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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 17, 2013


EmoticonDecember 8 saw the running of the 37th National Milo Marathon Finals in the national capital of our country.  

This is an elite event where only those that hit the qualifying times in several Milo elimination races in the Philippine archipelago (Puerto Princesa, Lipa, Naga, San Pablo, Iloilo, General Santos, Baguio, Dagupan, Tarlac, Angeles, Manila, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Butuan, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao) get to run the full marathon. We can safely say that after decades of Milo Marathon running, this is the Philippine version of the Boston Marathon.

This year, there were 367 finishers of the National Milo Marathon Finals (http://ww1.nestle.com.ph/milo/marathon/pdf/milo_marathon_2013_results_manilafinals_overall_42k.pdf) and the Bicolano Penguin is  happy of the fact that 3 participants of the Lake Bato Ultra are part of this exclusive list:

31st Place         Marino Lagyap, Jr.  (3 hours & 4 mins) 

104th Place      Bob Castilla  (3 hours & 31 mins)

321st Place        Joji Asis  (4 hour & 39 mins)

The 83nean runners are specially proud of this  running feat of Bob.  This is his 3rd year of running the National Milo Marathon Finals and each time he records an improvement.  From 4 hours & 6 mins in 2011 to 3 hours & 56 mins in 2012, and now  to this new personal best.  Not bad for a guy who just started long distance running three years ago. Starting with his first full marathon, the 2010 Cam Sur International Marathon where he logged a time of 5 hours & 19 mins,  he has conquered 13 more. Not to mention a dozen more ultras. He is Exhibit A on the virtues of perseverance and hard work.

What could be his  marathon target in the future?  Bob is the silent type and it would be hard to have him verbalize this. But looking at his 2013 Milo Marathon  time, this is just 6 minutes short of the qualifying time of the 2015 Boston Marathon in the 45-49 age group (http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/qualifying-standards.aspx). Bob certainly has the chance to qualify for the most prestigious marathon in the world in the near future. 

Recovery run by Bob a week after the Milo Marathon

To quote the  executive in charge of the Milo Marathon, Andrew Neri:

 "We have reached the end of our 37th season, but the records broken today bear new beginnings for the local athletic community. The track has raised extraordinary characters who will bring gold and glory to our home soil not only in 2014 but in the years to come.  As we usher in MILO’s 50th year in the Philippines, we are looking forward to inspiring more athletes, most especially the youth, to run towards their dreams and aspirations."

Certainly, Bob can dream and inspire. Athlete or no athlete. Youth or no youth. This is one extraordinary dude.Emoticon 


  1. Pading Vic, It was pure luck. Sabi ko nga tsamba lang.
    Thank you Maestro for bringing me into running. Also to 83neans running buddies.
    Congrats Marino, Joji & all the finisher's of the 37th Milo Marathon National Finals!
    Keep running mga padi!

  2. Matagal ng hindi tsamba, Bob. hahahaha.....

  3. Galing! Congrats! Keep running sir bob kahit tsamba lang haha :)
    Next time ikaw na rin po ang next na makapagqualify Sir BP :)

  4. Thanks Nino! Your running season is next year. Don't miss out the Milo Marathon Eliminations. Keep running Padi!

  5. Thanks! Happy Holidays :) Godbless everyone.