Category Archives: athletics

Proposed University of Mindanao track and field oval looks awesome!

Photo courtesy of UM president Willie Torres.
Photo courtesy of UM president Willie Torres.

I could not help but get to excited when University of Mindanao president Willie Torres posted this perspective of the UM Track and Field Oval.

It will be at their Matina Campus in Davao City and the project starts in 2017!

This looks awesome!

UM, my late father’s alma mater (College of Law) and my loving aunt’s too (Bachelor of Arts), has been producing top caliber athletes for many years and with this new facility, it will be producing more!

I am not surprised to see this coming because Mr.WT (shortcut for Willie Torres) is just a die-hard sportsman.

Tolentino, Kiptarus win PAL New York run



Philippine Airlines Executive Vice President Stewart Lim (extreme left) and Marketing OIC Ria Domingo (extreme right) present the prizes to the respective winners of the main event of the PAL New York Fun Run held recently at Bonifacio Global City. First photo above shows the 16-k top finishers (female division) Aileen Tolentino, 2nd place; Irine Kipchumba, 1st place; and Menchie Dizon, 3rd place. Winners in the male division (photo below) are Elphiz Kiptarus, 2nd place; Jackson Chirchir, 1st place; and David Kipsangi, 3rd place. The Fun Run was held to highlight PAL’s resumption of flights to New York starting March 15, 2015. Part of the event’s proceeds will go to the Anawim Lay Missions Foundation, Inc.(PAL)

PAL ‘New York Run’ all set

PAL ‘New York Run’ all set


As the flag carrier gears up for its US expansion, PAL is spearheading a New York fun run to kick off its much awaited return to the Big Apple.

The event, which has as theme ‘Run and Fly to New York, is being organized by PAL and RUNRIO INC.

The race will be held on February 28 from 2:00AM to 10:00AM at the Bonifacio Global City grounds.

The start and end point will be 34th street for all four distance run categories – the 3K, 5K, 10K and 16K. An estimated 2,000 runners are expected to join. Each participant will be given a PAL race shirt, singlet, race bib, and raffle stub.

Up for grabs for participating runners are flights to New York City, PAL’s 35th destination. On March 15, 2015, PAL’s founding anniversary, the flag carrier returns to the Big Apple with four weekly flights via Vancouver

Interested parties may still register at or by going to any of the accredited partner-establishments.

Proceeds of the event will go to Anawim Lay Missions Foundation, Inc.(pr)

Phoenix Petroleum supports Ateneo’s EnviRUNment fun run

PNX Run 8-12 - Victor Silayan

Phoenix Petroleum will support Ateneo de Davao University for their annual EnviRUNment fun run as presenter of the event to be held on November 22, 2014.

The race will start and end at the Martinez Sports Complex, Ateneo de Davao Matina Campus.

The EnviRUNment fun run with tagline “I Respect, I Recycle, I Run” is for the benefit of Ateneo de Davao University’s Ecoteneo program, an advocacy group for environmental protection and conservation.

Ecoteneo gained the support of Phoenix Petroleum as the company also organizes and supports initiatives for the environment under its foundation. Its advocacies are Education, Health and Safety, Outreach, and Environment.

Registration for the EnviRUNment fun run is now ongoing at the ADDU-High School Quadrangle, Coco’s South Bistro-Torres, Coco’s South Bistro-Tulip Drive, Buffet Palace-Victoria Plaza, Buffet Palace-Tulip Drive, and at Probinsya Restaurant.

Deadline of registration is on November 14, 2014.

For more information, go to or You can also dial the race hotlines: 0925-799-4406 and 0922-838-1288.(pr)

Condura Skyway run to honor Phl soldiers

The seventh edition of the Condura Skyway Marathon will take place on Feb. 1, 2015 with a special mission of providing support to the families of Filipino soldiers killed or injured in action.

Ton Concepcion, founder and chief organizing officer of the Condura Skyway Marathon, told yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate that this year’s race is dubbed “Run for a Hero.”
“This is a very special race,” said Concepcion, who was joined in the forum by race ambassador Patrick Concepcion and celebrity running coach and race director Rio dela Cruz.
The Hero Foundation, this year’s beneficiary, was represented by its executive director, retired Maj. Gen. Daniel Casabar, and marketing director Michelle Chan. Also present were Bhaby Lorenzo of Asics and Tony Reyes of title sponsor Skyway O&M Corp.
Concepcion said the only race in the country that is ran on the skyway will have events in the 6K, 10K, 21K and 42K, the centerpiece event that will be flagged off past midnight.
“We started this race with the vision of coming up with a world-class race and to make the Philippines a better place. But over the years we’ve had beneficiaries,” he said.
“It’s always been for a cause. And this year it’s for the Hero Foundation,” Concepcion said, adding they expect to draw a total of 15,000 participants, including foreigners.
Dela Cruz said deadline for registration ends Oct. 15 at seven Asics stores nationwide. So far, 9,000 runners have registered, but once they hit 15,000, registration automatically ends.
Casabar said the Hero Foundation is a non-government-organization and is neither under the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It’s a foundation put up by former President Corazon Aquino and former Defense Secretary Renato de Villa in 1988.
“Our soldiers die in combat and this leaves their widows and children with nowhere to go. Then the foundation was conceived with the help of the industrial bigwigs, and it provides education to the children,” he said.
“Instead of giving money, we provide education,” Casabar said.
“It’s a message to our soldiers that we care. We want to send them that message. We want our soldiers to feel that they are loved,” added Chan.
She said the Hero Foundation has helped the families of over 700 soldiers, mostly based in Mindanao, involving over 2,400 children, 900 of them have graduated from high school.
Proceeds of this year’s Condura Skyway Marathon, which was set aside last year due to Typhoon Yolanda, will help bring at least 125 children through high school.
“This race will be a sea of love for the military orphans,” Chan added.(pr)

Pinoy tracksters bag silver, bronze in Thai Open

Team Philippines held its ground against the best in the region and came away with a silver and bronze medal in the 2014 Thailand Open Track and Field Championships at Thammasat University in Bangkok recently.
Myanmar Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist Riezel Buenaventura snared second place in women’s pole vault with a 3.80-meter effort that actually matched the SEAG mark.
A Thai bet bested Buenaventura’s performance with a leap of 3.90 meters. Hsu Hsueh-Chin of Chinese Taipei took third place honors with her 3.70m effort.
Julian Reem Fuentes landed in the podium in men’s long jump, copping the bronze with a 7.18-meter leap. Like Buenaventura, a Thai bet beat the Phl entry for the gold with a tournament-best 7.29 meters while another hometown jumper took the silver with 7.21 meters.
Javelin thrower Evalyn Palabrica and high jumper Manuel Lasangue Jr. fell short of a medal finish as they settled for fourth and seventh in their respective events.
Palabrica threw the spear to 42.93 meters in the event won by Malaysia’s Siti Nur Nadiah Mohamad Osman of Malaysia (49.34m). For his part, Lasangue posted 1.95 meters, off the winning 2.18-m of Malaysian Lee Hup Wei.
The Phl team’s participation was sponsored by Cebu Pacific, the country’s No. 1 budget airline, as part of its contribution to sports development and in keeping with its motto of ‘It’s time everyJuan flies, and Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association vice chairman Philip Ella Juico, a former chair of the Philippine Sports Commission and current president of Wack Golf and Country Club.(pr)

CebuPac backs tracksters Thai Open stint

CebuPac backs tracksters Thai Open stint

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s No. 1 budget air carrier, will be the national track and field team’s chief backer when the four-man athletic delegation vies in the Thailand Open Track and Field Championships set May 6-9 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Pole vaulter Riezel Buenaventura, javelin thrower Evalyn Palabrica, high jumper Manuel Lasagne Jr. and long jumper Julian Fuentes banner the lean but crack national team from the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) in the four-day event which features the region’s top and rising athletes.
Cebu Pacific Air will be providing the round-trip tickets for the delegation, which includes lone coach Rosalyn Hamero, through its chief executive officer Lance Gokongwei.
PATAFA vice chairman Dr. Philip Ella Juico has requested Cebu Pacific for its support in line with the airline’s contribution to sports development and in keeping with its motto of “It’s time everyone flies.”
The Phl delegation will be bannering the colors of Cebu Pacific, which in 2012 carried 12.3 million passengers, during all functions of the Thai meet, particularly during the actual competition.
A sizeable number of Filipinos who live and work in Thailand are expected to cheer for and provide support to the delegation.
Twenty-two events will be contested in the event where the Nationals will slug it out with their counterparts from Kuwait, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Myanmar.
The Philippines sent a sizeable delegation in the annual Thai meet last year, including 2013 Myanmar SEA Games gold medalists Archand Bagsit, Christopher Ulboc and Isidro del Prado Jr. Among others who made the team were Edgardo Alejan, Andre Pirie, Junrey Bano, Julius Nierras, Marvin Guarte, Joran Paul Billones, Rafeal Poliquit Jr. and Wanlie Maulas.
PATAFA’s participation in the championships is also in line with the national sports association’s continuing effort to develop talents by inviting private sector participation where government support is not forthcoming.(pr)