BGC Cycle Philippines scheduled to kick-off this November

BGC Cycle Philippines 2013 Online Poster
Nowadays, running is considered as one of the so-called large community not only the Filipino Running Community even in different parts of the world running is recognized as their passion because along with this activity beautiful, various and inspirational stories was developed in each step on the track. Today, simultaneity of running, biking has become more popular and growing due to the transition of some runners especially those enthusiasts who are seeking a more severe challenge of an active lifestyle.

Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu discussing the event

Through the support and furtherance of a healthy lifestyle – In a mutual effort of Cycle Asia, partnership with Bonifacio Global City headed by Mr. Manny Blas II of Commercial Operations and the man & organization behind the most anticipated triathlon events in the country such as Ironman Philippines 70.3, XTERRA, Ironkids and 5150 non-other than Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events Inc. and Alaska Milk Corporation chairman working together in this year’s big biking/cycling event that finally in the Philippines as Cycle Asia brings a three days bike action and uncommon riding experience in the metro, the BGC Cycling Philippines scheduled to kick-off on November 15, 16 & 17, 2013.

About Cycle Asia
Owned and organised by Spectrum Worldwide, Cycle Asia is a network of premier cycling events hosted across the region.
Each event offers cyclists the rare opportunity to ride on closed public roads in major Asian cities, while catering to participants of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s young cyclists on three wheels or the more serious cyclists looking to test themselves on a longer distance, there’s a ride for everyone across the Cycle Asia network.
Headlined by the hugely successful OCBC Cycle Singapore which launched in 2009, Cycle Asia also includes OCBC Cycle Malaysia and the upcoming Cycle Philippines.
The Gold Coast Festival of Cycling stretches the network across to Australia, while plans are currently in place to introduce Cycle Asia events to other locations such as Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam in future years.
For more information, go to:

About Sunrise Events, Inc
Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 after it has been granted the Ironman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world. SEI currently stages at least 12 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events.

About Bonifacio Global City:
Bonifacio Global City is the proud venture of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC), managed by the powerhouse partnership of Ayala Land, Inc., Evergreen Holdings, Inc. (Campos Group) and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). The combined formidable wealth of real estate development, expertise, and investment from each group has established Bonifacio Global City as one of the world’s finest and fastest-growing premier cities. For more info, visit
Cycle Asia has accomplished two huge riding events in two prominent countries in Asia this year, the OCBC Cycle Malaysia and OCBC Cycle Singapore allured more than 5000 and 11500 participants, respectively. At the press conference, Chris Robb (Spectrum Worldwide managing director) says “We are delighted to be expanding Cycle Asia to the Philippines and we look forward to working alongside Sunrise Events who have built an outstanding reputation for delivering first class sporting event”.

The three days riding event of BGC Cycle Philippines are supported by the local government institutions as MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) leads the closure of major roads to be used in the event (commuters and motorists must be aware with the traffic advisory as they release the official route of the event to avoid any inconvenience) at the same time it’s a support in the beneficiary of the event, the FIREFLY BRIGADE whose advocacy is to actively promote the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation. It would be one of the major cycling event in the history of the Philippines, imagine you will pedal your bicycle on a spacious and close road that will happen only in BGC Cycle Philippines on the said date.

The event will cater to cyclists of all ages and have the ability to enjoy the different categories like Tricycle Ride, Kid’s Ride, Community Ride (20km), the Challenge (40km) and various criterium categories. Besides cycling, participants and families have the chance to enjoy a wide range of fun activities in the cycling and lifestyle expo.So, what are you waiting for? Pick-up your bike and gear up! Do not let this chance slip away.

To know more the event details, check the information below and be the first registrants this August 01, 2013.

Event Title: BGC Cycling Philippines
Event Date: November 15, 16 & 17, 2013
Event Location: Bonifacio Global City

November 15, 2013(Friday)  Schedule:
To be posted soon

November 16, 2013(Saturday)  Schedule:

Categories Age Group Start Time
The Tricycle Ride (100m) 2 – 5 yrs 2:00pm
The Kid’s Ride(5.5km) 5 -7 yrs 2:30pm
8 -9 yrs
The Junior Challenge (30mins) 10 -12yrs 3:00pm
Women’s master’ Critetrium (45min) 18yrs & above / over 40yrs 3:00pm
Men’s Open Criterium (60min) 18yrs & above / over 40yrs 4:45pm

November 17, 2013(Sunday)  Schedule:

Categories Age Group Start Time
The Challenge – Individual (40km) 14yrs & above 6:00am
The Challenge – Student (40km) 14yrs – 23yrs 6:15am
The Challenge – Team of 4 (40km) 14yrs & above 6:15am
The Community Ride/The Foldies Community Ride – Individual (20km) 10yrs & above 7:00am
The Community Ride/The Foldies Community Ride – Student (20km) 10yrs – 23yrs 7:15am
The Community Ride/The Foldies Community Ride – Team of 4 (20km) 10yrs & above 7:15am


Race Categories:
Registration Fees:


– Teams of 4 will enjoy rates of discount to individual participants throughout the period of registration.
– All prices indicated are in Philippine Peso (PHP).
– Following registration there will be strictly no change to ride category and no refund.
– There will be no further extensions of any registration periods.

Registration starts on August 01, 2013 ON-LINE REGISTRATION

CYCLE PACK & Participants Benefits

Kid’s Shirt design:

Community Ride Shirt

F2P Bike Jersey
Finisher’s Medal
Rudy’s Project Community Ride

Rudy’s Project Challenge Ride

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Give a smile and hope to street children, join Sofitel-Run Rio Battle of Sexes Leg 2

Virlanie Children's Choir
Virlanie Children’s Choir

Inspiring, delightful and world class performance from children’s choir of Virlanie Foundation as they welcome the media and bloggers in the press launch held last July 24, 2013 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza of the upcoming race event Sofitel-RunRio Battle of the Sexes Leg 2 happening on September 01, 2013 at SM Mall of Asia. Togetherness of one of the top hotels in the hotel industry that provides luxury and excellent hospitality experience andRun Rio Inc. headed by the foremost running icon & coach of the Filipino Running Community, Coach Rio Dela Cruz they formally announced the second leg of male vs female event as the continuation in supporting the Virlanie Foundation by encouraging more people to help the less fortunate children of Manila through benevolent programs.

Virlanie Foundation is a non-government organization (NGO) reaching out to street children. It cares for children in need of special protection: abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, orphaned, poor… Close to 200 staff and volunteers, supported by a network of donors and sponsors, touched the lives of 1,211 street children in 2011. Founded by French social worker, Dominique Lemay and his Filipino friends, the non-profit foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012. Since 1992, Virlanie has helped 14,700 children become responsible and self-sufficient adults.

In the presence of Sofitel Philippine general manager, Adam Laker proudly shared a short recap about their accomplishments they’ve done last March 2013 ( first leg) wherein more than 3000 running enthusiasts merged in one goal which resulted to raise over Php 750,000 that has been used to purchase a van that was recently handed over to the foundation for their activities for the street children of Manila.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza hands over a PHP 755, 000 support to the Virlanie Foundation L-R: Chevrolet Philippines Managing Director Atty. Albert Arcilla, Virlanie Foundation President and Founder Dominique Lemay, Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker and Running Coach Rio dela Cruz
Sofitel Philippine Plaza hands over a PHP 755, 000 support to the Virlanie Foundation
L-R: Chevrolet Philippines Managing Director Atty. Albert Arcilla, Virlanie Foundation President and Founder Dominique Lemay, Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker and Running Coach Rio dela Cruz

And for the technical and race mechanics, Coach Rio presented the unique concept of the race. In the usual races all participants unleash in the same gun start time of each distance. This time male and female will compete against each other to reach one finish line in one venue in two race distances, 5k and 10k. Female runners will run first with a head-start of 3 minutes for the 5k and 7 minutes for the 10k who will then be followed by the men afterward. Its our chance to defend and prove who is great between the men and women.

Children of Virlanie re-knocking in your loving heart to support and join on their upcoming event dubbed as Sofitel Battle of the Sexes Leg 2 on September 01, 2013 at Block 16, SM Mall of Asia Grounds. Join and defend your gender!

Note: Proceeds if the ticket selling goes to the Virlanie Foundation.

For further details with regards of registration info please refer below.

Date and Time: Sunday, September 01, 2013, 05:30AM

Race Title: Sofitel – Run Rio Battle of the Sexes Leg 2

Our Goal: To build and sustain the running community in the Philippines by redefining running through the marathon event’s unique concept of of male vs. female as well as he to create a brighter future for the less privileged children of Manila

Our Positioning: Inspire, educate, celebrate and defend your gender!

Our Mechanics: Male and female to compete against each other to reach one finish line in one venue in two given distances of your choice. Female runners will run first with a head-start of 3 minutes for the 5K and 7 minutes for the 10K who will then be followed by the men afterwards.

Owner: RunRio Inc.

Title Sponsor: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Venue: Block 16, SM Mall of Asia Grounds

Start Time: 05:30AM

Race Distance: 5K and 10K

Registration Fee: 5K- Php 500.00 10K- Php 800.00

Race bib with timing device and raffle entry
Goodies from sponsors

Registration Period:
Online: June 17, 2013
Online: August 11, 2013
Online: July 16, 2013


In-store: August 25, 2013

Registration Sites:
Riovana BGC
Riovana Katipunan
Toby’s MOA
Toby’s SM The Block

Age Categories:
16 under
60 above

Prizes: 5K / 10 Age Categories (1 Male and 1 Female)

1 GC Spiral for two persons
1 Nike + Ipod sports kit
1 Pair of shoes World Balance

10K / 10 Age Categories (1 Male and 1 Female)

1 GC Spiral for two persons
1 Nike + Ipod sports kit
1 Pair of shoes World Balance


10K Race:
1 overall winner (Male or Female)

5K race:
1 overall winner (Male or Female)

Prize for overall winner (both in 5K and 10K)
1 Sofitel Suite GC for two persons with breakfast at Spiral
1 Nike + Ipod sports kit
1 Pair of shoes World Balance

Raffle prize of a “Weekend Luxury Stay Package” consisting of:
3-night stay at a Sofitel Suite with breakfast for four with full access to the Club Millésime
5 Spiral GCs for 2 persons
5 Le Spa GCs
1 Vietura Aesthetic Center GC worth Php 25,000.00

Raffle Mechanics:
To qualify for the raffle, interested participant should:

Bring a VALID PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION during registration. VALID ID can be any of the following:
– Government-issued ID
– Passport
– NSO-issued Birth Certificate
– Participants will be categorized as Male or Female based on the gender indicated on their Valid ID
– Participant’s age group will be determined based on the age/birth date indicated on their Valid ID

Raffle Terms and Conditions:

– This promotion is open to all Filipino and non-Filipino citizens of all ages.
– The runner must provide complete and accurate information upon registration. This includes the runner’s full name, mailing address, correct age, email address and contact number.
– The raffle stub attached to the race bib shall serve as the official raffle entry of all participants. All raffle stubs must be dropped at the tambiolo in front of the stage by 7:00am on race day.
– The raffle draw will be held on September 1, 2013 during the post-race awarding ceremony at the stage of the activity area at the Mall of Asia.
– The winner (1) must be physically present. If the runner is not present, the raffle draw will continue until a physically present winner is chosen, subject to presentation of valid government ID or documents.
– A representative from Sofitel Philippine Plaza shall draw the winner, witnessed by a DTI representative. Acceptance of the prize shall constitute a release and discharge of Sofitel Philippine Plaza from any liability, claims, demands, causes of action, and/or damages which the winner may have, whether known or unknown at the present time, of any nature whatsoever, arising out of or relating to: (i) the contest, (ii) personal injury and/or property

The lucky winner (1) of the Weekend Luxury Stay Package will enjoy the following:
– One (1) complimentary gift certificate with three night stay at a Sofitel Suite with breakfast for four (4) persons at Spiral, valid for 1 year subject to room availability
– Five (5) complimentary gift certificates for Spiral (lunch/dinner).Each gift certificate is good for two persons, valid for one year.
– Five (5) complimentary gift certificates for Le Spa (one-hour massage). Each gift certificate is good for one person only, valid for one year.
– One (1) Vietura Aesthetic Center gift certificate worth PHP 25,000 valid for one year.

  • Sofitel Philippine Plaza will pay taxes of the above-mentioned prizes.
  • The winner will be required to participate in a photo taking session during the issuance of the prize. Pictures may be published in various media outlets.
  • Sofitel Philippine Plaza reserves the right to disqualify any winner/entry, if he/she has been found to have not met the rules and regulations with regards to complete and accurate race registration.
  • Employees of Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Accor Hotels and Resorts, and Runrio, and their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the raffle. The organizer’s decision in concurrence with the DTI is deemed final.

Singlet Design:
SAM_1416Race Map
Event Sponsors:
Sofitel – Run Rio Battle of the Sexes is presented to you by Gatorade in cooperation with Gold’s Gym, World Balance, Rexona, Sky Cable, Prime Power Manpower Services, Eupac, Dole Philippines, Darlington Socks, Johnson and Johnson, Health Express, Delsan Office Systems

Star Xpo Enterprise, Classica Litho Corporation, Nizoral, Primier Water and Timex. Media partners include Philippine Star, Business World, Manila Bulletin, and ABS-CBN News Channel.

Press Launch venue is Sofitel Philippine Plaza located at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance

Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York, Shanghai or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, French Polynesia or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”.

Sofitel Legend and & Sofitel So are two labels that come to enrich Sofitel Luxury hotels.

Sofitel Legend hotels are iconic and mythical; they are often centuries-old listed heritage buildings: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam and Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan.

Sofitel So hotels are new « boutique hotels » characterised by a stylish focus on contemporary design by famous architects and/or embellished by international celebrities from the world of fashion, design or art: Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre, Sofitel So Bangkok and Sofitel So Singapore (2013).

Event Photos:

BMAP Great Bank Family Fun Run, a huge playground for everyone

971173_555355934523000_292151618_nWhile browsing some of my photos in Photo-Ops Facebook page I cannot completely imagine that I survived the 10k distance in Great Bank Family Fun Run last Sunday (July 21, 2013), by reason of, one week before the race day my mind was fixed that I will be at the event simply to cover and come up with a race review & show my support in the objective of BMAP (Savings Conciousness) and besides I miss this one last year just because  the event location is quite far from the metro which was held in Filinvest, Alabang.I’m not worried with the distance by cause of I do not have enough mileages to take any of distances on any event and instances that may occur in the middle of the event.

The day before the event without knowing WithoutLimitsPh staff dropped a call informing that they have a complimentary race kit in the 10k category for me – thanks a lot. Since it’s a great opportunity to get back on the road I grabbed the slot and take the challenge and besides It’s my first time to run along Diosdado Macapagal, ASEANA City. if chances come, don’t think twice 🙂 I just said to myself after our conversation “bahala na”.

On the day of the event, I arrived exactly 05:15a.m. At the venue weary and sweaty due to I run from home to the venue– about 1 to 1.5km distance to ASEANA. And I’m  glad I’ve met some of my running and blogger friends and yet still have time to ready and took some warm ups before they unleashed the 10k participants.
Before the gun start no plans to break my personal record considering that I know I wasn’t able to beat and create a new record in 10k. My main objective before the race starts is just run until I reach and get back to the finish line injury free, that’s it – the mercy of god reigned and I made it for about 01:08:04 (unofficial) quite disappointing :D. My 10k journey along Macapagal was becoming memorable and fun, a good weather was with the event, lots of photographers who captured our active moments, overwhelming support of the runners and kids participants even puppies/dogs also joined for savings consciousness.

After my second loop
After my second loop

The route is engaging and wide, no chance for a collision of runners and it seemed a huge playground for everyone. The stretch of Diosdado Macapagal road was a great route, for 10k you must turn three loops across the finish line, 5k and 3k is one loop. I conquered my distance passionately, slowly and safely. One thing I’ve noticed in the event participants are all competitive.When I crossed the finish line, proud and satisfied with the result of my performance it is also a heads up to get back into running. Thanks for the marshall cheering on the road and photographers.

Very much ok, last kilometer from the finish line
Very much ok, last kilometer from the finish line

In the assembly area more than 37 sponsors (if I’m not mistaken) supported and helped to promote the awareness in saving. Big raffle prizes were given to all the participants who stayed after running their respective distances. I don’t want to prolong this post, I would like to commend the organizer and BMAP in the simplicity and well-organized of the event, you keep the runners hydrated in your long hydration table set-up (a warm weather was surprised to all the runners) and for the active marshall/staff and photographers.


Congratulations to all who crossed the finish line and thank you for supporting this event, you rock the 2nd Great Bank Family Fun Run. See you all next year! 🙂

I would like to thank Sir Ian (WithoutLimitsPh) and Coach Boy for providing a complimentary race kit for me. 🙂

Photos from the event:

With Sir Jay Em of Proactive
With Sir Jay Em of Proactive
Running Friends
Sir Franc of and I
BMAP Board of Directors and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.
Governor and Chairman of the Monetary Board
Juan Republik
Enchanted Kingdom


Stage Area
Stage Area
Loot Bag
Loot Bag

Be informative and progressive runner at ACTIVEHEALTH RUNNER’S SUMMIT

Be informative and progressive in running. Mostly, runners just learned on their own way to become an effective runner, some of us searching references over the internet that will fit for our needs. Like me I’ve never been subjected in any formal trainings or rather attend running clinics since I started to get into running way back year 2011 were in my first distance was 5k, but when the year 2013 came in my mileages and running distances increasing I actually forced myself to learn and be diligent in attending training camps for my benefit, to help improve my running ability and surpass my longest distance I run.And yes! Those trainings help me out and has great contributions in my running passion. It helps me a lot especially the different exercises on how to develop & strengthen our muscles, speed and agility. But more than this, we need to understand & know more to recognize ourselves and our body in the field of running apart from finishing the race & breaking our personal records and this opportunity only happens in the first ever Enervon Activ Unilab Active Health Runner’s Summit this August 17, 2013 at Jose Y. Campos Hall, Bayanihan Center 8008 Pioneer Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Last July 23, 2013 Tuesday night, I am one of the lucky running bloggers who was invited to find out why we should not miss this summit, the clear objectives, what to expect and importance of different activities and team ULAH’s inspiration of organizing the runner’s summit, no other than…. you – runner. Unilab Active Health Runner’s Summit which was presented by ENERVON ACTIV is a whole day learning program for runners aspiring to progress better through the help of top coaches, sports science experts, and sports nutritionist.Sessions include running physiologies and proper sports nutrition. And the most interesting objectives of this summit to help running community progress to longer distances and provide helpful information to be a better athlete.

For the registration, the registration fee is PHP 1500.00. Every participant is entitled of three (3) modules such as follows:

Physiology and Biomechanics of Running
– Importance of warm up/ Dynamic stretching and movement preparations
– Bioenergetics of running (Sprints vs Long Distance Running) – Energy Systems used – Lactic Acid vs Lactate
– Lactate Threshold and Onset of Blood Lactate Accumulation – Measuring running intensity
– Proper Running form – Running Economy
Conditioning and Injury Prevention in Running
– Dynamic Warm Up/ Movement Preparation
– Types of Training for Long Distance Running
– Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Training Methods for Running
2 1⁄2 Demo and LectureRUN


– Carbohydrates
• Simple and Complex Carbohydrates
• Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load
• Carbohydrates to Fuel Muscles
• Carbohydrate Loading for Endurance Exercise
• Carbohydrate Rich Foods
– Proteins • Protein to Build and Repair Muscles
• Defining Protein Needs
• Protein in Common Foods
• Protein and the Vegetarian
– Fats
• Fats and the Athlete’s Diet
• Fats in Common Foods

– Vitamins
• B- Vitamins and Endurance Exercise
• Antioxidant Vitamins and Endurance Exercise
– Minerals
• Minerals and Energy Metabolism

– Fluid and Electrolyte Needs
– Dehydration and Performance
– Fluid Choices


– Pre-exercise Fueling Guidelines
– Pre-exercise Caffeine
– Eating During Extensive Exercise
– Recovering from Extensive Exercise
– Recovery Fluids and Foods
– Recovery Electrolytes
– Recovery Vitamins and Minerals

Speaker’s Profile

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Registration fees includes:

– SportsNutritionPack

– Presenters Handouts

– Active Health Token

– SummitEssentials:Participant’sID,Notebook and Pen

– Meals (AM, PM Snacks and Lunch)



Runners who are planning to run long distances in the future don’t miss out this first Active Health Runner’s Summit and be one of the 500 participants!


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For more details:
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Event organizer: Zero-In Concept and Productions
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With Ms. Jaymie Pizarro
Me and Sir Rene Villarta

Tiktakbo 6: Water Dash

Poster _ Tiktakbo 6
Now on its sixth installment, UP JPIA presents Tiktakbo 6: Water Dash, a fun run envisioned to be the first water run in the country! Waves of excitement will splash throughout the event as water guns and hydro showers refresh runners in certain points of the route. At the finish line, each runner will be given their own water guns for the ultimate water fight!  All the proceeds of Tiktakbo 6 go to the Long-term Educational Assistance Program (LEAP), a scholarship program for financially-challenged college students.

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