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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Abundance


It is hard to think, and much more to talk about abundance positively during this unusual time. 

The Great Force in the Universe has sent good people into my life to remind me that abundance exists in more ways than one.

Today I woke up with a roof above my head, food on the table, and with my family. I could not thank my Creator enough for these blessings. 

I was ill for a while, but I have supportive and caring people in my inner circle who pushed me towards a speedy recovery.  The abundance of love and care are much greater than hardship. 

My professional life is on a hiatus, but abundance won't let me be in this phase empty-handed.  What I have now is an abundance of quality time to re-examine the things that truly matter in life, front and center. I am obtaining a better understanding of how it is to fully recuperate, recharge, and reconnect. Life continues to surprise me in its terms.  The Swahili phrase hakuna matata (meaning, "there are no troubles") is possible with an abundance of faith.  

If you happen to be reading this post, I wish you and your loved ones with all the Abundance life has to offer.  

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8


Friday, June 19, 2020

Hi, Bye, Sadness!





Dear Sadness, 

You're not a good companion to have, but yes of course, you are one of those feelings that make me human.  So, I let you in.  Tell you what.  You are not welcome to stay.

Here we are, it has been months of on-off seeing each other. You're back again, and it has become obvious that you wanted to stay longer.  I really wanted to kick you out of my mind, out of my life every chance I get,  but it appears that you have grown stronger after depleting my fuel of enthusiasm for a good life. You became vicious in your attempt to cut me off from the people and things I love.  I have to stop you now. 

I'm giving you a hard time.  It's obvious I'm still functioning, though I'm always sick and tired.  I'm armed with faith, hope, and love - cheesy as it may sound, but they have been good companions throughout my life.  I have a treasure trove of good people in my life, too.  Some of them are helping me beat the hell out of you.  You are just an episode, not my entire life.   Pack your things, and go. Now. 

Me





Friday, June 12, 2020

Hello, Blog! Remember me?


It has been 1 year and 5 months since my last blog entry. What changed?

A lot. 

It's not just me. 

The world has changed drastically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This month, communities are starting to reopen, though there is a lot of unknown factors ahead of us. I have faith in humanity - a virus did not change it.  Society always finds ways to adapt. We are in the new normal. 

In this part of the world, I've been staying home for 3 months already - staying home means working from home, meeting family and friends online, and no jogging outside. I can't complain that it is tough, knowing there are people out there who are suffering a lot.  We all need some healing after months of collectively battling against an unseen enemy. 

My sudden resurgence at Blogspot is prompted by my longing to reconnect to things that used to make me mentally and emotionally strong.  I hope I did not drift too far away from the core. I need to start writing again. 

Lockdown feels:  emptiness or solitude?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

[PRESS RELEASE] 7-ELEVEN Run 2019








Happening simultaneously in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao on February 3, 2019, 7-Eleven Run 2019 promises to be an exciting event for both professional and recreational runners. The race was first held simultaneously in 3 locations across the country last 2018, with over 25,000 runners participating. This year promises to be even bigger, better and more exciting. Runners can expect to see new race categories, a chance to compete in an international Asian marathon, and even have the opportunity to win P500,000 cash.

The race in Luzon will be held in Filinvest City, Alabang. The Visayas leg will be held at Cebu Business Park, while the Mindanao leg will be in SM City Davao.




This year, runners will see new distances that will challenge experienced and novice runners alike. 7-Eleven is introducing the 32K category. Runners also have other options: from a short 500 meter run for kids, a 10K buddy category, and up to a 42K full marathon.

As always, 7-Eleven continues to support Filipino athletes. This year, the overall Top 3 Filipino winners for 21K, 32K, and 42K will be awarded cash prizes and medals, plus a chance to join an international marathon in Asia, all expenses paid. Last year, winners of the 21K and 42K races from 7-Eleven Run Series 2018 were sent to Jeju, South Korea to compete at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival where they dominated the top spots in their respective race categories.

To further encourage the spirit of competition, 7-Eleven will be giving away a bonus cash prize to the top Filipino runner who can beat the Philippine record for the 42K category. The record setter will get to take home P500,000 in cash. 

Registration is now open until January 15, 2019. Be sure to visit the official website at https://run711.com/ and follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/run711 for more information about the race.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Running and I are back together

ME:  Lace up your running shoes. Walk - jog. Follow the path.  RUNNING will find you.  
I thought it was over.  You know this, whole I-love-running phase of my life?

There was a point I thought about ditching running, because I am no longer the morning person I used to be.  My pace is no longer within 10% of my age group.  It felt like faded glory of some sort.  I registered for runs or signed up for free, but I would not make it to the start line because all I wanted was to catch up on sleep. 

However, each time I turned my back from "running", I would always come running back to it.  I gave up ignoring "running".  I just had to admit to myself that I cannot run away from it, even if I could think about 101 excuses to ditch it.  

I used to build mileage for full marathons, but it has been two years since I ran a full.  After a full marathon back in 2016, I lost all clear motivations to do some maintenance run. I lost that healthy disposition towards "running".   

And then it hit me...

Wait, I forgot about wellness while I was occupied by the very thought of transitioning from corporate to a new life path.  I was too busy, and yes, stressed, that I forgot how running cleared my head even during the most toxic work assignments in the past.  I forgot that feeling for a while, only to rediscover it after contemplating on some health-related stuff.    

ME:  If you can't run in the morning, run at night.
Now, I run even when it's late and I'm the last person to leave the gym.
I must go back to the one I love - RUNNING...and RUNNING is the very thing I have in mind whenever I sing "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" in my head.  Running is that kind of person who can't be moved - just waiting in a familiar place, hoping to be found again by that his/her special someone.  I must have missed running so much, that I'm beginning to romanticize my analogy. 

I've been running regularly on the treadmill in the last three months.  I have not hit the road yet, but the 3x-a-week treadmill deal is already progress, and enough validation that  running and I are back together.  😊
Just like in the not-so-distant past, I run on the treadmill for as long as I can or want...then I eat. Some things never change. 

[Press Release] Specialized Elite Store Opens at SM by the Bay



Specialized Philippines, in partnership with Gruppo Innovare Corporation, the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines, officially opened the newest Specialized Elite Store on Wednesday, October 17 at the SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Present during the event were the Gruppo Innovare team headed by its Managing Director, Mr. JL Gavino and Sales Director, Mr. Ritchie Santayana, Mr. Gino Abano, Commercial Director of Specialized SESA was also there to grace the event.

“We are proud to be opening the first Specialized Elite Store here at the SM by the Bay, a perfect location as it is a biker’s haven especially in the morning. As Specialized has striven to make the best bikes for riders since 1974, the Philippine riding community can expect the best one-stop bike shop experience the moment they walk in our store.”, said Mr. Santayana.

During the opening, Mr. Abano presented highlights of various Specialized bike products such as the Venge, the fastest road bike, and the Tarmac, the lightest race bike ever made by the brand.

Venge, now regarded as the fastest road bike.
Tarmac, Specialized's lightest race bike.
For those who love off-road riding, the store also has the Stumpjumper, the brand’s most versatile trail bike, and the Turbo Levo and Kenevo, a pair of e-mountain bikes built to give riders the power to ride more trails.

The highlight of the day was the special preview of the all-new 2019 Shiv Disc. Guests were given a sneak peek on an actual setup of this limited-edition triathlon specific bike, which promises unprecedented aero design, storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.


“We are very fortunate to be able to present to everyone here today an actual set-up of the all-new 2019 Shiv Disc. This complete tri bike will be available globally as a limited edition product and reservations can be placed until October 31, 2018.”, shared Mr. Abano.

The Specialized Elite Store offers worry-free purchases, and a complete “Specialized experience” through the store’s full scope of services: providing expert advice in choosing the best bike, experiencing the bikes first-hand through their bike test program, bike servicing by trained staff, and the Retül Match and Vantage system, the most technically advanced bike fitting and product matching technology available in the market.

The Specialized Elite Store in SM by the Bay is the first of three Specialized concept stores to open, with Pasig and Maginhawa St. in Quezon City completing the new stores for 2018. All three are known to be bike-friendly areas in the metropolis, and more stores are promised to come throughout the country over the next few years.

For further information, about Specialized in the Philippines, visit https://www.specialized.com/ph/en or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialized.ph/. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Specialized Gears Up for SM Mall of Asia Store Opening


Specialized – a bicycle brand made for riders, by riders – gears up for its store’s grand opening today, Oct. 17 at the SM by the Bay at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Considered to be a biker’s haven especially in the morning, SM by the Bay is the perfect location for the first of three Specialized concept stores to open, with Pasig and Maginhawa St. in Quezon City completing the new stores for 2018.

 “We want to serve the riders where they are, and at the same time make it convenient for them to get that one-stop bike shop experience,” says Ritchie Santayana, Customer Development Director of Gruppo Innovare Corporation, referring to the choice of locations for the three stores. All three are known to be bike-friendly areas in the metropolis, and more stores are promised to come throughout the country over the next few years.


Since 1974, the brand has striven to make the best bikes for riders. The store is set to offer a comprehensive range of technically advanced products, such as:

·      The Stumpjumper, the brand’s most versatile trail bike,
·      the Turbo Levo and Kenevo, a pair of e-mountain bikes built to give riders the power to ride more trails,
·      the Venge, the fastest road bike, and
·      the Tarmac, the lightest race bike ever made by the brand.

The 2019 Shiv Disc, is also set to take center stage during opening day. The all-new triathlon specific bike promises unprecedented aero design, storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.

Riders can expect easy and worry-free purchases, and a complete “Specialized experience” through the store’s full scope of services: providing expert advice in choosing the best bike, experiencing the bikes firsthand through their bike test program, bike servicing by trained staff, and the Retül Match and Vantage system, the most technically advanced bike fitting and product matching technology available in the market.

Fabulous prizes will also be raffled off while Specialized will give a 10 percent discount on all items on its launch day.

Gruppo Innovare Corporation is the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines.

For further information, about Specialized in the Philippines, visit https://www.specialized.com/ph/en or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialized.ph/.