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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..

November 4, 2017


"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.

August 3, 2017


Back in our homeland of Bicol, the young students of the Ateneo de Naga University are busy preparing for this fund raising event that will benefit the community of Marawi in Mindanao.