♫ Video killed ♪ the Radio Stars ♫

…and so the song goes. 🙂

  • Katabaga is an extinct Aeta language of southern Luzon in the Philippines. Speakers have shifted to Tagalog.
  • Chavacano or Chabacano [tʃaβaˈkano] is a Spanish-based creole language spoken in the Philippines. The word Chabacano is derived from Spanish, meaning “poor taste,” “vulgar,”, for the Chavacano language which was developed in Cavite City, Ternate, Zamboanga and Ermita. It also derived from the word chavacano which was coined by the people of Zamboanga. Six different dialects have developed: Zamboangueño in Zamboanga City, Davaoeño Zamboangueño / Castellano Abakay in Davao City, Ternateño in Ternate, Cavite, Caviteño in Cavite City, Cotabateño in Cotabato City and Ermiteño in Ermita. This creole has six dialects. Their classification is based on their substrate languages and the regions where they are commonly spoken. The three known dialects of Chavacano which have Tagalog as their substrate language are the Luzon-based creoles of which are Caviteño (spoken in Cavite City), Bahra or Ternateño (spoken in Ternate, Cavite) and Ermiteño (once spoken in the old district of Ermita in Manila and is now extinct). SOURCE
    The Merdicas (also spelled Mardicas or Mardikas) were Catholic natives of the islands of Ternate and Tidore of the Moluccas, converted during the Portuguese occupation of the islands by Jesuit missionaries. The islands were later captured by the Spanish who vied for their control with the Dutch. In 1663, the Spanish garrison in Ternate were forced to pull out to defend Manila against an impending invasion by the Chinese pirate Koxinga (sacrificing the Moluccas to the Dutch in doing so). A number of Merdicas volunteered to help, eventually being resettled in a sandbar near the mouth of the Maragondon river (known as the Barra de Maragondon) and Tanza, Cavite, Manila.[3]The invasion did not occur as Koxinga fell ill and died. The Merdicas community eventually integrated into the local population. Today, the place is called Ternate after the island of Ternate in the Moluccas, and the descendants of the Merdicas continue to use their Spanish creole (with Portuguese influence) which came to be known as Caviteño or Ternateño Chavacano.[

Of course, we all have no idea about the above info until we found it written. 🙂 Even yours truly is amazed at the truth. So what killed the extinct languages?

I find it really amazing to see traces of Chavacano de Cavite in our daily Tagalog conversations.

The only memory I have of my lolo in both mother and father side is that both are Spanish speakers. I grew up singing songs with my father in Spanish – PERDON. Only to find out later that the wordings are really in Portuguese. 🙂 Such a rich memory of it. I sing it when I can (but the wordings are not complete in my recall – while the tune is there)

♫ Perdon, o Dios Mio ♪

♫ Dios Mio, Perdon ♪

♫ Perdon, Senor Mio ♪

♫ Perdon, Impiedad ♪

To my recall. I could be wrong. But I found one even in the English book of Dr. Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere,

♫ Santos Dios ♪ Santos Fuerte ♪ Santo Immortal ♫

I have not heard again of these songs in the streets. They are extinct now.

Whats the point here?

Anything ceased to exist when not used, and when user’s are gone, or maybe, when user’s refused to use. 🙂

Conversations die when nobody talks.

Communications end when no one is communicating.

Mutual understanding ends when no one is understanding anything.

Yes, it happens when everybody ceased to be uncomfortable with someone, somebody or something.



This is a bit challenging route.

We should start at around 2am at McDonald’s Masinag to Sampaloc’s Barangay Hall. From them, it’s a Jeepney Ride to Home. 🙂

I will finalize the date.

Tentative on June 30, 2013. Self-Support. We rely on the Lord’s loving-mercy. 🙂

I will run this in 9:1 protocol as much as I can.

It is final.

Meet-up is 1:00am @ Jollibee Guadalupe, June 30, 2013 SUNDAY!

Run starts 2:00am @ McDo Masinag, Antipolo and ends @ Sampaloc, Tanay

It’s an 8-hour run or 45Kms whichever comes first.

God be with us.


Too Little is Enough

Not that it’s hard.


Yours truly is a father of 3, and a husband to my one and only.

I work from 8am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays.

The kids finish schooling at 5:45pm to 6pm.

I can only leave after 5pm when all work is done.

This is also the little time I have to run – at the best speed I can.

When in my running gear, I always take the stairs from 28th Floor to the Ground before my run. That means my running time would always be between 5:15pm to 5:50pm. This also means that on the dot, I need to be in the school gate or vicinity where the kids will see me. 🙂

To sum it up, 5:15pm to 5:50pm means:

  • 35 to 40 minutes (at best) of running
  • 3.5Kms to 5Kms (at most)
  • 20Kms (at best) only for 4 days (in this window)

The only possible solution to ante-up the mileage is to do doubles – but that is easier said than done. It means sacrificing time cutting my short sleep.

Of course, I am wiling to do that. I just go with the feel. If I can’t get up on an alarm – it’s not something I push. Body says – SLEEP.

Occasionally, I walk to work and climb up via the stairs to 28th Floor. It’s a good work-out for me.

That’s how it is now.

I am glad I still manage to race. 🙂

Anyways, Saturdays and Sundays may not be that FREE – but it is flexible so far. From NO RUN to Short Run. LOLS.

Too little is enough for me.

Thanks be to God!

L2Q Result

Ang lakas mo Richard!
Ang lakas mo Richard!

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Aimed for an hour (1:30) and 30 minutes for every 10K and at least 2 hours for the last 10K.

Praise be to the Almighty Father. I was able to sustain, and push my pace up a bit.

Many thanks to all the photographers along the route! You made this run more enjoyable. 🙂

Where are they now?

Some time long ago,


I think it’s time to update what they have been doing so far. 🙂

  1. Ronald SP Robles – Finished the 50K Laguna to Quezon Ultramarathon last June 16, 2013.
  2. Daphne Rose T. Codilla – Finished the 50K Tanay Ultramarathon last June 12, 2013 and still! kept her title as Female Champ!
  3. Japhet Andrew A. Grande – Finished 50K T2N last December of 2012.
  4. Francisco R. Delmo Jr. – Finished the 50K Tanay Ultramarathon last June 12, 2013.
  5. Wesley Noel S. Oraña – Recently finished the BDM 102 of 2013.
  6. Jimmy Ong – Finished the 50K Tanay Ultramarathon last June 12, 2013.
  7. Wilnar Iglesia – Finished the SN250 last June 14 To 16, 2013. He bagged 3rd place! (Awesome guy! Always humble!) A rare breed!
  8. Jerome Estrada Jamili – Recently Finished the BDM 102 of 2013, Silver Medalist.
  9. Camilo R. Paran Jr. – Recently Finished a Grandslam BDM 160 and 102 of 2013.
  10. Janus Ajusto – Finished the 50K Laguna to Quezon Ultramarathon last June 16, 2013, with his wife Malou! (awesome couple, congrats!)

For my new friends in the community  – if you think you or a friend should be in this list, feel free to PM me. 🙂

WEEK #15

June 19, 2013

Green adizero F50 Racer

@5:34pm 3.04K fartlek run in 00:18:37. Ave Pace = 6:07/km.

@5:45pm 1.30K jog in 00:09:43.

June 20, 2013

Green adizero F50 Racer

@7:20am a 2.48K walk from home to office in 00:26:35. Ave Pace = 10:43/km.

@7:48am a climb from Ground Floor to 28th Floor in 00:06:30

@8:20am a cup of Choco Filipino and Chunkee Cookies
@10:55am a cup of Nescafe Choco Latte 3-in-1
@2:05pm a cup of Choco Filipino

June 21, 2013

Green adizero F50 Racer

@7:28am a 1.79K walk from home to the shuttle bus to work in 00:20:45. Ave Pace = 11:34/km.

Big Lunch: 1.5 cup of rice + adobo + buco juice + a slice of bico + coffee

@2:40pm a cup of Choco Filipino

@2:59pm a capsule of Pharmaton

June 23, 2013

Green adizero F50 Racer

@7:52am 1.02K walk in 00:12:16

@8:04am 2.06K 9:1 run walk in 00:17:38

@8:23am 2.90K walk in 00:36:17

This week is a very low-mileage week. Not even intense at all. 🙂

WEEK #14


June 10, 2013 NO RUN
@8:05am - a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee
@10:20am - rice + beef
@10:52am - a capsule of Pharmaton
@11:45am - a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee
@1:15pm - 2 pieces of pandesal
June 11, 2013 NO RUN
@8:05am - a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee
@10:00am - rice + veggies + dulong
@11:40am -  a cup of Nescafe Cappuccino
@3:15pm - a plate of carbonara + iced tea

June 12, 2013 10.7K

adidas F50 Racer Orange

@4:32am – 10.70K 10:1 run walk in  01:27:32. Average Pace = 8:10/km.

A run from Guadalupe to Saints Martin and Paul, in Pasig.

Gear: SNS Cycling Shorts, adidas Climacool Green Shirt, Nike Socks, Hydration Bag

Took only 3 gulps of water during the run.
Post Run: 3 gulps of water
8oz Gatorade Grape
300ml Vitamilk Choco Shake
8oz Water

June 13, 2013

adidas F50 Racer Orange

@8:00am - a cup of Nescafe Cappuccino
@12:45pm - rice and dinuguan
@2:50pm - a capsule of Pharmaton
@3:43pm - 300 ml water
@3:44pm - 200ml extra joss

3.52K run walk in the flooded Metro streets in 00:40:40 recorded via Maverick apps.

June 16, 2013 52.55

adidas F50 Racer Orange

Loaded 1L + 1 Cobra energy drink before gunstart.

52.55K 10:1 run walk in 08:12:00 (unofficial). Recorded a sub-8 hours @ KM50.

Carried a heavy bag for this race. About 7 kgs. Inclusions: Change-Clothing. Slippers. 2 Chuckie, 2 Nescafe in Can, 2 Ensure Bottles, 1 Ion Energy Can, snacks…loose change for buying at the nearest sari-sari store.

1st ultramarathon for this year.

  • Well-organized
  • Perfect weather
  • Perfect timing for ice cream
  • Nice challenging route
  • Nice view
  • Nice people

I have unintentionally paused the record somewhere in Caliraya. It shows only a 50.24Kms in 7:54:30.  Still, something to be happy about. Given the route’s elevation and grade, the heat, and the perfect placing of the hydration stations.

As of the 21st of June, no official result is published yet.

21 to 50 – The L2Q Chronicle

Longest race for the year is 21K before yesterday’s L2Q.

It’s my first ultramarathon for this year.


Allow me to share my story.

June 15:

  • @7:10pm, I left home to DLTB Buendia.
  • @8:02pm, I entered the long line.
  • @8:17pm, boarded the bus.
  • @8:47pm, bus is already in Alabang Metropolis.
  • @9:27pm, bus is already in Calamba City.
  • @10:38pm, bus is already in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
  • @10:55pm, I am already having a Burger Steak meal at Jollibee Sta. Cruz.

June 16:

  • @past MIDNIGHT, with Ronald Robles, we bought water at 7-11. After, a light coffee snack at a bakery opposite the Provincial Capitol of Sta. Cruz.

We tried to take a nap. I failed. We tried to find a good place to rest but I still failed to get the needed sleep. I was just so energized.

  • @3:31am, we startled to mingle with the big crowd of ultrarunners. Lots of pictures.
  • TEAM BORING runner in attendance: ME, Thea Sangrador, Ronald Robles, Nonong Mortel, Rej Santos, Bong Bernadez, Mccoy Lontoc, Rod Apolinario, and Boo Toledo. On Self-Support: Me, Thea and Ronald.
  • @4:30am, gunstart.
  • @7:01am, first softdrink @ a sari sari store. A very small bottle of Sprite.
  • @8:22am, next softdrink @ a sari sari store. A small bottle of Royal.
  • @8:48am, reached KM 30. Had a nice cone of ice cream. Ahead of 9am Target.
  • @9:22am, first twitch of a developing cramp.
  • @11:30am, @ the welcome ark of Lucban.
  • a few meters after an ice cold coke by Meljohn Tezon, I was able to push the pace – only to be halted by a big and nasty hamstring cramps. Thanks to a nearby support car of a kind runner I-failed-to-get-the-bib-number-nor-the-name. I was really grimacing in pain – and the man hurriedly applied an omega pain killer (or something) to my relief! 🙂 God is good indeed.

Then all of a sudden, as we trod (me with some other runners) the last 4kms to finish, a heavy rain fell. I love it! 🙂

I was back at my fast walk and I pushed the pace until the finish line. My record via My Track shows a 50.24K @ 7:54:30. The route was 52.55K. Unofficially, I think I saw 8:12:++ when I crossed. But then, I think it better to post the official result once it is published.

I have a sore back, shoulder and quads – for carrying my own supplies. But I am glad I did. Jet Paiso offered to take the bag to the Finish Line in the last 5K – so I was able to run and walk a bit faster without the excess weight.

At the time of this writing, I can walk normally even on stairs. Thank God!

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I have lots of people/team to thank.

  1. Team Boring: Jet Paiso, Joy Vargas, Vivs Toledo, Cindy Sevilla. The rest I didnt get to see along the route. Either they are far away ahead or behind me.
  2. Team Fairview: Special shout to Amang! Tubig lang yun – pero yun ang kailangan.
  3. Team Ekek: right at a time when it’s all too hot – a cold spray!
  4. Team Marupok: Meljohn and Brian – a big thanks! Very nice store of everything! Right also at a time when something is needed.
  5. Myla Limpay Go – for the post run meal / coffee / ride / chat. I do envy your training ground. 🙂
  6. Leo Tugade and his team of snails! 🙂 Salamat sa Flat Tops!

The race was well organized. Marshalls are to be found exactly where you need to find the route. The water/gatorade at stations are cold and right at the point as announced. GU was given. Ice Cream too. Ambulance always on standby. Cheers abound too. The route is well managed in terms of the traffic. Roving marshalls are everywhere!

It is worth noting that the route’s view is majestic and amazing.

This is a run worth repeating.

Kudos to the Organizer of this race. God bless you!

Self Support Running

Come Sunday,

the 16th of June, I will be running a 50K Ultramarathon from Sta Cruz, Laguna to Lucban, Quezon (L2Q) – on self-support.

Such feat is not for everybody.

It’s only for the experienced and the ones who are up to get the experience. 🙂

I’ve done this already. In T2N 50K, and Fort Magsaysay 60K. It’s a big bonus already when you get to be of the same pace with someone supported and willing to share supplies.

…and that’s how ultramarathon is. People share. People care.

If they don’t? Pray to God that there’d be lots of sari-sari store along the route.

L2Q is a new route. No one has ever blogged about it nor reconned the route and shouted. Given that there’d be convenience or sari-sari store along the route, we still can’t tell how far each is to one another.

A runner must rely on what is carried – which is a must.

At least bring some and conserve until stores are found.

Ok. Let’s rephrase. Since I will be running on self-support, this is exactly how I will do it.

  • BRING WHAT I NEED. At least a supply enough to carry me above 10K. Hoping that before or after 10K mark, there’d be some stores to buy something, an aid station that has something to offer, or some angels to aid me. 🙂 NOTE: From Sta. Cruz Capitol to Pagsanjan Municipal Hall is about 5K only. So the 1st 5K is not a problem.
  • CARRY ONLY THE LIGHTEST. OF course, one cannot sustain a heavy load over a long distance. It has to be just enough to be something bearable. NOTE: From Pagsanjan Municipal Hall to Lumban-Caliraya-Cavinti Road is only 3.3K. There’s a Public Market before the fork – it’s wise to re-load there and carry a bit more.
  • BE TOUGH. MIND AND BODY. Carry on and focus on the run. My strategy is to execute my training : a 10:1 run walk – except for the steepest ascent. NOTE: From the Fork to STI College near Caliraya Recreation is 7.1kms. This is already in LUMBAN. It’s a bearable jungle of you, the view and the road. At this point, I already have covered 15.4Kms of the entire route. The longest ascent is at KM 9 to 14 – which is most likely to be a walk. This is also where the walking-picnic happens. 🙂 LOLS
  • FREE YOUR MIND – PRAY. When I run, I do not entertain negative thoughts. Rather, I pray a lot. There’s nothing better than this. Me and my God on a very long chat! NOTE: From Lumban’s STI College, there’d be a community in the next 4.9 to 5.2K of the route. This is already past the KM 20 of the race. Still, a safe race in terms of supplies.The BIble says in Hebrews 13:5: New International Version (©2011) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” No worries, right?
  • CAREFUL NOTE: The next 5K from the KM 20 of the route is a bit similar to the last. Pray that the small community at this point has something to offer for the passing runners. 🙂 An ice-cold JUICY LEMON or an RC perhaps?
  • ENDURE. The next 5 to 6K of the route is another jungle. I need to endure and rely on my supplies at this point until I reach Cavinti-Luisiana Road. Joseph Prince Baltazar should be at this point. 🙂 LOLS with rice meal on hand! This is now KM 31 to 32K.
  • POINT OF NO RETURN. I will not surrender, of course. This point is where no one should consider tapping out. It’s 18K more to the Finish Line. FINISH LINE matters here. Not the MORE. 🙂 (gets?)
  • HOPE ALWAYS FOR THE BEST. RELY ON GOD. The next 5K is a jungle again. But there’s a number of small communities along the route. God will provide. This should be KM 37 of the entire route.
  • READY FOR THE FEAST. The next 5 to 6K is in Luisiana already. It’s a crowded place. There ought to be a lot of vendors there – for me to feast on. This is KM 42 to 43. Last jungle stretch to the FINISH. I should be burping and smiling at this point.
  • AGAIN, do not lose focus here. Last stretch to the finish must be endured. I will have to rely again on what I am carrying before the Finish Line in Lucban. I should be light at this point too because I am sure that I am already running at a fast pace. But then, caution on too much confidence. We can never tell the weather.

My 10:1 Run Walk can do this. All I have to do is just to vary the pace.

1 – 9 = flat

10 – 14 = ascending

15 – 50 = rolling hills

See you on Sunday!