Jun 30, 2015
Some 790 runners – many of them coming from the ranks of Ayala Group employees and their families – joined the fun run and many more took part in the various activities held during the “Ayala Goes Healthy, Atbp.” event jointly organized by the ER Network and the Ayala Coop last May 9 at Circuit Makati.
Abraham Barcarse of Manila Water, in what could be a preview of the 2016 Ayala Olympics, topped the three kilometer race in the men’s division of seasoned runners in the fun run, the centerpiece event of the morning-long program. Barcarse clocked nine minutes, 33 seconds to easily beat second-placer Azor Manliguez and third-ranked Carlo Bitanga, both of Makati Development Corporation that is under Ayala Land, one of the water company’s main rivals in the quadrennial meet.
Barcarse pocketed P3,000 for his effort while Manliguez and Bitanga, who clocked 10:49 and 10:53, respectively, received P2,000 and P1,000,in that order.
Leila Marie Santos, meanwhile, carried ALI’s banner with aplomb by winning the same race in the women’s division, coming in with a time of 15:34 to edge Bank of the Philippines Islands’ Janina Polaro in a virtual deadheat. Polaro timed just a second behind at 15:35. Another BPI runner, Hazel Quiamba, placed third after clocking 15:46.
Santos also took home P3,000 for her win while Polaro received P2,000 and Quiamba P1,000.
Meanwhile, the family of Nerissa Abes of Globe Telecom took first place in the 1.5 kilometer family/barkada run. Her team that also included husband Jorge and sons Rafael and Javier negotiated the distance in 9:19 as each of them took home P1,000.
They beat the family of Lelord Dega of ALI that came in second and the BPI team of Glenda Abinguna that finished third. Dega’s family that also included wife Anna Maris and children Leann, Alen and Aleanna each earned P500 for the effort while Abinguna’s group that also included fellow BPI employees Jed Rocamora, Wilson Maligalig, Cherry Ann Fernandez and Lani Seculles each received P300.
Joey San Juan of Cottolengo Filipino Inc. topped the one kilometer run for boys with a time of 4:11 to win P1,000. He was followed by second- and third-placing Manila Water entries Johan Lemuel Paragguya and Rainiete Beronio who won P500 and P300, respectively.
Patricia Johanne Pineda of BPI beneficiary Cembo ES, meanwhile, topped the girls’ run in 5:05 to win for herself P1,000. She edged second-finishing Manila Water entry Martha Jara who won P500 and BPI entry Katherine Claire Paragua who earned P300.
All top-three placing participants also received medals courtesy of Globe Telecom.
The 790 entries that took part in the fun run seemed to finish in a jiffy as they swiftly covered the tracks that used to host weekly horse races at the former Santa Ana Race Club, which is now being developed into another high-end shopping center by ALI, specifically Makati Development Corporation.
BPI, with its running club taking extensive part in the event, had the most entries with 258, followed by Globe/Entertainment Gateway Group with 85, Manila Water (82), ALI/Amicassa (69), Ayala Automotive (58), Ayala Coop (53), Makati Development Corporation (52), BPI Globe Bangko (28), PSI/Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (23), Avida Land (22), Ayala Corporation (19), Ayala Foundation-Centex (18), Cottolengo (10), Cottolengo guardians (5), and Live It and Iconic Dealership Inc. (four each).
The participants were later treated to a series of exercises at the Canopy area of the sprawling venue, including piloxing, zumba, and an assortment of other exercises performed to the tune of retro music and pophits, which were provided by Gold’s Gym through three of its instructors, Mary Jane Antonio, Ronald Padul and Alex Yoko Abellero.
QualiMed also gave a first aid demonstration through Dr. Mateo while the Makati Branch of the Philippine Red Cross demonstrated the proper way to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation through one of its accredited CPR instructors, Rio Cuartero.
Also being provided those present was a discussion on nutrition courtesy of The Healthy House. No less than the weight management and nutrition firm’s founder and CEO, Gerard Sison, and its managing director, Victor Silayan, came to discuss and give listeners valuable knowledge on proper nutrition and weight management.
Booths were set up around the Canopy area to enable the organizers’ partners to sell their wares and various food items as well as even showcase samples of new car models as the Ayala Automotive Group brought Volkswagen and Honda units for test drives.
Among these partners were Caritas Manila Inc., BellaVita Land Corporation, Herbalife International Philippines Inc., Amaia Land Corporation, Manila Water, Avida Land Corporation, Hannibal Empowerment Center/Bosom, Golden Duck, Wrapped Up, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Bioessence, Isuzu Alabang, Honda Cars Makati, Iconic Dealership Inc., Gold’s Gym, QualiMed Health Network, Alveo Land Corporation, and BPI Card.
Meanwhile, Gatorade sent 70 cases of its energy drink products that were given away to the runners while Milo also donated 25 cases of its health drink’s sachets.
Prizes were also given away to the winners of an activity called the “balloon drop” and those drawn through an electronic raffle. Leilani Corazon Seculles of BPI won a microwave that came from the “Ayala Beats at 180” prizes while Michael John Panaligan of the Coop won a seven-kilogram washing machine also coming from the same event.
An accommodation for two at the Seda Hotel also went to Dandel Anne Nobio of Amicassa while a personal blender donated by Avida was won by Norman Cayabyab of Ayala Property Management Corporation and a Nikon S2800 camera went to Joey San Juan of Cottolengo. Scores of other prizes also went to more participants.
Other prize donors were BellaVita, Gold’s Gym, Volkswagen, Herbalife, BPI Family Bank, BPI Credit and the Ayala Coop.
Recently-appointed Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan gave the opening remarks to the participants of the event, which served as the launching activity for the Ayala Coop’s 20th anniversary this year as well as to the Jaime Zobel de Ayala Cup’s 2015 season. It also served as a benefit event for the Affordable Private Education Center’s scholarship fund.
Monette Gaela of Ayala Automotive, besides Maranan himself, helped Ayala Coop General Manager Dina Orosa award the winners of the fun run. Ayala Coop Chairman Randy Maranan also came after a trip to take a look at the event, which combined the traditional race with other physical fitness activities to raise health consciousness among Ayala employees.
Fred Abellare, a veteran organizer of the iconic Milo Marathon, served as race director for the fun run, the first of its kind to be held by the Ayala Group since 2012.