Color Manila Run Times Three

Color Manila Run 2015     THE MUCH awaited Color Manila Run will be held on January 4, 2015 (Sunday) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City starting at 6:00 AM. Now on its third edition, this promises to be the biggest Color Run thus far with a target of 10,000 total participants.

The streets are sure to look like rainbows as participants will be sprayed, dusted and perhaps rolled in beds of various colored powders. No matter how fast one runs, the ones in-charge will make sure no one escapes getting colored!

Since debuting in 2013, this truly fun run organized by Proactive has developed a following of its own. Imitation they say is the best form of flattery as a slew of similar events have spawned left and right but nothing beats the original.

Distances on tap are 10, five and three kilometers. The longer one runs the more colorful one gets to become upon reaching the finish line.

A prototype of the Color Manila Run 2015 event shirt, finisher medal and sunglasses.

A prototype of the Color Manila Run 2015 event shirt, finisher medal and sunglasses.

Registration via credit card or PayPal is now ongoing at Another option is the purchase of prepaid cards at Toby’s branches located in SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, Glorietta and EDSA Shangri-La Mall and Runnr branches in Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center and Trinoma.

A third way to register is to go to the nearest SM Tickets outlet at any of their malls nationwide. Prepaid card and SM ticket registrants still have to log on their details at the Color Manila Run website.

Fees are a flat PHP 850.00 for all distance categories. The race kit will include a white event shirt, race bib and special edition sunglasses.

The date and venue of race kit claiming will be announced soon. All finishers for all distances will receive medals on race day.

Please note that this is a non-competitive event. Everyone is encouraged to have fun and start the New Year on a positive note so sign up now.

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THE FINALS: Saints End Scorpions’ Streaks

NAASCU on Facebook     MAKATI CITY – Suddenly, the 12-game elimination round sweep of the defending champion Centro Escolar University Scorpions became meaningless as the second seed Saint Clare College of Caloocan Saints took Game One of the best-of-three Seniors Division Finals of the 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament, 60-54, Monday (September 22) at the Makati Coliseum. The Saints can wrap up the series with another win on Wednesday (September 24) at the same venue while the Scorpions hope to force a rubber match on Friday (September 26).

Playing arguably their best basketball thus far this year, the Saints of Coach Jino Manansala raced to leads as high as 11 markers, the last coming in the third period, 39-28. Determined to retain their crown, the Scorpions steadily gnawed away at their deficit.

Samboy de Leon sank a triple to threaten at the 2:31 mark, 52-53, but this was quickly neutralized by a pair of Jonathan Ibarra free throws. Alfred Batino then scored his only basket of the game but Ibarra played hero again with a big field goal, 57-54.

The Scorpions then bungled their ensuing offensive, forcing them to send Jayson Ibay to the free throw line. Ibay could only make one charity but another error by CEU resulted in Ibarra streaking down the floor for an unmolested layup and the final tally.

It was truly heroic performance for Ibarra with a team-high 14 points while Marte Gil had 10 points to go with five rebounds. De Leon led the Scorpions with 15 points on top of eight rebounds followed by Joseph Celso with 10 points.

During the elimination rounds, the Scorpions bested the Saints twice, 76-62 and 59-57. The last time Saint Clare defeated CEU was in Game One of last year’s finals, 75-66, but CEU bounced back to win the next two games and their first ever NAASCU Seniors championship, 67-59 and 64-58.

It was truly a bad day for CEU as their erstwhile undefeated Junior Scorpions suffered a similar fate in the Junior Division Finals as the Junior Saints emerged the victors, 68-63. The Junior Scorpions swept their 10 elimination round assignments for an automatic finals berth.

Struggling for most of the season, Christopher Bitoon finally recovered his scoring touch at the right time as he came off the bench to lead the Junior Saints’ attack. After a slow start, the Junior Saints slowly crept back and seized the upper hand for good early in the second period via a three-point play by Nico Galvelo, 20-17.

The best that the Junior Scorpions could do was to tie the count at 47-47. Saint Clare responded with six straight points by Ramil Tero and Ronnie Pangan for breathing space, 53-47.

Timely free throw shooting by Bitoon coupled with key field goals by Galvelo and Pangan down the stretch of the fourth period preserved the win for the Junior Saints of Coach JR Manansala. The Junior Saints had to make up for the very early foul trouble on starting center Steve Fongue as the other big men stepped up to support their prolific guards.

Bitoon scattered 17 of his 24 points in the second half while Tero added 13 points. Kurt Trangia carried the fight for the Junior Scorpions with 16 points followed by reigning MVP Art Patrick Aquino with 12 points and seven rebounds.

However, the Lady Scorpions managed to salvage some pride for CEU as they clipped the Rizal Technological University Lady Thunder in the Women’s Division opener, 74-70. The nine-player team of Coach Jay Cambarihan survived early foul trouble on reigning MVP Janine Pontejos and in-game injuries to Tin Caranto and Demi Lou Villanueva for their seventh straight win.

On top by a point, 62-61, the Lady Scorpions went on a 9-2 tear behind the steady free throw shooting of Pontejos for a 71-63 cushion with a minute play. From there, the Lady Scorpions coasted to the win despite the late RTU rally ignited by the three-point play of Wiz Duazo.

Pontejos paced the Lady Scorpions with 21 points and five steals followed by Micah Joy Figuracion with 15. Duazo topped the Lady Thunder with 28 points and 10 rebounds but lacked support from her teammates as Crislyn Mier could only chip in eight points and seven rebounds.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAINT CLARE (68) – Bitoon 24, Tero 13, Galvelo 11, Esguerra 8, Pangan 6, Fongue 3, Padua 2, San Diego 1, Siva 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (63) – Trangia 16, Aquino 12, de Leon 9, Mutombo 9, Saber 7, Arim 5, Gastador 3, Galinato 1, Cruz 1,  Alvendia 0, Malubay 0.

Period Scores: 13-15, 32-29, 56-50, 68-63.

Second Game (Women)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (74) – Pontejos 21, Figuracion 15, Doloque 9, Mercado 8, Caranto 8, Lacson 6, Mamaril 3, Ventura 2, Villanueva 2.

RIZAL TECH (70) – Duazo 28, Mier 8, Inoferio 7, Dionisio 5, Jaberto 5, Canales 4, Pocallan 4, Ybanez 4, Mantos 3, Ayhon 2, Dag-uman 0.

Period Scores: 18-13, 33-30, 51-49, 74-70.

Third Game (Seniors)

SAINT CLARE (60) – Ibarra 14, Gil 10, Ibay 8, Mendoza 6, Acebron 6, Jamito 6, Jamito 6, Lunor 2, Managuelod 2, Redoh 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (54) – de Leon 15, Celso 10, Jeruta 9, Ebondo 5, Sedurifa 5, Abundo 3, Casino 2, Batino 2, Banua 2, Opiso 1.

Period Scores: 15-9, 31-23, 40-39, 60-54.

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Panique, delos Santos Conquer Iloilo


ILOILO CITY – National athlete Eric Panique and defending champion Adjennie de los Santos shared the limelight in the 38th MILO Marathon Iloilo City qualifying race held last Sunday (September 21) at the Iloilo Sports Complex. The winning duo bannered a 15,000-strong field that braved the rainy weather hitting the country for the last week, marking the series’ season debut in the Visayas.

Panique, the pride of Himamaylan City and winner of last year’s Metro Manila 42.195-kilometer qualifier, finished the 21-kilometer route in 1:14:06, a good five minutes ahead of runner and fellow elite runner Roger Denolo who timed 1:19:15. Third Placer Roger Molinos was edged out by Denolo by a mere four seconds at 1:19:14.

It took a literal last-second push for de los Santos (1:48:46) to win by a nose over last year’s 10-kilometer winner Joida Gagnao (1:48:47) as the one-second margin between the two champions marked the closest women’s race thus far of the season. Lorena Blanco was a far Third Place at 1:53:16.

A total of 110 male and 10 female runners earned coveted spots at the National Finals set for December 7, 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. To date, close to 800 runners have qualified from the 10 completed regional races with seven more on tap within the next two months.

All qualifiers will have a shot at the PHP 300,000.00 champion’s purse plus an all-expense paid trip to represent the Philippines in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Sunday’s winners received PHP 10,000.00, a trophy and an all-expense paid trip to the Nationals because of their above average clocking.

Last year’s five-kilometer champion Axl Catalbas moved up and ruled the 10 kilometers (36:16) while Thea Ann Bagaforo (48:53) succeeded Gagnao. Edmark Galapin (15:59) of Iloilo National High School emerged as the new five-kilometer holder while defending champion Janeza Mie Sustituedo (19:34) also from INHS kept her title by beating her sister Jessa Mie (20:16).

Shaun Bonard Domingo completed the good day for defending champions by winning anew the three-kilometer kiddy race in 10:17. The Girls Division went to Heartchel Ilagan of Filamer Christian University (13:33).

The MILO Marathon continues its Visayan swing next week when it jumps to Bacolod City on September 28. For registration and other inquiries, please get in touch with Franklin Echevarria at (0905) 406-1139 or (0922) 861-0393.

The Visayas regions will have a special spot this year as extra focus will be given to those in Eastern Visayas hit by Typhoon Yolanda last year as MILO continues its advocacy of providing athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school pupils. MILO has also launched the “One Child, One Sport” campaign in cooperation with the Department of Education to get more children into sports.

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Celebrate at QCIM Night Run November 29

Councilors Dorothy Delarmente and Vicente Belmonte present the official singlet and finisher shirt of the QCIM Night Run.  Joining them are race director Coach Jay Em and City Administrator Aldrin C. Cuna.

Councilors Dorothy Delarmente and Vicente Belmonte present the official singlet and finisher shirt of the QCIM Night Run. Joining them are race director Coach Jay Em and City Administrator Aldrin C. Cuna.

QCIM LOGO     AS PART of its Diamond Jubilee, the Quezon City local government through Mayor Herbert Bautista will stage the Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) Night Run on November 29, 2014 (Saturday) at the Quezon Memorial Circle starting at 7:00 PM. This year’s run promises a lot of twists and surprises as it marks the first time that it will be held in the evening instead of the usual break of dawn.

One innovation this year is that there will be two equal sets of cash prizes for the podium finishers – one for Quezon City residents and another for non-residents. The race is open to runners of all nationalities.

The total prize pot amounts to PHP 372,000.00 with PHP 22,000.00 set aside for the champions in the centerpiece 21-kilometer category. Other categories to be contested on Commonwealth and Quezon Avenues are 10, five and three kilometers.

Online registration using credit cards is ongoing at For those without credit cards, prepaid cards will be sold at selected Toby’s and Runnr branches beginning on September 25 or they may proceeded to any SM Tickets outlet nationwide.

Fees are set at PHP 950.00 for 21 kilometers, PHP 850.00 for 10 kilometers, PHP 750.00 for five kilometers and PHP 650.00 for three kilometers inclusive of a singlet, race bib, glow sticks and a special LED wristband. Claiming of race kits will be from November 20 to 23 at a venue to be announced soon.

Medals and loot bags will be awarded to all finishers. In addition, 21-kilometer finishers will get special commemorative shirts.

Running purists may question the absence of a full 42.195-kilometer marathon but race director Coach Jay Em of Proactive during the event’s recent launching explained that the non-inclusion was done so to allow participants more time to enjoy the post-race activities and celebrate the city’s 75th year. Councilor Dorothy Delarmente, herself a certified marathon runner, further added that “QCIM” through the years has grown to become a brand.

For this year, the QCIM Night Run is spreading awareness about the issues of climate change and HIV/AIDS. The run has partnered with the Climate Change Campaign and AIDS Society of the Philippines.

Councilor Delarmente has authored an ordinance banning plastics hence runners are encouraged to bring their own refillable bottles. Paper cups will be used at the hydration stations and runners are advised to throw their garbage into designated receptacles.

For his part, Councilor Vicente Belmonte is batting for the participants’ safety after completing several marathons and triathlons himself. He hopes to erase the stigma carried by Commonwealth Avenue which has been given the dubious moniker of “Killer Highway”.

Being seasoned runners aware of their fellow runners’ needs, the two councilors have given their inputs in order to make the experience worthwhile for all as they will also compete in the 21-kilometer category joining a projected field 9,000 runners for all distances. As of the moment, there will be no cutoff times in order to give the runners the chance to savor the sights of Quezon City at night.

City Administrator Aldrin C. Cuna, representing Mayor Bautista, assured the public that they are mobilizing a comprehensive traffic program in coordination with the MMDA and PNP. He also said that they are encouraging the barangays and business establishments along the race route to lend their support like fielding cheering squads to inspire the runners.

Debuting in 2009, the QCIM has been held annually except for last year. With the running community’s support, a successful QCIM Night Run will definitely lead to the return of the full marathon in 2015.

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4th Pink Run Is On October 5

Poster     THE STREETS of McKinley Hill in Taguig City will be colored pink as the Philippine Society of General Surgeons in cooperation with Under Armour presents “The Pink Run 2014” on October 5, 2014 (Sunday) starting at 4:00 AM at the Venice Piazza. Now on its fourth edition, the fun run carries with it the theme of “D’ Feeting Breast Cancer”.

Runners may choose between the 16, 10, five and three-kilometer categories. Registration fees are only PHP 700.00 for the 16 and 10 kilometers and PHP 600.00 for the five and three kilometers inclusive of a race singlet and bib with timing device.

Registration centers are located at the Under Armour store in Bonifacio High Street, 100 Miles Café in Bonifacio Global City, A Runner’s Circle at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue as well as the PSGS Secretariat at 992 EDSA, Quezon City. Doctors will also be present on race day to conduct free breast cancer consultations to go with raffles and other fun activities.

Under Armour has an ongoing global campaign entitled “I Will What I Want” that intends to empower women and recognize them beyond face value. Definitely, it will take a woman of special strength and character to battle and defeat a dreaded disease like breast cancer which has already claimed the most number of lives in the Philippines compared to other types of cancers.

No less than Under Armour lady ambassadors in volleyball star Gretchen Ho, footballer Natasha Alquiros, singer Elle Adda and television host Mia Cabalfin have signified their intention to join the fun run. Ho will tackle the centerpiece 16 kilometers while the others will go for the shorter distances.

Popular volleybelle Gretchen Ho will run 16 kilometers at the Pink Run!

Popular volleybelle Gretchen Ho will run 16 kilometers at the Pink Run!

The Pink Run no doubt has a clear cut advocacy of raising funds for education drives, research and treatment assistance to indigent patients. With that in mind, Under Armour will donate 10 percent of the sales of its Power In Pink Women’s Performance line to the PSGS.

No cash prizes will be given out but the top finishers in the different categories will get gift packs from the event’s sponsors. The race is open to runners of all nationalities.

Running and physical fitness is an integral part of an active lifestyle needed to help prevent cancer and other illnesses. Early detection is also a major key in curing the disease.

First staged in 2010 (the event took a break in 2011), the ultimate goal is to make The Pink Run a nationwide event with races held in key cities from North to South. Breast cancer does not choose its victims as men have also been known to contact it hence the fight has to be carried on by all Filipinos and joining The Pink Run is just one of the first steps of the long journey – cancer is not a death sentence!

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Jaro Sisters, Macaladlad Shine In Lipa


LIPA CITY – The rains from Typhoon Luis did not stop Davao’s Jaro sisters and local boy Joseph Macaladlad from pocketing the top prizes of the Lipa City regional qualifying race of the 38th MILO Marathon Sunday (September 14) at the SM City Lipa. An estimated 8,000 racers answered the starting gun in the season’s ninth and final Luzon leg.

Criselyn Jaro took First Place with a time of 1:29:16 and younger sister Cellie Rose bagged Third Place clocking 1:34:36 in the 21-kilometer race. Sandwiched in between the two sisters at Second Place was national duathlon team stalwart Mirasol Abad at 1:33:47.

The Jaro sisters look up to their eldest sibling Cynthia who ruled last season’s Davao City qualifier. Criselyn finished runner-up in the same race while Cellie Rose topped the General Santos City leg held the following week.

Macaladlad, a Criminology major at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Batangas, checked in at 1:17:14. Settling for Second Place was Greg Vincent Osorio at 1:19:25 and Third Place went to Jay Laya at 1:19:43.

The champions took home PHP 10,000.00 each and trophies. More importantly, all runners that met their age group’s qualifying time will get a coveted spot at the National Finals on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia and have a shot at the top purse of PHP 300,000.00 plus an all-expense paid trip to represent the Philippines at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

In the other distance categories, Jomari Angus retained his 10-kilometer crown with a time of 35:30 while the distaff side was won by Michelle Devera at 45:16. The same happened in the five kilometers with last year’s winner Mary Ann Manangan scoring a repeat (16:55) while Mark Garin (13:27) took the Male Division.

As the Jaro sisters made the centerpiece 21-kilometer qualifier a family affair, other families bonded as the younger set vied in the special three-kilometer kiddy race for those runners aged seven to 12 years. Emerging victorious were Marvin Cuyom (10:05) for the Boys and Keithashlee Fasinal (12:41) for the Girls.

MILO recognizes the importance of the family and school in developing sports among the youth hence the launching this year of the One Child, One Sport program in cooperation with the Department of Education. Proceeds from the MILO Marathon fees will go to the continuing campaign of donating athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school pupils with priority this year to those in typhoon-ravaged Eastern Visayas.

Next week, the MILO Marathon will finally hit the Visayas with the staging of the Iloilo City qualifiers on September 21 at the Iloilo Sports Complex. Interested parties may get in touch with local organizer Jojo Castro at (033) 333-1111 (local 503) or mobile phone (0917) 720-0630 for registration.

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Saint Clare Saints Barge Into Finals

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MAKATI CITY – Saint Clare College of Caloocan rattled off 20 unanswered points to begin the fourth period en route to tallying a 76-46 mastery of Rizal Technological University and advance to the best-of-three Seniors Division championship series of the 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament Sunday (September 14) at the Makati Coliseum. Waiting for the Saints are the undefeated defending champion Centro Escolar University which earned an automatic berth thanks to their 12-0 sweep of the elimination rounds.

Stalwarts Marte Gil and Jayson Ibay contributed 10 points each as the second seed Saints caught the Blue Thunder flatfooted, 66-42. It took more than six minutes for RTU to light up the scoreboard via a breakaway layup by Jopet Quiro.

Still not content, Jonathan Ibarra and Fabien Redoh added a basket each and Earvin Mendoza canned back-to-back triples for the Saints’ biggest lead, 74-44. A late field goal by Robert Bear settled the final count.

It was a tough loss for the Blue Thunder, who managed to once grab the lead midway in the third period behind Quiro, 39-37. Saint Clare responded with a 9-3 windup powered by Gil, Mendoza and Bong Managuelod to lead entering the final period, 46-42.

Ibay finished with 20 points, Gil followed with 16 while Mendoza had 13. Sandy Cenal was the lone twin-digit scorer for the Blue Thunder with 16, 10 coming during the second period.

While their season may now be over, the Blue Thunder took Third Place, an improvement from their debut last season where they finished in Fourth Place. The fourth seed Blue Thunder had to survive a grueling knockout game against the third seed Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix, 71-67, last September 11 for the chance to play the Saints.

The Saints’ victory completed a double celebration as the Junior Saints clipped the Our Lady of Fatima University Junior Phoenix in the curtain-raiser, 80-77, to likewise set up a similar best-of-three Juniors Division championship date with the defending champion CEU Junior Scorpions. The twin wins were a fitting sendoff present for NAASCU Chairman Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem who will be flying to South Korea with the Philippine delegation to the Asian Games.

“I wish all teams the best of luck in the championship series,” said Dr. Adalem who will be the Philippines’ deputy chef de mission. “This will be a fitting cap to another successful NAASCU season as our league continues to grow.”

The Junior Phoenix bungled a nine-point lead midway in the fourth period, 67-58, as Nico Galvelo, Justin Padua and Ramil Tero rallied to Saints to grab back the upper hand, 68-67. As both sides swapped the lead, Galvelo and Tero kept the Saints afloat from the free throw line but it was a tip in of a Galvelo missed layup by a trailing Steve Fongue that gave them a 79-74 edge with 56 seconds to go.

Joshua Dizon provided the Junior Phoenix’s final gasp as he converted a triple at the 14-second mark, 77-80. Galvelo was quickly fouled and made his first but missed his second charity with the ball finding its way to the hands of Andrie Albano but his desperation trey missed at the sound of the buzzer.

Galvelo led the Junior Saints with 24 while Fongue, an exchange student from Cameroon, added 16. Dizon’s 30-point effort went to naught as Dan Rey Geraldo was the next top scorer with only 10 points.

Game One of all the three championship series will be played on September 19 (Friday) at the Makati Coliseum. It will be the undefeated defending champion CEU Lady Scorpions tangling with the RTU Lady Thunder for the Women’s Division trophy.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAINT CLARE (80) – Galvelo 24, Fongue 16, Tero 15, San Diego 8, Bitoon 6, Santos 4, Esguerra 3, Padua 2, Siva 2, Pangan 0.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (77) – Dizon 30, Geraldo 10, Japzon 8, Cunanan 8, Pangilinan 8, Bano 4, Bargola 4, Rapsing 2, Bueno 2, Albano 1, Canilao 0, Vengco 0.

Period Scores: 23-16, 33-26, 54-58, 80-77.

Second Game (Seniors)

SAINT CLARE (76) – Ibay 20, Gil 16, Mendoza 13, Ibarra 8, Managuelod 7, Redoh 4, Jamito 4, Acebron 2, Lunor 2.

RIZAL TECH (46) – Cenal 16, Quiro 8, Bear 4, Pronto 4, Riva 3, Estoce 2, Sarona 2, de la Pena 2, Tabi 2, Parina 2, Montecillo 1, Justiniani 0, Adin Santos 0, Mayuyo 0, Bangeles 0, Armin Santos 0, Barilea 0.

Period Scores: 17-6, 32-27, 46-42, 76-46.

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