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2017 Wrapped Up!

This is article replaces my 2xxx Bests series where I take a look back and rank the best events and moments of the previous year. For this year’s article, I decided to make it shorter by limiting it to just running events and honoring only the best singlets/tech shirts, finisher shirts, medals/trophies, and then finally ranking the races. I participated in 10 running events last year and here are the goods starting with…


Run United Exceed Tech Shirt


The blue color and overall design of the Run United Exceed makes it the overall winner. It’s very comfortable too and quality is very similar to the 2016 Condura Skyway Marathon Tech shirt which is an honorable mention from last year.



Yakult 10-miler Medal


Its minimalist design and stainless metal made it my favorite. No fancy use of colors or anything written or etched on front or back of the medal, just  a simple design the looks elegant. And that Yakult pillow is a nice finisher bonus too.



Hero 2 Hero Rizal Day 50k Ultramarathon Finisher Shirt


This one became my instant favorite finisher shirt. I like the use of colors especially the red color tone on the right and gray on the left. And the logo is nice too with Philippine hero Jose Rizal’s face and silhouette blending with the yellow-orange color. Another good addition is the name on the back of the finisher shirt to let everyone know that it’s yours, you worked hard for it, and earned it. Gotta mention that it comes with a nice finisher trophy too.


=== 2017 Races ranked from worst to best ===

I joined 12 running events last year, but one of them, My Little Pony Run, got cancelled and rescheduled and the other one is a trail running class, I’m only ranking 10 official races that I participated in last year. So, starting from the worst experience….

10. Sungay 50k Challenge Calamba to Tagaytay


Of all the races I ever participated in the more than 4 years of experience this is the worst. See that photo above? that’s the first time I (and maybe the other runners too) was stopped by highway patrol because we were running on a road where running (and cycling) is prohibited. Wait, what? then why was it part of the route anyway? what the hell was the organizer thinking? oh, and to top that, there are no finisher shirts and trophies for the runners to take home once they’ve crossed the finish line. The organizer said that the manufacturer made a mistake with the trophy design (and the finisher shirt? same manufacturer?), so all we got was the medals. The organizer said that he will ship the trophies and shirts once they’re made. So, it’s like more than 2 months of waiting now, still nothing. We’re not updated or even asked for the shipping address and contact details. Dunno if we will still get what we worked hard and paid for.

9. Run United Exceed


Run United Exceed seemed exciting for me at first, especially since the Run United Trilogy wasn’t announced at the time and it had all the good stuff like a nice looking medal, shirts, and the 2 1/2 time limit made it an exclusive for above average runners. I also convinced my college mate Ryan to join the event. But, when I found out that the race route is 2 loops around BGC, I was disappointed because I really hate repetitive loops. Still, it’s not that bad, I loved the tech shirt and the medal design is very good and a great addition to my collection.

8. Yakult 10-miler


Most running series don’t last more that 10 or even 5 years. Yakult 10-miler is the 2nd longest-running event in the country and that title alone is one of the reason for me to join at least once. I had a good time, it was one of my more relaxing runs and the finisher medal and finisher’s pillow are nice addition (especially with the affordable registration fee).

7. Eggciting Family Adventure Fun Run 2


This is definitely one of the best family-friendly events in recent times. There’s an option to look for easter eggs along the route that you can bring to the finish line in exchange for prizes. With the affordable registration fee and lots of freebies, this is one fun run you shouldn’t miss.

6. 7-Eleven Run 2017


This running event needs no introduction. Most people in the running community and casual runners already know the event’s reputation as a “grocery” run due to the fact that you can grab as many freebies as you can after the race. This year’s edition is as good as the previous ones and there are even better stuff you can get. What makes this race very memorable for me is that I was finally able to break the 5-hour marathon barrier, I’m now a Sub-5 marathoner. Since Condura Skyway Marathon won’t be returning for the 2nd year in a row, this is the only running event that allows you to run on the Skyway exclusively.

5. Resolution Run 2017


What I like about Resolution Run is its beautiful, but challenging route that covers Nuvali and the uphill parts of Baranggay Casile. You even pass by the famous Marcos Twin Mansion. This is my recommended January run for those who want to burn all those fats they gained from the Christmas season, this is your Resolution Run. Too bad I wan’t able to join this year’s event.

4. Rizal Day 50k Ultramarathon


To wash off the bad taste left by my previous ultramarathon I joined this event. I’m glad that I did because it’s a good event. It’s very challenging, but finishing it feels good especially since it’s already New Year’s Eve once you’re done. I might join this event again if there’s a new route and if the trophy and finisher shirt looks as good as last year’s.

3. Splendido Sunset Run Trio Edition


I’ve been eyeing Splendido Sunset Run since 2015 and I finally joined it last year. And I wasn’t disappointed. Set in Splendido Golf and Country Club, runners can enjoy the cool Tagaytay weather and the race route is just amazing, it’s beautiful. I love the downhill domination part and challenged by the uphill hell part. The 21k route has 2 loops and I really hate multi loops, and it rained adding more challenge, but with a route like Splendido’s, I’m not complaining. This is my highly recommended year-end race.

2. Guerilla Race Splash


Before the popular obstacle course racing series Spartan Race made its presence known in our country last year, Guerilla Race has been around for more than 3 years now and has become one of the most popular obstacle course race in the country. Guerilla Race has one advantage over its competitors, it’s an obstacle run that changes its location frequently. That is Guerilla Race why is so awesome, it doesn’t feel like the same race as before. Last year was the Splash edition, taking place in Splash Island and added water-based obstacles like kayaking. The registration fee is also reasonable as you get a free pass to enjoy Splash Island after the race. Looking forward to more Guerilla Races this year.


and here it is, my favorite and best race I’ve ran last year is….


1. Sandugo Pacific Ultra Coast 100 


I always prefer trail running over road running and the only reason I’m not joining more trail runs is because most trail races are held in locations far from my hometown. Sandugo Pacific Coast 100 is no different, it’s even farther than most trail events because it’s set in General Nakar, Quezon. But, since I was able to convince 2 buddies to run their first trail run and kept the budget at a minimum, I finally ran my best trail race experience since Valley Trail Challenge V. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the incredible scenery and friendly environment of General Nakar. The very friendly race marshals and staff plus the reasonable registration fee (taking into account the free ride and freebies) round up the best parts of my choice as running event of the year. I have a feeling  that we might return for this year’s event. Could be the start of a new running tradition.


And that wraps up my 2017 races. For 2018 I’m not sure I can join as many running events as before, but I will still keep running and deliver more stuff about running, video games, photography, and more. Thanks for the readers who find my blogs useful and inspiring. I’m just here to share my experiences, I’m very thankful for your time to read, especially my articles that go way beyond 1,000 words. Thank you.

Posted in 21k, fun run, guerilla race, half-marathon, run for a cause, running event

EGG-xactly the right kind of fun for the whole family… Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run 2

Now that’s a happy egg… or should I say he’s EGGstatic.

Running events these days are becoming overpriced and I can’t blame some people for saying that organizers are just doing for the money, a cash-grab business which makes their advocacy an afterthought or almost non-existent. I wonder why some organizers charge people 1,000 php (or more) for a 5k fun run if it can be done for half that price or even less. Thankfully, there are some organizers out there who can still deliver a good experience at a justified price. And one of the running events that I can truly say a great value for the money and with an even greater advocacy is Eggciting Family Adventure Fun Run. Reasonably priced registration fees aside, their campaign to disseminate the healthy benefits of eggs and daily egg consumption is made even better with their goodwill to provide aid in the educational and financial needs of our brave soldiers’ children. This is the 2nd time I ran in an EGGciting event and I continue to support this running event because you’re not just running, you’re running for a  good great cause.

Remember, it’s healthy to #EATLOGEVERYDAY.

Since it was my first time to run in Camp Aguinaldo and I’m not familiar with the place or the route to get there, I decided to commute via public transportation and leave home early. And I arrived way too early, around 1 am and gunstart was scheduled at 4:30 am. I was able to rest and take a quick nap at the camp’s grand stand.

The starting line before the arrival of the runners.
Early bird grabs the egg? Early birds get more freebies.
Some of the booths (games and photo booth) were opened early for the eggcited runners.

It rained that night, but by the time the booths were opened and final preparations were underway, it was only a drizzle. After the warm-up exercise, the participants approach the starting line, the 21k category started late (it was 4:50 am on my watch), but it was likely delayed for safety purposes.

EGG-cited to get this run rollin. Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.
All eyes to the right, please! Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.
Me behind the very fast women. Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.
For the record, I’m not texting, I’m starting up my Nike Run Club app. Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.

The run started smoothly, the road was wet but safe, it was a bit cold and there’s still drizzle. Just like last year’s run, there are easter eggs (including big ones) hidden around the route that runners can pick up and bring to the finish line in exchange for prizes. Since I’m running a half-marathon, I didn’t focus on looking for the eggs. The route for 21k runners consists of three 7-kilometer loops (I hate loops, it affects me mentally) and some parts of the road don’t have street lights and it was pitch dark. Small lights coming from the flashlights of the marshals can be seen from a distance to guide us and there are some vehicles passing by that lit the way with their headlights. I was surprised by the uphill segments of Camp Aguinaldo, I didn’t expect it and it provided a good challenge during the run.

Eggcited to reach that finish line. Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.
Just 1 more loop. Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.
Just the last 7 kilometers. Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.
uggghhh…. I’m Eggs-hausted! Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.

The 2nd loop is much easier now since the surroundings are getting brighter and the muscles warmed up. I did good during the first half, I managed to finish 10k in under an hour even with the uphills slowing me down.

Faking the smile on the 3rd loop. Photo by Active Pinas.
Winner of the fake your smile to hide the pain contest. Photo by Active Pinas.

The 3rd loop is where I started to feel exhausted (or should I say, Eggs-hausted!… yeah, I know, bad pun) and slow down drastically. I did the best I could with a run-walk interval and played it safe. I missed some of the events at the activity area like the Egg Pledge because I was still on the road.

Starting to feel like Conor McGregor during the 8th round of his fight against Mayweather. Photo by Active Pinas.
Feeling like McGregor on the 9th round against Mayweather. Photo by Active Pinas.
Got a bit of a 2nd wind though and can finish all the way to the 12th. Photo by Active Pinas.

The last 2 kilometers was the hardest, I don’t want to push too much to avoid injury (especially on situations where the event is far from home and I don’t have a buddy with me), so I walked longer than usual. I finally crossed the finish line at 02:06:23 with a total distance of 20.61 km based on my Nike Run Club app (02:06:04 @ 20.40 km on my Soleus GPS watch). It’s 500+ meters short of the half-marathon distance, but I’m not sure if my GPS devices are inaccurate at the time. Nevertheless, it was one of the toughest half-marathons I’ve ever ran and I enjoyed it.


Back at the activity area, I grabbed my loot bag and walked around a bit to see what else I can do or see.

A happy heart is a good heart =)
Those who want more easter eggs.
They see me EGG Rollin’….
Little Angels in the Outfield….
Welcome to Egg Land! Egg-themed games for the kids and kids at heart.
Scrambled Eggs Unscrambled.
The Great EGG-scape! (Again with the egg puns).
No dribbling necessary… because eggs crack, you know.
All hands on the lucky egg!
Wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity performance.
Innocent until proven EGGuilty!
She saw it! Now that’s a huge egg!
What I got from the loot bag. Got a Nido 3+ Milk too. Could’ve gotten more if only I still had the energy to line up or participate in the games.

When it comes to fun run EGG-cellence (yes, another egg pun), Eggciting Family Adventure Fun Run is currently up there with the 7-Eleven Run and Robinson’s Fit & Run series when it comes to best value for the money.  And it’s a run for a cause, you will always feel great when running to help others. I hope this run series grow bigger and continue their EGG-ceptional (last egg pun, I promise) advocacy,  because we need more running events of this kind.

Posted in 10 kilometers, 10k, 21.0975 kilometers, 21k, 5k, 5km, fun run, guerilla race, half-marathon, run for a cause, running event

Running Soon: The Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run 2

eggciting funrun2


Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2 campaigns for #EatlogEveryday

With the success of the first Eggciting Adventure Family Run last year comes another exciting run for the Filipino families in line with the commemoration of the World Egg Day.

The Philippine Egg Board Association together with Sarimanok Poultry Feeds through The Good Egg advocacy and all its sponsors and partners is all set to stage the Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2. Recognized by the International Egg Commission, the second run of Eggciting Adventure Family Run will happen on October 15, 2017 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. This health and nutrition advocacy and charity run aims at reiterating the importance of eating an egg a day as it is absolutely necessary to one’s health. The campaign uses a #EatlogEveryday, to tell everyone that it is okay to consume egg daily.  Moreover, this running event does not only help in promoting the healthy benefits of poultry products but also aid in the nutritional and educational needs of soldiers’ children especially those affected in Marawi City conflict through Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit Systems Office.

Similar to last year, the Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2 is open to all ages. There are race categories for individual and family or group of four. This year, it also includes 21 kilometer category for individuals who desire to run at a longer distance.

The Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run categories are 200M dash with Egg Land Adventure at Php 350; 3K individual at Php 400; 3K group of 4 at Php 1500; 5K at Php 500; 10K at Php600; 21K at Php800. All participants will get a Tech shirt, Finisher Medal, Racebib, and Lootbags. The 21K will get an additional Finisher Shirt.

This Eggciting event will not be possible without the generous sponsors – Philippine Egg Board, The Good Egg by Sarimanok of UNAHCO,  Philippine association of Breeders and Layers Inc. , DSM, Nido, Ceelin, Growee, Nutrilin, Enervon for Kids, Ceelin Plus, Ferlin, Robinsons Supermarket, Magnolia, Gigabit, Deuter, Chris Sports, Pocari Sweat, Anytime Fitness Escape Macapagal, Factory MMA, Klaypel, Mega fiber, Cranuti, Nivea Sun, Blackwater, Trampolin park and Petron Gasul.

Our Media partners that are supporting this run for a cause – Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, Philippine Graphic, Pilipino Mirror, Health and Fitness, DZAR, Radyo Inquirer, Travel Plus, Zen Health,,, Team Run Direction, Inding Indie Film Festival, 8 trimedia, Market Monitor, Light Network, Pinoy Extreme, Abscbn Sports and Action and ANC.  This event is organized by Aldenver Marketing Inc.

To join this worthwhile activity, please visit the race’s official registration partner, Chris Sports at these selected branches: SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and Market! Market! or register online at For updates and other important announcements regarding the upcoming run, visit Eggciting Adventure Family Run’s Facebook page.

For more information about Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2, please contact Ms. Nikka Ramos of Aldenver Marketing at 0927-8484533 or 0998-9565231. You may e-mail them at

Posted in 5k, 5km, adventure, guerilla race, Obstacle Course Racing, obstacle run, running, running event, ToughXRough

A Splashing Return! (Guerilla Race Splash)

The last time I joined an obstacle run or Obstacle Course Racing was 2 1/2 years ago and that was Men’s Health Urbanathlon. But, I am no stranger to the Guerilla Race series, and in fact, I am one of the pioneer participants of the very first Guerilla Race. The last Guerilla Race I joined was the 10k category of the Panther edition in Filinvest City back in October 2014. After that, I wasn’t able to join the other Guerilla events because they were held far from my hometown and I have very limited resources when it comes to joining running events. Now that Guerilla Race has returned to the south with the new water edition, my anticipation is not just at an all time high, I feel ecstatic.

For this event, I was able to get an extra race kit and gave it to my officemate, Jaypee (a Guerilla Race first timer). We arrived at the venue before 4 am and took a warm-up, reconnaissance stroll around the area. For some reason, the race started late at 0530 (suppose to start at 0500).

Excitedly waiting. Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)


Definitely ecstatic. Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
Talking about strategies that won’t go as planned, anyway. Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
Rock (Jaypee) and Roll (Me). Photo by Tris (Active Pinas).

I was surprised when the first part of the race route is inside Splash Island and even more surprising for me is the first obstacle…


Obstacle 1: the Kayak.

Me and Jaypee watching and staring at the first obstacle. Photo by Jhunejaved Mindana
Shock and Stunned! What are we looking at? Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)

To be honest, I was a bit shocked and nervous about this obstacle because I don’t know how to operate a kayak. I kept thinking that I can’t stabilize it and will likely be moving sideways or unlikely to make the U-turn back to shore. Thankfully, I was able to relax, focus, and move it straight. I did bump unto other participants and vice versa, one time four of us bump each other but was able to get free easily. The next obstacle is much easier though…

Obstacle 2: Balsa River.

Damn, it’s cold! Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
Refreshing! Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
That time when water is more fun than beer. Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
The water is cool, but if there’s a warm spot, you know why it’s warm. Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
Now there’s a warm spot =) Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
Into the deep (ok, it’s not really deep). Photo by Tris (Active Pinas)
Whatta watah! Photo by Tris (Active Pinas).
Jaypee crossing the Balsa River. Apologies for the photo, I used my old and rugged Sony Ericsson XPERIA Active (the only smartphone tough enough for this kind of race) and photos were taken with an old 5-megapixel camera.

This one is easier and relaxing. You just go into the looping Balsa River and you can swim, float, walk, or run. We decided to take our time and just walk this one to conserve stamina. The third obstacle does slow things down a little…

Obstacle 3: Barbed Wire Crawl

I wasn’t able to take a photo of this obstacle nor find a photo of us doing the obstacle, so I just grabbed an interesting photo from the Active Pinas facebook page.

One of the regular obstacles of Guerilla Race and it will definitely get you dirty and smelly. If you don’t go low enough and crawl, your clothes will get caught (see photo above) or the barbed wires will poke you like it did to me so I got down low and dirty the non-perverted way.

After the crawl, it’s a few hundred meters of trail running to the next and slippery-when-wet obstacle. Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.

4th obstacle, Handrail walk?

Difficult when wet (because it’s slippery). Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.

I don’t know the official name of this obstacle, but this is one of the most difficult as it requires some degree of upper body strength and good grip because the rails are slippery. To add difficulty, you can only do this one time. As we approach this obstacle, we already saw some of the participants doing burpees as penalty for not passing the obstacle. When we started moving, it seemed very do-able, I was already halfway through when my right hand slipped and my foot touched the ground (as seen in the photo). Jaypee also slipped and we had to do 30 burpees as penalty. Doing burpees depletes your stamina more than the obstacle, so it is better to put effort in completing the obstacles than do burpees.

Jaypee giving the one finger salute for his dislike of this obstacle and wanted to have another try (same sentiment here) because it is do-able.

Obstacle 5: Window in the Wall?

This is very easy even in low stamina. Photo by My Run Time.
The only way this is hard is if you don’t fit through the window. Photo by My Run Time.
Thanks for this awesome action shot. Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.

I think this is called the military wall, but I’m not sure. Designed to just break your momentum, this obstacle is one of the easiest even if you lost some stamina after doing burpees. This will only be difficult if you don’t fit in the window properly, but I’ve never seen anyone having a hard time with this obstacle.

Taking it easy, taking our time. Photo by Active Pinas.
Walk like a boss! Photo by Active Pinas.

Obstacle 6: Bamboo Crossing?

Pain for the thighs.

Dunno what to call this obstacle. The only challenge here is if you feel pain on your thighs or that tight feeling of your hamstrings. It can also be painful on the knees when you’re already overfatigued.

Obstacle 7: Mud Crawl

Jaypee crawling first so I can take a photo of the obstacle.
Jaypee crawling out with a smile. Me? not loving the foul smell of the mud. Photo by Active Pinas.
Doesn’t smell like teen spirit. Smells like raw sewage to me. Photo by Active Pinas.
But, the water is cool… Still, the smell though… Photo by Active Pinas.
Don’t let it get in your eyes and mouth. Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.
Out of the sewer! Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.
Everyone is smiling. Well, I did smile too after I got back to my feet. Photo by Active Pinas.

This is easier than the barbed wire crawl because of the watery mud and the cool water is refreshing and kinda soothing. But, it has a foul smell though, so you need to breathe wisely and close your mouth to avoid fresh dirty water getting in your mouth.

Slow jog to the next obstacle. Photo by Active Pinas.

Obstacle 8: The Wall.

I think it’s 6 feet high or more.
What I did is jump and hang on. Then Pull yourself up. Photo by Active Pinas.
You will struggle if you’re tired. Photo by Active Pinas.
But, it’s easier than it looks. Just ask Jaypee. Photo by Active Pinas.
You have to watch the ground before jumping though, to make sure you land properly and don’t slip or hurt yourself. Photo by Michael Allen Celestial.

The wall isn’t exactly as hard as the 1st and 2nd time I encountered it. In fact, I got it with only 1 try. I just jumped, hanged on to the top of the wall, and slowly push myself up. Jaypee who was very worried about this obstacle earlier got it in 1 try as well.

Obstacle 9: Inclined Wall.

The Marshal asked the girl to go for the middle part of the wall instead because this side (right) is slippery. She told Jaypee to take this side instead because she thinks he can handle it. I also lined up on this side.
It can be hard, but there’s a technique to easily climb up this obstacle. Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.
Proper footing and the grip or your shoes (or feet if you run barefoot) is a key factor in completing this easily. Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.

This obstacle is easy if you know how to position yourself and pull yourself up. Plant yourself properly, firm grip on the rope and then move your legs and pull yourself up gently and relaxed. You can also run up just gather momentum and with the right speed and it will be over faster.

Obstacles 10, 11, and 12: Sandbag Carry, Walk on Fours, and Tire Field

Show offs can grab 2 sandbags and help themselves with quicker stamina depletion.
Yeah on the catwalk. On the catwalk, yeah. I shake my little tush on the catwalk.

Before we engaged these obstacles, we took our time at the aid station to drink and wash off some of the mud on our face. Three obstacles in one go. First you grab a sandbag (grab 2 if you’re strong enough and want to show off the power of them guns) and then walk or run 100 meters (estimate) then U-turn back and drop the sandbag. After that, you run or walk another hundred meters to a point where you have to start walking on fours like an animal (I call it the catwalk). This is a bit hard on the thighs and can be tiring, so it’s better to move at an easy and steady pace. Thankfully, the distance is shorter and once you got up, you walk or run towards the field of tires. It’s better to look at your feet as you make your way through the tire field because there’s a chance that your foot will get caught by a tire and pull you down.

Obstacle 13: Tire Pull and Lift

I’m not feeling smug, I’m pulling. Photo by Active Pinas.
Doing it smoothly, feeling like a criminal. Photo by Active Pinas.
Wax On , Wax Off is how you do this. Photo by Active Pinas.
The lasso of lies. Photo by Active Pinas.
Tire? Tyre? Tired? Photo by Active Pinas.
Like a tire, I run on-road and off-road. Photo by Active Pinas

This obstacle can be done smoothly without affecting much of your stamina. First part of the obstacle is to pull the tire. Just relax and apply just the right amount of pulling power that it won’t affect your breathing. For example, pull with the left hand then breath in, now the right hand then breathe out. It’s that easy and keep your back straight. The second part requires you to lift the tire and put it back at the starting point for the next participant’s turn.

Obstacle 14: Money Bar

Monkey Bars are regular playground equipment and when I was a kid, it’s easy to do. It’s a different story when you grow up and add some weight. Photo by My Run Time.

This is the second obstacle that I failed to complete. I made I mistake of having my hands gripping one bar apart and it put me in the position of facing sideways to the left. I was stuck and hanging for almost 10 seconds, trying to re-position myself, but I couldn’t and fearing that I might lose my grip. So, I decided to push through and tried doing the monkey bars sideways, grabbing 1 bar apart , and it seemed to be working as I made it halfway. Then I lost my momentum (couldn’t swing anymore and my hand couldn’t reach and grab the next bar) and I fell to the ground. Unfortunately, you can only do the obstacle once, so I just accepted the penalty. Jaypee got it right and avoided the stamina-depleting burpees.

Obstacle 15: Over and Under the bars?

The added difficulty of obstacles that involves bars is that they’re slippery.

By the time we reached this obstacle, I still haven’t recovered some of the loss stamina from the burpees I had to do as penalty from failing the monkey bars. I allowed Jaypee to go first so I can observe how it’s done. You have to go over the first bar (you can jump if you want), then under on the 2nd (you can roll if you want), over again on the 3rd, and under again on the last one. When Jaypee did this his grip slipped and a 180 degree while still holding on to the bar, so he did not fall on his back. Same thing happened to me and it feels like a technique, just be sure to keep hanging on the bar and let your feet touch the ground to recover quickly.

Obstacle 16, Rope Crossing

As I pose for this shot, I just realized that those ahead of me are already off the rope. Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.
My kind of hang out. Photo from Guerilla Race facebook page.

We refueled with cool water at the 2nd aid station (they ran out of cups, so Jaypee and I had to share with one that we cleaned before using) before initiating this obstacle. Balance with a chance of wobbling is best to describe this one. You step on a rope line with your hands grabbing another rope above you and then move to cross all the way to the end point. It’s easy until you end up in the middle with those ahead of you already got off the rope. As seen in the photos, I paused to pose for the photographer. I took my time for the photo that I caused a bit of a traffic and I’m the front guy now. Moving from the middle without any weight applied ahead of me made the rope wobble and it kinda threw me off balance a bit that I actually switched side (now facing right and the photographer on my six) just to regain footing. Once I got my balance back, it was easier to move again and finish this obstacle.

Obstacle 17: Cargo Net

How’s it hanging? Photo by Michael Allen Celestial.
Hang in there, baby. Photo by Michael Allen Celestial.

This is the one obstacle that really got me a bit of a scare and thought about doing burpees instead. This version of the cargo net is harder than the pyramid version. Once you make it to the top to cross over to the other side, that’s when the difficulty level goes up a notch. Once you look down, you have a good view of how high you are and then you realize how hard it is to put your foot to the other side. The net is wobbling when there are no participants on the other side to balance it and it makes you feel like you’re going to flip over and fall to the other side if you’re not careful. That is how I felt at the time since those on the other side already got down and there’s 3 (or maybe 4) of us left on the other side. In my mind I think I’m gonna flip over and fall and almost gave up. Until Jaypee and some other participant hold a part of the net to keep it stable and I was able to cross over. It was only until I saw the photos on facebook that there is a technique to crossover properly. Next time, I’ll be ready.

Obstacle 18: Hurdles

It’s very likely that you have seen her in running events. Photo by Active Pinas.

Fortunately, the last obstacle, the hurdles isn’t as hard as hurdling (running and jumping). You can just walk and jump over and over again. Take your time if you want, the finish line is just meters away.


The surprise of the event was the actual number of obstacles. There are 18 obstacles instead of the original (and advertised) 12. For me, 6 more obstacles is a bonus, it’s like getting more of your money’s worth. Jaypee and I finished with a minute left before the cut-off time of 1.5 hours. I know it’s slow compared to my first Guerilla Race finish time of 40 minutes and 42 seconds in Nuvali. But, the reason for this is because I wanted to pace with Jaypee to see if he enjoys this event and I really want to take my time and have fun. Also, my first Guerilla Race only had 12 obstacles and I can say that the obstacles in this event is more challenging (and fun) than what I encountered before. I probably would’ve rushed this event and finished the race faster if I ran alone. But, I probably would’ve not enjoyed it as much because in the end, the finish time didn’t matter to me, I was focused on having fun and running with a buddy, and that is both mission accomplished.

49 minutes slower than my first Guerilla Race, but I don’t care because I had fun running with a buddy. Jaypee finished at 01:29:27 at rank number 100. We made it at the cut-off time. Official results can be seen at

Guerilla Race Splash (as always) is an amazing, awesome, challenging, and fun event. It’s the best way to test your overall fitness level. Obstacle course racing is intimidating to some runners and fitness buffs, but Guerilla Race is the epitome of a balanced challenge. The obstacles can be hard, but they’re not impossible, and finally finishing the race feels like a big accomplishment mentally and physically.

A big thanks to the Guerilla Race Team and mam Nikka Ramos for this fresh and unique edition of the Guerilla Race. We, the fans of this wonderful race series, are so thankful that all of you keep innovating to deliver an experience like no other. You are all continuing the legacy of its founder, the late Lt. Col. Dennis Bumanglag and doing it with excellence.

Guerilla Race Splash is a strong contender for my pick of the best running event of 2017. Jaypee, a first-timer in the Guerilla Race love the experience so much that he’s looking forward to the next events. It got a lot of things right like a reasonable registration fee (which includes a day pass to Splash Island worth 499 php and discount coupons), a good venue (the right choice for the summer season), and a memorable experience (challenging, but fun obstacles). I want to see it grow with more participants and interesting locales in the future. The next Guerilla Race will be at Camp John Hay in November. Stay tuned for the complete details and updates regarding this event once the press release is officially announced.

Finishers! Photo by Jaypee.
The freebies and loot bag include 4 pcs of Mega Fiber, 4 pcs of Goutritis Herbal Supplement, 4 pcs of Brai Master Herbal Supplement, Black Mamba energy drinks, and 100 plus.








After the event, Jaypee and I decided to take advantage of the Splash Island day pass to maximize the day (especially since it was the long weekend for us BPO employees thanks to Memorial Day). It was also my first time in Splash Island (yes, I live in the South and I’ve been to Splash Island until this running event), so I have to see and experience the best things the place has to offer. Unfortunately, Splash Island was very crowded at the time with 2 company outings (NIDEC and Villarica Pawnshop) taking place along with the usual weekend visitors. But, I still got to experience the major attractions of the water park thanks to Jaypee’s encouragement (because if I was rogue running (solo) this event, I probably would’ve stayed in the pools) and 40 to 60 minutes of waiting in line for each slide. Tausug Trails is the first slide we took and after that, we lined up for Big Bamboo. Unfortunately, I don’t have an action cam with me to record the experience and I don’t want to hold my smartphone during slides. I was able to take some photos of the slides before I took my turn. Check out some of the photos I took before taking the splash.

Splash Island Map.
The attractions.
The River Calm!
The crowded Balsa River.
The not-so River Wild.
Using a water-proof pouch for my S7 Edge to take Splashing photos.
Jaypee getting splashed.
The twisting slides of King Pilipit.
Rio Montosa, more twists and turns than M. Night Shyamalan’s movies.
Before our turn in Rio Montosa. Normally this ride requires 4 people, but 3 will do. One person joined me and Jaypee. I screamed a lot during this ride because it feels like we’re about to tip over.
Seeing that dark and twisty tube of King Pilipit made my heart beat faster than running a 5-minute per kilometer pace.
Like Mario going down the pipes. My turn. No turning back. In the end, I loved it. Definitely my favorite slide.
Magellan’s Drop is our last slide. This is the tall and long slide you see along SLEX (coming from the South). Photo taken while lining up for our turn.
Last slide of the day. Took a photo before my turn. This is definitely the scariest for me since I can see where I’m going. But, I enjoyed it. We couldn’t repeat the slides because of the long queue, so left before 3 pm.



Posted in 5k, 5km, adventure, fun run, guerilla race, Obstacle Course Racing, obstacle run, run for a cause, running, running event

Running Soon: Guerilla Race Splash – The Water Edition


Press Release


Summer is all about having fun and creating extraordinary memories. This year, Guerilla Race, the first, premier and only obstacle race in the Philippines, will turn your summer moments into something offbeat as it takes an exciting yet audacious route, daring to infuse water adventure into the race.

Aptly titled as “Guerilla Race Splash –The Water Edition”, the race is a fusion of land and water obstacles.  Aldenver Marketing, Inc., the organizer of Guerilla Race, in partnership with Splash Island will hold a never before seen event, enticing both pro and neophyte runners and fitness buffs in the country.

This unconventional race will happen on May 28, 2017 in Binan, Laguna. It will not only provide extraordinary challenges but also exceptional enjoyment, as racers are expected to plunge into the water and get drenched in several water activities to test one’s versatility, strength and stamina. Fun is an understatement.

The Sprint Category will have the 5km run and 12 obstacles. It will be a combination of water and land obstacles. You can enter as an individual or as a team which has a minimum of four members to ten members. The cut off time is 1.5 hours.

The racekit costs Php 1,250 which includes a singlet, finisher shirt, finisher medal and giveaways from sponsors.

Like any of the Guerilla Race series, part of the proceeds of this upcoming race will go to Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO), an organization that supports education of the soldiers’ orphans. Therefore, your summer will be filled with precious memory because you have helped less privileged people through this race.

The race will not be possible without our generous sponsors : Dermplus, Regroe, Lifesaber, Atmost Fit Elite, 100 Plus, Black Mamba, Mega Fiber, Cranuti, Blackwater, Deuter, Grand Encore International, Iolytes, Curves, Anytime Fitness Fairview, Sta Rosa, Iron den Crossfit, Crossfit Mad Minute, Fitness Unlimited and support from our Media partners – Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, ANC News Channel, Philippine Graphic, Pilipino Mirror, Health and Fitness Magazine, Travel Life, Food Health and Scined Magazine, Vanity Life, Pinoy,, V81 Radio and ABS CBN Sports and Action.

For inquiries, you may contact Veronica Ramos at 0927-8484533 , Also our facebook page: Guerilla Race



Haven’t joined a Guerilla Race before? why? I can tell you as one of the pioneer participants of the very first Guerilla Race in Nuvali, it’s a challenging, but fun race. It tests you physically and mentally. And to preview the awesomeness of the Guerilla Race events, read my race report of GUERILLA RACE PANTHER in Filinvest City. So, if you have the guts to get off the couch and take on the challenge, see you on May 28.

Posted in 5k, 5km, adventure, City Run, fun run, guerilla race, run for a cause, running event

An ‘Eggs’travaganza of a running event… Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run!

Like most seasoned runners, I usually prefer joining half-marathons, marathons, and already planning to join ultramarathons. But, I still join fun runs for the sake of just going for a laid back run and having fun. When the Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run was announced, 2 things got me interested. First, is the easter egg hunting theme and second, it is organized by Guerilla Race Inc, an organizer best known for obstacle runs. I kept track of the event until the full details was announced. An offer to spread the event’s advocacy through social media for a free race kit and an invitation to attend the media and blogger’s day made its way to my inbox, and I decided to go and see what this event has to offer. You can read more about that and lots of egg facts in my previous blog here: The Eggciting Fun Run Media and Bloggers Day

So, let’s move to the event. The run was originally scheduled on 16th October, but a typhoon hit Manila and it was rescheduled to 6th November. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling good at the time, lacking sleep and on the verge of developing cough and possibly tonsillitis, I was even a bit slow getting off the bed to prepare myself and leave the house. In short, I’m not really that “egg”cited, but I still push through because I have a feeling that the “egg”citement will come at the event.

I arrived at SM Mall of Asia a few minutes before 5 am because the 5k gun start was suppose to be at 5:15 am (and the 10k at 5 am). To my surprise, the 10k runners are not even on the starting line yet and I knew that Filipino time was observed. To kill time, I just wander around the activity area and relax a bit.

5 am and the race has yet to start. But, it was ideal to start late because at 5 am, it was still very dark.
Purdy lights!
If Santa takes over the Easter Bunny’s job…
Well, somebody’s “egg”static.

After some warm-up activities, the 10k race started at 5:50 am. It’s very likely that most of the “mamaw” runners are at the New Balance Power Run event at Bonifacio Global City, so it’s the near-mamaw level runners’ time to shine.

10k runners at the starting line.
It’s like when somebody found the chicken that lays golden eggs, everybody be like…
The Christmas Rush!
Sale! Sale! Sale!

Our gunstart was at 6am. I plan to just run my usual pace of 5:30 – 6 minutes per kilometer. But, for some reason I ran a bit faster than my usual even with my tongue and throat feeling dry during the first kilometer. Maybe, because I was speeding up for the first water station because my mouth feels very dry, not thirsty, just feeling dry.

Making the first turn. I feel like I’m about to have tonsillitis. Photo Credit: Bicolano Runner.

When I finally reached the first water station, I slowed down, grabbed a cup, and rinse my mouth. Sped up again and at the 3rd U-turn in the 3rd kilometer, I found the easter eggs. They’re on the side of the road, very visible, just look for dried up grass that looks like a nest. I passed by the nest, I think 5-6 meters away, but reacting quickly, I turned around and grabbed one. Another nest is just a few hundred meters away and I got another egg. The easter egg hunt objective is to find 3 eggs for the 10k, 2 eggs for 5k, 1 egg for 3k and take it to the finish line without breaking them. If you do that, you win a prize. Mission accomplished for me, I just have to take it to the finish line.

Got 2 for the win! Photo credit: Bicolano Runner.
I already have 2, I got 2 more! who wants some? Photo credit: Strider Photos.
Egg-powered running. Photo from Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run facebook page.

I crossed the finish line at 00:24:49 (chip time is 00:24:41) without breaking the eggs and even made rank number 10 out of 242 runners (because most of the mamaw runners were running in BGC at the time). Amazingly, I don’t feel as bad as before the race started, I actually felt great. I think I finally felt the “egg”citement when I was running and making sure I finish without breaking the eggs.

Went back to the activity area and this is where the event truly an “eggs”travaganza. There are a lot of sponsor freebies and the easter egg area is pure fun for the kids.

Mini Santa Army
There’s a photo booth and sponsors giving away the good stuff like umbrellas, bags, wall clocks, and more.
Coloring activity at the easter egg area for kids.
Take a photo with an egg or yourself lying on a egg. Use your “egg”magination.
More easter egg hunting fun.
Pick an egg prize?
Egg-themed low crawl.
img_20161106_075907-0101 is all about running and some stuff about hiking, gaming, photography, and other outdoor activities.
The Golden Egg Trophies for the Top 3 Male and Female winners of all categories. And eggs for the egg pledge.
The 3 fastest 3k female runners.
The Fastest Family runners.
Race Director Col. Bumanglag delivering his closing speech and some details about the next Guerilla Race.

I had a fun and relaxing time at The Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run. It’s really nice to run and just have a good time, not worrying about the effort, distance, speed, just move your legs and enjoy. Guerilla Race Inc. did an “egg”cellent job in creating a fun and family-oriented event. Everyone had a fun time and I hope to see more of this kind of events especially in the south area like Filinvest City, Greenfield City, and Nuvali, so I can bring the whole family too.

So, is there gonna be a Santa run or Christmas run coming soon?
My Egg medal. Notice the original event date of October 16, 2016. My Soleus GPS One watch and Nike Run Club app both recorded 4.8 kilometers. At least the distance discrepancy isn’t that far off compared to other running events. For the official results, go to
The generous freebies from the sponsors. The color changing mug is the prize for finding and bringing 2 easter eggs. Extra thanks for the wall clock, I really need it.

EPILOGUE: My cough did develop the next day. I had sore throat and mild head aches. Decided to take a sick leave to rest and recover.

Posted in 10k, 3k, 5k, 5km, fun run, guerilla race, running event

Egg-lightened!.. The Eggciting Fun Run Media & Bloggers Day

WARNING: As the title suggests, expect some really bad ‘egg puns’ in this article. I can’t help it. My apologies.

I was invited to attend the Eggciting Fun Run’s Media and Blogger’s Day last week. It was the first time I attended a press release event and I only go if I really think that an event is something special and worth it. So, even without sleep (I worked the night before the event), I went to the event after my shift, and I’m glad I did because it was more than I ‘eggs-pected.’

The event was set at the UNAHCO, Inc. office in Mandaluyong. I wasn’t able to make it on time to take advantage of the free van service because of the traffic at the time, so I decided to just walk and find the site using google maps. Surprisingly, it was easy to find and wasn’t that far from Robinson’s Pioneer (my estimate was less than 2 kilometers).

Arrived just in time.

Usually, media events like this are more about the running event, the sponsors, and the advocacy or charity it supports. Well, this event is ‘egg-sactly’  the same as the others, but, the ‘egg-ception’ was the extensive focus on the healthy benefits and facts about egg consumption. Without proper information, most consumers (including yours truly) believe that too much consumption of eggs is bad for our health. The most common and ‘eggs-aggerated’ belief is that eggs can raise your cholesterol levels. By attending this event, I learned that it’s not exactly the truth and separated the facts and the myths. Check out some of the good stuff about eggs on the photos below.

I took some photos of the leaflets from the press release kit and edited it for use as references about the healthy benefits of eggs.
It’s plain and simple, Daily Egg Consumption is not equal to Increased Risk of Heart Disease. The misconception is one o f the reasons why egg consumption in the Philippines is lower compared to other Asian countries.
An Egg a Day is Okay!
Don’t have extra money for supplements? Try egg instead.

Those are some of the facts about eggs and egg consumption. I hope more people become aware of this and hopefully, this fun run’s advocacy will help in the dissemination of the facts.

As for the event, I enjoyed it, I’m very glad I attended it and I had fun. They have mascots, there was a dance presentation by Team Run Direction (TRD), a game, food, and zumba!. I found out that this is the 2nd egg-themed fun run, the first was the Egg Power Run last year and was organized by LeadPack. This year, it’s Guerilla Race turn to make a special and fun running event. One of the feel-good moments of the event is when UNAHCO COO and President, Ricardo Alba announced that they are donating 50,000 pesos to Lt. John Lobaton, Admin Manager of AFPEBSO, one of the chosen beneficiaries of the fun run.

Presenting the mascots. The healthy heart and the happy egg co-existing.
(Left) Not the heart that cupid tries to hit with a bow and arrow. (Right) Not Humpty Dumpty.
‘eggs-plosive’ dance presentation by One Direction Team Run Direction.
In one of the more ‘eggs-treme’ moments, the Egg busts a move and almost fell over leaving some people wondering if he will crack under pressure. A ‘heart-pounding’ moment indeed.
The egg passing game is like Trip to Jerusalem. Participants pass the eggs as the music plays and whoever holds it as the music stops is the winner of a prize.
Members of the press and bloggers in attendance.
Sponsors and the media.
The Q & A part of the event. Ask them anything about the run, the beneficiaries of the events, and anything related to eggs and poultry.
A question I wanted to ask, but didn’t came to my mind early at the time was, ‘which has better benefits, the balut or chicken eggs?’
Ultimate Anti-Malnutrition toolkit!
Good, tasty food was served.
My meal that day…

And for the winners of the egg passing game? I was ‘egg-cited’ to find out what it was, and then the ‘egg-citement’  flew out of the window when I found out that the winners must participate in a zumba. I wasn’t ‘egg-static’ about it, I don’t do zumba or dance on stage, but I don’t wanna be the rotten egg of the group by not participating, so I did. Video link here egg-citing zumba for those who want to see me look like a dancing tree branch trying to soften up by doing zumba.

We also got some nice freebies for our attendance and participation.

The loot bag and Tech Shirt that I’ve won from the Egg Passing Game.
Contents of the loot bag. A magic mug, a nice shoulder bag (use-able gym bag), a notebook, pen, and a T-Shirt. 
Nice shirt. Too bad it’s XXL size.

I’m looking forward to this event, I have a feeling it’s going to be a very good family event. I’m a big fan of the Guerilla Race series, I participated in the first Guerilla Race in Nuvali and I’m very impressed with the way they organize races. I’m sure they will make this event fun and memorable. See you on October 16 at SM Mall of Asia.