Gatorade Run: Last day for online reg

13 Nov

Manila, Philippines – The world’s number one sports drink is finally making its debut in the country’s fast growing running circuit with the launch of the first ever Gatorade Run.

 The run will happen on November 22 at the Seaside Boulevard at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. There will be two distances—11 and 22 kilometers gun-starting at 5:00 and 4:00 AM respectively. Race fee is P1,100 for 11K participants and P1,500 for their 22K counterparts. The pre-race kit will include an Adidas race tee, a race bib and a timing chip. Another Adidas shirt, this time a finishers tee, will also await all finishers.

 “The Gatorade Run will cap off what has been a historic year for us,” Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said. “We just celebrated our 50th birthday; we recently beefed up our line-up with a new variant called White Lightning and welcomed a powerhouse cast of ambassadors; and now, we’re launching the first ever run powered by Gatorade.”

 Atayde added, “As a global leader in sports performance, runners can expect that Gatorade will bring its sports science expertise to the fore. More than just a run, this milestone event is a platform for us to reinforce our message of proper hydration.”

 The Gatorade Run will feature a hydration station where participants can get pre-race hydration drinks, a post-run hydration test area where they can instantly learn about their hydration status, and a warm-up area where free sessions will be available for those who want a full-on warm up activity before the run.

 Online registration is until November 13. Runners can also troop to Adidas outlets at Trinoma, Bonifacio Global City, Greenbelt 3, SM MOA and SM Megamall to register until November 8. Registered participants can start claiming their kits on November 16 until November 19 from 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM at their chosen store and schedule upon registration. 

Log on to for more information or to register.

Time to work your stripes, McHappy Day Stripes Run is back! 

13 Nov

McHappy Day Stripes Run 2015: Ready, Set Read!

Run for a cause with the whole family in Davao, Metro Manila

 Running for fun is guaranteed to make people feel good. Imagine how much better it would feel to know that running can also help Filipino kids in need learn how to read!

 At McDonald’s, families can have fun and help other families at the same time through the McHappy Day Stripes Run. This year’s McHappy Day is bigger than ever as it brings the Stripes Run in two key local cities: People’s Park, Davao City on November 28 and in BGC, Taguig City on December 5.

 Registration is now open! To join, simply fill-up the registration form available at select McDonald’s stores and online via, settle the registration fee, and claim the race kit right after.

 Each race kit includes a McHappy Day shirt, McDonald’s red and white striped socks, stub for a free McDonald’s breakfast meal at the venue, and a race bib.

 There’s a distance for every runner and every member of the family with 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K categories. Exciting activity booths also await participants after the race as they celebrate a fun and fulfilling run.

 Help Filipino kids learn and eventually love reading by joining the 2015 McHappy Day Stripes Run. Proceeds from the Stripes Run will be donated to ‘Ronald McDonald Read To Learn’, a flagship program of McDonald’s charity of choice, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Philippines.

 Since 2002, RMHC has touched the lives of over 11 million children through its Ronald McDonald Read To Learn program. RMHC Philippines also celebrates its 20th year of making a difference this year.

 For more information on the McHappy Day Stripes Run, visit or follow McDonald’s official Facebook page at Sign-up today and tell your family and friends about it! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #McDoStripesRun and tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram.

Late start on a cloudy Saturday

17 Oct

And so there I was, bouncing along the first run segment of my walk/run program when one of things my  crazy coach told me once popped into my head.

“When you train to run slow, then that’s what you will be … a slow runner.”

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Oct 16, 2015 at 8:31pm PDT

I.Am.Lazy! I am guilty of just bouncing along to  tick off the run segments when I train. Sometimes my run segments are so slow, it would have been better to just brisk walk. That.Lazy!

Today, I went out fast. I’m so happy and proud of myself. It was not sprint fast.  I’m geeky enough to actually compute my training paces. But it was fast enough to increase my heart rate. Fast enough that  felt like I was running, training and chasing my goals.

I have along way to go but I will keep this little golden nugget as a key training pillar. 

Did you take advantage of this cloudy Saturday to squeeze in a run?

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

Read the some of the pacers’ stories here:

One Reyna and Wheng’s Brgy 6h30 Shemboters
1hr5min 10K with Franc Ramon
4h30min The Pressured Pacer story of Kit
Dhenz wrapping up the RU series as pacer for 6hr 42K

Rod’s 1:45 21K shows us that runners are by nature social beings

Here they are in action

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

FB: pH Care: Fresh, Sexy Secrets IG: Twitter: @pHCarePhilippines

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!



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