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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from Ateneo de Naga HS Class of 1983, First Balfour, LCA 8379, and Bagobos87, hopefully, we use running to give back to the community.

January 28, 2015

PSE BULL RUN 2015: A Half Marathon Preview to the Full

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Before turning right at the 34th Street from the 11th Avenue of the Bonifacio Global City, I told my running mates and First Balfour officemates  Ems Ros and Delsie Giray that we need to run strong as it would be the last 300 meters of our 21-km long running journey that was the PSE Bull Run 2015.  I kidded  them we do not want to disappoint the photographers at the finish line. This got the two ladies laughing with glee. 

January 20, 2015

MANNA FROM SINGAPORE: High5 & Acti-Tape


Last week, I received an  LBC package containing a box of High5 energy gels and a small box of Acti-Tape kinsesiology tape.  It was manna from Singapore.  Yup. Not from heaven but from Singapore and it came from the closest thing to an angel I have in my blogging world.

January 19, 2015

HERO 2 HERO: Bitoy's 1st Ultra in the Philippines


"Run as if mommy's chasing you."


These were the words written by my friend Bitoy's daughter in her dad's running socks to wish him success in the Hero to Hero 50K Ultra Marathon (H2H).  He proudly showed this to us before the start of the race on the Dec 27 night in front of the San Pablo City Hall . I would imagine that in his daughter's eyes, Bitoy felt like a hero too.  

January 16, 2015

SCOTT JUREK: A Rock Star In Our Midst


Last December, for a couple of days, the Philippine long distance running community was enthralled by a rock star in our midst. No we are not talking about Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s bassist Flea or Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard or Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.  Although these three can be presumed to be fans of the star we are referring to.

The center of attention  was none other than ultra marathoner par excellence Scott Jurek. He was here in the country to primarily conduct a couple of talks in Manila (Dec 10) and Cebu (Dec 12). The event called “Scott Jurek Live:  Eat and Run in the Philippines” was organized by Frontrunner Magazine.

January 5, 2015

CURRENT Magazine: An Article about the BP.


Last May 2013, I  was attending a travel writing seminar  at the Fully Booked store in Bonifacio High Street. Among the speakers was Writer's Block Philippines co-founder Nina Terol-Zialcita who adeptly talked about the "Anatomy of a Travel Feature." Fast forward to December 2014 and the Bicolano Penguin was being interviewed by Nina, now a Corporate Communications Manager of First Philippine Holdings (FPH). Given my admiration of her writing and blogging prowess, I was genuinely excited and eagerly awaited the outcome  of our free-flowing conversation. 

NEGROS ORIENTAL 100: A Destination and An Ultra


For a couple years already, the Bicolano Penguin has been craving to run an ultra marathon in one of the lovely islands of the Visayas part of our Philippine archipelago. Looking thru  articles after articles in the internet pointed to the glaring fact that the long distance running scene was happening in the big islands of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros and Panay. It would be a pity if I don't get to taste a piece of the action.  Thus, upon reading of the Negros Oriental 100 Ultra Marathon (NegOR 100) scheduled for Dec 13 &14,  the decision was made to go and join.

December 31, 2014

3rd BPAR: Running with a "Bitch"


There were a handful of good things that happen at the 3rd Bicolano Penguin Anniversary Run (BPAR) last Nov 30.  A marathon champion in these parts in the mid-80s, had his first run beyond 42 kms.  By design or not, one of the lady pacers became an ultra marathoner with the 63-km jaunt thru three lakes. On the outreach part, some of the participants got to distribute slippers and good cheers to a hundred orphans. 

But perhaps one of the extraordinary thing about the whole  experience for us runners was the presence of a bitch in their midst. And by "bitch," we go by the definition of the Oxford dictionary, that is "a female dog." 

December 26, 2014

3rd BPAR: Sharing before the Ultra.


Christmas is a season for sharing. 

The Bicolano Penguin had this in mind when a day before the "3 Lakes Ultra", an outreach activity was conducted with the children of Fatima Center for Human Development.  It is fitting the outreach leg of the "3 Lakes Ultra" be at Fatima Center for this orphanage is located in San Agustin, Iriga -  the start and finish of the 3rd Bicolano Penguin Anniversary Run.  In addition, the place is close to the heart of BP as its head and founder is an auntie, Sr. Felicitas de Lima.   The Fatima Center takes care of more than a hundred children who were either orphaned or abandoned. Inside the orphanage, the children receive education and guidance from grade school to high school, and even college.