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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from our family, school, office and the community, we use running to give back..

April 13, 2018

1st MT. ASOG 360 50km ULTRAMARATHON: Helper's High


One of the awesome attributes of running is the opportunity it gives to experience both runner's high and helper's high.

March 25, 2018

1ST MT. ASOG 360 50km ULTRAMARATHON: Q & A with the Race Director


The 1st Mt. Asog 360 50km Ultramarathon (MATSU) is the very first official ultra marathon to happen in Rinconada, the 5th congressional district of the province of Camarines Sur. It happened on Feb 18, 2018 and it was part of the featured activities of the Tinagba Festival in our hometown of Iriga,  the only city in Rinconada. The 1st MATSU was organized by a local running club aptly named RUNconada.

February 9, 2018

BAYBAY CITY MARATHON 2: Beautiful Community Marathon


BCM = Beautiful Community Marathon.

After 2 editions of this long distance running event in the lovely island province of Leyte, it should now be crystal clear to all of us that have been fortunate to have a taste of it that the BCM actually stands for "Beautiful Community Marathon" with emphasis on the word "community."  For how could we not?

November 4, 2017

ISLA NG CATANDUANES ULTRAMARATHON 2017: Veni, Vidi, Vici


"Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw , I conquered") is popularly attributed to Julius Caesar after he had achieved a quick victory in the Battle of Zeta around 47 BC.  The phrase is used to refer to a swift, conclusive victory.

Lest the readers think that the Isla ng Catanduanes Ultra Marathon (ICUM) was a quick one for the Bicolano Penguin and the other runners, allow me to now declare at the onset of this blog article that the ICUM is far from being an easy and soft ultra marathon.

September 20, 2017

BASEY FIESTA RUN: For the Love of a Beautiful Parish Church


Nestled on top of a knoll in the center of the town poblacion of Basey is the beautiful old church of St. Michael Archangel.  Old as in centuries old as it was built in 1591 by Jesuit missionaries who were parish priests in Basey until 1768 when the Augustinians took over till 1795 which saw the Fransiscans come in.  First saw this magnificent church almost a year ago when I was doing a recon of the route for the TC2BS ultra marathon.  My impression was that this was a citadel that provided security, not only in spiritual terms, but also in physical terms to the townsfolk of Basey.