"…i am not a religious man… but my body is my temple… the pavement is my church… every step, a grace from God… every breath, a silent prayer … every distance, a holy blessing… every run, a fervent worship…" ;-P

It’s been three years since I brought my niece Paige to her first cycling event. She’s always loved to bike, eager to get out of her school clothes in the afternoon and ride around the block. She was then 4 years old.

Now as she turned 7, she doesn’t ride as much and although she agreed to again joining the Kid’s Ride at BGC Cycle Asia Philippines this year, I missed the enthusiasm of the year before or the year before that.

I thought perhaps this could be our last year to join as she’s more into basketball and volleyball now and no into riding so much anymore. Still, I hope we make a yearly tradition of this Kid’s Ride with Accompanying Adult thing till she gets too old (in two more years). Hopefully after that I can encourage her to ride solo in the Kid’s Challenge.

But for now, I’m just glad we had as much fun riding as uncle and niece at BGC as we’ve always had since year one.

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Fueling up for the Kid’s Ride. Paige loves her Mcdonald’s

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New year. New Ride. She gets a new bike every year for her birthday. For her seventh she got a BMX.

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Stickers? Check. Race Bib? Check. Helmet, gloves & pads? Check.

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Her ever supportive uncles came out to watch.

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She couldn’t wait for the first race to finish.

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I can tell she’s excited to ride again!


This was the year I hoped she’d go solo but no, she wants an adult with her.

#Paige ❤ #bgccycleasiaphilippines 🚲🚲🚲

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Paige in action. Weird thing is, soon as the ride starts, she ends up riding solo for most of it any way. She goes so fast I’ve to catch up with her.

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And just like that we’re done! She was hoping to do a couple more rounds but of course it’s not allowed. I promised her we’d do more of these next time.

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Paige loves these events because she gets to meet fellow pretty kiddie riders.

#Paige goes #cowgirl @ the #kiddie #rodeo ❤

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Also because she gets to play afterwards like on this kiddie rodeo.

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Paige is afraid of clowns but she loves her knick knacks so this one’s okay.

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Hey Paige, Stormtrooper are cool but what you really want to be is a Jedi, okay?

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Another year, another BGC Cycle Philippines Kid’s Ride event done! 

If there’s one thing this event did was re kindle Paige’s love for riding. She’s already excited for next year asking when it’s going to be. She can’t wait to get her new cycling, to put on stickers on her bike and helmet and to get her medal at the finish.

Most of all, the family got to bond and this is why we keep coming back.

Congratulation to every one who participated and I hope you had as much fun as we did.

See you next year!


So I got an invite to join The Music Run By Philamlife at the Philippine Arena two weeks ago. I have to admit I’m not much of a “fun” runner anymore having graduated to running marathons, ultras and cycling but this one was too good to pass up. Why?

One, I get to share the invite with a friend and two, I get to see what the Philippine Arena is on the inside.


The standard package came with a shirt, a bracelet, some stickers, a pen, all stuffed in a tote bag.

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The bracelet serves as your race bib. Probably one of the coolest iterations of a runner numbering system yet.

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On Saturday afternoon of November 14, we arrive at the Philippine Arena. Quite an imposing structure.

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Dondie and I bump into fellow Kamote Sheryll who was at the venue with her photographer boyfriend Tong and her brother.


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The run starts  inside the sports stadium. Cool inflated arc shaped like headphones. The route will be peppered with these arcs showing the different music genres playing along the 5 kilometer distance.


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We head to starting line The crowd starts to gather as the deejays pump up the runners with music:


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First stop, rock music. We were worried the different types of music might drown each other out around the route but actually they didn’t.


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Music can definitely be heard all the throughout.


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Dondie tries out a standee at a makeshift music awards red carpet.

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As soon as you approach the next arc representing a different music zone, the previous zone’s music starts to fade.

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When the only running going on is into old friends like Team Boring’s Jet Paiso…

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…and Rod Apolinario…

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..and the Running Diva Roselle Dadal…

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…and of course the daddy of Team Kamote Runners DocT Montaos.



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Runners leave their mark at the graffiti wall.

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The route was also peppered with these fun facts about music legends and superstars.

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Saving dance for last because…

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…approaching the lights and sounds tent, the runners were treated to these:

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Of course we hung out inside longer than we probably should but, hey, we were having a good time!

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And just like that The Music Run was over. We didn’t do much running. Hell, we didn’t run at all. We just walked through the five music zones, sang and swayed to the beat of our favorite songs and took in as much fun as we possibly can.

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And at the finish, every one gets a medal!

But of course, it didn’t end there. Back inside the stadium, the party’s just getting started and we caught bits of it before we had to clean up and board the bus going home:

Too bad we missed the fireworks front and center but we saw it from our bus window.

The Music Run by Philamlife was well worth the trip to the north. Haven’t had this much fun in a fun run and I didn’t even run at all! I hope it happens again next year. It’s worth a repeat.

A great many thanks to Jinoe and Que of Takbo.PH for our invites. Congratulations, guys!

















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MANILA, PHILIPPINES 20 NOVEMBER 2015 – Close to 2,000 Filipino riders will gear up once again for two days of thrilling bike action as Sunrise Events Inc., in partnership with Cycle Asia and Bonifacio Global City (BGC), brings the third edition of the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines.

BGC Cycle Asia Philippines, happening on November 20 to 22, 2015 at the Bonifacio Global City, is a part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycle events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian Cities.

“We at Sunrise Events, Inc. are very proud to be staging the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines for the third time this year. It is another one of the world-class sport event that we have in our yearly calendar and I am as usual glad to welcome back Spectrum Worldwide and BGC as our major partners for this event. Cycling as a sport and fitness activity has been growing tremendously in the country and we at Sunrise Events look forward to bringing a fun and awesome safe ride along the roads of Metro Manila to the cyclists, young and old alike,” sai Mr. Fred Uytengsu, CEO of organizer Sunrise Events Inc.

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Meanwhile in a message sent to BGC Cycle Asia Philippines, Spectrum Worldwide CEO Chris Robb shared, “I am delighted to be back in Manila for the third edition of BGC Cycle Asia Philippines and excited to see the ongoing success of this fantastic event which would not be possible without the tremendous support of BGC and Sunrise Events. We are delighted to have two Cycle Asia events in Manila and always love the opportunity to participate with the confidence that all the operational and safety aspects have been well taken care of.”

The event will cater to cyclists of all ages and abilities with the Tricycle Ride, the Kid’s Ride, the Community Ride (20KM) and the much awaited Ride with Robbie (40KM) categories.

The Ride with Robbie category will allow Filipino riders the chance to ride with former yellow jersey wearer and three-time Tour-de-France Green Jersey Sprinters’ Classification winner, Australian Robbie McEwen, who will be here to join the event for the third straight time.

“I’m both proud and excited to take part in the 2015 BGC Cycle Asia Philippines for the event and I’m looking forward to riding with everyone again on closed roads around BGC and Manila. Most of all, I’m looking forward to the excitement of the kids’ rides. It’s always a highlight to see the kids’ excited and happy faces as they enjoy riding while being cheered on by their families. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend not to be missed!”, enthused McEwen who also happens to be the official Cycle Asia ambassador.

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Prior to the ride events, the entire family will also be kept entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling and Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, the Official Residence of the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines for 2016.

The fun cycling action will start in the morning of Saturday, November 21 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge and followed by the Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. This day will be a truly fun bonding experience for kids and their family.

On Sunday, November 22, will be the Adult Ride categories. The event will be kicked-off by the Ride with Robbie with Australian former PRO cyclist Robbie McEwen and to be followed by the 40km Challenge Ride and the 20km Community and Foldies Community Rides.

According to t Mr Manuel Blas II, Head of the Commercial Operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., “The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that is going beyond being a hobby and a sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro. This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city. Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program which will be launched in the near future.”

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Aside from the cycling action in BGC Cycle Asia Philippines, Bonifacio Global City will offer a wide range of activities for tourists to take advantage of during their stay. The district is well known for its open air lifestyle retail and dining concept and public art program, as well as world-class science museum and parks.

With Bonifacio Global City(BGC) as the title sponsor, and with valuable support of Taguig City, BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted  number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner), 2Go Express(Official Courier and Logistics Partner), Ascott Bonifacio Global City (Official Residence) and others including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife, Storybook.ph, Skippy’s Bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix. Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+Action are the event’s media partners with Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners.

For more information, check out the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines official website: http://www.cyclephilippines.com.ph.

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About Cycle Asia

Owned and organized by Spectrum Worldwide, Cycle Asia is a network of premier cycling events hosted across the region.

Each event offers cyclist the rare opportunity to ride on closed public roads in major Asian cities, while catering to participants of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s young cyclist on three wheels or the more serious cyclists looking to test themselves on a longer distance, there’s a ride for everyone across the Cycle Asia network.

For more information, go to: http://www.cycleasia.com

About Sunrise Events, Inc.

Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 after it has been granted the Itonman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourist map of the world. SEI currently stages 12 events per year has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events.

About Bonifacio Global City:

Bonifacio Global City is the proud venture of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC), managed by the powerhouse partnership of Ayala Land, Inc., Evergreen Holdings Inc. (Campos Group) and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). The combined formidable wealth of real state development, expertise, and investment from each group has established Bonifacio Global City as one of the world’s finest and fastest-growing premier cities. For more info, visit http://bgc.com.ph


Press release courtesy of Vima Mendoza for Sunrise Events








The 7-11 Run is coming early next year. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know in order to join the race:

What: Seven-Eleven Run 2016

Where: Filinvest City, Alabang

When: January 17, 2016


Go to 7-11 Run 2016 Race Registration

Choose your wave, fill in the necessary fields, wait for confirmation and check your email. Next, pay the fee at the any 7-11 store and once confirmed, claim your race kit stating December 09 2015.

Are you a 7-11 Everyday Rewards card holder?

You can use your points as well as earn Run E-stamps that you use to register to redeem a race kit!

400 Regular points entitles you to 1 race kit

100 E-stamps entitles you to 1 race kit.

Note that if you’re running the 10K with a buddy, you’ll need 800 regular points or 100 E-stamps.

Also note that you can only earn E-stamps using the following sponsor products:

  • Safeguard
  • Selecta – Cornetto and Magnum
  • Pocari Sweat
  • Del Monte
  • Nature’s Spring
  • Gatorade
  • Powerade
  • Summit

Buy any of the above items worth P50 and below to get 1 E-stamp. Items P51 and above will earn you 2 E-stamps.

To redeem, you may go to the Everyday! Rewards app (download from Google Play Store or Apple App Store) or the ERC Website (http://rewards.7-eleven.com.ph) or the in-store Cliqq machines.

Wait for the following text message:

Redeem your RUN 2016 RACEKIT at any 7-Eleven stores on or before December 30, 2015. Use the 7-Connect Reference Number as the promo code when you register for RUN 2016 (www.run711.com)

The promo code (7-Connect Ref. No.) may be used to join any race category.

Registration Procedure with Promo Code:

  1. Go to www.run711.com
  2. Go to REGISTER tab
  3. Choose your Wave
  4. Enter you Registration Details
  5. Click “I have a promo code” tab
  6. Enter the 7-Connect Reference Number
  7. Choose what store you want to pick up the race kit
  8. After the registration, you will be receiving an email containing your Registration details and race kit claiming date
  9. Race kit claiming will be in the store nominated by the customer upon registration.

For questions, comments or concerns, please send it to info@run711.com. Or you can contact the following numbers:

Globe: 0927-7726711 / 0977-6232805

Smart: 0908-3921562 / 0908-3921565

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Check out the color coded race singlets below:


Take note of assembly and gun start times on race day:

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Here are the maps to the race routes by distance:

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I had the privilege to attend the grand launch of Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival Of Lights last Monday, November 09, 2015. A yearly tradition of bringing Christmas cheer to everyone who visits the gardens. This year, there are offering three themes sure to delight revelers with upbeat music and dazzling lights.

Since Monday, the shows have been running every thirty minutes from 6PM to 10PM and will run daily until January 4 2016. Come to Makati, visit Ayala Triangle Gardens, and take in the Christmas spirit through the Festival of Lights!


Futuristic, magical Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens brings Christmas vibe  to Makati City

Makati City is all set to blanket the city in a blaze of lights with a fantastic light and sounds display to welcome the holiday season—a grand spectacle you wouldn’t want to miss.

This year’s Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, set to premiere on November 9, is both dazzling and upbeat with three shows to get everyone into the Christmas vibe.  Ayala Land, together with its co-presenter HSBC and partner Coca-Cola, presents the Festival of Lights every 30 minutes nightly, from 6pm to 10pm, until January 4, 2016.

“For five consecutive years, we have been giving world-class entertainment at Ayala Triangle Gardens that people have come to love and anticipate. Now an annual tradition, the Lights and Sound show will continue to brighten the Christmas celebrations of Filipinos this year,” said Manny Blas II, Ayala Land Vice President and Project Development Head for Makati.

“More than the spectacle of lights, we have created a signature Makati attraction with the Ayala Triangle Gardens Lights and Sounds show that brings families, friends, and the whole community together, giving the perfect setting for holiday bonding and shared memorable experiences.”

This Festival of Lights finds itself in distinguished company with the likes of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, the holiday lights display at the legendary Champs-Elysees in Paris and Japan’s Kobe Luminarie—that made the Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights in the World.

The spectacle is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit as music fills the air and dancing lights transform the place into a Christmas wonderland.  Ushering the magic of Christmas and filling spectators with child-like wonder and awe, visitors can immerse themselves in this fairyland that combines futuristic lights with beloved Christmas medleys that are refreshingly rendered in different genres.  The theme of this year’s show series is Beats and Hues.

The Festival of Lights features favorite Christmas songs in three themes – taking the old classics and presenting these through new arrangements and musical ideas. The first show takes us to the streets of New Orleans, fusing big band music with jazz tones into a festive Christmas medley.  The second showcases the rhythms of Africa, inspired by drum beats and musical instruments indigenous to the land, fusing modern and traditional African music. The third, a mix of techno and electronic dance music, takes a modern feel and vibe to favorite Christmas carols. Indeed, with the harmonious mix of diverse sounds and music, the Festival of Lights promises a refreshing new experience.

All around, the landscape is covered in a blaze of lights, with four full-color laser lights, and full-color LED string lights wrapped around the trees.  The Gardens are wrapped in pixel lights and decked with pixel spheres and meteor lights, covering the grounds in a canopy of colors that glisten as colored laser lights and sparkling flash pods create an almost ethereal effect.

The Festival of Lights is expertly directed by award-winning Voltaire de Jesus and Luther Gumia. Musical score is by musically acclaimed musicians and composers Jazz Nicholas and Mikey Amistoso of Watusi Manila.

Take selfies in especially designated spots that would allow you to capture the magical background into your timeline. Upload your photos on Instagram accounts using the hashtag #ATGFestivalofLights2015 and #MakeItHappenMakeItMakati to let everyone know.

From the gardens, one can admire the beautiful light installations replicating ten of the oldest and most historic Philippine Churches across the country. Each one is bedecked in parols and thousands of lights that capture the magnificence of a traditional Christmas in the Philippines. The street lights design is developed by the Makati Team together with designer Zenas Pineda.

“As the country’s premier city for business, lifestyle and entertainment, Makati prides itself in being the city where it all happens.  It is our intent to liven up and truly celebrate the Christmas season with the denizens of Makati by providing them with a traditional and inspiring Christmas experience,” said Mr. Blas.

The Festival of Lights runs daily from November 9 to January 4, every 30 minutes from 6PM to 10PM. There will also be Thanksgiving Masses at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Fountain Area every 6PM from December 15-23.  The Makati Inter High School Christmas Caroling Competition will be on December 17 also at the Ayala Triangle.

For more holiday activities, head over to Circuit Makati, the newest and most dynamic entertainment enclave, where you will find the tallest Christmas Tree in Metro Manila. With the spirit of gift-giving inspiring everyone, check out the biggest outdoor Christmas Bazaar, showcasing hundreds of merchants and amazing finds from November 27 to 29.

Christmas is indeed the season that never fails to delight even the busiest of people, who all anticipate and delight in Makati’s yearly holiday tradition. Once again, Makati promises a memorable and delightful holiday festivities.


If you want to get into the holiday vibe, drop by the Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Grounds for a spectacular way to celebrate the Christmas season.

For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit www.makeitmakati.com or like and follow MakeItMakati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Press release courtesy of Green Bulb Promotions

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