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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..

September 11, 2012

9/11 : My Birthday

The date 9/11 is a date of infamy in America and in these parts. Way before 2001, it is the birthdate of the longest serving dictator of our country. And then 2001 came and the date  was forever associated with barbaric global terrorism. 

September 11 is my birthday. For my birthday present, I gifted myself with a 40-page picture book with a running theme. It was crafted by Russell of Digiprint – Alabang Town Center. I entitled it “Bicolano Penguin’s 1st 6 Marathons & 4 Ultras.”

The picture book chronicles my long distance running adventure from May 2010 to May 2012. In those 24 months, I have  finished/conquered/survived the following marathons & ultras:

1.The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (May 22, 2010)
2.Camsur International Marathon (September 26, 2010)
3.Tagaytay to Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon (November  15, 2010)
4.Quezon City International Marathon (December 5, 2010)
5.1st Mayon 360  50-Mile Ultra Marathon (April 2, 2011)
6.Camsur International Marathon (September 25, 2011)
7.Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (December  4, 2011)
8.Condura Skyway Marathon (February 5, 2012)
9.Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon (March 3 & 4, 2012)
10.Tagaytay to Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon (May 20, 2012)

In these long distance running adventures, I have been blessed to have had the company and support of my family, friends, bosses and my classmates.They have been generous.

What is next for me and my Bicolano Penguin alter ego? 

More running of course.  

And in this quest for more running,  it is my fondest wish that I get to encourage more family, friends and classmates to run with me.  Let us go the distance...

And to quote a lovely song I just heard this morning,

“My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to.”         


  1. happy birthday, vicboy! the spotlight is on you today. enjoy and may all the desires of your heart be granted.

  2. Thank you Mau. When are you doing your first full mary? I would be happy to be of help in fulfilling one of your dreams.

  3. welcome. 'hoping for it to be soon. ;-)maraming salamat po.