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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..

December 4, 2012


Not 1 but 2.  This is the number of full marys that our swash buckling runners of the Ateneo de Naga HS Batch 1983 conquered this December 2, 2012. And the reach of the 83neans is all over the region in this marathon of marathons.

Here in the National Capital Region, 3 studs   tackled the Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM). This full marathon passed thru significant national  landmarks from the Quezon Memorial, Sto. Domingo Church, La Mesa Eco-Park to the University of the Philippines – Diliman Campus. The finish time of the Metro Manila-based 83neans at the QCIM are as follow:

Bob Castilla     - Below 5 hrs but steaming  
                      mad due to organizers’ mix 
                      up on the start time
Ernie Badong    5 hrs flat
Ruben Fajardo  -  5 hrs & 42 mins.

QCIM finishers

QCIM 42km route
Further south and crossing national borders, in the undisputed premier city of the ASEAN Region, our favorite Bitoy Lorico ventured into virgin territory and survived the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore.  His finish time for the 42 kms is 6 hrs & 35 minutes. We hope to hear soon his story. He now is our latest 83nean marathoner, bringing   to 10  the total for our high school batch, the runningest in Ateneo.

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

Our latest 83nean marathoner
The QCIM 83neans showed their solidarity with our new marathoner by writing words of encouragement  to Bitoy on their bib. Such is the brotherhood of runners.  It knows no borders.



As for Bicolano Penguin, I was not in the running as December 2 is our wedding anniversary. But hearing my siblings congratulating  and thanking profusely my wife for surviving  my  bossy and  insensitive ways all these 15 years (and counting) leads me to postulate that I, too, was celebrating a marathon on that day. Only, this is of the matrimonial kind and my Commander-In-Chief deserves a ton of medals.  She would need all the encouragement, affirmation and a second wind as this marathon is going ultra. 

A different kind of marathoners
 Mabuhay satuya gabos na adik sa marathon!


  1. i know this is just a teaser on Bitoy's devirginization experience. we want more! hahaha
    congratz pading Bitoy!happy anniversary BP!

  2. thank you so much mga padi. i'm a virgin no more. the first time is really painful yet a wonderful experience... something that i will treasure for the rest of my "running life." hahaha...

    the saying is true that "kapag nanamitan mo na, hahanap-hanapin mo..... ang pagdalagan."

  3. Yup. I agree with you Ernie 100%. This is just a teaser and the BP will be posting soon a full article about Bitoy's marathon journey. Dai pa lang nakakabalik haling Singapore ang nag-interview saiya. hahahaha.......

  4. Good one Bitoy. "Virgin no more." This gives me an idea on the title of the article and it harkens back to our high school years. hehehehe.......Congratulations. You made us proud.