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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 25, 2012

NATGEO EARTH DAY RUN 2012: My Friend Bitoy’s First Half Marathon

Rather than be depressed with my not being able to join my fellow 83neans run at the 2012 Mayon 360 Ultra last April 21, I decided to take a run the following day.  Running has a way of making me feel good.  Must be the endorphins.

2012 MAYON 360 ALBAY ULTRAMARATHON: No Go for the Bicolano Penguin but Five 83neans Finishing Strong

A few days before April 21, I received via email this cool poster from our classmate Bitoy, who works abroad.  It showed superimposed on the 2012 Mayon 360 poster five 83nean runners:  Bob Castilla, Ruben “Fards” Fajardo, Ernie Badong, Bicolano Penguin (me) and Ed Balcueva.

Mayon 360 poster revised by Bitoy

April 17, 2012


This past weekend, I was with my family and relatives at the beautiful island of Panglao located on the equally beautiful island province of  Bohol.  It was my second time to be on the island.  The first time, a couple years ago, we stayed to relax at the Panglao Island Nature Resort, on the northern tip of Panglao.  This time, we had a great  experience at the Bohol Beach Club, on the southern tip of Panglao.  The four-day vacation in Bohol was a generous treat from my wife’s sister.

Bohol Beach Club here I am!

April 10, 2012


The first ultramarathon in Bicol is back.  This coming April 21, 2012, the second edition of the Mayon 360 Albay Ultramarathon will push thru.This ultramarathon is a collaborative effort of the Junior Chamber International  –  Legaspi City Chapter, Liga ng mga Barangay   –   Albay Chapter, Philippine Association of Ultrarunners and the Albay provincial government.  It carries the 360 tag as participants will run around the “Most Perfect Volcano”, in the process visiting 3 cities (Legaspi, Ligao and Tabaco)  and 7 towns (Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Polangui, Malilipot, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo) for a total distance of 80 kilometers. It is one of the highlight events of the month-long Magayon Festival in Albay.