I have always believed that the number nine (9) is a lucky number. That’s why I have looked forward for the date 9/9/9 to come because deep inside I always felt like it will bring with it good luck three times over.
And so it was on Wednesday, Sept 9, 2009 (yep! 9/9/9). My first luck of the day was being able to get the nod to get out of the office earlier, enabling me to participate in the Heroes Run organized for the iamninoy runners. The Heroes Run, as it was called was a tribute run made to commemorate the 40th day since the death of former President and every Filipinos’ “Tita”, Corazon C. Aquino. Heroes run because the run route was along the Ayala Triangle in Makati which will make us run past three heroes’ monuments – that of Gabriela Silang, Pio del Pilar and Ninoy Aquino, Tita Cory’s martyr husband.
Next luck came not just for me but for the whole iamninoy runners group as well because the rain stopped and the sky almost cleared from around 4:30 p.m. until all were done running at 6:00 p.m. (some did run an almost infinite number of loops!).
Prior to the start of the run, each iamninoy runner was asked to write down/pledge the number of loops he/she is going to run, each loop measuring 1.2km. This gives us again the opportunity to be heroes in our own little way because for each loop that each of us complete, a P100 donation will be given by a corporate sponsor to the 57:75 Movement. So on that lucky triple nine date, over 30 runners ran a minimum of 3 to 5 loops each sharing the luck to a number of unknown public school children who will be beneficiaries of the 57:75 Movement’s cause.
Oh and it was, I believed not just luck but some sort of a miracle because you see, after the run, a heavy rainshower poured. Somebody just made sure that we will be able to complete our run before it rained again. Angaling!
Lastly, I was also lucky to have been able to attend the after-run get-together at Dencio’s Restaurant. I usually would not have been able to because it was a Wednesday and I have work early the next day. But then, I did and enjoyed it! (Tenk yo biri mats! Tenk yo biri mats! – Banggi, wahahaha!)
In hindsight, I remember my mom always telling me to capture special moments or days on cam. We have one for 8/8/8, I remember. And it gives me joy to see now that I have a lot of memorable 9/9/9 pictures which shows us doing something for a worthy cause. :)
If you would like to know more about the iamNinoy Runners Group or if you are interested in joining, click here.
Many thanks to Mayor Binay, Ayala Land, Gatorade, and Ben Chan and Maui Hidalgo of Blacksheep Photography!
Thanks also to Jaymie, thebullrunner for some of the photos.