Yes, She said YES!

It all started with an SMS from RunRio Event Manager, Kathy:

“RunRio Core Team,

We are all required to be present at the Running for Love music video shoot tomorrow at UP Diliman Bahay ng Alumni. Call time is 2:30pm.  Please be on time because the production team and director will be there to brief and prep us.

Please come in jeans and plain white shirt/top. Cc- Rio, GM”

This SMS was also followed by a late afternoon call, several missed calls at night and an SMS message from Registration Manager and Rio’s pretty sister, our well-loved Dada (Merlyn to most of the runners). So I thought, “Hmm, this shoot seems to be really special.”

So the following day, I was off to UP with runner-blogger friend, Eman, (who was specifically requested by Dada to be with us during the “shoot”) carrying with us our jeans and “perfect white shirt”. 😉

We arrived at the UP Bahay ng Alumni with a few minutes to spare so we got dressed and there met the other members of the RunRio team. From the UP bahay ng Alumni, we transferred to the UP Oblation where the “shoot” will supposedly happen.

A long wait ensued with the “usual suspect” unleashing some quotable quotes:

Boy, Running Host:


When asked if he brought his camera: “Kailangan may kanya-kanyang camera?”

Lou, RunRio Event Manager aka SITSIRITSIT:


“Hindi ba dapat pag may ganitong MTV shoot, dapat may STORYBOARD?”

Eman, aka Chummy Blogger:


“Kailangan ba talaga sa UP ang shoot, di ba puede naman sa BGC?”

Me, aka Mommy Irma:

After waiting for more than an hour already, to Lou: “I’m getting RESTLESS.” To which Lou remanrked: “And so am I!”

Restless me did not let all the talk stop there. I did a little investigating to find out why the shoot is taking long to start. In every person I talked with to inquire from, there was this remark that gave me the impression that Coy (Nicole to everyone outside the RunRio circle and Rio’s ladylove), is not supposed to know something.

With my kulit and chismosa instinct, I turned to the group and told them that “I am feeling that there won;t be a shoot and that a proposal is in the offing”. The group – who I found out later were left out of the grand plan too, became really excited with the thought/possibility. 

The excitement really went up when both Kathy and Dada arrived with the exciting confirmation. Yes, we were all taken for a ride – there will be no MTV shoot but instead Rio will be popping THE QUESTION to Coy and that the scene is currently on-going in a particular UP-Ikot jeep.

All the rest are scenes that are really so so touching and KILIG. I would have loved to share every kuwento but this is both Coy’s and Rio’s story. It will be a lot better to hear their own account of this special moment in their relationship. 

Meanwhile, as I got Rio;s approval, I will share to you some pictures to give you an idea of what transpired during this “shoot”.

And to Coy and Rio, as we have always said time and again, we are all so happy for both of you and we look forward to your spending a happy and blessed life together. And hopefully when it is the wedding already, we won’t be receiving an SMS for a music video shoot in place of a wedding invitation ha. 🙂 Yun oh!


the UP-Ikot jeep that brought Coy and Rio to the UP Oblation with the Up Dharma Down singing Tadhana


Zoom-in to RunRio resident videographer as a Becky-in-disguise while trying to record the scenes inside the jeep


and Rio gets down to his knees and nervously popped THE question to Coy who tearily answered YES!


sa kaba, nakalimutan hubarin ang shades! hehe. 😛


and they are officially engaged!


The CONDURA SKYWAY MARATHON 2012 Event and Route Maps

February 5, 2012
Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa


February 5, 2012
Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa

February 5, 2012
Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City


Registration Period:
ONLINE: December 21, 2011 to January 22, 2012
ON-SITE: December 21, 2011 to January 29, 2012

ONLINE REGISTRATION SITE: Link will be available on December 20

Registration Venue:
1. Riovana BGC
– 28th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (Mon-Thurs : 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sun : 10am to 11pm)
2. Riovana Katipunan
– Unit 305 Regis Center, 327 Katipunan Ave., Quezon City (Mon-Sun : 10am to 8pm)
3. Condura Skyway Marathon Registration Center
– Activity Center, Festival Supermall Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Mon-Sun, 10am to 8pm)

Registration Details:

Race Kit Inclusions:
The race kit contains the following :
a. Run for the Mangroves Dri-fit technical shirt
b. D-Tag
c. Race Bib
d. Tie-wrap (for baggage deposit/claim on race day)

– Race Bib

– Dri-Fit Technical Shirt


Mangroves Forest in Sibugay Bay in Zamboanga
– 1 Runner, 3 Mangroves. 14,000 Runners, 42,000 mangroves

Race start :
All race distances will start at the Skyway Alabang Tunnel along Alabang-Zapote Road.
Major landmarks : Alabang Depot, Caltex and South Supermarket

Start corral : Bridgeway Avenue
Major landmark : Wilcon Builders

Finish line : All race distances will finish at Spectrum Midway Extension, Filinvest Alabang.
Major landmark : Wilcon Builders and Condura-Filinvest Village



Prize money is equal for All Filipino and International Division for both men and women.

Note: All winners will get trophies and certificates. Select winners get special prizes from sponsors like Asics shoes, watches, vouchers from Crimson Hotel and Spa, Acacia Hotel, etc.


Waved starts for all the categories

To better manage runner traffic and to eliminate congestion, wave starts will be implemented for all race categories. The runners, in groups of 500, will be released in approximately 2-minute intervals.

Look for your designated wave group in the start corral. No need to worry about your time as we we will be using D-TAG timing, which is engaged when you cross the timing mat at the STARTING LINE.

Your wave group may be found below the bib number and is clearly defined by your race distance followed by an alphabet from A to G. 


1. Baggage Check-in and Claim 

Baggage counters are located along the perimeter of the Condura Village facing Bridgeway Avenue, across Vivere. Each race category is assigned its own baggage check-in and claim.

a. Look for the tent that corresponds to your race distance. All baggage tents are properly
b. Deposit your bags and tear the perforated “baggage” stub in your race bib. Please note
that your stub is numbered the same as your race bib.
c. Attach the “baggage” stub in your bag using the tie-wrap provided.
d. Hand-over the your bag to the baggage attendant.
e. You will retrieve your belongings in the same tent where these are deposited.
f. When claiming, simply present your race bib to the baggage attendant.

Friendly Reminders :
a. Bags over 2ft x 2ft will be accepted.
b. The 1 bag per runner rule shall apply.
c. Please do not lose your race bib as this is the ONLY way for you to claim your bag.
d. Your baggage will be handled with utmost care. However, you are encouraged to remove all breakable and fragile items from the bag.
e. Please avoid putting valuables such as wallet, mobile phones, jewelries, digital cameras in the bag. The organizer/s, sponsors and suppliers will not be held liable for losses and damages to your properties.


1. Runners are encouraged to go to the registration centers PERSONALLY. Photographs will be taken for filing in the registration database.
2. If you are unable to register in person and opt to send a representative, please provide a valid ID of yours which will be scanned for filing in the registration database.
3. Please bring a valid ID too for scanning purposes to complete the runners database.

Registration Terms and Conditions

a. Registration is non-cancellable and fees are non-refundable.
b. Registration is non-transferrable.
c. Once fees are paid, changes in registration will not be accepted. Downgrade and upgrade of race categories are not permitted.
d. There is no group or early bird discount.

Race Bib and Shirt Redemption

a. For those who sign-up at the registration centers – race bib, D-Tag and Dri-Fit Technical shirt my be picked-up on the spot.
b. For runners who will register and pay online — including those coming from overseas, race kit pick-up is from Jan 29 to Feb 04, 2012 at the Riovana Store in Bonifacio Global City. Please note that all registration centers will not release race kits before the specified pick-up schedule.

c. International participants may register and pay online. Race kit pick-up is also from Jan 29 to Feb 04, 2012 at the Riovana Store BGC.


a. Shirts are subject to stock availability and sizes are not guaranteed.
b. Shirt sizes will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Shirts of the online registrants will be reserved upon payment until pick-up week.
c. Shirts, once released, cannot be replaced.

THE CONDURA SKYWAY MARATHON, A Look back to its accomplishments:
In 2012, the Condura Skyway Marathon is celebrating its 5th year of caring for the marine environment.

2008 : Raised P100,000 donation for the Tubbataha Park
200 runners

2009 : Raised P365,000 donation for the whalesharks of Donsol, Sorsogon
6,200 runners

2010 : Raised P511,000 donation for the dolphins of Pamilacan Island, Bohol
8,500 runners

2011 : Raised P605,000 donation for the cetacean research projects and rehabilitation of the Marine Mammal Museum of Silliman University
13,500 runners

From 2008 to 2011, a guaranteed donation of P50 (plus any surplus in the registration fees) goes to the marine fund awarded to the chosen beneficiary.

GO NATURAL RUN Finisher’s Shirt and Advocacy Shirt

Hello folks! Everyone who signs up and finishes the Go Natural Run 21km race category will get to receive this cool finisher’s shirt:

And what’s more, if you register for any race category of this race and at the same time give a minimum donation of Php 150, you will be entitled to receive this Go Natural Advocacy Shirt:

Want to learn more about this race? Click HERE to view the complete race details and HERE to view the race singlets. 🙂


Hello folks! Here are the singlets for the Go Natural Run race happening on January 15. Get to choose what you like best from any of these singlet colors when you register. This race is the first offering of RunRio for the year 2012. For more details, visit my post HERE. 🙂

singlet for 3km race category

singlet for 5k race category

singlet for 10k race category

singlet for 21k race category