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.


Zero Waste Month and the 4th Eco-Waste Management Summit

Thirteen years of Ra 9003 and 4 years of Zero Waste Month is a partnership built to last; only because of continuing need to be environmentally responsible extends even beyond our lifetimes. Hence the 4th Eco -Waste Management Summit, with its theme “Strengthening Cooperation and Partnerships On Ecological Solid Waste Management for the Present and Future Generations”, will be held on January 25-27, 2018 at the ABC-CBN Vertis Tent, Quezon City.

As in the past, the event will be spearheaded by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Natural Resources (DENR). The department is tasked to further enhance public awareness and understanding of environmental issues and concerns and focus on practical know-how for effective solid waste management at  source (i.e., waste segregation, composting and recycling).

This year’s summit brings together a myriad of stakeholders all of which contribute to the teamwork required to create a future where citizens enjoy clean air and an environment secure from natural calamities. Nothing short of wanting to save the planet, the Pinoy edition, the summit presents an interactive program to inspire participants to spread the information and take action.

The 3-day event not just includes seminars and talks on current issues, legislation and innovations but participants will get treated to a a technological expo of products and services on eco-waste management.

the bambike was a hit during the summit as it was used by EMB to start off the ceremony instead of the usual ribbon-cutting

Some highlights…

Quezon City was among the pioneers at enforcing eco-waste management reforms at the municipality level, hence, no less than Honorable Mayor Herbert Bautista, took the center stage and thanked the public-at-large for believing in a green QC.


Keynote speaker, chairperson of Senate Committee on Environment & Natural Resources, Cynthia Villar pressed on with the importance of developing livelihood programs as well as INDIVIDUAL or personal stewardship as major factors in sustaining shared responsibilities across different levels of society.


Speaking on behalf of DENR and the EMB, Secretary Roy Cimatu emphasized waging its war on ecological wastes particularly in our waters. But equally important is how eco-waste management must be addressed at the multi-sectoral levels hence the call out and acknowledgement to entities like the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) the Department of Health (DOH) and different LGUs and the DOH, for a few.

Long after the expo is realized, DENR’s Cimatu takes to heart and fruition its mission to not only raise more awareness but beef up efforts in solving the ever-increasing problems of garbage and pollution especially in urban areas.

We are called on then to take that shared accountability as law-abiding citizens and earthlings – an oath that we make to our children and children’s children – to work for zero waste management and save our future.


The OFW Home Run 2018 …atpb!

Truly, PEOPLE are the greatest assets of a nation, especially its pool of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). No better way to honor and celebrate them than to always welcome them back to base, to be with their families and friends.

The Filipino Initiated Livelihood Organization Credit and Savings Cooperative (FILO COOP) and EVX Marketing invites you to take part in the biggest, and most anticipated event of the year, “The OFW Home Run”, to be held on March 17-18, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Open Grounds.

The actual fun run will be staged on Day 2 March 18  .  The race is expected to draw in more than 20,000 people from in and outside the OFW organizations and its industry, putting their stamina to the test in the 3k, 5k and 10k distance categories. These races will be open to runners aged 13 years old and above, while the kiddie 500m dash competitions will be for age groups 7-9 and 10-12 will be held for the younger attendees.






The entire event covers 2-days of fun and exciting activities designed to draw out even the general public to join and be counted.


The trade show will showcase the indigenous products of our OFW friends who decided to venture into business in the Philippines and other products as well as investment and franchising opportunity for OFW’s looking for our additional income stream in this time of the year where everybody is into giving and sharing.

Moreover, the job fair will help open opportunities of employment inside and outside the country with the cooperation of companies and agencies trusted by Department of Labor and Employment and its jurisdiction.

To make the event a festive experience for the attendees, an early summer mini -concert will be staged on March 17, Saturday evening, where our OFWs will be serenaded by artists from the entertainment industry.

The activity will also aim to foster and fund projects and programs for the reintegration program for our OFWs who lost their jobs and want to start anew in the Philippines by giving them livelihood programs and initial capital to start a small business.

For more information, please visit their site :

Let us support organizations which support OFWs make the shift from workers to nation-builders!

Keeping the Tradition Alive: 2018 Family Stallion Run

It’s been ages since I last run a Stallion Run. Back in 2011, I recall having finished a 21K that saturated almost the roads of the Greenhills Shopping Center, took a U-turn at EDSA-Ortigas junction and attacked the lung-busting hills of San Juan. This 2011 edition was organized by the Xavier Batch 1986 to commemorate Xavier School’s 55th anniversary, and the Silver Jubilee of that batch. I made a mental note of the fact that the run was very well attended by its own student body and their families. I’m sure Xavier alumni also supported the event, gauging from the numerous sponsor logos on the tarps.

Initially called the Xavier School Runathon (Fun Run and Marathon), the project has since carried the name Xavier Family Stallion Run to date, and is held every Third Sunday of January.  The event continues to be a collaboration of the entire Xavier School Community with XSPA, AAXS and Xavier Batch 1986 taking the lead.  For the 2018 event, Xavier School Class 1994 has joined the organizing committee to provide more support and also gear-up for their Silver Jubilee in 2019.

The Family Stallion Run on January 21, 2018

The race is open to runners of all ages and running experience.  Prominent personalities will also grace the event as Stallion Run has become one of the most sought after events in the school calendar that puts a premium on Health and Fitness.  Expect to see a lot of Xavierians as the event will serve as a great venue for the students to bond with their parents, siblings, relatives, and friends.

For this year, you may choose among 4 categories – 1k, 3k, 5k, and 10k.  Through the years, the 1k category was included to encourage more participation from the Nursery/Kinder students, and the venue moved back to around Xavier School and Greenhills West for posterity’s sake.

Aside from the event shirt and a loot bag of freebies, participants also get a finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line.  Get into competitive mode and be among the fastest and you get a winner-medal for bragging rights.

The Finisher Medal
The Event Shirt

Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech is the beneficiary of the Stallion Run and the event advocates good health and exercise via walking and running. In addition, these are simple yet effective clean-and- green alternatives to the traffic and parking situation around Greenhills.

 To register, please visit the XSPA Office in the Xavier School San Juan Administration Building.

The organizers are grateful to its roster of supportive partners and sponsors:

silver sponsorsgold sponsorsplatinum sponsors

 For other details and inquiries, please visit or email us at

And the tradition lives on because the light always shines!

“LUCEAT LUX! Let your light shine!”

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:

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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

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

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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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, 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


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

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

– Go to

– 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:

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!


Soleus Philippines Sabor Latino 100%: A Dancing Kind of Runners High

I have the impression that most, if not all, runners like or have an inclination towards dancing. It is, after all, the same kind of happy hormones, the same increase in heart rate as you move from simple to more complicated and intense steps, the same blood rushing to the cheeks and same clean sweat glistening out of pores all over one’s body – as one experiences in running.

An important parallel fact is that both running and dancing can be done solo or in groups. But why go solo, when you can enjoy great company in a…dancefest!




Who can better be at the forefront of dancing and running in a singlet event than Soleus?

Soleus Running Philippines proudly welcomes new addition to the Soleus Family, William Flores, international fitness extraordinaire – to bring that unmistakably Latin flavor to the Soleus Running Dancefest on Feb 4, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Run 5k, 10k or 21k but don’t stop there. Dancing, gyrating, pumping up the adrenaline begins at 6:30AM when the fun will double up.

Make sure you bring those running feet to its “dancingest” best yet.

William_Flores_image01.jpgWilliam Flores is world-renowned for his credentials as an  experienced dancer of ballet, modern dance, jazz, reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, folk dance, merengue and hip hop. This has led to his being an International Zumba® Fitness instructor and a great performer for almost 4 years now.

Bringing Sabor Latino 100% (ciento por ciento) into Philippine soil translates to an energy level in dancing and zumba unprecedented even among zumba events.


Let running and 100% latino-inspired dancing be your passion for a day that you can’t miss!

For more info and details, visit: