Team 7-Eleven Philippines Ready for the Ho Chi Minh City Intl Marathon in Vietnam

Five of the 16 Filipino Elite Runners to represent Team 7-Eleven Philippines were guests in the Sports Show – “The Game” together with 7-Eleven’s Gen. Merchandise Division Head and Managing Director for Digital, Mr Jose C. Ang, Jr.

After two years of being relegated to a virtual race format due to the pandemic, the 7-Eleven Run Series had its much-awaited big comeback via the in-person/physical race format last September 25, 2022, at the Filinvest City in Alabang and in Cebu Business Park and SM City Davao for the Cebu and Davao legs, respectively.

This 2022 race series was very much anticipated by both recreational and competitive runners because apart from providing a very challenging but well-organized run, 7-Eleven Philippines, the run series’ prime mover, and with the support of their various sponsors has always prepared awesome post-run treats for everybody.

Out of the total 35,000 participants for all three legs, the top overall Filipino male and female runners from the 42k, 32km, and 21km categories will be given a chance to compete in an international race event. This year, the race will be the 5th Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Seeing action this December 11, 2022 in Ho Chi Minh City are the following qualifiers:

Out of the 16 qualifiers, six are having their international race debut courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines. Those who qualified for the first time are Florencio Lapiz ( 42km, 3rd overall male), Arlan Arbois and Jerome Casinillo (32km, 1st and 2nd overall, respectively) Rosalyn Tadias and Stephanie Cadosale (32km, 2nd and 3rd overall female, respectively), and Roy Laudit (21km, 3rd overall male).

Since its inception last 2013, The Run 7-Eleven Series became a channel for Filipino elite runners to show their skills and talent as runners and prove that they have what it takes to compete with runners from all over the world through an international race. The delegation will travel and compete, all expenses paid for, with pocket money, and their needs are taken care of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish in any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

This is the first time that Philippine Seven Corporation will be sending a Team 7-Eleven Philippines delegation to an international race again after taking a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its grass-roots program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race,” shared 7-Eleven General Merchandise Division Head and Managing Director for Digital, Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr.

The delegation, composed of the 16 Filipino elite runners together with executives from Philippine Seven Corporation, is scheduled to leave for Vietnam on Friday, December 9, 2022. This gives the runners enough time to get settled and prepare for the race on Sunday, December 11, 2022.

Take a look at some of the memories from the last Team 7-Eleven International race last 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Check back for more updates regarding Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ participation in the 5th Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon on Sunday.

Cebuana Lhuillier Celebrates World Savings Day

It’s October 31, 2022! It’s Halloween!

Well, aside from that, there’s also another event worth celebrating today – it’s World Savings Day! In fact, Cebuana Lhuillier has been celebrating this consistently for some years now, never missing a bit in their quest for awareness of the importance of saving as a fundamental step towards the journey to financial freedom.

This year, in anticipation of the event, Cebuana Lhuillier, the Philippines’ leading and largest micro-financial services provider, held an intimate but knowledge-packed blogger session dubbed ” 2022 World Savings Day: Restart Your Finances”. It had a guest speaker, SavingsPinay.ph’s blogger, Ms. Izza Glino.

The Financial Advisor in me was delighted to have been invited as any talk about financial literacy is always a welcome treat. Savings, after all, is the best foundation that can jumpstart one’s journey toward achieving financial freedom.

The talk aimed to impart valuable knowledge and awareness on how we can get our finances back on track. Towards the end, there was even a bonus activity – a workshop on how to use bullet journaling to help us keep track of our finances, monitor our cash flow, and stick to your set budget.

All attendees were oblivious to the heavy rains outside as we were all focused on the topics on hand. In the end, Izza and Cebuana Lhuillier were able to successfully send the message across. How can Filipinos reset and solve their money problems? Izza shared seven (7) steps you can follow and take to heart:

  1. UNDERSTAND YOUR CURRENT FINANCIAL SITUATION
    • Take inventory of your finances – your income. expenses, debt, and assets. With a clear picture of your current financial standing, you can easily draw a plan to solve your money problems.
  2. REVIEW YOUR SPENDING HABITS
    • Find out WHO and HOW are you when it comes to spending your own money lately.
      • Are you a SAVER or a SPENDER
      • Do you spend more on your needs or your wants?
  3. MAKE SMALL CHANGES
    • Find small ways you can reduce your daily expenditure in order to save more
      • What tiny habits can you do for your finances?
  4. BUDGET
    • Setting and following a monthly budget can help you gain a sense of control
  5. SET NEW OR BETTER SAVING GOALS
    • Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals – as any financial advisor will teach everyone, our goals should always be “SMART” – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. These parameters as they pertain to your goal help ensure that your objectives are attainable within a certain time frame.
  6. PUT YOUR PLAN INTO ACTION
    • Implement steps that can minimize the chances of another financial setback.
  7. CORRECT AND ADJUST
    • Perfection is impossible. Get started with your saving goals, correct and adjust along the way.

Starting your savings is key to opening the doors to financial freedom. With well-established savings, you can level up to more financial instruments that are necessary to provide that peace of mind and a lifetime of financial stability.

Choose to restart your finances now!

With Cebuana Lhuillier’s Micro Savings, you can open regular savings account easier because it doesn’t require a maintaining balance. Account holders can deposit anytime and withdraw anywhere at their most convenient time with Cebuana Lhuillier’s network of more than 3,000 branches nationwide. As a Micro Savings account holder, you can also pay cashless using your card in any of 350,000 Unionpay and Bancnet accredited retail stores and withdraw in any of  21,000+ Bancnet ATM nationwide.

Micro Savings provides Filipinos with a more convenient and affordable means to save their hard-earned money.  Filipino citizens as young as 7 years old are qualified to open a savings account, which can be considered as a “kids savings” or “junior savings” account in banks.

Happy World Savings Day everyone. I wish you all a smooth journey to financial wellness. As Cebuana Lhuillier always reminds us, “Maging isang IPONARYO, dahil PANALO LAGI ANG MAY IPON!

The Barangay Resilience Exchange 2022

Are you and your community ready when disaster strikes? Can you survive a calamity?

These and other disaster-related issues were the topics that the 2nd Barangay Resilience Exchange Forum (BRX2022), an initiative of Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc., aimed to discuss when it held its sessions on October 13 and 14, 2022.

Adopting a theme of “Ang Handang Barangay, Mahusay!”, this year’s forum – the first and only digital conference of its kind in the Philippines, highlighted the importance of collaboration and coordination among the government, private organizations, NGOs, and the community in order to survive and thrive following a major calamity.

“Cebuana Lhuillier has always prided itself on its commitment towards helping Filipinos lead better lives—whether through our call towards financial inclusion or through our CSR programs designed to empower Filipinos. Disaster Resilience is one of our main thrusts as it impacts the safety, security, and livelihood of the very communities we serve. Through BRX2022 and with the help of our partner institutions, our hope is that our barangay leaders will get valuable learnings that they can use in times of emergencies,” shares Jean Henri Lhuillier, president & CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier.

Jonathan Batangan, First Vice President & CLFI Executive Director, adds, “The second staging of BRX2022 continues CLFI’s thrust in promoting the importance of public-private and community collaboration. We are lucky to have gotten the support of the government, as well as the organizations who lead the way when it comes to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, rehabilitation, and recovery encompassing the disaster risk reduction and management value chain”.

First Vice President & CLFI Executive Director, Jonathan Batangan was joined by BRX2022 Speakers Dr. Ted Esguerra, Ms. Veronica Gabaldon, Ms. Simonette Lat and Dr. Mahar Lagmay as they sign the BRX2022 Manifesto

With the support of the government through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), this year’s BRX Forum offered two days of online learning courtesy of the number of agencies who signed up to share their knowledge. Leading its roster of speakers are DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., and Secretary Renato Solidum of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Also sharing their expertise for the first day of the two-day event include Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of UP Resilience Institute, Joy Santiago, EnP of the UP NOAH Center, Dr. Jojo Sayson, President & Founder of Project Michael Angelo Foundation, Usec. Raymundo Ferrer from the Office of the Civil Defense of the Department of National Defense, and Felix Ayque, Founder & CEO of Komunidad.

The second day of BRX featured talks from Dr. Teofredo Esguerra from the Energy Development Corporation, as well as live interviews featuring disaster resilience advocates, local community leaders from across the country and panel discussions with representatives from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI),  Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), German Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Globe Telecom, SM Supermalls, Oxfam , Sagip Kapamilya, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokers,  among others.

At least 4,000 registered for this two-day event. They were composed of Barangay Leaders, Local Government Units, Non-profit and Civil Society Organizations, MSMEs, and the media.

You probably missed out on this but don’t fret, you can still check out the forum as it was recorded and streamed live on various social media pages. Learn a lot of knowledge and tips on how to be fully prepared in times of calamities. Check out days 1 and 2 of the forum from the following:

For more details, visit https://cebuanafoundation.org/brx-barangay-resilience-exchange/

7-Eleven Run 2022 – ANG PAGBABALIK

REGISTRATION IS TO END SOON!

For the past two years of the pandemic, the 7-Eleven Run Series has been pushed to a virtual run format in consideration of health protocols and the safety of participants. However, the much-missed physical, “in person” run event will finally be back on the road this year.

The 10th installment of the race will be held simultaneously in three venues in Manila, Cebu, and Davao. To celebrate the grand comeback of the two-day physical event from September 24 to 25, 7-Eleven is preparing exciting cash prizes, major freebies from sponsor brands, and a chance to run in an international competition.

Registration started via http://www.run711.com last August 3 and will be available until September 13, 2022. If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time to secure a slot and join the fun!

Please read below for the event details. See you there!

7-ELEVEN RUN 2022

September 24-25, 2022

3km/5km/5km Buddy/10km/10km Buddy/16km/21km/32km/42km

http://www.run711.com

VENUE:

CATEGORY AND FEES:

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

RACE KIT CLAIMING:

RUNNER’S ENTITLEMENTS:

CASH PRIZES:

If you are feeling competitive and would like to aim for a podium finish, here are the prizes in store for you!

RACE SCHEDULES:

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS:

Participants can do a quick grocery run with the number of freebies they can grab from over 30 sampling booths courtesy of 7-Eleven’s brand partners.

It doesn’t matter if one is a newbie, a pro runner, or just joining for fun alone, with a friend, or with a group, everyone’s welcome to join and run as one community. For more details and to view the race route maps, visit the race website or head on over to the 7-Eleven Run Series FB page.

See you on race day!

adidas Launches New PULSE BOOST HD at Night Mile Race Manila

Last August 24, I was lucky enough to be part of a big adidas celebration – first, the official launch of the new adidas PULSE BOOST HD and second, the second year anniversary of the adidas Runners Manila club. adidas made the occasion very special by holding a free run – the Night Mile Race. It was drizzling but it did not stop over a hundred runners from participating in this intimate 5-relay night run. 

I arrived at the Intramuros welcomed by the energy of all the people getting ready to join the race. I was told that the race was a 5-member relay run wherein runners 1-4 are expected to complete a one-mile loop and runner 5 completing a 2-mile loop. The fastest male and female group will each win a pair of the new adidas Pulse Boost HD per member.

After the run, all participants were treated to a buffet dinner at Barbara’s restaurant. Truly an anniversary celebration of sorts!

The star of the night, adidas Pulse Boost HD, is the newest upgrade of adidas’ greatest asset, the boost technology. It boasts of the following features:

  • Continental™ Adaptive Traxion, a new Continental™ Rubber outsole developed by artificial intelligence, giving maximum grip to quickly change direction on any surface, dry or wet.
  • Adapt Knit, a new flexible upper that stretches where you need it.
  • Spotify Integration, a QR code on the tongue links directly to a custom playlist based on where you are in the world. Once you’ve scanned the code, you’ll unlock the exclusive playlist.

Here’s a quick look at the new pair I received, courtesy of adidas. I can’t wait to be able to try and run in it soon!

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Congratulations adidas Runners Manila, Happy Anniversary!

PRESS RELEASE:

ADIDAS INTRODUCES NEW BOOST TECHNOLOGY AT THE NIGHT MILE RACE MANILA WITH THE NEW PULSEBOOST HD

Released on August 22, Pulseboost HD is the first silhouette to offer Boost HD, an evolution of the iconic midsole technology from adidas

adidas gives runners a chance to conquer every corner of Intramuros

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Manila, Philippines, August 2019 — adidas Philippines on August 24 celebrated the launch of its first silhouette to offer the Boost HD— Pulseboost HD. The shoe was engineered for more stability with the same unrivalled energy return and comfort. It is the result of a collaboration among urban runners from New York, Paris, and Berlin. Runners are now free to conquer every corner, every curb, and every crack with a completely new package of performance benefits — Boost HD, Continental Adaptive Traxion, Adapt Knit.

adidas Runners Manila (aRM) got to put the Pulseboost HD to the test at the Night Mile Race Manila, a collective relay with two categories made available — Open, for beginner and intermediate runners, and Elite, for intermediate to advanced runners. The relay had a total distance of five miles, with each member of a team running one mile. The top teams for each category were awarded at the celebration after the run, which was held at Batala Bar in Intramuros, Manila.

“The Night Mile Race is a great way for our runners to experience the new innovation in boost technology as well as to celebrate the anniversary of adidas Runners Manila. We are very proud of what the team has achieved in just the past two years — a highly engaged Facebook group with thousands of members who have, in one way or another, worked on their running goals with aRM”, said Jen Dacasin, adidas Brand Communication and Sports Manager.

BOOST HD isn’t technology— it’s a real life power-up. Join the adidas Runners Manila Facebook group in celebrating BOOST’s impact on sport culture with its free running and training sessions every week.

The adidas Pulseboost HD is available in-store and on adidas.com.ph/pulseboost for Php 6,500.