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A Greek Goddess at the Adobo Run After Dark

When this event was launched, I knew then that I wanted to try joining, this time running in costume.  Haven’t done this before, you know.  But my dilemma is finding the appropriate costume.  Appropriate means a costume that’s not hard to put on when running or worn over a running gear. 
The first thing I did was to contact an equally talented and great seamstress friend of mine.  The plan was to have a dress tailored to specifications I had in mind.  But this didn’t push through though. I thought then that it was an unwise move to spend much just for a mere costume.  
The inspiration emerged while watching the movie Clash of the Titans, it dawned on me why not come as a Greek goddess instead.  I got so thrilled by the idea that I temporarily abandoned some of my training days just to look for a perfect dress and the accessories that may go with it.  In a matter of two weeks, I was more than ready.  But wait a minute, something is missing.  Greek goddesses have blond hair.  So I ended up going to the mall again to look for a blond wig but never found one. 
Wasn’t it so timely that while discussing this particular run with my friend, she wanted me to wear the hairpiece she used in a costume party while vacationing in Canada.  Oh, my goodness!  What a perfect timing! 
L~R: Running Pinoy, RUNNING DIVA, Tanya Lara of Philippine Star, Kulit Runner, Edward Kho, Vball Runner, Cruise Control, and The Fit Mommy Now

The last time I wore a blond wig I was very young then, may be five or six. It happened in a dance drama presentation wherein the setting is “a child survived a plane crash in an unknown land and was saved by the natives.”  I only had to cry and shout, “Mommy where are you?” Yeah, that was my only part in that production. 

I was at the race venue quite too early.  Not because I was too thrilled but because my appointment and errands finished earlier than expected. While on my way to the race venue and having worn my outfit already, the taxi driver was taken aback when I suddenly spoke in Tagalog.  He mistook me for a foreigner because of my blond hair. Haha! Gotcha!
The road was already closed and that no way for a car to get in near the starting line but shuttle cars are provided to bring runners to where the activity area is.  I noticed right away that only a trickle of runners was wearing their costume.  I couldn’t help but admire though to see almost a hundred percent of the runners wore the singlet of the event.
I went to the baggage area first to deposit my stuff and dropped by at some of the booths.  Scanning the crowd, I couldn’t see familiar faces since most of my blogger friends were not around yet.  I took the opportunity instead to be just an observer and initiated conversation with some runners, who like me, waiting for the event to start.  Some participants arrived in groups and took pictures to keep them busy.  
Some even approached me to have a photo taken with me.  Then blogger Noelle a.k.a. Kikay Runner, who came as Wonder Woman, together with her friend Philip, approached me for some chitchats and some photos of us taken by Philip.  We parted ways when she got thirsty and looked for water to drink.  While outside the corral, an Adobo staff approached me for an interview about my outfit and took photos of me as well.  That was cool! 
Before the 3K gun start, Meralco mascot Kiko roamed around and had photo ops with runners.  Young girls came also as a fairy and as an Egyptian and there was a group of soldiers from the Army who ran with Illac Diaz, Executive Director of the MyShelter Foundation and proponent of the Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) project.  

Isang Litrong Liwanag Presentation

I really thought that majority of the runners would be running in the 3K category considering that it is a costume run but it turned out there were not too many of them. 

Mr. Diaz gave a short message about the light project before countdown for 5K category started.  I saw some celebrities in the crowd including Art Mendoza  of the “Biggest Loser” Fab Five-Philippine edition, and Rovilson Fernandez among others. 
Hydration was not a problem.  No traffic.  We had all the roads too ourselves.  Some portions of the route though were not properly lighted in spite the fact that organizers had already provided (I don’t know what they call it) big vehicles with their lights on.  To run in a dark path was not a problem for me since I’m already used to running and doing my training at night.  My BDM 102 running experience also helped.  Staff at the water station was courteous. They even cheered on the runners.  I was just maintaining my most comfortable pace since this was just a FUN run for me.  On my way back, I couldn’t help but smile when I was about to overtake a runner, when he suddenly said, “Lakas mo, ah!”  I answered back, “Thank you.”  He tried to pace with me or outpace me but he wasn’t able to run past me.  I thought then, “My training last Wednesday night paid off.  “Yes, I’m slowly gaining back my running pace!” 

I didn’t get to see some of my blogger friends until I reached the baggage area.  I saw Dhenz a.k.a. Running Pinoy and together we went near the stage to join the others. It was nice to see fellow Happy Feeters Sirs Mon and Jesse, Wilbert, Vimz, Art, Bobby, and Tanya.  The emcees called then those who wore their costume to join them on stage.  Two runners won the Best in Costume. 

I stayed a bit longer to watch the presentation and fireworks display. Bobby, together with Vimz and Art, was kind enough to offer me a lift home.  At the parking area, a last-minute request for a photo op with me from a runner culminated the night.

Congratulations to Adobo Team and Edward Kho for a job well done.  Many thanks to Gigi the Fit Mommy Now and Art for the photos.  Thanks to Bobby for the ride home.  Thank you again Adobo for facilitating my registration.
What a FUN time to be a goddess … at least for a night.  Till next time, folks!

Adobo Run After Dark Registration Extended!

Here’s an advisory from the organizer:

The in-store registration [at] R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s Arena EDSA SHangri-La Mall, and RUNNR Trinoma, is extended until October 28, Friday.

On-site registration will also be accepted on October 29 at the Aseana City Business Center lobby which is just beside McDonald’s in Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue from 10AM till 6PM.

Again, I’m requesting you guys to help spread the word! And, uh, before I forget … have you prepared your costume for the run?  

Be unique! 

Be original.  Because if you’re running in the 3K fantasy-themed costume run, a P10,000 worth of cash prize awaits the WINNER of the Best in Costume category.  For details, refer to my previous post about this particular race.  Just to give you an idea …. catch this lady on the run!

This will be for sure a star-studded affair!  For the stars and the universe will conspire on the night of October 29 to bring you some of the most popular names from the entertainment industry who signified their attendance.  Major corporations that supported the Isang Litrong Liwanag project have also banded together to bring a unique blend of this running event.  

Be entertained by the performances of these known bands: Sugarfree, Stonefree, Blue Boy Bites after the race.  Top athletes like Mercedita Manipol and Joan Banayag will also be there to once again show their running prowess  in the 5K and 15K respectively.  

So what are you waiting for? Register now while you still can and don’t miss this super fun evening run! As for me, I’ll be running the 5k category as … (secreeeet!).  

See you at the starting line!

Adobo Run After Dark 2/e, 29 Oct. 2011

About the Race

The second edition (2/e) of the Adobo Run After Dark is a fantasy-themed fun run which kicks off the Halloween-All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day long weekend. 

It will have an after-run party with live music, free flowing beer, bazaar, spectacular performers, fireworks display, lights show, and fantasy costumes.  It will be held on 29 Oct. 2011 at the Aseana Business Park, Bay City, Pasay-Parañaque (near Mall of Asia).  Registration fee is P750 for all categories.

Race Categories | Assembly Time | Gunstart|

3K Costume Run | 7PM | 8PM     
5K                    | 7PM | 8:20PM
15K                  | 7PM | 9PM

Where and When to Register

Manual Registration*
3-23 Oct. 2011
RUNNR Trinoma
Toby’s EDSA Shangri-La Mall
R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City

*Note: May end earlier, subject to race slot availability

Online Registration
1 Sept. 2011 – 23 Oct. 2011
(Deliver of race kits starts on 3 Oct. 2011)

Prizes and Awards

One participant will be selected by the organizers to be given the Best Costume Award.  The winner will receive a cash prize of P10,000.

Adobo Run After Dark Finisher’s Medal
Finisher’s medal will be given to top 500 finishers in the 5K and 15K respectively.

Top 3 Finishers – Men’s and Women’s Division

1st – P7,000 | 2nd – P 5,000 | 3rd – P 3,000

1st – P 5,000 | 2nd – P 3,000 | 3rd – P 2,000

1st – P 3,000 | 2nd – P 2,000 | 3rd – P 1,000

On the Use of Singlet and Costume

Except in the 3K category, you may opt to run in your most comfortable running outfit.  However, if you want to run in costume in your chosen race category, that will surely add fun. 

Wearing the issued race singlet is not mandatory.  However, those who will not be in costume are encouraged to wear them to help race marshals identify non-legitimate runners.  Anything other than the normal running outfit will be considered a costume.  A headdress or mask is already a costume. 

Race Maps

The Adobo Run After Dark is organized by Crush Communications and has chosen Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) project of the MyShelter Foundation as beneficiary. 
For inquiries, please visit their site or email or call 0905.386.1076.

Isang Litrong Liwanag (1 Liter of Light)
Spreading Sustainable Lighting Across the Philippines and the World

Mr. Illac D. of MyShelter Foundation
Photo Courtesy of Gigi a.k.a. TheFitMommyNow

Isang Litrong Liwanag started out as a small project by MyShelter Foundation’s Executive Director Illac Diaz in a pilot community at San Pedro, Laguna. 

The project has turned viral not only in the country but also in the world as well; it simply follows a simple formula:

used plastic bottles + water + bleach + Filipino ingenuity = 1 Liter of Light

The solar bottle bulb applies the concept of appropriate technologies – the use of simple tools, labor-saving machines and easily replicable technologies to address the basic needs of the communities. By using readily available materials and the natural source of light – the sun, the people in the community are empowered to use a cheap and long-term alternative to electric light,” shared Mr. Diaz.

MyShelter Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization, established in 2005 by its founder and executive director Illac Diaz with the mission to lead social change in the Philippines through social enterprise, alternative construction and appropriate technologies as innovative solutions to the country’s problems.

The foundation aims to create affordable and replicable technologies to empower grassroots entrepreneurs to generate wealth and sustainable solutions to poverty. Through its capacity building programs and entrepreneurial blueprints, it focuses on the unconventional thinking of looking for applicable solutions that unleash the capacity of the less privileged to create income while improving their own communities.

To date, MyShelter, with the help and support of its partners, sponsors and volunteers has pioneered groundbreaking projects such as Pier One Seafarer’s Dormitory, the Design Against the Elements, DAtE ( competition, the Bottle School Project and Isang Litrong Liwanag.

Related Links:

Provisions, Washington DC

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A Liter of Light video

Adobo Night Run, Oct. 30

Adobo is a popular dish in Philippine cuisine where the cooking process involves meat marinated in soy sauce, garlic vinegar, and black peppercorns.

In one of my travels abroad, adobo turned out to be part of the menu of a restaurant I visited.

In the running world, some runners have used the term as their moniker may be because it is associated with living a sedentary lifestyle. What better way to change by being physically active through the sport of running.

Last Sept. 28, Adobo Magazine held a press conference to announce Adobo Run: After Dark, its night run event, at R.O.X. [Bonifacio] High Street attended by members of the press, bloggers, and runners, and hosted by no other than the 2008 Binibining Pilpinas-International, Patricia Fernandez.

Angel Guerrero, editor-in-chief and founder of Adobo Magazine, introduced the event as a way for people to come together. “Some of you know the title of Adobo as the magazine for the advertising and brand industry, we also stand for something more: community. Effective industry is based on communities, on meeting new people and working together as one.”

Adobo Run: After Dark is made up of a 3K, 5K, and 10K route around the McKinley Hill area. The event is open for everyone to join, and accompanied by live music and drinks. Also, in line with the Halloween weekend, there will be a special category for those who run in costume, and, for the biggest contingent.

Registration fee is at Php600 per person, while companies and running groups get special group package of one free register for every 10 paid registrants.

This exciting night race is directed by Ian Alacar from Without Limits, Inc., and sponsored by Adobo Magazine, Megaworld, Hit Productions, Milo, Gatorade, Sun Marino, Sunlife, Bates 141, and Yehey!

Proceeds of the run [will] go to Formula Juan, a project to make an LPG-run public transport jeepney. For more information on Formula Juan, you can visit their website at Formula Juan.

Interested participants can download the registration form and find a map of the run at Adobo Magazine website.

You may also register at R.O.X at Bonifacio High Street, Secondwind Store in Ortigas, The Brick in McKinley Hill, and at the Adobo Magazine Office in Pasong Tamo extension.

For more information, please email the Adobo Run Team at or call them at 0916.243.7390.