Ayala opens Vermosa Sports Hub to PATAFA as new training ground

Ayala Corporation officially welcomed the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) to its new home, the world-class Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite. This was made possible through the partnership that was forged between the Ayala Corporation, owners of the Vermosa Sports Hub and the PATAFA when the former became the title sponsor of the recently-concluded Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships in Ilagan, Isabela.

Under this agreement, PATAFA athletes will enjoy unlimited access to the internationally-certified facilities and equipment available at the sports hub. This is a very timely boost to the athlete’s training as they prepare to compete in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

To know more about the details of this great news, please read on the official PR below:

PRESS RELEASE:

Ayala backs national track athletes

No. 1! PATAFA Athletes and Ayala Executives were all present during the launch. From L-R: Reizel Buenaventura, Edgardo Alejan, Sharon Marcial – General Manager, Healthy Family Purified Water of Manila Water, Jay Teodoro – Vermosa (Ayala Land Estate Head, John Philip Orbeta – Ayala Corporation Managing Director, Philip Juico – PATAFA President, Marestella Sunang, Rosie Villarito and Mervin Guarte

Ayala Corporation (Ayala) has reaffirmed its support to the development and training of the country’s national track and field athletes, giving them access to the facilities of its newly opened Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite.
Ayala had recently linked up with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and served as title sponsor of the just-concluded Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships in Ilagan, Isabela.

“We believe in our national athletes’ potential to inspire, drive and instill collective nationalism through sports,” said Ayala’s John Philip Orbeta. “One of the biggest gaps is an internationally certified athletics facility which the Vermosa Sports Hub provides as a means to improve their performance and competitiveness.”

At PATAFA’s new official home, athletes will train in the only International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) certified track & field oval in the Philippines with specifications and standards equivalent to those they will compete with internationally. Aside from the existing oval and Olympic- sized pool, upon completion of the Sports Hub’s first phase, PATAFA will also have access to the 600-square meter Sante Fitness Lab, a first-of-its- kind combination of facilities in the country, which will feature a strength and conditioning fitness facility, sports rehab areas, a Sports Science Laboratory, a dance studio, a spinning class area, bike shop and services, a nutrition and fitness café, VO2 max/lactate testing, plus conference and lecture rooms. Future plans include a provision for a 3,000 seat multi- purpose indoor sports arena.

Manila Water Company, Inc., through its subsidiary Manila Water Total Solutions (MWTS), will also be supporting this project with Ayala through a hydration sponsorship of Healthy Family Purified Water to the PATAFA athletes. Healthy Family will be supplying 4,000 bottles monthly of its 500ml variant to PATAFA for the duration of their training at Vermosa.
As advocates of environmental sustainability, MWTS will also be working together with PATAFA on a program called “Toka ng PATAFA”. This program is an advocacy on environmental stewardship and responsible consumerism that helps promote the value of waste segregation through the recovery of used PET (polyethylene) bottles. This is an initiative to be spearheaded by our athletes as champions for health and wellness, as well as, staunch partners for the environment.

Ayala will provide financial support to facilitate and strengthen PATAFA’s recruitment and training programs.

“Ayala’s support will help the athletes train better, perform better and hopefully bring more medals and recognition for the country,” said PATAFA President Philip Juico.

The eagerness to help improve the skills and international ranking of our national athletes has spurred the Ayala Group to do its part in helping Filipino athletes achieve excellence in their respective sports and succeed in various international competitions.

To learn more visit http://www.ayala.com.ph

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REGISTER NOW for Filinvest City’s Endurance Weekend 2018

The 6th edition of Filinvest City’s annual MTB race event, the Endurance Weekend is set to be held on July 7 and 8. Registration is now open so you better not miss it!

See below for the pertinent details. Cheers!

ENDURANCE WEEKEND 2018
July 7 -8. 2018
Pacific Rim, Filinvest City, Alabang
http://www.filinvestcity.com

RACE CATEGORIES:

RACE FEES:

REGISTRATION DETAILS:
Registration is online via https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/endurance-weekend-2018
Payments can be made via credit card, bank transfer or in authorized payment centers.

AUTHORIZED PAYMENT CENTERS:

RACE INCLUSIONS:

  • race bib
  • race jersey
  • finisher’s medal

RACE SCHEDULE:

PRIZES:

Special prizes for all NON ELITE Age Category Placers will be given away by MOB.

MOB will also raffle off a brand new bike!

CYCLING RAAMPAGE now in the Philippines! REGISTER NOW!

The world’s toughest bike race, Race Across America (RAAM), can now be experienced by athletes and cycling enthusiasts from the Philippines and Asia through its first official Southeast Asian qualifier – the RAAMpage!

RAAMpage is a race in time trial format which will be held on July 28, 2018 at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. Take a pick from the 6, 12 or 24 hour categories and register now via http://www.cyclingraampage.com.

Check out the details:

CYCLING RAAMPAGE
Southeast Asia RAAM Qualifier
July 28, 2018
The Villages at Global Clark
24/12/6-hour TIME TRIAL RACE over a 33 kilometre loop
http://www.cyclingraampage.com

RACE CATEGORIES:

REGISTRATION SITE: https://register.raceyaya.com/events/cycling-raampage-2018

REGISTRATION FEES:

RACE SCHEDULE:

RACE COURSE:

PRESS RELEASE:

RAAMpage Cycling: Registration for Race Across America Qualifier in the Philippines now open

Do Filipino athletes have what it takes to take on what is known as the world’s toughest bike race? Race Across America (RAAM) is considered by many to be the most challenging of bike races globally because of its gruelling format – non-stop cycling across 12 states. This July 28, 2018, all athletes and cycling enthusiasts from the Philippines and Asia are welcome to experience RAAM through RAAMpage – the first official Southeast Asian qualifier for RAAM. Registration and sign-ups are now open and can be reached via http://www.cyclingraampage.com.

As a qualifier recognized and approved by Race Across America, RAAMpage will be embodying the format of RAAM via a time trial race. The difference; however is that RAAMpage will have 6, 12 and 24 hour time trials to make the race friendlier to athletes and cyclists of all levels. Team David’s Salon, the team behind RAAMpage, wanted to ensure that all cycling enthusiasts would have the opportunity to experience RAAM on the level that they are comfortable with.

“We are extremely excited that Race Across America has recognized our capability – both as athletes and hosts – to put up the first official qualifier in Southeast Asia. We know that RAAM is on the bucket list of many cyclists and we are thrilled to be bringing that experience here and who knows – we may have race finishers who will actually join RAAM” says Carmela Pearson,

head of RAAMpage and herself, a second place mixed-relay finisher in Race Across America in 2017.

David Charlton, owner of Team David’s Salon believes that not only will RAAMpage be a great opportunity to showcase how the Philippines can organize world-class athletic events, he also knows that the Filipino athlete is more than capable of taking on RAAM “I myself was with Carmela and our awesome team of four and we actually placed in the world’s toughest bike race! Imagine when we open this experience to even more Filipino athletes” he concludes.

RAAMPage will be held on July 28, 2018 at The Villages in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. For interested participants and more information on RAAMpage, visit http://www.facebook.com/cyclingraampageph and http://www.cyclingraampage.com

Congratulations to SUMMIT NATURAL DRINKING WATER! Plus – Know the Truths vs Myths about Energy Drinks

Cheers to Summit Natural Drinking Water for taking the #1 spot in the Mineral and Purified Segment of Packaged Water! Read on the below official press release for the details. 🙂

Meanwhile, sister-brand Cobra Energy Drink just released a truth vs. myths about energy drinks. You can find the official release below as well.

PRESS RELEASE:

Summit Natural Drinking Water Takes Number One Spot
in Mineral and Purified Segment of Packaged Water

Manila, Philippines— Summit Natural Drinking Water is now the country’s no.1 brand for the mineral and purified segment of packaged water on Nielsen’s annualized period covering March 2017-February 2018*.

This only proves that Summit, a product of the country’s major player in beverage and industrial packaging industry Asia Brewery Inc.’s, is the ultimate hydration partner for the Filipinos who always Thirst For More out of life. The drink-of-choice of the active lifestyle seekers continues to provide quality natural drinking water that undergoes strict testing protocol to ensure that every bottle contains nothing short of optimum hydration.

For years, Summit has not only contributed quality bottled drinking water, it has also been instrumental in honing young, aspiring athletes.

It is one of the most trusted packaged water brands by athletes because it boosts concentration and athletic edge by upping the hydration level. In fact, in support of the country’s most promising sportspersons, it is the official bottled water of the Philippine National Athletes.

Every bottle of Summit contains the right amount of minerals and bicarbonates that boost the body’s hydration level for better performance. So get ready for your next adventure with Summit Natural Drinking Water, the brand that keeps you hydrated to take on new challenges and enables you to #ThirstForMore out of life!

 
*For the periods covering March 2017 to February 2018 in Supermarkets, Groceries and Convenience Stores

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/pg/SummitNaturalDrinkingWater.

PRESS RELEASE:

The Truth About Energy Drinks: Truth vs Myth Exposed

(Manila, Philippines) The road to the education of energy drink consumption has been a long-standing battle of proving facts from fiction. With today’s lifestyle pace further progressing, keeping up with the demands to fulfill more in a day becomes more and more time and energy consuming. The emergence of energy drink has given active and lifestyle people a lifeline to get more things done. And if there is one truth about energy drink is that you can control what you consume, and knowing the truths versus the fictions will allow you to maximize its benefits when you need it most.

Truth vs Myth about Energy Drinks

#1: Energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine

MYTH. A 240ml bottle of the leading energy drink contains about 90mg of caffeine, in which compared to a medium or large-sized brewed coffee that has 3x more caffeine content confirms this is a myth. But more than the wake-up buzz, Energy drinks also have added ingredients such as B-vitamins, Ginseng, and Inositol which also help further boost your energy and mental alertness.

It is always best to check the back label of the product to give guidance for you to track how much caffeine an energy drink contains.

#2: Energy drinks are also sports drinks

TRUTH and MYTH. While there is no difference between Sports drinks and Energy drinks, it is more correct to say that Energy drinks can be used as sports drinks. They are both categorized as water based flavored drinks which may or may not contain electrolytes, vitamins and other nutrients. The ingredients energy drinks provide are intended to enhance physical performance especially before workout as it keeps you more stimulated for exercise. However, one should keep in mind that energy drinks are diuretics because of the caffeine content, which is why it’s important to partner this with continuous drinking of water.

#3: Energy drinks are not for children or people with caffeine sensitivities

TRUTH. As caffeine being the key ingredient found in energy drinks, thus the effects on sleeping habits, moods, and even appetite may be experienced. Similarly on how we keep our children away from coffee and sodas, drinking energy drink is also not recommended for them. There are also high caution given to people with caffeine sensitivity, and most especially pregnant women as this may affect the fetus development.

#4: Energy drinks cause palpitations and difficulty in breathing

MYTH AND TRUTH. The main bad reputation of energy drink derives from the issue of experiencing heavy palpitations that may bring about breathing difficulties. As we’ve established, caffeine is present in most of what we consume: energy drinks, sodas, teas, and even chocolates and nuts. People who are not used to consuming this ingredient, or at the very least, people who do not drink coffee, will have higher chances of experiencing the effects. Let it be known that it is not because the ingredient is not safe for the body, but solely because the body adjusts to this added stimulant.

#5: Energy drinks are not regulated

MYTH. The leading energy drink in the country has been in the market since 2006, and for more than a decade, it has continuously passed the strictest standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The key ingredients inside an energy drink are also the same ingredients that are present in the food we consume daily. Thus, with this regulation, Cobra, as the no.1 energy drink, is approved to be widely available in the Philippines.

As the leader of the pact, Cobra Energy Drink vows to educate the market by sharing information about energy drink ingredients and proper consumption habits; proving that after all, you are in control of your own energy.

Energy drink enables one to power through various day-to-day activities, from mid to high-level energy requirement. Cobra delivers both physical performance and mental alertness made for people who push productivity to the next level. What’s more is that it is also a more refreshing flavorful drink that also has performance-boosting ingredients.

What’s inside every Cobra Energy Drink?

Cobra Energy Drink contains safe levels of caffeine, and sugar as safe stimulants for instant energy boost and increased mental alertness. It also contains high-quality B-vitamins that help the body get more energy from the food that you eat.

Added ingredients are Taurine, which is an amino acid that aids the body’s metabolic process and known to have antioxidant properties; it also contains Ginseng to boost memory, concentration, and performances; and Inositol that aids in nerve functions.

Cobra being the no.1 energy drink in the country continues its efforts in providing truths about energy drinks. This gives people more knowledge on how energy drink plays a role in their active and busy lifestyles – and an understanding that if we take charge and stay informed, we have the power to control our energy.

7-Eleven Run 2018 Race Kit Winners!


Thank you to everyone who participated in this blog’s 7-Eleven Run 2018 race kit give-away promo as posted HERE. The free race kit will be in the form of complimentary registration codes courtesy of the 10km category title sponsor, Del Monte. Thanks and cheers to the kind peeps of Del Monte, yay! 

Just so you know, I used the online app “Spin Wheel” to generate the 10 lucky winners for Manila.

The 10 winners are:

1. Fe Quibrantar
2. Hannah Angelika de Guzman
3. Eugene Lim
4. Ian Yu
5. Rhoed San Gabriel
6. Russell David
7. Ella Pagsisihan-Ainza
8. Sonny John Randolf Chua
9. Icar Hiponia
10. JD Canono

I will send your registration codes via FB Messenger. Congratulations! Many thanks again to Del Monte for these give-aways, expect many treats from on race day!

See you all on February 4 at Filinvest City, Alabang for the 7-Eleven Run 2018! To register and check complete details, visit http://www.run711.com.

New Year’s Treat: FREE 7-Eleven Run 2018 10K Race Registration!

Happy New Year everyone! 

As we all have learned by now, it’s a little over a month until the much-awaited 7-Eleven Run Series! What makes it truly special this year is the fact that the awesome people from Philippine Seven Corporation decided to take it to the next level by holding not just one race but three races simultaneously in three different cities in the country!

Yep, the 7-Eleven Run Series this February 4, 2018, won’t just happen in Metro Manila (Filinvest City, Alabang) but also in Cebu and Davao! All three races will feature the same race categories: 42KM, 21KM, 10KM, 16KM, 10KM, 10KM Buddy, 5KM, 5KM Buddy, 3KM and 500 Meter (Kids run).

Registration is already on-going and full details can be found at https://www.run711.com/.

RACE KITS GIVE-AWAY FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Meanwhile, as a new year’s treat, this blog, in partnership with 7-Eleven Run 2018 event partner Del Monte Fit and Right Active, will be giving away 10k race kits to random readers of this blog from Manila, Cebu and Davao! That’s 10k race kits for each race venue!

The mechanics are pretty simple:

1. In your FB account, post a photo of your favorite Fit and Right Active variant. As a caption, tell us how and when do you usually drink it. Plus the 7-Eleven Run race venue that you intend to run in. (choices: Manila, Cebu, Davao).
2. Make sure we are able to see your post by setting it to “PUBLIC”.
3. Share the link to your post by putting it as a comment on this blog. When doing so, include your FB account name. 
4. The lucky recipients of the 7-Eleven Run 2018 10k registration codes for Manila, Cebu and Davao will be randomly selected using an online app. 
5. Photos may not be your own but remember to properly acknowledge copyright or include photo credit when using other’s photo. (It’s the right thing to do! :))
6. One can send a maximum of three posts as his/her entry but can only win once.
7. Entries can be sent until 10PM on Friday, January 5. Winners will be announced by January 6.

Good luck!

*Many thanks to Del Monte Fit and Right Active for the free race registration codes!

Collectible STAR WARS Head Gear and Accessories NOW AVAILABLE!

The latest Star Wars movie, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to open in Philippine theaters on Wednesday, December 13. In this much-awaited installment, the story continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join galactic legends in an adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

For 40 years, the Skywalker family saga continues to enthral audiences around the world. And as if to usher in an epic “Star Wars holiday season”, collectible Star Wars headgear and accessories are now available through all SM Men’s Accessories in all SM Department Stores nationwide! Dive back in with the classic characters in a special collection that reinvents the spirit of Star Wars! 

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Choose your alliance in licensed Star Wars merchandise by Retailasia, Inc. which includes rebel or empire caps, drawstring bags and fun novelties. Grab your favorite pieces before they run out!