RUPM Pacers : xoxo

5 Oct

Last Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to work with these energetic, slightly cray-cray and handsdown  best runners in town. 

They all took on the challenge of helping runners achieve their goals. They made dreams come true when they paced, coached, cheered and motivated runners to exceed themselves. They overcame aches, pains, sidestiches and even dizziness just to get the runners with them across the finish line and within their goal times.
They also told the race best stories.

There was this little girl who came up to one of the pacers. She looked tired but her eyes were twinkling when she said to the pacer, ” I saw you. I was trying to catch up.” And she almost did, she came in at 30mins on her 5K race.

And then there was the one about  Jojo. He’s “55 years old…still going strong…3 apo…and has stage 3 prostate…” who joined one of the pace groups and ended up inspiring not only his fellow runners but the pacers as well.

Of course, I cannot forget the truly #exceedyourself moment of pacers  who ran with podium finishers or runners who recorded new PRs.

Too many stories to tell! Do you have an RUPM story? Do share it here.

To the RUPM pacers, congratulations for a job well done. Time to rest and recover. xoxo

Experience natural care with pH Care Naturals line

30 Sep

Ever since the running hullaballo of the other one from long, long time ago, I’ve been a fan of this brand. So it was really a pleasant surprise when friends at @pHCarePhilippines and #switchcollaborative sent over their newest products.  Lovin’ my stash of the newest and freshest natural femme care prodcuts.  

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Sep 29, 2015 at 2:25am PDT

It’s great to know that we now have an all-natural line from pH Care. And it comes in two (2) variants that are sooooo Pinoy – pH Care Naturals Papaya and pH Care Naturals Guava.

Runners, feel free, fresh and all natural with these 2 new variants! 

Check out their latest TVCs here:

Read on to know more about these exciting new products so that you can decide which one suits your needs.


Experience natural care “down there”

Everyone’s going all-natural these days, whether we’re talking about organic food, health supplements from plant and animal extracts, and even personal care and beauty products. And, why not? Ever since, people have long used natural ingredients to effectively address their woes and concerns.

This is why pH Care bottled up nature’s wonders through two popularly used ingredients, papaya and guava leaves, to come up with their all-new pH Care Naturals line in pH Care Naturals Papaya and pH Care Naturals Guava. The folks behind best-selling feminine wash pH Care have an intimate understanding of the importance of caring for your feminine area, and they expertly combine the properties of these winning natural ingredients with their mild and effective intimate care products.

pH Care Naturals Papaya. There are a lot of factors that can influence a woman’s confidence when it comes to donning that swimsuit, including puson problems and cleavage consciousness. But one other common insecurity many women have is dark skin in and around the feminine area, and this is something they can feel self-conscious about even in the comfort and privacy of their own rooms and bathrooms. And, while there are many products for whitening dark skin in other parts of the body, most of these aren’t safe or suited for use in intimate areas. But now, pH Care has a new whitening feminine wash variant that uses natural ingredients, so you keep the sensitive area fresh and fair. The new pH Care Naturals Papaya is powered with papaya extract, so you get fairer skin in as early as 14 days! And since we know papaya is one of nature’s wonders when it comes to skin-whitening, you’re sure to get only the best results with the mildest ingredients.

pH Care Naturals Guava. Even if you’re not overly concerned with dark skin, you may still want a feminine wash made from natural ingredients that will still keep your intimate area fresh and clean. After all, in a hot country like ours, sweat can lead to discomfort, even body odor, and infection—and it’s worse when it involves the feminine area! But no need to worry; pH Care Naturals Guava has been specially infused with guava leaf extract, which is well-known for its cleansing and anti-bacterial properties. In fact, the use of guava leaves for intimate care is a traditionally renowned practice passed on from generation to generation. So if you’re among the 33% of Filipinas constantly seeking for natural solutions “down there,” then give pH Care Naturals Guava a try. It will naturally deodorize the area so you can feel confident regardless of outfit, activity, or even weather. It has quite a refreshing scent, too!

Now, you can be assured of natural care “down there”, para fresh and clean na, odor-free pa!

The NEW! pH Care Naturals Intimate Wash is available for P49.50 (50mL) and P104 (150mL) at leading supermarkets, drugstores, and beauty stores. For more information, check out

#pHCareNaturals #NaturalCare

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Run for a Purpose with Avon this October 10, 2015

30 Sep

  Do you want to be part of creating a compassionate difference? Do you want share the fight against break cancer?  Run for a Purpose with Avon this October 10, 2015
Race Details 

Date : 10 October 2015 (Saturday)

Venue : SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds

Reg fee : Php600 for 5km and Php750 for 10km 

Reg open until : 3 October 2015

Reg venue : Chris Sports outlets (SM City BF, Glorietta 3, SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA and SM Megamall), Secondwind running stores (Ortigas Home Depot and UP Teacher’s Village) or visit

Race Kit includes: Single, Race Bib Number w/ timing chip, Route Map and Race Rules

For more details visit the eventt FAQ page.


I SHARE THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER: Run for a Purpose with Avon this October 10, 2015

Avon has always been in the forefront in the crusade against breast cancer through its Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer (KGBC) campaign. Now on its 13th year in the Philippines, the “company for women” is inviting everyone to show to the world that we are bigger than the disease through this year’s theme “I Share the Fight Against Breast Cancer.” 
Calling everyone regardless of gender, age and background to step up and step out for a purpose. This October 10, 2015, go the distance to share the fight against breast cancer at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. 

Our ambassadors for this year, Jennylyn Mercado and Rocco Nacino, will join us in making each stride our contribution in winning the fight for those affected by breast cancer.  

About Avon 
Avon is the company that for more than 125 years has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, for women. Avon, with nearly $9 billion in annual revenue, has products that are sold through 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives worldwide. Avon products include color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, and fashion and home, featuring such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques. Learn more about Avon and its products at

Now Open: Nike Prodigy Young Athletes store

29 Sep

Exciting times for kids! They can now say “sayonara” to the days of settling for athletic apparel and footwear that are either too small or too big. No need to wait forever and a day for the “pabili” arriving via “balikbayan box” or “bibit by your favortie kamag-anak”.

Last September 12, Nike Philippines launched its first ever Nike Prodigy Young Athletes flagship store. This is the first store in the whole of South East Asia dedicated to the athletic needs of children.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by PBA Players Mike Cortez and Larry Fonacier with their sons Mikey and Liam, Nike Country Manager Loulette Quinio with her grandson Viggo Herce and PBA Player and Gilas Pilipinas star Gabe Norwood’s sons Cash and Orion. 

Check out Cash here stepping into Kobe’s footprint. #cutenessoverload 

a few more inches, a few more years Cash. #iamthefuture @Prodigy_PH @lei_norwood #basketball #nike

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Sep 12, 2015 at 1:01am PDT


Nike Young Athletes stores are specifically designed to cater to the athletic gear requirements of children aged 0-13 years old. A very unique Nike retail concept, these stores are 100% dedicated to the youth and only offer youth sizes – there are no adult sizes available here, and instead there are Infant/Toddler, Pre-School, and Grade School size ranges. 

The Nike Young Athlete store is also the only Nike store that has the complete youth size product assortment for all major sports and athletic endeavours. It is the best place to get the most advanced Basketball, Running, Football, and Sports Lifestyle Footwear and Apparel especially developed for young athletes.

Now, can look good and wear suitable athletic gear for maximum performance. As Nike Philippines Marketing and Product Specialist Andro Torres said “Exposing kids at a very young age to sports is critical for a child’s development. Not only do they develop their motor and physical skills, but they also get the values that come with sports. With that said, Nike Prodigy Young Athletes will be a big help to parents and children in the Philippines since we all know the importance of getting the right athletic products is very vital in optimizing sports performance; especially in the developmental stages for kids.”

Here are my favorite pieces.


There are currently 3 Nike Young Athletes stores and they are located at Ayala Fairview Terraces, Ayala Solenad in Nuvali Sta Rosa, and the newly opened flagship store at the Kidzania Park Triangle Building in Bonifacio Global City. Customers can follow their social media accounts on Facebook (Prodigy PH) and Instagram (@Prodigy_PH) to get instant updates on the latest products and promotions. 

Yoga via podcast

14 Sep

I found a great way to put in a yoga practice at home. Yey! I downloaded a nathanyoga podcast and had a blast. 

Even if I’m not following a video, I was  able to make adjustments and correct form by following Nathan’s cues.
Loved that he guides you through correct breathing. It helped me sink in deeper into poses and find better alignment. And boy was I sweating after my practice.

The Music Run : 14 Nov 2015 : Santa Maria, Bulacan

5 Sep

The Music Run will be playing soon in the Philippines.

This 5Km run will be an exciting odyssey of sound with five different Music Zones– Rock, Pop, Old School, Hip Hop and Dance.

Date: 14th November 2015 (Saturday)

Distance : 5 kmVenue: Philippine Arena at Ciudad de Victoria, Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines

Time: Gates Open at 3PM | Event Starts at 4PM | Event Ends at 9PM

Entry: P700 (Standard Run Pack) Includes Official Event Tee, Drawstring bag, Car decal, TMR temporary tattoo, wrist band, runner’s bib and finisher 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) 

Registration: (From 27th August 2015 till tickets are sold out. 

Picture this … Concert- quality speakers will line the entire course or “Sound Track” (this is so pun-ny!) creating a truly immersive and rocking music experience which ends with live performances from local artists at the Finish Zone Music Festival.

And you get to have a say on what will be played. How?

The Music RunTM has partnered with Spotify to build a bespoke digital music selection mechanic that enables crowd sourcing of music providing a true social voice to the event. With the tagline Your music, Your beatTM, Music runnersTM can stake their claim on the music in rotation by voting for their 5 favourite tracks in each music genre on the website The five most popular tracks from each genre will then be selected to form music zone playlists for the actual run.

This is going to be one big party! 

Unlike other marathons and themed running events, The Music RunTM by Philam Life has no time clock which means anyone of any fitness level can join in the fun and complete the run at his or her own pace. It is not about who has the fastest time, but simple who has the most fun. All Music Runners will be awarded with a medal at the Finish Line.In2015 

The Music RunTM 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.

Registration is now open! Early birds get special limited discounts. Visit and for more details.

Be excited all over again : Subaru Marathon 2015 : Sep 13

20 Jul

Runner, it’s  time to be excited all over again. The moment has arrived! Motor Image Pilipinas Inc., the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines will be sponsoring the first Subaru Marathon on 13 September 2015 at the Mall of Asia grounds. 

Subaru Marathon race director, Coach Rio dela Cruz, says this race will delight both serious and newbie runners. Seasoned runners will be catered by the full and half marathon distances. Beginners can also choose between the 5k and 10K categories.

Subaru offer the perfect mix of power, performance, safety and versatility. Subaru vehicles are more than capable of keeping up with our active lifestyle. Runners can expect Subaru and Runrio to deliver us a race that is safe and will allow us to go out full power and achieve your best performance.

Here’s the race route! Time to plot and plan your runs!


Good morning!

2 Jun

  Ahhh to win the battle with the bed is sweet indeed. First run for the week.  

Manila Leg, DONE. Time for the National Training Camp

25 Apr

The best of the best 10-14 year old ballers around the country participated in the series of Regional Selection Camps of the Jr. NBA & Jr. WNBA held in Biñan, Iloilo, Baguio, Bacolod, Manila and Davao

The Manila leg held last April 10-11 had eagers boys and girls around the Metro undergo series of skills tests at stations such as Lay-ups, Shooting, Passing, Footwork and Dribbling.

Here they are polishing their dribbling skills.

After 2 days, the following boys and girls were selected :

1. Stacey Tibayan (Manila)
2. Ernest John Felicilda (CDO)
3. Russelle Andrew C. Dominguez (Rizal)
4. Jac Inigo Macasaet (Baguio)
5. Kai Zachary Sotto (Manila)
6. Edrian Custodio (Paranaque)
7 Previn Competente (Manila)
8. Ren Gabriel D. Reyes (Batangas)
9 Jesse Adrian F. Intega (Manila)
10. Christian Allen G. Vergara (Las Pinas)
11. Vehnjo Maximo (Manila)

1. Michaela Pentecostes (Makati)
2. Kyla Flores (Paranaque)
3. Akemi Marteja (Paranaque)
4. Christine Jazz Unqui
5. Nelia Jean David (Manila)
6. Stephanie Villapando (Laguna)

The Jr. NBA & Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska, is just one of Alaska’s Sports Development Program that inspires children realize their dreams through teaching them skills to play the game while incorporating the values of determination, hard work, team work, discipline and sportsmanship. It has reached hundreds of schools and communities nationwide and benefited thousands of children, parents, and coaches through grassroots activities like basketball training camps and school clinics.

Tomorrow the young hopefuls will participate in the Final Scrimage at SM MOA. They will be working with NBA coaches and Alaska Basketball Powercamp Director Jeffrey Cariaso. Other coaches who will run the drills and conduct the learning sessions include PBA Legends Rodney Santos, Eric de la Cuesta, John Ramirez and Topex Robinson, and Perlas Pilipinas national players Melissa Jacob, Ish Tiu, MJ Galicia and Justine Formata.

After the Final Scrimage, the 2015 All-Star Team will be announced. The male and female All-Stars will be rewarded with an authentic NBA experience and the chance to play with a counterpart youth team abroad.

Missed the 2015 round, well if you are 10-14years old next year, do come and be a part of the 2016 selection. The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program, is free for boys and girls across all stages – from the school and open clinics, through the Regional Selection Camps, the National Training Camp and the NBA Experience.

Coach Chris watching and grading. #jrnbaph hit it harder boys!

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Good Luck to all! Shine and show off your STAR Values!

happy to chafe

27 Mar

Completed my 6x1x5 run-walk workout last night. Wee!

I didn’t come away unscathed though. After a long, long time I got chafing again. Weird, but a little part of me was happy. It meant that I worked hard enough in pumping my arms which was my form focus last night.

That happy teeny part of me, soon changed opinion when I hit the shower. Chafing hurts!!!

Here are some tips to prevent chafing;

1. Be smart when choosing your running attire. Stay away from rough fabrics. Ditch those with thick seams especially in the shoulders and arm holes. Opt for shirts with wicking tech.

2. Lubricate I normally use petroleum jelly and for longer runs I use body glide.

Got more tips? Share them with us here.


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