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Parklane running event Hunat Sugbu returns for 8th year

Cebu Parklane International Hotel will hold the 8th edition of its yearly running event Hunat Sugbu on June 24, 2018. Hunat Sugbu, otherwise known as Dagan Para ni Maning, is…

Cebu Parklane International Hotel will hold the 8th edition of its yearly running event Hunat Sugbu on June 24, 2018.

Hunat Sugbu, otherwise known as Dagan Para ni Maning, is a commemorative run organized by the hotel in honor of its late president, Mr. Manuel G. Ting.

First organized in May 15, 2011, the run serves as a tribute to Mr. Ting and one of the company’s major corporate social responsibility projects at the same time. Proceeds of the run will be donated to a medical mission in partnership with Jesu Christi.

Hunat Sugbu 8 will start and end at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. It will have four distance categories: 3k, 6k, 12k, 21k. Joel Baring serves as race director.

HUNAT SUGBO 8. Nicanor Nacorda, Hunat Sugbo chairman, talks about the annual run by Cebu Parklane International Hotel. With him during the press conference are Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan and race director Joel Baring.

Giveaways, raffle prizes

A scrumptious meal as well as giveaways and raffle items await all runners at the finish line. Water stations will be manned by the different departments of Cebu Parklane International Hotel to assure adequate hydration for all runners.

Race medals.

For a more effective and fast paced result for the runners, Parklane will use timing chips for the 12K and 21K categories. The chip will be distributed upon registration.

Throughout the years, the number of runners joining Hunat Sugbu has increased. As of 2017, Parklane registered a record 2,000 participants. It is targeting 2,200 runnings for this year.

Registration is now ongoing at the Parklane lobby. For more details, check out www.facebook.com/HunatSugbu.

Hunat Sugbo race singlet

 

Hunat Sugbo 8 race route

Hunat Sugbo 8 race route

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SM2SM Run 2018 adds age categories, offers bigger prizes

The SM2SM Run returns for the eighth straight year with a new route, bigger prizes, open and age categories, and newer shirt and medal designs. Race organizer Joel Baring said…

The SM2SM Run returns for the eighth straight year with a new route, bigger prizes, open and age categories, and newer shirt and medal designs.

Race organizer Joel Baring said the SM2SM Run on February 18, 2018 will feature the 21k, 12k, 8k, and 4k categories but only those joining the two longest distances will get medals and have timing chips.

This will be the first time in the yearly running event that the 21k and 12k distances will carry the 40-49 and 50 and above categories, he added. The event was launched last January 24 with SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan and SM Supermalls Assistant Vice President for Marketing Jenjen Amigo in attendance.

SM2SM Run

MEDALS. Finishers of 21K and 12K in the SM2SM Run will receive these medals.

Encourage running

Fernan said she couldn’t believe how far they have gone after organizing the run for eight years. She said the SM to SM run was able to encourage people to start running and provide the Cebuano running community a quality race to look forward to yearly.

Beneficiaries of this year’s run are the Cebu Newspaper Workers Foundation and the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children.

According to Baring, they expect around 7,000 runners to sign up for the event.

SM2SM Run

SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan and race organizer Joel Baring during a press conference held for the SM2SM Run.

SM2SM Run prizes

The first male and female runners in the 21k open category will get P50,000 each. Other prizes in the same category: P30,000 for second placers, P20,000 for third placers, P3,000 for the fourth to 10th placers.

Cash prizes also await the top 3 foreign runners in the 21k open category (P15,000 – P10,000 – P7,000 for first to third) and 12k category (P10,000 – P7,000 – P5,000 for first to third).

The top 3 male and female runners in the 21k age categories will get the following prizers: P10,000 for first place, P5,000 for second place, and P3,000 for third place.

On the other hand, the 12k open category lists the following prizes: P20,000 (first place), P10,000 (second place), P8,000 (third place), P2,000 (4th to 10th). The 12k winners in the age categories will get: P5,000 (1st place), P3,000 (2nd place), P2,000 (3rd place).

Gun time, race route

Gun time is 4:00 a.m. for 21k, 5:00 a.m. for 12k, and 5:15 for the 8k and 4k distances. Depending on the distance, the race route will include such roads as S. Osmeña Boulevard, Osmeña Boulevard from Plaza Independencia up to the Provincial Capitol, Escario St., Gorordo Avenue, Salinas Drive, Archbishop Reyes Ave. up to Family Park, and Pope John Paul II Avenue.

The run will accept registrants only up to February 14 at the registration area outside of iStore in the 2nd level of the Northwing Atrium.

SM2SM Run route

Each runner will get a breakfast meal, loot bag, and ticket for the raffle draw.

Exciting prizes will be raffled off during the SM2SM Run, including 8 Cathay Pacific Cebu-Hong Kong roundtrip tickets, 8 Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and 8 Samsung LED TVs.

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Cebuano football player journeys to FC Barcelona

A 10-year-old Cebuano football player had a once-in-a-lifetime experience of attending special training sessions with FC Barcelona legend Eric Abidal and other top club players. Ethan Jacob Roxas of Paref…

A 10-year-old Cebuano football player had a once-in-a-lifetime experience of attending special training sessions with FC Barcelona legend Eric Abidal and other top club players.

Ethan Jacob Roxas of Paref Springdale was among a group of 55 young international players from different countries, including Australia, Colombia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Tahiti, Thailand, Singapore, and Panama that was part of the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona.

The program culminated in a 9-day journey of extraordinary football opportunities, multicultural camaraderie, and unforgettable memories for the very first Philippine delegation.

MILO FCB Road to Barcelona

INCOMPARABLE EXPERIENCE. Ethan Roxas ((left) with FC Barcelona legend Eric Abidal, who headed an exclusive training session which the Philippine team joined.

Making friends

Roxas said he made friends with kids his age from all around the world—which is what he considers to be the ultimate highlight of his trip to Spain.

“Making friends with other young football players from different countries gave me different perspectives about the sport. What I learned from them helped me become not only a better player, but also a better person altogether,” Roxas said.

He has been playing football since he was 4 and loves the game because it allows him to learn how to work together with other kids. When asked what advice he can give to other young Cebuano players who are interested to try out for next year’s MILO FCB Training Camp, he said, “There are three things to keep in mind: be yourself, don’t feel pressured, and most importantly, enjoy the whole experience.”

MILO FCB Road to Barcelona

PARTNERS IN BUILDING CHAMPIONS. The MILO FCB Philippine delegation headlined the launch year of the four-year global partnership.

Football community growing

His father, transplant surgeon Alvin Roxas said, “Sports is important for children to learn life values. It instills discipline and allows them to learn how to relate with other kids. This is why Ethan has our full support. We see his passion and want nothing else but to see him thrive and succeed in his football journey.”

“The football community is growing in leaps and bounds. Now, nearly every school in Cebu has a football team. I encourage all parents to get their kids into sports by finding a good team and coach that will harness their talents,” Dr. Roxas said.

MILO FCB Road to Barcelona

MILO Sports programs, including Road to Barcelona, offer kids a chance to showcase their athletic excellence, determination and drive in the national arena, and give them the opportunity to enhance their talents further in the international stage. (Press Release)

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This Christmas, New Year, give the gift of fitness with Fitbit

Whether as a reward for yourself for a great year or a gift to loved ones, Fitbit watches are the perfect fitness giveaway. Start your Christmas shopping by checking out…

Whether as a reward for yourself for a great year or a gift to loved ones, Fitbit watches are the perfect fitness giveaway. Start your Christmas shopping by checking out activity trackers from Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand.

With the Flex 2, Alta HR and Charge 2 trackers, your loved ones will surely get moving, stay active and achieve their fitness goals in no time. A key component of Fitbit is its gamification of meeting fitness goals with badges and a community feature to track workouts of group members and post these on a leaderboard of friends and colleagues.

Flex it out

Fitbit Flex 2

Fitbit Flex 2

Perfect for those who like to hit the gym and head out for a swim, the Fitbit Flex 2 is Fitbit’s slimmest tracker.

The Fitbit Flex 2 (P5,490) is Fitbit’s first-ever swim-proof fitness wristband that also offers alternative accessories like bands, metal bangles and pendants (in gold, rose gold and silver), allowing you to wear this activity tracker as a stand-out accessory.

Have it Alta

Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit Alta HR

Fan-favorite Fitbit Alta recently got a makeover in the form of Fitbit Alta HR (8,490.00). Perfect for fashionistas who are just beginning to find their fit, the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device. Alta HR comes in interchangeable leather and metal accessory bands perfect for meetings, soirees or holiday functions. This stylish band is also available in special edition gunmetal and rose gold bands.

Charge up your life

For those who want to take their fitness goals to the next level, Fitbit offers the Fitbit Charge 2 (P8,490). In addition to PurePulse heart rate tracking, the Fitbit Charge 2 features connected GPS so you can track your running routes. It is equipped with a larger display for an enhanced exercise experience that include new health and fitness tools, smart notifications you need most, and interchangeable bands that easily let you go from a workout to a night out.

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2

One of the Fitbit Charge 2’s amazing features is “Relax,” offering personalized, deep-breathing sessions that calm your mind and body. No matter how busy or stressed out you are, Fitbit’s “Relax” feature will help put you at ease. The Fitbit Charge 2 also helps you better understand your fitness level and improve over time with a personalized “Cardio Fitness Score.”

This feature-packed tracker is available in special edition lavender and gunmetal.

Check out Fitbit at Philippine retailers Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, Ambassador, Timeline, iCenter, Mobile1, iGadget World, Globe and The Inbox Stores.
Follow Fitbit Philippines on Facebook and Instagram, and visit the Fitbit website for more details. (Press Release)

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Primary Homes holds 3rd Dragon Boat event, launches Terra Manna in Argao

A third installment Dragons in Argao by Primary Homes, Inc. is happening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this September 30, 2017 at Terra Manna-Argao in Barangay Suba of the…

A third installment Dragons in Argao by Primary Homes, Inc. is happening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this September 30, 2017 at Terra Manna-Argao in Barangay Suba of the historic town of Argao.

Terra Manna-Argao is a new Primary Homes venture geared towards travellers and backpackers, and it will serve as jump-off point for three exciting Dragon Boat race categories.

Terra Manna offers the comforts of a modern accommodation at affordable rates. Various activities are also in store for guests.

Dragon Boat race categories

The third Dragons in Argao includes two fun-filled events: the Argao inter-barangay Dragon Boat clinic and competition and the Dragon Boat competition.

The Dragon Boat competition has three categories: 300-meter Short Boat Open, 300-meter Short Boat Mixed, and the 300-meter Barangay category.

Registration fee is P400 per person and includes the official event jersey and lunch pack.

Dragons in Argao 3

DRAGONS IN ARGAO 3. Coach Nonnie Lopez (3rd from left), regional director of the Philippine Sports Commission, answers a question during the press conference for the Dragons in Argao 3 Dragon Boat Competition. With him are (from left) Rudney Alforque, sales manager of Terra Manna Argao; Roger Paller, executive assistant to Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero; and Randy Su, commissioner of the Cebu Sports Commission.

Acoustic Nights

From Sept. 21-30, 2017, Terra Manna-Argao will host Acoustic Nights. Food and drinks will be served and a socials night held on the last day as a tribute to the Dragons.

This event is part of the series of festivities leading up to annual fiesta of the Municipality of Argao.

This annual competition is presented by PrimaryHomes, Inc., Terra Manna-Argao, and Dragon Boat Cebu Central.

Registration details

For registration inquiries, you may call Randy at ‪0917-6262-621‬. For hotel bookings and other inquiries, you may contact Zhy at ‪0922-654-6375‬ or Trina at ‪0922-9060-804‬.

You may also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/PRIMARYHOMESofficial for real-time updates or visit our website at www.primaryhomes.com.

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Gear up for your trail run with newest Salomon collection

Just in time for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 Cebu leg, the brand unveiled two groundbreaking footwear collections that will elevate and enhance the experience of runners. Built for maximum…

Just in time for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 Cebu leg, the brand unveiled two groundbreaking footwear collections that will elevate and enhance the experience of runners.

Built for maximum endurance, the SLAB and SENSE Collections made its debut this this season.

Recommended for hardcore runners and athletes such as those who are participating in the 21km event, the top-of-the-line SLAB collection features three remarkable trail running footwear that are made to withstand the harshest conditions.

This line includes the S/LAB Speed, which delivers a low stance, aggressive grip, and fast draining to help make the hazards of fell running a lot more manageable; the S/LAB Sense 6, which was developed to offer extreme racing performance with zero compromise; and the S/LAB Sense 6 SG, an ideal choice for those who encounter wet and muddy trails on a regular basis.

Drawing inspiration from the SLAB Collection, the SENSE Collection features an equally fierce range of technologies amid its lightweight design sensibilities. Perfect for city runners embarking on their first trail run with the 11km category, the SENSE Collection offers two designs that are built for lasting comfort and agility.

Salomon Sense Pro 2

Salomon Sense Pro 2

Sure to help runners find the perfect balance on and off the trails with its light, sensitive touch and well-rounded cushioning and protection is the Sense Pro 2. On the other hand, the eye-catching Sense Marin proves that there’s more to it than meets the eye with its Sensifit technology, shock absorbing properties, and reinforced toe cap and higher lugs for long-lasting protection.

Founded in 1947 amid the breathtaking Alps of Annecy France, Salomon has always been rooted in elevating the outdoor encounters of those who see nature as a vast playground.

As it returns for its 6th consecutive year of the Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas, no less than a trailblazing experience awaits those who dare to “Run the Path of Most Resistance.”

 

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Global Cebu forges scoreless draw with FC Manila Sparks

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center…

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center last Saturday.

Manila still leads the league with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34.

Manila had the best chance of the game when Australian attacker Tahj Minniecon latched on to a Curt Dizon ball and fired low to the left of Patrick Deyto. The Azkal read it perfectly and redirected the ball to safety.

Global Cebu - FC Manila Sparks

FC Manila Sparks still leads the Philippines Football League with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34. (Photo by Albert Flores)

The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf even dicier. Meralco’s Alvin Sarmiento had a massive chance for an opener but he shot straight at Deyto from the right flank in the 56th minute.

Seven minutes later Minniecon produced a dazzling run into the defense of Global but he shot wide as Global’s defense scrambled back.

Minutes later substitute Misagh Bahadoran was booked after an altercation with Sarmiento.

Global Cebu - FC Manila Sparks

RUFO Sanchez tries to curl in an attempt at the FC Manila Sparks goal. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Global surged forward in the endgame and came close with two set pieces late in the match but the Manila defense of Milan Nikolic, Joaco Cañas and Lee Jeong Min held. The goalless draw is the third in seven league matches at CCSC.

“The usual fast transition of Global was evident in the last twenty minutes and we had a hard time managing it,” admitted Manila coach Aris Caslib.

The former Azkals mentor also lauded the 4,850-strong home crowd in the Queen City.

Global Cebu - FC Manila Sparks

Global Cebu keeper Patrick Deyto makes another save to keep the game a draw. (Photo by Albert Flores)

“There were a lot of kids watching, which is good because the effect of this will be long-term.”

Cebu coach Akbar Nawas was effusive in his praise for Deyto, who earned Man Of The Match honors.

“He has saved us a lot throughout the season,” said the Singaporean.

Global Cebu - FC Manila Sparks

RAIN. The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf more difficult.

“Both teams played it safe,” said the keeper. “It’s hard to take risks in this kind of game.”

New Meralco signing David Fornea (also known as David Pusing), got his PFL debut when he checked in for Connor Tacagni in the last ten minutes.

Tyler Matas kept alive his incredible streak of playing every single minute of the season with another 90 minute shift. He has played 28.5 hours of football this season.

More photos of the Global Cebu vs. FC Manila Sparks game

 

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Paul Mulders (no. 7) mounts an attack. (Photo by Albert Flores)

 

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Bloodied, blurred Milan Melindo batters Hekki Budler to keep belt

With cuts in both eyes and unable to see in one, Milan Melindo soldiered on to beat a game Hekki Budler to keep his IBF junior flyweight crown in the…

With cuts in both eyes and unable to see in one, Milan Melindo soldiered on to beat a game Hekki Budler to keep his IBF junior flyweight crown in the main event of Pinoy Pride 42 at the Watefront Hotel and Casino.

Melindo, who admitted in the post-fight press con that he had blurry vision in one eye due to the blood oozing from a cut, won on two judges’ scorecards, 117-110 and 115-112, while the third judge had it 115-113 for the South African.

Milan Melindo-Hekki Budler

Milan Melindo parries an attack by Hekki Budler during the main event of Pinoy Pride 42. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Melindo improved to 37-2 with 13 KOs, while Budler dropped to 31-2.

In the undercard, a lackluster Jason Pagara earned a split draw with late-replacement James Onyango. Pagara, who looked sluggish and was back-pedaling in the latter rounds, is now 40-2-1, while Onyango is now 23-11-1.

Pagara scored two knockdowns early in the fight but in the latter rounds, it was the Kenyan who had Pagara’s number, making the ALA fighter look slow as he connected at will.

Milan Melindo-Hekki Budler

Milan Melindo admitted he had blurry vision in one eye due to blood from a cut. (Photo by Albert Flores)

One judge saw it 114-113 for Onyango, while another had it 115-113 for Pagara. The third judge saw it an even 114-114.

On the other hand, Zorro Sultan scored the biggest win of the night, beating two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero by majority decision in their IBF junior bantamweight eliminator. Sultan controlled the fight from the fourth round as Casimero resorted to looking for a one-punch knockout win.

Sultan won 117-111, 116-112, 115-113, to improve to 13-3, while Casimero dropped to 24-3.

Zorro Sultan-Joehn Reil Casimero

LOOKING FOR A KNOCKOUT. Zorro Sultan (left) beat two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero. Manager Sammy Gello-ani said Casimero did not follow his corner’s instructions and “reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout.” (Photo by Albert Flores)

“The instruction of the corner wasn’t followed and he reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout,” said Casimero’s manager Sammy Gello-ani. “But this could be a blessing in disguise also for Casimero because all of the champions are avoiding him.”

With the win, Sultan will now become the mandatory challenger of IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.

 

More photos of Pinoy Pride 42 (all photos by Albert Flores)

 

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Global Cebu FC fails to break Davao Aguilas defense, settles for draw

Global Cebu FC wasted a golden chance to go on top after settling to a scoreless draw against a gritty Davao Aguilas at the Cebu City Sports Center in the…

Global Cebu FC wasted a golden chance to go on top after settling to a scoreless draw against a gritty Davao Aguilas at the Cebu City Sports Center in the Philippines Football League.

Global Cebu remains at second place with 21 points, two off leaders Meralco Manila, which saw its unbeaten streak ending in embarrassing fashion with a 7-0 loss to the rampaging Ceres Negros.

A win would have put Global on top on goal difference over Meralco.

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Matt Hartmann splits the Davao defense. (Photo by Albert Flores)

“The players tried really hard but Davao was better organized on defense and they were able to adjust well,” said Global Cebu coach Marjo Allado.

Global Cebu controlled the pace of the match but couldn’t break through in the final third. Misagh Bahadoran, who had two against the Stallions, was ineffective up front, while Sekou Sylla, who came in the second half for Paolo Bugas, couldn’t get past Keeper Marko Trkulja.

Global Cebu Davao Aguilas

Davao Aguilas Jordan Jarvis receives his citation from the Sportswriters Association of Cebu or SAC for making the national u19 team. (Photo by Albert Flores)

The Davao custodian, who was named the Man of the Match, also collected a last-minute header off Sylla deep in injury time to preserve the draw.

“I’m very happy getting the Man of the match but it was the team that helped me make those saves,” said Trkulja.

Global Cebu FC Davao Aguilas

Shu Sasaki (25) tries to get past his defender. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Shu Sasaki, whose bicycle kick capped Global Cebu’s 3-0 win over the Stallions, also had a brilliant chance but his first touch off a lovely through ball from Paul Mulders was just too strong.

“Obviously very happy with the results today compared to the last time. They were very organized and Trkilja managed the back four very well,” said Davao coach Gary Philippis, whose team lost to Kaya FC, 5-1, at home in their last game.

More photos of the match by Albert Flores

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Organique fields triathlon team to help spread word on acai berry drink

US-based company Organique unveiled Tuesday its triathlon team as part of a marketing effort to spread word on the benefits of its acai berry-based health drink. The company, founded in…

US-based company Organique unveiled Tuesday its triathlon team as part of a marketing effort to spread word on the benefits of its acai berry-based health drink.

The company, founded in 2008 by couple Joseph and Catherine Salimbangon, bottles and distributes a health drink based on the acai berry.

“Aca berries are considered superfood, a term used to describe nutrient-rich food that is good for one’s health,” the company said.

During the unveiling of the team, Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza touted the health benefits of the acai berry and their drink supplement. The berry, which grows in the Amazon River, has a high concentration of anti-oxidants that can offer a myriad of health benefits, Mendoza said.

Organique Acai Berry

ACAI BERRY DRINK. Organique touts its acai berry drink as having a myriad of health benefits. It is available in Watsons, Mercury Drug, 7Eleven and Landers Superstore. Its latest product is the freeze dried acai capsule.

Boost wellness

She said the acai berry helps improve one’s health and boosts overall wellness.

Ms. Salimbangon, on the other hand, assured consumers of the highest quality of their products. She used to work as a nurse in the US before she decided to embark on the business with her husband, an IT professional.

She said they were already drinking acai berry and were convinced of its health benefits that’s why they decided to turn it into a business.

Organique triathlon team

ORGANIQUE TRIATHLON TEAM. The group of triathletes supported by the company placed 3rd in the recent Dipolog 104 Triathlon. At the center are Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza (seated, 3rd from left) and founder Catherine Salimbangon.

Organique triathlon team

As one way to help market the product, Organique decided to sponsor a triathlon team. The Organique Triathlon Team has 18 members – local athletes mostly with day jobs. Its members compete individually or as a team in various events.

This early, the team has already made its mark, finishing 3rd overall against the country’s top teams during the Dipolog 104 Triathlon. They are competing in future races all over the country, notably the coming Ironman event in Cebu.

Members of the team said they benefit from their regular drinking of Organique Acai Berry.

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Run to support ERUF by joining Marco Polo Plaza Cebu fun run

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will once again hold a run to support the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF. The Run for ERUF Year 2 will be held on April…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will once again hold a run to support the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF.

The Run for ERUF Year 2 will be held on April 30 and will have the following distances: 1K, 3K, 6K, and 12K.

Registration fees are P200 for 1K, P400 for 3K, P500 for 6K. amd P600 for 12K. The 1K distance is made available for families who would want to join with their kids or grandparents.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Run For ERUF

Support ERUF services

All proceeds of the run will go to ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.

Assembly time for the run is 4 a.m. at the hotel tennis court located near the parking lot. Gun start will be at 5 a.m. Each participant will get a race kit, which includes a singlet, race bib and refreshments which they can claim after the run.

The first 100 finishers in the 12K category will get a finisher’s medal. After the race, awarding will follow with special prizes and cash prizes for the top winners of each category.

ERUF has always assisted the hotel in various events, promoting safety and security to Marco Polo Plaza’s guests and associates.

Run for ERUF 2

SUPPORTING ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.

Registration

“They value life, encourage volunteerism and because they serve so others might live, we are showing them how we value their efforts for the community through this run,” the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu press statement said.

Registration will be at Marco Polo Plaza Hospitality Desk. You can call (63 2) 253-1111 local 8249 or email [email protected]. From April 16 to 29, you can also register at the 2nd Floor of Ayala Center Cebu Active Zone.

This run is made possible through a partnership with Federal Land, Fluor Daniel Inc. Philippines, Ayala Center Cebu, Graphic Star, Pyroworks, Nature’s Spring, Pocari Sweat, The Freeman and Cebu Daily News.

For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

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Fitbit Introduces Alta HR, world’s slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate tracking

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market, recently introduced Fitbit Alta HR, a device that comes with new advances in sleep tracking. The fitness tracker gives you…

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market, recently introduced Fitbit Alta HR, a device that comes with new advances in sleep tracking. The fitness tracker gives you actionable insights and guidance in the Fitbit app to make more informed decisions about your health and stay motivated to reach your wellness goals in style.

Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

Alta HR is already available for presale and is expected to be available in the Philippines by April to May.

Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

“Alta HR and these powerful new sleep features demonstrate our continued focus on evolving our innovative technology to deliver deeper, more actionable insights to help our users improve their health,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

“The miniaturization of our PurePulse heart rate technology opens up exciting opportunities for future generations of devices and new form factors. Our advances in sleep will provide millions of users around the globe accessibility to invaluable insights that previously could be obtained only through expensive lab tests,” he said.

Heart Rate and Style in a Sleek Design

Fitbit was able to bring PurePulse, the feature requested most by Fitbit Alta users, to Alta HR by developing a one-of-a-kind chip that reduced the size and number of components needed, achieving a 25% slimmer design than Fitbit Charge 2. The result is a stylish device that offers all-day, continuous heart rate tracking, making it easier for you to make more informed decisions about your health:

  • Better measure calorie burn all day, including during non-step based exercise like yoga and spinning, to help you stay on track toward your health and weight goals by tracking calories in versus burned.
  • See real-time heart zones on your wrist and exercise summaries in the Fitbit app to work out at the right intensity for your health and fitness goals.
  • View resting heart rate on-device and trends in the Fitbit app, and compare it to your activity to see how consistent exercise can improve your heart health over time. A decrease in resting heart rate is a key indicator of cardiovascular health; changes up or down may indicate illness or other issues.

Smart, Insightful, Automatic Sleep Tracking to Help You Sleep Better

Fitbit is also introducing two dynamic sleep tools – Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights – that provide deeper insight into your sleep quality and guidance on how to improve, building on its popular sleep features that have empowered millions of people to track their sleep since 2012. Along with diet and exercise, sleep is a key factor in overall health, but most people have very little insight into it. Good sleep plays a critical role in your health and overall wellbeing, from protecting against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to boosting neurocognitive functions, mental health and longevity.

Sleep Stages, powered by PurePulse, uses accelerometer data and heart rate variability (the changes in time between beats), plus Fitbit’s proven algorithms to more accurately estimate how long you spend in light, deep and REM sleep stages, as well as time awake, each night:

  • Light Sleep (including sleep stages N1 and N2) occurs throughout the night and is important for memory, learning and letting your body recover from the day; for most people that’s 50%-60% of your night.
  • Deep Sleep (sleep stage N3) promotes a healthy immune system and muscle growth and repair; for most people that’s 10%-25% of your night (depending on your age).
  • REM Sleep is when most dreaming occurs and is important for mental recovery and memory formation; for most people that’s 20%-25% of your night. Most REM sleep comes at the end of the night, and is often the stage to be cut short when your sleep duration decreases.
  • Awake periods (between 10-30 times) are a normal part of your sleep cycle each night.

Everyone’s sleep cycle is different, but by better knowing your sleep quality and patterns, and realizing the impact they have on your day, you can make lifestyle changes that can help improve your sleep over time – such as diet, exercise, winding down before bed and keeping a consistent sleep schedule. For example, if you wake up feeling exhausted each morning, despite seemingly getting enough sleep, you may not be getting sufficient deep sleep.

Tracking sleep patterns could also help identify variations that can be indicative of other issues. For example, it has been shown that irregularities in sleep patterns could be a sign of a sleep condition that should be discussed with a doctor.

Alta HR

SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.

Scientific approach

“From helping maintain a healthy immune system, to preserving your cognitive functions and managing a healthy weight, your sleep – or lack of – plays a critical role,” said Dr. Allison Siebern, Stanford University and Fitbit Advisory Panel Sleep Expert.

“Fitbit’s new sleep features use a scientific-based approach to show your sleep patterns over time, and provide you with validated, actionable guidance to help you make changes in your daily routine to achieve greater quality sleep – and in turn improve your overall health. Given the comfort and accessibility of this product, it’s one of the most valuable and useful sleep tracking solutions available to consumers outside of a sleep lab,” Dr. Siebern said.

Developed with Fitbit’s panel of sleep experts over the last two years, Sleep Stages makes information previously only accessible through a sleep lab accessible to millions of consumers, while Sleep Insights offers personalized guidance to help improve your sleep.

Alta HR

Stay Motivated, On Track and Connected

In addition to the advanced health and fitness tracking experience PurePulse brings to Alta HR, popular features and notifications keep you connected and motivated to reach your goals:

  • All day, automatic tracking of your most important stats (heart rate, steps, distance, calorie burn, active minutes) day and night, powered by battery life of up to seven days.
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.
  • Reminders to Move help you stay active throughout the day, and reducing sedentary time can play a significant role in the prevention of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Call, text and calendar notifications keep you connected so you can focus on your day.
  • Connect with one of the largest social fitness networks in the world through the new Community tab in the Fitbit app to find support and inspiration on your path to better health and fitness.

“For me, a big part of staying healthy and active is understanding how the things I do every day – like hiking with my dogs, hitting a dance class and how well I sleep – impact my overall health and fitness goals,” said Julianne Hough, Fitbit Ambassador, actress and dancer. “I love that Alta HR is so stylish, I can wear it with any outfit no matter what I’m doing so I stay motivated and on track.”

Alta HR

Reflect Your Personal Style

Whether you’re going to a workout or a night out, the slim design and distinctive Alta HR tracker will give you the information you need while transforming to fit your look with a variety of accessories that fit Alta and Alta HR devices.

  • Classic trackers with black, blue gray, fuchsia or coral classic fitness wristbands and matching aluminum buckle.
  • Special Edition trackers in soft pink classic band with 22k rose gold plated tracker and black classic band with matte gunmetal tracker.
  • Luxe leather collection in brown, indigo and lavender with matching buckle.
  • Luxe stainless steel bracelet that can stack with your other jewelry.
  • Designer collections from PUBLIC SCHOOL, Simply Vera Vera Wang and soon from Tory Burch.

Pricing and availability

Alta HR will be available in the Philippines for P8,690.00 from April in Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, iCENTER, Mobile1, Globe, Gadgets in Style, Hivemind, Lazada, Zalora, Timeline, The Inbox Store, iLiberty and Rnnr stores.

  • Special Edition Alta HR, P9,990.00.
  • Classic fitness bands, P1,448.00; Luxe Leather bands, P3,380.00; and Luxe Metal Bracelet, P4,950.00. (Press Release)
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Gifts for the outdoor lover

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Rushing to complete it can be brutal. Before heading out to do your shopping, create a simple list, it’ll be best to have an…

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Rushing to complete it can be brutal. Before heading out to do your shopping, create a simple list, it’ll be best to have an idea in mind on what to buy.

Here’s a handy little gift guide that will help you complete your search of the best gift you can give to an outdoor enthusiast, traveller friend, or to your adventure-seeking loved one.

Backpack

The Northface Ironpeak

The Northface Ironpeak

One of the most reliable outdoor backpack brand is The Northface. This Northface Ironpeak backpack is a 28-liter bag that can carry your essentials. It doesn’t skimp on features, it has a fleece lined laptop sleeve and tablet sleeves. Its injection-molded shoulder straps create flexible points to alleviate clavicle and pressure point strain and neck pain.

For longer trips, the Ozonic Outdry backpack from Mountain Hardware is just what you need. It’s comfortable, fully padded, and watertight.

Jacket

Columbia Outdry Extreme

Columbia Outdry Extreme

Ready for backcountry storms or everyday excursions, this waterproof, windproof hooded men’s jacket is designed to protect you from rain, year-round. This is also a great gift for a traveller friend or loved one.

Columbia’s newest revolutionary rain jacket is also interesting. The OutDry Extreme is the ultimate tested tough waterproof, breathable rain jacket that you need in your wardrobe essentials.

Shoes

For those who love the outdoors, a pair of new trail running shoes would be perfect. The comfort and the balance that this pair gives is unbeatable. It’s very light weight and perfect for all conditions.

Columbia Women's Minx boots

For women travelling abroad this holiday season, this winter boots is a perfect present. Waterproof, woven synthetic textile with jacket-like baffling and faux-fur at collar and tongue make a fashion statement while 200g’s of insulation, heat-trapping reflective lining, and advanced traction outsole take care of business.

Salomon S Lab Wings

This pair offers an easy-on, easy off system that runners and hikers love. It provides easy storage for the Quick Fit lacing system and has a 3D open mesh that provides maximum breathability. It has a Sensifit system that works to cradle the foot, providing a precise and secure fit. Minimalistic and strong lace for one-pull tightening.

 

Sleeping bag

Mountain Hardware Bozeman Torch

Mountain Hardware Bozeman Torch

Camping out can be such fun with friends but the comfort of sleeping in the outdoors can sometimes be compromised. Give the gift of comfort. This mummy-cut sleeping bag is the perfect companion during campings.

There you have it. We just gave you a quick list of must-haves for every outdoor enthusiast. Looking for the perfect present just got easier. (Press release)

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Melindo wins IBF interim belt in Pinoy Pride 39

AFTER two failed tries and a disastrous comeback that had him woefully overweight, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally captured a world title after beating Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. by unanimous decision…

ON TARGET. Milan Milendo (right) hits Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. with a left in their 12-round fight (Photo by Albert Flores)

ON TARGET. Milan Milendo (right) hits Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. with a left in their 12-round fight (Photo by Albert Flores)

AFTER two failed tries and a disastrous comeback that had him woefully overweight, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally captured a world title after beating Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. by unanimous decision for the interim IBF world lightflyweight title at the Cebu Coliseum.

Melindo, who lost to Javier Mendoza on May 30, 2015 for the IBF light flyweight belt and to Juan Francisco Estrda for the WBO version of the belt, withstood the game Thai for 12 rounds,using his counterpunches to earn the points win. Two judges saw a narrow, 115-113, win, while the other hand it 117-111 for Melindo, who improved to 35-2-0 with 12 KOs.

Sakkrekin, who shook his head as the decision was announced, dropped to 31-5-1.

BODY SHOT. Milan Melindo won most of the exchanges against his Thai foe to carve a unanimous decision win. (Photo by Albert Flores)

BODY SHOT. Milan Melindo won most of the exchanges against his Thai foe to carve a unanimous decision win. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Validation

“I would like to thank God almighty first of all and the Aldeguer family for giving me this opportunity,” Melindo said in his post-match interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

The comeback win was validation for ALA Boxing’s faith on Melindo, whose last fight in Bacolod City was a disaster. He was supposed to fight Max Flores of Mexico at a catchweight of 110 pounds, but he came almost five pounds over the limit and was forced to give 35 percent of his purse to his foe. That fight could have earned him a shot for Akira Yaegashi’s IBF crown.

ON TARGET. Though he kept missing against the Thai who showed excellent head movement, Milan Melindo also connected on a few occasions. (Photo by Albert Flores)

ON TARGET. Though he kept missing against the Thai who showed excellent head movement, Milan Melindo also connected on a few occasions. (Photo by Albert Flores)

But now that the Cagayan de Oro-born fighter is the interim title, a fight with Yaegashi is in the horizon.

In the undercard, Albert Pagara’s road to redemption started with a tough unanimous decision win over Raymond Commey, 99-91, 99-91, 99-91. Pagara, now 27-1 with 18 KOs, lost to Cesar Juarez in eight rounds in his last fight and wasn’t also impressive in his comeback. The crowd let him know it and booed him, while a few praised Commey, who dropped to 16-3.

Early knockout

Albert’s brother Jason was more impressive, needing only one round to beat Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua to improve to 40-2 with 25 KOs.

Jason stalked the Nicaraguan all throught the round before connecting to the body to end the night of the Nicaraguan, who dropped to 28-11-1.

Twenty-year-old Jeo Santisima also won via knockout, ending the night of Rex Wao of Baguio City in the fifth to improve to 12-2 with 11 KOs. Wao, who tried to shrug off Santisima’s powerful punches, turned his back from Santisima, forcing the referee to end the fight. In the other bouts, Jimmy Paypa (19-3-1) beat Jerry Nardo (21-10, 11KOs) in three rounds; Kevin Jake Cataraja (5-0), 4KOs) stopped John Kenan Villaflor (6-2-2, 2KOs) in the first; Gringo Jakosalem decisioned Fabio Marfa in six rounds and Virgel Vitor stopped Jonathan Francisco in four rounds.

DODGE THIS. Milan Melindo's left jab connect to Sakkreerin's head. (Photo by Albert Flores)

DODGE THIS. Milan Melindo’s left jab connect to Sakkreerin’s head. (Photo by Albert Flores)

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Argao to host dragon boat clinic, competition

An inter-barangay dragon boat clinic and competition organized by PrimaryHomes, Inc. and Argao Royal Palms Serviced Villas in collaboration with the municipality of Argao will be held in the town….

An inter-barangay dragon boat clinic and competition organized by PrimaryHomes, Inc. and Argao Royal Palms Serviced Villas in collaboration with the municipality of Argao will be held in the town.

The 2nd Dragons in Argao: Dragon Boat Inter-barangay Clinic and Competition will take place on October 1, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Argao Royal Palms.

The 250-meter race course will have men and women participants from various regions in Visayas and Mindanao. They will be competing in Men’s Open, Mixed (men and women), and Local Barangay categories. Cash prizes, trophies and medals await the winners.

Argao dragon boat

PRESS CON. (From left) Primary Homes Marketing manager Michelle Cutang, Habagat Gruppo Dragon Boat Team coach Nonie Lopez, Go Active President Jerome Mil and Habagat dragon boat team manager Randy Su during the press conference to announce the event.

Argao fiesta

The event will also feature an all-women’s and PWD (persons with disabilities) races. Invitations were sent to teams in Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol and Mindanao.

Performances by fire dancers and tribal drum beaters will cap the October 1 event.

A free dragon boat clinic and elimination race for competing teams from Argao’s coastal barangays will be held on September 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day event is timed with the holding of the Argao fiesta.

The 1st to 3rd placers from the barangay categories will race on October 1.

The Habagat-Paramount Dragonboat team, headed by Randy Su and Coach Nonnie Lopez, will serve as the race technical committee. The event will be quarterbacked by Go Active Marketing and Events, Inc. or GAME Inc.

During the press conference to announce the event, Su said, “This sport is appropriate for Filipinos and especially now that we are considered as one of the top paddlers internationally. This sport doesn’t need height but what it needs is passion, that is why we should promote the growth of dragon boat in the Philippines.” (Press Release)

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High school brawl nets P110,000 fine; Borromeos eye multi-billion complex in Escario; 4 police chiefs in Cebu axed–Cebu News Digest for July 14, 2016.

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 14, 2016. Cesafi fines 2 schools P110,000 for high school brawl Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy meted a record P110,000…

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 14, 2016.

Cesafi fines 2 schools P110,000 for high school brawl

Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy meted a record P110,000 fine on 22 high school players from the University of the Visayas and Don Bosco Technological Center after they figured in a free-for-all in a pre-season game in Cordova. The 22 were also ordered to render four hours of community service each at the Cebu City Sports Center before they could suit up for Cesafi.

“There was a bench-clearing brawl between UV and DBTC high school players. Based on the incident report of (deputy commissioner Danny) Duran and (referee Jebrel) Calma, 10 players form UV and 10 players form DBTC are suspended for the rest of the tournament.” Felix Tiukinhoy in his letter to DBTC and UV.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cesafi fines brawling UV, DBTC players P110,000.

Cebu Daily News: Pre-season game in Cordova erupts into chaos.

Cebu Daily News: Gullas issues additional penalty to UV high school team.

Freeman: UV team manager blasts own players, say they violated principles and values of the school.

Borromeo family eyes multi-billion complex in Escario

While other companies and developers are putting up buildings in the outskirts of the city, the Borromeo family will develop a multi-billion complex right at the heart of the city. After being left idle for close to four decades, the family is planning a multi-purpose complex that will have a supermarket, residences, offices centered on the P2.2 billion Vibo Place along Escario St.

“My father wanted to make sure that everything will be in place the old school way…It was a long process. It took us time to develop …however, because of further studies, our consultants told us that we should have a different concept and we should not be competing with other big players.” company president Gerardo Borromeo.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Borromeo family eyes multi-billion complex along Escario St.

Cebu Daily News: Borromeo firm reinvents Escario complex.

War against drugs update: Major revamp

PRO 7 underwent another major revamp, and four new police chiefs will head Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City and Cebu Province. Mayor Tomas Osmena was disappointed about the changes and blasted the PNP for changing personnel in the middle of the “war against drugs.”

“Why don’t they relieve me also? I don’t understand the logic. It’s very simple. It’s like you have a basketball team that is winning and you’re going to change the players?” Mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Four police chiefs in Cebu re-assigned.

Cebu Daily News: Major revamp continues in PNP Region 7

Freeman: PNP continues to clean ranks, four police chiefs in Cebu get axed.

Other news on the war against drugs:

Sun.Star Cebu: Former reality-TV star Jay-R Siaboc surrenders to cops, admits he’s a drug user.

Sun.Star Cebu: Eight job-order employees in Lapu-Lapu City fail drug test.

Sun.Star Cebu: Drug suspect in Mandaue city killed in shootout.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City plans to susidize rehab of drug users.

Sun.Star Cebu: Samsam Gullas assures public, no LGUs in first district are into drugs.

The Freeman: Alleged drug protect Loot denies he plans to leave the country.

The Freeman: Siaboc’s wife denies report husband is into drugs.

Cebu Daily News: Suspect killed in Mandaue shootout.

Cebu Daily News: Mandaue City Hall employee nabbed in pot session.

Cebu Daily News: 136 surrenderees in Mandaue City join cleanup drive.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: After firing workers, Tomas sets eye on senior citizens

» The Freeman: Twin teachers accused of child abuse cry harrassment

» The Freeman: Barok falls ill in jail

» The Freeman: Tomas to cut allowances of seniors citizens, and judges

» Cebu Daily News: Cebu businessmen, officials have mixed reaction on Unclos decision

» Cebu Daily News: COA reminds Capitol officials to liquidate P24M advances

» Cebu Daily News: COA report shows Capitol’s bank deposits has P154-million discrepancy

» Cebu Daily News: Five more environment officers of Capitol face probe for extortion

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Economist says push for tourism to sustain economic growth

» Sun.Star Cebu: Global expert says sales of men’s personal care product on the rise

» The Freeman: Local delivers elated over plan to review real estate law

» The Freeman: Businessmen welcomes move to ease check-clearing system

» Cebu Daily News: 2015 saw P20 billion worth of real estate projects

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Pacquiao won’t take leave from senate, yet

» The Freeman: Redemptorist to spear head run for Mary

Cebu Opinion

» Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: What’s the real reason behind Osmena’s plan against CCUVA?

» Publio Briones: Victory in Unclos means time for pragmatism

» Bong Wenceslao: Let’s not belittle effect of Unclos ruling

» Cheking Seares: Duterte should let Senate do its work

» The Freeman Editorial: Allow China to save face

» Cherry Ballescas: PHL vs. China is David vs. Goliath

» Atty. Joseph Jimenez: Gov’t cannot abolish contractualization

» Korina Sanchez: Award-winning film Ma Rosa is a perfect picture of present society

 

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DBTC wins six titles after revamping program

A REVAMPED football program of Don Bosco Technological Centers seems to have started on the right foot after winning six titles in the 5th BRO Cup, its first tournament since…

FIRST MEDALIST. DBTC's Players 7 team was the school's first medalist of the tournament, finishing second in their division.

FIRST MEDALIST. DBTC’s Players 7 team was the school’s first medalist of the tournament, finishing second in their division.

A REVAMPED football program of Don Bosco Technological Centers seems to have started on the right foot after winning six titles in the 5th BRO Cup, its first tournament since making some changes in their football program.

Don Bosco named high school head coach Glenn Ramos the head of the football program for this year and he is now tasked to oversee training and identify which coach will handle which category.

“This year, before the summer clinic started, we also had a three-day refresher course for the coaches,” said Engr. Keith Buyco, one of the backers of the DBTC football.

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Donaire knocks Bedak out in 3 rounds to keep title

Nonito Donaire Sr. said his son would win in six. Junior proved him wrong and took only three rounds to retain his WBO super bantamweight title at the Cebu City Sports…

Nonito Donaire Sr. said his son would win in six. Junior proved him wrong and took only three rounds to retain his WBO super bantamweight title at the Cebu City Sports Center tonight in front of a crowd estimated at 20,000.

After a cautious first round, Donaire, known as The Filipino Flash, sent Zsolt Bedak to the canvas twice with his signature left, the last in the dying seconds of Round 2. A dazed Bedak was saved by the bell from further damage, but couldn’t last for long in the third round.

Sensing that the former Olympian was near his end, Donaire pounced on Bedak quickly in the third, and a solid left and right to the face sent Bedak on his knees just 16 seconds after the break. Bedak, who was on a 10-fight winning streak, opted not to continue the fight and the match was officially called off at 1:44 of the third.

Donaire improved to 37-3, with 24 KOs after his first title defense of the crown he won against Cesar Juarez last Dec. 11, 2015. Bedak, a former Olympian who fought in the Beijing Olympics for Hungary, dropped to 25-2 and has lost his second world title shot. He also lost to Wilfredo Vasquez when he challenged for the same crown on May 29, 2010.

Donaire, after being announced the winner, later grabbed the mike from ring announcer Ted Lerner to thank the crowd, which was starting to leave the venue.

Salamat sa pagmahal ninyo kanako ug sa boxing (Thank you for your love for me and boxing),” he said.

Nonito Donaire knocks out Zsolt Bedak

DOWN IN 3. This exchange happened shortly before Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. floored Zsolt Bedak with a sold left that was followed by a right to win the encounter in the Cebu City Sports Center and keep his WBO super bantamweight title. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

Pagara also wins

Jason Pagara also scored a unanimous decision win, surviving a cut on his eye to win 99-91, 98-2 and 98-92.

One-time world title challenger Rocky Fuentes won by majority decision over Romnick Magos. 78-74, 78-74, 76-76.

Pagara improved to 38-2 with 23 Kos while Miguel Zamudio is now 35-9-1, with 21 KOs.

Nonito Donaire Jr. Zsolt Bedak

DOMINANT. A strong Nonito Donaire Jr. pounds challenger Zsolt Bedak in this exchange for the match’s first knockdown. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

Fleming still unbeaten

In the main undercard, Australian Paul Fleming extended his unbeaten run to win the WBC continental America’s super featherweight belt by unanimous decision over Miguel Gonzales.

Walking into the ring to the music of “Filipino, Filipino,” the Australian boxer with Aboriginal descent got knocked down early in the first round but held on to survive the round. Using his reach advantage, he controlled the pace of the bout to win, 96-93, 97-92, 97-92. He improved to 22-0, with 14 KOs, while Gonzales dropped to 22-8-2, with 12 KOs.

“I am very lucky to have fought here in front of a wonderful crowd and fight fans. I think you are one of the best fans in the world. This is one of the best places to fight in,” Fleming said after the bout.

Paul Fleming Miguel Gonzales

STILL UNBEATEN. Australian Paul Fleming (left) extended his unbeaten run to win the WBC continental America’s super featherweight belt by unanimous decision over Miguel Gonzales. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

In the other undercard, Mark Magsayo passed the biggest test of his career with a sixth-round KO of the tough Chris “The Hitman” Avalos, winning the WBO international super bantamweight title in the process.

Magsayo staggered Avalos in the second round with a solid left and unleashed a barrage of punches as he went for an early knockdown. The Hitman survived the round and caught Magsayo flush in the third, sending him on his first knockdown of his career.

Biggest test

“This is my biggest test. When I got down, I didn’t forget to pray,” said Magsayo, who said he got his energy back when the crowd chanted his name.

Magsayo admitted that when he went for that knockout in the second, he seemed to have lost that wind in him.

In the 5th, Magsayo connected on a couple of solid left, making Avalos wobbly. Avalos clinched to the survive the round and was checked by the doctor if he was fit to continue.

He came out in the sixth, but the round didn’t last long. Cautious but aggressive, Magsayo connected on a few exchanges anew, forcing Danrex Tapdasan to step at 1:44 of the round in as Avalos was unable to defend himself.

Mark Magsayo Chris Avalos

BIG WIN. Mark Magsayo (red shorts) passed the biggest test of his career with a 6th round KO of the tough Chris “The Hitman” Avalos, winning the WBO international super bantamweight title in the process. (Photo by ALBERT FLORES)

He improved to 14-0, with 11 KOs.

“We told him to keep his distance, because he was groggy. And to keep his presence of mind,” trainer Edito Villamor said on his instructions for Magsayo after the knockdown. “That’s why we kept shouting ‘mind! mind!’”

A visibly happy Michael Aldeguer and Antonio Aldeuger, the founder of ALA Promotions, greeted Magsayo when he got off the ring.

“You have just seen one of the best fights,” Lerner later told the crowd after the fight.

In the early bouts, Jeo Santisima improved to 10-2, 9KOs after stopping Tabthong Tor Buamas in the first round. The Thai dropped to 14-4, 12KOs. Virgel Vitor also knocked out Paulo Pereno in three rounds to improve to 7-1, 4KOs.

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FWD shakes up Visayas, brings “Live to Move” to Cebu

A 30-minute run to kick start the day. Biking to and from work. Yoga classes thrice a week after work. A trek to the mountains on weekends, then an out-of-town…

A 30-minute run to kick start the day. Biking to and from work. Yoga classes thrice a week after work. A trek to the mountains on weekends, then an out-of-town trip to recharge after a hectic month. If any of these are part of your routine, then you’re most likely part of the growing population of active and health-conscious Filipinos who are driven by the desire to experience more out of life

Recognizing and emphasizing the growing need to complement the active Filipinos’ lifestyle, FWD Life Philippines—the fastest-growing insurance provider in the country today—has spearheaded the “Live to Move” movement, a wellness campaign inspired by the virtue that achieving better health is key in getting ready to live life to the fullest.

Live To Move FWD

WORKOUT. “Live to Move” is centered on the FWD Motion, a four-minute workout specially designed by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret (above) to provide Filipinos the health benefit equivalent to an hour’s worth of exercise. (Photo from FWD Philippines website)

Cebu shakes it up

“Live to Move” is centered on the FWD Motion, a four-minute workout specially designed by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret to provide Filipinos the health benefit equivalent to an hour’s worth of exercise. Depending on the intensity of the routine and the number of repetitions, the work out is scientifically proven to burn as much as 600 calories through four primary steps: jump, squat, push up, and lunge.

Following its successful maiden run last year at the Bonifacio Global City and recently in Cagayan de Oro, FWD is bringing “Live to Move” to Cebu today, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Ayala Center Cebu as part of its regional efforts to promote healthy lifestyle and expand awareness for the brand and its advocacy this 2016.

For FWD Philippines President and CEO, Peter Grimes, a lifestyle anchored on health and wellness puts people at the best position to do and achieve more. “We’ve conceptualized the idea of the Live to Move campaign by placing a huge emphasis on lifestyle continuity and pursuit for passions, en route to empowering Filipinos to get ready to live their lives to the fullest,” he said.

LiveToMoveCebu

Get moving to start living

Research says, regular, moderate activity helps add several years to one’s life expectancy, which means more time for better and more rewarding life experiences. Also, regular exercise—the kind that gets the heart pumping—not only has been linked to better mood and increased energy, but also improved memory and better thinking skills.

The Live to Move wellness campaign is in support of the Philippine Heart Association’s (PHA) 52100 advocacy, a simple guide to remind people of the essentials of good health, with each number representing a daily target: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours maximum recreational screen time, 1 hour of moderate activity, zero sugared drinks, and zero smoking/second-hand smoke.

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“Our goal is really to change the creative and passionate Filipinos’ perception about pursuing multi-faceted and mostly active lifestyles. Among the ways we’re setting this goal in motion is through our Live to Move campaign,” adds Grimes.

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Donaire Sr. sees 6th round knockout win by son over Bedak

A visibly pumped Nonito Donaire Jr. is drawing energy from the home crowd, hoping for an explosive finish against challenger Zsolt Bedak in his first defense of the WBO super…

A visibly pumped Nonito Donaire Jr. is drawing energy from the home crowd, hoping for an explosive finish against challenger Zsolt Bedak in his first defense of the WBO super bantamweight title at the Cebu City Sports Center.

“I feel like there’s a fire burning inside me. Dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa mga tawo, I am very motivated because of the crowd,” the defending champion said after hitting 121 and 3/4 pounds in his first try at the official weigh-in today.

Donaire, a five-division champion with a 36-3, 23KO record, is making his first title defense of the belt he won against Cesar Juarez in his first fight in Cebu.

Zsolt Bedak, who is 25-1 with 8KOs, also made the limit easily at 121 and 1/2 pounds. He expects the fight to go the distance as he came prepared to last 12 rounds against the champion.

Nonito Donaire Zsolt Bedak weigh-in

I CAME HERE TO BOX, that’s what challenger Zsolt Bedak (left), a technical former Olympian, said about his fight tomorrow with WBO super bantamweight title holder Nonito Donaire Jr. He said the match will go 12 rounds. However, for Nonito Donaire Sr., the trainer of the champion, the fight will end with Bedak’s knockout in the sixth round.

Knockout win

However, for Nonito Donaire Sr., the trainer of the champion, he sees the fight ending as early as the sixth round.

“I think it will be until the sixth round only,” said Donaire Sr.

Though he said his son is no longer looking for that one-punch KO, he still sees a knockout win.

“It’s not like before that he’d go in and throw a punch. We will be looking at combos, straight,” he said. “If you feint, Bedak covers up.”

The elder Donaire sees the fight ending in the later rounds should Bedak opt to hold and run, but said the technical former Olympian is perfect for his son.

Bedak ‘won’t be running’

“I like a fighter who throws a lot of punches, because that’s when you can see an opening,” said Donaire Sr.

However, the challenger said he won’t be running come fight night.

“I didn’t come here to put up my hand and run, I came here to box,” he said. “It’s going to go 12 rounds, we prepared for 12 rounds. It’s going to be a decision.”

Bedak has won his last 10 fights since losing to Coliseo Rodriguez in their WBO super bantamweight title bout.

Meanwhile, ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer expects a crowd of 30,000 for tomorrow’s bout, eclipsing the 24,000 who saw Z Gorres’ fight against Fernando Montiel.

Breaking ticket record

“Based on the ticket sales, we are going to hit 30,000. We are going to break the record of Gorres-Montiel,” said Aldeguer.

Aldeguer is hoping for an exciting night in boxing to burnish Cebu’s unofficial status as the boxing mecca of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Mark Magsayo (13-0, 10KOs) and Chris the Hitman Avalos (26-4, 19 KOs) also made the weight easily for their clash for the vacant WBO international featherweight title.

The two, who had some heated exchanged during the press conference, also got into an intense staredown with Magsayo, slashing his throat. Avalos, whose camp described the match as a fight between a man and a kid, merely smiled. Both fighters weighed 125 pounds.

Undefeated Paul Fleming (21-0, 14KOs) also hit 129 pounds, while Miguel Angele Gonzalez (22-7-1, 12KOs) was on the dot at 130 pounds. They will fight for the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title.

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