Philippines kicks off 10th ASEAN Para Games

Mike Barredo
Mike Barredo

Headed by Mike Barredo, the Philippine Paralympic Committee officially kicked off the 10th ASEAN Para Games on January 18, 2019 at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. This is exactly a year before the event takes place on January 2020.

“The Philippines is grateful for the opportunity to host the 10th APG, an event that will give all differently abled athletes in the region a platform to override their limitations and achieve the seemingly impossible,” Barredo said. “At the same time it will inspire our local para athletes to exceed their recent achievements and show that they can aspire for greater glory and give pride to our country.”

Earlier in the day, international representatives of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) made an ocular inspection of the official event venues in Clark, Subic and Manila. The New Clark City Sports Complex is now under construction in Capas, Tarlac where a 20,000-seat stadium will rise, among other international standard competition venues. The sports complex will serve as the Athletes Village for both the Southeast Asian Games in December 2019 and the APG in January 2020.

The ASEAN Para Games 2020 begins on January 18, 2020 a few weeks after the completion of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. APG 2020 will be concluded on January 25, 2020.

For the second time since the ASEAN Para Games was established, the Philippines will be hosting the biannual multisport event for differently-abled athletes from the 11 member countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste and the Philippines.

An estimated 2,000 differently-abled athletes from different countries in Southeast Asia are expected to fly in for the 10th APG and compete in 14 sports namely Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Cycling, Volleysitting, Wheelchair-Basketball, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling and Table Tennis. Participants in the APG include athletes with physical, vision and intellectual disabilities.

The ASEAN Para Games is under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) while the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee lend technical and classification assistance when needed.

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.