Race Report: Run BGC 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012  |  Race Reports

Race: Run BGC 2012
Date: 25 November 2012
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Organizer: Runrio

It was no surprise that Manila’s favorite race venue, Bonifacio Global City, pulled off an awesome race with its event, Run BGC.  Partnered with the best race organizer around, Runrio, the race was another one of my favorite events.  The race was relatively small compared with other larger events with 3,000 runners attending, but this contributed to the relaxed, informal, and intimate affair.  The race start was on the road behind Mercato Centrale, a road infrequently used for race starts which was perfect for the size of the race.  The 15k course took runners through the long climb of University Ave. and Bayani Road and Lawton Ave., again, a race course that isn’t commonly used in road races.  This was a fun and challenging course.  Hydration, road marshals, and kilometer signs were perfect.  The race ended at 7th Avenue between Bonifacio High Street and Bonifacio High Street Centrale.  Runners gathered for the awarding at BHS Centrale, another perfect venue for a fun, intimate post-event celebration.


To make things a wee bit more colorful, Lit, Ton, and I agreed to run this event fast.  It’s off season for us and we’re all pretty much goal-less, so, to keep boredom at bay, we put our game faces on and agreed to race this one.

We warmed up together and waited for the race to start, but when the gun went off, we sped off on our own.  Lit and I pretty much ran at the same clip throughout the first 8k.  We were going at around 5:25 pace.  Wow, I had so much fun running fast again. I felt great, but, in my head, with the lack of training especially tempo runs, I knew I would die before I hit the finish line.  True enough, by 9k, I found myself waving off Lit, telling him to go ahead and run his own race.  It was around that time that I felt nauseous, too.  I slowed down and managed to finish the race at 1:29 with an average pace of 5:56.


– When things were still good! Photo: Running Photographers

For such a great course and a wonderful race, I was slightly disappointed with my run. But, over the years, I’ve learned to take it in stride and just commit to train better for the next race. (Well, that was actually great training for my Angkor Wat Half Marathon this coming weekend.)

– After the race at Jamba Juice with friends Ton, Jun, and one of my favorite people, Kim –

TBR DM 2013: Bull Session 3 on 1 December 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012  |  News + Promos

It’s our 3rd Bull Session for TBR Dreamers 2013 on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Track 30th, Bonifacio Global City!  I’ll be off to run Angkor Wat Half Marathon, but our TBR Dream Team will be there to take good care of you!


Date: December 1, 2012, Saturday
Venue: Track 30th, Bonifacio Global City
Assembly Time: 4:30AM
Start: 5:00AM
Program: Short talk by Lit Onrubia followed by a 2 hour run around Bonifacio Global City


  • Please come on time.
  • Don’t forget your TBR Dream Cards for attendance.
  • We recommend you leave your baggage in your cars, but if you must bring them, you may leave your baggage with our staff during the run. TBR will not be responsible for lost or stolen items so please avoid bringing valuables.
  • We will be giving out TBR DM Official Race shirts to TBR DM 2013 Participants.
  • Gatorade will be providing hydration but runners must bring your own bottles or hydration belts. We encourage waste free hydration for our Bull Sessions.  (We’ll have cups during actual race day.)
  • Bull Sessions are free and open to the public. Feel free to invite your friends.



For any questions, call Macel at TBR DM Hotline: Sun 0942 477 6099 or email tbrdream@gmail.com

For complete calendar of activities for TBR Dream Marathon, click HERE.

The Best at Kitchen’s Best

Monday, 26 November 2012  |  Bullish Insights

I have a confession to make: I LOVE DESSERTS. I try to eat healthy and wholesome foods as much as I can, but I also believe that one should indulge every so often.  (Hey, I run long on weekends so I deserve a cheat meal on Sundays, right?!)

– Banana Toffee Pie at Kitchen’s Best. Yummy! –

So, when Kitchen’s Best invited me to be one of their eight “Best of the Best Tastemakers” as part of their celebration for their 1st Year Anniversary, I said yes without batting an eyelash.  First of all, I really am a loyal customer of Kitchen’s Best (they serve great meals too) and, secondly, they promised to send me a sampler of all their cakes so I could choose which dessert best fit my personality.  My taste buds and I couldn’t say No.

I ended up falling in love with their Banana Toffee Pie.

– The Best of the Best Tastemakers –

– Here we are again during the launch –

When you enter Kitchen’s Best, you may be surprised to see a larger than life poster of myself with the Banana Toffee Pie in hand greeting you by the doorway.  (Wait, is that really me?  Looks nothing like the sweat-drenched running fiend I see in front of the mirror everyday.)  At the bottom of the giant me, there’s a quote that says: “Life wouldn’t be complete without running and Banana Toffee Pie!”  (It’s true! It’s true!)

– with Kitchen’s Best Home Patisserie Chef and Owner, Rosemarie Tiangco, and the poster of myself that was so huge I couldn’t even look at it without flinching –

– with tastemaker, social entrepreneur, and one of my best friends since grade school Krie Lopez of Messy Bessy and Martina Tiangco, owner of Kitchen’s Best. Krie chose the Turtle Pie because “Like Turtle Pie, I can be sweet, complex, and nutty!” –

– with tastemaker and grade school bus mate Lori Baltazar of popular blog: Desserts Come First –

– with my Mom and sis-in-law, Tonette, and nephew, Jake, during the event –

– “I would say ‘I love you’ with a slice of Chocolate Obsession.” says Amina Alunan of SoFA Manila and Aranaz –

– Marco Lobregat of Ministry of Mushrooms says “I love mangoes! The Mango Sansrival and Mango Royale take me back to climbing trees at my Grandma’s farm!” –

Thanks to Kitchen’s Best for making me a Best of the Best Tastemaker! I’m truly honored!  Thanks too for these cookies that Krie and I couldn’t stop giggling about it.  We even exchanged cookies!  (Yes, we’re like kids that way.)

– Thanks too for these cookies with our faces on it! Krie and I were delicious! LOL –

Kitchen’s Best Home Patisserie
McKinley Park Residences Condominium
3rd Avenue 31st Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City (across Toast Box and beside Tully’s)
(02) 478 4870 / 211 0010

Follow Kitchen’s Best on Facebook HERE.

TBRDM 2013: Bull Circle 3 – Full-er House!

Friday, 23 November 2012  |  News + Promos

We’re just getting bigger and bigger!  Over 300 runners came to attend our Bull Circle 3 last Wednesday with Coach Jim Saret as our speaker.

– Coach Jim –

Before Coach Jim discussed Strength Conditioning, Balance, and Core Work to prepare the body for the marathon, TBR Dream Alumni Lala Bautista shared her personal experience running TBRDM twice over (Batch 2011 and 2012!)

– Patty, Lala, Jeff of Pinoy Fitness, Reujen, Monching of Team ph –

– Coach Jim discusses strength and stability –

– Over 300 runners eager to learn more about running! –

– Exercise time! –

– Balance! –



– Volunteers demo for the audience –

– Craig Logan and family joined us –

– Marcia tries to balance –

Enervon Activ provided samples for all runners.  Spibelt gave one lucky winner a Spibelt pouch.  Garmin showed us their newest model: Garmin Forerunner 10!

It was another informative and fun evening with the TBR Dreamers!

– with Coach Jim Saret –

– Our mow-del Macel presenting the new Garmin Forerunner 10. TBR Dreamers can get this watch at 20% off –



See you for Bull Session 3 on Dec. 1! For TBRDM Calendar, click HERE.

TBR Dream Team Run Official Results

Thursday, 22 November 2012  |  Race Announcements

Here’s the official results for TBR Dream Team Run held last Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Whether you joined this race or not, I highly recommend you click on the list below if only to give yourself a good laugh this morning.  The various team names are hilarious! I liked Team Lezgeriron!, Team Speedy Bagal, Team South Tri alak alak, Team Dyosa Churva, and my favorite, Team Madapa Kah (heehee!) Should we do this again next year (sponsors, please support us runners who just want to have a great time!), I think I’ll give a prize for Funniest Team Name.

Click <<TBR Team Dream Run 2012 Overall Results>> to download.

For any clarifications regarding results, please email Macel at tbrdream(at)gmail.com