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August 23, 2013 Leave a comment



Alaska IronKids Philippines | Inspiring Future Champions

August 21, 2013 Leave a comment


Ironkids Triathlon Awarding

Alaska IronKids Philippines triathlon started out as a Sunday fun run for kids but in just a short time, it quickly developed into a national sporting event that has nurtured and developed young local triathletes. Triathlon is composed of three disciplines: swimming, biking and running. Now on its fourth year, the event has attracted hundreds of young participants, all wanting to conquer the IronKids course, considered to be the junior counterpart of the prestigious triathlon event, IronMan.

According to coach and race director Ani De Leon-Brown, Alaska IronKids Philippines has become, in recent years, a training ground for the country’s aspiring young triathletes. It is part of the Alaska Sports’ Nutrition. Action. Champion. program, along with Alaska Football and Basketball Camps and the Jr. NBA presented by Alaska. The program hopes to encourage children to play outdoors or get into sports and learn the values of determination, discipline, hardwork and teamwork. “When I was in the national team for triathlon, our main problem was the lack of depth in the talent pool. There were only a few young boys and girls, who wanted to take up the sport seriously and take it to the next level. But now, there are a lot of them because of events like these. I am very proud of the program. Through the years, you could really see the growth.”

Arno Baetz is one of those aspiring young talents. At this year’s Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon leg in Mactan Shangri-La in Cebu, Baetz dominated the 13 to 14 year-old boys category. Based in Hong Kong, the 13-year-old flies to the country every now and then to join competitions and to train, hoping to one day fulfill his dream of becoming an IronMan. The Filipino-German can’t thank his parents enough for supporting his dream. “In every race, they are there to cheer me on. Their confidence in me motivates me even more to do better.” According to him, getting into triathlon has changed his lifestyle a lot. “I eat healthier. I don’t sleep late. No more videogames for me,” says Baetz.

Judging from the parents, siblings and friends who came to support the participants in the Cebu leg, Alaska IronKids Philippines has become a family affair. Parents could be seen waving handkerchiefs and shouting words of encouragement. And what is great about the Alaska IronKids, there are no losers. All finishers are given medals as long as they complete the course.

Despite the spirit of fun, the race does honor the hard work and commitment to excellence of young triathletes who set aside time for training to develop their skills. Leading the pack at this year’s Alaska IronKids are Arno Baetz and Shaia Ruth Uy, who ruled the 13 to 14 years old category and Bambam Manglicmot and Lauren Plaza, who finished first in the 11-12 years old category. Others who figured in the top three were Craig Uy and Nathan Nalo, Nicole Eijansantos and Samantha Borlain, who were second and third finishers in the 11 to12 years old boys and girls respectively. Justin Chiongbian and Brent Valelo, on the other hand, were second and third placers in the 13 to 14 years old boys while Alexandra Leather and Margarita Delos Reyes trailed after first placer Shaia Uy in the 13 to 14 years old girls category.

Ironkids Triathlon Photo

This year, more than 200 kids signed up for the Cebu leg. While the participants of the 13 to 14 years old and 11-12 years old categories were able to race, the races for the two other age categories: 9 to 10 years old and 7 to 8 years old were canceled due to bad weather. For the Alaska IronKids organizers, safety of the participants comes first.

Caroline Borlain, mother of Tara, this year’s defending champion in the 9 to 10 years old girls category, agreed with the decision. “We wanted Tara to race because she prepared for this and trained hard but Tara herself said to us, ‘It’s God’s will.’ And she’s right. The money we spent for the trip is nothing compared to the anxiety it will cost us if we let her race in that kind of weather. The safety of the children should be top priority.”

Team Borlain during ALASKA World Milk Day Run

All is not lost, according to Borlain, because there is still another triathlon event coming up in October. Her daughters Tara and Samantha are already looking forward to the race.

The triathlon is slated on October 20 and will be held at the Palms Country Club, Alabang. Children or parents who want to know more about the clinics or register for the triathlon race should check out the Alaska IronKids Philippines website at . For more information, visit @ALASKAsportshub on twitter.


August 21, 2013 Leave a comment




Whether running on foot or wheezing by through a mountain bike, the racer, once in a competition, seems to be oblivious to the surrounding sights. But participants to “Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2013” will be hard pressed not to take stock of the view enveloping the course of this one-of-a-kind run.

On September 14 and 15, 2013, running and racing enthusiasts, both men and women, will be treated to one of the most picturesque race courses within the metro as they go through Filinvest City’s varied terrain. Participants may compete in several age groups as well a mixed category in the mountain bike race. The registration fee includes a race packet (consisting of a bib number, pins, bike number, bike and helmet sticker), race shirt, finisher’s medal, hydration, and lunch.

Filinvest City’s well-planned environment presents a variety of relaxing sights. There are grassy hills with tended foliage that serves as parks and pocket hubs of greenery. The course will also take them to hiking trails and promenades lined with trees of mostly Philippine hardwood, and avenues lined with stately palms and shady trees.

“By staging the ‘Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2013’ we believe we are encouraging more people to go out and give the body some form of physical activity—which is a healthy way to de-stress, In the process, we hope we are fostering a more respectful regard for nature” says Filinvest City’s project head, Mr. Don Ubaldo.

Filinvest City is a prime development of Filinvest, a leader in property development for over fifty years. Guided by the Gotianun family’s tradition of integrity, quality and service, it forges ahead with renewed dynamism. Filinvest is committed to making the Filipino dream. For more information on Filinvest City events, call 846-0278. (

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August 16, 2013 Leave a comment


NIKE, Inc.

the world’s leading running brand, today unveiled four new innovations at an event at the company’s global headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The new products are designed to enhance runners’ natural abilities and were guided by Nike’s “Nature Amplified” design ethos, an approach that is focused on designing for the body in motion and fueled by scientific data and athlete insights. Two new running shoes were introduced  — the Nike Free Flyknit and Nike Free Hyperfeel — along with two new apparel technologies, Aeroloft and Dri-FIT Knit.

“Innovation is not about creating for its own sake, it’s about creating something better, designing with a purpose. Running is the heart and soul of Nike and it’s the birthplace of a constant stream of new innovations that will drive the company forward,” said Mark Parker, President & CEO of NIKE, Inc.


  • The Nike Free Flyknit is the fusion of two of Nike’s most iconic footwear technologies — the compressive Nike Flyknit upper and the flexible Nike Free outsole. The Nike Free Flyknit upper features zoned performance mapping and a second-skin fit. The shoe provides the benefits of natural motion and a snug, supportive fit in a single shoe.


  • Designed to feel like an extension of the body by minimizing layers between the foot and the ground, the Nike Free Hyperfeel delivers a natural motion sensation for the runner. A drop-in insole made from Lunarlon foam allows the foot to have direct contact with Lunarlon cushioning. The ultra-thin waffle outsole uses strategically placed waffle pistons for grip and feel, allowing the foot to get closer to the ground.



  • Nike Aeroloft technology also debuted in the ultra-light Nike Aeroloft 800 Vest, designed to keep runners warm and comfortable in cooler conditions. Insulating down has been combined with precision ventilation that allows heat to escape the body so athletes stay dry.

Nike Aeroloft 800 Vest

  • Dri-FIT Knit is an ultra-soft, lightweight fabric engineered to help athletes maintain optimal performance temperature in a variety of conditions. The technology employs visibly different knit patterns to aid breathability, while seamless construction ensures a smooth fit free of distraction.


“Nature Amplified means designing for bodies in motion and creating incredible new products that work intuitively with the human body,” said Trevor Edwards, NIKE Brand President. “The footwear and apparel we’ve unveiled today is based on insights from athletes and runners at every level, combined with extensive research in our Sport Research Lab. These innovations are data-driven, but body-led.”

About NIKE, Inc.

NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend on Sept 14-15 2013

August 16, 2013 1 comment












Situated at the southernmost city of Manila, Filinvest City is home to different Multinational and local corporations (Insular Life, Asian Star and BPO offices located in Northgate Cyberzone), Retail establishments (Festival Supermall, Westgate Center, S&R, South Supermarket, South Station, Wilcon Builders, Home Depot etc.), Residential developments (Condominiums and The Palms Pointe Village), Hotels and Country Club (Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Alabang, Bellevue, Vivere, Acacia Hotel, The Palms Country Club) and Institutions (Asian Hospital, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Bureau of Food and Drugs, DSWD, and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)).

Filinvest City, a mere 15-minute drive from Makati, is a prime development of Filinvest, a leader in property development for over 50 years. Guided by the Gotianun family tradition of integrity, quality and service, it forges ahead with renewed dynamism.

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VIDEO | Alaska IronKids (08.03.13) & Cobra IronMan (08.04.13)

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Open to children 6 to 14 years old, Alaska IronKids Philippines is the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman. Triathlon is a race that features three sporting events: running, swimming and biking. The competition is open to kids who are new to the sport and those who have already joined other triathlon events.

Alaska Ironkids aims to promote a well-balanced lifestyle for kids of today, who are used to staying indoors with TV, videogame console and the Internet as companions. Ironkids is also the perfect venue for families to bond and for parents to demonstrate in “real-time” that being HEALTHY can also be fun.

After a successful first year, Alaska IronKids is back to help kids develop the values of discipline, hard work, integrity and determination through a series of races. It has six races lined up for 2013— two run races, two aquathlons and two triathlons.


IronMan 70.3 Philippines is now on its fifth year and is composed of 1.9K swim, 90K bike and 21K run with individual and relay categories. A world-class triathlon event held in Mactan, Cebu last Aug 4, 2013.

The much anticipated triathlon event becomes a qualifier for the renowned IronMan World Championships in Las Vegas.

Medals were designed and made by world-renowned Cebuano furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Ramirez recoups top billing in 37th National MILO Marathon Dumaguete race Quilab advances to the finale after clinching men’s division lead spot

August 11, 2013 Leave a comment

20130811-172405.jpg*** Press Release ***
Manila, Philippines, August 10, 2013 – Rodil Quilab and Mereeis Ramirez swept the 21-K division top honors at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Dumaguete Sunday. Both runners received a cash prize of P10,000.00 and a trophy while clinching an all-expense trip to the National Finals set in December at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Of 3,496 runners who competed in the race, 12 other marathoners had qualified to National Finals to join victors Quilab and Ramirez. This season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen will get the chance to compete with the world’s finest athletes at the esteemed Paris Marathon in 2014.

Despite today’s difficult terrain, Quilab prevailed in the half-marathon distance at an impressive 1:15:05, followed closely by resilient contenders Riez Enriquez (1:15:33) and Romulo Jr. Balinas (1:16:31). The 22-year old Iligan bet bagged the third award at the Cagayan de Oro Dahilayan Trail 55K Ultra Marathon in 2011 and drew a second place finish at the Kagay-an Festival Marathon in 2012.

“Engaging in the sport has developed my discipline and determination and I aim to help frame characters by setting a good example for my four siblings and other young athletes,” said Quilab, a college student from Iligan City Technological Institute Polytechnic College. “Today’s race landscape was difficult but I remained just as driven to beat my personal target and prove myself in the National Finals track.”

In the distaff side, 34-year old Ramirez proved her dominance by clocking in at 1:37:57, trouncing female counterparts Iresh Belleza (1:48:01) and Nelfa Bayonado (1:52:10). Ramirez reclaimed a regional lead title after a second place finish at last year’s MILO Marathon Bacolod 21-K female eliminations race. She copped the 2010 MILO Marathon 21-K division run by besting fellow elite tracksters in Dumaguete.

The Dumaguete native expressed her passion for running and hopes to earn a place in the top ranks of the MILO Marathon National Finals. “I briefly put off my aspiration in high school to start a family but I never seized to develop my passion for running. Getting back on the race track gave me an opportunity to fulfill my life’s dream and support my children,” said Ramirez, a mother of three who has been running the MILO marathon since 2007. “Compared to today’s familiar trail, the running course in the National Finals should present a bigger challenge to my strategy. I will focus on improving my speed work and building my overall performance to match my opponents at the finals.”

MILO not only expects to see an action-packed culmination in December after a remarkable series of regional race events but also a post-season growth in the Philippine sports community. “We continue to see the rise and international recognition of Filipino talent in basketball, boxing, and other sports. As we lead our champions to the National Finals, MILO also endeavors to create a higher level of competition in athletics to shape local athletes for the global stage,” said MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri.


As an ongoing commitment to develop sports in the country, MILO’s Help Give Shoes advocacy provides pairs of rubber shoes to various public schools across the country. A total of 500 pairs were delivered to beneficiary schools today in Dumaguete, namely North City Elementary School, San Jose National High School, Calindagan Elementary School, Dumaguete City High School, and Junob National High School. With the invaluable support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO has given a total of 27,700 shoes to date.

The qualifying race will resume in Tagbilaran on September 15, before advancing to the Queen City of the South Cebu (September 22), Cagayan de Oro (September 29), Butuan (October 6), Davao (October 13), General Santos (October 20), Baguio (November 3), Dagupan (November 10), Tarlac (November 17) and Angeles (November 24). The 37th MILO Marathon National Finals will then be on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

The 37th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Reebok, SMART and SM Mall of Asia, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. For more information on the race and its advocacy, visit the MILO marathon website ( or access the MILO Philippines fanpage on Facebook. Follow MILO on Twitter (@MILOPH).