Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Under Armour Sun Protective Cap

Weekends are almost always perfect for long slow distance (LSD) runs, long walk, and road trips.  I love to watch the sunrise, sunset, fellow joggers, bikers, or just plain sightseeing to clear my head and get rid of negative stress.  For people like me who are not afraid of the sun, we are always reminded to protect our skin from its ultraviolet (UV) rays. . Conventional knowledge taught us about the damaging effect of prolonged exposure to the sun's UV rays. 

For LSD run and heat training, I go for a sunscreen or sunblock with SPF 70.  A sunscreen's capability to block UV rays is measured through its SPF (sun protection factor) rating.  I always bring a small tube of sunscreen, so I can reapply as needed.  For regular days, I go for one that has SPF 30.  

When cruising along the countryside for a long weekend drive, I wear sunscreen. Driving during sunny days usually require a combination of sunscreen and a nice cap or sun visor. I'm planning for my next trip, and included in my 'things-to-bring/wear' list is the Under Armour Driver Cap.  It is designed for golfers, however I find it quite versatile for its fit and technology.  It has Under Armour's revolutionary coldblack® technology, which reflects the heat of the sun, making it cool and comfortable to wear. The Under Armour Driver Cap has a minimum of UPF 30.  A UPF 30 is considered 'very good' for it can block 96 % - 97.4% of UV radiation.  Clothes, caps, and other sun protective apparel are measured through its UPF (ultraviolet protection factor).  

Sun protective clothes and caps are meant to be worn in hot, humid places - and  in tropical countries like ours.  The Under Armour Drive Cap has a built in HeatGear® sweatband that wicks away sweat to assist in cooling and breath-ability. I'm looking forward to wear it in my next trip, and this weekend, too. I need to go for a long walk to update my lagging inventory of virtual pocket monsters.


Disclaimer:  This is a personal write-up, not a paid advertisement. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod children make it to Alaska's JrNBA/JrWNBA All-Stars

The best young basketball players from Cebu, Baguio, and Bacolod overcame the odds to make  it to the final lineup of the JrNBA/JrWNBA presented by Alaska.  The All-Star team will fly to Shanghai, China, October 6, to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience.

Boys and girls from the provinces, especially those from Bacolod, Cebu and Baguio did surprisingly well when gauged versus their counterparts from Manila.

The players were selected through a nationwide search. Regional Selection Camps were held in Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and Makati. The final 10 boys and 5 girls were named members of the Philippine All-Stars during the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Cebu City students Darliene Ragasajo (14) and Florence Jil Talas (14) led the JrNBA/JrWNBA Female All-Stars.

The JrNBA/JrWNBA Davao Regional Selection Camp was also well-represented by Rozie Amatong (13) of Davao City, and Aloha Marie Betanio (14) of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The fifth member of the Female All-Stars is Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino (14) of Dalig National High School, Antipolo City.

Arayi Ewon was named Coach of the Year - Female.

Tracy Carl Dadang (14), Fritz Felix Valencia (14), and Harold Alarcon (14) were selected from the Cebu Regional Selection Camp.  They led the members of the Male All-Stars.

Valencia traveled all the way from Bacolod City, while Alarcon came from Silay City, Negros Occidental to compete and qualify at the Cebu Regional Selection Camp.

Riz Ozner Gatus (14) of San Fabian, Pangasinan from the Baguio Regional Selection Camp also advanced to the Male All-Stars.

The other members of the Male All-Stars are Julian Alfonso and Isaiah Miguel Blanco (Alaska Powercamp), Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan and and Kai Zachary Sotto (Manila Regional Selection Camp). 

Elegino Chollo of Davao City was named Coach of the Year - Male.

JrNBA/JrWNBA Philippine All-Stars will join 90 other boys and girls from JrNBA Programs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.  They will attend the NBA Global Games 2016 between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, China. 

“I’d like to congratulate our JrNBA Philippine All-Stars on their success.  Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition. Action. Champion. Program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country,” said Alaska Milk Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu. “This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition. Action. Champion. Campaign. By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle.”

JrNBA/JrWNBA presented by Alaska promotes the importance of regular physical activity, trains participants in the fundamentals of basketball and teaches the importance of core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect.

The JrNBA Program is presented by Royal Friesland Campina in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam through its Alaska Milk, Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady, and Foremost brands.  The program was also conducted in Singapore through a partnership with Sport Singapore.

This program has touched the lives of more than 1.5 million children, parents, and coaches across Southeast Asia by conducting camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities.

Visit Alaska Milk’s sports channel, and @PlayPH in Facebook and Instagram for inspiring stories on Filipino sports fans of all ages and skill levels.

Fans may also visit the official website for more information on the JrNBA programs. Add NBA's official account on LINE through @nba_global.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

UA Run Crew #RunWithFight is ON

It was a relaxing Saturday afternoon, combined with a very cooperative weather. It should be a perfect time for 200+ running enthusiasts to gather, and kick off the most exciting program yet to be launched by the Under Armour - APEX Run Crew.  October 1 marked the beginning of the UA Run Crew, at the runner-friendly Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater.

It was no ordinary kick off event. It provided a high-octane ambiance to fuel awesome fitness goals.  Coach Jim and Toni Saret opened the program with a jolt of energy.  UA celebrity triathlete Piolo Pascual shared how gearing up with a high performance apparel and shoes like Under Armour would help you perform even better and help push you to perform more.  For warm-up, runners were introduced to a 4-minute fun + fierce workout led by Coach Toni, alongside with Coach Jim and Piolo. Then the runners were prompted to group themselves into smaller teams.  Teams assisted by top UA coaches. This was done to ensure that every participant received orientation on proper form, techniques, and workout to support their goals in running. There was also a short run along Bonifacio High Street to complete the launching activity of the UA Run Crew. 

UA Celebrity Triathlete Piolo Pascual warming up with the Run Crew coaches and athletes.
UA Run Crew in Action

UA Run Crew's #RunWithFight is officially ON.  It will run until December 3, 2016.  

Catch your favorite UA Run Crew on these days:

Mondays and Wednesdays - BHS Amphitheater, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays - QC Memorial Circle, Planas Garden, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ​and SM MOA by the Bay, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

FREE Weekly Runs:

Saturdays - BHS Amphitheater, 6:00 am - 8:00 am

Interested? Visit to learn more.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Soliloquy: From a Working Woman to a Plain Housewife for Two Months

Me when not working, feeling cozy.  
This my soliloquy.  This is my blog.  #Respect

I have a love-hate relationship with work.  I love it more than I hate it.  My mindset is - work is a sanctifying grace.  It has always been like that since the day I joined the workforce six months before I graduated from college. I don't think it's going to change. 

Work taught me a lot of valuable things, including a great deal of patience, and respect for individual differences.  I'm still learning new things along the way.  I sometimes hate work, when it imposes its tendency to take away precious time from people and things I love.  I can always decide to keep it at bay, but what if sometimes, I care too much?  You know that hard wired 'malasakit' in Tagalog.  

Every time the doctors and genuinely concerned people would tell me to slow down, I find it really hard.  For a time, I couldn't differentiate 'busy' from 'very busy'.  

I have been on leave from work for almost a month now.  It's time to hit the brakes, and be on a much needed downtime to do some reassessment.  

I may have lost a child in my womb, but after days of retreat and grieving, I realized the baby is now part of who I am, part of my marriage with my greatest love. We never had the chance to hold the baby in our arms, but he/she will always be in our hearts, and will continue to inspire us to become a better couple, better parents (in God's time), better family.    

I received kind thoughts, not only from family and closest friends but also from people I did not expect to care.  I do not have high or low expectations of people.  I just learned not to expect anything from anyone, but I can only hope for people's genuine kindness.  My learning about the value of family and old-time friendship resurfaced.  With them, I can be myself and not be judged.  I can eat lunch while sobbing uncontrollably, in public, and they would not turn their back at me in shame, because they knew of depression. I should love them more.  For the quality time, yes, I am ultimately working on it.  I forgive myself for any misgivings, and I pray that I may also be forgiven.  

For how many times do I need to remind myself, I cannot please everybody. At some point, my heart would be badly broken by people I cared for, or at least respected.  Over the years, I learned about the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation.  I tend not to delve into negativity.  Tempted to take a few steps, but no, I do not want dark thoughts, a jaded heart.  I openly let go of toxic things, and toxic people.  My way of saving myself from being dragged down to a darker alley of deceit or untruthfulness, or playing host to a person's parasitic ambitions. I simply do not want to rub off the negative to the positive-minded people in my life.  Sorry, but not sorry.

I'm starting to feel lighter now, figuratively.  It helps to be kind to oneself, so we can also extend the same kindness to the people around us. 

Oh, and universe, please shower me with more healthy baby dust!  :)  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Under Armour launches UA Run Crew

With running becoming part of the daily routine among fitness aficionados in the busy streets of the metro, Under Armour is set to formally launch the UA Run Crew in collaboration with APEX Sports Training System. 

UA Ambassadors + Manila's Fitness enthusiasts @UA Run Crew launch
Under Armour's UA Run Crew is a tailor-made program for active lifestyle enthusiasts and aspiring runner as it provides a step-by-step guide towards a person's objective in running.

Proving that running is not complicated as it may seem, the UA Run Crew is consisted of community runs every Saturday that comes along with an in-depth seminar with fitness experts to flesh out every essential aspects about running, including dynamic warm-up exercises, injury prevention, race day nutrition, and many more.

In addition, first 20 male and female participants will have the opportunity to try the highly acclaimed UA Charged Bandit 2 as part of UA Run Crew's monthly shoe trials.

UA Charged Bandit 2 
The UA Charged Bandit 2 is a good running partner as it sports the Molded Miro G®  foot bed that takes the shape of the foot for great cushioning as well as a rubber outsole that offers full ground contact with deep tense grooves for extra flexibility. 

Aside from the UA Run Crew, Under Armour will also be introducing the UA Record and MapMyRun digital applications that track and monitor the progress of runners.

The UA Run Crew will be headed by the brand ambassador and program director Jim Saret, who is the sports and fitness training consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee. He currently serves as the president of Scientific Sports and Fitness Council of the Philippines. 

Interested applicants can now register in all Under Armour brand houses in BGC, UP Town, and soon to open Greenbelt store in November.  You may also register online at

Registered applicants will be part of the very first Under Armour Run Crew in the country. They will receive exclusive discounts, be the first to try the latest innovation gears from Under Armour and get free coaching from our international trainers Coach Jim and Coach Toni Saret along with the other Under Armour PH ambassadors.  

Meet UA Run Crew's top women coaches: Zoe Pond-McPherson, Kat Geronimo-Garcia, Toni Saret
Helping runners to be a better version of themselves as they cross the finish line with flying colors and big a smile, join Under Armour's campaign on social media by using #RunWith Fight.  

Also make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook at  

Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 Stephen Curry Asia Tour

Stephen Curry embarked on his second annual summer tour with Under Armour which began September 2. The reigning league MVP will once again share his commitment to helping players everywhere realize their potential both on and off the court, with a series of select clinics, events and activation. Unique experiences will roll out across four cities in five days for fans to feel the fervor and excitement for basketball that only Stephen and Under Armour can provide.

Some of Asia’s best young basketball players and fans will experience Stephen’s relentless dedication to the game of basketball up close and personal during tour stops in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei. “I’m thrilled to get the chance to visit some of the best basketball fans in the world this summer,” said Curry. “Being able to share my passion for the game with this next generation of players in Asia—while immersing myself in their incredible culture and witnessing first-hand the infatuation for the game—is humbling, and personally it’s a tremendous re-energizer for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to meet some of the phenomenal fans and players who are committed to driving the game forward on a global scale.”

The 2016 “Stephen Curry Asia Tour” connects Stephen with the people and culture of these diverse countries through up close and personal interactions, via experiential activation, cultural happenings and more, in an effort to showcase Stephen’s love of the game and unending drive to get better, all while sharing and spreading that commitment and passion for basketball with fans and players alike.

The Philippines will surely never miss out this tour as basketball is the country’s top sport and being able to play on court with the Back-to-Back MVP Stephen Curry is one of the Filipino youth’s most awaited basketball experience. To represent Philippines, Under Armour PH in partnership with Slam sent out 2 young basketball aficionados, Juan Gomez De Liano and Gian Mamuyac.

Gomez De Liano, a 6 feet point guard of the University of the Philippines Integrated School was also able to play with Steph Curry during the MVP’s #UAROADSHOWMANILA visit last year. Follow the tour experience @UnderArmour and @UnderArmourPH.

Michael Phelps' Custom UA Shoes

Under Armour, the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel and equipment has taken footwear innovation to the next level. In March, the Brand introduced its first-ever 3D printed performance trainer, the UA Architech. The UA Architech is a 360-degree performance training shoe that features a functional 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design that creates a “super-hybrid” trainer. This performance trainer provides athletes with the ultimate stability and cushioning to take on the most intense workouts, and it’s travelling all the way to Rio on the feet of elite swimmer, Michael Phelps. 

In addition to the state-of-the-art technology and custom color design, Michael’s footwear features a personal touch to provide an additional source of motivation as he heads into competition. His 3-month old son, Boomer’s footprint is printed on the insole of the shoe as a personal reminder that Boomer is with him every step and stroke of the way. 

The innovative 3D printed midsole of the UA Architech was combined with a flow-molded 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper to provide athletes with a shoe that not only gives a locked-in, supportive feel, but also flexes and moves with the foot to provide a zero distractions experience. Add in the Brand’s unparalleled Charged Cushioning underfoot for responsiveness and comfort, and a thin rubber outsole for traction and you have Under Armour’s most elite performance trainer. 

A new color of the UA Architech will be available as a limited edition offering to consumers this month on The shoe, which retails for $299.99, was the first 3D printed performance trainer available to consumers. The first color was available in March and sold out in under 20 minutes. 

Under Armour also geared Michael up with a custom pair of the UA Speedform Slingshot Running shoes in a limited edition red, white and blue colorway that also feature Boomer’s footprint. This innovative running shoe delivers zero distractions with a seamless, zonal compression, 3D knit upper and Under Armour Charged Cushioning. The limited edition color way is available on