Best Feelings in the World: Staycations and Long Runs

Sunday, 6 September 2015  |  Family

Selfie– with my babies in bed #bestfeelingsintheworld –

My training for Osaka Marathon has officially begun.  Yes, just two short months before the race.  Crossing my fingers that this Hal Higdon Senior Marathon Training Program works for me!

To treat myself to a mini kick off (hehe), I thought I’d take up the offer from my friends at Seda BGC for a staycation.  For this family from the South, an overnight stay in BGC is a God-send, especially for this running mommy who runs long in that area on weekends.

And so began my perfect weekend at Seda which, by the way, means “silk” as they aim to provide a seamless accommodation for their guests. (more…)

Best Gym Ever: Fitness First Platinum SM Aura

Sunday, 28 September 2014  |  Running + Triathlon


A gym membership is essential for a runner like me. 2 out of my 5 weekly runs are done on a gym treadmill. Treadmill runs are efficient, simple, and, they’re a lot more comfortable than suffering under the tormenting heat of the sun when my busy sched won’t allow for early morning runs. Core workouts and strengthening exercises are also an integral part of my running program and I complete these exercises at the gym. Lastly, I like shaking things up every now and then, so trying out group classes like spinning and yoga at the gym, is a convenient way for me to cross train without having to commit to an entire set of new classes. (more…)

St. Luke’s Run: Run for Wellness on 7 Dec 2013

Monday, 4 November 2013  |  Race Announcements


St. Luke’s Medical Center calls on the Fitness Conscious people in the Philippines to put on their running shoes and step up for their health by joining the St. Luke’s Run for Wellness on December 7, 6 a.m. onwards at the Bonifacio Global City grounds.

Aiming to engage experienced and first-time runners, the young and young-at-heart in a running activity like never before, the Run for Wellness promises to be a creative, non-traditional fun run that combines the exercise of running and fun-filled activities along the race route. It is also St. Luke’s way of promoting disease prevention and overall well-being for the general public.

Among the stations the participants will encounter during the race are: the Water Gun Station where marshalls will spray runners with water along 100 meters; the Color Me Blue Station where blue powder will be thrown as runners dodge their way through the course; and the Air Blower Station where runners will be dried off and blown away as they try to reach the finish line. The fun doesn’t stop as other activities, such as the Giant Slide, Creative Photo Booth, and Balloon Wall await them.

Registrants may choose from the 3K, 5K, and 10K distance race categories all sold at 750 pesos only. Each runner also gets a St. Luke’s Run for Wellness shirt, bib and freebies from participating sponsors. Winners also get Executive Health packages. On top of that, part of the proceeds of the Run for Wellness will go toSt. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation, Inc. (SLMCFI), which funds projects that benefit social service patients, provide scholarships for underprivileged medical students, and support continuing medical education for doctors and medical research.

This activity also coincides with the hospital’s celebration of Dr. Joven Cuanang Week, which pays tribute to its Senior Vice President for Medical Practice and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joven R. Cuanang who has dedicated 51 years of service to the medical profession and has significantly been instrumental to the hospital’s success.

Register now to be part of St. Luke’s Medical Center’s milestone this December. For complete registration details, visit or visit any of the following establishments near you: Toby’s (Mall of Asia, Trinoma, Glorietta and Shangri la), Runnr (Bonifacio Global City and Alabang Town Center), SM Cinema, and St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City.

Save the Date: Robinsons Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run

Wednesday, 20 February 2013  |  Race Announcements

Mark your calendars for one of those rare occasions that you can run with your best bud or loved one: 6th Robinsons Supermarket Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run. The event will be held on June 30, 2013 at Bonifacio Global City. More info soon!


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 –