Kinderdorf Leben

A Runner’s Life

2,000 kms Logged

Last week, I attended our 24th Senior Co-Workers’ Meeting at our SOS Children’s Village facility in Zarraga,  a third class municipality in the province of Iloilo.  Zarraga is a sleepy town 16 kms from Iloilo City which is famous for its “Pantat” (Catfish in English or Hito in Tagalog).  Zarraga Pantat is reputed to be the tastiest in the Philippines and if properly prepared, its skin can be as crispy as freshly roasted lechon de leche.  It is also here that you can buy one sack of talaba or oysters for only P150.00.

Waiting Shed proudly announcing Zarraga as "Pantat Country"

Waiting Shed proudly announcing Zarraga as "Pantat Country"

Zarraga town hall or 'presidencia"

Zarraga town hall or 'presidencia"

The gastronomic delights of Zarraga gave me a good reason to run in order to burn the excess calories.  Otherwise, I will have to suffer the consequences.

I only had two runs in Zarraga.  My first run was a leisurely run along the highway to Barotac Nuevo and back where I logged in 9.11 kms in 1:06.  The second was a faster paced run at the town plaza which had a circumference of 410 meters.  I had a warm up of 400meters @ 2:51, a 4km run at 25:33 and a cool down jog of 1.09 km at 7:31.  It was at the Zarraga town plaza that I completed my 2,000th kilometer!

SOS Children’s Village – Iloilo is our seventh facility in the Philippines.  The other facilities are in Lipa, Alabang, Calbayog, Davao, Cebu and Tacloban.  Our 8th facility is SOS Bataan, which is located in Mariveles.  SOS Iloilo  has 12 family houses headed by a house Mother who has 10 children under her care, a Social Center for our community outreach programs, a Kindergarten School for the poor children in the community and a Youth facility for our boys who are at least 13 years old.  The Youth facility prepares our boys for independent living.

Facade of SOS Iloilo

Facade of SOS Iloilo

The 12 Family Houses of SOS Children's Village Iloilo

SOS Children's Village Iloilo - 12 Family Houses

Typical Family House that has 10 children headed by an SOS Mother

Typical Family House that has 10 children headed by an SOS Mother

The Youth Facility that houses boys over 13 years old.

The Youth Facility that houses boys over 13 years old.

SOS Social Center and Kindergarten

SOS Social Center and Kindergarten

Having completed 2,000 kms. I decided to reward myself with this Garmin Foreruner 305.  I could have gotten the 405 or the 310 but the 305 has better reviews than the 405.  I can’t wait to test my 305.

My new running aide - Garmin Forerunner 305

My new running aide - Garmin Forerunner 305

See you fellas at the races!  Keep on running.


June 16, 2009 - Posted by | Running, Uncategorized


  1. Felipe, congratulations on the 2000kms. It’s quite an achievement. Also, you’ll like the Garmin 305.

    Nice photos of Zarraga. Take care and we’ll see you soon!

    Many thanks for the visit Wayne. I just tried the Garmin for a short run this morning but I still have to get used to it. I will certainly be looking forward to your visit to the Philippines in 2010. Do take care and God bless you always.

    Comment by Wayne | June 17, 2009

  2. Congrats Sir Ipe. Welcome to the GF club.

    Many thanks for the site visit and the kind words Vener! Frankly, I am still exploring and trying to get used to this gadget. See you in the future races.

    Comment by run unltd. | June 17, 2009

  3. that’s so nice sir ipe, ako malayo-layo pa sa 1000K. at least kahit papano, I’m adding a kilometer to it. congratulations sir sa bagong Garmin, kela nyo sir i break-in. hope to see you soon. 🙂

    Many thanks for the site visit and the kind words Let! I am slowly getting used to the gadget. I will be running with it tonight and I hope to complete 9kms rain or shine. Reagards to Eric and the twins!

    Comment by Let | June 18, 2009

  4. Congratulations Sir Ipe, 2,000kms and running! Are you running the 42k in Milo? If you are Good Luck sir.
    Nice new Toy you have 😉

    Many thanks for the site visit Del! I will just go for the 10k in Milo this July 5 and 21k on August 2. I still have a long way to go before even getting my hands on a 42k registration form.

    Comment by onebigdude | June 19, 2009

  5. Congratulations on the 2,000 kms logged Sir Ipe! I agree, the 305 is a very nice reward and it had better reviews 🙂 Have fun with it! 🙂 God Bless and here’s to many more miles!

    Comment by Luis Arcangel | June 19, 2009

  6. congratulations! nice new toy you have there… and that’s great work you do there 😀

    Comment by loonyrunner | June 19, 2009

  7. nice gift to yourself!!! Congrats on the 2,000 Kms!!!

    Thanks for the site visit Mark! I guess I’ll just have to work harder because of my promise that I will only buy running gear/outfit/shoes when I reach certain milestones such as a sub 60 minute 10k, sub 2:30 21k, full marathon (2010), etc..

    Comment by m8parco | June 22, 2009

  8. Congratulations sir Ipe on your 2,00kms.You have a very nice facilty at Iloilo. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry. Enjoy your new gadget sir. God bless!

    Comment by Bro J | June 24, 2009

  9. Greetings Kinderdorf Leben!

    2,000 kilometers of mileage is a feat only done by humans who truly enjoy running. WE also admire your dedication to do good to the community.

    Run Strong and Prosper!

    Comment by the collective | June 27, 2009

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