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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Should Run for the 2018 Edition of Run and Raise

There may be a personal reason for you wanting to run for a charity. It may help you feel like you’re doing your bit for the cause that is closer to your heart. You may look at the challenge and think: What’s the purpose of actually doing it other than just getting to the finish line?

New World Hotels Resorts teams up with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya for Run and Raise 2018.
(From L-R) New World Makati Hotel Director of Finance Marilyn Sy and General Manager Farid Schoucair, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. Chief Finance and Services Officer Noemi B. Samson, and AG New World Manila Bay General Manager Mark Heywood doing the finger heart sign after signing the memorandum of agreement for the fourth edition of New World Hotels and Resort Run and Raise 2018.

If you run for a charity then there’ll be plenty of you in the same boat, so you’ll never be without someone to turn to on race day should you be nervous, unsure or start to flag. Here are 3 reasons why you should run for the 2018 edition of Run and Raise that will be held at Rajah Sulayman Park, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila, on the 21st of January 2018.

1. Your efforts can make a real difference

The money raised provides invaluable funds to a wide range of charities. A charity that benefits enormously from runners efforts is Hope for Children, Community and Environment. 

2. You get to support a 3n1 charity fun run. 

With several numbers of things to support with, New World Hotels and Resorts teams up with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. Proceeds of the event will benefit ALKFI three major programs that correspond to the values of leadership, passion, excellence, commitment, integrity, accountability, compassion, bayanihan and health and wellness. Its programs are the following:

Operation Sagip: From relief operations to restoring communities

Operation Sagip is the emergency humanitarian assistance program of ALKFI. It provides food and non-food relief to disaster – affected communities of disasters and engages in rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects. Its objectives are: 1) participative development of a family-friendly community; 2) foster strong partnership and shared responsibility with all stakeholders; 3) adhere to an efficient and responsible stewardship of entrusted resources; 4) encourage spirit of volunteerism and sense of community among Filipinos worldwide and; 5) promote conscientious and nurturing attitude towards the environment in all its activities. 

Under Operation Sagip is a community development project called Bayanijuan (BNJ) sa Southville 7 located in Calauan, Laguna. It is a relocation site co-managed with the National Housing Authority. The 5422 families living in this area are made up of informal settlers originally living along the banks and waterways of Pasig River and the victims of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and Yolanda in 2013. BayaniJuan concentrates its efforts in community rehabilitation and replication to different areas nationwide; especially on disaster-affected areas.

On the other hand, Programa Genio is the educational advocacy arm committed to working with public elementary school children and communities nationwide to discover and develop the inherent genio or genius in every child. It adopted several schools in BayaniJuan sa Southville 7 Calauan, Laguna; and two day care centers: “Firstville” and “SMC” in order to provide access to education for preschoolers. Programa Genio also implements Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program to help adults and out-of-school youth complete the DepEd’s basic education program so they can have more solid credentials either for job applications or applications to colleges or universities.

Bantay Kalikasan: From La Mesa watershed’s success to championing ecotourism sites

Launched in 1998, Bantay Kalikasan (BK), ALKFI’s environment advocacy arm, has propelled massive changes towards the protection and sustainability of the country’s natural environment. For almost two decades, it has initiated different projects such as watershed rehabilitation and management, recovery and recycling of Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULABs) and used oil, advocacy building through Information and Education Campaigns (IECs) and community empowerment. 

Bantay Kalikasan is currently building model communities in the different provinces nationwide. Most of these provinces are considered significant biodiversity areas that are vulnerable to degradation due to human activities and the effects of climate change. BK’s strategy is to empower the people of these communities to be advocates and protectors of their local ecosystem and to train them in alternative income streams that are sustainable and environment-friendly. This is done through capacity building in values formation and transformation, and providing assistance in setting up eco-friendly enterprises.  BK believes that partnership and collaboration with the local government units, national government agencies, academic institutions and other stakeholders is key to the successful implementation of its projects.

Bantay Bata 163: Because every child deserves a better future

Bantay Bata, Asia’s model for child care services, celebrated its 19th anniversary this year. Its toll free hotline, 1-6-3, remains as the country’s only helpline devoted to receiving and responding to child abuse reports. The program’s services have widened through the years and now includes medical and legal assistance, counseling and family therapy, educational scholarships through Bantay Edukasyon, feeding programs  through Bantay Kalusugan, and community outreach programs such as medical and dental mission.  

Bantay Bata is present in major provinces nationwide. It operates in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Negros, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga. It also conducts operations in Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal. 

BB163 has responded to more than 300,000 since 1997. It has likewise extended medical assistance to more than 2,000 patients with 31 major surgeries performed in partner hospitals. Scholarship grants awarded through Bantay Edukasyon Program has been an effective intervention for children who survived the abuse and to deserving community-based students. Most performed exceptionally well in school and have a genuine sense of appreciation for the assistance they received. Bantay Edukasyon scholars, who are now in college or have graduated, pay the kindness forward by actively participating in Bantay Bata’s activities and mission. 

3. It makes you feel great.

The idea that you're helping the less fortunate people fortunate than yourself or supporting a worthwhile service can have a powerful effect on your sense of self-worth. And it will put a little extra motivation for you to complete the distance on that day.

Isn't great when you can do something great for yourself while doing something good for others? Running charity races like Run and Raise is a perfect way to merge those passion. 

Run and Raise 2018
Rajah Sulayman Park, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila
January 21, 2018

Race Details
  3K     Php 500     Singlet, Race BIB, Loot Bag  
  5K     Php 600     Singlet, Race BIB, Loot Bag
10K     Php 750     Singlet, Race BIB, Loot Bag
16K     Php 900     Singlet, Race BIB, Loot Bag

Online Registration: www.goorahna.com
Onsite Registration
* Olympic Village Stores
- Trinoma
- Glorietta 2
- Market! Market!
- Alabang Town Center
- Robinsons Ermita

About New World Hotels and Resorts Run and Raise

New World Hotels and Resorts Run and Raise started as a small-scale charity fun run in 2015. In the past years, Run and Raise continued to improve by increasing number of participants and moving to bigger venues. Through these initiatives, New World Hotels & Resorts is able to support and give back to local and global communities through a number of ways, including offering financial support to victims of natural disasters and educational opportunities to children, to committing to recycling and conservation efforts and providing career-enhancing training for all associates.

About New World Hotels and Resorts

New World Hotels & Resorts properties are designed with the discerning business traveler and vacationer in mind and offer deluxe business hotels and resorts in China and Asia destinations.

Every New World Hotels & Resorts property provides not only a place to stay but also a gateway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Guests will discover a world where the experience is always warm and the care is genuine. Indeed, New World Hotels & Resorts properties are known to be retreats for travelers who desire convenience, privacy and the highest standards of comfort and personalized services.

For updates and inquires:
Facebook: New World Run and Raise
Website: www.newworldhotels.com
Contact Numbers: Karen Alejo at +63 2 811 6888 loc. 3377 or 0917 538 9095
E-mail: karen.alejo@newwworldhotels.com

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Find a Local Race - Welcome to Cabangan Mountain Run 2018

The differences in road running and trail running are more than just the surface. Trail running adds a big dose of the unknown, high-demand physical experience that road running just can’t match.

There are many scenic races in the Philippines, delivering on dense forests, moss, soft trails, river, ferns and more. But this race—both the 35K and the 12K—serve up the added bonus of passing by the beautiful and unexplored mountains of Cabangan that offer a truly unique experience.  A local go-to destination hides within an unexplored green patch on a map awaiting for you to run and enjoy the scenic looks of Cabangan, Zambales on the 2nd Sunday of January 2018.

From the trails of Mount Tabulhik to chasing waterfalls, runners will get a chance to see the breathtaking view of Zambales beaches and the West Philippine Sea. The route consists of different kinds of terrain, river crossings, dirt road, sharp boulders and some technical sections. The race has an average altitude of 600 - 750 masl. 

This event is also a race for worthwhile cause. Part of the proceeds will go to the indigenous people of Sitio Lahong and Mount Tabulhik of Cabangan, Zambales.

Cabangan Sports Complex, Cabangan, Zambales
January 14, 2018

Race Details
35K Category - Php 1,300
12K Category - Php 650

For residents of Cabangan, Zambales, registration fees will  have the following discounted price:
35K Category - Php 1,100
12K Category - Php 500

Entry Requirement
35K Category
Participants/Runners must have at least one (1) 21K trail run or 32K road race within one (1) year before the race day. Results must be verifiable thru the internet. Participants/Runners must be eighteen (18) years old and above.

12K Category
Participants/Runners must at least have one (1) 5km or longer distance race (road or trail) within one (1) year before the race day. Results must be verifiable thru internet. Runners/Participants must be 15 years old and above.

- Race Bib
- Event Shirt
- Finisher's Medal
- Trucker Cap (For 35K Category only)
- Post Race Meal

Registration Period for Cabangan Mountain Run 2018 will be from November 9, 2017 until December 29, 2017 only. There will be LIMITED SLOTS for the said event and there will be NO EXTENSION after the last day of registration.
Race Kit Claiming: January 14, 2018 (12:00AM-3:00AM at Cabangan Sports Complex)

Random Pictures

Registration Procedure

Bank Deposit
1. Please deposit your registration fees at BPI account # 1789 1404 52 under the account name of JOEL D. SINDANUM.

2. Write your full name, age, gender, contact number, shirt size, contact person and number to be called in case of emergency, team name and qualifying race to your deposit slip.

3. Scan and email your deposit slip to cabanganmountainrun@gmail.com. Please indicate on the subject: CMR35K or CMR12K (depending on your category).

Kindly bring the original copy of your deposit slip together with the medical certificate (for 35K Category) upon claiming your race bib before the race.

Assembly and Gun-Start
35K Category
Assembly time is at 3:00 AM at Cabangan Sports Complex
Gun-start is at 4:00 AM at Cabangan Sports Complex
12K Category
Assembly time is at 5:00 AM at Cabangan Sports Complex
Gun-start is at 6:00 AM at Cabangan Sports Complex

Cut-off Time
* The 35K distance runners must complete the entire course within 13 hours or 5:00 PM. There will be an intermediate cut-off time for this category. Runners should be at Km 14 ( Tabulhik tree house) after 5 hours - 9:00 AM and should be at KM 16 (Kubo ni Kalolo)  after 7 hours - 11:00 AM.

* The 12K distance runners must complete the entire course within 5 hours - 11:00 AM. There is no intermediate cut-off for this category. There will be 3 aid stations provided for the runners.

Along the route there will be Aid Stations at the following KM:
▪ KM 3 - Firing Range (water only)
▪ KM 5 - Sitio Lahong (food and water)
▪ KM 14/23 - Tree House ( food, coffee, soda and water)
▪ KM 30 - Sitio Baculi Tribal Hall (food, soda and water)
▪ KM 31 - Sitio Lahong (food and water)
▪ KM34 - Firing Range (water only)

Mandatory Items and Gears

▪ Whistle
▪ Flashlight/headlamp (for 35K runners only)
▪ First aid kit
▪Water carrier (bladder, handheld bottles, etc.) with volume of at least 1L. ( no water cups will be provided at the aid stations.)
▪ Trail food
▪ Cellphone with load ( please save the following numbers: 09108120876 / 09952971506 - Joel )

* These items will be checked upon check-in at the starting line

Recommended Gears
▪ Light Jacket
▪ Poles

* Participants should wear the bib number given by the organizers at all times in a visible place and it should not be cut, folded or modified.
* The organizers will assign marshall/s throughout the race to ensure that runners will complete the entire course and the same will also register the specific time of the runner in finishing the race.
* Any runner who leaves the race during the course must inform the nearest control point or any organizing team member.

Race Rules / Guidelines

1. Failure to submit a medical certificate (for 35K runners only) and signed waiver will be disqualified.
2. Participants are advised to bring all the mandatory items and gears.
3. All runners must be on the starting line at least 1 hour before gun start.
4. Bib number must be worn and must be visible at all times.
5. Registrants who wish to downgrade to lower distance is not allowed.
6. Substitution to the run race in their behalf is not allowed.
7. Participants must report to the assigned marshall/s to have their names and numbers recorded especially at the sections where intermediate cut-off time is required.
8. Runners who want to discontinue to run the race must inform the organizer or marshall/s.
9. No littering.
10. No picking of any plants.
11. Be friendly.
12. Respect the people, community and nature.
13. No smoking.
14. No cheating.
15. No exemptions to the rules.
16. No refunds will be given.

The organizers may disqualify a participant from the race for any of the following reasons:

1. Throwing waste at the course, and outside designated areas
2. Not passing through all the checkpoints
3. Not making the entire journey on foot through the spots marked by the organizers
4. Not wearing a visible bib number
5. Showing unsportmanlike conduct.

* These rules may be amended, modified or improved at any time by the organizers.
* Special awards awaits the top 3 male and female finishers for both category.


Cabangan, Zambales is located 206+ km away from Manila. You have two (2) options coming from Manila:

1. If you will travel via bus you will either take a ride at Victory Liner Terminals such as Pasay Terminal, Cubao Terminal and Caloocan Terminal.

Ride on a bus either of the said bus terminals going to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

You will get off the bus at Cabangan Public Market. The venue of the race which is the Cabangan Sports Complex is only 20 meters away and is located on the rear part of the market.

If there are no busses available going straight to Iba or Sta. Cruz, you can also take a ride going to Olongapo City. When you reached the Olongapo City Victory Liner Terminal, get off the bus and transfer to another bus going to Iba, Zambales or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Again your drop off point will be at Cabangan Public Market. 

The approximate travel time from Manila to Cabangan via bus is 5-6 hours.

2. Via your own vehicle, you will take the NLEX route and then continue by driving through SCTEX. You will then enter the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and exit at Kalaklan Gate. Continue travelling the National Hi-Way until you reached the town of San Marcelino. You will then take the short cut and go straight ahead till you reached the town of Cabangan. Look for Cabangan Public Market. On the rear part of the said market is the Cabangan Sports Complex wherein the said race will commence. It will take 3-4 hours to travel.

*It is strongly recommended that all participants must be physically fit. The 35K runners/participants are required to submit a Medical Certificate stating that they are fit to run. The validity of Medical Certificate should be 3 months prior to the race day.

About the Beneficiary

The group of Tabulhik Trail Runners was established on July 10, 2017. Their group was named after the beautiful Mt Tabulhik which they discovered when they are exploring the mountains of Cabangan. Their goal was to help the IP's of the remote areas.

*** Details on the route and elevation will be posted in the next weeks as well as the event shirt design and medal design. ***

For more info and inquiry, please call or text 09108120876 / 09952971506 - Joel.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Strike a Pose Fun Run: Running Photographer's 1st Charity Race.

An amazing fun run will be held December 10, 2017 at the CCP Complex, Pasay City, which will be hosted by Running Photographers. Why is it amazing you say? The event encourages running enthusiast to maintain a healthy lifestyle with fun and at the same time contributing to other people’s lives.

One of the event’s goals is to raise funds for the Senden Home Foundation, in Binganonan, Rizal. A little fact about the Senden’s Home is that children are provided with their everyday necessities for them to be comfortable in life. Wouldn’t it be great o be a part of that? To lend a helping hand to those who need them badly and enjoy a healthy lifestyle while you’re at it. Senden Home Foundation, Inc. respond to the needs of "Homeless Boys" such as, summer training, education, home and parental visitations, health and hygiene, sports and recreation, guidance and counseling.

Photo by: Senden Home Foundation, Inc.

On December 10, 2017, one worthwhile event will happen for these homeless boys dubbed as "Strike a Pose Fun Run." The event features different distance categories. A kiddie race of 3kms, a sweet 5kms run, and challenging 10kms. 

The fun run will have photo stations along the course so that the runners can capture the highlights of the event, which they can share to different platforms and give a little thought about the whole experience in the event, and somehow start an awareness which can be an eye opener to people that even a little help can go a long way. Some exciting highlights of the event are raffle draws, and competition for the best photo, so you better practice those big smiles.

Strike a Pose Fun Run
CCP Complex, Pasay City
December 10, 2017

Race Details

Distance         Fee          Gun start
3kms P450.00 5:50AM
5kms P550.00 5:40AM
10kms P750.00 5:30AM

Online Registration: Click Here
Onsite registration: Start on November 9, 2017 (From 1 to 9:00PM)
* Olympic Village
  Gateway, Cubao
  Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas
  Festival Mall, Alabang

Race Kit Inclusions
Race BIB
Event Shirt
Finisher Medal

Event Shirt 

To add more fun to the run, the organizer and its sponsors will be raffling off a pair of Hoka shoes during the event. There will also be a mini-competition for best photos showing the runners’ best poses during the event. The mechanics will be posted at the Running Photographers’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/runningphotographers). Team Soleus Philippines will also be leading the Zumba Reggaeton.

The Beneficiary

Senden Home sprouted from a simple act of kindness by a man who dreamt of a better life for the needy and a voice for the voiceless.

When the visionary Rev. Fr. Francis Senden, CICM encountered street children in Manila in the 60’s, all he wanted to do was to make lives better for these street children by providing them food – their daily bread, so to speak. Little did he know that such act was to become the foundation of a legacy that continues to this day to help those in need. In fact, it led to the establishment of a Home that continues to provide care and shelter for street children. 

Senden Home Foundation was inaugurated on February 24, 1974 as a “home for homeless boys” to respond to the needs of street children. Following Fr. Senden’s socio-pastoral idealism, the Foundation’s mission is to “bring about a society where street children and youth need not have to take to the streets for survival or refuge, but identify and define their sense of belonging in their families and communities.”

To carry out its mission and objectives, the Foundation has different programs and services intended to help its recipient-children grow into responsible citizens imbibed with the principle of respect for others, and the consciousness of the value of human dignity. 

These programs include the reception and temporary shelter for street children and homeless children, and residential care and training for their families. With these, the children are given access to education, home-life training including health and hygiene, and sports and recreation. Guidance and counseling is also provided by professionals employed by the Foundation in keeping with its vision of “a community of families oriented to the Christian values of respect and dignity of the child as a human being and as a citizen.”

Other programs include post-residential care and grown-up league to make sure that the Foundation keeps constant contact with its former residents as they continue their lives outside Senden Home. The components of the program include assisting the children and their families in the reintegration process, providing educational assistance, and helping the former residents become independent.

Today, it is recognized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as “a legitimate social welfare agency for homeless children, street children and deserving individuals.” Currently the shelter has 17 children under the care of 13 staff members and one volunteer. It also has 67 scholars at different levels from elementary to college, and is providing assistance to a total of 57 families.

For more information about Senden Home, please visit: Senden Home Foundation, Inc.

See you there! Let us run and help the children! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

STAR Trail CHALLENGE and the First Hoka One One Downhill Challenge

In the light of the upcoming Christmas season, one of the great wonders of Christmas is the STAR that appeared  around giving us light in any way. They can be used as symbols of this physical distance, as well as many extensions of that, such as emotional or conceptual distance.

Commonly associated with magic, this Christmas season might be one of the best year-end trail race for you. Formerly known as Sierra Trail Adventure Race (STAR), the 2017 edition brings the STAR in you as you endure the beauty of this rolling trails and scenic looks of Sierra Madre Mountain Range on December 10, 2017. 

1st Hoka One One Downhill Challenge

* 1st Hoka One One Downhill Challenge is a race within the race and it’s been incorporated in STAR Trail Challenge.
* Hoka One One started as a downhill running shoes with its superior cushioning, support and traction.
* All Hoka One One users during the race are automatically part of the 1st Hoka One One Downhill Challenge.
* The first four kilometers of the race for 8K, 12K and 21K would be a straight downhill race with its distinct finish line.
* The fastest time recorded on the said distance regardless of category would win a Hoka One One shoes.
* If you’re wearing Hoka One One during the race, you’re also entitled to an exclusive finisher item for being part of the Hoka One One Downhill Challenge.
* There’s a 20% discount voucher as part of your registration so now is the best time to use it.

STAR Trail CHALLENGE and the First Hoka One One Downhill Challenge
Tanay Adventure Camp, Sampaloc, Tanay, Tizal
December 10, 2017


Early Bird -Oct 20-31, 2017 – P700
Regular – Nov 1-24, 2017: P800

Early Bird -Oct 20-31, 2017 – P800
Regular – Nov 1-24, 2017: P900

Early Bird -Oct 20-31, 2017 – P1,000
Regular – Nov 1-24, 2017: P1,100

Kids Race – P500
1.5K for 5-8 years old

* Event Shirt
* Bib
* Finisher Medal
* Loot Bag
* Entrance to Tanay Adventure Camp
* Environmental Fee

Route Description

The 8 kilometer distance descends to Dayapa Falls for the first four kilometers before heading back to Tanay Adventure Camp.

The 12K distance descends to Dayapa Falls for the first four kilometers followed by 2 kilometers of river crossing and trails before heading back to Tanay Adventure Camp.

The 21K distance descends to Dayapa Falls for the first four kilometer followed by 3 kilometers of river crossing and trails and another 3 and a half kilometers of rolling Sampaloc Trails before heading back to Tanay Adventure Camp.

Online via Manila Box Office

Race Updates
Event Page: STAR Trail Challenge
Facebook Page: Pinoy Trails
Facebook Page: BTR – Be Trail Ready

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mount Apo Dayhike: Reaching the top of the Philippines - in a day.

Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines that lives up to it's name as the grandfather of all the mountains in the Philippines. It is said to be named after a nobleman named Apong, who was killed while mediating the battle between two suitors of his daughter Saribu. 

At an elevation of 2,954 meters (9,692 feet) above sea level, Mount Apo towering over Davao Del Sur Province and in Cotabato Province provides an experience for every mountaineers it's awe-inspiring views from the jump-off to the trails and up to the summit. Many mountaineers do recommend completing Mount Apo hike over two days and one night span to get your body properly acclimatize. However, for some who has limited time due to work will probably just doing it in a day.

Here’s our honest experience on what to expect as well as some useful tips when climbing Mount Apo. It was really challenging as everything was compressed into one day. From climbing up to the campsites to boulder face up to the summit climb. It was certainly a test of our endurance, both physically and mentally.

Getting to Mount Apo

Mount Apo is a large solfataric, potentially active stratovolcano in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. The easiest way to reach the mountain is to fly directly to Davao International Airport and then take a long drive from Davao to Digos City then take a habal-habal ride from Digos City to the foot of Mount Apo via Kapatagan. This drive takes 3-4 hours from Davao City to the foot of Mount Apo. It features long windy rolling roads and an off-road with banana's on your side. 

Climbing Skills

To Climb Mount Apo does not actually require advance climbing skills. In fact, Mount Apo is just one big hike.

On our route - Sta. Cruz Trail, there a is one section called the Boulder Face that requires basic bouldering skills. No preparation is required for this section of the hike though, but be extra-cautious on touching and stepping the boulders because some are loose and shaky. 

Gears and Essentials

We cannot stress enough the importance of having the right equipment to climb Mount Apo. Spending a day visiting this mountain, wandering it's neighboring mountains and run along the heat of the sun is a bit adventure. The list of survival gear is presented so you can see what others carry, and to give you some ideas if you’re just getting started in preparedness. Everyone’s needs are unique and will change depending on a number of factors.

Many hikers use trekking poles which are helpful for balance and take the pressure off your knees, especially when you descend.

Hydration Vest (Amihan)
500ml Water
500ml Gatorade
Arm Sleeves 
First Aid Kit
Chicken Skin

The lists is really meant to be a basic list. It is in no way a complete list, or a list of things that need to be included in everyone’s stockpile. It is here to give you some ideas, and some things to think about when hiking mountain/s in a day.

The two key things to consider hiking Mount Apo:

1. Drink load of fluids

Dehydration is a key cause of Acute Mountain Sickness. The more fluids you can drink the better. Daily recommended intake is 3 litres of water. You can add an energy supplement to the water to make it taste better and always remember to add purification tablets.

2. Climb high, take a nap

Climbing high, sleeping low allows your body to experience altitude for a short period before descending to sleep. On our Mount Apo Dayhike we take a bit nap at the summit before descend.


Getting to the top of Mount Apo has a lot to do with determination. There will likely be a point during the summit attempt where you might feel like giving up – typically around the boulder face. You might be feeling awfully sick and exhausted due to sulfur and bit heat. At that lowest point it is important that you remain determined to get to the top – one step at a time!

Here’s the aftermath of our Mt Apo experience! Don’t be fooled by the smiles on our faces! Though we were feeling really accomplished, we were also extremely tired and our legs felt like they were gonna break any moment! We didn’t take much photos of our descend as we were too focused on getting down as fast as we can to get over and done with this climb. We finally reached the foot at around 5.30pm.


From Davao City accompanied by our guide v.v. we shared Php 3,627.00 all in. Thank you so much to Mr. John Kalog for securing our permit, John Lester (0949 4079 411) for guiding us all the way and to all the mountaineers we meet along the way, the local mountaineering of Davao City for the kindness and of course God for the guidance and for showing us what the world could offer, for those wonderful creations. Salamat Kaayo!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Little Pony Friendship Run 2017: Celebrate the Magic of Friendship in Manila

In line with the upcoming big screening of My Little Pony: The Movie this coming October 6, Global Procurement Inc. in partnership with Hasbro and Toy Kingdom brings you their very first friendship run in Manila dubbed as "My Little Pony Friendship Run" happening on September 23, 2017 at SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

This Friendship Run is a family-friendly event featuring a 5k, 3K, 1K and 500m dash. Join the fun and celebrate the Magic of Friendship with your favorite ponies - Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle.

My Little Pony Friendship Run
SM by the Bay, Pasay City
September 23, 2017

Registration Fee
1 Individual Race
* 500m Php 700
* 1K   Php 700
* 3K   Php 900
* 5K   Php 1000
2 Family and Buddy Category
* 500M and 1K Package of 3 Php 1600
* 3K Buddy Package Php 1400
* 3K Family Package of 4 Php 2200
* 5K Buddy Package Php 1600

* Race BIB
* Drawstring Bag
* Hair Accessory
* Sweat Band
* Race Manual
* Finisher's Medal
* Singlet

Online Registration: Click Here
Walk-in Registration:
* Chris Sports Outlet
  SM North Edsa Main
  SM Megamall
  SM Mall of Asia
- Payment can be made Monday - Sunday (During Mall Hours)

Redemption Options:
1 Toy Kingdom Stores 
   SM North Edsa Main
   SM Megamall
   SM Mall of Asia
   Monday to Sunday (12:00nn - 9:00pm) - Except Tuesday
2 Delivery
   Provide address for delivery
   Race kits will be delivered thru courier
   There would be an extra charge for the delivery service

Assembly Time: 5:30AM
Gun Start:
6:00am - 5K
6:15am - 3K
6:30am - 1K/500m

For More Information:
Call: 0949-135-5073 | 0997-245-6577
Facebook: mylittleponyfriendshiprunmanila
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