More than Just a FOREFOOT Runner

Today, the 27th of December marks the last 4 days of the present year.

It’s always nice to look back and reminisce about the best of the things this year has offered.

January 2012 – I bagged one of the hardest buckle to get. 🙂

February is a slack.

March 2012 – I finished the 2nd Tanay 50K Ultramarathon. One of the hardest short ultras. (for me).

April 2012 – I finished the 2nd Mayon 360 50-miles. One of the hottest and rainiest event of the year. (for me).

May to July is a slack. Lots of peak-bagging, though.

August 2012 – I finished the 2nd Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan Aurora 60K Ultramarathon. One of the hardest road ultras too. (for me).

September to October is a slack. Lots of cross-fits though.

November 2012 – I finished my 1st CM50 60K category. One of the toughest trail ultramarathon. (for me).

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Once Upon a Time

Suddenly, I missed a lot.

Those LSDs we call.

Those fun runs where we don’t have to pay for anything other than what we want to eat after.

Those fun guys with passion equal to mine:  PEAK HERE.

The nicest places we’ve been to.

The best meals and laughters after. 🙂

I used to push…

…push people to running.

I used to lead a pace.

I used to organize the run and choose the place.

But that was long ago.

I have no need to push these guys now – they are highly motivated and are training on their own.

I can’t lead them anymore to a pace – most of them are way faster than me now.

There’s so many run to many different places – I only need to be invited. 🙂

Anyways, nothing was lost.

A lot is, however, cherished. See a SAMPLE.

When I’m back to a normal schedule…

When I have the luxury of time…

I’d go to where I have been – once upon a time.

My 2013

I’m not the type who make resolutions.

🙂 Rather, I am a planner.

By God’s grace, I hope to be able to.

For 2013, I plan to do the following:

  1. Pack on Speeds. MY body is ready. Endurance-wise I am already loaded. What I need is to stick to a plan for improving my speed. While many other factors would be required to accomplish this – it’s on top of my list.
  2. Join (as much as possible) Trail Events only. This will be regardless of distance. Of course, I will not shy away from road races (especially the ones freely given) but I do intend to make trails a priority. Events or peak-baggings that is.
  3. Invest on Trail shoes. Else, someone or somebody give one.
  4. Place myself at my fittest ever.
  5. Place myself at my best shape, size and weight. While it seem the same as #4, they are literally not. 🙂
  6. Climb, other than peak-bag. 🙂 My kids love this.
  7. Others…(updated @ my whim).

Run for 10

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Run for 10 set on January 13, thousands of Filipino schoolchildren expected to benefit from proceeds


A nationwide run will be mounted on January 13, 2013 for the benefit of thousands of Filipino schoolchildren nationwide, who have yet to have classrooms where they could effectively listen to their teachers and learn lessons.

“Run for 10” will be staged for the benefit of TEN Moves!, the social mobilization campaign of Bayanihang Pampaaralan that seeks to raise funds for the construction of 10,000 classrooms nationwide by encouraging individuals to donate Php10 everyday for 10 months or a lump sum of Php3,000.

In Metro Manila, Run for 10 will start off at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City, with 2.5 km, 5 km, and 10 km race distances. Simultaneous runs will also be held in at least 10 other key areas nationwide: Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zamboanga, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Run for 10 is a way for us to significantly ramp up support and donations for TEN Moves!,” explains Rapa Lopa, Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress and one of the primary movers of TEN Moves! and the 57-75 Education Reform Movement. “Through this event, we hope to attract more and more Filipinos, especially the younger ones, to be part of our advocacy of helping build classrooms and a brighter future for schoolchildren.”

“Since we launched in October 2011, TEN Moves! and its mother campaign, Bayanihang Pampaaralan, have raised funding for nearly 3,000 classrooms,” explains Mario Deriquito, Senior Director of Ayala Foundation and another primary mover of TEN Moves!. “While our collective efforts to date have been commendable, we still have a long way to go in reaching our goal of 10,000 classrooms, and we are finding ways to reach our goal within two years since launching. Through Run for 10, we hope to be able to create more awareness and generate more anticipation for this cause.”

Run for 10 expects to gather 2,500 Filipinos in Metro Manila alone who will lace up their running shoes and make their move for education. The Department of Education, a key partner in the TEN Moves! advocacy, welcomes the initiative.

“TEN Moves! has shown to us just what the Filipino youth can do,” says Br. Armin Luistro FSC, Secretary of the Department of Education. “Run for 10 further harnesses their energy and desire to make the Philippines a better place to live and learn. With everyone’s participation, we are confident that we can finally resolve the classroom backlog by 2013, and provide adequate facilities for students everywhere.”

All registration fees for Run for 10 will go to TEN Moves!. The registration fees are as follows:

Php200 for 2.5 km,

Php400 for 5 km, and

Php500 for 10 km.

To register, interested individuals may visit The T-Shirt Project branches located at Glorietta, Trinoma, and Market! Market!. Registration starts on December 20, 2012. For more information, please email or visit

For more information, please contact:
Marco Sindiong/Mika Palileo
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Manila
Tel: (632) 238 7000 loc. 7042 or 7052
Email: or




What is Run for 10?

Run for 10 is a fun run organized by and for the benefit of The Entire Nation (TEN) Moves!, a social mobilization campaign of Bayanihang Pampaaralan which aims to raise enough resources to help build 10,000 classrooms in public schools all over the Philippines.


It will be held on January 13, 2013, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City, and will be organized simultaneously in 10 other provinces in the Philippines, namely Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zamboanga, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

What event distances can we take part in at Run for 10?

Participants can choose to join in the 2.5k, 5k, and 10k events.

Where can we register for the run?

Interested participants can register at the T-Shirt Project branches located at Glorietta, Trinoma, and Market! Market!. Registration starts on December 20, 2012. The registration fee is P200 for 2.5k, P400 for 5k, and P500 for 10k.

How can organizations and corporations take part in Run for 10?

For organizations and corporations, you can choose to form a team for Run for 10, sponsor a group of runners, and/or sponsor the event itself. For more information, you can contact us at (632) 752-1061 or email


What is TEN Moves?

The Entire Nation Moves! (TEN Moves!) is a campaign to raise resources to help build 10,000 classrooms in public schools all over the Philippines. It is part of a bigger private sector-led campaign called Bayanihang Pampaaralan or ‘BP’, which was organized in response to the Department of Education’s call for support.

Its main strategy is to get 2 million people to donate P10 per day for 10 months. That will be P300 per month or P3,000 for the entire 10 months. Filipinos based overseas are also encouraged to donate US$10 per month, or $100 for the entire 10 months.

Why 10,000 classrooms?

According to the Department of Education, the total shortage is 66,800 classrooms. The department’s budget and the budget from local government units can cover about 56,000. DepEd has asked the private sector and ordinary citizens to help in building the remaining 10,000 classrooms.

How much does it cost to build a classroom?

Based on DepEd’s standard design and cost estimates, the construction of a quality classroom with floor area of 7 x 9 meters will cost an average of P600,000. The design and the cost have been reviewed by a team of private engineers and architects and both have been found to be reasonable. The cost may vary depending on the school’s geographic location, environmental conditions, and other considerations.  TEN Moves’ fundraising target is based on this amount. However, the groups behind this campaign continue to look for other ways to build classrooms for lesser cost without sacrificing quality.


Will there be enough teachers and desks and other furniture for the new classrooms?

The Department of Education has provision for the needed desks and furniture. DepEd will provide for part of the needed teacher items. The rest will be handled by the local governments through the Special Education Fund.


Aside from joining Run for 10, how can people help TEN Moves?

a) By making a donation – P10 per day for 10 months will be P300 a month or P3,000 for the entire ten months. Donations of more than P3,000 will be encouraged but donations of smaller amounts will also be accepted. Overseas donors may donate an average of $10 per month or $100 for the entire 10 months.

b) By helping solicit donations from friends, relatives, and other contacts – This campaign needs the participation of everyone. So aside from donating, you can also help by spreading the word around and by convincing people within your circles of influence to also donate and help solicit among their contacts. People may also help spread the word by using their social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

c) By encouraging your organization or company to adopt TEN Moves!– If you are a company official or even just an ordinary employee, you can help by convincing your employer to participate in TEN Moves! by making a corporate donation or asking employees to give through salary deduction, or both. If you belong to an organization, you can convince your officers and fellow members to also support the campaign.

How can I make a donation?

You have several options for sending your donation, whether one-time or monthly:

For Philippine-based donors:

1. Bank Deposit (please proceed to any BPI, BDO or UnionBank branch)

a.      BPI: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 0011-1335-41 / Ref No. D101010 + (donor’s name)

b.      BDO: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 3600-1774-21

  1. UnionBank: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 0021-0101-3065

* Please make check payable to:

BPI: TEN Moves

BDO / UnionBank: Bayanihang Pampaaralan / Ayala Foundation, Inc.

2. Wire Transfer (kindly include the SWIFT code with the corresponding bank details listed above)

a.      BPI SWIFT code: BOPIPHMM

b.      BDO SWIFT code: BNORPHMM

c.      UnionBank SWIFT code: UBPHPHMM

3. Credit Card –  Donate online through

4. Donate via Globe GCASH

Type DONATE <space> Amount <space> MPIN <space> TEN </space> and send to 2882


For donors outside the Philippines:

1. Wire / Telegraphic Transfer

BPI: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 0014-0463-48 / BOPIPHMM

Address: 6768 BPI Bldg., Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

2. Donate online through



How can a company or organization contribute to the TEN Moves! campaign?

A company can either make a corporate donation and/or engage its employees to donate via salary deduction. A “how to” kit will be made available to companies or organizations that want to adopt TEN Moves! as a campaign among their employees. Interested groups can send an e-mail to


How can we confirm that TEN Moves! has received our donation/s?

Once the Ayala Foundation has received your donation, you will receive a confirmation email or text message. For BDO and UnionBank deposits, however, please fax us at (632) 813-4488 or email a scanned copy of your deposit slip, with your name and contact details, to

If you have not received any acknowledgment after two weeks, please do not hesitate to contact us at (632) 752-1061 or email


Where will I find updates about the fundraising campaign and the construction of the


Donors will be constantly updated about the amount of funds raised and the status of the classroom construction, through Facebook, Twitter, and the TEN Moves! website.

What is the current status of the TEN Moves! campaign?

To date, TEN Moves has raised over Php38 million, contributing to the donations and pledges received by its mother campaign, Bayanihang Pampaaralan, of nearly 3,000 classrooms. Of these, at least 1,126 classrooms have already been built, including a two-storey, four-classroom building in Indahag National High School in Cagayan de Oro City.

How do I contact TEN Moves! for additional questions?

For further inquiries, please contact the TEN Moves Secretariat at (632) 752-1061 or email  You can also add us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter through

Advice for the Young and the New

I am specifically sharing this post to the young (not necessarily the age) and the new ones (not necessarily very new to running).

If you have already done a marathon, and is contemplating on going to the ultras – this is for you.

It wouldn’t matter if you are left or right handed. Running is all about moving forward. 🙂

With that in mind – you have to keep in mind a lot more things, to cite:

  • choose your poison well – 42K to 50K is a good bet. 42K to 60K is fine too but would depend a lot on your conditioning. 42K to 70K and 80K is doable but subject to many conditions. 42K to 102K is doable but subject to a good training and good conditioning.
  • train well and proper – learn to know when  to apply your pace, when to slow down, when to drink, when to eat and when to push hard or harder. specificity is the key. If you are racing – you must have trained at speeds. If you are running on a sunny hot day – you must have trained running at the same. Ideally – 9am up to 3pm. If you are joining a trail or a rolling hill road race – you must have trained at an equivalent surface. Do not discount the benefits of cross-training. The stronger your leg and the entirety of your body – the better. Get a coach if you are unsure of anything you do re your training. Just find one and consult.
  • nothing new on race day – this one applies to any distance, especially on the food or drinks you take on race day. 🙂 I’m sure you know what I mean. It’s too late to find out why this is a rule when it’s already race day.
  • get a support crew – especially when you are in doubt if you can handle the race on self-support. your crew is supposed to know when and where to give you hydration and fuel and when to stop you in case you get disoriented. A good crew knows exactly what signs to look for and what to do to help you get to the finish line SMILING. Of course – sans the riding thing.
  • learn to rest and recover – this is one part of the running cycle most often neglected. Just consider yourself injured after an ultra – then rest to recover even when you are not feeling anything painful or tired. Anything in excess is bad. Moderation is key here. Yes, the hardcore ones may not agree – but this is not for them. 🙂 They are not young nor new to ultrarunning anymore.

What I write is backed by my experience. See it all here.

Oh yes, I believe that experience is the best teacher. It’s the true source of all coaching techniques and studies. 🙂

I do listen to anyone with the right and relevant experience to my runs – never to an opinion of someone who has not experienced running and racing an ultra.