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A Peek at the 2013 Salomon XTrail Route

For the 3rd consecutive year, Salomon Philippines is once again bringing us to another heart-pumping road with crossover to wild trails. On March 23, this will be another fun challenge to every trail lovers and beach bum as well because this time, it's not just the trails that we have to tame, but as well as some rocky shores and soft sands of Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Last Saturday, together with other bloggers, media guests, and PhilSky Runners, we were given chance to take a plunge and run on some parts of the road and island trail routes of the upcoming 2013 Salomon Pilipinas XTrail Run. The starting line will be near Pico De Loro Beach Club - one of the 13 coves of Hamilo Coast with luxurious residential community condominiums plus hotel plus country club offering an extensive range of recreational amenities.

Bloggers, Media, and PhilSky members pose before the test run

After the three-hour ride to the venue, light breakfast, event and venue introduction and race route briefing led by Ms. Janice Tanada, Salomon's Brand Manager, and Ms. Pen Nepomuceno, a PhilSky Runner and one of the Race Directors, we were then led to our short 6K teaser test run. The test route, albeit short, will be part of all the three categories awaiting the participants come race day.

It started on a concrete road, slowly going up until you get to higher grounds where you will already have a good view of the coastal community. Continuing upward will lead us to a rotunda where the first turn-around point is. From this point, it will be downhill going back towards the first entrance of running in the shorelines of the Beach Club. The combination of soft sands, loose and sharp rocks, will be a challenge for the quads and a beat-up for those who will be running barefoot, yet this will be the only point of way towards the opening of the trails.

From the beach club towards where the starting line would-be

The first trail route is a small mountain island eco-trail with a maximum of 115 meters-above-sea-level (masl) elevation awaiting the three distance categories, yet, it is the lowest elevation which the 12K and 24K participants will be passing through as there will be much higher elevations and much steeper ascent of about 90-degrees awaiting them (talk about mountain literally in-front of your face). This eco-trail route is also the only area that is open for the guests and members of Hamilo Coast, while the other mountainous area, specially the tower trail, is off-limits for unauthorized personnel except for the participants on race day.

This year's XTrail run will also be composed of a beach run

From sea level, runners will ascend towards the eco-trail path with views of the lush, tall trees, slippery man-made stairs, and scenic views of the West Philippine Sea towards the highest peak (115-masl). The hills and sets of climbs will be both friendly and challenging as well, given the elevation gain at a short distance of less than a kilometer. The trail ends on a beautiful view-deck with 85-masl elevation loss in less than 400-meter distance, approximately. The view-deck will be the 2nd turn-around point, and is also one of the best area where you can have a photo-op with great oceanic background. Going back, runners will exit towards the shoreline, 6K runners should head towards the finish line while the 12K and 24K participants will have to go straight to the other side of the cove, and enter a small entrance at the mangroves leading to the next mountain trails.

Our test run ended there, but truly the short route gave me the sweat, heart-pump, and leg stress of running a 10K hill-repeats, and although I survived the 6K test run without bringing with me a hydration, I know it will be much different come race day.

A short flat road to prepare you for the first ascent

So just to remind everyone, the race will be a GREEN EVENT, meaning there will be no water cups or disposable cups will be provided along the route and at the hydration stations. Each runner are required to bring their own hydration bottles or vest, keeping in mind to become self-reliant just like when you are mountain climbing. If you still don't have a hydration bottle, get the Nathan handheld bottle being offered at the registration for a discounted/fraction of amount, or you can also choose to buy a hydration vest from Salomon. Gear up better and perform better on your trail race! See you on the 23rd of March, 2013.

Check out the following photos below taken during the test run.

Ed, Ms. Laira of Primer, Christine, and CJ attacking the introductory uphill

One of the scenic ocean views along the course

Towards the shoreline

One of the great spots for photo-ops like pre-nups, sweet-togethers, or just for running-break

Shoreline trails

Dennis (RunningPinoy) a few meters from the trail entrance

You may grab a tree branch such as this one to aid your balance

Stair ascents, it's almost endless

After the stairs, here comes the natural trails, but are still uphill

and then... more stairs!!!

Finally a flat, yet uneven terrain. Views of the ocean can be seen from the sides

Now we're going down..

Single trail tracks after the first descent

The stairs going to the view deck

At the view-deck with PhilSky Runners Rashel Pena and Romano Jorge

Mt. Pico De Loro overviewed from the peak

A refreshing dip at Pico De Loro coast after the run

More photos may also be found at my Facebook album. You may also find detailed race information from the event announcement post.
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PhilHealth-DOH Nationwide Run, Manila Leg

A debut race for the year made as part of tempo training run in preparation for my upcoming Run United 1 in a few weeks from now. I didn't know that PhilHealth could stage such an organized, nationwide, simultaneous running event, held and handled by them for the first time. It showed that a seemingly impossible task can be made possible by unity and oneness, teamwork, and the passion to carry out their mission of rallying the entire nation to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

The race was successful, with ample water stations along the route (although it wasn't cold) and enough banana at one of the stations - that which I didn't expect for an event like this. I will not describe in detail how my own race turned-out to be, but I would like this time to give credits and applaud PhilHealth for achieving their target, as well as for successfully staging and carrying out their mission across the 18 key Cities nationwide.

I remember back at the first PressCon held on the 16th of January 2013, PhilHealth aims to push the universal access to health care for each Filipino, regardless of status and receive financial support to quality health care and services. We who are living within the confines of Metro Manila are lucky as most of the hospitals here have already been granted with PhilHealth accreditation, meaning, the services, Personnel and equipments of most of our hospitals are at par to the standard which PhilHealth requires to be accredited, thus giving those with PhilHealth members the financial support and healthcare benefits that one cannot just have in non-PhilHealth accredited establishments.

The big activity area with lots of medical-related sponsor booths
For the 18-years of PhilHealth's existence, even they have yet to accomplish many of their tasks, specially in remote areas, and in Provinces where the importance of healthcare has not yet been realized. Just think about those Women undergoing childbirth how much she could have saved from the hospital bills that which can still be added for the newborn child's feeding budget if the Mom has access to PhilHealth benefits. The nationwide run, as supported by Department of Health and RiteMed, hoped that very soon, every Filipino, regardless of social status and income, would have that same affordable, accessible, and quality healthcare services that we have.

Back to the race, I finished the 18K distance (18.91-km based on my GPS watch) in a good 1-hour and 41-minutes averaging 5:24 mpk pace of which I have achieved by the help of a stronger runner whom I secretly followed behind starting from the 3rd kilometer just to give myself the push whenever needed. Although I didn't know if he noticed me constant chasing with him, we congratulated each other after crossing the finish line.

Finish line at Quirino grandstand

The Philippine Children’s Medical Center - a health care facility for pediatric diseases was the national beneficiary of the PhilHealth Run, while Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital -- a maternal and newborn tertiary hospital was the key beneficiary for the Manila leg of the race. Other similar healthcare facilities catering to mother and child health in each of the major regional event sites were also chosen to benefit from the run held in 17 other cities nationwide.

Runners flocked past the finish line going to the activity area
with Carl Valenzona, our new co-Brand Ambassador for Diadora Phils.
with officemate Lee John Li
Closer look at the 18K Finisher's medal
Pinoy Bike which you can only find in Manila (closely similar to Sarao Jeepneys)
After a hearty breakfast together with Sir Jun, John Li, Sir Rene,
and Unilab's VP for Ext. Affairs Ms. Claire Papa
(photo courtesy of
The big lobby of Manila Hotel with its original chandeliers and furnitures in the background
RiteMed was also the co-presentor of the first PhilHealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope held last year.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all the volunteers of PhilHealth, Ms. Claire Papa and Sir Edward Kho for making us part of this event.
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Salomon's Recommended Trail Running Gears

In preparation for the upcoming Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas Run 2013, Salomon - the world's #1 brand in trail running offers and suggests you the best of its trail running gears from footwear, clothing, apparel and hydration packs:

1. Trail Footwear
Trail running shoes protect feet and toes from trauma, better than road running shoes. Whether it’s rock, soil, grass, dirt or concrete, they provide better traction on different surfaces. They also dry much faster than road shoes.

2. Trail Clothing
Trail Running clothes should be lightweight, breathable and quick-drying. More importantly, they must be comfortable.

3. Hydration Gear
Proper Hydration is essential in trail running. Runners become dehydrated much quicker in altitude, requiring them to carry their hydration needs. Choose from waistpacks, hydration belts, hydration backpacks or handhelds.

4. Compression Gear
Compressions are apparel that keeps the muscles warm to prevent muscle strain and fatigue, and wick sweat away from the body to prevent chafing and rashes. Through the recent years, compression gear has proven itself to enhance athletic performance. Compression tights, tanks, shorts, etc are used to reduce the time taken for muscles to repair themselves.

Salomon is available in the Philippines at the following branches:
  1. Salomon Glorietta 3 Store
  2. R.O.X. Branches - Bonifacio High Street, Marquee Mall, Ayala Cebu, Camp John Hay Baguio, Ayala Centrio, Cagayan de Oro
  3. Toby’s Branches - Mall of Asia, SM North The Block
  4. Res-Toe-Run Branches - Abreeza Davao, Festival Mall Alabang, Harbor Point Subic
  5. Olympic Village - SM North EDSA, Alabang Town Center
  6. Travel Club Branches - Rockwell, Trinoma
  7. Bratpack Branches - Cagayan De Oro, SM Davao, Embarcadero Legazpi
  8. Duty Free Philippines - NAIA Terminal 3
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Rule The Road, Tame The Trail at Salomon X-Trail Run 2013

It is once again time to push the boundaries as the world’s number one trail running brand, Salomon, holds this year’s X-Trail Run. Held annually since 2008, the gut-wrenching event has been held in different countries around the globe including Southeast-Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

On March 23, 2013, the Salomon X-Trail Run is slated to present its annual event in a yet another premiere location. Participants can expect the trail to have a combination of different terrain surfaces including dirt, rocks, sands, and concrete paths. The 2013 race aims to set a new record as one of the most-attended trail run races in the country.

This year’s race will be held in the beautiful Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas City. New trail routes will be created exclusively for the event, with the Salomon team projecting to attract more trail running enthusiasts and trail runners hailing from different levels.

Moreover, runners will surely enjoy the breath-taking view around Hamilo Coast. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, as well as roots and thick foliage. The view also boasts of hills, mountains, valleys, and lush greeneries – an overall perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

The Salomon Xtrail Event has 3 categories: 6km, 12km, and 24km—all with a “Road-to-Trail” nature. The 6km category welcomes beginners to explore the world of trail running. The 12km category invites runners with basic trail running experience to level-up their game with the inclusion of technical terrain. Finishers of these 2 categories will receive a finisher’s bag with freebies. For experienced runners who are bent on exceeding their boundaries, the 24km Mountain Run will present technical ascents and varying terrains. The category will simulate ascents of Skyrunning races – an arena wherein Salomon dominates. Finishers will receive a medal, a Salomon Finishers’ bag with freebies.

The registration fee for 6km is P850, 12km for P1,100, and 24km at P1,300. All the runners will be given an event jersey, race bib, timing chip, and post-race meal. 12km and 24km participants get a limited Salomon Arm Band. For an additional P450, first 300 registrants get a bus slot from R.O.X. to Hamilo Coast and back. For another P500, registrants will receive a Nathan handheld bottle until supplies last. Accommodations with special rates are also available for participants in Pico Sands Hotel at Hamilo Coast exclusive for X-Trail participants.

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 Race is a GREEN RUN. No disposables will be provided at the hydration stations. All participants MUST bring their own provisions.

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 is in cooperation with AXN & R.O.X., with official venue partners: Hamilo Coast, Pico Sands Hotel, and Pico Beach & Country Club. This event is sponsored by TIMEX, Gold’s Gym, Nathan, ZEM Gear, Trellis Restaurant, Coca-Cola, High 5, and Res|Toe|Run.

Registration is ongoing until March 20, 2013. Interested parties may register through the following:

  1. Online registration via credit card or bank deposit via Runner’s Runner – go to

  2. Registration centers located at 3/f Runner’s Runner Booth, R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street and Salomon, Glorietta 3.

For more information, email, or go to You may also check-out further event details as well as recommended trail-running gears via from this post.

Salomon is exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia's next retail giant.About Salomon

Salomon ( was born in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps and the birthplace of modern alpinism. During the following 60 years, Salomon's commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports created a vast range of revolutionary new concepts in bindings, boots, skis and apparel for both alpine and nordic skiing and brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel and equipment for snowboarding, adventure racing, mountaineering, and many other sports.

Salomon's heritage, culture, and commitment are tied together by one simple concept: the world's leading mountain people creating the world's leading mountain product.

SALOMON is Available at:

Salomon Glorietta 3 Store, R.O.X. Branches - Bonifacio High Street, Marquee Mall, Ayala Cebu, Camp John Hay Baguio, Ayala Centrio, Cagayan de Oro. Toby’s Branches - Mall of Asia, SM The Block. Res-Toe-Run Branches- Abreeza Davao, Festival Mall Alabang, Harbor Point Subic. Olympic Village- North Edsa, Alabang Town Center. Travel Club Branches- Rockwell, Trinoma. Bratpack Branches- CDO, SM Davao, Embarcadero Legazpi. Duty Free Philippines. NAIA Terminal 3.


About Primer Group of Companies

The Primer Group of Companies is engaged in the retail and distribution of the world’s top consumer brands in outdoor, travel, footwear, fashion, wellness and urban lifestyle. We are also proud to expand our portfolio in industrial products and services, with businesses in digital and silkscreen printing, air-conditioning and creative graphic design and services.

The company is now realizing its vision to become the LEADER in the global distribution and innovation of premium goods and services. Its’ retail authority has grown to over 120 premium brands, more than 100 free-standing stores and over 600 consignment doors in 8 Asian countries. The Primer Group is poised to reach new heights through its numerous recognitions locally and abroad.
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Salomon X-Trail Run 2013

With a "Road-to-Trail" nature, this event has been present in 60 different countries worldwide, and in Southeast Asia, it has been held annually since 2008 in Malaysia, Singapore, HongKong, Indonesia & the Philippines. The Salomon ‘X-Trail’ branding is reputed to be a more technical trail running race, with mixture of different terrain surfaces including dirt, rocks, sand & concrete paths. Last 2012’s Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas event was held in Tagaytay Highlands, with more than 1,000 participants—making it one of the most well-attended trail run races in the country.

This year, the Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2013 will be held in Hamilo Coast, one of the country’s premiere developments located in Nasugbu, Batangas City. New trail routes will be created exclusively for this event, to attract more trail running enthusiasts. A tour of the roads, hills, mountains and valleys around Hamilo Coast. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, roots and thick foilage, but the view if you need to stop and rest is worthwhile.

What: Sand, Sweat, and Sludge - The Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas Run 2013

When: 23 March 2013 Saturday, 4:30 AM

Where: Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas

Registration Fees and Distance Info:

  • 6K - Php 850.00 - Targets beginners who want to explore the world of trail running. Road runners are very welcome, to experience a different adrenaline rush. All finishers of this distance receive a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes freebies). Post race meal will also be served.

  • 12K - Php 1,100.00 - Targets runners with basic trail running experience who wants to level up and experience technical terrain. All finishers of this distance receive a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes a Salomon arm pouch, and other freebies). Post race meal will also be served.

  • 24K - Php 1,300.00 - Targeted to trail runners who want to take their race to the next level, with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates. All finishers of this distance receive finisher’s medal & a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes a Salomon arm pouch, and other freebies). Post race meal will also be served.


  • Add Php 500.00 – get a Nathan handheld bottle (worth P990), till supplies last.

  • Add Php 450.00 – get a Bus slot from R.O.X. to Hamilo Coast & back, for the first 300 registrants.

All Registered Participants get 20% discount, across all regular priced items for all participants. Valid at R.O.X. BHS & Salomon Store Glorietta 3.

Just like last year, the Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 Race is a GREEN RUN. No disposables will be provided at the hydration stations. All participants MUST bring their own provisions.

*Gun Start and **Cut-off Times:

5:00 AM – 24K (5-hours cut-off)

6:00 AM – 12K (2.5-hours cut-off)

7:00 AM – 6K (1.5 hours cut-off)

*Schedules for race start can change due to weather conditions.


Registration Options (01 February 2013 to 20 March 2013):

  1. Online registration via Credit Card

  2. Online registration via Bank deposit – Fill up the online form and deposit payment to (Runner’s Runner Bank details).

  3. Via Registration Centers:

    • 3F Runner’s Runner Booth, R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

    • 2F Salomon Store, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

    Running Jersey and Size Chart:

    Other Details:

    Bus Provisions

    - Buses will be available to the first 300 participants, for an additional Php 450.00. To avail, please click on the tickbox in the registration form & include payment with the race registration fee. Each registrant may avail of ONLY 1 additional seat in the bus (maximum of 2 seats per race participant). Please save the Bus Stub in your registration form/waiver. This will be surrendered upon boarding the bus on race day.


    Special Rates at Pico Sands Hotel at Hamilo Coast, exclusively for XTrail Participants range from P6,500.00 to P7,000.00.

    For accommodations inquiries & reservations, please email Leave your contact number and we will call you the soonest.

    For inquiries, you may go to: for details. You may also read about the pre-event's Press Release at this post.
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    Merrell Adventure Run 2013

    Last year's Merrell Adventure Run defined a whole new level of adventure trail running, this year, Merrell will give us another thrilling trail running experience as it opens its registration for the 4th year. Check out the details below:

    What: Merrell Adventure Run 2013

    When: 27 April 2013 Saturday, 5:00 AM

    Where: Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal

    Distance, Registration Fees and Gunstart:

    • 5K - Php 650.00 - 6:20 AM

    • 10K - Php 800.00 - 6:10 AM

    • 21K - Php 950.00 - 6:00 AM

    Cut-off Time: 5 hours for the whole race will be implemented

    Race Kit Inclusions:

    • Timing Chip, Race Bib No., Singlet, safety pins

    • Rules and regulations

    • Directions to venue

    • Shuttle option (optional for participants, with Php 300.00 round trip extra charge)

      1. Market!Market!, BGC 3:00 am

      2. TriNoma, North Edsa 3:30 am

    Registration Centers (Merrell Concept Shops) (15 February 2013 - 07 April 2013):

    Download Registration form from Merrell Philippines facebook page.

    1. MARKET MARKET - G/F Space 23-24 Phase 8, Gaisano Market Market, Taguig City (Tel. no. (02) 836-1560)

    2. TRINOMA - Space 2128 M2, Quezon City (Tel. No. (02) 915-0197)

    3. SM NORTH EDSA-The Annex - Level 3, The Annex, EDSA, North Avenue, Quezon City (Tel. no. (02) 352-2737)

    4. FESTIVAL MALL - 2/F Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Tel. no. (02) 659-3284)

    5. MARQUEE MALL - Nepo Ave. Angeles City, Pampanga (Tel. no (045) 304-0654)

    6. SM PAMPANGA - Ground Floor, Olongapo-Gapan Road, San Fernando, Pampanga

    7. HARBOR POINT - 2nd Floor, Rizal Highway, Olongapo City (Tel. no.(02) 542-2235)

    8. DASMARIÑAS - Upper Ground Floor, Expansion Wing, Governor's Drive, Dasmariñas City, Cavite

    Race Kit Distribution Schedule:

    Race kits and singlets can be claimed starting April 1, 2013 to April 21, 2013 ONLY in respective registration areas. Singlet sizes will be subject to availability and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Proxy Registration:

    In the event that a participant will not be able to personally register and sign the liability waiver form at the designated registration areas; their representatives must bring the following: (1) downloaded form with signature of participant, (2) authorization letter, and (3) valid ID of the participant and representative.

    Singlet Design:

    Water and First Aid Stations:

    Hydration stations will be provided at the finish line and along the race route. This is an eco-friendly event; each participant is required to bring his/her own hydration pack/bottle. Organizers will only provide refilling stations along the race course; there will be no cups to avoid littering. Medical aid will be available at certain points along the way and at the finish line.

    Inclement Weather:

    1. In the event of heavy rain, lightning, haze, fog and other inclement weather or adverse weather condition, the event may be delayed or cancelled.

    2. Should bad weather persist beyond 7:00AM or the condition deemed unsuitable, the event will be cancelled.

    3. If rain occurs after the race has started, you may continue unless otherwise advised by the designated race official or marshall.

    Suggested Equipment:

    Trail running shoes, hydration pack/bottle belt, cap, running gaiters and energy bar or gel, head lamp especially for the 21K runners.

    Rules and Regulations:

    1. All participants below 18 years old must have their registration forms signed by either a parent or a guardian.

    2. Registration is non-transferable and non-refundable.

    3. Multiple category registration for one person is prohibited for safety purposes and as this may affect or disrupt race results.

    4. Participants who choose not to take part in the event after having registered can decide to withdraw. However, please note that there will not be any registration fee refund. Race slots are also strictly non-transferable.

    5. Race bib numbers and electronic timing chips must be worn at all times during the race. Official time will be based on the disposable timing chip provided in the race kit. No chip, no time. Without the timing chip, participants are not entitled to win any of the top prizes.

    6. Organizers maintain the right to remove any participants from the race. Injuries and medical emergencies are the utmost priority.

    7. No late runners will be allowed to run 15 minutes after the gun start of their respective races.

    8. All runners are required to have the proper loop band when they cross the finish line; no loop band means disqualification from the race.

    9. A cut off time of 5 hours for the whole race will be implemented. Runners on the course after the cut off time will be pulled out by the Race Marshalls.

    10. Time penalties and disqualification may be imposed by the race organizers on runners who do not follow race rules.

    11. All protests related to the results must be made in writing and submitted to the Race Director within 30 minutes after the official announcement of winners.

    12. The organizers reserve the right to make changes at its discretion without prior notice. The organizers’ decision is final.

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    Ritemed Supports PhilHealth Run 2013

    RiteMed, the number one unibranded line of medicines in the country, is backing up the 'PhilHealth Run 2013: Nationwide Run for Mother and Child Protection' set on February 17, 2013.

    The first simultaneous nationwide run is the highlight of the 18th anniversary of PhilHealth with the theme “Synergy for Universal Health Care."

    PhilHealth Run 2013 is expected to attract 100,000 professional and amateur runners in 18 major sites in the country including Manila, Baguio, Dagupan, Tuguegarao, Clark, Malolos, Laguna, Batangas, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Marawi, Butuan and Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

    "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Philhealth not only in staging these running events for a cause but in other endeavors in pursuit of our common goal, the implementation of universal healthcare in the country," says Nicandro A. Salud, Assistant Vice President of RiteMed.

    "Philhealth’s campaign for affordable, accessible and quality health care to all Filipinos is in synch with our corporate thrust, which is to make quality and affordable medicines accessible to every Filipino. In 2011, RiteMed launched its advocacy on Right to Health because we believe that every Filipino has the right to adequate and quality healthcare," adds Salud.

    With universal healthcare coverage, every Filipino, regardless of status, is given the access and support to quality healthcare and services.

    PhilHealth Run 2013 aims to focus the people's attention to mother and child’s health, which is one of the country’s commitments to the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

    Proceeds from the event will be used to support national and regional institutions promoting the protection of mothers and children in the country. The national beneficiaries of the PhilHealth Run 2013 are the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, a health care facility for pediatric diseases, and the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, a maternal and newborn tertiary hospital.

    Other similar healthcare facilities catering to mother and child health in each of the major regional event sites will also benefit from the run.

    RiteMed was also the co-presentor of the first Philhealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope held last year.

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    Race Against Raze 2013 Racekit Winners

    Another set of winners, thank you once again for your continuous patronage to my running blog and for joining my Race Against Raze 2013 race kit giveaway raffle.

    There were a lot of entries, a lot who joined and aspired to win a racekit, unfortunately, I could only give as much. Other entries were deemed invalid, and most of those are unverified subscriptions. But without further ado, the lucky entries who won the racekits as randomly picked by RaffleCopter are the following:
    • 3K - Engels Gutierez Precillas (entry: Subscribed and verified at RunningAtom's mailing list)
    • 5K - Mary Grace Tabjan Romero (entry: Leave a comment)
    • 10K - June Real (entry: Choose a Race Distance)
    I have sent you an e-mail regarding how to claim your race-kit, and as soon as I have response and have it confirmed from the Organizer, I'll send you another e-mail informing you when the race-kits are available for pick-up. Please also be reminded that this race will be held on the 17th of March at Bonifacio Global City.

    For those who did not win the raffle, keep posted here and who knows, you might be the next one to win a racekit. Registration is now open via PepSquadEvents, register and invite your friends also to run and support the invaluable cause of raising Scholarship funds for the Philippine Children's Medical Center's "Child NeuroScience Center" and Alumni Association.

    Again, congratulations to everyone!

    Special thanks to PepSquad Events and Marketing Services Inc.for making this possible.
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    Adidas to Reveal its Revolutionary Running Shoe Technology

    What could this be?

    This February, adidas Philippines will finally reveal its revolutionary running shoe technology that will make you run easier, faster, and stronger.

    Keep posted for an announcement in the succeeding days on how to order this limited-edition shoes that will change the way you run... forever!

    In the meantime, check out the teaser video below for clues about this latest adidas breakthrough.

    Hmmnn... getting an idea now?
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    While wondering about why I don't get a physique and height like those of my taller cousins and relatives, or even to the average level of a Filipino, I remembered a topic we once had in Physical Education subject back in 1st year college. The topic was about the 3-major body types, or somatotypes. Back then, I wasn't that much interested about this topic and never knew much about it aside from the fact that I belong to the ectomorphic type. Knowing that, I thought that I would grow tall as shown from the visual aid that our teacher provided, which has already proved wrong.

    Quite a few times back when I first attended a gym 6-years ago, I figured that I might have a chance of making a way to a Mesomorphic body type. If I would just continue working out, building muscle, and follow the weight-gaining program that the gym-instructor has provided, I might get the bulk that I want. The gym workouts that costs me for a year somehow paid-off enough to my liking. A few muscle gain that gave me enough physical-confidence.

    In contrast, I realized how weak my muscles really were compared to those who have enough built than I was, and to gain such a small bulk needs a double-effort for me, in a really slow weight build-up, lesser cardio workout, and more protein loading, contrary to my gym-buddies who would only do less but would have the same or more muscle build-up than I do. What I also realize as time goes by is that, that little muscle that I gained in a year have diminished in just 2 to 3 years of hybernating from the weight-gain program. That's when I made a little research about Somatotypes and learned that a body-type such as mine is not really suited for strength activities and sports since our lack of muscle structure limits our capacity to do such and forcing our body would only lead to damaging injury.

    But then, I'm wondering that if I could maintain just a little muscle and balance it with an activity that is recommended for my body type, will my genes be slowly re-programmed and give a greater hope for my offsprings to have a better body than mine?

    I think that could account to natural genetic engineering! Hmmnnn... now I'm getting more curious about biology and evolution.
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    Rebisco @ 50: The Gold Rush

    Rebisco celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The fun run is just one of the many activities the company is embarking on, as a way of giving back to the community.

    By sponsoring this run spearheaded by Batch '88 of Xavier School, who is also celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year, Rebisco becomes instrumental in funding the scholarship programs and other charity works of Xavier School. Rebisco's president - Jonathan Ng is also part of the batch '88 of Xavier School.

    What: Rebisco @ 50: The Gold Rush Anniversary Fun Run, A Xavier '88 Project
    When: 07 April 2013 (Sunday), 5:00 AM
    Where: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Beneficiaries: Proceeds of this event will be used to support the Xavier School Educational Trust Fund. A scholarship fund that aims to give worthy but underprivileged students a first-class Xavier education.

    Distance and Registration Fees:
    • 3K - Php 500.00
    • 5K - Php 650.00
    • 10K - Php 750.00
    Race kit inclusive of: Race bib, timing chip, route map, imported dri-fit singlet, raffle stub, freebies, and x-Sports band (similar to RoadID) with free engraving for 5K and 10K (while supplies last).

    1. 10K - 5:45 AM
    2. 5K - 5:55 AM
    3. 3K - 6:00 AM
    Registration Centers:
    1. Online via (15 February 2013 - 28 February 2013):
    2. On-site registration at the following sites (15 February 2013 - 31 March 2013, or earlier):
      • Chris Sports Outlets: Festival Mall; Glorietta 2; SM Mall of Asia; SM Megamall; SM North EDSA
      • Fitness and Athletics: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Singlet Design:

    Route Map:
    3K Race Route
    5K Race Route
    10K Race Route
    X-Sports Band (for 5K and 10K Runners):

    A silicon band with stainless steel name plate which can be engraved with personal and/or emergency information.

    Free engraving up to 18 characters per line, 6 lines per plate, emoticons-ready (allowed).

    Color availability may ran-out earlier.

    Runners can claim the X-Sports band by presenting the claim stub found at the race bib at any of the following The Bead Shop participating outlets:

    - SM Megamall
    - SM North EDSA
    - Glorietta
    - Power Plant Mall
    - Robinson's Manila
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