White Flower To Hold Fun Run August 17

White Flower POSTER-with promo copy      AS ORGANIZERS continuously try to think of ways to make their fun runs different from the others, White Flower is presenting the innovative “Kaya Natin ‘To Pilipinas: Takbo ng Kaunlaran” on the early morning of August 17, 2014 (Sunday) at the Bonifacio Global City. The standard 21, 10, five and three-kilometer categories will be offered but with a twist.

There will be a race within the race of the 21-kilometer category as prizes will be given not only to the first across the finish line but also to runners who are first to reach certain distance points along course. There will also be special prizes for runners who will be named as “King of the Hill” and “Sprint King”.

Think of it as similar to long-distance road cycling events wherein participants earn points as they negotiate the route. The markers will be at the five, 10 and 15-kilometer points.

Registration is now ongoing at Chris Sports branches located at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA Annex, Glorietta and Market Market. The last day for submission of entries is on August 12, 2014.

WF shrt 2 copy     Fees are set at PHP 900.00 for 21 kilometers, PHP 700.00 for 10 kilometers, PHP 500.00 for five kilometers and PHP 400.00 for three kilometers. The race kit includes the event singlet and a race bib.

A 10-percent discount awaits individual runners who can present on original receipt for PHP 180.00 or more worth of White Flower. For bulk registrations, a group of ten is entitled to one free kit.

Proceeds of the event will go the Hero Foundation, a non-government organization that aims to give scholarships to children of military personnel killed or made incapacitated in the line of duty. Popular triathlon coach Jojo Macalintal has been appointed as the fun run’s ambassador.

Meanwhile, 21-kilometer runners who signed up from July 20 to 21 will be entitled to a refund of PHP 100.00 that may be claimed on race day. Just bring the race bib, proof of purchase and a valid ID.

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Energen Healthy Run Rocks

Very rare do fun runs reward 10-kilometer runners with shirts.  (photo courtesy of Rhiey Laureta/We Run For Good Health)

Very rare do fun runs reward 10-kilometer runners with shirts. (photo courtesy of Rhiey Laureta/We Run For Good Health)

TAGUIG CITY – An estimated 2,500 runners had a grand time at the Manila leg of the 2014 Energen Healthy Run series at the Bonifacio Global City last Sunday (July 20). Participants of various skill and fitness levels went through the 10, five and three-kilometer categories in a salute to good nutrition and family bonding.

The high attendance is mainly attributed to the very reasonable registration fees ranging from PHP 400.00 to PHP 200.00 plus shirts for all 10-kilometer finishers and loot bags containing at least PHP 84.00 worth of Energen products. In addition, all runners had a chance to win one of ten mountain bikes in the post-race raffle.

As the race title implied, the event seeks to promote health, particularly through proper nutrition of which Energen plays a big part. A sachet of Energen provides enough nutrients and is good consumed before engaging in physical activities.

Before the 5:30 AM gun start, runners were given cups of hot Energen for a ceremonial toast to good health and nutrition. They also went through a Zumba-inspired warm-up session.

The low fees accord a good chance for novice runners to enter their first formal event or to upgrade and try a higher distance for a change. Being a non-competitive race as no timing chip was issued, newbies should not be afraid of being eaten up by the field.

The course was the standard BGC to Buendia Avenue and back route employed by most fun runs. Having run this path many times, it was a good return to fun runs after a nearly two-month absence.

Despite the long layoff, it was good to finish within the top 10 percent of the 10-kilometer category. Overall, the race more than met the minimum standards for the crucial areas of hydration, directional and distance markers and marshals.

After the race, a good number of runners stayed not just for the bike raffle but also enjoyed the different booths set up by Energen and other event partners. Free flowing Energen Vanilla and Chocolate variants was also served to all as a fitting post-workout recovery treat.

It was definitely a good last-minute decision to join this event as it was really worth the time and effort as well as providing a good physical and psychological boost for future races. One major moral lesson learned the hard way though – never partake of a buffet a day before a race!

Sunday’s race was the third in the 12-stage series after stops in Santa Rosa City and Angeles City earlier this year. The caravan moves to Baguio City on August 17 with regional races to follow in the areas of Bicol, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and General Santos.

In May of 2013, Energen successfully staged the first Energen Family Run at BGC that a sequel was immediately held the following October also in BGC. To underscore the exponential growth of the event, regional races were also held for the first time in Davao in November and Cebu in December.

For the coming Baguio leg, online registration is now ongoing at www.pepsquadevents.com. A hot cup of Energen Go Fruit Strawberry Flavor will surely be the perfect pre and post-race nourishment!

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Red Lions Roll To 5-0

NCAA Season 90

SAN JUAN City – The San Beda College Red Lions rolled to their fifth straight win by waylaying the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 81-55, in the resumption of hostilities at the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball games at the San Juan Arena Monday (July 21). The defending champion Red Lions remained on top of the table, a full game ahead of idle University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta (3-0).

Playing with uncanny killer instinct just like its mascot, San Beda banked on a 14-1 run in the opening period for a 16-5 advantage behind Baser Amer’s four markers. Earlier, John Tayongtong gave the Generals their only taste of the lead, 4-2.

Still, EAC refused to surrender and kept within range as Igee King and Jerald Serrano combined for four triples, including one by Serrano at the halftime buzzer but SBC still ahead, 42-34. Wanting to settle the outcome early, the Red Lions tightened the defense that led to easy scores for team captain Kyle Pascual, Ola Adeogun and Anthony Semerad for the breakaway, 64-45.

Coach Boyet Fernandez slowly introduced his role players into the mix and they rewarded their coach’s confidence by further increasing the margin. The 26-point final winning advantage was the game’s largest.

Semerad came off the bench and topped all scorers with 16 points to go with six rebounds and two steals. Art de la Cruz had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Serrano paced the Generals with 12 points, all coming from beyond the three-point line. King was only other General in twin digits with 10 points.

In Juniors Division play, the Red Cubs grabbed a share of the leadership via a 78-66 demolition of the Immaculate Conception Academy Brigadiers. This is the Red Cubs’ fourth straight win since dropping their initial assignment against the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, 74-76, last June 29.

The Red Cubs of Coach JB Sison led comfortably all the way save for a brief moment entering the final two minutes when the Brigadiers cut their deficit to only seven, 66-73. SBC responded with a big triple by Joshua Andrei Caracut at the 1:16 followed by a basket by Niko Angelo Abatayo with 39 ticks left to preserve the victory, their fourth in five outings.

Caracut and Evan Jacob Furaque shared scoring honors for the Red Cubs with 15 points each. Mark Lester Castillo made seven of his 18 points in the fourth period rally while Evan Jim Montilla was next with 12 markers.

The other fixtures for the day saw the College of Saint Benilde Blazers notch their first win of the tournament by blasting the Letran Knights, 85-71, and the Letran Squires stalling the La Salle Green Hills Greenies, 64-58. The Squires, Red Cubs and idle Light Bombers are in a three-way tie for the Juniors Division leadership with similar 4-1 win-loss cards.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (78) – Furaque 15, Caracut 15, Alas 11, Geralao 9, Abatayo 7, Framil 6, Alfaro 4, Diputado 3, Bordeos 2, Velasquez 2, Abuhjile 2, Zamora 2.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (66) – Castillo 18, Montilla 12, Tayomora 11, Cayabo 6, Justan 6, Beduria 5, Gentile 4, Piopongco 2, Catusalem 2, Dungca 0.

Period Scores: 17-10, 39-25, 58-46, 78-66.

Second Game (Seniors)

SAN BEDA (81) – A. Semerad 16, de la Cruz 12, Adeogun 11, Pascual 10, Amer 9, D. Semerad 7, Tongco 6, Mendoza 5, Koga 2, Solera 2, Mocon 1, Cabanag 0, Sara 0, Abude 0, Abatayo 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO (55) – Serrano 12, King 10, Happi 8, Jamon 7, Onwubere 6, Tayongtong 5, Aguilar 4, Arquero 2, Mejos 1, Santos 0, Saludo 0, Pascual 0.

Period Scores: 19-11, 42-34, 64-45, 81-55.

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Carolino, Gilbuena Shine In Angeles


ANGELES CITY – Jobert Carolino and Mischelle Gilbuena emerged the brightest in the star-studded Angeles City qualifying race of the 38th MILO Marathon Sunday morning (July 20) at the SM City Clark grounds. The race produced the biggest harvest so far this season as a total of 50 male and two female runners earned coveted slots in the National Finals set for December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Carolino literally came from behind to snatch the victory in 1:15:20. Leading through most of the 21-kilometer route, three-time MILO Marathon King Crescenciano Sabal was relegated to Second Place at 1:15:35 while Sherwin Patron settled for Third Place at 1:22:34.

In the distaff side, Gilbuena of the Philippine Air Force was too fast for the field to cruise home at 1:33:48. Chloe Jane Ong (1:52:00) and Denise Hernandez (1:54:15) occupied the other two podium positions but their times were insufficient to make the Nationals for their age bracket.

Both Carolino and Gilbuena are regular qualifiers for the Nationals, which will stake PHP 300,000.00 to the winner plus the chance to represent the Philippines at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Last season, Carolino was the champion of the Butuan City leg while Gilbuena was best in the Tarlac City leg.

Adding celebrity glitter to the event was television weatherman Kim Atienza, who qualified for the Nationals with a 1:52:52 clocking in the 45-49 age group. Other celebrities in attendance were actresses Yayo Aguila, Maui Taylor, Jaycee Parker, Katya Santos and Isabel Granada, wife of Angeles City leg organizer Councilor Jericho Aguas.

Over at the side events, Jimboy Lugay (33:32) and Mea Ann Gongob of Far Eastern University (43:59) won the 10-kilometer category while the five-kilometer run went to Kimbert Sarmiento of Our Lady of Fatima University (16:48) and Jolina Jose (21:51).

Joe Bernard Sarmiento (13:02) and Angelika Domantay (14:54) of Cutud Elementary School ruled the three-kilometer kiddy run for those aged 12 years and below. Involving children in sports and an early age is the aim of MILO’s “One Child, One Sport” program that began this year in partnership with the Department of Education.

The 10,132 registered participants also contributed greatly to MILO’s continuing advocacy of giving athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school children. This year, the program will focus on children from typhoon-devastated Eastern Visayas.

With four regional races already in the bag, the MILO Marathon team braces for next week’s Metro Manila qualifiers at the SM Mall of Asia on July 27 (Sunday). Another record number of participants are expected as the sport grows bigger every year.

To know more about coming qualifying race schedules, log on to www.milo.com.ph. Also like MILO on Facebook and follow MILO on Twitter and MILO on Instagram.

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Gatorade For Gilas Pilipinas

Coach Chot Reyes receives the symbolic Gatorade jug from Tony Atayde.  Looking on are team manager Aboy Castro, players Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio and Gatorade's Ton Gatmaitan and Smokey Delfino.

Coach Chot Reyes (right) receives the symbolic Gatorade jug from Tony Atayde. Looking on are team manager Aboy Castro, players Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio and Gatorade’s Ton Gatmaitan and Renato Delfino.

ON THE eve of their departure for the Fifth FIBA-Asia Cup in China, Team Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign received a major boost as Gatorade renewed and further strengthened their relationship as the team’s hydration partner. The worldwide sports drink giant donated a brand new set of jugs, coolers, squeeze bottles and other peripherals on top of the regular supply of Gatorade at the team’s final workout at the Meralco Gym.

The deal also covers the team’s participation in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and the 17th Asian Games in South Korea in the coming months. Definitely, the next 45 days will take a big toll on the team physically, emotionally and mentally so Gatorade will be with them throughout the long journey.

Coach Chot Reyes plans to use the FIBA-Asia Cup as a trial for the team’s new players while allowing some of the regulars to take time off to rest and heal injuries. “We want to build chemistry and winning the tournament will be a bonus,” said the multi-titled mentor.

Half of the 12-man team are newcomers led by center Beau Belga, the last cut on the team that took runner-up honors at last year’s FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Pasay City. Joining him are guard Paul Lee, forwards Jay Washington and Jared Dillinger and amateur standouts Kevin Alas and Garvo Lanete.

“No one is assured of slot,” clarified Coach Reyes. Completing the team are centers Marcus Douthit, and Junemar Fajardo, forwards Japhet Aguilar and Ranidel de Ocampo and guards Gary David and LA Tenorio.

Kevin Alas

Kevin Alas

For Alas, he looks forward to training with the best pro players before he applies for the PBA Rookie Draft later this year where he is expected to be one of the early picks. The Letran College product will serve as the main understudy to lead point guard Tenorio.

“I have a big role to fill in the spots vacated by Jimmy Alapag and Jason Castro,” said Alas. At a very early age, he was exposed to the national team as his father Louie steered the Philippines to the 1999 Southeast Asian Games basketball gold medal.

Jared Dillinger

Jared Dillinger

If the need arises, the 6’4” Dillinger will be tapped as a third point guard. “This team has a lot of players that can play multiple positions that will serve us well in the long run,” said Coach Reyes.

Dillinger is fully recovered from an automobile accident last year that caused him an extended stay on the injured list and a chance to play in the FIBA-Asia joust. “I still have a few aches here and there but this is for the country,” he said.

As the newcomers try to prove their worth, the holdovers are out to prove that they deserve to stay. This is best personified in shooter David, whose on and off performance in the tournament proper led some sectors to question his inclusion.

Gary David

Gary David

In between his busy basketball schedule, David was able to squeeze in an appearance in a celebrity dance contest on television where he recently emerged champion. “It’s tougher than basketball because once the music starts, there’s no stopping,” admitted David.

David’s basketball background served him well as his footwork helped him execute the steps. “I think I had only 100 fans but now I have 150 fans after the show,” he said with a hearty laugh.


Jay Washington

Jay Washington

While most of his teammates joke around and smile, Jay Washington is taking his new mission personally and seriously. This is the versatile forward’s second chance at donning the national colors after injuries denied him the opportunity during his rookie year in 2005 and he hopes to make the most of it.

“This is for my mother’s family, the Decatoria clan of Villaba, Leyte,” said Washington, who was born in Zambales but grew up in Virginia. “They were hit very hard by Typhoon Yolanda last year so this is one way of giving them some happiness.”

LA Tenorio

LA Tenorio

Meanwhile, Gatorade ambassador Tenorio welcomes the new challenge of being the team’s lead guard and as mentor to youngsters Alas and Garvo Lanete. Tenorio is one of the few pool members with experience playing as a national age-grouper, the others being de Ocampo, Jean Marc Pingris and Jason Castro.

“The advantage of other teams is that they have been together since their junior team days,” explained Tenorio. “Jimmy and Jason are my roommates and buddies when we go on tour but Kevin gives us a new look.”

From the cold climate of the China joust, what follows on Gilas’ grueling schedule are camps in the sweltering heat of Miami followed by the unpredictable climate in Spain and France and capped by the cold in South Korea. It is not only in the hot weather that hydration is important – athletes also lose body fluid in the cold so a sports drink like Gatorade is very important.

Definitely, the partnership between Gatorade and Gilas Pilipinas will go a long way as the Filipinos return to the world stage. The team’s success will be a great boost to a country always in search of new heroes.

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The King Is Back!


TARLAC CITY – MILO Marathon King Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista proved to be too much for the 13,000-strong field to handle as he captured the 21-kilometer Tarlac regional qualifying leg for the 38th MILO Marathon last Sunday (July 13) at the Maria Cristina Park. Mary Grace de la Torre ruled the distaff side of the Philippines’ oldest and most prestigious footrace.

Buenavista, who has five MILO titles under his belt, finished the flat course in 1:10:30, a good four minutes ahead of runner-ups Ferdinand Corpuz (1:14:36) and Jujet de Asis (1:15:34). For finishing within 1:15:00, all three podium finishers earned all-expense paid trips to the National Finals set for December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Needing just one more title to tie the legendary Roy Vence’s six, Buenavista is expected to go all out and defend his crown in the Nationals. Aside from the PHP 300,000.00 purse, the chance to represent the Philippines in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon awaits this year’s MILO Marathon King and Queen.

De la Torre, a member of the multi-titled Far Eastern University Athletics varsity, clocked 1:46:38 in her debut in the half-marathon distance after joining shorter races in past MILO Marathon seasons. Rowena Valdez took Second Place at 1:48:30 followed by teenager Shane Acosta at 1:49:58.

The day’s champions received PHP 10,000.00 and trophies. Overall, 16 men and three women joined the growing list of qualifiers for the Nationals.

Taking running to the next level seemed to be a growing theme as MILO continues to build champions. Top finishers de Asis and Acosta were last year’s Tarlac 10-kilometer champions.

With last year’s winners going for longer distances, Kennechie Lorbes (35:27) and teenager Jelsie Sabado (43:26) emerged the new rulers of the 10-kilometer category. The five kilometers went to Erick Espinosa (17:39) and Karen Balala (22:55) while the three-kilometer kiddy race for runners 12 years and younger was topped by Jirecho Tacutaco (12:58) and Elaine Quismundo (13:42).

The good performances submitted by the younger set of runners are testament to this year’s “One Child, Once Sport” advocacy of MILO in partnership with the Department of Education. Of course, MILO will continue to set aside a portion of the registration fees towards its continuing program of donating athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school children, with emphasis this season on those in Eastern Visayas.

The MILO Marathon will complete its sweep of North and Central Luzon by holding the Angeles City qualifier next Sunday (July 20). What follows is the highly-anticipated Metro Manila qualifier on July 27, easily the biggest and grandest of all the 17 regional races on the season calendar.

For online registration and more information, please visit www.milo.com.ph. Don’t forget to like MILO on Facebook and follow MILO on Twitter and MILO on Instagram.

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Four In A Row For San Beda

NCAA Season 90

SAN JUAN City – Defending champion San Beda College took down erstwhile fellow undefeated squad Arellano University, 90-81, in continuing action from the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena Saturday afternoon (July 12). The Red Lions now tote a league-best 4-0 win-loss card while the Chiefs fell to 2-1.

San Beda hoped to put away the game early by erecting an 18-point lead midway through the third period on an Anthony Semerad triple, 56-38. Suddenly, SBC center Ola Adeogun lapsed into foul trouble and that allowed the Chiefs to stage a mighty rally spanning the third and fourth cantos.

Levi Hernandez and Jio Jalalon spearheaded the Chiefs’ charge and big man Dioncee Holts frolicked in Adeogun’s absence. Despite Adeogun’s return, Holts scored on an undergoal stab to cut their deficit to a single point entering the final two minutes, 79-80.

Adeogun and Baser Amer responded with back to back field goals to ease the pressure, 84-79. John Pinto’s basket with 1:09 to go proved to be Arellano’s last gasp as time was not on their and still trailing, 81-84.

Amer delivered the knockout blow in the ensuing play for an 86-81 tally and 46 ticks remaining. The rally zapped the energy from the Chiefs as they began to miss their shots, forcing to give up fouls to buy some time and Amer and Arthur de la Cruz converting to preserve the win.

De la Cruz returned from a one-game suspension and quickly made up for lost time by joing Amer and Ryusei Koga in giving the Red Lions the first period, 24-17. Rookie Jayvee Mocon and skipper Kyle Pascual then helped stretch the advantage by halftime, 47-35.

Winning coach Boyet Fernandez rued the fact that the team did not follow the game plan. “We were beaten for the rebounds and Arellano is a good fastbreaking team. Good thing the players stepped up in the fourth period,” said Coach Fernandez.

Amer had another brilliant performance with 18 points and seven assists. De la Cruz was just as impressive with 17 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Hernandez paced the Chiefs with 20 markers. Jalalon followed with 17 points, six assists and four steals.

In Juniors Division play, the Red Cubs made it a double celebration by crushing the then-undefeated Braves, 99-66. The Red Cubs rose to 3-1 while the Braves fell to 2-1.

SBC raced to a 7-0 lead only to allow the Braves to tie the count at 7-7. The Red Cubs then responded with an 11-0 blast and never looked back from there, 18-7.

Joshua Andrei Caracut led the winners with 16 points and seven rebounds. Marc Joper Diputado followed with 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

John Zamora was the high man for the Braves with 16 points. Guilmar de la Torre chipped in 13.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (99) – Caracut 16, Diputado 15, Furaque 11, Alas 9, Abatayo 8, Bordeos 8, Abuhijle 8, Framil 5, Velasquez 5, Decapia 4, Zamora 4, Geralao 3, Alfaro 3, Apolto 0, Etrata 0.

ARELLANO (66) – Zamora 16, de la Torre 13, de Lara 12, Strait 9, Juico 4, Bataller 4, Dulatre 2, Enriquez 2, Manaloto 2, Balbarona 2, Clemente 0, Cabahug 0, Gonzalo 0.

Period Scores: 25-13, 59-33, 80-47, 99-66.

Second Game (Seniors)

SAN BEDA (90) – Amer 18, de la Cruz 17, Adeogun 13, Koga 8, A. Semerad 8, Tongco 7, Pascual 6, Mocon 5, D. Semerad 4, Cabanag 2, Mendoza 2, Sara 0, Abude 0.

ARELLANO (81) – Hernandez 20, Jalalon 17, Holts 9, Caperal 8, Pinto 6, Agovida 5, Nicholls 4, Enriquez 4, Salcedo 3, Ciriacruz 2, Cadavis 2, Bangga 1, Gumaru 0.

Period Scores: 24-17, 47-35, 64-54, 90-81.

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