Specialized gears up for SM Mall of Asia Store Opening

44074949_488351571574121_1893023573199552512_nSpecialized – a bicycle brand made for riders, by riders – gears up for its store’s grand opening on Oct. 17 at the SM by the Bay at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Considered to be a biker’s haven especially in the morning, SM by the Bay is the perfect location for the first of three Specialized concept stores to open, with Pasig and Maginhawa St. in Quezon City completing the new stores for 2018.

“We want to serve the riders where they are, and at the same time make it convenient for them to get that one-stop bike shop experience,” says Ritchie Santayana, Customer Development Director of Gruppo Innovare Corporation, referring to the choice of locations for the three stores. All three are known to be bike-friendly areas in the metropolis, and more stores are promised to come throughout the country over the next few years.

Since 1974, the brand has striven to make the best bikes for riders. The store is set to offer a comprehensive range of technically advanced products, such as:

  • The Stumpjumper, the brand’s most versatile trail bike,
  • the Turbo Levo and Kenevo, a pair of e-mountain bikes built to give riders the power to ride more trails,
  • the Venge, the fastest road bike, and
  • The Tarmac, the lightest race bike ever made by the brand.

The 2019 Shiv Disc, is also set to take center stage during opening day. The all-new triathlon specific bike promises unprecedented aero design, storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bie ever made.

Riders can expect easy and worry-free purchases, and a complete “Specialized experience” through the store’s full scope of services: providing expert advice in choosing the best bike, experiencing the bikes firsthand through their bike test program, bike servicing by trained staff, and the Retül Match and Vantage system, the most technically advanced bike fitting and product matching technology available in the market.

Fabulous prizes will also be raffled off while Specialized will give a 10 percent discount on all items on its launch day.

Gruppo Innovare Corporation is the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines.

For further information, about Specialized in the Philippines, visit https://www.specialized.com/ph/en or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialized.ph/.

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Run Rio Leg 3

Been running this marathon since it was still called Run United Philippine Marathon. This was the only marathon I joined since I started doing Iron Man 70.3s. So I signed up for it this year.


The decision to sign up was done with very little time to prepare but hey, i’ve been very active anyway so I guess I can wing it just like last year. Last year was a slow one. I had this pain in my lower back at the last 5K of the race that prevented me from running. It was really bad that all I could do was walk. I was wondering that time if it was the last marathon for me. I seem to have moved on from that experience as I only remembered that episode now that I was trying to recall last year’s experience.

I also signed up for a 32K race a month back and tried to do longer runs on weekdays in preparation for this race. I managed to average 25K per week in terms of training. Of course I still do bike rides and swims as part of my training.

Despite the swimming, biking and running, I was really apprehensive a week before the race as I feel I did not train as hard as I should have for this race. The 32K run was ok as I paced a friend who did it for the first time. It took us 4 hours ans 31 minutes to finish the distance.

The typhoon the weekend before the race prevented me from doing my last long run. The midnight start was a challenge as well as it was difficult for me to sleep real early. I tried sleeping all Saturday but only managed around 2 hours of sleep.

My plan was to only take walk breaks whenever there is a water station in the first 21K and to walk going up Kalayaan flyover and other uphill parts of the route. I was doing well in the first half of the route trying to stick to the plan. Bayani road was challenging as always but I was surprised that I was running most of the uphill parts of Bayani road.

I started to do more run walk when I reached the part going back to Mall of Asia (around kilometer 28). The runs were still longer than the walks and I was ok running. At some point I realized that I could still push harder but I just decided to stick with my plan.

I timed 3 hours 10 minutes in the 32K mark and I was feeling really good to I tried harder to run longer. Then I reached MOA again, then the finish line.

“I still got it!” That was my reaction when I crossed the finish line. I finished after 4 hours and 24 minutes. The results were released and a friend sent this to me:


It was a great run!

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – According to the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipinos developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippines (FNRI), 1 out of every 3 children in the Philippines aged 5 to 10 is suffering from stunted growth. Similarly, 1 out of every 3 children aged 5 to 10 years old is underweight.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines stunted growth as the “failure to reach one’s full potential for growth.” Poor nutrition is one of the many causes of this. This can also result to being underweight or when a child weighs less than the average for their age and height.

Stunted growth as well as being underweight are problems that should not be ignored. If not addressed early, stunted growth may lead to lost productivity and opportunities, and to nutrition-related diseases later in life.

Fully aware of these facts, Alaska Milk Corporation, who is dedicated to providing proper and affordable nutrition to Filipinos for over four decades, will hold a series of events with activities to promote the importance of proper nutrition all throughout a child’s development years in order to reach the right height and weight for their age.

Taking the lead in this campaign is Alaska’s new Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink which is loaded with Vitamin D, it’s also high in calcium and iron and a good source of protein. Milk has always been essential for growing children to have enough and consistent nutrient intake to ensure maximum growth potential. That is why Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink, combined with proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, will help children reach the tamang tangkad at bigat (right height and weight) for their age.

This event, dubbed as the “Batang Alaska School Milk Program”, also marks the first public appearance with Alaska Fortified’s new Nutrition Advocate –three-term senator Sen. Loren Legarda, who has authored many pieces of legislation aimed at improving the lives of Filipinos and promoting inclusive, sustainable and resilient development.

Alaska’s new Mom ambassador was also introduced — renowned actress, singer, TV host and one of Philippines’ favorite mumshies, Mrs. Jolina Magdangal-Escueta.
“I am so happy to be here with the kids. Tulad ng mga mumshies, mahalaga sa aking masiguradong tama ang growth at development ng aking mga anak. Kaya naman I make sure I give them proper nutrition. At siyempre, painumin sila ng gatas every day – at di lamang po basta-bastang gatas. Ang gatas na dapat inumin ay yung puno sa sustansiyang kailangan para tulungan maabot ang tamang tangkad at bigat para sa kanilang edad. Kaya I am glad nandito na po ang Alaska Fortified.”, said TV host Jolina, a mother of two kids. (“I am happy to be here with the kids. Similar to the mothers, it is important for me to make sure that my children undergo the right growth and development. That is why I make sure I give them proper nutrition. Of course, make sure that they drink milk every day – and not just ordinary milk. They should drink milk that is full of the nutrients they need to reach the right height and weight for their age. That is why I am glad that Alaska Fortified is now here.”, said TV host Jolina, a mother of two kids).

During the event, children were brought to the Alaska Tamang Tangkad and Tamang Bigat Station so they can know if they have the right height, right weight for their age. Alaska also provided everyone with samples of the Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink, which when combined with a balance diet, is able to help children obtain their age’s proper height and weight.

“Alaska Milk’s mission and vision is to promote affordable nutrition in the Philippines because through this, the Filipino youth will be able to achieve their full protential and grow up competitive in life. To support our goal, we have launched the new Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk. It has essential nutrients that will help every Filipino child achieve the right height and weight for their age. We encourage everyone to drink milk everyday and to also partner it with an active lifestyle. Dahil wala pa rin pong tatalo sa batang may tamang tangkad at bigat – wala pa rin tatalo sa Alaska.”, (“Because nothing beats a kid with a right height and weight – nothing beats Alaska.”), said Isabel Ruiz, Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Manager, right after the Ceremonial Milk Toast.

To support this campaign, one of Alaska’s key trade partners, Puregold, joined the event to announce a special and exclusive promo that will make buying a pack of Alaska Fortified truly of superior value for consumers.

Reward prizes were also given by Alaska’s distribution partner, OTO-GMA, to Santolan Elementary School for being the winner of the Batang Alaska label generation activity for the school year 2017-2018.

For more information about the new Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink, visit http://www.alaskamilk.com.

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Endurance Weekend 2018

Kaya ba?

That question is usually asked by people before signing up for a challenge. This year, Filinvest City is once again providing MTB cyclists an opportunity to challenge themselves in the 6th Endurance Weekend. Happening 7-8 July, the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend challenges bikers to complete as many loops as they can in 6, 12, or 24 hours. The route is a 5 kilometer loop, a mix of trail and road that is familiar with mountain bikers who are regular in the area.

Around 500 cyclists are expected to participate in the event. There is a Solo (Male/Female/Elite) and a Team (All Male/Mixed) category. The team category is only for the 12 and 24 hours.

Registration will be online at https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/endurance-weekend-2018. Payments can be done through credit card, bank transfer, or in the following payment centers:

  • Cycling Zone, Shell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa
  • Storck Store Manila, The Portal, Greenfield District, United St., Mandaluyong
  • Paulina’s Bluebay, Bluebay Walk, Macapagal Ave., Pasay City
  • Celeste Cycles, 188 Congressional Ave., Project 8, QC
  • South Cycles, Greenworld Plaza, President Ave., Parañaque

The race kit includes a race jersey and a race bib.

Prizes await the winners while finishers will get a medal. All participants will also get a chance to win a brand new MOB bike!

Kaya ba?

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Vision Express Sports Lenses

Vision Express Philippines is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the #1 leading optical retailer in Europe. Vision Express Philippines has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert Optometrists and the global brands the carry. To cater to the growing number of runners in the country, Vision Express now carries brands like Julbo, Maui Jim, Revo and are the only distributors of Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.

julbo                                                         Julbo, best known for their Photocromic Technology is now available in the Philippines through Vision Express. The Reactiv Photochromic lenses get darker or lighter to match the changing light conditions making them suitable for all your outdoor sports. Their new models like AERO, tagged “Light As Air” are endurance sport men’s sunglasses with suspended lenses. Designed for runners looking for intense efforts, these glasses are uncompromising when it comes to performance and comfort and feature the AF 3D Fit Nose for a snuggly fit especially for Asian faces which tend to be smaller.

breeze                  Lady runners also can look forward to their Breeze design which is 100% feminine and 100% performance. These too are fitted with Reactiv Photochromic lenses and the AF 3D Fit Nose feature that perfectly adapt to the shape of women’s faces. Breeze ofer excellent coverage, fantastic field of vision and perfect ventilation.

breeze                       If you are looking for Clarity, Color and Detail, Vision Express offers Maui Jim known worldwide for their patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology. Maui Jim changes the way you see with its vivid colors, improved clarity and crisp details while blocking the harmful UV. Their PolarizedPlus2® lenses eliminate 99.9% of glare that washes out colors, obscures details, and fatigues your eyes. They have several models you can try in-store, so slip on a pair and see the brillance.

revo1.png                                   If you need total performace check out Revo. The extensive Revo lens color palette includes 9 lenses designed to manage and selectively filter the full spectrum of light to optimize customers’ vision in a variety of light environments. What makes the Revo Eyewear unique is that they manage the full spectrum of light, including harmful ultraviolet light, Blue Light, and high-energy visible (HEV) light in all their collections.

Revo also has a campaign with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and musician Bono called Buy Vision, Give Sight committed to preventing vision impairment and blindness in children.

revo                                   Vision Express also brings something very new to the Philippines market – Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses, progressive sunwear lenses. Designed for sports that suit any frame size or shape, with the most advanced technological lens solution. These lenses focus on vision zones like far vision, intermediate vison, near vision, and peripheral vision making it perfect for dynamic sports and an active lifestyle

So if you are looking for an eyewear for running, cycling, or triathlons, Vision Express now carries Sports Brands – Maui Jim, Revo, Julbo and Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.

Drop by Vision Express at UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center*, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Cloverleaf, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3*, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall*, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Dasmarinas, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Fora Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz or Trinoma.

Visit their website http://www.visionexpress.ph for more details.

*Carry Julbo, Maui Jim & Revo


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Tin is relatively rare, making up only about 2 parts per million of the Earth’s crust, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey. Iron on the other hand is the fourth most common element in Earth’s crust by weight and much of Earth’s core is thought to be composed of iron. This is according to http://www.livescience.com.

So what?

Nothing significant really. Its just that I signed up for Tin Man and not Iron Man this year. Why? Nothing to do with how abundant they are in the earth’s crust really. No, I didn’t even consider atomic number and atomic weight. I did check the melting point though and found out that Iron requires really high temperature to melt.

So yeah this post is not about metals. This is about the Tin Man triathlon that I did around two weeks ago in Ilocos Norte. So this year, I wanted to be HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER (I got the power – Daft Punk) hence the decision to use Iron Man registration money to getting my numbers and improving them. But since team mates are talking about joining Tin Man and it is cheap anyway, I signed up for it.

Yeah I am cheap. Here’s an equation to illustrate: x = 3.6y (where x=Iron Man 70.3; y=Tin Man 70.3). The dates also worked well with my work as I was anticipating having leave credits by February hence I can go on leave. So there I was registered, transportation covered, hotel booked and paid. I did train but I did not really train as hard because the target for the year in terms of races is really more on the standard distance races, so training was not that hard.

I asked for a training program from our team captain who was also registered but I just tried to do them. I did not feel the need to strictly follow the program. It was really hard so, I skipped some days. Then I got lower back pains so I had to stop and even considered downgrading to the standard distance instead. I emailed organizers and did not get a positive response so yeah, will just do the thing, enjoy the route, but at the back of my mind, I made a note to try downgrading during race kit claiming.

Leave filed, I was ready to go. We drove to Ilocos, ate Empanadas, enjoyed the Miki, and had fun with team mates. I forgot to downgrade! We even had a chance to do a short swim bike and run the day before the race where I realized that the placement of the water bottles (behind my saddle) isn’t really good so I had to summon my inner mechanic to transfer the bottle cages.

We were in the transition area early in the morning. Strangely, I felt confident that I will be able to finish the race. No currents reported on the swim, relatively flat bike route, then the run was expected to be real hot.

Swim was great! I think it was low tide so you need to walk for a bit before swimming. No current as expected, no strings from sea creatures experienced. Finished the swim in 48 minutes, 58 seconds. Not bad, my best time was 47:12 in Cebu (Cobra Iron Man 2016).

Bike was promised to be “relatively flat” well yeah, it was that. but the course was challenging as well. There was this really scary downhill curve followed by a climb then right turn. I was still recovering from the downhill curve and was surprised to see that I needed to turn right. I panicked. I fell. Scraped my knees. Why did I put my knees out? Couldn’t unclip my shoes for a bit. Marshall helped. Stood up, washed the wound. Then I rode again.

Traffic was expected and it was difficult to race with jeepneys, cars, tricycles, and motorcycles sharing the road with you. I managed. I was happily cycling back to the transition then we had to pass by a cobble stone street. I panicked a bit but was able to do it.

Quitting thoughts… yes I did consider quitting during the bike as I felt like I was the last one and didn’t want team mates to wait for me. But I can’t. I travelled far. I used 2 days leave and will see a result saying DNF? Hell no! I will finish this! I did finish after 3:31:41 my slowest bike for the distance.

Expecting a hot run route, I applied sun block in the transition area. Walked ran a bit, walked, saw the team’s support crew and asked for the time of day. “10:37 Kap,” they said and I was positive that I will be able to finish between 13:00-13:30. A team mate apologized as he did not finish the race (had a bike accident) and I started running.

It was difficult to run. Way too hot! so I did my usual run-walk intervals counting lamp posts. 20 posts running, 5 posts walking. Overtook people. Felt great, ran longer where possible but the cramps were really terrible. Stopped in every water station to drink and pour water on my body. Tried running longer and just forget the cramps. I was surprised there was a trail part in the run course!

I was on my last stretch. Cramps were getting even worse! Bless the soul of that team who decided to give away salty chips! Chippy tasted like lechon! Water was getting low. Kids offering water to cool you down either got tired, had their lunch, or are already having siesta. Saw a team mate sitting in a shed being fanned by locals. Checked if he was okay and if he wanted to walk with me. He was okay but wanted more time to rest so I went on. After 2:41:44, I crossed the finish line. Another slowest run for the distance.

And that was how I spent 18 March 2018. Seven Hours, two minutes, twenty-two seconds of the day was spent racing, getting a Tin Man medal and finisher’s shirt!

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Don’t You Want to TRI?

Oh cool another triathlon option!

That was my initial reaction when I first saw posters of the TRI-Factor Asian Championship. It was great that I got an invite to their launch which made me understand what TRI-Factor really was all about – it is more than a race. It is developing an environment that encourages more people to get into triathlons!

So friends who has doing a triathlon in their bucket list, this is the race for you. Below are more details about TRI-Factor:

TRI-Factor Asian Championship series now in PH



TRI-Factor’s Elvin Ting with Bloggers

Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship Series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.


Put up to provide multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes – even kids – a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

It features kids triathlon (100, swim-5km bike-1km run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10km bike-2km run), sprint triathlon (750m swim-20km bike-5km run), standard triathlon (1.5km-40km bike-10km run) and long triathlon (1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run).

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and founder of the Tri-Factor series.

The Asian Championship 2018 series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Phl on May 25-27 at Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years – 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like CYCLE-RUN-CYCLE are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country the last few years.

“Tri-Factor’s coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I’m looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon,” shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano, upon learning about Tri-Factor’s arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events.

Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles to be dispute are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.

Also on tap are the Club Challenge and Corporate Challenge for companies and triathlon clubs. For details, visit www.trifactor.asia.

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