9/9/9 Run

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.

coach joar putting the iamninoy runners' banner at the Ninoy Aquino monument

coach joar putting the iamninoy runners' banner at the Ninoy Aquino monument

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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.

marga and the balloons ;)

marga and the balloons ;)

banggi, marga and i

banggi, marga and i

mayi and jamike lopa

mayi and jamike lopa

francis briefing the runners

francis briefing the runners

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!).  

and off we go!

and off we go!

that's our 'slogan" at the back of our shirts

that's our 'slogan" at the back of our shirts

along makati ave

along makati ave

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.

after the run

after the run

ben, jun and bobby

ben, jun and bobby

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!

group shot

group shot

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.  :)

after run Gtg at Dencio's

after run Gtg at Dencio's

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. ;)

iamninoy Runners Movement – An Update

hand in hand in helping eliminate the education crisis

hand in hand in helping reverse the education crisis

As the iamninoy Runners Movement’s Steering Committee continues to move and make arrangements for the finalization of all pertinent details related to the group and its objectives, a major event was held in the afternoon of May 28, Thursday at the Filipinas Heritage Library in Makati.

iam ninoy runners movement members

iam ninoy runners movement members

On this day, iamninoy Runners Movement members (that includes me!) went to the venue, proudly wearing our iamninoy runners’ shirt, to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the group and its beneficiary, the 57-75 Reverse the Education Crisis Movement.  This formalized the iamninoy runners group’s intent to help provide and improve the quality of education to the children of less privileged families.

The MOU signing was participated in by the heads of the companies that are a part of the consortium that formed the 57-75 Movement, the Benigno S. Aquino Foundation and the group’s Steering Committee, which was composed of Jaymie Pizarro (The Bull Runner), Rapa Lopa, Jamike and Mayi Lopa, Jake de Guzman, Drew Arellano and Francis Macatulad.

Jake de Guzman giving his speech ;)

Jake de Guzman giving his speech ;)

iamninoy Runners Steering Committee and 57-75 Movement convenors

After the formal signing, which was covered by representatives from the tv and print media, a short talk/presscon was started with Jake de Guzman opening it with an inspiring speech. The group’s Steering Committee and some convenors of the 57-75 movement openly answered all questions regarding the two movements and its objectives. During the said presscon, it was announced that several events are being lined-up for the year to further increase awareness and gather support. One such event which is currently on the drawing boards is targetted to happen on August 21, hero Ninoy Aquino’s death anniversary.

iamninoy runners

iamninoy runners

The iamninoy Runners are a group of professional and amateur runners affiliated with the iamninoy movement. Coming from all walks of life, iamninoy Runners will participate in regular running events—and occasionally mount races of their own—to raise funds for a worthy cause. To become a member, one will just have to pay a donation of 500 pesos which will go to a fund to be used to buy textbooks for children in public schools, build schools and help provide nutrition to school children. In return, each person who will sign-up for membership will be given an iamninoy runners’ shirt, the same one that we are wearing during the said event and during our training runs or everytime we participate in races.

iamninoy runners shirt

To know more about the movement or to join, click here.

Oh, and as an update, for those who have already signed-up online and are wondering what to do/what happens next, the steering committee are now also finalizing the registration process which will initially be held at the Rudy Project Store in Bonifacio High Street, The Fort. The shirts to be given away are already available and will be released once registration at the said venue is opened. Don’t fret folks, target for this is this month of June. ;)

More photos:

jaymie, the bull runner answering a qestion abt women runners ;)

jaymie, the bull runner answering a question abt women runners ;)

during the presscon

during the presscon

jun, jay and marga having a light moment

jun, jay and marga having a light moment

mayi, jaymie, jay, marga and jun

mayi, jaymie, jay, marga and jun

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