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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 26, 2013


EmoticonMid-afternoon, a lad clad in blue cantered along Masterson Drive trailed by another in white. In front of the  Church of Gesu, like clockwork, the lads made the sign of the cross without breaking stride. Their faces showed youthful exuberance, perhaps induced by endorphins from the run or buoyed by their natural propensity for fun. 

September 18, 2013


EmoticonThe Church of the Nuestra Senora del Rosario is the parish church of Bombon, Camarines Sur. One of the remarkable churches in the Bicol Region, it has a leaning bell tower. It evokes  a rich history of our Diocese of Nueva Caceres.

September 16, 2013


EmoticonOne Run One Philippines is a fun run for the benefit of various environmental advocacies in the country. It is a  simultaneous eco-run in Quezon City, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and Los Angeles that calls for the protection of various environmental advocacies in the Philippines. 

September 12, 2013

September 4, 2013

T2K: One Big Fiesta of an Ultra

Emoticon645.This is the figure posted by the organizer in its website (http://runmania.ph/)  as the number of "pavement warriors" that ran in the Tagaytay to Kawit 50-km race held in the weekend of August 24-25.

September 1, 2013

QUMR 70KM Race Report: Proxy Edition

EmoticonBlogger’s Note:  

Coming into August, I had the valiant idea of registering for a 70-km ultra marathon in the 1st congressional district of the big province of Quezon. It was called QUMR and was scheduled for August 18,  a day before the anniversary date of the great war-time Philippine President, Manuel L. Quezon. I did register for the QUMR70 and managed to convince another 83nean, Ernie Badong, to join me. By that time, I was already in  training mode for the Tagaytay to Kawit (T2K), a 50-km ultra happening a weekend after QUMR. Going for back-to-back ultras  added pressure to the training runs. More long slow distance runs  were needed.  Now from the valiant, this became a crazy idea as the runner was exposed to the unwelcome possibility of muscle fatigue or much worse,  injury. And the muscle fatigue set in on the weekend before the QUMR70, as I went for a 28-km and a 25-km LSD. I could not  risk aggravating it into an injury and sideline myself for the  T2K. I promised a running buddy that  I would be a pacer at the T2K, her first taste of an ultra. Thus, my decision to forego the August 18  race.  Good thing, another 83nean, Bob Castilla, agreed to take my place and teamed up with  Ernie in conquering the QUMR70. Hence, this Proxy report by Bob (with additional commentary from Ernie in italics).    

Bob in full stride amidst the rural setting of QUMR70