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Timex Sends-Off Philippine Delegates to ING New York Marathon

This coming November 3, 2013 (Sunday), the streets of New York City's five (5) boroughs will be filled again with thousands of runners aiming for the 26.2-mile journey and millions of spectators will be cheering and inspiring each participants in every step of their way for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. Together with hundreds of bands that will entertain the whole crowd, some 47,000 runners will also experience the sights and sounds of the city. The race will also be live in worldwide television that will have around 315-million audience, the largest one-day live sporting event in the world.

Supported by the City Government, the ING NYC Marathon is a big celebration for each participants and every runner's chosen beneficiaries. One of those participants who partnered with Timex and running for charity is Bill Rancic, an Entrepreneur, Author, TV-personality, family-man, and first-ever winner of the NBC's "The Apprentice". Bill is also recognized for his work as a best-selling author of two books, “You’re Hired” and “Beyond the Lemonade Stand.” An entrepreneur at a young age, Bill is is also the co-executive producer and co-star of his top-rated reality show “Bill and Giuliana” with wife, Giuliana Rancic. On November 3, 2013, he will be the very last person to start the race and for every person he passes, Timex will donate $1 to Giuliana’s charity, Fab-U-Wish, which grants wishes to women fighting breast and ovarian cancer.

Bill is training with the TIMEX® IRONMAN® Run Trainer™ 2.0 GPS watch, which provides real-time pace, distance and heart rate data. Bill has also been training with nationally-recognized Timex Multisport Team athlete, Chris Thomas, who has developed a specific training program for him.

Our own Mr. Anthony Pangilinan, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, and Coach Rio dela Cruz are also joining the great crowd in New York City and will try to beat their time and make history as delegates of Timex Philippines. Last Saturday October 26, 2013, our delegates were up-close and personal together with select bloggers for a round-table and intimate Q&A about their preparation, participation, and expectations for their upcoming 2013 New York Marathon.

It was also a first-time for yours truly to come as close to them, talk to them eye-to-eye, and feel their passion as they talk about their fitness and training regimen to prepare for this event, what makes the ING New York City Marathon special and one of the most sought after races in the world. Coach Rio also gave tips and advice for our fellow runner/blogger Wilbert Lacbay who was accepted to join this years' New York Marathon.

Read on the profiles of our own Timex Philippines delegates below and give them a motivational cheer for a chance to WIN YOUR OWN TIMEX IRONMAN SLEEK 50-LAP WATCH (click the link for more details).

Anthony Pangilinan
  • A management trainer, motivational speaker, and productivity consultant.
  • Anchor of a 2 hour weekly Teleradyo Program in Aksyon TV5 called Magbago Tayo, which is broadcasted nationwide and worldwide.
  • He was one of the finishers in the 2009 and 2010 Ironman Philippines 70.3 held in Camarines Sur Watersports Complex and in the 2012 and 2013 Ironman Philippines 70.3 held in Cebu City with local and foreign triathletes from different countries.
  • He was the official Timex Philippines Delegate to the New York Marathon in Nov. 2011.
  • His official finish time is 4:26:53

Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan
  • Wife to inspirational speaker Anthony Pangilinan
  • An award-winning actress and authored 5 books. She has won a Catholic Mass Media Award for her children’s book Super Benj in 2006.
  • She writes a weekly column for Philippine Star called Mommy Talk.
  • Since she joined triathlon, she has garnered the following podium finishes: 3rd Placer Anvaya Invitational Triathlon 2009, 4th placer Camsur 70.3 Ironman Relay Division, 1st place Ateneo Aquathlon 2012, 1st place Bert Lozada cup Invitational Swim Meet 2012.
  • She was the official Timex Philippines Delegate to the New York Marathon in Nov. 2012. However the event did not push thru in observance of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Rio dela Cruz
  • Runner, Coach, Race Director and Event Organizer.
  • Owner and founder of the running/events company Runrio Inc.
  • His races are the most sought after races all over the Philippines. Their resume includes the Runrio Trilogy sponsored by Unilab, Rexona Run, Timex Run, and the Milo Marathon.
  • As a coach, he has been known to train countless athletes and celebrities. Some of his clients include Iza Calsado, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Karen Davila, Frederick Go, and Anthony Pangilinan.

Now you've read their profile, it's your TIME to set your mark and WIN by liking, sharing, and giving a motivational cheer for Coach Rio, Anthony, and Maricel Pangilinan. The best motivational cheer will be chosen by the Timex Management team and shall be announced as the winner.

*Timex is the official timekeeper of the 2013 ING New York Marathon.

Do you also want to experience an international race without going out of the Country? Join the 2014 Cebu Marathon where Timex is also the official timekeeper, Coach Rio/RunRio Inc. as the event organizer and partnered by Safeguard and Enervon.
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The ING New York City Marathon Facebook Contest

Want to own a Timex Ironman Sleek 50 Lap watch? All you have to do is to join the Timex’s ING New York City Marathon Facebook Contest!

This November 03, 2013, three Filipino athletes will represent the country in the prestigious event of the ING New York City Marathon - one of the most anticipated and sought after races in the world. As Timex is proud to support Anthony Pangilinan, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Coach Rio dela Cruz, Timex is giving away Timex Ironman Sleek 50-lap watch.

The contest is from October 18, 2013, 5:00 PM to November 4, 2013, 12MN. Follow the mechanics below and you can win in no time!


  1. All you have to do is "like", "share" and give a motivational cheer (as your caption for your post) for our Filipino contingents.

  2. On your post, please mention us on Facebook (Timex Sports Philippines), Instagram (timexph), or on Twitter (timexph). Don't forget to tag our Filipino contingents at their respective social media accounts as seen below:

    • Coach Rio: @coach_rio316 (Instagram and Twitter)

    • Anthony Pangilinan: @anthonypangilinan (Instagram) / @apangilinan(Twitter)

    • Maricel Panglinan: @mommymaricel (Instagram and Twitter)

  3. The best motivational and catchy cheer will be declared as the winner.

  4. Submission of entries will be until November 04, 2013, 12 midnight.

  5. Winners will be announced on November 08, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

  6. Remember, management decision is final.

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Burger King Philippines Presents Battle of the Stacks King! Eating Challenge

“Are you man enough?” was the resounding question posed by Burger King Philippines to all those men AND women out there who are brave enough to take on its newest burger offering, BK Stacks, and vie for the BATTLE OF THE STACKS KING title.

BK Stacks is Burger King’s made-to-order burger where anyone can choose 1, 2, 3, or 4 flame-grilled beef patties for their burgers! The BK Stacks is made even more satisfying with melted American cheese in between and crispy bacon on top, a generous smothering of the special BK Stacks sauce, and all held together by a toasted sesame-seed bun. Your manhood is tested by how many BK Stacks you can handle.

A Single Stack is labeled as a “Dude”.

Have a Double Stack and you’ll be known as the “Boss”.

A Triple Stack promotes you to someone people look up to—the “Chief”!

And last but definitely farthest from the least is the Quad Stack, a burger only fit for the “King”!

Burger King launched the burger-eating challenge entitled Battle of the Stacks King to see who is man enough to take on the enormous BK Stacks where the man who can eat the most number of King Stacks burger in 15 minutes wins a whopping Php 50,000.00 in cash and crowned as the BK STACKS KING! People sent a lot of funny videos to the BK Facebook page to enter the contest.

The top finalists contended for the Battle of the Stacks King crown last October 19 at Burger King 2 E-Com Center at SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City to see who is the manliest of them all. Edward "The Burger Slayer" Garcia, a 140 lbs. guy and stands 5'6" from Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City won the challenge by eating 4 King Stacks. He defeated nine (9) other contenders who all came from Metro Manila.

Burger King Philippines is part of the global chain of restaurants specializing in 100% flame-grilled beef burgers and other finger food & dessert complements. Burger King currently has 29 American Grill-themed outlets within the Greater Metro Manila area where Filipinos can enjoy dining every day. It offers delivery via (02) 667-7171.

For more information on Battle of the Stacks King, visit the Burger King Philippines Facebook page or check out the promo video on YouTube, “Burger King: Battle of the Stacks King”.

Check Burger King in social media:

About Burger King Worldwide

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 89 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades.

To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company's website at or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About PERF Restaurants Inc.

PERF Restaurants Inc. is a franchisee of Burger King Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. and commenced operations in 1997. Its first Burger King restaurant was opened in late 1997 and currently operates 29 restaurants, with presence in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

To learn more about Burger King Philippines, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Merrell Pretty Strong

With the successful release of Merrell's barefoot running collection, here comes yet a whole new line of performance shoes collection specially-designed for women. These shoes are sleek with slimmer profiles and come in different color combinations to suit one's taste without sacrificing quality.

Merrell Pretty Strong

Today, more than ever, many women lead active lives. They are driven, passionate, goal-oriented, and influencers in their own right. They are versatile and have mastered the art of multi-tasking. They also excel in their chosen career paths and still find quality time for themselves. They can do anything if they put their minds and hearts to it. Simply put – women are pretty strong.

Merrell’s women’s collection aims to keep pace with these active strong women with a line that complements their diverse lifestyles.

Borne out of the belief that women are naturally born with an innate strength, leading outdoor athletic footwear brand Merrell reaches out to these women through its Pretty Strong campaign.

Alongside the launch is the introduction of a performance shoe line specially-designed for women. Merrell’s women’s collection aims to keep pace with these active strong women with a line that complements their diverse lifestyles by providing tailor-made features, as well as durability and quality that they well deserve.

Merrell’s women’s new performance collection feature narrower and slimmer profiles. These shoes are made of durable, comfortable materials, and come in different color combinations. The collection is also versatile – great for everyday use, working out in the gym, and hitting the challenging outdoors training, running, and trekking.

For women who are into serious running, Pace Glove 2 is highly recommended with its excellent ground traction and secure fit. For those who are into running and training, Bare Access Arc 2 is ideal with its M-Bound cushioning that assures comfort in every movement.

Merrell’s women’s new performance collection feature narrower and slimmer profiles.

The collection is also versatile – great for everyday use, working out in the gym, and hitting the challenging outdoors training, running, and trekking

On the other hand, Mix Master Move Glide is a flexible shoe built for multi-activity use. It is light enough to be worn during road and track runs. Meanwhile, for women who are looking for stable shoes opt for Road Glove Dash 2. It gives you the stability you need without the added weight and bulk.

Merrell’s Pretty Strong campaign reaffirms the brand’s commitment of continually inspiring people – especially pretty strong women – to get outside and see the outdoors in a new light.

See the product photos below:

Bare Access Arc 2 (Colors: Green, Pink, Silver)

MixMaster Move Glide (Colors: Blue Depths, Purple)

Road Glove Dash 2 (Colors: Pink, Blue, Gray)

Pace Glove 2

Merrell is available at Merrell stores in Trinoma, SM North Edsa Annex, Market! Market!, Festival Mall Alabang, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Harbor Point Subic, SM City Dasmariñas, Ayala Center Cebu, Gaisano Mall Davao, Abreeza Mall Davao, SM Lanang Premier and SM Ecoland Davao. Merrell is also available in leading department stores and sports specialty stores nationwide.

For more information, visit Merrell’s Facebook page at or follow them on Twitter: @MerrellPH.
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How to Get Ready for Your First Run

Article contributed by: Claire Best

Let’s face it: running isn’t for everyone. However, if you’ve finally decided to give it a go for the first time, you’re probably in two minds as to how to go about it. For starters you’ll want to avoid the high percentage of running injuries that occur on an annual basis. You’ll also want to be comfortable while not looking like a fledgling marathon runner in shorts and singlet (especially if you haven’t developed the musculature to carry it off yet).

Where do you start? The best place is in your local area, by looking for a suitable running route. Don’t be tempted to go down the route of being too eager. It’s easy to do – you finally make the decision to get out there and start running, and before you know it you’ve overdone it and you feel like you never want to go again. The golden rule is to start small and build up from there. The days you don’t run are just as important as the days you do if you build up a regular routine. They give your body a chance to recover.

What makes the ideal route?

The perfect route would offer a nice flat sidewalk or off-road track with no holes or tripping hazards and no slopes. Of course no runner has this, but it’s worth taking a walk around your neighborhood to find the best possible route it has to offer. Don’t pick anything too long, and focus on a nice short circular route that isn’t too demanding. If the scenery is pretty good, that’s even better. Most runners would prefer a nice backdrop to run against if given the choice.

Get the right footwear

Don’t underestimate the importance of getting the right footwear. Don’t be tempted to go barefoot and avoid the so called foot gloves that some runners are now trying out. Runner’s foot injuries have become more prevalent since barefoot running and running with foot gloves on took off.

It’s not good enough to grab your best pair of sneakers and hope for the best. Running shoes were designed for that purpose alone, so make sure you get a pair. Have them fitted properly at a store too, so you know you’ve got a pair you can trust. The worst thing is to turn an ankle when you settle for sneakers and you’re only three paces away from your front door.

Organize a schedule

If you want to get the most out of running, you need to commit to it regularly. Take out your planner or diary and block out some time. Figure out when the best time is for you as well. This means your first run will be more enjoyable because you know it’s the start of something bigger. If you don’t have a plan before you head out on that first run, you might end up never doing it again.

Think positively

When you start running you’re starting down a route to improve your health. This means you need to be realistic – you’re not going to start by running several miles at a good pace. You’ll probably run a short distance at a slow pace, but you’re working towards achieving more and improving your future health too. Resist the urge to do too much too soon as you could raise the risk of one or more running related injuries. As you notice the changes your body goes through and your fitness levels increase, the positivity you feel will bleed through into other areas of your life as well. Overall health and well-being is extremely important especially as you age, so it makes sense to start off on the right foot (if you’ll excuse the running related pun). Carry your positive results into the rest of your life and consider what else you might achieve with your new found slimmer and more toned body, as well as your improved health and fitness.

As you can see, preparing for that all important first run is as important as scheduling time for regular runs later on. The best start will boost your efforts and minimize any downside such as tiredness and achiness. Once you get started you could find this is the best decision you’ve ever made.
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Milo Apex Season 7: Week 5 at a Glance

Back at Quezon Memorial Circle for the 5th week training (Oct 7 and 9), I expected that our training will begin with more intense speed running drills, but in contrary, our exercises still focused on more recovery and conditioning. The conditioning exercises though still proved to be challenging to complete.

1st Day (Session #12):

Warmup run:
2-km relax pace from apartment to Quezon Memorial Circle

Warmup: (12-15 counts each)
  1. Leg rotations
  2. Hip rotations
  3. Leg swings
  4. Trunk rotations
  5. Arm swings
  6. Round-the-clock lunges
  7. Jump ropes
  8. Heel flicks
  9. Single leg hops
  10. Single leg balance (closed eye)
  11. Lateral hops (side-to-side, front-to-back)
Recovery and Conditioning Exercises: (1-minute each, 2-sets circuit)

The purpose of the following exercises, such as the foam rolls are for self-myofascial release or soft-tissue therapy to treat muscle immobility and pain. The foam rollers were also used to release the iliotibial band tightness (ITB unloading).
  1. Foam rolls (Hamstring for 1st set, ITB-side for 2nd set)
  2. Ali shuffles on tire
  3. Mountain climbers (elevated on tire)
  4. Planks with single leg raise
  5. Lying leg raises with theraband stretch
Ali Shuffles on tire
Mountain climbers on tire

Planks with single-leg raise
Lying leg raises with theraband stretch

Run Workout:
  1. 30-minutes recovery run
  • 2-km relax pace going home
  • Static stretching cooldown (20-counts per stretch)

2nd Day (Session #13):

Warmup run:
2-km relax-to-race pace from apartment to Quezon Memorial Circle

Warmup: theraband stretches (10-counts per leg)
Single-leg back-lunges
Figure 4 squats
Single-leg resisted high-knees
  1. Single leg back-lunges (arms sideward raised)
  2. Resisted high-knees (arms forward stretched)
  3. Single-leg deadlifts (theraband stretched sidewards upon lift)
  4. Single-leg figure-4 squats (arms sideward raised)
  5. Single-leg back extensions (two arms raised)
  6. 20-minutes run
Core Strength Workout: (1-minute each side, 2-sets circuit)

Stability ball rollover
V-up with medicine ball pass
Crab swings to table-top w/toe touches
  1. Turkish kettlebell get-up (Kettlebell on right-hand 1st set; left-hand on the 2nd set)
  2. Stability ball toes rollover (body forming an inverted V) + shin-rollover to hip rotation
  3. V-up with medicine ball (+ out-in passes on 1st set; in-out passes on the 2nd set)
  4. Crab swings to table-top with toe touches
Run Workout:
  1. 10-minutes recovery run
  • 2-km jog going home
  • Static stretching cooldown (20-counts per stretch)

3rd Day (no session):
This weekend was supposed to be our Aquatic training, one of the training that I have been waiting for but it was cancelled due to the signal #2 typhoon Santi.

All photos courtesy of Oriyhel Briguela.
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Soleus Moments - More Than a Run

Just barely two years ago (Nov. 2011) when the Soleus GPS 1.0 was introduced here in the Philippines by Soleus Watch Founder and CEO himself - Mr. David Arnold, here comes the new models and great line-up of GPS watches geared not just for Running, but also for the Fitness and Cycling segments. Soleus watches are known as an inexpensive GPS watch, yet as powerful as the other more expensive brands.

GPS Fit 1.0
Last Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Soleus Philippines, under Truegears Marketing launched their new line of devices. One noticeable device that caught our eyes was the GPS Fit 1.0 -- an upgrade of the Original GPS 1.0). The GPS Fit 1.0's functionality is very much same with the GPS 1.0 model: GPS receiver; measures distance, pace, and speed; calories burned; 100-lap data storage; world time; rechargeable battery; backlight; night mode; chronograph; and 30-m water resistant.

The upgrades to the GPS Fit 1.0 is very noticeable with the color choices; larger digit display; sports-ventilated strap; its USB charger now also comes as its data upload cable -- what the GPS 1.0 previously don't have; and the function buttons was also reduced to 4 (previous was 6 buttons). On my quick check on the watch's features, there was also a change on the night-mode functionality, the night-mode start and night-mode end can already be customized (more about this on my gear review of the GPS Fit 1.0).

More than just a running company, Soleus stands to be the most accurate, intuitive,
and easy to use running, cycling, and fitness monitors on the market.

During the launch, Mr. David Arnold also expressed the Company's stand of not just making watches and devices, but of helping athletes make moments by resonating with them emotionally -- thus with the Brand's voice/tagline "Make Your Moment" and the unique and variety of squiffs under each of the watches that helps fuel the passion.

Hidden surprise at the back of each watch (my personal favorite: "Sanity is slow, run wild.")
The Soleus Product DNA
The Soleus Product Inspiration

Aside from the GPS Fit 1.0, the GPS Tour which is currently their top of the line GPS watch, and other colorful, sleek-designs, and intuitive watches and devices were presented to us. Some of these are already out in the market while some are about to come out in a few weeks time.

Check out these products from the photos below (click a photo and press left/right to browse). Note that the squiffs on each caption may not be the actual squiffs of the watch:

"A journey of 26.2 miles begins with a single step."
"Sweat can be sexy."
"Keep running. It's not about the scenery."
"There are no shortcuts on race day."
"Seconds matter, keep moving."
"There are many roads in life, run them all."
"Get moving, and never miss a beat."
The Heart Rate Monitor that is compatible with SmartPhones

Another exciting product that Soleus has which I'm also interested about is the GPS Draft shown below, a GPS-driven computer device for bicycles with up to 30-ride data storage.

Soleus Brand Expression

"There are moments when we are working out or competing when the sense of accomplishment, joy, kinship, and community all come together. These are moments that can change us, inspire us, moments of accomplishment or just moments with friends. It’s in this moments when we realize we have become part of a larger experience, part of a community of athletes that know exactly how we feel.

Every second of every run, ride, or workout has the potential to be one of these moments. These are Soleus moments".

Soleus does more than make colorful, inexpensive watches and timing devices. Soleus make moments more than devices by helping athletes express their passion and commitment to sport for themselves and their greater community.
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2013 World Osteoporosis Day

The World Osteoporosis Day will be celebrated this coming Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia to promote the importance of active lifestyle and proper diet for better bone health.

Read full details of the Press Release below.

(Manila, Philippines, October 17, 2013) — The importance of an active lifestyle and proper diet to maintain strong bones is the highlight of this year's World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), which takes place on October 20. In the Philippines, Anlene invites families to join the special celebration at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall featuring fun group activities and learning sessions.

Celebrated in over 90 countries, WOD is an annual, year-long global campaign for bone health. Started by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), the event is dedicated to raising awareness on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Organized by Anlene, the Philippine celebration of WOD 2013 will also focus on the mother’s role in promoting bone health. IOF and Anlene believe that mothers are the backbone of families throughout the world; hence, it is important to protect them as they age. WOD 2013 encourages families to fight lazy bones by leading an active lifestyle as well as taking calcium-rich food like milk to delay weakening of bones.

During the whole-day event on October 20, Anlene will formally launch “Kilos, Pamilya”, a healthy lifestyle movement that promotes strong bones and strong bonds.

Participants will get to meet the movement’s celebrity family ambassadors—Pia Magalona and daughters Maxene and Saab. “I am raising my family to be strong and resilient. As a mom, I lead by example. As parents, we are our children’s mentors,” Pia said. “We should be self-disciplined, enough to be able to enjoy the good things in life, by living the good life. We should stay active and mentally alert by getting enough rest, exercise, and having the correct diet. These are all important to maintain good health, especially for the bones.”

A bone health expert from the Asian Hospital and Medical Center will also give a lecture on how to properly care for the bones and shed light on why it is important to get off the couch and start leading an active lifestyle.

The WOD 2013 also includes fun activities for the whole family. The event will feature bone scanning sessions, zumba and aerobics classes, yoga, tai chi, and many more. Raffle prizes also await lucky participants. The event will be held from 7 am to 7 pm. Entrance is free.

The World Osteoporosis Day 2013 is co-presented by SM Mall of Asia and Gold’s Gym and supported by Asian Hospital and Medical Center, David’s Salon, Maynilad, Ever Bilena, Viajero. Special thanks to the Philippine Rugby Football Union and Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society. Media partners include BusinessWorld, and Crossover 105.1.

For more information on WOD 2013, please visit You may also pre-register here.

*Photos may vary from the actual prize

  • Treadmill

  • Gold Gym Gift Certificates

  • Foldable Bike

  • David Salon GCs

  • Beauty Package from Ever Bilena

  • Nike Gift Certificate

  • Anlene Products

  • and a lot more!

So join the fun bring your families and friends. Together Let us Promote Healthy Bones !

About Anlene

An expert in bone nutrition, Anlene is the only Philippine milk brand clinically proven to prevent bone weakening. Anlene products contain essential bone-strengthening nutrients which include calcium, vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium to ensure enhanced absorption and bone strength.
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