A day after our April 22 Boston Strong Muntinlupa run in Filinvest City, Alabang, I was informed by my fellow 83nean Ric Lozano that a trio of his running buddies (Joji Asis, Lito Atento and Gary Castillo) and he went on a run to show their support for the Boston Marathon.
They ran for 14 kms in Naga City. I thanked and congratulated him. I promised that the extra shirts from our April 22 run would be for his Boston Strong Naga group.
I also requested him for some pictures, but this one came only early this week.
|In front of the Quince Martires Monument|
The site of the picture taking is in front of the Quince Martires Monument right in the heart of Naga City. The Plaza Quince Martires was built in 1926 to honor the 15 martyrs of Bicol executed in 1897 at the start of the revolution against Spanish rule (http://naga.gov.ph/naga-smiles-2/bikol-honors-its-15-martyrs-of-the-1896-revolution/).
The choice on the part of Ric is symbolic because the Boston Marathon, too, has an intimate connection with freedom. It is held yearly since 1901 on Patriots Day, a state holiday in honor of the first battles of the American Revolution in 1775 (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-16/why-boston-s-marathon-is-special.html).