Back From Baguio

Sunday, 12 April 2009  |  Bullish Insights

Aaaah, back from a 5-day trip in the City of Pines.  It was supposed to be a vacation, but work beckoned so most of my mornings were simply bonding moments with my laptop looking out at the golfers from the verandah of Baguio Country Club.  The rest of the time was spent with family fulfilling all the kids’ wishes.

Nope, I didn’t abandon the blog.  I had actually posted twice, but with the changes going on behind the scenes, there are still some things we have to fix.  Anyway, I have a lot of stories to tell about my failed test run at Camp John Hay, my slightly fulfilling 3k run (with only slight pain) at the track of Teacher’s Camp, plus my oh-so blissful swims at the heated pool of Baguio Country Club.  Heaven!

How was your Holy Week? (We’re back to regular programming so feel free to comment!)

I Am Ninoy Runners Group

Friday, 27 March 2009  |  Bullish Insights


I was Ninoy—or as close as I could get to being a hero like him during last Sunday’s Condura Run.  And, many of my running friends (around 50 or so) were like Ninoy too.  Some of us ran slow, while others a bit faster (such as 5k winners Bernadette Magaso, 1st female; Ben Alejandrino and Jonas Bacnagan, 2nd & 3rd male respectively) but we all ran for the same cause: to help build schools.


– My pace buddies during Condura: Jake, myself, JunC, Vince nearing the finish line –

We all wore our brand spankin’ new bright yellow singlets with the words…


…printed on the back of our shirts to officially launch the I Am Ninoy Runners Group to the Filipino running community.  Many of us were approached by fellow runners asking us about the singlets, what the group is about, or how they could become a member.


I Am Ninoy is not a political movement.  It is an endeavor to bring out the hero in the Filipino.  There is so much poverty and one way to eliminate this is providing education to the less privileged. A group called “5775 Reverse the Education Crisis” is helping us facilitate this objective. 

– Jamike and Mayi Lopa, my good friends and the couple behind the I Am Ninoy Runners Group –

WHAT IS 5775?

This group is composed of a number of large corporations that provide funding and technical support. You may be wondering why they call themselves 5775–in a survey done nationwide, it was learned that the average grade of a student is 57% while the passing grade is 75%–thus 5775 to signify the gap that needs to be reveresed in the counry’s educational crisis.  They have developed assistance packages in their program to address what they’ve identified to be the most critical needs.  These include the following:

  1. Nutrition through in-school feeding programs (it was found out that the students were performing bad because of lack of nutrition)
  2. Materials through providing reading, math and science workbooks 
  3. Infrastructure — building classrooms/buildings 


Last Sunday, March 22, during the Condura run, the I Am Ninoy Runners Group was launched.  By the simple act of wearing the I Am Ninoy Runner shirt during the Condura Run, runners were heroes to the thousands of children who want to learn and have a better life.  

The way it works:  The I Am Ninoy group seeks out institutions and individuals who can sponsor the runners participation in races. These sponsors commit funds, which are in turn donated to pilot projects of the 57-75 Movement. All pledges and donations are posted on the I Am Ninoy website.

ALL donations will go directly to schools.  The Aquino family or its foundation will not receive a single centavo.  


Join the I Am Ninoy Runners Group and be a hero in your own little way.  Just visit the website, pay a one-time fee of P500 as your investment in the cause. In exchange, you will receive an exclusive iamninoy Runners shirt, the official uniform/jersey for all running events.  Every time you wear this shirt during a run or other occasion, you are helping make a wish come true.

We do not need to give up our lives like Ninoy did to be a hero–a simple act of kindness is enough.



* Photos (except for the 1st) are courtesy of Rapa Lopa.

Lance Armstrong Breaks His Collarbone

Tuesday, 24 March 2009  |  Bullish Insights

BREAKING NEWS: Lance Armstrong broke his collarbone in a bike crash in Spain.  Sad news, but I’m sure this won’t pull him down.

Oh Lance, we both run and bike, we’ve both had shin splints (well, yours was worse because it turned out to be a stress fracture) and now we’re both injured (again, yours is more serious).  Boy, do we have a lot in common.  Did I tell you I like yellow, too?  

Click here and here for more details.


Monday, 16 March 2009  |  Bullish Insights


Yes, a MAGAZINE! I’m completely thrilled to finally launch this on Sunday at Condura Run! The only thing I have yet to reveal is the featured runner on our cover (uhm, that’s why it’s just a silhouette for now).

The Bull Runner Magazine is a FREE, quarterly mini-magazine packed with the following information:

  • Special feature on runners with great achievements or contributions in running
  • Articles on training, gear, and nutrition by Coaches or experts in their field
  • New running products
  • Calendar of races and running clinics
  • Directory of running resources such as Coaches, track ovals, ortho-doctors, clinics, shoes and many more!
  • Travel photos of runners running anywhere in the country
  • Special feature of a real runner and his/her personal records
  • Plus: Comic relief from Tergat: the Lone Runner’s comic strip

Even better news, the same info (yes, even the directory) will be available on the soon-to-be-improved The Bull Runner blog.

Come back again tomorrow for details on the online promo.

TBR Surprise

Thursday, 12 March 2009  |  Bullish Insights