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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..

May 31, 2019

TP50: Tarlac my 17th Province

There were more than a handful of marathons and ultras held in late April and early May.  But it was the Tarlac to Pampanga 50K Ultramarathon (TP50) that the Bicolano Penguin joined.  The appeal of TP50 was two-fold.

May 29, 2019


The PWD Fun Run this Sunday morning in UP Diliman is the shortest (at 2 kms) and the slowest (at an ave pace of 16 minutes per km) official run for the Bicolano Penguin.  But it is also the most fulfilling ever for me.

March 8, 2019

MATSU: Haven for Ultra First-Timers

The Mt. Asog 360 Ultramarathon (MATSU) is proving to be a haven for runners gunning for their first ultramarathon. Now on its 2nd edition and organized by RUNconada, MATSU is kind of like the Tagaytay to Nasugbu (T2N) ultra which is organized by the grand daddy of Philippine ultramarathon - the Bald Runner.  Both MATSU and T2N are ultras with a 50km distance and have seen its fare share of ultra first timers.

February 22, 2019

ADEN83 AND CSI83 OUTREACH IN BUHI: Men & Women for Others

Tempting for me to end this blog article with just a posting of this cover photo.  After all, it is often said that a "picture is worth ten thousand words." And the cover photo does include the more than 2 dozens of smiling and euphoric Ateneans and the Colegialas of High School Batch 1983 together with the principal and a handful of public school teachers  that participated in the batch outreach last Feb 5, 2019 in Barangay Igbac in the town of Buhi.

February 20, 2019

ATENEO DE NAGA HS BATCH 1983 35TH BATCH REUNION: Remembrance of Things Past

Blogger's Note:  This short piece is written by fellow 83nean Dan Espiritu. It is actually a message from him after I shared the blog article about our 35th batch reunion last Dec 28. Touched by its depth and sincerity, I asked permission from Dan, who was the editor of our school paper back in the days,  to share it in my blog. Ever the gentleman, Dan  replied "yes, of course."