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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Join This Year's TNF 100

It was five years ago when I first knew about TNF100 that was still held in my hometown. Just by hearing where the venue of that race -- Baguio City, was enough to make me nervous running its trails and mountains as back then I have never done it yet except for the usual short hikes with some friends. Right now, I am regretting those opportunities why I have never joined any edition of the TNF100 Philippines when it was still being held in Baguio for the past few consecutive years.

This year though, TNF100 is bringing Asia’s 1st Trail Running Ultra Marathon series to Nuvali, Laguna -- for the start and finish line. The route will traverse the ridges of Tagaytay in Cavite, overseeing the Taal volcano, and Taal lake. The unexplored hills and mountainsides of Batangas will also be traversed, thereby passing three provinces and experiencing differences in climate within the race period.

But aside from that, here are the top 10 reasons why you should join this year's edition of The North Face 100 Philippines (#TNF100Ph2015).

(Press Release)

On its 7th year, The North Face 100, Asia’s 1st Trail Running Ultra Marathon Series and the Philippines’ mother of all trail runs continue to break boundaries and challenge everyone to Never Stop Exploring.

After 3 years of high altitude running and massive elevation gains, 215 ushers in a “fast course” where speed and multi –terrain adaptability play much bigger roles. This provides a welcome opportunity for ultra road runners to try and experience the trails in a more accessible, controlled yet still challenging environment.

The outdoor pioneers have shown that with fundamental skills, proper training, and reliable equipment extreme trails can be conquered, now we challenge the greater majority to level up their game, be counted among the ranks of trail runners and be one of The North Face in Breaking All Boundaries. So whether you are an aspiring trail running beginner or a seasoned racer looking for new challenges, unparalleled experience is offered in each competition of this season’s largest trail running series. Break All Boundaries, and Never Stop Exploring!

The North Face 100 was made possible in partnership with NUVALI, SEDA Hotel Nuvali, AXN, Gatorade & Summit as it’s official hydration sponsors, the Primer Group of Companies, R.O.X., Department of Tourism, LGUs of Laguna, Cavite and Batangas, Tagaytay Highlands, Municipalities of Canlubang, Tagaytay and Talisay. Thanks also to our media partners Business Mirror, Business World, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, MB Sports Digest, Speed Magazine, and Men’s Health.
Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Join This Year's TNF 100

1. Previous years' wins do not define this year's race. #TOP1
Asia's 1st and Longest Running Ultra Trail Marathon Series now spans 9 countries. Be part of the global community that breaks all boundaries and never stops exploring! Get your #TNF100Ph2015 slot now!

2. Pain is temporary, pride is forever. #TOP2
As early as now, we congratulate all #TNF100Ph2015 registrants. See you on the trails. Let's make a legendary history on June 12-13. Break all boundaries!

3. See Taal Volcano like never before. #TOP3
#TNF100Ph2015 prides itself for bringing participants to previously unexplored terrain. Get a unique vantage point of Taal as a bonus! Get your slot now by visiting any TNF store to register.

4. Another reason to join #TNF100Ph2015? It's historical. #TOP4
A surprise landmark from the 70's appears from the fire roads at KM 16. You can't miss it! Registration still ongoing. Visit to register online or visit any TNF stores today!

5. Don't come back with just words to tell. #TOP5
Share your experience at the trails as it happens. Selfie at KM. 68 with wilderness as the background? Only at #TNF100Ph2015! Get your slot online or register now at the nearest TNF store near you. Break all boundaries!

6. Match your words with actions. You say you conquer trails? #TOP6
#TNF100Ph2015 is your chance to prove it. Register online today or visit any TNF stores near you. Hurry!

7. Strength is the product of struggle. #TOP7
The long running tandem of #TheNorthFace Athletes, Coach Gado and blind runner Aga Casidsid, challenge the limit of human potential as they plan to conquer their first 100KM trail run. How about you? Will you conquer #TNF100Ph2015 too?

8. Represent the country! #TNF100Ph2015 gunstart happens on Independence Day — June 12. #TOP8
Showcase Pinoy endurance against nationalities from the world over and break boundaries all together. Register now at or visit any TNF stores near you!

9. True to being innovators in the industry, #TNF100Ph2015 will be the 1st Ultra Trail Marathon to offer real time tracking through your own mobile phones! #TOP9
Now your family, friends and supporters can see your progress real time as you conquer the trails! Be part of this history and register at Break all boundaries!

10. Be the first to explore the trails! #TOP10
Hardcore pioneers got first dibs at Nasugbu, Clark, CamSur and Baguio—Benguet, the new course of #TNF100Ph2015 Nuvali—Tagaytay—Batangas is the most accessible yet. Don't miss the chance to claim, "I am one of the firsts!" so Register now!

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Energizer Open Loop Night Race 2015

Most of us dreads running on treadmill, and short-coursed repetitive loop runs. But what if the challenge is that for every loop that you do, the Children of Bantay Bata 163 will get Php 100.00 as donation? How would you like to go on and give a positive energy for the operation and medical treatment of these kids?

This year, Energizer Philippines and Bantay Bata 163 will illuminate a 3K open loop of Filinvest, Alabang for the 3,000 participants who are expected to further their thrust in helping and giving back to the community, specially to the Children beneficiaries.

The run will last for only 2-hours, and each participant may finish as many as 3K loops as they can (like the Energizer bunny). The time will be monitored by a timing chip each time that they pass the 3K loop and a battery meter will also light up every time a runner completes a 3K loop until it reaches a 1,000,000 target. This battery meter will be put on view through an LED-display onstage, and in the start and finish arc.

Here are the details and registration info. of this event.

Energizer Night Race Manila 2015
27 June 2015 Saturday, 5:30 PM
Filinvest City, Alabang
Beneficiary: Bantay Bata 163

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 3K - 5:30 PM / 7:00 PM (2-hour open loop run)

Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 3K - Php 700.00

Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • Online Registration via or via PepSquad Events
  • In-Store Registration:
    1. Reebok Filinvest
    2. Reebok Trinoma
    3. Reebok Megamall
    4. Runnr BGC
    5. Royal Sporting House Glorietta

Race Kit Inclusion

You may visit the Facebook page of Energizer Philippines for more details and further race updates.

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Health Matters TV: Just for RUN, Join the FUN

Coming on the first weekend of June is the biggest natural food, organic products, health and wellness bazaar in the South of Metro at Filinvest City Tent from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. It will be a three day event that will commence on June 5, and conclude on June 7 with an early morning of fun bonding of running in 3K, 5K, or 10K categories.

Don't miss out this healthy weekend, be on your feet and get your buddies to shop for a fresh purchase of organically grown products then make your way to a fun (or serious) run. Your participation will not only benefit your own wellness but also the students of Pedro E. Diaz High School and the alumnus of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.

Health Matters TV's Just for Run, Join the Fun
7 June 2015 Sunday, 4:30 AM
Filinvest City, Alabang
PEDHS Brigada Eskuwela and PLMunAA

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 10K - 4:45 AM / 5:15 AM
  • 5K - 5:00 AM / 5:30 AM
  • 3K - 5:45 AM / 6:00 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 3K - Php 400.00
  • 5K - Php 500.00
  • 10K - Php 600.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • Online Registration via B99 Events (until June 3, 2015)
  • In-Store Registration (until May 27, 2015):
    1. Toby's Sports Alabang Festival Mall
    2. Toby's Sports Arena - Glorietta 2
    3. Runnr Alabang Town Center
    4. Just for Run booth - 2F, Alabang Festival Mall
    5. Bioessence Skin Care Clinics - Greenhills; BF Homes Parañaque; SM Southmall; Molino; Sta. Rosa; Calamba; Lipa; San Pablo; West Ave.; Sta. Lucia East Grandmall
Get limited edition button pin when you register
Event Jersey/Singlet Design
Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
Route Map
Health Matters TV is a block-timer lifestyle and health show in ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), aired every Saturdays at 8:00 PM hosted by Paolo Abrera with a replay on Sundays at 11:00 AM. Season 2 – pilot episode aired on May 16, 2015.

This fun run aims to promote healthier lifestyle and to encourage everyone to experience a fun-filled run that is both health- and value-oriented and will deliver impact in the community. Registrations will include Race Shirt, Race Bib, Finishers Medal for All , Raffle Entry and Free Entrance in the Organic Bazzaar Expo (in Filinvest City Tent).

Natural and Organic Products Expo

Southern Manila is a haven for the posh elite, young urban professionals and families and expats who lead active lifestyles, pro-health, and pro-environment. This renewed interest in keeping fit and the latest health trends that have become viral thru social media has spurred us to come up with the first Natural and Organic Products Expo at the Filinvest Tent on June 5 to 7.

The expo’s objective is to promote natural, sustainable and healthy lifestyles, natural and organic products. It will encompass four main focuses including, the Natural Food, Natural Beauty & Spa, Natural Living and Health & Nutrition. The expo also provides an opportunity for supplying and sourcing natural and organic products.

This event would not be possible with the help of our generous sponsors. Special thanks to (Major sponsors) Hotel Sogo, Belleieshua Collagen Peptide, Toby's, Runnr, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, (Minor sponsors) Uratex, Hawk Backpacks, Nyogi, Ok Quench, Aquabest, Walter Bread, Blackview, and Bioessence. We'd like to acknowledge our Media Partners, Health Matters TV,, and, and our official photographers, Running Photographers.

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Alaska World Milk Day Family Run 2015

World Milk Day is celebrated annually in many countries worldwide, providing an opportunity to focus attention on milk as a global food central to health and well-being across cultures and nations, and to highlight the contributions connected with milk and the overall dairy industry. To celebrate this year, Alaska will have a running event and will launch the Milk Hour at 6:00 AM in four different locations: Manila, Baguio, Cebu
and Davao.

This activity aims to promote proper nutrition for kids and promote family bonding of going out and enjoying fun activities together like running.

Alaska World Milk Day Family Run 2015
31 May 2015 Sunday, 4:00 AM
Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia
for the benefit of Children's Hour

  • 10K Individual - 4:30 AM
  • 5K Individual - 5:00 AM
  • 3K Family - 5:30 AM
  • 3K Individual - 5:30 AM
  • 1K Kids - 6:30 AM
  • 100-m Kids - 6:40 AM
  • 3K Provincial Legs - 5:00 AM (Baguio, Cebu, and Davao)
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 100-m Kids - Php 150.00 sold out
  • 1K Kids - Php 250.00 sold out
  • 3K Individual - Php 550.00
  • 3K Family - Php 1,200.00
  • 5K Individual - Php 650.00
  • 10K Individual - Php 750.00
  • 3K Provincial Legs - Php 300.00 (Baguio, Cebu, and Davao)
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • Online Registration via Alaska World Milk Day
  • In-Store Registration at World Milk Day kiosks:
    1. SM Megamall - May 1-25 and 27, 2015 only.
    2. SM Baguio
    3. SM Cebu
    4. SM Davao
Other Provincial Activities:
  • Zumba - 300 slots per province
  • Fun Run/Walk
  • Milk Hour at 6:00 AM

Event Shirt Design

SM Mall of Asia Route Map

Provincial Route Map

You may visit the WorldMilkDayPh Facebook for more details and further race updates.

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Celebrate Running and Walk with the Kids at Takbo.Ph Runfest 2015

It's the 7th year anniversary of this year, and with it also comes the Runfest which brings all the runners together.

This year, Takbo.Ph runfest will not just be in the Metro, but the provinces of Bacolod (Aug. 30) and Cebu will also experience the running festival that Takbo.Ph is known for. Not only that as there will also be an Ultrafest coming soon.

As part of the anniversary Runfest, the event is also raising funds for the benefit of Make-a-Wish Foundation, Phils. You may also become part of this endeavor in granting wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions through your generous giving from any of the five (5) options indicated on the infographic below:

Click here for list of upcoming wishes for the "Adopt-a-Wish"

Make-a-Wish foundation will also greatly appreciate any amount that you can donate. No amount is too small to make the kids happy! Runfest Manila 2015
12 July 2015 Sunday
34th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
For the benefit of Make-a-Wish Phils.

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 21K - TBD AM / AM
  • 10K - TBD AM / AM
  • 5K - TBD AM / AM

Distance Category and Registration Fees:
Personalized Race Bibs are available during the early registration period only.
Race kit are not given yet when you register. There will be a race kit claiming from June 18-20 at 100 Miles Cafe.

* Race kits will be available upon registration. No need to claim during the race kit claiming schedule.
* Race bibs will no longer be personalized.

Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • Online Registration via
  • In-Store Registration:
    1. Chris Sports Store - Market! Market!; SM Megamall; SM North EDSA; SM Mall of Asia; Glorietta; Festival
    2. 100 Miles Cafe - 2F Fort Point II, 28th St., Bonifacio High Street, Taguig

Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
21K Finisher's Shirt

Route Map

Celebrate Running and walking with the Kids of Make-a-Wish at Takbo.Ph Runfest 2015!

You may visit Takbo.Net for more details and further race updates.

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A Night Filled With Nike 10K Women Runners

The summer heat two Saturday nights ago was blazing hot with the feminine prowess of girls dressed in cool melon-orange running shirt during the Nike's All-Women 10K Manila Run at Filinvest City in Alabang. The 8,692 participants was a first ever event of Nike in the Metro and also in the Country so far, with such a huge crowd of All-Women runners that spectators like us can't help but be so overwhelmed with such big population of girls, in one night on a single location, and who are all united in one grand event.

I know everbody were so excited as the girls strolled around non-chaotically together with their sisters, mom, aunts, or girl-friends and finally gathered to the starting line before the gun-start. I can't help but feel a mix of relaxed- and hyper- energy streaming from the surroundings to my body that made me reminisce the group of 4 girls during the first All-Women Relay Run five (5) years ago. It was the same energy except that this time of Saturday evening was more intense due to such an overpowering crowd of excited and very happy runners.

Seeing these ladies as they trudge on the route, the camaraderie of each of their own group, the giggles, and their excited squealing in delight makes us (the spectator guys) smile and also laugh and appreciate the beauty of an event that is only meant for girls, to make them feel empowered and encouraged to commit and become a better version of themselves.

With Nike and RunRio's race organizing expertise, these women runners were made to experience a grand race designed for them that the event was so organized without the congestion that you might expect from having a huge crowd, and that despite from the many selfies along the route. It's just sad that my photography skills' so lacking that I can't take a good shot of the passing runners. The last few meters were lined-up on each side with ladies who are cheering each runner as they cross the carpeted aisle to the finish line.

The fast 500 runners were also taken to a VIP area where they can grab a cool-down snack, get a massage, and earned another Nike shirt that is only for them.

Inside the activity village is a big air-conditioned 360-degree planetarium-like dome where runners gathered to rest and feast their eyes on an interactive film showing while lying down on a soft, white couch (oh we are so envious)! Those who still have the energy took up a challenge at the Nike Training Club (NTC) stations on the big multi-level carpark ranging from different workouts such as squats, lunges, planks and push-ups that made them earn rewards.

Nike Dome
DJ Jess Milner on the deck for a high-energy music mix

Congratulations to all the Women who became better for it, enjoyed the eve, got the accomplishment they deserve, conquered their first 10K, made a personal record, and even to those who finally pulled their Mom, Aunt, Bestfriend, or Girl-friend to accompany them in crossing both the starting and the finish line!

“Women across the globe are embracing the fitness and sport lifestyle, and this is even more evident in the Philippines. We are here to empower them through services, product innovation, athlete inspiration and motivating them to be the better version of themselves,” says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager for Nike Philippines. “Whether it was her first 10k race, or a moment to achieve her personal best, Nike is here to inspire, connect and enable women to be #betterforit.”

“This is definitely something that I will remember for a long time. This is my first time joining an all-women race, and my whole race experience has been so beautiful and positive. I’m sure all runners who joined the Nike Women’s 10k Manila will say the same,” shares Monica Torres, number one female triathlete in the Philippines. “All women who crossed the finish line are better for it and have every reason to be proud of achieving their 10k goal.”

Nike Women’s 10k Manila is part of the global Nike Women's Event Series, connecting more than 200,000 women across 25 cities. Designed to power women to be better through sport, the series includes the Nike Women’s Race Series, with runs ranging from 5k to half marathon, and the N+TC Tour, a five-hour training challenge hosted by elite athletes and master trainers.
I am also especially grateful for the ladies of Eon PR Team - Nike's Media Relations group for inviting us to witness this spectacular event!

More photos may be found from my Facebook album.

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