57 athletes to represent Philippines in 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia

Michael Barredo
Michael Barredo

Fifty-seven Filipino para athletes journey to Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday, October 1 to slug it out in the 3rd Asian Para Games that will take place from October 6 to 13, 2018 in 19 locations around Jakarta.

Filipino para athletes will compete in 10 of 18 sports slated in the Para Games, namely archery, athletics, badminton, chess, cycling, judo, powerlifting, table tennis, swimming and tenpin bowling.

Leading the Philippine contingent are bemedalled para athletes Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta of powerlifting and Josephine Medina of table tennis. Ancheta holds the record for being the first Filipino to win a medal in the Paralympics after bagging a bronze medal in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Ancheta won another bronze medal recently in the 2018 World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championships held in Fukuoka, Japan in early September. Medina won a bronze medal in 2016 at the Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo expressed optimism in the Philippine campaign in Jakarta, saying that the Philippines hopes to improve on its five silvers and five bronzes finish in Incheon, South Korea four years ago.

University of the Philippines Professor Francis Carlos Diaz who will serve as Chef de Mission said that the Philippine team went through rigorous training to prepare for this regional event. He thanked the Philippine Sports Commission for the generous support that it extended so that Filipino para athletes could compete for the country.

Donning the national colors are Agustina Bantiloc and Giovanni Ola (archery); Prudencia Panaligan, Andy Avellana, Jerrold Pete Mangliwan, Joel Balatucan, Evaristo Carbonel, Jeanette Acebeda, Marites Burce, Arman Dino and Cendy Asusano (athletics); Jonas Matados, Paz Lita and Kathleen Pedrosa (badminton); Sander Severino, Henry Roger Lopez, Jasper Rom, Minandro Redor, Israel Peligro, Arman Subaste, Francis Ching, Rodolfo Sarmiento, Cecilio Bilog, Fe Mangayayam, Jean-lee Nacita and Cheryl Angot (chess); Arthus Bucay and Godfrey Taberna (cycling); Gener Padilla, Deterson Omas and Carlito Agustin (judo); and Achelle Guion, Agustin Kitan, Marydol Pamatian and Romeo Tayawa (powerlifting).

Also joining the Jakarta trip are Minnie Cadag, Benedicto Gaela, Pablo Catalan, Darwin Salvacion and Smith Billy Cartera (table tennis); Ernie Gawilan, Gary Bejino, Roland Subido, Arnel Aba and Edwin Villanueva (swimming); and Kim Ian Chi, Samuel Matias, Angelito Guloya, Christopher Yue, Francisco Ednaco, Jaime Manginga, Augusto Hernandez, Crisostomo Yao, Noel Espanol and Ruben San Diego (tenpin bowling).

The Asian Para Games is a multi-sport event held every four years after every Asian Games for athletes with physical disabilities.The first Asian Games were held in Guangzhou, China in 2010. The second edition was held in 2014 in Incheon, Korea.

This year’s contingent hopes to better their last medal record to inspire other para athletes to break barriers and pursue their dream of representing the country.

Erwan Heussaff, Dyan Castillejo, Gretchen Ho join 1st Tough Mudder Philippines

The first ever Tough Mudder Philippines took place from July 21-22, 2018 at Portofino Amore in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Over 2,000 participants from the Philippines and overseas joined the endurance event series including Filipino celebrities Erwan Heussaff, Dyan Castillejo and Gretchen Ho.

Joining Heussaff, Castillejo and Ho at the Tough Mudder Philippines were Tough Mudder ambassadors Raymond Guttierez, Eduardo Lara, Noel Agra, Christi McGarry, Lahaina Mondonedo and Fabio Ide and Tough Mudder influencers Will de Vaughn, Alex Diaz, Carla Piscoso and George Irineu. Filipino celebrities Marc Nelson, Erwan Heussaff, Nico Bolzico, Vince Velasco, Moritz Gastl and Luis Hontiveros participated, as well.

The event marked the first collaboration between Tough Mudder, Inc. and Proactive Sports Management, a sports events company known for staging various marathons and mass participation events. Founded in 2012, Proactive Sports Management is better known for its highly successful ColorManila Run series.

“Yes, it has been fantastic,” Tough Mudder Senior Operations Manager for International Events Nathan Bassett said of the first ever Tough Mudder Philippines event. “I think the ColorManila team and Proactive have really done a good job pulling off an amazing event.”

Bassett acknowledged that it had been a challenging week with all the rains and the flooding. Still, Proactive Sports Management and the ColorManila team were able to put on a fantastic event, he said.

“I see that the participants are all having a great time,” Bassett said. “Today we got a taste of having the 5K and the half (8K) and we’re hoping to bring the full (16K) over here and bring the best obstacles that we’ve got for a full event.”

According to Proactive Sports Management vice president Justine Cordero, Tough Mudder is all about teamwork and “exceeding, challenging your own self, and overcoming your fears.” She pointed out, “The Filipinos really know how to have fun.”

“We’re very happy that we have a lot of mudders today who joined,” Cordero said. “I’ve seen the participants enjoying themselves as they went through the obstacles, and they’re also helping each other out.”

Tough Mudder Philippines was sponsored by Cobra, Merrell Philippines, Black Arrow Express, Pretty Huge Obstacles, Vivere Hotel, Crystal Clear, Anytime Fitness, Snippet Media, and Manila Times. The next Proactive Sports Management event will be the Yakult 16-miler, which will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Grounds in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on October 7, 2018.

For more information, please visit www.toughmudder.ph and FB/ToughMudderPhilippines.

Tough Mudder Philippines 2018: Last call for registration

Xian Lim
Xian Lim

There is still time to register for Tough Mudder Philippines 2018, which will take place at Portofino Amore in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila from July 21-22, 2018. This will be the first time the endurance event series is taking place in the country.

Tough Mudder is the fastest growing mass participation event in the world with over 3 million people having joined in the past with events spanning Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and other parts of the world. The Philippine licensee is Proactive Sports Management, a premier sports agency known for organizing the largest fun run events in the Philippines including the ColorManila Run series.

“We are very proud to be the local licensee of Tough Mudder for the country,” Proactive Sports Management chief operating officer Justine Cordero said. “We will bring Tough Mudder’s signature obstacle courses and this event will give you the same experience of participating in Tough Mudder events in other parts of the world. ”

“It is high time that we brought Tough Mudder to the Philippines and we encourage runners to take advantage of this event,” Cordero added. “We would like to encourage everyone to sign up for the much-awaited Tough Mudder Philippines event, set this weekend, July 21-22, 2018.”

Tough Mudder Philippines ambassadors and influencers are expected to be at the highly anticipated event. Among them are Xian Lim, Raymond Guttierez, Gretchen Ho, Daniel Matsunaga, Hideo Muroaka, Eduardo Lara, Noel Agra and Christi McGarry.

From June 16-17, 2018, Lim experienced Tough Mudder Scotland 2018 at the Drumlanrig Castle and Estate in Thornhill, Scotland. One of the obstacles he tried out was the Kong Infinity obstacle.

Tough Mudder 5K Basic, priced at 1,700 pesos, and comes with an event singlet, racebib, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband while the Tough Mudder Half – Basic, priced at 2,900 pesos, comes with an event singlet, racebib, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband.  Tough Mudder 5K – Premium, priced at 3,200 pesos, comes with an event singlet, race bib, drybag (10L), towel, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband while Tough Mudder Half-Premium, priced at 4,400 pesos, comes with an event singlet, racebib, drybag (10L), towel, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband.

Former British counter terrorism officer Will Dean and former corporate lawyer Guy Livingstone co-founded Tough Mudder. The former, who is the chief executive officer, stated, “Tough Mudder events have united millions seeking a more engaging, communal form of active lifestyle.”

“We are excited to partner with Proactive Sports Management, who has a proven track record for success for athletic events in the Philippines,” Dean added. “To ensure locals and tourists alike will have the same unparalleled experience that has made Tough Mudder the must-do event for OCR enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike.”

To give you an idea of what Tough Mudder Philippines 2018 is like, here is Lim’s Tough Mudder Scotland 2018 experience:

Registration is still ongoing. For more information, please visit www.toughmudder.ph and Tough Mudder Philippines.

ColorManila holds successful first Marvel Run in Southeast Asia

ColorManila Marvel Run
ColorManila Marvel Run

07 JULY 2018, MANILA – ColorManila, the biggest fun-run organizer in the Philippines, just recently concluded the first Marvel-themed run in Southeast Asia.  The event was attended by at least 8,000 participants at the SM Mall of Asia Event Grounds in Pasay City, Metro Manila on July 7, 2018.

Marvel fans were seen wearing various costumes inspired by the characters from Marvel Comics’ “The Avengers.” Among the characters were Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Captain America and Black Widow, which are respectively played by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson in the film adaptation.

The most recent sequel of the film adaptation of “The Avengers” titled “Avengers: Infinity War” hit theaters on April 27, 2018. The next instalment of the film series will be released on May 3, 2009.

“We are thankful for the support of the thousands of ColorManila followers who got to attend the first Marvel Run in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia,” ColorManila vice president Justine Cordero said. “We plan to have more events such as this one in the next couple of months. We are also looking forward to seeing our runners once again in our next events.”

ColorManila’s upcoming events include the CM Challenge Clark to be held on August 5, 2018 at the Clark Parade Grounds in Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga. Its sister company Proactive Sports will host the first Tough Mudder to be held in Asia on July 21-22, 2018 at Portofino Amore in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, here are top 10 Captain America costumes from Marvel:

For more information, please visit colormanila.com and toughmudder.ph.