A Running Man’s Challenge

Monday, 18 July 2016  |  Interviews + Features

This article was written by Stephanie Ann Dionisio who contacted me via email to help spread the word about the inspiring story of Rhodes Salavia and her mission to help him and his team.  Here’s your chance to lend a helping hand to a runner and his team who went against the odds to practice their passion…

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A Running Man’s Challenge
By Stephanie Ann Dionisio

For a lot of us, playing a sport stems from interest, popularity, or health. This is not the case for this running man.

Rhodelyn Salavia a.k.a. Rhodes or Totong came from a very poor family in Tiboli, South Cotabato. Farming was his family’s only source of income. For this reason, school was not a priority. (more…)

Marathoner Gene Tiongco to Run London Marathon for Cleft Lip & Palate Patients

Wednesday, 13 January 2016  |  Interviews + Features

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I met Dr. Gene Tiongco when he and his brothers joined the first TBR Dream Marathon way back in 2010. Since then, he’s been a supporter of TBR Dream being Dream Chaser Tent Head for a few years already and a friend who I was even fortunate enough to run Osaka Marathon with last year.

After his first marathon with TBR Dream, he has run 9 Marathons already. These are: New York Marathon (2011), Kyoto Marathon (2013), Berlin Marathon (2013), Chicago Marathon (2014), Tokyo Marathon (2015) and Osaka Marathon (2015). Locally, he also did the Condura Marathon twice (2011 and 2015). (more…)

Cycling like a Pro at Fitness First

Sunday, 22 November 2015  |  Interviews + Features

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Now that it’s off-season for me, I feel like a kid again at the gym. Instead of sticking to a strict running program, I get to try out new activities to work out other parts of my body and also to keep things fun. Last week, I finally got to try the ProCycling classes, which are exclusive to Fitness First.

ProCycling classes are 30-minute high intensity interval cycling sessions based on the training programmes, techniques and events of 9 times World Champion and Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Victoria Pendleton. The sessions are short but intense so it’s perfect for busy people or competitive athletes who want to get a good workout in a short period of time. There are 3 kinds of ProCycling classes: Keirin focusing on improving endurance, Team Sprint for strength and power, and Individual Sprint for raw power. (more…)

Look Great after Your Workout with House of Blow Dry

Wednesday, 9 September 2015  |  Interviews + Features

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Two female triathletes, Katrina Golfo and Charmagne Untalan, used to braid their hair before training and races. The braids kept their long hair in place under their swim cap, through windy bike rides, and long runs. Of course, it made them look great, too! One day, they had the great idea to offer hair braiding as a service to other fit women. They debuted at the Nike Women’s Run (see my braids here!) and never looked back. They opened their first boutique salon, House of Blow Dry, at Burgos Circle and, only recently, offered their services at Fitness First Platinum Aura where I work out. I got my hair styled with them yesterday after my speedwork! (more…)

Dream Marathon Story: Caloy Miranda, Bib No. 495 – Of Second Chances

Tuesday, 24 March 2015  |  Interviews + Features

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The 6th TBR ULAH Dream Marathon held last February 22, 2015 has ended, but the experiences of each of our 615 first- and second-time marathoners will live on in their hearts and memories. This is part of a series of marathon stories from Batch 2015 in an effort to preserve their stories in words and share them with you to, hopefully, inspire you to dream big as they did.

Words by: Caloy Miranda, Bib No. 495 (more…)