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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 28, 2011

What is the Best Pandesal I have ever tasted?

Answer:  The wheat pandesal of Pan de Amerikana Bakery and Restaurant (Katipunan Road, White Plains, Quezon City).

Pan de Amerikana wheat pandesal at Php 6 each


In education, cramming  is the practice of working intensively to absorb large volume of informational material in short amounts of time.  It is often done by students in preparations for upcoming exams.

November 24, 2011

Run for the Pasig River 2011: Come Together and Be Counted

“If you care enough to make the Pasig River clean, this is your chance to make a statement and run for the river.”  Words from Gina Lopez, the ABS-CBN Foundation , Inc. (AFI) managing director and concurrent president of the Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP).  

November 21, 2011

The de Lima that Soared with the Olympic Spirit

Imagine this.  You are running in the Olympic marathon, leading by almost half a minute with 4 miles to go, on the way to winning the very first gold for your country in this event. 

November 17, 2011

Magarao: Parahilot Capital

As I am writing this article, the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress  is happening in my home province of Camarines Sur.  Hundreds, even thousands  of movers and shakers of the Advertising industry and its attendant sectors have trooped to Camsur in recent days.    

What is the best mango shake I have ever tasted?

Answer:  The one at Red  Platter, Naga City.

Mango is the national fruit of the Philippines.  It is a comfort food.  It is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of Potassium and contains beta carotene.   You can say that runners, fast or slow,  benefit a lot from consuming this fruit.  And what better way to enjoy this natural delicacy in our tropical clime  than   via a cool mango shake.

Best mango shake

November 16, 2011


Fun runs in  Metro Manila are usually held on weekends, mostly on Sundays and a few on Saturdays.  Rarely are running events scheduled on a weekday.  Perhaps once every blue moon.   It is therefore a delight to know that there is a  fun run on the last Wednesday of this November.  For working stiffs like me in the Philippines, November 30 (the last Wednesday) is a non-working holiday by virtue of it being  the birthday of Andres Bonifacio, the founder of the proletarian revolutionary  Katipunan Movement.

November 14, 2011

UNILAB RUN UNITED 3: Bayanihan in Running...in Action!

Leg 3 of Runrio Trilogy, Unilab’s Run United 3 was held last Sunday, November 13, 2011.  Six 83nean runners (Ateneo de Naga HS Class of 1983) including myself ran the 32 kms.

November 12, 2011

ENERGIZER NIGHT RACE: A positive synergy


For a  company that prides itself in producing the longest lasting battery in the world, it makes a lot of business sense that  Energizer Philippines, Inc. (EPI)  gets to sponsor in a big way  an event that celebrates a sport that puts a premium on  endurance of the human kind. 

November 9, 2011

November 7, 2011

Our Bicol. Our Home. Our Run

As a proud running man of the  the Ateneo de Naga High School Class of 1983 (follow the exploits of these 40-something runners at http://83neanrunners.blogspot.com) , I subscribe to the precept “Our Bicol. Our Home. Our Run.”  It is an axiom that we follow in our choice of long distance running events to join.  

November 5, 2011

MTR 2011 : Mayon Trail “Run” to the Extreme

Clamber. Waddle. Crawl, & Trudge .  Action words I did not exactly expect to use for a write up having something to do with  my  passion for running.  But when it came to my recent adventure at the 21km Extreme Mayon Trail Run last October 22, 2011 in Legaspi City, I have to call a spade a spade.

Bicol Penguin's  envy  -  lead runners gliding seemingly on the surface