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Grooving and Running on a Saturday Afternoon

This is a guest post by Ruth Honculada-Georget, a former technical cooperation coordination officer with the International Labor Organization and a stay-at-home mom to her little angel daughter.

For someone who struggles to run but loves to dance, the Music Run 2016 was like a dream come true!

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At the starting line

I have been an on-off runner for the last ten years struggling to put into reality that cliché called work-life balance. To add, the last few years have also made it more difficult to run with a three-year old to keep me occupied.

One thing is for sure though dancing was an easy squeeze in my active daily life! I have never lost my love for music especially, dance music.  So when my good friend Running Diva invited me to the Music Run, my gut told me that this was it! The best way to get back to running and to survive five kilometers was to get into the grooving at the same time.

The excitement was contagious from the moment we stepped into the West McKinley grounds with the DJ mixing the latest dance tracks. This was definitely PARTY TIME! I truly enjoyed the wide variety of music genres that were blasting every stride of the run. The best part was wearing the most comfortable exercise clothes, runner shoes, and partying with hundreds of equally enthusiastic runner-cum-party goers!

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Happy Ruth

It was truly a gorgeous afternoon with lots of greenery along the course and all I could think of was THIS IS AMAZING! I could sing at the top of my lungs, wave my hands in the air, and wiggle the old jiggle like nobody cared. The adrenaline rush had kicked in and I managed to run 5K with lots of extra energy to party some more. As night came, the DJ mixed wonderful variety of music and dance performances brought the house down. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there was a fireworks display that totally caught us by surprise! WOW!

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Marga of UNICEF, Ruth, Running Diva

What a great event! Thanks to Philam Vitality, Alcatel, Takbo.ph and the rest of the sponsors and organizers for The Music Run Manila for bringing the healthy happy lifestyle closer to many Filipinos! I am certainly looking forward to next year’s run … or should I say parteeeeh!

The Music Run™, 3 Dec. 2016

Asia’s most exciting music festival and ultimate 5K run drew nearly ten thousand runners when it first made waves in the Philippines last year [at the Philippine Arena]!

This year, The Music Run™ (TMR™) by Philam Vitality in partnership with music streaming service Spotify brings the party back to Manila with everyone’s favorite hits playing on 120 concert-quality speakers across McKinley West in Taguig City.

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The Music Run 2016 successfully launched in Uptown Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

TMR™ event was officially launched last week at the Revel at the Palace, Uptown Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City attended by event partners, sponsors, the media, and VIP guests.

The five-kilometer run includes music-themed zones playing Rock, Pop, Old School, Hip Hop, and Dance.  Using the live Spotify Music Voting App, participants can vote up to five songs per playlist every day to build the official soundtrack for each zone.  The event kicks off with a prerun performance by local alternative band Sud, while the afterrun music festival features Australian radio house DJ Sam Withers.

Music Runners™ can select from two event packs: Standard Pack (P850) which comes with a T-shirt, bag, beat band, sticker, and temporary tattoo; the Rock Star Pack (P1400) which comes with a towel, water bottle, and a cap.

Late registration for TMR™ starts on November 1. Standard and Rock Star Packs for late registrants are priced at P950 and P1600 respectively. For last call registrations starting on November 21, the Standard and Rock Star Packs will cost P1050 and P1800 respectively. Last call for registration is on November 25. Children less than five years old can join the run for FREE!  Registrants can collect their event packs at Glorietta 5 in Makati on November 26-28.

Philam Life has been at the forefront of leading innovations in the life insurance industry to change the general perception about insurance. Insurance is about living life to the fullest without worry and being healthy to pursue one’s passion and goals.

Running Diva enjoyed running to the beat at the TMR™ LIVE THE BEAT 2015

“This is the second time that Philam Life is partnering with TMR™. We want to send a strong message that being healthy can also be fun and engaging,” said Philam Vitality deputy head Kats Cajucom. “One of our company’s main thrusts is healthy living through our Philam Vitality program, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a full-scale wellness program where members get rewarded for making healthy choices. Through Philam Vitality, we are taking active steps to positively transform the lives of Filipinos by helping them live longer, healthier, and [have] better lives,” Cajucom added.

“While most fun runs originate from the US, TMR™started in Asia and expanded throughout the region before crossing over to Europe and the US in the last two years,” said co-founder and chief executive officer of Exceed Sports and Entertainment Martin Capstick, co-founder and chief executive officer of Exceed Sports and Entertainment who is organizing the run. “The reason for its massive success is its winning formula that combines music with the ever-growing fitness craze into the ultimate running and music festival that also puts control of the run’s soundtrack in the hands of our Music Runners™,” he added.

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TMR™ first took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2014.  Since then, it has drawn more than 100,000 runners across twelve events and nine countries.  For more information on TMR™, visit its official website, Facebook Page, or YouTube Channel.

About The Music Run™

Launched in 2014, TMR™ is the ultimate 5K running and music festival. For music lovers, casual runners, and fun seekers, TMR™ is more like a party than a run.  It is the only five-kilometer fun run that puts music at the heart. TMR™ empowers participants to control the soundtrack of the run by voting for their favorite songs in the build up to the event. Voting is via a bespoke ‘Music Voting App’ and the songs with the most votes make the official run playlist. On event day, runners experience the world’s loudest 5K running course, known as ‘The Sound Track’.  Over 120 speakers pump out the songs participants voted for across five interactive and music themed zones.  The run ends with the ultimate after-run music festival. With music every step of the way, running never sounds so good.  2016 will see further global expansion of TMR™ with additional events across Asia and inaugural events planned in North America and Africa.

www.themusicrun.com.

About Exceed Sports and Entertainment

Exceed Sports & Entertainment is an award-winning mass participation events & sponsorship agency. Exceed operates from four regional offices, staging innovative sports and entertainment events in eight countries across Asia. With a dedicated team of international and local experts, and a strong reputation for best practice implementation, Exceed provides tailored event solutions and delivers measurable results. Exceed was awarded Gold in “Best Event–Sports” at the 2016 Marketing Events Awards, the highest accolade presented by Asia’s most recognized event awards platform.

Music Run™: Running to the Beat of Music

The Music Run™ by Philam Life Manila, in partnership with Spotify, is a  a rocking five-kilometer run which will hit Manila for the first time in November.  It will take runners through an exciting music zones–rock, pop, old school, hip hop, and danceevery step of the way.

Having toured Asia and entertained over 50,000 participants or Music Runners™ from Singapore,Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Yangon, The Music Run™ by Philam Life promises to delivera brand new experience to participants on November 14 (Saturday) at the Philippine Arena.

The Music Run™ (see it also on Youtube) is expected to draw 10,000 fun seekers, runners, and music lovers.  Registration is ongoing until tickets are sold out via the Ticket World website or at Ticket World outlets.   A limited number of early registrants also get a special 20% discount.

Here are the details:

Gates open at 3 PM.  Event will start at 4 PM and end at 9 PMVenue:  Philippine Arena at Ciudad de Victoria, Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines

Entry:  P700 (Standard Run Pack)–includes official event tee, drawstring bag, car decal, TMR temporary tattoo, wrist band, runner’s bib, and finisher’s medal;  P1200 (Rock Star Pack)–includes official event tee, ‘Live the Beat’ baseball cap, ‘Live the Beat’ phone case, ‘Live the Beat’ rave shades, drawstring bag, car decal, TMR temporary tattoo, wristband, runner’s bib and finisher medal

Official Handles:  #TMRbyPhilamLife #TheMusicRun

About The Music Run™

Launched in 2014 by Fresh Events Global, The Music Run™ (www.themusicrun.com) is the only 5km fun run that puts music at the heart.  For music lovers, casual runners and fun seekers, the bespoke digital music selection mechanic lets  fans play DJ and help decide the music they want to listen to across 5km’s with five different beats. The Music Run™ is total music immersion with Music Every Step of the Way™.

The Music Run™ brought the beat to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Yangon in its first year of business, creating moments for 35,000 Music Runners™ and bringing 15 live performances to fans at the events.

In 2015 The Music Run™ will rock the following countries: USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.

About Philam Life

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) is the country’s premier life insurance company. Established on June 21, 1947, Philam Life has earned the trust of customers for its financial strength, strong brand name, and ability to deliver on its promises.

Philam Life has P226.8 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2014 and has delivered timely pay outs of over P9 billion in education benefits (2004-2014) and over P118 billion in insurance benefits (1950-2014), while serving close to 600,000 individual policyholders and over 1,700,000 insured group members.

Philam Life understands the real-life needs of its customers and provides the right plans and the right solutions including life protection, health insurance, savings, education, retirement, investment, group and credit life insurance. It also offers bancassurance and fund management products and services through its subsidiaries—BPI Philam Life Assurance Company (BPI-Philam) and Philam Asset Management Inc. (PAMI).  Philam Life is a member of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group.

 

 

Back-to-back Fun Runs By RUNTarantantan

Comedian turned competitive runner (now a race organizer) Bearwin Meily shares some of his thoughts and experiences as manager of RUNTarantantan during the Back to Back Fun Run Bloggers Night on January 14 at 100 Miles Café to promote his team’s upcoming races, HaRUNa and Lezgo Run.   Bearwin Meily used to be on the heavy side and started to lose weight when he went from a newbie runner to becoming competitive in running events here and abroad.

According to the former sitcom actor, RUNTarantantan Team was created with a mission to entertain runners who are considered less competitive.  As a hands-on sports entertainment event or race manager himself, he wants every finisher to be happy after each race.  Thus he makes sure runners are entertained by his hosting, jokes, magic, music, among others.

To start the ball rolling, these two fun runs are happening on February 15 (HaRUNa) and March 15 (Lezgo Run) this year.  For more information, please see event posters below.

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POSTER final

FINISHER SHIRT final

Actual 24Karat Gold Plated Heart Shaped Medals

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LEZGO RUN

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SINGLETS v2

21k AWESOME FS

3k,5k,10k, AWESOME FS

 

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Managing Stress with a Busy Schedule

What are stressors? Stressors are stimuli that cause stress. These stimuli come in many forms. These can be stressors from relationships at work and at home, worries on finances, career changes, health issues, and even safety. Stressors are normal and they can either cause positive stress or negative stress.  One reality though, we can’t totally remove stress from our lives. They will always be there.  The big difference, however, lies in how we manage them.  No matter how busy we are, there’ll be ways or strategies to keep them from causing havoc into our lives.

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Manila Bay as seen from the back of Ocean Park (Photo by RD, October 2013)

How do I manage stress with my (sometimes) hectic schedule?

I DO REGULAR WORKOUTS. Typical workout week for me is setting five days for training and two days for me time.  Meaning, I set aside two days for myself or family or friends, for spiritual development, or a day for simply doing things that I’d like to do. My regular workouts give me a different high. This happens every time I finish my training, or even after finishing a race. Running, first and foremost, keeps me sane. Swimming, just like running, is my therapy.

I MAINTAIN THIS BLOG. Blogging is worth the time and effort for me.  Been blogging these past seven years, and it is through blogging, where I gain lots of friends, broaden my network, and perhaps, improve as a writer.

I LISTEN TO MUSIC OR PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. For me, music is a great therapy for stress. I appreciate music that sets the mood or pace the way I do things at my place.  It can be mellow or upbeat.  Music (and singing to the tune, too) relaxes me as well.

I GO FOR A THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE. I know when I’m so beat, dead tired, or fatigued. Massage helps me manage that. Massage creates wonders, in particular, soothes tired back muscles, and reduces soreness or muscle tension.

I GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP (AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE). This is such a challenge for me knowing that I do my workouts/training at night.  But again, getting a good shut-eye or an adequate sleep is one of the most important things one can do for the overall health and well-being of the self. Thus, I always try to get a good rest of six to seven hours.  At times, I spend Saturday afternoons as siesta time.

May be it’s the reason why I felt magnetized by the be-stress-free-ask-me statement shirt at the Feel Good Lactium booth during the BLOGAPALOOZA 2014 earlier this month. The statement reflects their stress-free advocacy, which is turning stress into good or positive stress.

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IN A NUTSHELL

We do have a choice.  And the path we choose and have control over with is our attitude on things. Life’s too short to be stressed out all the time. So chill out!

LIFESTIVAL Celebration, 14 June 2014

Here’s sharing something that sounds well worth checking out.

Get ready for a night of insightful stories and inspiring songs as international and local musicians and artists join together in a rare opportunity to lead in a worship celebration dubbed as LIFESTIVAL Word and Worship happening on 14 June2014, Saturday at 7PM at the Mall of Asia Arena.   

It’s a FREE thanksgiving offering from Life Oil® in celebration of its fifth anniversary.  Performing artists are: (1) Dove Awardee and international contemporary Christian group The Katinas, (2) Philippines’ pop rock princess Yeng Constantino, (3) singer-turned-minister Ray An Fuentes (4) hip-hop and R&B singer Quest, and (5) new praise and worship team Firebrand.
About 10,000 people are expected to grace the event including those from various organizations, companies, and churches, headed by the massive network of G12 member-churches.  G12 Coordinator for the Philippines and Doulos for Christ World Harvest Ministry’s founder and senior pastor, Bishop Oriel Ballano, will also share the Word of God.

How to Get a FREE LIFESTIVAL Ticket?

Everyone who is interested to avail of free Lifestival ticket will only have to like the official Facebook page of Lifestival and send a private message that include the following: complete name, address, mobile number, and the message LIFE IS GOOD! I WANT A FREE TICKET TO LIFESTIVAL WORD AND WORSHIP CELEBRATION! A confirmation message will later be sent individually to all those who will qualify for free tickets, with details on how to claim their free tickets.
  
LIFESTIVAL Word and Worship Celebration is also supported by the Philippine Airlines, Malaya Business Insight, BusinessWorld, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, The Edge Radio, positivelypinoy.com, 106.7 Energy FM, 702 DZAS, Savory Chicken, and Greenlite Banner.  LIFESTIVAL is a special event managed and staged by Huper International events and productions specialist.

 Presented by:

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About Life Oil®

Lifestival is presented by Life Oil® 100% pure malunggay oil extract, the only oil-based moringa  product in the market today. This all-natural nutriceutical food supplement is rich in Organic Live Chlorophyll, Essential Amino Acids, Vitamins, Minerals, and Phytochemicals. Since complete nutrients should come naturally, a single Life Oil® 500ml soft-gel is equivalent to half a kilo of fresh malunggay leaves – great for increased energy, strengthened immune system, lowered cholesterol, managed sugar levels and blood pressure, even moisturized skin. Feel good with Life Oil® today. Life Oil® is available in leading drugstores nationwide.

Lifestival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LifestivalPH
Life Oil Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LifeOil 

Nike We Run 10K Set in October

RUNNING DIVA at the Nike We Run Manila 10K Media Launch 

Run Offers Runners the Platform to Connect, Inspire, Share and Motivate Others to Own the Sport of Running

Witness the fusion of running, music and Manila‘s night urbanscape come to life as Nike Philippines launches We Run Manila 10K. We Run Manila 10k pays homage to runners and aims to connect Manila’s running community even further by celebrating the concept of We Run – where runners connect, motivate and inspire each other. Furthermore, We Run Manila 10K takes pride by being the first-of-its-kind run that invites Filipino runners to gather and celebrate their love for the sport, music and the country.
If you have a body, you are an athlete,” Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, defining how he viewed the endless possibilities for human potential. In the same tone, we pay tribute to our runners who routinely push themselves and motivate others to achieve that extra step, pace or mile and ultimately be the best runner they can be.
The race is part of the Nike We Run City 10k races happening in multiple cities such as Seoul (South Korea), Monterrey (Mexico) and Santiago (Chile) that promises a unique run experience combining running and music. The 8,000 runners from Manila will be part of the 150,000 runners from cities across continents to run in this year’s Nike We Run City 10k runs. Manila is the 3rd city in Southeast Asia and one of the 15 cities around the world participating in the Nike City 10k races from now until the end of the year.
This night run will happen on October 15 and will take the runners traversing the heart of the city’s rising business and lifestyle district – Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. At the end of the race the runners will be treated with performances by Chicosci, Parokya ni Edgar.
With Nike’s very first 10k run in Manila, we want to harness the energy of runners and celebrate their individual and cumulative achievements and motivations as we usher in a new season of running,” shared Nike Philippines Marketing Manager Mae Dichupa. “We all have experienced coming to that point in our run when that extra step or mile is a little harder but we feel that adrenaline kick in when we visually register another runner keep pace or pass us on our running route and once conquered, we feel better motivated and more in tuned with ourselves and other runners. We Run Manila 10k is all about just that – it’s the best avenue for runners to relinquish their love for the sport and place it a notch higher by appreciating it against the vibrant culture of urban Manila.

The registration for Nike We Run Manila 10k race will commence on September 5, Monday at Nike Park Fort, RunnR Bonifacio High Street and Shangri-la Plaza, online through www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH and in select universities. Registration fees and categories as

Age
Entry for 1 person
Entry for 2 people
Under 25 yrs old
PhP 750.00
PhP 1,300.00
25 yrs old & above
PhP 1,000.00
PhP 1,300.00


A special discount for registered runners will also be available at select Nike stores.

Categories:

Individual

  1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
  2. Men’s Under 25 – For men age 24 years and below on the race day
  3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
  4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages
School Challenge – School Team Category – Colleges and Universities 
In the spirit of WE RUN, Nike will launch the Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge to celebrate the motivational aspect of running with a buddy! Running has long been referred to as a personal endeavour, but despite the individual nature of the sport, running is an intensely communal pursuit too. The Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge takes on the idea of run clubs, training groups and community to broaden the appeal of physical running into the virtual world. Driven through Nike Running Philippines Facebook page and the Nike+ platform, the challenge will see pairs of run buddies race it out to win a VIP Race Day Experience at the We Run Manila 10K, and other Nike prizes.
Challenge mechanics below:

  1. Visit Nike Running Philippines Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH and check out the WE RUN MANILA 10K tab.
  2. Click on RUN BUDDY RUN and sign up with your run buddy.
  3. Once you’ve joined the challenge with your run buddy, lace up your running shoes and hit the road!
  4. Sync your KMs to Nike+ and follow the daily leader board updates on the Nike Running Philippines Facebook page. 
Join the Nike We Run Manila 10K race to run for yourselves, for buddies, for fitness and for fun and when it’s all done, join us at the Race Village for a host of music and entertainment to celebrate being a runner.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH or follow on twitter via @NikePH.

Raise the Roof: a Benefit Concert for the Victims of Ondoy, October 1

Now here’s something that music lovers should not miss. RAISE THE ROOF is a benefit concert for the victims of Storm Ondoy.

Time to give back by either paying Php 100 or giving a survival pack consisting of water, two canned goods, two noodles, and biscuits.

It will be held at Megatent on October 1, Thursday, from 1PM to 9PM. Various artists are performing in this concert.

Presented by NU 107.5, MYX and the Megatent volunteers. For further information you may call 985.3690 / 387.9484.

Voyages: A Wonderful World of Music, May 9, 2008

This year, in cooperation with Philippine-American Life and General Insurance Company and the Philippine Madrigal Singers present Voyages: a Wonderful World of Music, a musical festival continuing the proud Madz Et Al tradition. Our group, TransChorale, performed last May 9, 2008 at the Philamlife auditorium, UN Avenue Manila. The festival showcased various choirs from all over the Philippines.

May 7

MILK Children’s Choir (Oscar Pantaleon)
Manila Chamber Singers (Joel Aquino)
Coro Cantabile (Sharon Abesamis)
Anima Christi Chorale (Joel Boragay)
Woodrose Chorale (Lala Kliatchko)

May 8

NAPOCOR Chorale (Anna Abeleda-Piquero)
University of the East Chorale (Anna Abeleda-Piquero)
Philippine Male Singers (Robert Delgado)
Lifeline Chorale (Warlito Yalung)
St. John Mary Vianney Parish Choir (Marivic Llamas)
UP Los Banos Chorale Ensemble (Joey Vargas)

May 9

Pfizer Chorale (Oscar Pantaleon)
Supreme Court Chorale (Fred de Santos)
Coro de Sta. Cecilia (Chris Borela)
TransChorale (Robert Delgado)
Our Lady of Fatima University Chorale (Warlito Yalung)
Coro de San Sebastian (Elsie Eranista)

May 10

Ateneo College Glee Club (Malou Hermo)
Novo Concertante Manila (Arwin Tan)
Cultural Center of the Philippines Chorale (Arwin Tan)
Caltex Chorale (Oscar Pantaleon)
PAG-IBIG Fund Chorale (Fred de Santos)
Chorus Paulinus (Fred de Santos)
Global Holdings Inc., Chorale (Oddette Galura)

May 11

Kilyawan Boys Choir (Mark Anthony Carpio)
Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral Choir (Oscar Pantaleon)
Maryknoll Sanctuary Choir of Baguio City (Joey Soliman)
KHP Coro Techniuv (Steve Collado)
Shrine of Jesus Academy Children’s Choir (Mary Louise Macanaya)
Koro Ilustrado (Romel Lomarda)

May 12

Magsaysay Chorale (Joel Aquino)
Adventist University of the Philippines Celestial Echoes (Warlito Yalung)
University of Makati Chorale (Elsie Eranista)
Pansol Choir (Mark Anthony Carpio)
College of the Immaculate Conception Chorale, Cabanatuan City (Alfred Samonte)
POEA Chorale (Alfred Samonte)

Our repertoire includes:

Fyer Fyer
Dirait-on
Negrita, Prende la Vela