Pinoy Pride in Canvas


When I was little, back was in the 60s, the Philippines was a promising underdeveloped country that CNN and other international news agencies wouldn’t even pick up the weather or political news about. Fast forward 50 years later and our rich cultural and socio-political progression has jolted the world into attention. We will see a little and a lot about that in “Pinoy Pride”, in oil and acrylic are on exhibit from March 13 to 20, 2018 at the Little Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The exhibit pieces are visual representations of fine arts students, aged 18 to 24, from all over the Philippines. The 30 paintings constitute the finalists, chosen among more than 70 entries to the 32nd edition of the DPC-PLDT Visual Arts Competition (VAC 32), sponsored by Directories Philippines Corporation and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. The annual nationwide competition showcases and immortalizes the winning artworks on covers of telephone directories distributed in Metro Manila and other key urban centers and regions across the land, as well as on multiple online and mobile platforms.

Making VAC 32 happen:  Reuben Pagaduan, Professor, Adventist University of the Philippines
Louis Rafael Espinosa, VAC 32 Finalist, University of Santo Tomas
Abelardo Carlos Villacorta II, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Directories Philippines Corporation
Emily A. Abrera, Chairperson, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Claudia Valenzuela, Head of Home CC Service Standards, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company
Rosemarie Dalisay, Head of HCCM Care, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company
Christian Casimiro, VAC 32 Finalist, Far Eastern University

It is heartening to see a broad national representation of the entries this year,” noted Ricardo D. Bautista, DPC president. “We had submissions from Mindanao, the Visayas, northern and southern Luzon, in addition to the usually prolific output from the fine arts schools in Metro Manila. Interpretations of this year’s theme are just as diverse. Some student artists dwelt on our natural endowments; others on our customs, crafts, traditions, and unique aspects of our culture; still others on our admirable traits and on unheralded countrymen, like soldiers and overseas workers, who make great sacrifices for our country.”

The 29”x29” paintings rendered in a variety of styles—realist, impressionist, graphic, and abstract, among others—were the nation’s young artists’ response to the VAC 32 invitation to “bring to light the things inherent in our national identity, culture and diversity that are sources of immense pride unique to Filipinos”.

DPC-PLDT officially launched the contest in November 2017 and will announce the winners of VAC32 on March 20, 2018 at the Main Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City at 1:30 p.m.


Ribbon-Cutting in November 2017:  Abelardo Carlos Villacorta II, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Directories Philippines Corporation
Emily A. Abrera, Chairperson, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Claudia Valenzuela, Head of Home CC Service Standards, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company
Rosemarie Dalisay, Head of HCCM Care, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company


The student who painted the first-place winning entry will receive P100,000 in cash and the VAC32 Grand Prize Trophy; in addition, his/her school will receive a P40,000 donation for it’s fine arts program. Second and Third Prize winners will receive P75,000 and P60,000 in cash, respectively, plus trophies and corresponding donations to their respective schools. Besides the trophies and cash prizes, the Grand Prize winner will have his/her work featured on the cover of the 2018-19 Metro Manila telephone directories of DPC (Yellow Pages) and PLDT (White Pages).

The VAC annual competition is a much-awaited event in the art world, particularly for young artists, as it gives recognition to the abundance of creative and artistic talent available in the country’s fine arts schools.

Let’s join and teach our youth that art, culture and history work in harmony!

For more information, please visit VAC 32’s website,, and its official Facebook page, VISUALARTSPH. Queries can also be emailed to


Rachel Gutierrez

VAC 32 Secretariat


Phone: +632 894 1343

A Sneak Peak of Great Summer Hair with NovuHair

Valentines and the cooler months are at the tail-end and heat is fast creeping into our mornings and daily activities.  Still, March is another month to perfectly express your love in beautiful and fabulous ways, especially for that special someone who cannot wait for just the romantic occasions of the year to spend time with you.

So if you find yourself being whisked away to a charming place or have planned on a candle-lit dinner date with your beloved, you’ve got every reason to get to look your best and stay confident.

It’s always to both prudent and smart to start with the hair, which usually draws attention. Studies show that a head full of hair indicates youth and vitality at its best. Power and stability, on the other hand, is reflected on long, shiny tresses; while a bouncy bob may mean a bubbly personality.  On the other hand, curly locks add to masculinity and femininity, which can actually bedazzle anytime.

Great hair is not magic but a lot of loving and caring. Taking good care of hair should not be enforced, but rather a natural, rewarding pampering for yourself. This applies, too, when choosing the right product for your mane.

Stay away from chemical-based ones. This is a imperative, especially when dealing with problems like shedding or thinning of the hair. Most commercial brands still contain parabens as preservative, according to aesthetics and rejuvenation expert Dr. Cecilia Catapang.

Through the years, as you use chemical-based products, slowly and little by little, your body absorbs the parabens, which accumulate to significant levels, enough to induce what is called an estrogen-sensitive breast cancer,” she says.

Synthetic haircare products have several adverse effects because they are drugs. What you don’t know about them might hurt you. So avoid it the next time you go over the counter for your supplies or ditch what you’re using today for naturally-made products because they aid in stimulating hair growth while maintaining its natural water, shine and vibrancy.

Amid a glut of chemical-free hair solutions out there, Dr. Catapang recommends NOVUHAIR for its being natural and compliant to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, which means it doesn’t contain paraben. In addition of its safety benefits, this topical scalp lotion is specifically the only hair growth product in the market containing 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients working synergistically to help remedy hair problems from growth to vanishing issues.

NOVUHAIR helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain moisture in the scalp and improve the overall appearance of the tress. Lastly, it’s more effective and safe solution to help remedy hair loss and promote hair growth.

Summer or nearly summer, yet it’s time to shift to “nature’s answer to hair loss”, . It’s time to start loving again your hair with NOVUHAIR, to enhance or bring back the old “crowning glory”, to look your best in front of your dearest, or to turn heads of potential mates. Let the love flow!

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Why can’t HEALTH and WELLNESS be a passion?

It’s true that we only get more concerned about wellness when sickness takes over our bodies.  And it’s an irony that we work ourselves to exhaustion for the money and prestige, only to wake up one morning to find out our health is already on the line.

Sure we love to run and we get excited by the competition that racing provides, but we can up the notch and become role models of health and wellness in real life.

Once in a while there comes a race that puts skills and agility to the test, reminding you that fitness and health come from within, the beautiful coordination of muscles and bones forming your body and core strength.

Definitely not your ordinary kind of fun obstacle course, “Awareness for Wellness: Speed Bump Obstacle Race” will commence in the morning of March 25, 2018 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City.

Over 10 various types of obstacles (SPEED BUMPS) will be spread all over the venue as participants have signed up to do either two or four kilometers of running. Part of the proceeds will go to the Hope For Lupus Foundation.

Race Categories

Registration Fees:
2K – P700
4K – P700


Registration Venues:
– Garmin branches in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, Glorietta, and Alabang Town Center
– Doc Rob Chiropractic Wellness Clinic in Quezon City and Makati City


img_20180216_1742511The proponents of this event,  premier chiropractor Dr. Rob Walcher and wife Patricia Javier, know health and wellness by heart. Formerly based in California and with two growing sons, the family made the decision to relocate to the Philippines in 2015. Today Dr. Walcher has established two clinics in Quezon City and Makati City for his growing patrons of sports and fitness buffs. For more details, please visit

This event is powered by the Pinoy Aspiring Runners and Smoke10 Events Management. 


For More Information:
Jayner Manalang – 09152023092 / 09157688735


United to Help – Takbo: Hakbang MARAWI 2018

In an effort to rebuild war-torn Marawi, everyone must make it their business to help so that our brothers may have a better quality of life and resume their normal activities.  Months after the declaration of martial law and its eventual extension has taken its toll on the health, education and livelihood of the Maranaos.

One group determined to make a difference in raising awareness of the magnitude of problems in Marawi is YPEACE which stands for Young Professionals and Educators of Asia concern to Culture and Environment, Inc. It is a Mindanao-based, non-government organization founded in 2014 by Mr. Nasrael D. Tayuan in Sultan Kudarat. The organization aims to abolish discrimination between Filipino Christians and Muslims. Likewise, it aims to halt discrimination in the professional arena.


This time YPEACE, Inc. provides a more direct response to the Marawi dilemma by inviting everyone to join the “YPEACE RUN FOR A CAUSE” TAKBO: HAKBANG MARAWI 2018” to be conducted this 11th March  2018 (Sunday) at Camp Aguinaldo in QC.

The proceeds of this event will be used in funding the rehabilitation of Marawi City and  the education of the orphan of fallen Marawi soldiers. Future projects consists of conducting medical missions in Quezon City and in other remote areas and the launching of YPEACE, Inc. Luzon & NCR Chapter (Young Professionals & Educators of Asia concern to Culture & Environment, Inc.) in February 2018.

Race Categories and Registration Fees:

400M – P350
3K – P450
5K – P550
10K – P750
15K – P950

– Inclusive of a Singlet, Race Bib, Certificate, Finishers Medal and Lootbag
– 5K|10K – Gets a Token
– 10K|15K – Gets a Headwear
– 15K – Gets a Tumbler

Registration Venues:
1. Chris Sports SM Megamall
2. Chris Sports Glorietta
3. Chris Sports SM North Annex
4. Chris Sports Fisher Mall
5. Chris Sports Market Market

For More Information:

Organizer: Aldenver Marketing Inc and YPEACE Inc

Aldenver Marketing Inc.
Veronica Ramos – 09278484533 / 0998-9565231
Gas Olonan –
FB: Aldenver Events



On site registration and Claiming of Singlets will be on March 2 and 4 at 2pm-8pm

Location: The Cofeebean and Tea Leaf, Gateway Araneta Center (Cubao) branch

Starting March 1, late registrants will get their race kits on the day of the event (March 11, from 2am-4am only)

Look for Nash Tayuan (0975) 434 2339

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Pet Express Doggie Run in the Year of the Dog 2018

Humans are fortunate to have dogs — who serve as companions, soldiers and even therapy — despite the animal’s short life-span. In 2018, the year of the dog, we are encouraged to show our love and gratitude for the never-ending proof of loyalty that dogs have showered upon us for years.

Why not give your dog an experience of a lifetime by joining the Pet Express Doggie Run on March 3, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia? This is an annual charity fun run with our four-legged buddies that also helps raise funds for the shelter animals of PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society).



Race Bib w/ RFID, Event Running Shirt, Doggie Race Bib, Doggie Bandana, Doggie Finisher Loot Bag, Doggie Finisher Medal, Human Finisher Lootbag, Insurance Coverage, Donation to PAWS (The Philippine Animal Welfare Society)

doggie race kit


Race Bib, Event Running Shirt, Human Finisher Loot Bag, Insurance Coverage, Donation to PAWS

human race kit

Register at any PET EXPRESS branch.

Pet Express Alabang Hills 800-4476

Pet Express Festival Mall 777-4694

Pet Express Greenhills 705-1176

Pet Express SM CDO Downtown 859-1904

Pet Express SM City Dasmariñas (046) 416-2979

Pet Express SM City Fairview 372-3523

Pet Express SM City Masinag 477-8659

Pet Express SM City Molino 436-7460

Pet Express SM City North Edsa 921-9442

Pet Express SM Cubao 912-5924

Pet Express SM Hypermarket Makati 843-7174

Pet Express SM Mall of Asia 836-8955

Pet Express SM Megamall 650-4693

Imagine you and your dog starting the race with this:

…and finishing the race with this!


May the best doggies win and have some barking fun!

NOVUHAIR and Winning the Battle against Hair Loss

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Without you knowing or noticing it, your hair could be dying on you.

The daily grind can take its toll. Workload, traffic, stress, even sleep deprivation are inescapable realities. Indeed, it is difficult to look good or even decent with everything that needs to be done day in and out, but looking good on the outside might mean an ammunition of beauty products mostly made from harmful chemicals.

Never just go with the flow. Change your strategy and let NOVUHAIR show you the way, as it is nature’s answer to hair loss. All its natural ingredients are scientifically proven to help promote hair growth. This way, you have no reason to go back to your old ways. Alter your regimen now if you can’t change the routine and finally admit that it’s time to part ways with chemically-laced products you keep in your vanity kit and say hello to NOVUHAIR. You can never go wrong with au naturale!

Abby Asistio won her battle; win yours too!

Now, you can optimize your NOVUHAIR experience with NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack (topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo and conditioner) and enjoy an extra 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo for FREE exclusive at participating Watsons stores nationwide!

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Avail NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 NEW YEAR PROMO PACK exclusive at the following participating WATSONS stores nationwide:

  • SM Mall of Asia 1, SM Megamall A, SM Megamall A3 Daimaru
  • SM North Edsa Main 2, Fisher Mall, SM City Fairview Mall 1
  • SM Makati Mall 3, SM Makati Hypermarket, Oriental Gardens Makati, Market! Market!
  • Robinsons Place Manila, SM San Lazaro Supermarket, SM San Lazaro Mall 1, Savemore Laong Laan 2, SM Sta. Mesa Mall 3, SM Sta. Mesa Centerpoint 3
  • SM Masinag, Savemore Rempson Marikina, SM Taytay Rizal
  • SM Marilao Hypermarket, SM Pampanga Annex, SM Pampanga Mall 1, SM Clark Mall, Savemore Dinalupihan, Waltermart San Fernando Pampanga
  • SM Southmall 5, SM Bicutan Mall B-2 Hypermarket, Festival Mall, Orofino Bldg. Dona Soledad
  • SM Sta. Rosa Mall, SM Sta. Rosa Supermarket, Waltermart Sta. Rosa, SM Calamba, Waltermart Cabuyao
  • SM Bacoor Mall 2, SM Dasmarinas Mall 3, Premier Plaza Mall Silang Cavite, Waltermart Trece Martires, Kadiwa Cavite Hypermarket, Lumina Point Cavite
  • SM Lipa Mall, SM Lipa Supermarket, Waltermart Tanaunan, SM Batangas Mall 1, Waltermart Nasugbu
  • SM Lucena, SM Naga Mall, J.S Arcilla Bldg. Tabaco
  • Ayala Center Cebu
  • SM Davao Mall 1

For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, visit NOVUHAIR Facebook Page (Novuhair Official) or website at

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The Evolving RunRio Trilogy in 2018

I was among the fortunate ones to have been around the first RUNRIO Trilogy in 2010. Races like these were not to be missed because 1) they form part of your tune-up races for marathons 2) they give you great competition from the best runners in the land and 3) they epitomized what a big race is yet give you personalized treatment. Of course a bonus treat was always, always getting a chance to see Coach Rio dela Cruz. Not only did he create RUNRIO Trilogy, he was the guy who started the Afroman-distance of 32K, hence became his monicker, the Afroman.

The spike in public interest for races resulted in more events, some less focussed on the athletics side and more bent on luring participants for the recreational side which is not at all too bad, except that someone had to keep the competition alive. Thus we ran witness to the evolution of the RUNRIO Trilogy — from the actual race routes, the size, design and quality of race uniforms and even content in lootbags and winner prizes. I think RUNRIO also pioneered in the so-called “united” or puzzle medals (3 medals that, when collected, will form one bigger medallion) and also tried to experiment on a super-sized “platito” medal in 2012-2014, when 42K marathon distance was already included in the loop.

2012 medal
the 2012 platito medal but you actually needed 4 races to complete the united set
2017 trilogy medals each looked good as stand-alone…but together, they volted i like magic!


trying on the 2018 RunRio Trilogy medals, may renaissance effect talaga!

Personally, I felt that last year was a renaissance of the athletic side of RUNRIO, that image and reputation of being premier in:

  • delivery of world-class routes and race execution
  • social responsibility by partnering with great advocacies
  • providing highest quality of running gears and medals
  • showing appreciation to customers and patrons with post-race awarding

And so, the question that begged to be asked: What’s in store for RUNRIO Trilogy in 2018? With a twinkle in the eye as if taunting, RUNRIO President and CEO Coach Rio quipped, ““This year promises to be exciting for us and for all those who want to join our runs…Running enthusiasts can look forward to the 2018 RUNRIO Trilogy not only as an avenue to push their limits but also to spend quality time with friends and family.”

Participants can also look forward to more exciting running activities in store for everyone. First is the 5k Family Run. For this race, teams must consist of two adults and two kids. Each kid must be 15 years or below to qualify. The 5k Barkada Run, on the other hand, is open to four adults each of whom must be 16 years of age or older. There is also the 10k Buddy Run which, is also for participants 16 years old and above.

As an added incentive for runners, participants who register in groups are entitled to a substantial discount on the registration fees.

But at the heart of RUNRIO TRILOGY will always be the pay-forward, post-race, culminating activities where super-achievers are honored and the fulfillment of raising funds are highlighted upstage.


Manila, Philippines – February 7, 2018 – RUNRIO Events, Inc., the country’s premier organizer of running events, recently held the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Manila in Pasay City.

The main highlight of the event is the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards. This is intended to recognize the last year’s runners who completed the 2017 RUNRIO Trilogy Series where they completed the three-leg race series namely, 21k, 32k, and 42k that happened last June 25August 31 and October 1, respectively. The awards will not only recognize the participants but will also honor the fastest and the oldest finishers. All awardees will receive a limited edition medal hanger.

“The RUNRIO Trilogy Awards is our way of showing our appreciation to all those who participated and gave everything they’ve got fueled by their #HeartToFinish strong,” said Andrew Neri, RUNRIO Events, Inc. Managing Partner.

Moreover, the evening will also be an opportunity for RUNRIO to present YesPinoy Foundation with a PhP500,000.00 donation. Founded in 2009, the foundation in partnership with Taclob, produces emergency bags made by survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. The aim is to provide hooded cloak backpacks with emergency kits and learner’s materials to young people in vulnerable public schools particularly those in areas affected by Typhoons.

The Trio at the Prescon: YesPinoy – Coach Rio – RunRio Andrew Neri welcoming media to 2018 RunRio Trilogy

Aside from the Trilogy Awards, RUNRIO also announced the scheduled of races for 2018 as the RUNRIO Trilogy Race Series expands its presence in Cebu. This year, the first leg of the race series will be held on March 4 in Cebu and on March 18 in Manila. The second leg will be in Cebu this time on May 6 and again in Manila on June 3. The last leg will be on August 19 and again on September 23 in Cebu and Manila, respectively.

The RUNRIO Trilogy was made possible by its other partners, namely, Gatorade, Maynilad, Garmin, SM Mall of Asia, Nyxsys, Inside Manila, Fitbar, KitKat, Efes, Nizoral, Salonpas, and Milcu Deodorant Powder.

For more information on the registration fees and the online registration schedule, visit


Thus will kick-off another exciting RUNRIO TRILOGY this year and the continuance of its commitment to give runners the #HeartToFinish.