Saturday, October 10, 2015

Honda launches Gen S; Unveils All-New Zoomer X

Honda Philippines, the choice of many motorcycle riders in the country unveiled another brand in its scooter series that is especially created for the new breeds of riders that are growing exponentially in the motorcycling community. To date, with the increase of volume of four-wheeled vehicle rolling on major roads of the metro, many daily commuters are becoming motorbike riders, which made transportation very cost efficient. 

Even with the alarming cases of motorcycle accidents that cost the lives of many riders, many are still choosing to take the risk and ride motorbikes. This phenomenon gave way to a lot of suppliers in the motorcycle market which compete with the major players by their drop-down prices and hard to resist financing schemes. Such terms are so attractive, it encourage impulse buying and lure people even from the lower bracket of the society.  

Of course, all cheap commodities come with a costly trade-offs in the long run. And the danger of poor quality workmanship is the unexpected breakdown that may happen while on the road, and that will lead to paying a much bigger price which is our safety. So, being a responsible rider does not only observe road courtesy but a rider with a consciousness of having a motorcycle that is always in tip-top running condition. Riding a motorcycle always has risks involve. But these risks are lessen or become manageable if your ride offers an over-all superb quality workmanship that will give a rider a much easier and safer handling experience.

For over 45 years, Honda Motorcycles never fails to impress motorists with their all-time reliable motor bikes, whether these are the street motorcycles, scooters or even their big bike lines. For many years, they have dominated the public transport cab or tricycles in many parts of South East Asia with their TMX 155cc. An all-around utility and a true work-horse that can haul heavy loads and trek rough terrains in remote places. The only down-side of this is the fuel cost-efficiency because of its torque-displacement ratio. And with the present high cost of fuel, Honda needs to replace the TMX 155 with a much cost efficient model. That is why a couple of years ago, they launched the TMX Supremo 125cc. With this model, Honda was able to address the fuel efficiency problem with a much lesser displacement. However the horse power and torque were almost the same. A smart tweak of engineering only Honda can give. 

Today, the growing population of “scooter” riders are definitely at a constant pace which gives the motorcycle industry a wider market-segment to play around, because this is where the bulk of the business is much profitable. And despite the alarming number of industry players coming from China, Honda still keeps a considerable share of the pie. Because almost everyone who bought a low quality made scooter will sooner or later experience break-down and will eventually end up buying a quality motor bikes like Honda the second time around. China-made scooters are more like an entry level for scooter riders. 

Among the Honda’s Scooter series, they have recently launched another improvement of the first version, the Zoomer X. Part of the Generation S series which include Honda Click 125i and Honda BeAT Fi, The Zoomer X is especially designed to cater the much younger riders of today. It is for the college students or the young single professionals who want to escape the fatigue of the daily commute of going to school or work every day. The Zoomer X offers very easy handling which features Honda’s Smart Technology and ingeniously designed skeletal roll-bars on the side and front that serves as an additional safety buffers. It runs on a 110cc( Fuel Injected) engine, with superb fuel efficiency rate of 56 kilometres per litter on city driving.  

And just like Honda Click 125i and Honda Beat Fi, it also feature the Idling stop System which allows the engine to stop automatically after three seconds of idling that’s adds to its fuel efficiency feature. But when you need to go right away, a smooth turn of the throttle handle will automatically start the engine just as quickly. It also has the Combined Break system that gives a sufficient amount of breaking power for both wheels with one press of the left break lever.  

The all-new Honda Zoomer-X is available in lively Marigold Yellow and trend-setting Mat Crypton Silver Metallic colors for Php93,900. Visit your nearest Honda dealers and have a test drive of the all-new Zoomer X and the rest of the Generation S scooter series.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Veloci Camo collection

 Have you seen the latest VELOCI watches lately? Once I tried it on my wrist, I got the feeling that this watch was specially made for people like me who love outdoor adventures. Whether I’ll spend another week in a remote community in Mindanao, or hitting the trails with my trustee old-schooler mountain bike on a Saturday Morning, work or play, the new Veloci Camo will be the coolest gear I can wear in my trail blazing adventures.

Veloci Camo Color collections: The classic Army-green, Rouge-Red, Cadet-grey and Infantry-blue

 All set for a good running day with Veloci Army-green...

Last year, my wife gave a Veloci Pulse sports watch which I use every time I run. It’s a two-tone blue and black time piece with the basic stop watch functions and features dual time display - analogue hands and digital. It also feature a 100 meter water resistant function which is very reliable when I do some laps in our club house swimming pool.

 My all reliable Veloci-Pulse. Ruth gave me last year...

 Last September 23, 2015, I was invited to attend a very exceptional launching of the newest Veloci Camo Collection. The event was very thematic where everyone was in the Camo attire, or at least a touch of it. Of course, as an adventure enthusiasts, camos and green apparels are part of my wardrobes, and wearing one is so natural for me.

 Gearing up in a semi-military attire...

Most of the guests present were fashion and lifestyle bloggers, which made me think that I was the only sports enthusiasts’ blogger present. It was a very close and intimate event where everyone gathered in a small “war-room” at the 100 miles cafĂ© in BGC. Present also are the Veloci executives and Veloci Brand Ambassadors – Hideo Muraoka and Katriona Grey who also hosted the event.

 Veloci Brand Ambassadors, Hideo Moraoka and Katriona Grey

Ms. Katriona gave a short and warm welcome to everyone and after which, we were grouped accordingly in teams and battled in a friendly competition. The game was a “light” boot-camp” challenge that requires brains and brawns. Of course the game was time pressured that is why everyone got to field test the features of the Camo watches given to us.  Our team didn’t win in the end, but we surely had a wonderful time doing the challenges and of course our new Veloci Camo watches.

 Doing 10 jumping-jacks in the shortest time...

After an hour of Adrenalin rush competition, we proceeded to the highlight of the event where everyone enjoyed a feast of “Boodle-Fight”. It’s a military style banquet where the food is dump on the table with banana leaves with no plates, no spoon and fork, so everyone will just eat with our hands. Now for me, that’s adventure! 

 Boodle-fight...fine dinning version. :)

Monday, October 5, 2015



MANILA, PHILIPPINES -Registrations are now open for The Music Run™ by Philam Life Manila, a truly immersive and rocking 5km fun run that is bringing the beat to the Philippines for the first time. Having toured Asia and entertained over 50,000 participants or Music Runners™ from Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Yangon, The Music Run™ by Philam Life promises to deliver a brand new experience to participants on Saturday 14thNovember at the Philippine Arena.


Set over 5km, The Music Run™ by Philam Life takes Music Runners™through an exciting odyssey of sound with five different Music Zones– Rock, Pop, Old School, Hip Hop and Dance. Concert-quality speakers will line the entire course or “Sound Track”, creating a truly immersive and rocking music experience which ends with live performances from local artists at the Finish Zone Music Festival.

The Music Run™ has partnered with Spotify to build a bespoke digital music selection mechanic that enables crowd sourcing of music providing a true social voice to the event. With the tagline Your music, Your beat™, Music runners™ can stake their claim on the music in rotation by voting for their 5 favourite tracks in each music genre on the website The five most popular tracks from each genre will then be selected to form music zone playlists for the actual run. 

Unlike other marathons and themed running events, The Music Run™ by Philam Life has no time clock which means anyone of any fitness level can join in the fun and complete the run at his or her own pace. It is not about who has the fastest time, but simple who has the most fun. All Music Runners™ will be awarded with a medal at the Finish Line.
Manila is just one of 20 cities in eleven new countries experiencing The Music Run™ for the first time in 2015. The Music Run™ is one of the fastest growing fun running events in the world and the Manila leg of the hugely popular series is expected to draw 10,000 fun seekers, runners and music lovers. Music Runners™ may start signing up via the Ticket World website or at Ticket World outlets from August 27 onwards. A limited number of early registrants also get a special 20% discount.
For more information please visit The Music Run website, Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

Date:     14th November 2015 (Saturday)

Time:     Gates Open at 3PM.
Event Starts at 4PM
Event Ends at 9PM

Venue:    Philippine Arena at Ciudad de Victoria, Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines

Entry:    P700 (Standard Run Pack) Includes Official Event Tee, Drawstring bag, Car decal, TMR temporary tattoo, wrist band, runner’s bib and finisher medal)

P1200 (Rock Star Pack) Includes Official Event Tee, ‘Live the Beat’ Baseball Cap, ‘Live the Beat’ Phone Case, ‘Live the Beat’ Rave Shades, Drawstring bag, Car decal, TMR temporary tattoo, wristband, runner’s bib and finisher medal) 

From 27th August 2015 till tickets are sold out




Official Handles:    #TMRbyPhilamLife #TheMusicRun

About The Music Run™

Launched in 2014 by Fresh Events Global, The Music Run™ is the only 5km fun run that puts music at the heart. For music lovers, casual runners and fun seekers, the bespoke digital music selection mechanic lets fans play DJ and help decide the music they want to listen to across 5km’s with five different beats. The Music Run™ is total music immersion with Music Every Step of the Way™.

The Music Run™ brought the beat to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Yangon in its first year of business, creating moments for 35,000 Music Runners™ and bringing 15 live performances to fans at the events.

In 2015 The Music Run™ will rock the following countries: USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.

About Philam Life

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) is the country’s premier life insurance company. Established on June 21, 1947, Philam Life has earned the trust of customers for its financial strength, strong brand name, and ability to deliver on its promises. 

Philam Life has P226.8 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2014 and has delivered timely pay outs of over P9 billion in education benefits (2004-2014) and over P118 billion in insurance benefits (1950-2014), while serving close to 600,000 individual policyholders and over 1,700,000 insured group members. 

Philam Life understands the real-life needs of its customers and provides the right plans and the right solutions including life protection, health insurance, savings, education, retirement, investment, group and credit life insurance. It also offers bancassurance and fund management products and services through its subsidiaries—BPI Philam Life Assurance Company (BPI-Philam) and Philam Asset Management Inc. (PAMI). 

Philam Life is a member of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. As of August 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate Ann Curtis to Run Half-Marathon for the Children

As a parent like me, it is very heart breaking to see children in their early years of life suffers from under nutrition and its even sadder to see such condition are the reason of the high mortality rate. Many people are unaware that the life of a child starts even before he or she is being born and still being conceived in their mother’s womb. That is why the first 1,000 days in the life of a child is very critical in his/her well-being. 

UNICEF, a non-government organization who advocates for the well-being of children all around the world launched the 1,000 days campaign by series of educational forums that encourage all sectors of the society to support its program. It also initiates lobbying with members of the legislative body both the lower house and the Senate to draft strong government policies to ensure the survival of children in their first 1,000 days. 

A big part of this campaign is a Fun Run Organized by its celebrity advocate Ms. Ann Curtis. The run dubbed as “Heroes for Children Run” is a public awareness initiative and a fundraising campaign that aims to help the poor communities in our country that has high percentage of poor maternal and child nutrition. The run will be held on October 25, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

The run categories cover, 500 meters, 5k, 10k and 21k half-marathon. And speaking of Half-marathons, one highlight of this fun run is the running debut of Ann to run her first half-marathon. Last September 17, 2015, UNICEF hosted a media launch of the “Heroes for Children Run” at the Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. During the event, UNICEF Country representative Lotta Sylwander and Ms. Ann Curtis presented the details of its project and Ann even encourages some of the fitness bloggers present to pace her in her challenging feat. 

For those who are excited to see and pace/run with Ann Curtis, this is your chance to show her your running prowess and just hope she’ll notice you as you run along with her. The online registration is still open at until October 11, 2015. In-store registration will run from September 23, 2015 until October 21, 2015 at the following Chris Sports outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, SM BF Paranaque, Glorietta and Market! Market!


Technical organisers are Leadpack and, the Heroes for Children Run is presented through the support of SM Mall of Asia, PS Bank, Double Dragon Properties Corporation, Enervon, SM Accessories, Belo Essentials, Cherry mobile, Jack ‘n Jill, Toy Kingdom, SM Cares, Philippines Star, Nyxsys Philippines Inc., Chris Sports and Discovery Suites.

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SynRUNize your adventure…

For the past five years, the running phenomenon that has grown exponentially brought many people to engage in a thriving health and fitness lifestyle thanks to the many running events that happen almost every week not just here in Metro Manila but also in other major cities all over the country. With the growing running population, many organizers have raised the norm by giving runners extra challenges and twists in the usual fun run events. 

A few years ago, I had the opportunity of joining adventure trail running events with obstacles along the routes. They were 21k distances with add-on challenges that we needed to hurdle along the way. A 21k distance can be very challenging as it is, but with various physical obstacles added to the route, it could become a gruesome battle of physical limitations. This type of races simply separates the men from the boys, which is why many newbies do not dare to try.  

It's a good thing that the Guerrilla Race organizing group made another version of this adventure run in a much shorter distance. Last week, I encouraged my wife, a newly converted runner to join me at SyncRUNize, which was held at the new ARCA South by Ayala Land Inc., a fun run event for the benefit of HERO Foundation Inc. It was a 5 kilometer distance obstacle race located at the old FTI Complex. This “fun run” adventure race featured a mobile app that measures your performance as you go through the obstacles that comprises not just physical challenges but tests of wit as well.

Since it was Ruth’s first time to experience this kind of race, I decided not to be competitive and just enjoy running the course alongside her. The participants were dispatched in waves and we were among the first batch that took off. The first obstacle was math problems solving and, since both of us are not fond of math, it took us a while to figure out the solutions. 

The first few obstacles were very easy for my wife but she met her match when we got to the monkey bars. She made several tries but failed to go all the way, so she decided to just skip the challenge and accept the 5 minute delay penalty. As we went through the obstacles, things even got harder but I’m so proud of her because she pushed herself to her limits. I’m really glad I was there with her to set the pace and make the challenges a little easier for her to conquer. 

The last two obstacles involved some military boot camp drills that were manned by Philippine Army soldiers, which added more pressure to the course and made us feel as real Army recruits. 

The final obstacle was a vertical wall climb with almost no footholds to step on. Thus, one needs to get help from other participants to get over it. However, Ruth was exhausted by then and didn't want to make the effort anymore. She once more took another 5 minute delay penalty before we finally proceeded to the finish line.

But wait, there's more...

Just when we are about to cross the finish line, four gladiators barricaded the path and played a short "patintero" with us for the last time. 

For me, SyncRUNize was a good adventure race for first timers. The experience will help them prepare for more serious adventure challenges in the future. As to Ruth, it was a very new and yet very challenging experience, but I’m quite sure she had fun doing it.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Red Kitchen + Bar: If you love food and Good Music

My love for Jazz music came from different influences of my family who are equally musically inclined. Even when I was in high school, my choices of music were way off from the usual fads that were popular among my peers. While many of my friends were gone gaga in new wave music, I chose to listen to the music of Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, David Benoit and Antonio Carlos Jobim. I remember when I used to watch Jazz concerts such as Philip Morris Superband, Chick Korea and Bobby Enriquez at the Rizal Theatre in Makati just by myself, my friends found it a little weird but I enjoyed it every single time. 

RED Kitchen + Bar is Located at River Park, Filinvest Festival Mall

That is why during my college days, my usual hang outs with my like-minded college friends and which I truly miss, were the Jazz Bars. Gone are these places where they played Jazz music in original vinyl records and sometimes live jazz music from very few popular jazz bands that were around that time. Unfortunately, many of these really good jazz musicians have grown older and settled to retire from doing gigs and little by little replaced by younger musicians who were not as good as their predecessors. 

 The second floor holds the bar and karaoke sessions...
And speaking of music enthusiasts, there these two people I met recently, who likewise miss the good old eighties days and decided to bring back the nostalgia of the 80’s jazz joints in the Alabang area. Me and my wife were invited to visit the place and checked out all the good stuff that this newest hub in the south can offer. 

The Owners, Mr. Martin Suarez and Mr. Ruffy Biazon

We were very fortunate to meet the owners of RED Kitchen +Bar, Mr. Ruffy Biazon and Mr. Martin Suarez. Yup, you heard it right, Ruffy Biazon the former congressman and former commissioner of Bureau of Customs is venturing into the food industry together with his high school buddy, Martin Suarez. The two owners were good friends’ way back in their Malate Catholic School days. These two high school buddies shared a lot of interests and two of which are food and good music. In fact, these two had their own shares of music gigs back in the 90’s where they used to spin disks at some popular jazz bars which I frequently visited. After decades in the corporate worlds and Politics, these two decided to put their passions together and came up with the RED Kitchen +Bar

 Pasta Bolognese (P325)

 Steak Carbonara (P345)

RED Kitchen + Bar is unique in this part of Alabang where people can just relax, enjoy good food and reminisce the good old 80s days. The restaurant has live band performing jazz fusion music every night and at the upper room, holds the karaoke night sessions, where one can sing-along with your favorite 80s and Jazz songs all night. 

The Comedy Cartel

Ruther Urquia and Lolo the marriage councilor...

The RED kitchen serves the typical resto favorites like pasta, cocktail picka-a-pickas and Chorasco, a Brazilian barbeque in metal skewers served smoking hot. Once a month, the upper room also holds a stand-up comedy session with the Comedy Cartel. We were fortunate to watch these group of stand-up comedians performed with their hilarious antiques. Ruther Urquia, One comedian even brought a puppet that personified a very funny character.  

The Chorasco. Grilled shrimp, pork, chicken and beef on metal skewers...

The RED Kitchen + Bar is located at the far end of the newly opened River Park area of Filinvest Festivall Mall. The restaurant is open seven days a week with open mike every Friday nights. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Philippines Jiu-Jitsu culminates National Championship at SM Sucat

Okay, so this is what Jiu-Jitsu looks like. For the longest time, my idea of Jiu-Jitsu is a generic term to any Japanese Martial Arts, may it be Karate, Aikido or Judo. I’ve been hearing this type of martial arts before but this is the very first time I witnessed a real competition and I found out that it wasn’t even Japanese of decent but Brazillian

However the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ should not be construed with Capoeira because these are two different kinds of martial arts. BJJ focuses on the grappling and pinning an opponent down to submission by strategic hugging, head-locking limb twisting, etc. It is more like Judo without the throwing, while Capoeira is like a rhythmic dance with kicking and much better performed with Samba Music on the side.  

Last week, the Philippines Jiu-Jitsu Association held their National Championship at SM Sucat Paranaque City. The championship was battled over by various teams coming from both local and international Jiu-Jitsu federations. I’m so glad I was able to witness real Jiu-Jitsu battle between different competitors. They even have female fighters who competed just as fierce as the men. This contact sport is beginning to intrigue me and I’m hoping to see more of these in the future. 

The following are the official results of the recently concluded Philippines Jiu-Jitsu National Championship:


TEAM FABRICIO dominated the two-day Philippine Jiu-Jitsu Gi/ No Gi National Championships held at the SM Sucat Event center over the weekend with a total haul of 60 medals including 22 Gold, 18 Silver and 20 Bronze Medals.Team Deftac Ribeiro came in second place in the medal standings with 12 gold medals, 18 silver and 13 bronze while Ronin BJJ won 12 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals for a third place finish.

Over 200 competitors from Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Australia, the United States and the Philippines competed in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi and No Gi divisions, as well as juniors and Children’s categories.The tournament is recognized by the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation and is locally organized by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation of the Philippines (BJJFP) in partnership with SM Sucat. It is considered a precursor to the biggest gathering of JiuJitsu enthusiasts in the country which will be held in May at the SM Mall of Asia.

 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It was developed to allow a smaller, weaker person to protect him or herself from a larger, stronger opponent by using proper technique and leverage. Tournament organizer Stephen Kamphuis says he considers the Philippines as the “strongest nation in jiu-jitsu in Southeast Asia,” and that Filipino fighters have the potential to compete against the world’s best.

 “The growth of BJJ is here is amazing,” said Kamphuis, who also served as a referee during the two day event. “We are the biggest practitioner of the sport now in Asia, after Japan and Australia in the Pacific, adds the New Zealand native. Kamphuis, who owns the popular KMA Martial Arts and Fitness Gym in Makati, credits the sport’s friendly atmosphere saying “BJJ can be practiced by all players of all ages, men and women.”


Leading the gold medal winners in the women’s white belt division was actress Mara Yokohama of Team Atos’ (under-53.5kg), Origin BJJ’s Paui Pena (u-58.5kg) and Team Fabricio’s Vanessa Lu (Over 58.5kg) who also won the gold in the women’s absolute class. Another celebrity who participated in the event was actor Rocco Nacino, who came up short in his first bout as a blue belt.In the master’s white belt 2 class the gold medalists were Ethelbert Chang (U-76kg) and Froilin Basco (O-82.3kg).

In men’s white belt division, the gold medal winners were Isaiah Paolo Salazar (U-64kg), Daniel Uychoco (U-70kg), Wilander Ordinado (U-76kg), Chuck Harold Luya (U-82.3kg), Monch Santiago (U-88.3kg), John Paulo Rolluqui (U-94.3kg) and Peter Witley (Over-100.5kg) who also bagged the gold medal in the men’s white absolute division.

The gold medal winners in the mens’s purple belt division were Gian Dee (u-64kg), 
Shawn Weisenburgh (u-76kg), Gerard Gallos (u-82.3kg) and Chang-hoon Suk (over-94.3kg).
Meanwhile, Fitness Fight Club dominated the purple absolute division. Bagging gold in men’s brown belt division were Ken Noda (u-79kg) and Myengse Hwang (over-79kg) who also won the men’s brown absolute class.

 In the children’s white belt-gi division, Gabriel Lorenzo Alava (u-30kg), Lucas Aguilar (u-35kg), Joshua Benjamin Dy (u-45kg) and Nicolas Gabriel Ceriola (u-55kg) emerged as gold medalists. Antonio Louix Ceriola won the gold in the children’s over 60kg event.


The gold medal winners in the junior white belt-gi divisions were Christian Mortil (u-58.5kg), Ef Sevilla (u-62kg) and Vince Leon Gatan (u-67kg). Dara Jorquia won the gold in the u-51.5 kg, while Vanessa Lu of Team Fabricio won the gold for over 56.5 kg and basic absolute. In the Mens Basic the gold medalists were Nelson Mendoza Jr. (u-55.5kg) Ariel Rosario (u-61.5) Jowar Agao (u-67.5) Archel Gaboleo (u-73.5kg) Joshua Chino Cua (u-91.5kg) JC Lopez (u-97.5). JC Lopez also won the gold for men’s basic absolute.

In the men’s advanced Shawn Weisenburgh won the under 91.5Kg while Ken Noda won the under 79.9kg men’s elite. Myengse Hwang of Machado-Korea got the gold for men’s over 79.9kg

Know more about the art of jiu jitsu and keep tabs on the exciting combat by following SM City Sucat on Instagram and Twitter (@smcity_sucat), and on Facebook (SMCitySucat).


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