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Sapphire Run at UPLB October 30

September 1st, 2011 2 comments


Dreaming of a new route; varried course- uphill, downhill, flat, rolling; huge trees; fresh air; and a relaxing venue? (Do I have to mention our famous Buko Pie and cheap yogurts at DTRI?)

Well, your dream comes to life! Save the date now OCTOBER 30, 2011 (Sunday)!


SAPPHIRE RUNSave And Protect PHIlippine Resource Ecosystem”

Race Venue: UPLB, Baker Hall
Date: October 30, 2011 (Sunday), 5:00am
Race Category: 3K (Php270), 5K (Php320), 10K (Php370)
Assembly Time: 5:00am
Gunstart: 10K- 6:00am; 5K 6:10am; 3K- 6:20am
Expected Participant: 2,000runners
Race Organizer: MacRunners Sports Inc. (Organizer of Biodiversity Run 2010)


Isang takbuhan sa UPLB, napakamura lang, mapapamura ka pa sa ruta.

Registration Areas:

Los Banos: Baker Hall, UPLB every evening starting September 19, 4:00-8:oopm

Online: Download the Registration form, fill-out and e-mail to macrunners_sports_ together with the scanned/photographed image of your deposit slip.

Entry fee may be deposited to BPI Family Bank. Account name: MACRUNNERS SPORTS, INC. Account # 005803-1928-65.

Deadline for submission of entries and online registration is on October 28, 2011/Friday, until 12:00 midnight.
Download Registration form: SAPPHIRE RUN Registration Form (984)


Prizes at Stake:

Prizes at stake, SAPPHIRE RUN 2011


So, Top 10 Finishers will have someting to bring home (and brag about).

All Finishers shall receive Finishers Certificate.
Race Route:


3K sapphire run

5K sapphire run


10K sapphire run


Activity Area:



  • To establish SAPPHIRE RUN as an annual reputable road race for the advocacy of environmental awareness, conservation and protection;
  • To promote running as very affordable avenue for physical fitness / wellness;
  • To foster healthy competition and camaraderie among local residents, invited athletes, running enthusiasts and running clubs from all walks of life;
  • To enhance local tourism in Los Baños through the conduct of road race within the rugged terrains of Makiling Forest, Jamboree site, Forestry campus and adjoining areas of UPLB Campus ; and
  • To generate funds from the advocacy run for the establishment of a plant nursery of Multi-Purpose Tree Species in line with the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) and other similar environmental conservation and protection endeavor.


Btw, I will be giving away some free race kits. And will publish the singlet design soon. For now, please spread the word! Thanks!


How to Get to UP Los Banos:

1. From Cubao. Take the Bus at HM Transport Terminal (Near Victory Liner Terminal) going to Sta.Cruz. Tell the conductor that you will get off at College, Los Banos. Then take the jeepney going to UPLB, tell the driver that you will go to Baker Hall. (Bus fare: Php104, Jeepney fare: Php8). Bus start to leave Cubao at 3:00am. Travel time is 1:30-1:45hours

2. From Gil Puyat/Buendia LRT. Take the Greenstaror DLTB bus going to Sta.Cruz. Get off at College or Junction, Los Banos. Take the jeepney going UPLB, get off at Baker Hall. (Bus fare: Php94, Jeepney fare: Php8). Travel Time is 1:30-1:45hours

3. From Alabang. Take the Bus going to Sta.Cruz, HM. or You can ride the bus going to Calamba. From Calamba Crossing (Fare: Php45), take the jeepney going to UPLB (Fare: Php20). Travel Time is 1:00-1:30hours.



Takbundukan: Running with Father Robert Reyes

August 3rd, 2011 5 comments


“I started running in the 70’s. How old are you during those years?,” asked the Running Priest at the first mile of our run. I said, “I’m not yet born and my mom is in her elementary.”


I was telling the Running Priest, “Father, this is one of dreams, to run with you; and I can’t believe that its happening this soon.”


In the beginning…

It was a right decision to wake up early on the first day of August. The run started at Botanical Garden in UPLB. A place that is close to my heart as there I started to love nature. It started when I was in my 3rd grade when I first climbed Mt. Makiling. 16 years later I found myself running with Fr. Robert Reyes supporting him on his advocacy of preservation the mountains of the Philippines.


This is where the advocacy run started- Makiling Botanic Gardens, UPLB


Takbundukan: An Avocacy Run for the Environment

With a wooden staff on his hand (made of a special species of bamboo–handcrafted by missing Jonas’ mom, Edith Burgos) and a 22L backpack Fr. Robert Reyes was preaching the conservation of nature by running. I together with my running teammates, Vic Caurez and Sunday Ombrog joined him on the first day of his 4-day run around the towns of Laguna and Batangas, towns that surround Mt. Makiling. Mt. Makiling proved to be the lungs of CALABARZON, an important watershed in this industrialized region.


Father Reyes with the MacRunners. I'm wearing blue.


The run should be Los Banos to Alaminos but because Fr. Reyes will do a homily on the second death anniversary of the late President Cory Aquino. We just ran from Los Banos until Calauan, Laguna; about 19 kilometers under the rain.


On Humility

My respect for this man has become deeper he walks (runs) what he preaches. On one talk in the municipal hall of Bay, he asked for forgiveness in behalf of the MitsuBishops that accepted SUVs from the former Pres. GMA.


Fr. Reyes making a speech with the highschool students of Laguna Science. He also asked for forgiveness in behalf of the Pajero 7.


Fr. Reyes with Bay Mayor Padrid's Wife


Until My Last Breath

On the service van I asked him until when he plans run for change. Coming from the heart, he said, “Until I’m breathing and I can still run, I will run.” The running priest is already 53 years old, has battled a lot of politicians that seem to encumber the development of the country, but still strong, fighting for the good not only of nature but also of the society.



This man cannot be boxed and will continue to effect change in the best way he can- run.


On the 4th day of his advocacy run, Takbundukan, I will run again with him. From Calamba City to Los Banos.


This humble man of God, indeed, runs what he preaches.


Photo credits: Sir Audie dela Cruz, DENR Region 4A


Late at Men’s Health All Terrain Race 2011

July 5th, 2011 1 comment

This is a late post thus the title but hey I learned during my elementary years that “better be late than never.

I'm still at Paseo de Sta.Rosa on my way to Nuvali at this time


I was also 6 minutes and 32 seconds late for the 5K gun start. Applying what I learned during my grade school years, I ran anyway. I don’t want to miss the opportunity of exploring the trails of Nuvali. Sweat began to flow after a mile, endorphins started working its way into my bloodstream and dirt was all over my shoes and feet. It was an awesome feeling after not running for so long.


I met familiar faces on the course but mostly are newbies in trail running. The course was really made for those who want to try the thrill of the trail for the first time and I bet that everyone enjoyed it. Nothing technical and the hardest part was the slight rolling hills on kilometers 2 and 4. On those hills I saw a lot of runners walk or slowdown. The huffing and puffing breath was music to my ears. I was amped!

If that's the trail, I have no problems with getting lost. I love the thrill of the trail!

These runners surely loved the trails. Have some trails sometime, huh?

I finished the race at 29:59 minus 6:32, making my 5K trail run time 23:27. Not bad for someone who hasn’t ran for some time because of the busyness of his travel schedules. And I think this is a PR for me as I don’t have an official 5K time yet.

Saying I enjoyed the race is an understatement. I was glad that I ran even though I was late.


Lesson: Run even if you are late (saying ang miles), unless it’s an hour late though.


My gratitude for Summit Media and Men’s Health for the invitation to run this race. Congrats to Leadpack for a very organize race.


You can download the Official Race Results by clicking this link: Men’s Health All Terrain Race Results c/o


Some photos can also be tagged from Men’s Health Facebook page.




Run for Clean Air, Run the Greenfield City Run

April 30th, 2011 No comments

Do you still remember last year’s Greenfied City Sunset Run? Here’s my account of last year’s Sunset Run.


This year’s run is quite different as this is the first advocacy run for Greenfield City- its for Cleaner Air.

This is what I got from the Bloggers’ Launch–


Greenfield Clean Air Runwill be held on May 29, 2011 at Greenfield City, Paseo de Sta. Rosa. This event features 4 race categories: 500m dash (for children 5 to 12 years old), 5km,10km and 21km.




Online registration period is from April 29 to May 15, 2011 only. Delivery of race kits will start on May 6, 2011.

Regular In-store registration period is from April 29, 2011 to May 15, 2011 only at the following venues:

  • R.O.X. – Level 2 R.O.X. Bldg. Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn–8pm, Tel # 8564638)
  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila(12nn– 8pm, Tel # 556-0445)
  • Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (12nn – 8pm, Tel # 8177896)
  • The Athletes Foot Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City ·
  • Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City(12nn– 8pm, Tel# 9167451) ·
  • The Athlete’s Foot Robinsons Galleria – 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig City(12nn – 8pm, Tel# 6363162)
  • Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna (Tel# 046-5412845, 02-4208003)

Late registration period is from May 16 – 22, 2011 at the following venues:

  • R.O.X. – Level 2 R.O.X. Bldg. Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn–8pm, Tel # 8564638)
  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila(12nn– 8pm, Tel # 556-0445)
  • Planet Sports Trinoma – – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City(12nn – 8pm, Tel# 9167451)


Race Category & Registration Fee

500M dash (Php250)/ 5K (Php600) / 10K (Php600) / 21K (Php750)

Race Features

500M dash- Race Kit (Bib No. & Timing Chip), Discount coupon from Planet Sports, Toby’s & RUNNR Store, Vicinity map, Brochures

5K- Race Kit (Singlet, Bib No. & timing Chip), Finisher’s Kit, Race Analysis & Discount Coupon from Toby’s, RUNNR & Planet Sports, Vicinity map, Brochures

10K- Race Kit (Singlet, Bib No. & timing Chip), Finisher’s Kit, Race Analysis & Discount Coupon from Toby’s, RUNNR & Planet Sports, Vicinity map, Brochures

21K- Race Kit (Singlet, Bib No. & timing Chip), Finisher’s Kit, Race Analysis, Finisher’s Token & Discount Coupon from Toby’s, RUNNR & Planet Sports, Vicinity map, Brochures


For those coming from Manila, Greenfield offers bus rides on a “first come, first serve basis” only. You have to tell the staff that you need a bus stub (one per registered runner) when you register (one stub per registered runner) at the stores mentioned above. They will give you a stub like the one below which you will be required to show when you board the bus come May 29 at 3:00am.


Meeting place is can be found below:


Security and safety concerns remain a top priority in all Runrio races, therefore to manage the crowded lanes we will implement starting time in waves.


Race Category / Assembly Time / Gunstart

500M / 4:00am / 5:55am

5K / 4:00am / 5:45am

10K / 4:00am / 5:35am

21K / 4:00am / 4:45am


LOCATION MAP (How to get to Greenfield City)



  • Registration may end earlier than announced deadline therefore, race kits may run out before May 22, 2011.
  • A valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first come first served basis.
  • A disposable timing device will be used by all participants during the race.
  • Finisher’s kits will be given upon finishing the race.
  • For questions and inquiries please contact (call only) any of the following Runrio hotline numbers from Monday to Friday (9:00am – 6:00pm). Landline: 02-7031736 / Globe: 0915-7827126 / Globe: 0927-3990043

I registered for the 21K, hopefully, I will beat my PR because the route here is dead flat. :) See you there!

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Mt. Makiling Traverse: X-Trail Run Ver.1

April 13th, 2011 12 comments

It was a fine Sunday morning when I, X, Christian and Carly met at UPLB gate for a trail run using the punishing route of Mt. Makiling, popularly known as MakTrav (or Makiling Traverse) by mountaineers.

Carly on the rope segment before approaching Peak 2. Everyone who conquered Mt.Makiling is familiar with this particular spot.

We started the run half an hour past 7:00am, run-walk strategy to conserve energy. We found ourselves refilling our hydration bags just before Agila base, preparing for the uber muddy trails from Camp 20-30. I think muddy is an understatement as we saw the mountaineers coming down from Peak 2 all-sullied-feet/shoe.

Carly, Christian and me at Peak 2 enjoying the chilly air for a while before continuing the trek to Peak 3.

No one from us (except for X) knows that this is how the gentle Maria Makiling greet her visitors. Making them muddy and dirty from the mud (no one is exempted), wounded from the thorns (especially Christian), and bloody from the limatics (we saw one). Our quads are still sore at the time of this writing.

This time with X, the master trail runner with his special skills of power walk. Running the difficult terrain seemed like a ‘walk in the park’ for this forester.

But the view from Peak 2 and 3 are breath-taking. The chilly air and the moving fog are a welcome treat after a tiring, punishing hike (we tried to run but we just can’t).

Remembering our trail food, we brought: 1 Cream-O pack, 1 Siopao, 4 slices of Gardenia Raisin Wheat Bread, 1 Nature Valley Peanut bar and 2 Rebisco Strawberry Sandwich.

This is also the first time I tried the Orange flavor of Hammer gel, I love it and is now my fave.

From the famous Peak 2 (where most mountaineers have reached), we dared went to Peak 3. I was surprised with a different viewers angle of the Taal Lake and Volcano, a 360-view, it was more than rewarding, we stayed for some more minutes until we are ready once again to retrace our route.

The view from Peak 3, Sto.Tomas, Batangas side, from here you Taal Volcano, Mt. Maculot and Mt. Batulao can be seen.

Carly suggested we call this run X-Trail in honor on Xerxis, known as X, because he is “the” master of the MakTrav trails.

Most of the terrain from Peak 2 to Peak 3 is unrunnable, there are spots where you have to crawl. Now I know the meaning of what dean Karnazes said, "crawl if you must, just never give up."

We started running as soon as we went down the 90° rope segment near Peak 2. Attack the downhill was the motto until we reach the “lugawan” near Mudspring. We are dead tired and hungry as we sat down at the eatery.

We survived the arduous X-Trail Run version 1.0 after 7 hours and 18 minutes, after running some 25kilometers of mud, thorns, sharp rocks, moss and every obstacle in between you can ever think of.

Version 2 is on the drawing board already, we hope to bring other to experience this too! Anyone interested?

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