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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.

September 21, 2014

September 20, 2014

ALTRA INSTINCT 2.0: Intelligently Cool

Penguins graphicsThe ALTRA footwear was founded by Golden Harper in 2009 and when it released one of its first models, the Instinct, many observers  called it ugly.   

September 17, 2014

DC2DC TK ULTRA 60: No Ordinary Fun Run (September 6-7)


“Basta Kapwa, Hayahay.”
Penguins graphicsA day before the actual running, Team Kapwa Davao posted a good luck message in facebook to all participants saying the aforecited words of encouragement.

September 10, 2014

DC2DC TK ULTRA 60: No Ordinary Race Briefing (September 5)

Penguins graphicsThe email I received from TK  Davao last September 1 indicated that the venue for the September 5 race briefing and carbo-loading is the Pantawan Hall at the Grand Regal Hotel. 

September 5, 2014

LAGUNA TO QUEZON 50K: Orly’s 1st, BP’s 13th Ultra

Penguins graphicsThe Bicolano Penguin survived its 13th ultra marathon when I  crossed the finish line at Lucban, Quezon of the Laguna to Quezon (L2Q) 50K Ultra Marathon last August 24.  Man, was I slow. 

August 28, 2014

QUEZON DAY ULTRA MARATHON 2014 (QUMAR 70K)

Penguins graphicsBlogger’s Note:  

There is an old saying that “Lightning never strikes the same place twice.” This saying was on my mind on the night of August 16 as I texted Race Director Rodell Mendoza informing him that the Bicolano Penguin would again be unable to run the  QUMAR 70Km ultra. It happened in 2013 (due to an injury)  and it is happening in 2014 (due to a sick family member).  Bullshit that old saying.  It is a myth.  I felt bad doing a DNR (did not run) on an ultra marathon close to a history afficionado’s heart as it celebrates the greatness of one of our country’s beloved presidents.Good thing my fellow 83neans Bob Castilla and Ernie Badong, together with newfound running friend Mark Hernandez, decided to push thru, intent on representing Row5Runnin (when you put on the shirt, you become the shirt). In this adventure, they were ably supported by Naomi  and Orly.  Here is a brief yet sweet  account by Mark.      
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August 25, 2014

2nd BEDOK RESERVOIR ULTRAMARATHON 2014: “A walk in the park…. literally”

Penguins graphicsBlogger’s Note:  

This is an article by my Ateneo de Naga HS Batch 1983 batchmate and friend, Bitoy, who has worked  abroad in a handful of Southeast Asian countries, most notably Singapore and Vietnam. The two of us were rowmates (by virtue of our diminutive stature)  and classmates (by virtue of our family names) in our section LG-4 in our first year in high school. Back then, the intrams name of our section was “Desiderata” and reading thru this article of Bitoy, one cannot help but think that he is living the spirit of the  timeless poem by Max Ehrmann. He continues to go after for things that he desires in his own silent yet efficient way (he is an engineer after all). He may not be  loud but his actions speak louder.  With his survival of the 2nd Bedok Reservoir Ultramarathon last August 16,  Bitoy is the very first 83nean to have conquered an ultra abroad.  
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