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My Goal

A while ago in our room while staring blankly at my brother's cabinet and thinking about having been stranded and unable to go to work, I saw this small piece of wood laminated with a good poem, and a bible passage at the end of the poem. I remember that this piece of wood was one of my desk's paraphernalia back when I was still studying in College. As I grab and read each stanza, I can't also help but to notice the tore lamination and the slowly fading color on the design. The poem was so inspiring to me that I also began to remember the times when I was still actively participating in our Church's work, how it touches me, and how happy I feel whenever I get to inspire, share a smile, be in the service for others, and get to know each family that we get to visit.

So the following posted poem aims to preserve this memory, and also to share this poem which has also been my guide.

My Goal
author unknown
To be so strong that nothing can disturb
my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to
every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is
something in them.
To look at the funny side of everything and
make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for
the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success
of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press
on to the greater achievements of the
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature I meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of
myself that I have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for
anger, too strong for fear and too
happy to permit the presence of trouble.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 3:14
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Athena All Women's Run

Last year, there was a first, all-women race held that proved Women can be more competitive also like the rest of the male species. And this year, another exciting event for the Women out there is coming on March 19, 2011, Saturday.

Athena - a milk specially formulated for the female genes will be showcasing a 3k, 5k, and a 10k event at the SM Mall of Asia. Oh and yes, it is because that March is the Women's Month that this event will be held by Women's Health and Athena Milk for the first-time.

Registration is currently ongoing at the following outlets:
Feb. 21 - Mar. 15, 2011:
Toby's MOA
Runnr BHS

Feb. 21 - 28:
Planet Sports Trinoma / Glorietta
Athlete's Foot Robinson's Galleria

For more information, download the poster below, visit the Women's Health Philippines facebook fanpage, or you may also check out the presser from Summit Media.

Hmmn, do I hear another La Femme de RunningAtom team? Let's see... should there be anyone interested, you know how to contact me.
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Pet Express Doggie Run 2011

When the running industry has not yet boomed that much, most of the runner's running-buddy is their lovely pet. We could see them strolling, walking, jogging, running and playing in the parks streets, and around the village. Lately though, due to safety reasons and regulations in every running events, most of the "human caretakers" have no choice but to leave behind their furry friends on their leash while the helpless creature awaits for his boss' return with some loot bags full of bones.

But thanks to these pet shops that has been always there in grooming and pampering these sweet creatures, as they are also making an awareness about the bestfriends that we previously run with as soon as we wake up in the morning.

Now you may want to treat your own bestfriend for this event, read on:

Pet Express DOGGIE RUN 2011
26 March 2011
Saturday, 5:30 AM
SM Mall of Asia
Distances: 1.5k, 3k, 5k

Registration fee: Php 350.00

The Registration fee of Php 350.00) includes:
• Event Dri-fit Running Shirt
• Event Dog Bandana
• Race Bib (for master)
• Race Bib (for dog)
• Paw-ket Dog Running Manual
• Pet Express Doggie Dollar
• Insurance Coverage
• Donation to SAWS (The Strike Animal Welfare Society

Part of the registration fee will go to SAWS (The Strike Animal Welfare Society), a group based in Bacoor, Cavite, dedicated to making the city an environmentally and pet-friendly place for everyone. SAWS serves as the forefront animal rescue center in Cavite.

Register at any Pet Express branch (SM Cubao 912-5924, SM Hypermarket Makati 843-7174, SM Mall of Asia).

Shirt sizing chart
More details can be found in PetExpress' FB fanpage

More activities and awesome prizes are in store for all the participants. So keep posted to get an update.

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Zonta's R.A.T. Race

Questions that may be popping in your mind:

"What is Zonta?"
"Rat race in the Philippines?"

Yes there will be a R.A.T. race coming to the hills of McKinley, Taguig. But no, it is not a race of house rats, road rats, mountain rats, and you will not even see Mickey mouse there. And to answer, here's some info courtesy of Sir Jay Em:

Zonta is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide. The Zonta Club of Ayala Makati began its advocacy in helping women since 1989 through educational and feeding programs, livelihood / entrepreneurial training as well as environmental / health literacy campaigns for women in impoverished communities nationwide.

Run Against Trafficking is a race for the awareness of human trafficking in the Philippines -- the modern day slavery. It is also a fun run / fundraiser that will benefit both the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc., and the educational programs and services of Zonta Makati Ayala.

Race Information:
Assembly Time: 5:00 AM
Gun Start: 5:50 AM Gun Start
Distance categories and Registration fees:
  • 1K - Php 400.00
  • 3K, 5K - Php 500.00
  • 10K - Php 600.00
Registration Sites: R.O.X and Chris Sports
Online Registrations:
Zonta RAT Race
Runner's Runner

Route Maps:

For more information call: Ida Ayesa at 0916-418-7257
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Visayan Forum Commitment Week

"Since 2005, the Visayan Forum Foundation and the Philippine Government have been working together to help combat trafficking in every front. Since then, the intervention with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and multiple stakeholders has been recognized as a global best practice. Despite the overall success of the country's Anti-Trafficking efforts in prevention and protection of victims, the US State Department in its 2010 Trafficking in Person Report ranked the Philippines under Tier 2 Watchlist for the second consecutive year and it called the Government of the Philippines to demonstrate significant and increasing progress in prosecution and toward compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

In a news article dated September 28th, 2010, President Benigno Aquino gave a statement calling for tougher actions against human trafficking. Since then, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) - the government's national body for the coordination of all anti-trafficking efforts, currently chaired by the Undersecretary of Justice, has been working hard to combat trafficking in various fronts all in partnership with civil society.

The Multi-Sectoral Network lead by the Visayan Forum Foundation and its partners are intensifying the War Against Human Trafficking (WAHT) and as a highlight of this campaign, the MSNAT is holding a "Commitment Week" on March 13th to 18th, 2011. This week-long event will serve as a platform to convene diverse leaders in their respective sectors and fields to commit towards providing immediate and appropriate response mechanisms to address human trafficking in the areas of prevention, protection, and healing and reintegration.

It will be attended by committed and action-oriented movers and shakers from the government, business sector, socio-civic groups, academe and non-government organizations. The impact of their ideas and actions will stimulate and inspire other businesses and sectors to address human trafficking seriously and raise awareness that practical steps, no matter how simple they may be, can and should be taken."

Schedule of Events
  • March 13 2011, McKinley Hill - Zonta's Run Against Trafficking (R.A.T. race): 3k, 5k, and 10k fun run.
  • March 14-18 2011, Philippine House of Representatives, Philippine Senate, and SM Mall of Asia - Photo Exhibit: Mga Liham ni Neneng (Letters of Neneng)
  • March 15 2011, Ruby A & B Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila - Commitment Day Against Trafficking
  • March 16 2011, Museo Pambata - Survivors' Fun Day
  • March 18 2011, Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law - Forum and Film Showing

About the Visayan Forum Foundation

The Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. is at the forefront of providing interventions for the protection, healing and reintegration of victims of human trafficking. Together with its partners, the Visayan Forum aborts trafficking in transit areas by guarding choke points and domestic transit points in seaports and airports. It operates halfway houses in the ports that provide a center-based package of protective services, which includes an information technology training project with Microsoft to prepare survivors for reintegration.

The Visayan Forum's strong partnership with the Philippine government and private shipping companies was hailed as one of the international best practices by the U.S. State Department in its 2005 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest human rights organization, conferred the 2005 Anti-Slavery award on Visayan Forum's President and Founder, Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, who was also recognized by the UK government as one of the Modern-Day Abolitionists in the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in March 2007.

Concept Paper: prepared by the Visayan Forum Foundation. For more information, visit their website at
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LuntiRun - Make Every Route Greener

The University of the Philippines Industrial Engineering Club, Asia Brewery and Rexona invites you to join the LUNTIRUN - "Make every route greener".

When: March 27, 2011
Where: Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang
1.5km (for 12 years old and below)

Registration fee:
1.5km – 300php
3km – 350php
6km – 400php
12km – 450php

(RACE KIT includes: Event Singlet, Race bib and stub for 20% off on regular priced New Balance item)

UP Students may register at the UP IE Club Tambayan (3rd flr, Melchor Hall)
You may also register online at
Check out LuntiRun's FACEBOOK page at

Other registration sites:
  • SECONDWIND stores (45 Malingap St. Teachers Village, QC || Ortigas Home Depot, PASIG CITY)
  • NEW BALANCE shops (Festival Mall, Alabang || Shangri-la Plaza); Saturdays and Sundays
  • BIKE KING PHILIPPINES (Bonifacio High Street)
  • MJ46 Factory Outlet (Bicutan)
  • The Village Sports Club (BF Homes Parañaque)
(Registration is until March 20 only!)

This event is for the benefit of the Isko Cleans UP, a project to implement solid waste management in the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
For inquiries, contact MIMI LUCAS at 09178158227 or through email at
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RunRio Trilogy Leg 1 Official Registration Update


Hello Runners!

Thank you for your overwhelming response to and support of the first leg of the Runrio Trilogy 2011 – Unilab’s Run United 1. For everybody’s guidance, here is the updated registration status per category:


With this development, we officially announce that the Runrio Trilogy Leg 1 - Run United 1 REGISTRATION is now OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

It gladdens us no end to note that this race was able to set a record in terms of registration turn-out, with slots being sold-out in just a span of three weeks (registration opened last January 31,2011), but it also saddens us that there were still a lot of runners who were not able to sign-up for this race. In fact, we continously receive requests (oh and sometimes, demands!) for slots to be added for the 5km, 10km and 21km categories.

Unfortunately for reasons mainly of safety and security (among other reasons), we regret to inform you that both Unilab and Runrio have agreed to be firm in its decision of keeping to the planned maximum target number of participants.

You might want to consider registering for other upcoming Runrio-organized races such as the Women’s Health – Athena All Women’s Run (March 19) or the AACE The G.O.O.D. Run (April 3) instead.

We would also like to encourage you to look forward to the Leg 2 of this year’s Runrio Trilogy, the details of which we will be announcing soon. On a happier note, we have taken into consideration your requests and as such we look forward to accomodating more runners in Leg 2 by increasing the number of available slots/target participants.

Again we give our sincerest thanks to all of you for your unending support to Runrio-organized races.

See you all on March 6!
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Philippine Daily Inquirer's 25 for 25 Fun Run

Do you know that Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), aside from their 24/7 online news and regular prints of newspaper, PDI also have a charity institution? Not many of us know that many companies are anonymously sharing their blessings to the many needy people of our Country.

On February 27, 2011, Philippine Daily Inquirer, on their 25th year anniversary, will be "Celebrating The Filipino Story For 25 Years In Every Step" by holding a fun run that will also aim to raise funds for the benefit of: 1) Inquirer Newsboy Foundation; 2) Children of the Victims of the Maguindanao Massacre; 3) Gifts & Graces Foundation. Now that's generous!

Race Details:
February 27, 2011 (Sunday), 5:30AM
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Distance Categories and Fees:
3K - Php 400.00
5K - Php 500.00
10K - Php 600.00
5-man 25K relay - Php 2,500.00

*The 5-man relay team can be 5 all-male, 5 all-female or 5 mixed group but only one team will win this. They will also use the regular 5K route. This is a relay race.

*Only 100 teams will be allowed to join the 25K team relay.

*Expected Runners: 2,500

Registration Outlets:
PDI Satellite Offices - Atrium Bldg. Makati; Aurora Blvd. Cubao; T.M. Kalaw

Mizuno - Trinoma; Megamall; Mall of Asia; Eastwood Mall; Bonifacio High Street

360 Fitness Club - 13F Strata 100 Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr. Ave, Ortigas Ctr

Yoga+ - 11F The Fort Legend Tower, 3rd Ave., BGC

Made 4 U outlets - Glorietta; Trinoma; Megamall

Online Registration: Runners’ Runner

Cash Prizes:
10K– 1st 10,000.00 / 2nd 6,000.00 / 3rd 4,000.00
5K– 1st 5,000.00 / 2nd 3,000.00 / 3rd 2,000.00
3K-1st 3,000.00 / 2nd 2,000.00 / 3rd 1,000.00
25K Relay (mixed gender) – 1st 25,000.00 / 2nd 15,000.00 / 3rd 10,000.00

*Mizuno & Soleus items will also be raffled away.

Singlet Design
Timing device from Itemhound
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Free Race Kit for the Run United 1 2011 (RunRio Trilogy Leg 1)

Yes you clicked it right!

As most of us know, the 2011 RunRio Trilogy Leg 1 will be under the flagship of Unilab ActiveHealth's Run United, the very successful running and fitness promoter also of the last leg of Runrio trilogy last November, 2010.

Now as the people of Unilab ActiveHealth and RunRio Inc. brings us another drooling race on March 6, 2011, they are giving you -- my dear readers, a chance to get one race kit of your choice category FOR FREE!

All you have to do is to share with Unilab ActiveHealth your best “active health” photo. Now this ain't hard right? We are all health, fitness, and adventure buffs. This can be your best moment during a sports event, bonding time with your family/friends, etc.

  1. Upload your best “active health” photo in the wall of Unilab ActiveHealth FB page ( and explain why this is your best “active health” moment.
  2. Tag 5 friends who you think need to jumpstart their journey to active health.
  3. Invite your friends to like your entry.
  4. Add in the comment area of your photo from which blog did you see this contest (in this case, RunningAtom) to qualify.
  5. Submission of photo entries STARTS NOW (February 3) up to February 10 only.
Photos will be judged based on the following criteria:
  1. Adherence to the theme of “Active Health:” 50%
  2. Fan favorite: 30%
  3. Unilab ActiveHealth Team favorite: 20%
The best “Active Health” entry will win one complimentary registration (any category,
including 500-meter dash) to Run United 1 2011.

The winner will be announced on Feb. 14, 2011 (a very on-time loving gift from Unilab and RunRio).

* Only one entry per person.

What are you waiting for? Post away and share your best "active health" photo now!

Click the image to download full size and view the event details.
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Last Man Running

A common title for the fittest, or strongest, or fiercest, or to someone who solely survived a recently concluded war is called "Last man standing"; while for the one who seems to have the most available tank in an eating-contest, he is the "Last man eating". On the race results of every running event, some of us might give a glimpse about the last participant who last crossed the finish line. In any running event, if you are the last man who will be crossing the finish line, you are the "last man running", while the tarpaulins, banners, stage, sponsor booths, and other participants have already packed or are already home. As the last runner, you only get praises of your friends and buddies for still being able to cross the finish line.

But on this coming February 20, 2011, an event solely for the "Last Man Running" will be held. All you have to do is... to run, until you're the only one left running. And unlike the common races, as the last runner, you will be hailed the "Last Man Running King", plus a generous cash prize also awaits your pocket-size blisters.

How can you be enlisted as one of the King contenders? Easy, aside from exercise and training, make yourself durable for the event through Deanol for mental potency, Korean phanax ginseng for endurance, and Royal jelly for youthful vitality. Where can you find this? Only from Rogin-E!

To give you more idea about the event, read some excerpts of the event's Press Release below.
...heralded as the ultimate race for endurance - a marathon meant to test the limits of a man's athletic prowess in direct competition with everyone else on-track.... As the name suggests the object of the race is to literally be the last man running, effectively outlasting everyone else while managing to keep a running pace all throughout.

Last Man Running is definitely unique as marathons go. Virtually a first in the Philippine running scene, Last Man Running brings into fore not only the endurance of the body against time but also the endurance of the will against the will of others.... This kind of physical and mental durability is something you strive for. It is something you work hard for to develop.

The Rogin-E Last Man Running is a three-event race which will feature 5KM run, 10KM run and the main event, the Last Man Running.

This marathon is designed to test the endurance of Rogin-E users. The challenge is for the participants to go as far as they can because this race has no finish line! It’s not about how fast but how far.
If you are already challenged enough, read more of the details of how you can be "enlisted" as the 2011 King of Last Man Running.

WHEN: February 20, 2011
WHERE: Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill
HOW: From the period of January 7 to February 20, 2011, customers who purchase a Rogin-E bottle at ANY DRUGSTORE will be entitled to join the Rogin-E Last Man Running.

To register, customers must keep their receipts as proof of purchase and show it at Rogin-E Last Man Running registration booths at the following venues:
  1. Mercury Drug:
    • Trinoma Mall (Jan 7-9; Feb 11-13; Feb 18-19)
    • Glorietta 3 Makati (Jan 7-9; Jan 14; Jan 21-23; Jan 28; Feb 4)
    • Market Market! BGC (Feb 4-6; Feb 11-13; Feb 18-19)
  2. Watson
    • MOA (Jan 14-16; Jan 29-30)
    • SM North EDSA Main (Jan 21-23; Feb 4-6)
    • SM Megamall B (Jan 15-16; Jan 28-30)
  3. ROX - BHS (Feb 1-13 @ 3:00 to 8:00 PM)
  • Walk-in must purchase a Rogin-E bottle at registration booths during the event.
    Once receipt is presented, customers must fill out the registration form which covers a waiver of liability.
  • For those joining the endurance run, an additional copy of a race result page of a full marathon (42.195km) or a race longer than a 42.195km marathon (held within the last 6 months prior to the Rogin-E event) indicating his/her name as proof or a certification from a physician indicating fitness to participate in an athletic competition is required.
5K - 6:00 AM
10K - 5:45 AM
LMR - 4:00 AM
Trophy for the LMR King
LMR Finishers' and top 5K and 10K Runners' medal
You may read the FULL MECHANICS for each race category by downloading the registration form here.
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