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33rd Milo Marathon – 21K San Fernando, La Union leg

It all started last year when I read the post of Jonel aka Bugobugo85 and Hardcore Runner about the San Fernando, La Union leg of the Milo Marathon.  I was full of envy then and yearned to run a race in my birthplace (San Fernando) and hometown (Bauang).

San Fernando is the capital of the province of La Union and is the place where most of Region I (Ilocos Region) offices are located.  It is around 51/2 hours away from Manila.  My hometown – Bauang – is 10kms away.  Both places are famous for the beach resorts, Poro Point Freeport, cultural places to name a few.

The San Fernando leg of the Milo Marathon was organized by Engr. Joseph Dumuk, a distant relative (kabagis) and the veritable Rudy Biscocho.  The 21k race starts from the City Plaza going through the Diversion Road, then the National Highway all the way to Bauang and back.  The organizers left no stone unturned on the preparations and logistical support.  They had the full support of the PNP, Red Cross, local governments of San Fernando and Bauang as well as schools and civic organizations.

I was worried that the race will not push through as it was Signal No. 1 in La Union.  No thanks to typhoon “Jolina”.  I texted Manong Joseph to inquire if it will push through or not.  But the prospect of running in my birthplace and hometown was too much to ignore.  So, I left Alabang at around 7:00 am after writing in Facebook that I will run the race rain or shine.  “In my religion there is no Signal No. 1 or Signal No. 2!”.

I got a sigh of relief when Manong Joseph replied “Its all systems go”.

I arrived at San Fernando around 3:00pm of August 1, 2009 and immediately went to the Sangguniang Panglungsod offices to register.  No problem during the registration.  Much to my surprise there were only 79 who registered for the 21k event and only 72 for the 10k event.  But the 5k and 3k events had more than 3,000 registered participants.

With this number, I surmised that those who registered for the 21k event were the elite runners of Region I and Baguio.  I was resigned to the prospect of finishing dead last.  But what the heck, I was there to enjoy the run with a 2:30 goal.

There was a slight drizzle on race day.  When I arrived at the race area, I was guided to the starting line and saw Team Logan (Craig, Michelle and Justin) in one of the tents.  After bidding each other the best, I went on to see Manong Joseph (Dumuk) to thank and greet him personally before the race starts.

A quick glance of the 21k runners made me nervous.  Most of them were indeed elite and varsity track and field athletes.  Only a few non-elite but young grizzled veterans.  To my mind, I was the oldest participant. 

The starting gun was fired at 5:29 am.  The runners in front literally made a mad dash towards the diversion road.  I was literally left behind together with 2 other runners. 

I was tugged along by the field and was forced to run at an average pace of 5:43/km for the first kilometer.  I was not able to maintain this pace so I slowed down to 6:12/km in the second kilometer until settling down at 6:39/km at the third and fourth kilometer.

Being the last has its perks!   A PNP vehicle and a support crew closely followed me.  This was to me a blessing as it made the trucks, buses, jeepneys, cars and tricycles careful to pass.  I was literally far from harms way.  Imprtantly I can concentrate on my pace and reminisce.

At the fifth kilometer, I slightly picked up my pace to 6:10  up to 6:32/km and able to maintain it up to the twelveth kilometer.  It was at this point that I was able to pass a runner.  He tried to pass me in return by walking and running.  I knew he would’nt last and left him before entering my hometown, Bauang. 

As we left the town proper and the turn around point, I spotted another runner in the horizon.  But nostalgia and happy memories took over as I passed on familiar houses and places.  I was simply savoring the pleasant memories as I left the town proper.

I did not notice passing the other runner as I slightly slowed down to 6:41 at the thirteenth kilometer up to the time that I entered San Fernando. 

By this time I knew that a PR was on hand.  However, I began to slow down to a 7:00/km pace after the sixteenth kilometer.  It was coasting along time at this point until the twentieth kilometer where I picked up speed to 6:57/km and finished the race with an unofficial time of 2:21:02.

The San Fernando leg was a well-organized race.  It started on time, there were adequate water stations, more than enough marshals, adequate support crews, a good number of finish chutes, great side-events, etc. 

I was very happy with the results of my race.   The great finish by the Logans made my day complete.  Michelle finished third in the women’s 10k event.  Craig was able to run a sub-60 minute 10k.  Congratulations!  Their hill training is definitely paying handsome dividends.

While I am saddened by the fact that the running boom has not yet picked up in Northern Luzon, I am confident that with more short races in the area it will pick up.  There should be more races in Northern Luzon!

To all those who made the San Fernando leg possible, Diyos ti agngina kadakayo apo!  See you next year.

As an Epilogue, the race again showed me that I have to improve on my endurance, stamina and speed.  Its time for hardcore training. 

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

33rd Milo Marathon – My 10k Story

This is the first Milo Race that I joined since I started running.  I decided to join its 10k side event as a preparation for the San Fernando, La Union leg.  I am registered for the 21k Half Marathon event where I have a modest target time of 2:25.

Knowing that most of my friends have registered for the 21k or 42k event, I knew that I will be running in the midst of strangers.  It gave me time to focus on the race and to check my progress.  I simply planned to maintain an average pace of 6:30 p/km.  No PR attempt although deep inside I wanted to run a sub 60 minute 10k.

I woke up at 3:50 am and after a the morning rituals and finishing one boiled “saba”, proceeded to the CPP complex where I would park my car.  I arrived at the Star City parking at around 5:15 am.  After a brief walk and stretching, I proceeded to take my warm up run to Km 0.  On my way I caught up with the group of Mon Domingo, Tina Narvaez, Tisha Generoso and Mel of the Lost Command.  We had a good chat on the way to the starting line.  But first things first – we will have breakfast at Chow King Star City, period.  I found out that they were registered for the 21k segment.  But given that it was already 5:30 am, I told them that they should be at the starting line.  They simply told me that they will just join the tail end and run the route but only up to the CCP Complex.  They left me as soon as we met the tail end of the 21k runners.

I arrived at the Km 0 at around 5:40 am.  I saw a sea of humanity lined up for the 10k event.  I got worried as I remembered the advice of Vener (aka Run Unlimited) that I should position myself ahead of the students or we’ll be bottled up last.  I positioned myself in the middle.

After a few speaches, the race started at 5:55 am.

Km 1 (6:42/km) – I just ran a relaxed and easy pace at this time and follow the pace of the pack, which I thought was a bit slow so I had to maneuver and zigzag my way through the slower runners.

Km 2 (6:26/km) – By this time, I broke free from the slower runners and ran at my own relaxed pace.  The temptation to run a faster pace kept crossing my mind but I just decided to maintain the easy pace.

Km 3 (6:26/km) – I caught up with a runner of my age group and we exchanged chats on our running experiences, which ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.  I thought that he was just trying to dare me to slug it out and tire me early as he stuck to my pace as a leach.

Km 4, 5, 6 and 7  (6:31/km, 6:32/km, 6:31/km and 6:44/km) – This was within the Buendia Flyover.  It was at this point that I slowed down a bit due to the flyover climb, turn around point and the water stations.  It was also getting warmer.

Km 8, 9, 10 and 10.52 (6:30/km, 6:30/km, 6:24/km and 6:03/km) –  I started to slightly pick up speed prior to the dash to the finish line.

As soon as I crossed the finish line and got my certificate, I ran back to the CCP are hoping to meet some friends who ran the 21k or 42k events.  I did meet Raymond Martelino, Zimm, Roselle, Jun Llanes and the Lost Command, Mel and Tina N., Eric de Belen of Takbo.ph, to name a few.  I am really bad at names.

Looking back, the race was to my mind well organized.  The 10k and 21 k runners were blessed to have the entire Roxas Boulevard for themselves.  Water stations were reasonably spaced and there was no tabo at timba.  However,  I envied the 21k race participants.  How I wish I was running with them!  But there is time for everything.  See you at the San Fernando, LU leg!

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

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 | 9 Comments

The Merry Month of May

It has been quite sometime since my last post – I Can’t Wait to Run My Next Race.  I usually post an article almost immediately after my race.  But May was different.  After the Southern Race last May 3, 2009 and Pacquiao’s total domination of Hatton, I was ecstatic to the point that I found it difficult to get my thoughts organized and write a post.

Anyway, May will always be a milestone in my running career.  It was in this month that I started to record my runs.  I joined my first race (Active and Fitness Run), I had my first 10k run (Champion’s Run Along the River) and my first lesson in humility – I finished last at the Doc Fit Run just before my birthday.

This year was pretty much different.  I registered a time 1:05:03 at the Southern Race, 1:09:45 at the Botak Paa-Bilisan, 1:03:48 (a 10kPR) at the Botak-Baguio Run and a 1;41:57 (a 16k PR) at the Earth Run.  I have also successfully reached my ideal running weight of 138 lbs from a high of 168 lbs in January 2008.  These would not have been possible without God’s abundant blessings as He made me injury-free the past year.

Southern Race

The Southern Race was more of a run for the cause of children in need.  It was organized by the Alabang Town Center for the benefit of SOS Children’s Villages.  It had a 3k, 5k and 10k segment.   The race was well-attended and went through the streets of Ayala Alabang Village.  The race was more of a community event but never lacked the spirit of intense competition particularly among those vying for top honors.

The 10k event was slightly short because of a sudden decision of the race director to change the route.  Instead of turning right after the Mindanao Avenue gate and then making a U-turn at the Ayala Alabang-Filinvest boundary, runners were made to make a left turn.

It was also the Pacquiao-Hatton fight.  As Barangay Ayala Alabang offered free viewing of the fight live at the covered courts, I passed the word to my Takbo.ph buddies.  We had a great treat – free lugaw and coffee plus the best seats in the house to watch the fight in widescreen.

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Part of the crowd that watched the fight

Part of the crowd that watched the fight

Crowd cheering when Pacquiao sent Hatton to dreamland

Crowd cheering when Pacquiao sent Hatton to dreamland

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Botak-Baguio and Sagada

I also had the chance to have a high altitude runs in Baguio and Sagada last May.  I had fun running with my buddies Mon Domingo, Totoy Santos and Roselle Dadal (aka RunningDiva) at the Botak – Baguio Race.  I simply treated this race as a training run where I will just run at a relaxed pace of 7:00 to 7:30 minutes per kilometer.  But the temperature was perfect and I no longer had the usual shortness of breath associated with the thiner air of Baguio.  I felt stronger after I negotiated the first hill so I decided to increase my pace.  Little did I know that I was then running at a pace of 6:00 to 6:30 per kilometer.  I was able to gain much ground and finished the race at 1:03:48.

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After the Botak-Baguio Race, I proceeded to Sagada where I stayed for 3 days before going back to Baguio for the return trip to Manila.  It was an adventure and had great runs at the place.

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Sagada - a view from St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

Hanging coffins at Sugong, Sagada

Hanging coffins at Sugong, Sagada

Lumiang burial cave

Lumiang burial cave

Sumaging Cave after entry from Sumaging burial cave

Sumaging Cave after entry from Sumaging burial cave

One of the uphill roads I ran

One of the uphill roads I ran

Baguio oval

Baguio oval

The Baguio and Sagada runs prepared me to confidently face the dreaded McKinley Hill and Bayani Road at the Earth Run.  I felt strong throughout the 16k race where I started slow and  gradually increasing my pace as the race progressed for a strong finish.  I started to pass folks whom I never thought that I would and finished the 16k race at 1:41:57 with plenty to spare.

I would not have gone this far without the help and advice of runner friends.  Mon Domingo, the Happy Feet and Takbo.ph people were always there for the carbo loadings, kulitans and gigilans that kept me going.  Jovie Narcise through his blog Bald Runner has always been a source of information and an inspiration for newbies like me.

Too bad May is over but the adventure continues!  Keep on running!

June 4, 2009 Posted by | Running, Uncategorized | , , , | 9 Comments

I Can’t Wait to Run My Next Race!

This I wrote in my previous post on the Sun Festival Run moments ago.  It started to rain again in Alabang and whenever it rains nostalgia creeps in.

I cannot help but reminisce the Hope In Motion Fun Runs that I organized for SOS Children’s Villages for the past 2 years, which influenced this year’s Southern Race a fun run advocacy event organized by Alabang Town Center for the benefit of SOS.

Only a few of you know my involvement with SOS as Deputy National Director and what SOS does.  SOS is an NGO dedicated to provide family based care to orphaned, abandoned and neglected children.  The children entrusted to its care are provided with a Mother and a House where they grow up as “brothers and sisters”.  SOS provides for their basic needs and education until they are ready to face the world.  Currently we have a thousand children under our care in facilities in Alabang, Lipa, Cebu, Calbayog, Tacloban, Iloilo, Davao and Bataan.  SOS prides itself in having produced among others, a doctor of medicine, architect, airline pilot, nurses and a police officer.

The first Hope in Motion was a rag-tag event with only a few runners and mostly walkers.  I still did not have the know how of how a run is to be organized given that I was still an occasional weekend runner with no racing experience at that time.  But we made it.

The second Hope in Motion was held at a time when I had just recovered from laryngitis.  It had a semblance of a run as runners increased number.  I wanted to join the run but my condition prevented me.   I just had to content myself with the walk segment, which I enjoyed.  My deep longing to join the run propelled me to train and be a runner.  Hope in Motion had the trademark of the post race breakfast and fellowship.  Arroz Caldo, doughnuts, coffee, native dishes such as puto, kutsinta and kakanin were served for breakfast.

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The third Hope in Motion was definitely an improvement.  By this time I had joined some races and have learned from these races.  I also tried to incorporate them in this run.  It was not a perfect run but the fun and fellowship plus the support of the running community was heartwarming – you know who you are.

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I’m so glad Alabang Town Center organized the Southern Race for the benefit of SOS.

You may be wondering why I made this post.  Well it is simply to promote the cause of my SOS children who once had nothing but were given a second chance in life.

If you believe in the cause of these children and children in need, join us in the Southern Race!  Its one race you’ll never forget.  If you’re not into running; its about time!

April 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Lupang Hinirang

In this morning’s run, I observed that when the Philippine National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang was sung, only a few runners followed the prescribed norm of respect.  What is disgusting is that some unwittingly showed “contempt” by talking, doing their warm ups, etc. while the National Anthem was being sung.

I would like to believe that a lot of Filipinos are unaware of the prescribed norms to follow in singing the National Anthem.   Republic Act No. 8491, otherwise known as  “An Act prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-Arms and ohter heraldic items and devices of the Philippines” prescribes the proper norm.  Section 38 of RA 8491 provides:

When the National Anthem is played at a public gathering, whether by band or by singing or both, or reproduced by any means, the attending public shall sing the anthem.  The singing must be done with fervor.

As a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention and face the Philippine flag, if there is one displayed, and it there is none they shall face the band or the conductor.  At the first note, all persons shall execute the salute by placing their right palms over their left chests. Those in the military, scouting, citizens military training and security guard uniforms shall gie the salute prescribed by their regulations.  The salute shall be completed upon the last note of the anthem.

From the above quoted provision it is clear that we are only required to do 3 simple things, namely:  1) sing the National Anthem with fervor, 2) face the Philippine flag or the band/conductor and 3) execute the salute by placing our right palms over our left chest.

A lot of runners did not observe this prescribed norm to show respect to the National Anthem.  Sad to say the same is true elsewhere.

It is time for us Filipino runners to take our National Anthem seriously.  We may not like our government and the current leadership but the National Anthem represents the Filipino nation, our identity and all that is good in the Filipino.  Let us show due respect to our flag and Lupang Hinirang.

BTW, Section 50 of the same law provides the following penalties

Any person or juridical entity which violates the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction be punished by a fine of not less than five thousand pesos (P5,000) nor more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000), or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court: Provided, That for any second and additional offenses, both fine and imprisonment shall always be imposed:  Provided, further, That in case the violation is committed by a juridical person, its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable.

I know that deep inside our hearts, we all love and want the best for our country.  We can do this by at least showing our respect to our flag and National Anthem.

March 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

HiSkool Musicale

SOS Children’s Villages will be presenting a musicale variety show on December 6, 2008 (Saturday) at the SOS Manila Social Hall at Mindanao Avenue, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa and December 15, 2008 (Monday) at the Alabang Town Center – Town Plaza, Muntinlupa.  The show starts at 6:00 p.m. and features SOS kids performing their own version of the High School Musicale.  Admission is free.

The show is one of means for the kids to express their gratitude to the friends who have supported them.  I hope you can take time to watch the show at its play dates.

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November 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

A Runner’s Wish for 2009

I went back to my inbox and found this November 3, 2008 post by Lito Evite at the Pinoy Runners e-groups.  I find his wish list very reasonable.  I just hope that his message resonated to the organizers and consider them when they plan their races for 2009.  I am certain that he had the best interests of runners when he e-mailed his post.

Dear running organizers,

I hope you won’t mind if I ask you a wish (magpapasko na kasi).  These wishes are based on the experiences I’ve had in the past races I’ve joined and some comments/blogs I’ve heard/read:

1.  Race schedules
– Schedules must be coordinated with all race groups so we don’t have simultaneous
races with the same race dates

2.  Registration
– there should be multiple registration centers
– race packets should be given upon registration
– race day on-site registration should be allowed but should close 15 minutes before the
scheduled race starts (sometimes the race gets delayed because there are still on-site
registrants queuing)

3.  Singlets/T-shirts (walang kokontra sa nakalista, wish nga eh!)
– T-shirts should be pure cotton (malamig sa katawan)
– singlets should be ‘true’ dri-fit or climacool (masarap sa katawan)
– singlets must not have ‘tahi’ in front as this causes flaking and wounds the
err..uhm…nips…

4.  Age Cheating
– there should be a way to check for age cheating
– for races with age category, there are those who register to an older race category
(ex. the runner’s real age is 48, but registers with the 50-59 age group or
the runner’s real age is 16, but registers with the 10-13 age group)

5.  Race Time
– races must start on-time (runners wake up early to make it on time during race day,
this must be respected by organizers plus the sun would already be hot if the race gets
delayed)
– let us do away with the ‘Filipino Time’ instead let us be the ‘Filipino on Time’
– should there be speeches by guests and/or programs, these must be done before be
scheduled race time
– guest speakers must be given specific time limits for their speeches

6.  Runner Check-in
– runners that check-in should not be allowed to leave the holding area
(there are others that sneak out and position themselves few meters away from the
starting line, so that they would have a headstart when the race begins. Cheaters!!!)

7.  Release of runners on race day
– Runners must be released by race category (3k, 5K, 10K, 21K, …)
– there should be no classification of elite, advanced, beginner runners

8.  Marshalls
– marshalls must be strategically located in all turns from start to finish
– marshalls must control vehicular traffic to protect the runners
– marshalls must direct the runners to the proper side of the road
– marshalls must have a communication equipment and list of emergency contact
numbers
– marshalls must be briefed of their roles and responsibilities
– marshalls must apprehend or report cheating runners
– escort marshalls must not only be escorting the lead runners but should there should
also be escorts for the last runner (leave no one behind)

9.  Ambulance and medical services
– there must be a first aid/medical services available
– at least one ambulance/emergency vehicle must be available and strategically located
in the middle of the race route (ex. for a 21k race, the ambulance must be located at
the 5K post not at the starting line for quick response in the shortest possible time)

10.  Water stations
– there should be ample water stations located at least every 2.5km
– there should also be enough plastic cups and ‘clean’ cold water
– there should be trash bags to throw the used plastics cups/containers
(we runners should not litter our streets)

11.  Route Markers
– the whole stretch of the race route must be properly marked
(this is especially true for marathons, some runners get lost)

12. Finish line
– there should be ample race chutes for each race category to prevent long lines
– race certificates and other giveaways must be given as the runner exits the race chute
(do not let him/her line up again just to get those souvenirs)
I’ve been good this year so I hope that my wish gets to be granted.

Race Schedules – Its about time that the organizers coordinate so there would be no conflict of schedules.  It is sad to have simultaneous races at the same day in Metro Manila.  It is not  always easy to choose.  Having simultaneous races on the same day also effectively reduces the income to be generated by the race.  What is important is for the organizers to give courtesy to each other and not to compete with each other. Engaging in cut throat competition is a recipe for disaster to the organizers.

Race Time – I fully agree that all races should start on time.  No more Filipino time.  If we say we start at 6:00 am, we should start at that time.  Running is a disciplined sport and we runners should develop the discipline of being at the race site on time.  If you are late, humabol ka na lang.  On the other hand organizers should have the discipline to start the race on the stipulated time.  The sun gets hot when the race is delayed, particularly during the summer months when the days are longer.

Water Stations – Organizers should always consider the runners’ need to be hydrated.  By this I mean providing them with POTABLE DRINKING WATER.  Organizers should do away with the “the tabo at timba” system.  On the other hand runners should always prepare and have their own hydration kit, which can be a simple water bottle or a hydration belt.

All for the improvement of running in the Philippines!

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 7 Comments

SOS Football

It was a full weekend for me starting from the Alaska Philippine Football club where 3 of my SOS girls, Rona Zulueta, Gloria Rama and Agot Danton beefed up Ateneo de Davao to win the 12 and under Football title.  The tournament was held at the posh Alabang Country Club grounds.  I would have wanted to watch the games and cheer my girls but I already had engagements with Happy Feet and the New Balance Power Race in Clark Field, Pampanga.

The girls started like a house on fire.  First, they beat Miriam College 7-2.  This was the only game I was able to watch.  In the semifinals they beat Cebu Football Club via a penalty shootout 5-3.  They won over Makati Football Club 6-2 to win the championship.  Our child, Agot Danton scored 4 goals during the championship and was adjudged MVP.

I also learned from Luis Seras, my Village Director in SOS Davao that the SOS boys team  emerged champions in the 12 and under Mindanao Children’s Games.  The SOS Football Teams are coached and trained by Leonor Satorre, a former national standout.

photo-66The SOS kids Rona Zulueta, Agot Danton (MVP) and Gloria Rama

Football is very much alive and kicking in SOS Davao.  Plans to expand the football program to the child-beneficiaries of the Family Strangthening Programs is well underway.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Football, Running, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Willkommen!

Welcome to my blog!  This blog is about running and experiences working in a Non-Government Organisation and serving in St. James the Great Parish.

I was introduced to running in 1980 but being a heavy smoker and a bar exam reviewee waylaid my plans for running.  Having hurdled the bar exams further waylaid my running plans as corporate life creeped in.  But my interest for running was always there.

It was in 1984 that I became an occasional runner.  Whenever I am free, I would join my Kiwanis friends in their Sunday runs in what is now known as Legaspi Park in Makati.  I was to be an occasional “weekend runner”, until I realized that I was obese.  I had to do something serious, otherwise I am a likely prey of the Grim Reaper.

My running improved when I joined Happy Feet via the Impromptu Runners e-group last April 2008.  I started logging in my mileage and joined the races whenever I can.  Happy Feet made running enjoyable. Without the support of Happy Feet I would not been able to log in 915 kms.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments