still so much work to be done. I intend to add a 1-kilometer workout to my training to increase speed and gain more distance from my opponents.” ~Cynthia Jaro~
The 23-year old Jaro also remarked that she needs to draw up a new record at the finale and will need further training to stay conditioned.  A Brokenshire College Physical Education undergraduate like Nerza, Jaro takes pride in sharing her gift in the sport of running with a group of children. Rosenelyn Depillo, a student of Jaro, topped the 5K division ranks at an impressive 16.28.
 “I started teaching the basics to children from my town in 2011. I see great potential in them, and hope to see their talents recognized in the future. Running is a very challenging sport, and I am very proud to be a part of their achievements at a young age.” ~Cynthia Jaro~
As an ongoing commitment to inspire more Filipinos especially the youth to overcome all of life’s obstacles and engage in a wholesome sport like running, MILO provides pairs of running shoes to underprivileged students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of MILO Marathon runners and partners, a total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Davao, bringing the total shoe count to 30,700. Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Elementary School, Davao City High School, SPED Bangkal, Sta. Ana National High School and Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School were among the advocacy’s beneficiaries.

MILO’s Help Give Shoes today reached the 30,700 mark as it continues its campaign to develop sports in the country.

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“MILO endeavors to inspire more athletes through education, and what better way to learn than from our own set of champions. We are immensely proud to be one of the running platforms that Cynthia is a part of as she imparts knowledge and skills about the discipline. The National MILO Marathon has already become a learning base for athleticism, and we value the efforts of our runners to share the principles of sportsmanship and develop the local running community.” ~ Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
13,412 marathoners pounded the Davao running course at the 37th National MILO Marathon.

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The qualifying race will commence in General Santos on October 20, before advancing to Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will be onDecember 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Click this link to view the complete race result.

37th Milo Marathon: Butuan Eliminations Leg Result

Elite runner Judelyn Miranda reasserted her claim over the 21-K tracks Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Butuan City. This is Miranda’s fifth consecutive win in the regional leg, after placing fourth in last year’s National Finals local category race. Jobert Carolino also shifted into full gear and dominated his closest pursuers in the men’s division run. Both Miranda and Carolino earned themselves a coveted spot in the finale and the Php 10,000.00 top purse.

Seasoned tracksters Judelyn Miranda and Jobert Carolino claimed victory at the 37th National MILO Marathon Butuan qualifying leg.
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Of the 10,060 runners who joined today’s race, 13 other qualifiers will join Miranda, Carolino and earlier qualifiers in December, where they will compete for the title of MILO Marathon King and Queen and for a trip to the Paris Marathon in 2014 courtesy of MILO.

A total of 10,060 graced the Butuan tracks Sunday at the eleventh regional qualifying leg of the 37th National MILO Marathon.
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38-year old Miranda, who was at the head of the competing pack since gun start, finished at an impressive 1:30:04 to route Lalaine Patricio (1:47:02) and Gina Factura (1:59:23) to second and third place, respectively. Earlier this year, the seasoned marathoner won the 41.9 kilometer Mulatto Off Road Duathlon and 15-K event of the 2013 Hunat Dabaw Run.

Miranda, who previously copped five qualifying spots in the MILO Marathon National Finals, expressed that she will continue the strong bid for a finale title.
“I have been running MILO races since grade school and even after almost 20 years, I am still motivated by the same amount of passion for the sport. I achieved my fastest time in the 42-K distance of last year’s finals and I am scheduled to resume training to beat this personal record in the upcoming competition.” ~Judelyn Miranda~
Tagum City native Carolino led the last stretch and crossed the finish line at a swift 1:13:50 to outpace distance contenders Jerald Zaballa (1:14:08) and Glendon Candinao (1:15:29). Carolino’s victory in this year’s Butuan leg grants him a fourth ticket to a MILO Marathon National Finals.
“The pressure to take home the title eliminates the opportunity to enjoy my passion for running that is why I try not to focus on only winning in every marathon I join. I intend to carry this perspective into the final race in December while setting the pace on track.” `Jobert Carolino~
A distinguished athlete, Carolino recently bagged honors in the Columbia Eco Trail Run and ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Run 3. The Philippine team hopeful further remarked that he aims to raise his personal best by building on speed and endurance in time for the national tryouts in May.
“Today’s turnout at Butuan City truly exemplifies the growing appreciation for the sport of running. As such, we expect the next few regional legs to post the same amount intensity not only in numbers but also in performance en route to the finals.  With the outstanding display of true athleticism and willpower in preceding competitions, we can expect another action-packed culmination in December. Our team is taking preparations to the next level to deliver an exceptional event that will cap the season.”  ~Andrew Neri -MILO Sports Executive~
MILO continues to promote global race standards in terms of security and safety that contribute to the overall success of the each running event. With the invaluable support of Butuan's local government headed by Hon. Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., M.D., about 190 police and military personnel were deployed to impose precautionary measures across the race vicinity and ensure the safety of the runners and spectators alike.

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 30,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. Through this ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Butuan City, namely Maguinda National High School, Banza National High School, Hawilian National High School, Agusan National High School, and Taligaman National High School.

Beneficiaries of MILO's Help Give Shoes advocacy race to the finish line at the qualifying run of the 37th National MILO Marathon in the Timber City of the South. The Help Give Shoes advocacy has delivered 30,200 pairs of brand new rubber shoes to public school students to date.
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The MILO Marathon continues to strengthen not only the Philippine sports community but also family bonds through the sport of running across the country. 
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The qualifying race will resume in Davao on October 13, before advancing to General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Click this link to view the complete race result.

37th Milo Marathon: Cagayan De Oro Eliminations Leg Result

Despite the heavy downpour mid-race, veteran runner Juneil Languido persevered and dethroned last year’s local 21K top placer Jeffrey Sotto Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon Cagayan de Oro qualifying race. Local bet Cresabel Cadion, who placed first in 2011, also forged a victory against her closest pursuers and managed to take back the CDO crown that was once hers.

1 - Veteran athlete Juneil Languido and female counterpart Cresabel Cadion trounced their running contenders at the tenth quali

A total of 11,785 runners, including Region X Governor Bambi Emano who ran 5K, graced the tenth qualifying leg of the prestigious nationwide race, marking not only a higher headcount in the regional competition but also the continued support of the local government.

2 - A total of 11,785 runners joined the action-packed race at the 37th National MILO Marathon Cagayan de Oro qualifying leg

Languido and Cadion each received the Php 10,000 top purse for their respective victories, and are set to lead 34 other 21K qualifiers to the finale in December. This is Languido’s fourth trip to the MILO Marathon National Finals, following a seventh place finish in the finale last year. As an added incentive to this year’s winnings, MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to the 2014 Paris Marathon to compete with the world’s finest athletes.

29-year old Languido, who posted the fastest qualifying time of last season in Cebu, clocked in at an equally impressive 1:12:39, beating fellow Bukidnon native Ramil Neri (1:14:55) and former CDO champion Jeffrey Sotto (1:15:30). Languido was expected to compete in the earlier Cebu qualifiers, and surprised both spectators and runners alike when he showed up at the starting line of today’s race.

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In the distaff side, Cadion, who placed third in last year’s local leg, redeemed herself at the finish line and posted a swift 1:31:22, way ahead of Davao runner Vivian Avergonzado (1:39:35) and Lezette Albarote (1:43:45). The 20-year old student from Pagdian City was also the second runner-up of the 42K Prycegas International Marathon in 2012.  Cadion, who has joined the MILO Marathon since she was 15.
“Today’s run was fine, as I was able to maintain my pace throughout the race. My training focuses a lot on endurance, particularly on distance running and strength training.  Running helps provide financial support for my studies, so I’m determined to perform well and hopefully place in the National Finals.”. ~Cresabel Cadion~
Wrapping up the day’s special awards are members of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGHS), who, with 1705 finishers and an average time of 19:02, took home both the Biggest Delegation and Fastest Delegation plums.

As an ongoing commitment to inspire more Filipinos especially the youth to overcome all of life’s obstacles and engage in a wholesome sport like running, MILO provides pairs of running shoes to underprivileged students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. With the invaluable support of MILO Marathon runners and partners, a total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Cagayan de Oro, bringing the total shoe count to 29,700. Consolacion Elementary School, Bulua National High School, Puerto National High School, Macabalan Elementary School and Kauswagan Central School were among the advocacy’s beneficiaries.

Race organizers expressed elation at the determination and courage displayed by the runners at the first Mindanao race of the season.
“The best stories in the MILO Marathon are rooted in the most remarkable Filipino values. Through the years, we have taught our runners that victory is not the purpose of each race, but building the passion to finish it, so that if they ever have to face defeat, they can only be motivated to run again.  That’s why we continue to grow in numbers each year. We believe that our runners will continue to begin and finish each challenge with the heart and attitude of true athletes.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
3 - Marathoners cross the finish line of the 37th National MILO Marathon 10-K distance in Cagayan de Oro. 
The qualifying race will commence in Butuan on October 6, before advancing to Davao (October 13), General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Click this link to view the complete race result.

37th Milo Marathon: Cebu Eliminations Leg Result

Cebu City launched a whopping 24,067 headcount at the ninth 37th National MILO Marathon regional race.

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Local favorites John Philip Dueñas and Mary Joy Tabal headlined the 21K division run Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon Cebu qualifying race at the Cebu City Sports Center. This is Tabal’s third victory in the local leg, which marks the largest regional race of the season so far with a record-breaking headcount of 24,067 runners.

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Dueñas and Tabal will lead other qualifiers to the National Finals in December, where they will join earlier qualifiers Elmer and Cresenciano Sabal, Eric Panique and Janice Tawagin. As an added incentive to the prestige of winning the country’s premier footrace, MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete with the world’s finest athletes at the Paris Marathon in 2014.

24-year old Tabal, who placed second in the 42K race of last year’s National Finals, answered the starting gun with urgency and finished at an impressive 1:24:50. The veteran runner earned herself an all-expenses paid trip to the finale in December and the Php 10,000.00 top purse. Earlier this year, she won the Adidas King of the Road 16.8K marathon, and was the fastest Filipina finisher at the Safeguard 2XU International Half-Marathon.

Tabal, who recently earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration, expressed that she constantly challenges herself to improve her performance.  She said that she runs about 150 km per week to improve not only her speed but her endurance as well.
“Today, I met the male runners of the 21K division head on and matched their pace throughout the race. Competing with my strong male counterparts pushed me to run faster and achieve a better track record.” ~Mary Joy Tabal ~

Tabal and Dueñas have shared other victories in the local and international marathon scene, including the Sundown Marathon in Singapore and the 12-KM R-399: Live Your Dreams tribute run. Both runners also received special citations for exemplary performance in running at the 31st SAC-SMB Cebu Sports Awards.
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Dueñas, who is Tabal’s training partner and coach since 2009, expressed that they will continue to work and train together to overcome their respective challenges.
“I am currently training to compete in more triathlons, while Mary Joy competes in more marathons. The National MILO Marathon is the perfect training ground for me to build my stamina and endurance particularly in running. [Through the race] I am able to challenge and compete with local and international talent, and I look forward to running alongside the nation’s best in the National Finals” ~John Philip Dueñas~
A distinguished triathlete, Dueñas placed 3rd in the Filipino Elite male division of Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines, and was the winner of the 2013 Dipolog Centennial Triathlon. Despite qualifying for the finals six times prior in the regional races, this is Dueñas’ first title win for the National MILO Marathon.

Completing the top three cast in the men’s division race were Bonifacio Monjas (1:16:32) and Argie Tillor (1:19:57). Meanwhile, in the distaff division, last year’s MILO Marathon Tagbilaran 21K winner Christy Sevilleno settled for a far second at 1:40:58, and Sandra Soliano settled for third at 1:43:21.
“We are very proud to report that we’ve broken another record this year by surpassing last year’s massive headcount in Cebu. We also noticed a significant increase in the number of 21-K division runners, which only means that the competition has leveled up. The Visayas region has always produced some of the country’s finest athletes, including today’s multi-titled winners. We remain grateful for the invaluable support of the Cebuanos and look forward to what they’re taking to the track in the finale.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive~
MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri (extreme left) and Head Race Organizer Rio Dela Cruz (extreme right) join Cebu City 21-K distance victors John Philip Dueñas and Mary Joy Tabal at the awarding ceremony of the local 37th National MILO Marathon qualifying leg in the Cebu City Sports Center.
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With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 29,200 shoes to public school students nationwide through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy. Through this ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO delivered 500 pairs of running shoes to beneficiary schools today in Cebu City, namely Marigondon National High School, Don Sergio Osmena Sr. Memorial National High School, San Nicolas Elementary School, Simeon Ayuda Elementary School and Pusok Elementary School.

The National MILO Marathon inspires not only athletic excellence and sportsmanship but also camaraderie in the Philippine sports community.
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The qualifying race will resume in Cagayan de Oro on September 29, before advancing to Butuan (October 6), Davao (October 13), General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Click this link to view the complete race result.

37th Milo Marathon: Tagbilaran Eliminations Leg Result

Over 6,153 athletes, students, and running enthusiasts competed in the eighth qualifying leg of the 37th National MILO Marathon in Tagbilaran City.

A massive 6,153 runners joined the thrilling action at the 8th qualifying leg of the country's premiere foot race, the 37th Nat 
Students Emmanuel Comendador and Teodelyn Calabroso overpowered their closest 21-K division rivals to take home the P10,000.00 top purse and trophy. Both athletes will lead other qualifiers to the finale in December.

Teodelyn Calabroso and Emmanuel Comendador defeated strong contenders to rule the Tagbilaran course at the 37th National MILO Marathon
Teodelyn Calabroso and Emmanuel Comendador will lead fellow qualifiers to the much anticipated National Finals of the 37th Nati

To further its commitment to providing opportunities for Filipinos to compete with the world’s finest athletes, MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to the Paris Marathon next year.
Despite losing his way in the middle of the race, 24-year old Comendador rallied through the 21-K track and posted an impressive 1:16:05, followed by a distant second Jordan Bacong (1:17:47) and Dodong Vosotros (1:20:07) in third. The Marine Engineering major is a fixture at local marathons and triathlons, which, he expressed, is how he stays conditioned for the races even without a solid training routine.

Earlier this year, the TriBohol member was the first Filipino to finish both the Captivating Camotes Triathlon and the 21-K Bohol International Marathon, and was part of the top ten Filipinos to finish the Vaseline Men Xterra Off-road Triathon Championship.
“I am not normally trained for marathons, so I gain my stamina and strength from biking and swimming.” ~Emmanuel Comendador~
In the distaff side, 20-year old Calabroso overcame the difficult terrain and crossed the finish line at 1:43:44, way ahead of counterparts Leonora Villamor (1:54:43) and Alma Piquero (2:13:48). The BIT-International College student finished second in last year’s National MILO Marathon Tagbilaran 21-K race and finished  in the 21-K category of the Boholympics 2012. Calabroso, a varsity distance runner, expressed that her performance improved significantly this year.
“I only placed second last year, so it feels food to finally top the ranks this season. I’ve worked hard on my speed through interval training. I’ll train harder for the upcoming finals,” ~Teodelyn Calabroso~
Through MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, 500 pairs of running shoes were delivered to beneficiary schools in Tagbilaran today, including Tangcasan Elementary School, Kinagbaan Primary School, Lourdes High School, Doljo Elementary School, and Ubujan Elementary School. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given pairs of running shoes to 28,700 public school children to date.

The Help Give Shoes Advocacy reaches the 28,700 mark at the eighth qualifying leg of the 37th National MILO Marathon in Tagbila
"MILO drew new records across all its sports programs this season. We are ecstatic that more and more people, especially the youth, are being engaged to take a step toward a fit lifestyle not only through running but also other sports. As we approach our 50th year, we will continue our mission of leading grassroots sports development and form a stronger Philippine sports community for the next generation of champions." ~Andrew Neri- MILO Sports Executive~
 Young marathoners finish the 5-K distance of the 37th National MILO Marathon in Tagbilaran
Young marathoners finish the 5-K distance of the 37th National MILO Marathon in Tagbilaran.

The qualifying race will resume in Cebu on September 22, before shifting to Cagayan de Oro (September 29), Butuan (October 6), Davao (October 13), General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24).

When You Can’t Run… Walk!

Obviously my new work is again affecting my two favorite passions – running and blogging.  Lately I find it hard to find time for both.  Anyway I’ve been with the same situation before and my history proved that I never gave up on any of both.  Though I announced being hiatus once in a while I still go back to running and blogging earlier than I expected.  I always take it as a challenge to apply time management so I can lead a balance life.  Come time I’m sure everything will fit in. 

Once again I am on the same situation when I found myself one early morning on a weekend walking in the  business district of Makati after a no-run/exercise week.

Me and my best walking buddy - my 7-year-old Bench red sneaker walking in the wet pavement along the Makati business district on a weekend.

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It was after the city flooding brought by the twin powers of Typhoon Maring and the southwest moon soon (Habagat).  I attended a make-up work schedule due to the non-work days during the city flooding. And you know how I love Makati during weekend?  I love it so much finding it sort of deserted – it’s soooo AWESOME!

loving the deserted Gil Puyat Avenue on a weekend



The street was damp but not muddy, the temperature was cool.  It was drizzling very lightly from time to time.  I was wearing my jeans, shirt, hooded jacket and my best walking buddy – my seven year old Bench red sneaker. Hmn… the scenario is giving me a nice idea that I’m sure my rusting legs will benefit from.

You know, one advantage of being a runner is that we can easily calculate distances using kilometers ha ha.  So I calculated the distance of my location to my destination and it’s 1.5 kilometer.  And this is not being so proud but a 1.5 km walk is EASY (chicken!) if you are running a 10km distance regularly (wink*). I sounded proud but YES I AM ha ha.

So I walk the distance home.  I even passed by a doughnut house and grab a box, then passed by a grocery store and pick some necessities that we missed buying from the last grocery buying.   By the time I reached home I was sweating out good, feeling more active and light – awesome.

My point here is that, we read from everywhere how good walking is for our health on top of which is the best way to burn cholesterol.  I will not mention here all the advantages because I’m pretty sure everybody knows that.  So why not take every opportunity that comes along and walk?  Walk the short distances when you go to anywhere.  Instead of taking those jeepneys, tricycles, tri-bikes and the likes.  You saved some coins and sort of saved your life from the killer calories.

Walking is not only good for health but for the mind as well.  For me walking gives me time to relax, think about on things, listen to my favorite music and the chance to observe the surroundings. And I tell you there’s a lot of learning by simply doing these.

Tara na lakad na!

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