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
Negrita, Prende la Vela

Gawad Kalinga Bayani Run

Will join the GK Bayani Run this Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Mall of Asia (MOA) instead of the On Your Mark : run for a cause by Kapuso. Hope I can improve my PR this time. I remembered last time, during the Adidas Run for Love: GK Bayani Marathon, I didn’t do well. It was my worst 10k run.

Race recap:

Race started at past 6AM. There were not so many runners (approximately more than a hundred runners or so). Spotted Ben, Joms, Marga and Tisha from afar. It was a long, slow run for me and finished it 1:11:00. Not bad if I have to compare it my previous GK Run for Love PR.

Amec Cape East International Rugby Festival, 5-6 April 2008

A souvenir photo with Arabian Potbellies Rugby Team
The original plan was to go with my choirmates to Baguio over the weekend but decided to savor personal time. This changed, however, when I’ve had the chance of seeing Ruth, a Happy Feet who informed me of the upcoming rugby tourney. Her husband, Sean, is a rugby player. Seen this tourney last year, so even if I ‘m not familiar with the rules of the game, I just can’t resist witnessing the action! It was an exciting weekend. Relatives of Ruth came to watch the game. Yes, the club has a pool for adults and children which makes it a great weekend getaway. So much have happened over the weekend that I had to squeeze in running, swimming, accompanying Ruth and her relatives to Tagaytay, meeting a new member of our Happy Feet running group, and watching the tournament. To top it off, I saw Jojo, the younger brother of a high school batchmate and Paulin, both are former students of mine and both played under the Cebu Dragons rugby team. New found friends are Jaret (Canada) Becky (Kenya) and Eric, a new member of Happy Feet running group.

Cebu Dragons

Rugby Team

Let’s talk about running. Under a scorching heat of the sun late Sunday afternoon, Eric, a new member of Happy Feet, arrived at Nomads carrying with him a map of our 5k run inside Merville village. Eric, I would say, is in top shape as we started the uphill run. While me, was really out of breath for the first two kilometers or so. Had been doing some extra workouts the day before so body is kind of tired. Excuses … excuses … We finished the run in 35 minutes I guess just in time for me to watch the exciting game between rugby teams from Fiji and Singapore.

Down Under: Chaia’s Send-Off Gathering, Shakey’s Rada Makati Branch, 26 March 2008

Just can’t resist joining Chai’s despedida. I came in late. I missed though some of the Happy Feet regulars who had to leave early. I missed Banggigay’s “maga” session too! Whatever that means, I’m sure there’ll be another “maga” story time. For more photos click on the link: http:


August 2007 opened another opportunity to explore other possibilities. Never realized that I would someday be in another chorale group. A month before I joined my new employer, I sang a song entitled, “Someone Like You,” from Jekyll and Hyde accompanied by Ateneo Chamber Singers during the wedding of Ruth (now a Happy Feet member). It was the very same song that I sang during my audition before Ed Nepomuceno, musical director of Transchorale, composer and former member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers (Madz). I was nervous. Who wouldn’t? TransChorale members, although not in the room, were listening outside. To my surprise, I heard clapping hands from the chorale members. I was asked by the musical director to sit and practice with them right away. An experience that will be forever etched in my mind. The rest is history.

Blog Update

Haven’t updated my blog for quite some time. Just didn’t have the luxury of time ever since I got a new job and has pursued my other passion–singing. Really wanted to post thoughts after each run but the inspiration to write isn’t there anymore. Don’t know why. Saturated perhaps?

Go Marino, Go! : a FAME Fun Run, September 23, 2007

Aargh! This is the second time around that I didn’t do well in my run. Instead of improving it, it’s getting worse instead. The culprit? Not getting enough sleep the night before–too excited to know what’s going to happen and anxious at the same time whether I can finish the race or not. I end up feeling sluggish and sleepy on race day itself. It’s a struggle to get off from bed. Today’s race day, I only had a few minutes left before gun start…again! (e-rod am sure will comment on this). Good thing Zaldy, who appeared from nowhere, happily assisted me so I can leave my bag. I hail you Zaldy for the initiative! 😀

Not an easy run for me. After the first turn around point, I feel cramps on my stomach. Uh, oh! Not a good sign. I had no choice but to walk for sometime. That’s when I saw Tisha, a fellow happy feet runner, waiving at me on her way to the 5k turn around point. Sigh…

“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” a verse which I remembered only too well. My brain is telling me to run but my body is telling me to walk and wait for the pain to subside. In spite of this unfortunate circumstance nothing beats that moment–seeing myself finishing the race. Now, that’s fun run for me…

Fil-Mus Run for Peace, September 9

A 10-K fun run for peace along Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila, to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, when Islam believers abstain from food, drink, smoking, and sex from dawn to dusk.
Even before the race started, I already told Judah, a fellow runner, that I was not feeling well and even showed him my shaking hand. But this didn’t stop me from joining the run. I heard that Robin Padilla would be there. Cool! There were two laps required to complete the 10-K run which started from Rajah Sulayman monument along Roxas Boulevard to Kalaw then using the same route to Vito Cruz. On my first turn-around, I saw a group of runners slowly pacing with a guy in the center. It was a fair-complexioned movie actor, Robin Padilla. Of course, I wanted to stop but those happy feet of mine were already into the race and went on with the run. I never walk during races but I did this time for I was not really feeling well. Mon beat me by a few seconds.

Trail Run, September 2

Went out of the house at past 5 AM. It was a bit cloudy. Waited for Ben to pick me up near RCBC along Ayala Avenue. Ben asked me to wait for another extra minutes. To kill time, I went to a nearby Starbucks and bought myself a glass of milk and a slice of banana cake. Judah, always the earliest bird, was already waiting for us at Quezon City. We were running late. It was a relief, finally, when I got a text message from Ben that he was on his way to pick me up. With him were Chai and Brent. Then, together, we went back to Pasong Tamo to fetch Renz.

La Mesa eco-trail…simply breathtakingly beautiful–with those greenery and canopy of trees. A nice site to behold, indeed!

The 9-km trail run ended with a super duper lunch at Mang Jimmy’s near UP. One of the happiest runs I’ve ever had!

A souvenir shot before running.

back: Renz, Judah
front: Brent, Roselle, Chai, Julie (trail guide)
photographer: Ben

La Mesa dam, where Metro Manila gets its water supply.

Left photo: Canopy of trees and an awe-inspiring view. That blue speck is no other than me. Beside me is Renz.

Right photo: Taking some rest every now and then after running a good distance.

(Photos courtesy of Ben)