Sports

Dragon Boat Festivals on November 2016 in Guam and Puerto Princesa

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The 2016 Guam Thanksgiving Day Dragon Boat Festival is happening on November 18-20, 2016 at Matapang Beach in Tumon, Guam. Thanks to Mindset Events and Production, a Philippine Organization, in partnership with the Guam ACES (Athletes, Communities, Educators, Students) Incorporated, a Non-Profit Organization based in Tamuning, Guam, with the prime purpose of instituting programs for the development of athletes, communities, educators and students in Guam and other neighboring countries for bringing this event to life.

Dragon boating, the second fastest growing sport in the world is on its way to becoming firmly established as a recreational and competitive team sport in Guam. For the past years, Guam held races for the locals and have participated in international events but never hosted one. Races like Commemorative 9/11 Dragon Boat Race brings dragon boat clubs from Guam as a form of recreation and get together of enthusiasts.

The 1st Thanksgiving Day Dragon Boat Festival will comply with IDBF Competition Regulations and will be under the IDBF Rules of Racing and is sanctioned by the Guam Dragon Boat Federation. Guam Dragon Boat Federation will provide technical support and will be inviting the local teams. You may contact Mr. Gordon T.C. Chu, Honorary Life President of the Guam Dragon Boat Federation at + 1 671 6464410 and e-mail at Gordon_Chu@udcguam.com for any clarifications.

Event – 300 m and 500 m
1 Men’s Open – 22 Racers
2 Women’s Open – 22 Racers
3 Mixed – 22 Racers
4 Men’s Open – 12 Racers
5 Women’s Open – 12 Racers
6 Mixed – 12 Racers
7 Junior U23 – 22 Racers
8 Junior U23 Mixed – 12 Racers

Division
Men’s / Women’s Open –There are no restrictions on competitor’s age;
Junior Under 23 – Aged 12 years but under 23 years.

Racing Class
Men – for male crews only including the Drummer and Steerer;
Women – for female crews only
Mixed – 22 Racers: minimum of eight (8) female Paddlers / 12 Racers: minimum of four (4) female paddlers

Distance
300 & 500-meter straight course
Boat – standard boat for all categories.

No. of Competitors:
22 Racers – Maximum 26 competitors
20 Paddlers
1 Drummer
1 Steerer
2 Reserves
1 Team Leader
1 Team Manager

12 Racers – Maximum 16 competitors
10 Paddlers
1 Drummer
1 Steerer
2 Reserves
1 Team Leader
1 Team Manager

Schedule of Events
18th November 2016
Banquet for Paddlers

19th November 2016
Blessing of the Boats
Dotting of the Eye Ceremony
Dragon & Lion Dance
Parade of Teams
Opening Ceremony
Dragon Boat Racing

20th November 2016
Dragon Boat Racing
Closing of Festival & Awarding of prizes

Over 200 paddlers are participating in this event coming from at least five international teams and three local teams.

If you can’t make it to Guam, a similar dragon boat race is happening in Puerto Princesa, Philippines on November 11-12, 2016. This is also presented by the same organizing committee for the Guam Dragon Boat Festival.

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Dragon boat racing go back over 2,000 years to the southern provinces of China. Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and adviser to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protested government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river’s waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan’s body.

Dragon boating evolved from the reenactment of this legend at annual festivals. Today, Dragon boating is the second fastest growing international team water sport. Each year, race festivals are held around the world in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. The enthusiasm, good cause and media attention are all great marketing opportunities. Source: http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/dragon-boat-festival.htm for “Dragon Boating Legend” information.

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Breaking News: Mamuyac, Filipino Young Baller, Block Steph Curry

Manila, Philippines (Sept. 7, 2016) – Mamuyac bagged first spot among the 10 young athletes from all over Asia at SC’s Under Armour Asia Camp in Taiwan yesterday.

Gian Mamuyac, a player for the Philippines’ U-18 National Team, stayed close in front of Curry and blocked the Back-to-Back MVP’s three-point attempt. Highlighting the camp, the young pinoy was awarded the MVP of the Under Armour Asia Camp in Taiwan yesterday, September 6.

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The Philippines never missed out this tour as basketball is the country’s top sport and being able to play on court with Stephen Curry is one of the Filipino youth’s most awaited basketball experience.

Gian represented the country together with Juan Gomez De Liano of UP Maroons team.

The Back-to-Back MVP embarked on his second annual summer tour with Under Armour which began September 2. Unique experiences rolled 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 experienced Stephen’s relentless dedication to the game of basketball up close and personal during tour stops in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei.

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“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 reenergizer 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.”

Follow the tour experience @UnderArmour and @UnderArmourPH.

Travel

Reliving the History with Zooper Cruise

National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said, “Ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa patutunguhan.” (He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.) This adage is a constant reminder for each one of us to look back where we came from, so that we may learn from the lessons of the past.

Our country has a very rich and colorful history and multi-racial culture as told through history books, literary works, various landmarks, and from the stories passed along by our ancestors through the generations. We may ask ourselves, “How much do we know about our history and culture?” A lot. Or maybe not that much? Decades have passed and most of us can only remember so much about our history and culture relying on books and multimedia sources, among others.

One of the most prominent landmark mentioned in Philippine history books is the Pasig River. National hero and novelist Dr. Jose Rizal even mentioned it in his two books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Due to its geographical location which cuts through several Metro Manila cities, Pasig River became the gateway to the country’s historical, cultural and social life.

Through the years, industrialization has brought so much progress to various sectors of the government and the surrounding nearby communities, thus, Pasig River slowly lost its beauty as more factories were built along or near the banks. But with the recent rehabilitation efforts in place, bit by bit, the Pasig River is starting to gain back its glory.

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Now, Zoomanity Group gives us one very good reason to relive and revive our country’s rich and colorful history and culture through the organised tours of the Pasig River aboard the air-conditioned ferries with Zooper Cruise.

Zooper Cruise offers all local and foreign tourists a relaxing, fun, enjoyable and educational tour of the Pasig River and the Philippine history. The tour kicks off at the Valenzuela Station in Guadalupe, Makati to Plaza Mexico in Intramuros. The tour offers a glimpse of the famous Malacanang Palace, which is the official residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines and the classic architectural design of the Philippine Post Office Building, passing through decades-old bridges. Tour participants can indulge in the specially prepared snacks aboard, a souvenir photo and a sumptuous lauriat dinner in a restaurant in the heart of Binondo to cap off the day. All these for only Php1,999.00 per person.

Currently, there are two scheduled tours on the following dates: October 15 and November 11, 2016, from 3pm up to 9pm. The pick-up of all tour participants is at Alveo Place in Ayala Circuit at exactly 2:30 in the afternoon. A shuttle will then take them to Valenzuela Station in JP Rizal.

Remarkably, part of the proceeds of the Zooper Cruise tours will benefit the conservation projects of CSR-Zoomanity Foundation under the Yupangco Group of Companies.

Zooper Cruise offers special packages for schools and companies such as Educational Tour, Company Tour and Events, Anniversaries, Birthdays and other special occasions.

For reservations and tour packages enquiries, please contact Grace Nicolas at 09166299381, or send an email to grace@tagmedia.asia.

#TAGMedia #ZoomanityGroup

 

Cycling

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2016

Filinvest City,  the “master-planned urban center and central business district in Alabang”, brings us this year’s Endurance Weekend on October 8 and 9. This is an annual MTB race with three main categories: 24-Hour, 12-Hour and 6-Hour races.

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The MTB race will start at Pacific Rim, Filinvest City, Alabang. The race course is a loop course of up to 6.2KM consisting of single-track and asphalt roads. It will be marked by the use of a mixture of arrows, buntings, and traffic cones. There will be sections throughout the course where there are no markings. There will be no decision points either – just keep riding. At the end of each lap the course passes through Transition Zone.

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The Transition Zone (TZ) is the only area where you can exit the race course. This is also where teams swap riders and hand over the band. Spectators are not permitted in the TZ. As you come through the TZ, here are a few simple rules to make life easier for everyone:

  1. WALK, WALK,WALK (there is no riding in the TZ);
  2. call out your number to the timing crew to assist in recording your lap;
  3. help your team mate with the transition; and
  4. after you have completed the transition, VERY promptly clear the area and move outside the TZ to catch your breath, have a chat or warm down.

There will be at least one control point out on the course. It will be manned for the full 24 hours and race numbers will be checked. To assist, please call out your race number to the control point team. Additional spot checkpoints may be positioned at random locations. The control point will have radio contact with the Race HQ.

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Participants/Teams are allowed to set up their own tents in the expo area. Parking will be at Laguna Heights Drive (near Palms Pointe).

Each rider is given an individual race number. This must be attached to the seatpost of the bike. In order for your lap to be timed and counted you must ensure that your race number is visible. Do not deface, or trim the race number.

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Race kit distribution will be on Saturday, October 8 starting 8:00AM.

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All teams or individuals must complete the minimum number of laps to be counted as a finisher. Minimum Number of Laps:

  1. SOLO – 24 Hour: 24 laps – 12 Hour: 12 laps – 6 Hour: 6 laps
  2. TEAM – 24 Hour Teams of 3: 8 laps per member – 12 Hour Teams of 2: 6 laps per member

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Register now and be part of Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2016!

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For more information, visit Filinvest City website (www.filinvestcity.com) or Filinvest City’s Official Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL). You may also email racemechanics@gmail.com for inquiries.

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Under Armour unveils brand house in Cebu

Performance footwear, sports gear and apparel innovator Under Armour (UA) continues to expand its reach in the Philippines with the opening of a brand house in Cebu City on May 22.

The first in southern Philippines the 164 square-meter UA brand house is conveniently located on the ground level of Ayala Center Cebu. This ups the number of exclusive UA outlets in the Philippines to four, further underscoring the importance of the country as a growth area for the Baltimore-headquartered firm. Customers can browse and purchase a range of innovative, quality merchandise the company has been famous for since its inception 20 years ago.

“We are extremely grateful for, and humbled by, the incredibly warm reception from our Filipino customers. We believe that UA’s success is a direct offshoot of the worldwide trend towards an active lifestyle, and how the brand values reflected in our products have successfully promoted such,” said Triple Pte. Ltd. CEO Michael Binger. The company holds the exclusive distribution rights for UA across Southeast Asia. “During his visit to the Philippines, UA founder, chairman, CEO Kevin Plank had described Asia Pacific as one of the linchpins for truly defining UA as a global brand. Indeed, our upward business trajectory here exemplifies that, and increasing our presence should further enable it,” he added.

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Highlighting the opening of UA’s new brand house is the Armour Challenge – open to male and female participants 18 years old and above on a first-come-first-served basis. The competition, to be held at the Ayala Center Cebu’s Activity Center, consists of three physical challenges: mountain climbers, squats, and burpees. The fastest to complete the exercises will win a UA tank or sleeveless top and a discount coupon. All other participants automatically receive discount coupons as well. Famous husband-and-wife fitness coaches and UA brand ambassadors Jim and Toni Saret will be on hand to give valuable fitness and and training advice to participants and the general public. A former national athlete, Jim was educated here and in the US on sports science and is the founder and training director of APEX (Athletic Performance Enhancement) Sports Training, Inc. Like Toni, he was one of the trainers in the Biggest Loser Philippines television program. The two presently host MetaBEATS, a fitness show on the Lifestyle Channel.

Interested participants can send their full name and mobile number to ua.instoremarketing@benchtm.com. Slots are limited. More details will be e-mailed to registrants.

Under Armour’s other brand houses are located at BGC, Megamall and UP Town Center. Also available in multi-branded sports houses, such as Tobys, OV, Planet Sports, Rustan’s and major stores in key cities. Visit www.underarmour.com.ph for more information.

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UNDER ARMOUR INNOVATION IS HEADED TO RIO ON THE FEET OF MICHAEL PHELPS

UA ARCHITECH 3D PRINTED PERFORMANCE TRAINER & UA SLINGSHOT RUNNING FOOTWEAR TO PROVIDE PERSONAL MOTIVATION FOR ELITE SWIMMER

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 August on UA.com. 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.

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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 UA.com.

To see a video about how the UA Architech came to life click here and for hi res images of Michael Phelps’ custom shoes, please click here.

Fitness Training, Running

CrossFit MNL Introduces Run MNL

Quezon City, PHILIPPINES – CrossFit MNL (CFMNL), the pioneer in bringing CrossFit in the Philippines, has proven to be the school of elite fitness. CFMNL has encouraged men and women of different fitness levels to try CrossFit in the country since 2011. From CrossFit, CFMNL has offered different programs such as Bootcamp, FitKids MNL, Strongman and Striking MNL.

CFMNL is bringing yet again, an innovation in fitness. We invite you to join Run MNL, a CFMNL program that will make every mile to be stronger and faster.

Running is considered a solitary sport—it’s you and where your feet may take you. But running with a group feels better and easier. Run MNL aims to make running a daily habit; to push the runner in every individual; to develop serious runners/specialists; and to make every mile you covered stronger.

Run MNL is open to all individuals and enthusiasts. Even for those who would just aim to lose those excess pounds to enjoy their lives longer and healthier. Run MNL is offered primarily in selected CFMNL boxes (i.e., Eastwood, Kapitolyo, San Juan).

Run MNL is a program specifically designed for running. As this is aimed to develop specialists, there will be series of agility drills, speed trials, intense cardio training/HIIT complemented by strengthening and conditioning skills. Run MNL conducts Community Run during weekends in selected areas where anyone can join regardless of their fitness level.

Run MNL also uses the latest feature of Runkeeper app (available on iOS and Android), Running Groups, where anyone can join a challenge anytime, anywhere. Monthly challenges are up such as running weekly or running mileage.

 

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About CrossFit

CrossFit is a fitness program for everyone. It uses exercises from gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, track and field, kettlebell training and other sports. Most workouts resemble circuit training and are finished in less than 30 minutes. http://cfmnl.com

About CrossfitMNL

A group of passionate athletes from different backgrounds were bored with gym or their usual training routine. These folks wanted to get the best results from a demanding, varied and fun workout. The journey began in 2011, when one member came across CrossFit in the USA and immediately fell in love and got addicted to the sport. Spreading the gospel about CrossFit to athletes coming from various disciplines, they formed CrossFit MNL knowing the benefits of the program and the need for a new sport in the Philippines.

CrossFitMNL Boxes
Eastwood
(Quezon City)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
7am
(02) 720 9135
G/F One Orchard Road Condominium, Eastwood City Cyberpark, Quezon City

Kapitolyo
(Pasig City)
Mondays & Wednesdays
7am
(0917)579 9292
91-C East Capitol Drive corner Sta. Clara Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

San Juan
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:30am
(0917)537 2435
Unit C, Harmonia Center 8005 Ortigas Ave., Greenhills West, San Juan City

Running

Heroes for Children Run 2016

It’s not everyday that we get to be heroes for children in need, so why not tie those shoelaces and run with Anne Curtis on September 4, 2016, Sunday, at the SM Mall of Asia grounds?

To mark UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis calls on runners to join the second year of the Heroes for Children Run.

“I was deeply inspired by the support we received during last year’s run. From children with disabilities to serious runners, the public came together for a great cause. This year, I’m inviting everyone once again to be a hero for children. All proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s First 1,000 Days campaign for children’s health and nutrition needs,” says Curtis

“For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable, and excluded children around the world. Despite the many gains, the lives and futures of millions of children are still in jeopardy. In the Philippines, one out of three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition—the effects of which can be permanent, irreversible and even fatal after two years of age. UNICEF believes every child should have a fair chance at life,” UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says.

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The First 1,000 Days program focuses on prenatal and early childhood interventions to prevent undernutrition, including quality care for mothers, proper nutrition and complementary feeding, and life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The effect of good health and nutrition lasts well into adulthood and is key ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Last year’s run saw more than 3,200 runners raise Php 3 million for the benefit of the First 1,000 Days programme. This year, the event aims to attract more runners to raise funds for the campaign.

“We are grateful for Anne’s dedication and significant contributions in raising awareness and funds for children in need. Anne’s power lies in her sincerity and genuine passion in everything she does. Through her support, we will continue to make a huge difference for children in need,” Sylwander adds.

Fans who want to support Anne but cannot physically run or be present on race day may donate on her personal SimplyGiving fundraising page at www.simplygiving.com/event/HeroesforChildrenRun2016. Ms. Curtis was appointed as UNICEF Celebrity Advocate in November 2014.

Online registration is ongoing at www.runrio.com/HeroesforChildren until 19 August 2016. In-store registration is ongoing until 28 August 2016 at the following Chris Sports outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, and UP Town Center (from August 15 to 28). The run is one of many activities slated in 2016 as UNICEF commemorates its 70th year helping to build a better world for every child.

The Heroes for Children Run 2016 is organized by Anne Curtis and co-presented by RunRio through the support of SM Mall of Asia, Cherry Mobile, Gatorade, Viva Artists Agency Incorporated, Toy Kingdom, Swatch, Eureka Home Appliances, Maynilad, Philippine Star, Good Housekeeping, Female Network, SM Cinemas, Nyxsys Philippines, Chris Sports, F1 Hotel & Resorts, Transprint Corporation, Microtel by Wyndham, Hisense/Devant, and Pacific Cross Insurance.

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To know more about the run and UNICEF’s programs, visit www.unicef.ph or call 758-1000 (Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

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