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!



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 for Php 6,500.

Countdown starts now for Under Armour’s Test of Will 2017!

Let the countdown begin as the stage is set for the Philippine qualifier of the much-awaited second edition of Under Armour’s signature annual urban fitness challenge, Test of Will 2017!

Happening across Southeast Asia, the TOW 2017 Philippine heats is set to happen on March 25 and 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center, Makati. The male and female winners of this challenge will earn the right to represent the Philippines in the Test of Will 2017 Regional Finals which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6.

Registration is now on-going for those interested to take on the challenge. If you think you have what it takes, read the below official presser for the details!

See you in Glorietta!



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Registration is now open for the Test of Will Philippines National Heats on March 25 & 26

The annual urban fitness challenge, Test of Will returns for its second edition on March 25 & 26 atGlorietta Activity Center in Makati City, Philippines. Organized by high performance sportswear label Under Armour, the event sets out to celebrate human performance through intense functional training challenges for the most determined athletes, goal-getters and fitness aspirants.

With the addition of Indonesia and Brunei this year, the regional fitness competition that also takes place in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines is expected to be more intense than the year before. Participants will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw.

Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

“The Test of Will is for everyone and anyone with the determination and discipline to train and compete,” said Mr. Michael Binger, CEO of Triple Pte Ltd, exclusive distributor of Under Armour in Southeast Asia. “Last year, we witnessed champions crowned from the most unexpected individuals. The event epitomizes the might of the determined and the spirit of the underdogs, something which Under Armour stands for.”

Under Armour has also recently launched its latest apparel and footwear collections engineered with the Threadborne™ technology leading up to the national heats; to equip participants with the gear to train and compete at the highest level. The Threadborne™ Siro and Seamless collections are made from fabric that is light, breathable, anti-cling, quick-drying and provides a high-level of stretch and recovery.

“Under Armour took the ultra-durable yarns within paracords, and rebuilt them into apparel material that can withstand the rigors of intensive use,” said Binger. “The result is a next generation fabric that gives athletes an edge to perform better through enhanced comfort and durability.”

Overall male and female winners of the Test of Will 2016, Jet Ng and Zoe Pond-McPherson shared the following tips for this year’s challenges.

“When you feel good, you will perform better. So, train hard, eat well, get enough rest, and make sure you feel as comfortable as you can be on that day.” said Ng.

“You will be pitted against many other athletes who have trained hard for their goals. Your ability to focus on that day will be as important as your fitness level.” said Pond-McPherson.

The Test of Will 2017 Philippines National Heats is now open for registration. Simply log on to to indicate your preferred date and time, no registration fee is required. Participants must be 21 years old and above, and must be a Philippine Citizen or Permanent Resident to qualify for the regional finals.

Participants are encouraged to study the training guide for specific movement standards and tips to maximise their performance. They can also sign up for Armour@TheFort, a series of free training events organized by Under Armour to prepare for the challenges ahead. For more information and details on the Armour@TheFort series, visit

Filipina athletes emerge as top winners of the Under Armour Test of Will Finals

It seems like the athletic gods are on our side as Filipina athletes have been having a field day achieving goals and triumphs lately. On the heels of Mary Joy Tabal’s Rio Olympics-qualifying finish at the recently-concluded Ottawa Marathon, a pair of Filipinas also made it great in this weekend’s Under Armour Test of Will Finals in Singapore.

Know more about it through the official Press Release below.


Filipina athletes rule Under Armour’s Test of Will finals
Two Filipina athletes hoisted the Philippine flag aloft in Under Armour’s Test of Will finals

Zoe Pond-McPherson (right) and Noelle Wenceslao (left) topped the female category of the sporting brand’s Asia-wide competition

Zoe Pond-McPherson (right) and Noelle Wenceslao (left) topped the female category of the sporting brand’s Asia-wide competition

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The “Three Stars and a Sun” insignia was fully represented in Under Armour’s Test of Will finals at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on May 28 as Filipina athletes Zoe Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao topped the competition’s female category.

With the entire archipelago resting on her shoulders, Pond-McPherson claimed the coveted gold medal in Under Armour’s inaugural Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge that pitted eight male and eight female contenders from countries such as the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Widely regarded for her moniker “The Fittest Woman in Philippine Crossfit,” Pond-McPherson shined among the eight female hopefuls.

On the other hand, Wenceslao had a silver-medal finish in the Test of Will competition.

Pond-McPherson and Wenceslao went through an eye of a needle inside the highly-touted structure known as “The Tower,” which contains different fitness zones with calisthenic exercises.

In the first phase, participants had to undergo 20-kilocalorie Assault AirBike and accomplish 20 jump squats and 20 ab roll-outs.

Difficulty and intensity took a notch higher in the competition’s second part as contestants were obliged to complete 20 burpees and 20 repetitions of 12.5-kilogram single-arm dumbbell thrusters.

A multi-rig course and pull-ups were prepared in the third session, while the last stage catered 64-kilogram kettle bell walk, 20-kilocalorie bike sprint, tire shift and 12-meter rope climb.

Pond-McPherson is no stranger to fitness challenges as she strutted her wares at the 2015 Crossfit Games Pacific Regional in Wollongong, Australia alongside the strongest female practitioners in the region.

Meanwhile, Wenceslao has 16 years of experience in the field of dragon boat paddling and an avid outdoor enthusiast.

In 2007, Wenceslao achieved a milestone as she became one of the first three Filipinas who reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Pond-McPherson and Wenceslao’s male counterparts were able to make it into the top five of the men’s division.

Merwin Torres occupied the third sport of Test of Will’s male category, while Derrick Maercado came in at fifth place.

All of the four Filipino representatives were mentored by fitness power couple Jim and Toni Saret.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook at

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Under Armour & Shangri-La Health Club’s GET FIT GET ARMOURED FOR 2016 Event Held

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Under Armour PH and Shangri-La Health Club spearheaded LIVE: Move. Refuel. Recover, a 3-day action-packed event of fitness activities and total wellness at the EDSA Shangri-La Health Club held last January 29, 30 and 31.

Armours were on as Under Armour PH and Shangri-La Health Club engaged people to rule themselves with the Rule Yourself fitness challenge. The brand also introduced the newest SS16 collection of Under Armour, the gears that will only make you train better.

These full blast activities that were included in this event are:

  • Introduction to Triathlon with coach Norman Pascual
  • Total Immersion Swim training with Coach Ria Mackay
  • Power Tennis with The Perkin Twins
  • Mindful Eating with Cheshire Que
  • Functional Exercises by Elle Adda
  • Yoga with Bubbles Paraiso
  • Beyond Energy and Stress Trends with Dr. Heal

Fitness experts, celebrities and Under Armour PH ambassadors Robi Domingo, Meggie Ochoa, Johan Aguilar and Toni Saret were also present at the event.


Alaska’s Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars Hold Send-Off Party

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It was a “coming-out” party of sorts for these group of young boys and girls, all of them in their teens, as they were formally presented to the media for the first time as officially this year’s Philippine Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA ALL STARS. Presented by Alaska together with the Male and Female Coaches of the Year at the NBA Cafe a day before they left for their NBA Experience, the seemingly shy and unassuming teeners, accompanied by their ever supportive parents, answered all questions thrown to them sometimes with ease and most of the time, as natural as growing kids are in the company of inquisitive adults. I think not one of them have an inkling of how they have taken that initial step to having a chance to make it big in the world of Philippine basketball in the future.

For me, it was a truly heartwarming occasion as I was a witness to almost the entirety of their Jr. NBA/WNBA journey – from the Tip-off ceremonies last January, to the various selection camps up to finally the national training camp which eventually produced their lot who will come to be known as the Jr. NBA and JR. WNBA All Stars.

The party cum media conference was organized for the group who left for Beijing China today for their NBA Experience. Last year’s Jr. NBA had theirs in Los Angeles, California but this year, as the Alaska representatives have explained, the group will be taken to China where there they will meet their Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese counterparts for some friendly games, basketball clinic, an NBA Global Games experience and of course, not to forget some cultural tour on the side, including a trip to the Great Wall of China.

The following are the members of theNBA/Jr. WNBA All Stars together with the Male and Female Coaches of the Year who are now in Beijing for the NBA Experience tour:

The Jr NBA Philippine All Stars:

  1. Rhayyan Amsali, 13, Nazareth School of National University
  2. Sanjosef Belangel, 14, Bacolod Taytung High School
  3. Vince Leo Dolendo, 14, Huasiong College of Iloilo
  4. Jethro Rocamora, 14, First Baptist Christian School
  5. Paul Matthew Manalang, 14, National University
  6. Jan Cyril Narvasa, 15, University of Santo Tomas
  7. David Leonardo Umadhay, 14, Huasiong College of Iloilo
  8. Luis Miguel Velasco, 14, La Salle Greenhills
  9. Andrew Vincent Velasco, 14, University of Perpetual Help Dalta System
COACH: Cliff Andy Tecocan
The Jr WNBA Philippine All Stars:
  1. Kreecie Bettina Binaohan, 14, University of Perpetual Help Dalta System
  2. Arielle Marie Lanot, 13, De La Salle-Zobel
  3. Roxanne Salvador, 13, University of Perpetual Help Dalta System
  4. Karl Ann Pingol, 12, Potatan Elementary School
  5. Mary Jean Pascual, 14, University of Southern Philippines
COACH: Pia Dysangco

The Jr NBA and Jr WNBA program in the Philippines is presented by Alaska Milk.  Its mother company, Friesland Campina, extended the sports youth program in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

TITAN GAMES – November 9

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The Titan Games is the Philippine’s First National Strongman Competition, a multifaceted fitness event that combines physical challenges with a time element. This event is made for every FILIPINO who want to change their lives for the better, through fitness and health. The Titan Games seek to build TITANS – iron-willed individuals with a strong in mind and body.

This year, Titans will clash in the concrete jungle. Witness steel, wood, and rubber crash against each other as 6 winning individuals take all in this 2 division challenge. On November 09 2014 at The Camp, Taguig, this whole-day event will feature challenges, mini-challenges, and a spectator-friendly event every person can enjoy.

The Titan Games wants every Filipino. We want a Fitter Philippines. But we also want our participants and spectators to have an awesome experience. So we’ve made 2 divisions that are as far apart in difficulty as you can imagine – a beginner’s level, Novice division for the everyday person, and a difficult Advanced division for the serious athlete.

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This is for the EVERY man and the EVERY woman. This is for those who occasionally exercise, the sports enthusiast, the casual (insert sport here). Whether you play hoops with your friends on the weekend, stretch out and find your center every morning, love bicep curls and dancing, or a walk-a-thon junkie posing as a hardcore commuter, this is YOUR event.

An immovable object. An unstoppable force. Many are strong but only a few can be called TITANS. This division will reveal who are worthy of that title. If you’re part of your country’s elite fighting force, an athlete that has been training since Day 001 on Earth, a gym junkie who does not exercise but trains, or want to challenge your human limitations, then we invite you to clash against other TITANS.

CHALLENGES will be FOR TIME, to finish the required movements while following the scoring standards in the shortest time possible. There will be 4 main challenges with 5 minute time caps, where all participants can compete. Each challenge has a unique name connoting to the tasks to be accomplished. Only the Top 5 strongest Males and Females in each division will make it to the 5th Challenge, the Clash of the Titans! Winner will be the one with the shortest total time of all 5 challenges!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded to each top male and female competitor in each division. Prizes from GNC, BeyondRaw, Fit Miss, Ensayo Gym Equipment, Gatorade, Quest Bar, Fitaid, Battle Brew, Progenex, Goat Tape, Brofit and WOD Nation are up for grabs! The advanced division male and female champions will be awarded the 2014 Titan Games – Titan, and they will become GNC’s BeyondRaw and Fit Miss next brand ambassadors!

Register now at the following GNC Stores around Metro Manila, or at partner gyms!


  • MAKATI AREA – Rockwell, Greenbelt 1, Market Market, Glorietta 4
  • SOUTH AREA – SM Aura, Alabang Town Center
  • MANILA AREA – Rob. Ermita, SM Mall of Asia, SM Manila, GNC
  • QUEZON CITY – Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, Gateway Mall, GNC Eastwood
  • ORTIGAS – SM Megamall, Rob. Galleria, Greenhills Parklane


  • FIGHT FACTORY MANILA – Tomas Morato, BGC & Greenhills
  • CROSSFIT – Insurrecto (Tomas Morato), Mad Minute (Makati), Greenhills (San Juan)



The Filinvest City Endurance Weekend returns this year for its second edition bigger and better. Different categories for both individual and teams are now available for both the MTB and TRAIL RUN events. This makes it interesting not only to the more serious bikers and runners but also for those who are just beginning to test their limits, trying to level up on the sport or are trying to get  feel of what an endurance event is all about.

Read on the details below and see how you can be a part of this once-in-a-year endurance trial event.

Filinvest City, Alabang


REGISTRATION OPENS: September 8, 2014








Saturday, November 8, 2014
6:00AM to 6:00PM


mtb categories

VENUE: Filinvest City, Alabang

DISTANCE: 3km/lap


  • 12-HOUR MTB: 20 laps
  • 6-HOUR MTB: 12 laps



  • race bib with RFID
  • bike number with RFID
  • event shirt
  • lunch meal (for 12-hour category)


  • 12-HOUR MTB: 6:00AM
  • 6-HOUR MTB: 12:00NN


mtb prizes


Sunday, November 9, 2014
6:00AM to 6:00PM


run categories

VENUE: Filinvest City, Alabang

DISTANCE: 3km/lap


  • 12-HOUR RUN: 18 laps
  • 6-HOUR RUN: 9 laps
  • 3-HOUR RUN: 5 laps



  • race bib with RFID
  • event shirt
  • lunch meal (for 12-hour category)


  • 12-HOUR MTB: 6:00AM
  • 6-HOUR MTB: 9:00AM


run prizes