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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