Garmin® Announces the fēnix® 5 series in the Philippines – Multisport GPS Watches for Fitness, Adventure and Style

Multisports, lifetyle and adventure just got rolled into ONE and it’s a Garmin!

Garmin Philippines recently launched the fēnix 5, fēnix 5S and fēnix 5X, adding three watches designed for athletes and adventurers of all shapes, sizes and competencies, to complement its popular and already well-entrenched line of multisport GPS wearables.

The fēnix 5S is lighter, sleeker and smaller than previous models – perfect for small wrists without sacrificing multisport functionality. The fēnix 5X boasts preloaded wrist-based mapping; and the compact fēnix 5, like other fēnix watches, is feature-packed and ready to take on any adventure with an all-new industrial design.

Common to all of the fēnix 5 models are unbelievably great features to keep the lifestyle as active as your sports or adventure, in Garmin-style:

  • 24/7 wearable with extended battery life

The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwartch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.4 Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.

  • daily activity tracking ¹
  • Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology
  • QuickFit™ bands (switch between stylish leather and metal watch straps to sporty silicone, in seconds and without tools)
  • all 5 models come in a variety of cool colored bands to choose from!
  • Built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone
  • When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist. Compatibility with Connect IQ is enhanced so that users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces

*To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face It app, so users can set their favorite photo as their watch face. Sapphire models are Wi-Fi® Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ when within range.

  • water rated to 100 meters ², and is built to withstand the elements with a stainless-steel bezel, buttons and rear case
  • preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more
  • More apps and connected features using Garmin Connect

The perfect-fit and advanced fēnix 5S, measuring  a compact 47mm , has a brand new industrial design and has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the wearable technologies category in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA upon its global reveal this year. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

“After years in the wearables market, Garmin knows that athletes and adventurers come in all sizes, which is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and every workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don’t have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.

But make no mistake that power just comes with size, as Garmin also innovated on the first fenix designed with the female adventurers in mind. The fēnix 5S is a sleek, smaller sized watch that packs so much power-punch! At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small yet comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. Both stylish and functional, fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens.

The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, or champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.

The Fenix 5X and the ULTIMATE outdoor experience!

Preloaded with TOPO Asia Pacific mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the ruggedly elegant fēnix 5X measures at only 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route. Additionally, fēnix 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The pre- loaded TOPO Asia Pacific maps include detailed maps of the Philippines and other countries in the Asia Pacific region plus over 40,000 golf courses.

Product Availability

Upon launch, the fēnix 5 and fēnix 5S will have a suggested retail price of Php 36,950; the fēnix 5 Sapphire, fēnix 5S Sapphire at Php 39,950 and the fēnix 5X will have a suggested retail price of Php 42,950.

The fenix 5 is already currently available in all Garmin Stores and selected dealers. For those who are interested in fenix 5S or fenix 5X, next month (May) is the target date for its distribution, so better hang on to your pockets — or better yet, pre-order NOW!

Only watches purchased from authorized dealers in the Philippines will include the exclusive 2-Year Garmin Protect Warranty and invite-only programs ran by Garmin Connect Coaches plus 20% discounts from partner institutions like the PACE Pre-hab & Recovery Center.

“Garmin devices are well known to be tough, rugged and of the best quality – but as an added commitment to our customers, we are offering the exclusive 2-Year Garmin Protect Warranty for those who purchased their devices from official resellers in the Philippines. By June this year, Garmin will open its first ever local service and repair facility to be ran and managed by NAVCO so that servicing can be done locally. We hope this will be a good news to many loyal Garmin fans”, said NAVCO president, Ryan Tan.

You know that Garmin’s research and development is rooted from customer needs and feedback. This can be manifested with the availability of the fēnix 5 range as Garmin’s answer to the expanding outdoor segment. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels, making the adventure a much personal experience than ever before.

 

References:

1 See Garmin.com/ataccuracy for more details.

2 See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.

For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, you may call 0917-8LEADER or (02)-632-9513.  You may also coordinate with our Marketing and Media Relations Head, Nikko Soria at 0917-877-7240, or follow us at facebook.com/garmincenter.

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About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and fēnix are registered trademarks, and Garmin Elevate, QuickFit, UltraTrac and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

About NAVCO

NAVCO is the official distributor and the official marketing and service partner of Garmin International Inc. in the Philippines. NAVCO distributes Garmin products to retail partners, operates Garmin Center stores, and will operate the first Garmin service and repair center in the country. It maintains offices in Ortigas Center, Pasig City and in Cebu City.

NOVUHAIR Salutes the Changed Woman

This year’s celebration of International Women’s Month is a bold step towards encouraging women to be effective leaders and influencers by harnessing on their inner strengths and capabilities. Under the banner, “Be Bold for Change”, this calls for women to step up and take active roles for a more inclusive, gender-equal world.

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NutraMedica’s CEO and President Sheila Mae Velilla

In the local setting, NutraMedica is a healthcare company that supports women and advocates gender equality. In fact, the CEO and President of Nutramedica is a formidable woman herself. Sheila Mae Velilla built the company from scratch, exerting much effort in product development and exemplary business & marketing acumen. We do need MORE women like her in the world!

Such was the background and philosophy of CONTRIBUTING to women empowerment by making NOVUHAIR available in the market. It has consistently been awarded by Watson’s as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand in the country for five consecutive years.

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NOVUHAIR is a BFAD-registered topical scalp lotion that helps prevent our “crowning glory” from falling out.

Novuhair is made with 19 natural ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint and other natural ingredients.

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. It also penetrates deep to rejuvenate the hair follicles, provides optimum nutrition to help combat hair loss and/or thinning of hair, improves blood circulation in the scalp which contributes to the stimulation of hair growth.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide.

Nutramedica’s Novuhair empowers the Pinay by improving their appearance thru self-help ideas on social media. This results in confidence that translates to women finding ways and meaning to CONTRIBUTE in nation-building.

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For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

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Founded in 2004, Nutramedica was one of the first companies to market virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the Philippines. Today it is known for its comprehensive range of oral and injectable pharmaceutical lines, food supplements and cosmetic products.

Not just pain but Breakthrough Cancer Pain

One day we wake up to the harsh reality that cancer has become a leading cause of morbidity and mortality everywhere. It is even projected that towards 2030, cancer will become the leading cause of death globally, beating even cardiovascular diseases and other communicable diseases (source: http://www.ceche.org/publications/infocus/fall2007/GlobalDisease.html).

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A friend used the word “commonplace” to describe cancer and I would go further one step to say that we become united as a community to talk about it quite openly, but PAIN is a taboo topic from our lack of knowledge and even patients’ unwillingness to discourse.

They say that the hardest situation in the world is watching a loved one deal with cancer pain, especially the terrible, almost unpredictable flares OVER and ABOVE the usual background (basal) pain. Now I understand why cancer patients can cope on some days  and then all of a sudden, excuse the self from life — reeling through and dealing with breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is something one does NOT share easily.

Breakthrough Cancer Pain : The Media Event, March 7, 2017 at the EDSA Shangrila

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Dr Dolma Santos, Medical Oncologist

In  this recent undertaking that sought to raise awareness on BTcP, a mix of medical oncology and pain management studies where presented by the experts. Dr. Dolma Santos, leading Filipino medical oncolologist presented the prevalance of BTcP in the local setting, wherein an estimated 45,000 Filipinos suffer with this debilitating cancer pain. It was even postulated that the numbers might be conservative due to the Filipino nature of “suffering in silence” rather than make family and friends worry about their condition.

Based on the Cancer facts and Estimates, “…there will be 200,000 (annually) Filipinos who will suffer cancer pain such that pain-alleviating management must be made available now”, quipped Dr. Santos.

 

 

PROF. MICHAEL UBERALL
Prof Michael Uberall

Hence, according to Prof Uberall, the pain and palliative care expert from Germany: Breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is a transient exacerbation of pain than occurs either spontaneously, or in relation to a specific predictable or unpredictable trigger, despite relatively stable and adequately controlled background pain. BTcP is characterised by a sudden onset of pain that reaches peak intensity within as little as 3 minutes and lasts for an average of 30 minutes. Patients with cancer have around 4 episodes of BTcP in a day.

 

 

 

Small wonder that BTcP is a common problem among cancer patients with its detrimental impact on quality of life (QoL), including daily functioning, social relationships and overall enjoyment of life – despite the cancer. Furthermore, a number of studies have reported that a large proportion of patients with BTcP feel dissatisfied with their pain control. Thus, there is a need for effective treatments for relief of BTcP as current treatments do not adequately address BTcP.

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The Meranini Medical-Marketing Team with Dr Uberall and Dr Santos

 

 

Now, cancer patients who suffer from Breakthrough Cancer Pain do not have to miss those special moments in their lives. If you or any of your loved ones are suffering from Breakthrough Cancer Pain, please seek consult with either your pain/palliative care specialist or medical oncologist.

Quality of Life means Control Over BTcP

I have heard of a lot of stories from families and friends who were surprised that the cancer patient can be very practical many times over and not opt for chemotherapy or any cytostatic medication anymore.  I recall that the late President Corazon Aquino, despite her having obvious means of getting the best medical care and against the advise of her medical team, simply opted for pain-killers rather than spend for chemotherapy.

While I will never espouse self-medication or question the benefit of chemotherapy, at the end of day, it’s the pain that has to be addressed…to still have some semblance of Quality of Life, especially if the pain is BTcP.

 

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-about Meranini and its philosophy

Menarini Asia-Pacific improves the lives of people in the region by providing them rapid market access to innovative healthcare brands from around the world. We do this through our established global network, strong expertise across key therapeutic areas, proven brand and sales know-how, to insightful experience in all major Asia-Pacific markets. Menarini Asia-Pacific is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Menarini Group. Leveraging the strengths of its global infrastructure, we are able to tap onto extensive global resources and our own unique local customer insights to deliver innovative brands from R&D, through to manufacturing, regulatory approvals and commercialisation.

 

References:

1. Institute for Neurological Science, Nuernberg, Germany – as presented by Prof Michael Uberall in the BTcP Media Event 03.07.17, EDSA Shangrila

Faith, Hope and Charity: Ma-Tibay Miles for an Angel

ATRESIA, as defined in medicine.net, is absence or closure of a normal opening, or failure of a structure to be tubular. In the case of biliary atresia, the bile from the liver cannot be removed by the body, which means wastes and toxins are retained, leading to fatal cirrhosis and multiple organ failure.

Imagine biliary atresia as a rare birth defect with a likely prognosis of liver cirrhosis and even death, and the only medical intervention with any success rate possible is a liver transplant.

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Stevie Arghie M Garcia (aka Baby Tibay)

Now, imagine an angel nicknamed “Baby Tibay”, born 2015 and has since been fighting biliary atresia. Empathize as parents not having the means to alleviate Bay Tibay’s suffering with an immediate operation that will cost a whooping Php 4.5million. Close your eyes and remember how you raised your children or how you were raised as a kid — free from disease, and having a full life ahead of you. Is there any way we can all pitch in to save a life and… more?

 

 

 

Let’s give Baby Tibay and his parents the gift of FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE by helping raise funds for this life-saving liver transplant. Through the auspices of the Pinoy Aspiring Runners (PAR) a benefit funrun will be staged on Baby Tibay’s 2nd birthday on April 9, 2017, convening at Plaza Burgos in Guagua, Pampanga.

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The organizers are hoping to attract runners, not only from Pampanga but also from neighboring provinces and Metro Manila. After all, there are great fun-filled race distances to choose from:

Distance Registration Fees (Php) Race kit Inclusions
10 Miles (or 16KM) 750 Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast
6 Miles (or 10 KM) 650 Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast
3 Miles (or 5 KM) 550 Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast
2 Miles (or 3 KM) 400 Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast

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Now that we have visualized all this that can happen, we can put thoughts into action by signing up!

REGISTRATION SITES:
selected SPORTSHOUSE branches (SM North Edsa, SM Pampanga, SM Clark)
selected NEW BALANCE store at the Marquee Mall Angeles, Pampanga

ONLINE REGISTRATION:
– Go to raceyaya.com

– Click Sign in Google/Facebook

– Click on the event “maTibay Miles”

How to pay through online registration:
– Go to “My Races” located on the upper most left part of the screen

– Then click “Pay Now” and follow the instructions

For more information and updates, please click on the following links:

https://web.facebook.com/events/713059118861531/

https://web.facebook.com/pinoyaspiring.runners

The best way to give back to a privileged life is to SAVE SOMEONE ELSE’S. It’s time for the bayanihan spirit again, my fellowmen and fellow runners!

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Sports and Fitness in the Camp: A Guide for Running in Camp Aguinaldo

I am compelled to write about Camp Aguinaldo again, to try to override what I wrote about a temporary ban on running at about this time last year. As one does not easily give up on something you love (and by golly, I love the camp!), running and related sports are back to normal…in fact, some roads have been opened to the general vehicular public as access roads to EDSA, Katipunan and Marikina, subject to the conditions on securing a car pass into the camp. This greater access makes it possible for more people to get back into the fitness and training modes, and yet I have this nagging feeling that a lot others have not yet experienced this running haven situated North of Manila.

Claiming no expertise in this except the the right of passage of years running, holding races and getting to understand and memorize every nook and cranny of this place fondly called “agi” (short for Aguinaldo) is where my passion for life thrives. If you are ever curious what attracts people like me and those who dare step on the sacred grounds where dignitaries have held inaugurals and ceremonies, get intimate with the camp in this 101.

The essentials:

Camp (General Emilio) Aguinaldo is a highly-secured installation being the military headquarters (GHQ or general headquarters for those in the know) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Entry into the camp, even on a personal basis, is a privilege and not a basic right as you would experience playing in the grounds of Rizal Park (Luneta). As a key government facility, the hassle of work and business dominates weekdays more than your need for a running haven – but “agi” (I don’t really know whoever started calling the camp this way) is also home to officers, soldiers and their familis who are “domicile-camped” to ensure the nation’s security day in and out.

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Hence the first thing you bring into the camp is called COURTESY. If you are coming in as a pedestrian (and this includes you and your bike!), your valid ID is the first sign that you respect the camp. If you are entering by car, DIM your lights if needed and ROLL down the driver window enough for the guards to see your head and face. Do this automatically so it becomes more a habit than compliance. I drive up the camp at least once a day and I have a way of unnerving the guards to give me back a smile as I greet them good morning/afternoon. I think the gatekeepers respect you back by sometimes managing a snappy salute.

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Courtesy is also what you need in cruising along the roads inside the camp; it’s a behavior that permeates in a military environment particularly where soldiers interface with civilians. Signages also say them all – “Slow Down for Bikers and Joggers” or “Speed Limit 30kph” (for vehicles). Military Police (MP) uses radar speed guns and can apprehend and/or fine camp violators,including illegal parkers.

Since sports and recreation are your official business at entering the camp, park only at the following designated parking areas:

  1. Parade Grounds/ Grandstand area – This is nearest from Gate 1 and very secure. There are times, though, that the PG gates will be closed to the general public, to give way to special AFP events.
  2. AFP COC (Commissioned Officers Club) – The clubhouse parking practically as near to Gate 1 as the Parade Grounds, but slots are limited and may also be off-limits at times due to military or private functions .
  3. St Ignatius Chapel – This is my favorite parking hangout because I like starting my workout with a short prayer of thanksgiving. In addition, the restrooms are decently clean (don’t look for immaculately spotless) and unless there is Simbang Gabi (series of early morning Catholic masses during Christmas season) it’s not hard to compete on parking slots with church-goers.
  4. LogCom (Logistics Command) (Golf) Driving Range – Most bikers frequent the ample parking space here, as it is nearest to the infamous rolling Daza hills. This is also less than 500m away from Gate 6.
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The Parade Grounds (image courtesy of spacebattles.com)
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The Grandstand (image courtesy whitewashed.com)

Based on current experience, there are 3 gates to enter the camp, if you are on foot or have no carpass (valid YELLOW sticker):

Gate 1 (along Boni Serrano, fronting 15th Avenue, Murphy QC) – This gate is open 24hours but gate guardians become logically more inquisitive if you are coming in for a workout after 7PM and before 5AM. The main roads have been more lit lately thus encouraging early morning or night race simulation.

Gate 3 (along EDSA, proximal to the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club/CAGC) – This gate is open only for stickered vehicles, only up to 9PM daily.

Gate 6 (along Boni Serrano, before 20th Avenue from Katipunan Avenue) – This gate takes in outsiders but of late, there have been days when gate has not been opened at all. Another current limitation is that this gate goes on a RIGHT TURN towards Katipunan and White Plains only.

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A usual “route” of 7KM can give you an athlete’s high because of a variety of terrains on almost 100% more-forgiving asphalted roads. Daza road alone can offer you long and winding or short and steep hills, depending on what on the workout-menu for the day.

The entire camp is a plush greenery of big pollutant-absorbing mango and santol trees that certainly complement the combed greens of the in-house golf course. It also helps that there are less vehicles plying these routes, hence one can practicing good breathing technique while doing workouts.

Seldom do visitors like us stay long enough to seek for concessionaires, but if you are not in a mad-rush, there are places worth breaking the routine for:

Soldiers Mall – The row of carinderias serve typical “silog”-varieties but only in these eateries does one experience trying kambing (goat-dishes) even for breakfast.

Hole No 14 Canteen, entrance near AFPSLAI/Gate 2 – Only this canteen seem accessible to public, compared to the others which are attached to the different holes of the golf course. Cheap, staple runners foods like saging saba and hard-boiled eggs have been perennially at P10. but you might also catch chicken arroz caldo or dinuguan-puto for P30 per serving. And yes, you can buy some bottled water or energy drinks, if the food was just a furlough to a long workout or session.

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CAGC (image from golfguidephils.com)

The CAGC Clubhouse restaurant (Gate 3) opens for breakfast but you can also treat the entire team with garlic chicken and pancit canton. Now that’s refueling in style!

Some runners and bikers also end the workout with silog breakfast or sisig-beer combo, at the logcom driving range canteen.

 

Sharing the road for safety

Bikers go with the vehicular traffic flow and this is enforced by the Military Police who also prioritize runners and bikers crossing intersections and the like. Runners, however, are not mandated to use any direction. By force of habit, I always run against the flow as this helps me anticipate road conflicts. Some, including the different military groups running almost daily in the camp, usually run WITH the flow of traffic and will tend to occupy the entire lane. If you like the smell of sweat, the sound of feet-pounding on the pavement and military cadence, you may want to join these groups…just make sure you can keep up with the pace set by the cadence master.

daza1Even if the entire camp is runner-and biker friendly, keep to the gutter-side of the roads, especially along the narrow Daza roads. While motorists are patient on slow runners who may have the tendency to hug the middle of the road, bikers in groups practicing sprint will skim you off the road if needed.

Flag-raising and flag ceremony. On dry weather, from Tuesdays to Sundays, a bugler calls the attention of everyone (runner, biker, pedestrian, motorist) in the vicinity of the Parade Grounds to halt and pay respect to the flag-raising in a 30-second bugle. Mondays are reserved for the full ceremony at 7:30AM, hence it would be prudent to exit the camp earlier or risk the inconvenience of not being able to get out when the long ceremonies commence. In the past, I used the Monday flag ceremony period (which is a good 15-20 minutes) to do hills-work along Daza which is much too to get affected by the flag-raising activities.

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Segundo Avenue near the Parade Grounds

Don’t leave special water bottles and personal stuff on top of your car, while on the run or ride. While the camp has a good reputation against bukas-kotse, I have lost a bottle or two, presumably, to strangers who may think it didn’t matter (you can take the bottle, but not the cold water in it, please!)

 

What the future holds for Camp “Agui”

I must admit that I went ballistic once, when running and biking was banned inside the camp. It is but stark reality that the use of the camp as our playground and recreation is always subject to its primary purpose of being a military facility. That is why I savor each time I am given the privilege to use these grounds and treat everyone crossing my path with dignity and cheerfulness. Over the years, I have gained neighbors and confidants in both civilian and uniformed men and this gives me an assurance that I can still count more years of my life running in this special place, running with my heart!

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Finding My Way Back to Garmin: The Forerunner 220

At the cusp of the running mania circa 2009, back when Garmin GPS watches were not yet sufficiently locally distributed, I admit to having used the back-route (personal sellers) in getting for myself the latest model. With much pride, I stomped about wearing the Forerunner 610 with its amazing touch features almost on a daily basis, gobbled up every stat in Garmin Connect and self-coached myself to many exhilarating marathons for years…until I started experimenting with other brands.

Sometimes you have to experience difficulties and inconveniences, before you learn the TRUTH. Same is true with your choice of GPS running watches. While your choice must define your needs, it won’t hurt to eliminate guesswork by putting your faith and confidence on a training buddy that truly understands why you run.

Clear watch display. There is no excuse or substitute for good resolution when you are on the run and monitoring your progress. Some have BIG numbers or colored text or changing backgrounds — all trying to skirt around the issue of readability which simply boils down to resolution and sufficient internal lighting. The Forerunner 220 made me remember how I used to struggle with the other brands, especially during critical races. fr220br_product_03

Simple functional operability. I will admit that here’s a point I had a cheat. I was one of the first migrants to Garmin and have used at least 4 previous Garmin models. This experience made maneuvering around Forerunner 220 almost second-nature as soon as I strapped it on. And even if all the important statistics were already available in the watch, I was not able to resist logging onto my old Garmin Connect account, just to be able to download the workouts and get more detailed. I think this is why Garmin claims that having a Forerunner 220 is like having a personal coach,  making all the analytics lead to better training days.

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Lightweight and snug wristband. I used to joke a lot about wearing the old Garmin models that look and felt like a computer in my wrist! But Garmin’s timely evolution to hinged wristbands has made girl-runners like me debunk the myth about Garmin being biased to male runners. The snug feel in small wrists (again, like mine) is nicely complemented by a silky-smooth-soft band. The choice of using silicone minimizes allergic response to those sensitive to rubber, plastic or even velcro straps.

 

Fast GPS lock-in. This is where one appreciates the Forerunner 220, as high-sensitivity GPS locks in superiorly faster than its more affordable, entry-to-training level competitors. As long as an initial fix-time has already been established, Forerunner 220 defies atmospheric and man-made interferences by staying true to its quick lock in time. Having tested this baby on 3 different locations for the past 3 weeks, I got a lock-in time of 5 seconds, on the average! It certainly would, however, be an exciting experiment to compare GPS alone versus GPS+GLONASS, a feature that is making waves in more recent Garmin GPS models, filling the gaps for not just fast lock-ins, but also fast fix-ins — anytime, anywhere.

GLONASS or “Global Navigation Satellite System”, is a Russian technology designed to further improve the accuracy of GPS.

Fast-forward to NOW, across thousands of kilometers over many races and having tried quite a number of commercially-available GPS watches, it is only fitting that I reunite with Garmin, whose expertise in  the game has evolved with the times.

This baby Forerunner 220 has not only proven to be a training buddy and an objective coach. On the run, I look forward to MILESTONE MOTIVATORS that make each workout so personal, simply because there’s a Garmin on my wrist.

Forerunner 220 – Product Features & Specifications 

Physical & Performance

Unit dimensions, WxHxD 1.8″ x 1.8″ x 0.5″ (4.5 x 4.5 x 1.2 cm)
Display size, WxH 1.0″ (2.54 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH 180 x 180 pixels
Touchscreen
Weight 1.4 oz (40.7 g)
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 6 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in training mode
Water resistant (50m)
GPS-enabled
High-sensitivity receiver

For more information:

Please visit the Ph website : http://ph.garmin.com/

Or visit the Garmin Stores:

Garmin SM Megamall, 2nd Floor Atrium, Mandaluyong City (in front of La Lola)

Garmin Glorietta, 3rd Floor Glorietta 5, Makati City

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Now, if you’re ready to take it to the NEXT level, watch this in awe!