Philippine Kayak Explore Zambales 2012

September 3rd, 2012 2 comments

The 1st leg of the Philippine Kayak Explore 2012 which was held in Cavite was a success. It was the first time I joined a kayak race. Now its time to practice paddling again because 2nd leg is happening soon.

Ternate, Cavite sunrise on race day

Are you interested? Please read the Press Release below:

Kayaking has gone a long way since it was introduced in the country in 1993 as a water sport
in resorts. Its growing popularity with other adventure sports such as running, biking and
trekking may be attributed to the Philippines’ natural setting as the second biggest archipelago
on the planet with its 7,100 islands and long coastline.

As the country’s longest running kayaking series, Kayak Explore ZAMBALES Multi-Sports Festival on November 9-11 provides new twists as it combines kayaking marathons with swimming, running, biking and other activities such as learning how to paddle and ecotouring activities in open sea, river and lake venues. Kayak Explore events bring out the multi-dimensional features of the sport and touches both the physical regimen of sports enthusiasts and lives of local residents in coastal communities . The Hundred Islands experience in 1997 started moves of local governments around the country to consider kayaking to provide means of sustainable alternative livelihood.

In the municipalities of Candelaria, Masinloc and Botolan, trained volunteers as kayak guides and entrepreneurs will lead mangrove planting and ecotouring from Uacon Lake to nearby Potipot Island during the Kayak Explore ZAMBALES Multi- Sports Festival 2012 while multi-
sports activities include a 32K Uacon Cove-Masinloc Kayak Marathon, 18K Tri-Plus- One relay (open water swim, kayak, bike, run) and the 60K bike-run duathlon.

Beginners and would-be enthusiasts learn paddling basics in a kayaking clinic and see action in a 3K Uacon Lake Novice Race.

For those who would like to train, kayaking basic and advanced training courses are available at Ternate Beach Resort in Ternate, Cavite under kayaking pioneers Val and Didi Camara, who have made kayaking an affordable and relevant water sport to local communities. Up north, Uacon Lake will be a kayak training camp after this event on November 9-11.

For more details, check out or Philippine Kayaking Series facebook.

Top 10 Marathons to Join in Asia

July 31st, 2012 1 comment

So you have finished a marathon. Congratulations and welcome to the club!

After that amazing feat you are asking for more and you suddenly find yourself planning for the next sweet 42.195kms finish. Maybe this list would help you decide for your next marathon run:

1. Great Wall Marathon, China.

The route starts with a 9kms of steep up and down climb. Don’t worry because after this you would find your feet traipsing scenic villages and ricefields. If this is not welcome treat, think about ticking off something from your bucketlist- see The Great Wall of China. Do loads of hill training as you would be finishing where you started- 9kms of up and down climb. So you experience the dreaded “wall” in the Great Wall. :)

So what are you waiting for? Search quick for a Low-cost airfare to China now.

Happens every May.

2. Taj Mahal Marathon, India.

Don’t tell me you didn’t dreamed of seeing Taj Mahal up close and personal? So while you are into it, why not schedule a marathon during your trip. Please do remember that weather here is too much to handle. Marathoners should do lots of heat training when joining this. Ohh, before I forget, the route ends with a full view of Taj Mahal- a great motivation when runners are hitting “the wall”.

Do you know that Taj Mahal Marathon is also included in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Places to Run a Marathon?

Photo from

Happens every October

3. Tokyo Marathon, Japan.

Tokyo Marathon is one of the most attended marathons in Asia with more than 25,000 marathoners joining the event. The route starts at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and runs through Tokyo Imperial Palace - Hibiya Park - Shinagawa - Ginza - Nihonbashi - Asakusa - Tsukiji then finishes ar Tokyo Big Sight.

Happens every February.

4. Sundown Marathon, Singapore.

Be unique. run a marathon at nightfall. Duh? That’s why its called sundown. Sundown Marathon organizers make use of SG’s lovely parks while planning the route. They bring runners through east’s urban parks as well as major local landmarks like Bedok Reservoir, East Coast Park and the Changi Ferry Terminal. So its a tour of Singapore too! Plus you don’t have to worry about the humid Asian weather.

Happens every May.

5. Laguna Phuket International Marathon, Thailand.

I’ve been dreaming of this marathon a lot of this for the past years. Not only that the route is amazing, you will have a very nice course out and back of Laguna. You will pass by local villages, pineapple and rubber plantations. Not yet decided? Think about Phuket and its lush vegetation and island feel.

Happens every June.

5. Milo Marathon, Philippines.

This is the oldest marathon in the Philippines and maybe one of the oldest in Asia. Now running its 36th year, this marathon is the number one marathon event in the Philippines. Both elites and hobbyists target this 26.2 race because this is the most famous and fastest in the country. Everyone wants to beat the cut-off time and tries to qualify for the finals that happens before the year ends.

Photo from Running Photographers FB page

Happens every July and December

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JourneyingJames on Wikipedia: Team Diadora!

July 14th, 2012 2 comments

I don’t know what to say when I saw this one:

that is what you call ‘branding”



But I was happy. I was trying to ask myself what this means. I don’t know who wrote this but I’m thankful that I can see my name on Wikipedia already.

To be part of Team Diadora is an achievement and I am most happy to be part of this start-up running team. And to see the names and teams that Diadora is sponsoring above, I am thrilled! Really, I’m glad to be part of the roster.

Thanks to my Diadora family for believing in me. I’m back into running and is preparing for another half-marathon and hopefully my 3rd marathon and who knows an ultramarathon?

Diadora has been making running shoes since the 1970′s. They are more into the football scene but is now picking up on the running market. Anyway, I don’t know if you remember it but Piolo Pascual sports Diadora before and that is the reason why I know this brand. Here’s some of the photos I saw from


Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen it yet, here are some of my photos wearing Diadora:



I know, my pose on the second photo is not as hot as Piolo, but hey, I’m more manly than him. Ooooopssss.. Did I just say that? Sorry!


If you want to know more about Diadora Running Team, please visit us on Facebook: Don’t forget to “like” us too! Thank you!

10 Things To Do While Injured and Cannot Run

July 3rd, 2012 No comments

So you are injured? Now, what to do to keep yourself motivated or still be active in the running scene. Here are some suggestions that can be of help if you are nursing an injury right now.

I’m speaking from experience, I’ve been injured twice- the first was when I forced myself to race 10k just a week after finishing my first marathon. The second one was just 3 weeks ago when I forced myself to run with like hell, trying to beat my fastest time after a 4-month running hiatus. Crazy, I know.

So here ae some of the things you can do:

1. Eat healthy. I don’t want to talk about having a good and right pair of running shoes. You know that already. Maybe just a reminder to eat healthy because runners have this tendency to eat whatever they like and tell themselves, “it’s okay I will burn this on my next LSD.” Watch your diet dude.

You will never go wrong with salad


2. Build your core muscles. This is the perfect time to build you core. Do some sit-ups, pilates, plank exercise, push-ups, squats, stability balls or yoga. Just be easy with yourself, you don’t want to injure yourself again while doing some work outs. And while you are at it, don’t forget to get your personal injury claims. I’m sure you are covered by your company.

Yoga at the beach.


3. Start blogging. Yep! Why don’t you start a blog? Start a running blog, a ports blog, a food blog, a blog that showcases your passion. Use that extra time to write, to some its therapeutical, to some its a nice way to let time pass by, or you can write about your injury so others won’t experience the same.


4. Read a good marathon/running book. It’s also the time to read your dusty running books. Born to Run, Terry Fox and His Marathon of Hope, Duel in the Sun, Run Less, Run Faster, Marathoning for Mortals, The World’s Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie Story, Chi Running and Ultra Marathon Man are good books. If you don’t have a running book yet, use the money to buy one, you are not paying for an expensive race anyway.


5. Volunteer on races. Help others by volunteering on races. Helping beginners in their first marathon, cheer you friends or give some sports gel, water or maybe massage the stiffened muscles of your ultrarunner friend.

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Team Diadora in Total Fitness Philippines June 2012

June 16th, 2012 No comments

A quick announcement!

Just happy to see myself inside a health and fitness magazine- Total Fitness June 2012 issue.

I wanna thank Diadora Philippines for choosing me as one of their brand ambassadors in the Philippines.

As the caption says, Team Diadora Philippines is composed of Bave dela Cruz of Kain. Laboy. Takbo, Alfred V aka Running Atom, Sam the Running Ninja and Alan Ray of Running Free Manila. I’m on the far left of the photo (sorry quite dark and blurry.)

You you might also want to check out our Team Fan Page: Diadora Philippines Running Team.

That’s all for now, Total Fitness magazine is available at Php120, check your favorite bookstore.

PS. Hello sexy Marian Rivera on the cover:

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