25K CEO River Run Fund Raising Event

Saturday, 25 August 2012  |  Race Announcements

Most of us have participated in or heard about the Run for Pasig the past years. This year, Run for Pasig will be on September 30, but there will also be a 25K CEO River Warrior Run fund raising event for the same cause.

Last year, I participated in the 21K Charity Run where my friends and I were invited to run a different route from Bonifacio High Street to SM Mall of Asia. It was a blast! We ran through roads that were never opened to runners in the past. This year, I would’ve loved to join but it coincides with Berlin Marathon.

I do hope you can participate in the 25K CEO River Run and donate your race fee for the rehabilitation of Pasig River.

Press release from the organizers below…

Pasig run invite4

The Cable Channels & Print Media Group (CCPMG) & The ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., through the Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KPBIP), has been working closely with local government units and government agencies in the ongoing rehabilitation of the Pasig River and its tributaries. The awareness being generated through our various efforts is slowly but surely paying off.

This year, we are again counting on our continued partnership as we bring the rehabilitation work to the San Juan River sub-basin covering the cities of Quezon, San Juan, Mandaluyong and Makati. The 09.30.2012 Run for the Pasig River will take place on September 30, 2012 at the QC Memorial Circle.

In line with this, we are planning the 25K CEO River Warrior Run fund raising event. This run is unique as it will have a different and enlightening course. The run will start at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel Driveway and will pass through the newly rehabilitated Estero de San Miguel and Estero de Paco, through the new Paco Market, and will end at the QC Memorial Circle. As a special treat, all 25K River Warrior Runners and VIPs will enjoy an exclusive breakfast, and some post run indulgence, hosted by CCPMG.

With this, we would like to ask for your support on this special advocacy run for the Pasig River.

A minimum donation of P2,500 per person or P20,000 for a team of ten (10) runners qualifies you or your team to join the 25K River Warrior Run. You may deposit your donation thru:
– ABS-CBN Foundation – Marathon
– Account Number: 3930117732
– Branch: BDO Scout Albano, Quezon Ave.

You and/or your team will be acknowledged through various on-ground executions (i.e. AVP at the finish line) as those who have made a contribution to the organization and to this project.

For more information about this activity, you can call Nadine Amor, at 09053130074 or email at amor_nadine@yahoo.com.

21k Charity Run for Pasig River

Monday, 21 November 2011  |  Bullish Insights

Last year, on October 10, 2010 (10.10.10), the Run for the Pasig River, led by ABS-CBN Foundation managing director, Gina Lopez, broke the world record for the most number of participants in a foot race when over 116,000 participated in a fun run to raise funds to rehabilitate the Pasig River.

This year, the Pasig River Run was held yesterday, November 20, 2011 at SM Mall of Asia with thousands of runners taking part in a 3k, 5k, or 10k fun run to save our historic river.

At the same time, a select group of runners were invited to join a 21k Charity Run for the Pasig River. This was not a race but an easy run meant to take the runners from the roads of Bonifacio High Street, along the Pasig River by Guadalupe, Paco estero, and ending at SM Mall of Asia for a special breakfast where the main event was held.

– 21k Charity Run for Pasig route –

Along with a group of friends, Jun, Lit, and Miriam, I decided to join the charity run which started in front of Coach Rio dela Cruz’s new store, Riovana, in Bonifacio High Street at 4:30 am.

– Have you dropped by Riovana, Coach Rio’s brand spankin’ new store at BHS? –

– with Lit, Jun, Trixie and Miriam –

Spotted in the assembly were Polo Tri team member Fernando Zobel, Joey Torres, Cliff Eala and Levy Ang, Mitch Felipe-Mendoza, Malou Fores of Mamou, Michelline Suarez, Edwin Soriano of Runner’s Runner, Gem Padilla and more. It was nice to say hi to a friend and host for the race, Mia Bayuga of Magic 89.9. Too bad I didn’t even catch a glimpse of Piolo who I heard was in the crowd. Ernie Lopez gave a brief welcome speech then our little fun run began.

– Ernie Lopez addresses the charity runners –

The run started like any other 21k race I’ve run before. We ran towards British School, circled the area, and climbed up University Ave. The pace was light and easy with a lot of time for chit chat, even with Ernie for a few minutes.

Then it got exciting. We exited Bonifacio Global City and headed for Guadalupe! Two things I loved: 1) It was the first time I ran in that area, and 2) there was a gentle downhill where we could run fast with ease, then the road flattened out as we ran by the Pasig River on our right.

– Running by the Pasig River –

– Jun, Lit, and Levy running in the dark by the river –

– Shiny and sweaty with Edwin and his friend –

We ran straight through the back of Rockwell and through the little barangays of Makati. At first, the roads were familiar for me having lived in Bel Air half my life, but after a while, I had no clue where we were or where we were headed.  We just went straight ahead enjoying every minute of this new route we were taking.  This was definitely a welcome change from our usual weekend long runs.  This run felt like a thrilling yet safe adventure replete with support from organizers just like a real race: marshals, hydration stations, and bananas.

– Fun run with Jun and Levy –

– Levy, Jun, and Lit –

Since none of us had left our vehicles at the finish area, SM MOA, for a trip home (We actually planned on leaving one vehicle there for all of us to ride in, but ran into problems involving a minor car bump and 3 tipsy women before the race which is too long a story to tell here), we deviated from the route and decided to run our way back to Bonifacio High Street. The four of us waved goodbye to the marshals and made a right towards South Super Highway. Running on South Super was surreal. I couldn’t believe we were actually doing this.

– End of South Super near Osmena Highway. Bumper to bumper traffic in the wee hours of the morning. Just the four of us by this time –

After a few hundred meters, we spotted a some runners and discovered that we had cut 3k through the route and were back on course! Good thing this wasn’t a race!

The runners below us passed a portion of the river that was polluted by foam and dirt. This was truly a disturbing sight, but it was also an eye-opener and it made this run even more meaningful.


– This is what the Run for Pasig River hopes to change –

– Angelo, GM of RunRio, greeted us from the middle of South Super Highway –

– Hydration stations, sponges, and bananas along SSH –

– Runner along SSH –

– Photo op with Makati Police. (Gasp I need to lose 5 more lbs or learn how to angle myself haha) –

When we hit the intersection of Buendia, we left the group and made our way back to Bonifacio High Street. It was then that it was just the four of us on the road and I felt like we were on a great urban run adventure.  (Ooh, don’t we need these things every now and then?!) We purchased water and Gatorade at 7-11, then ran along Ayala Avenue going up and down the underpass, and climbing the overpass along EDSA until we reached McKinley Road.

– Jun and Levy. Felt like we owned the roads of Makati! –

We hit the parking lot where our cars were parked at the exact distance of…guess what…21km. A perfect end to a perfectly wonderful and meaningful run.

Thank you to ABS-CBN Foundation and Ernie Lopez for inviting us to participate in this run. It was a pleasure to run with you and to contribute to saving our Pasig River.