Another Act of Random Kindness (Run for Japan)

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  ~Dalai Lama

Run for Japan Banner

A few weeks ago, I received a message from a friend:

Hi Argo. I guess you’ve heard about the event that we are organizing entitled “Run for Japan”. Most of our manpower and suppliers will be sourced out through sponsors and volunteers. Our target is to generate P50,000-100,000, which will be donated to the Japan Red Cross.

So what does this have to do with you anyway? I am knocking in your kind heart for your time and support. I’ve witnessed your hosting stint on three different occasions. Runfest, Run Feast Post Run Party and the Christmas Party 2010. All I can say is “ikaw na”! Hehehe! Ang galing mo. I wish I have a talent and PR like yours.

Anyway, event date is on April 17, 2011 – 3rd Sunday. Venue will be at BGC- The Fort.

Please, please, please…We need your help…Thanks in advance…God bless! 🙂

<pumayag ka na please. mahirap mag-english…hehehe! >

Me, Angel, PY and TJ (photo by Jeff Avellanosa)

I thought she was joking after sending me this mail, I asked a few questions and eventually agreed to her after. The event is for a good cause and I will be a part of it! Right from the start I never had any doubts that I will not be able to handle this event properly, I was confident (yabang na no?!) for I have already done this a couple of times, although this time, it would be a bigger crowd…

Hah! I totally have no idea what was going on behind me! (photo by Mark Leonard Manalo)

The event started with an awkward moment.  Technical difficulties hinder us from giving a healthy opening but good thing we eventually go with the flow  I saw a couple of friends during our stint and somewhat hearing their side comments.

“Argo kinareer mo na lahat!”

“Level up ka na! ”

“Ikaw na!”

I could almost respond on their chants but I need to be focused! Haha! The festive air was already there. there were cosplayers, sumo wrestlers, samurais, runners, plus the anime’ music way back in my intermediate days.  Dragon BallZ, Bioman, Shaider, VoltesV. T’was awesome!

With the Supporters of this Event (photo by: Glo Arbatin)

It was a non-stop talk, except the portion where we need to transfer from the Stage in the starting area to the stage in the activity area.  Thank the sponsors, acknowledge the runners, plug the upcoming race…adlib… adlib… Thank the sponsors, acknowledge the runners, plug the upcoming race… adlib… adlib…  It was like that until the awarding.

I was dead hungry after the event, but it was all worth it! We had fun and we were able to help.  I am glad that I became a part of it.

Thank you Greentenial Team for the opportunity!

Featured Thoughts: When Quitting is a Good Thing

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time… – Chinese Proverbs

I give up, but Ill have you for breakfast tomorrow!

 A quitter never wins and a winner never quits!  True in every sense and that’s everyone says… The word quit should never exist in our vocabulary.  On second thought, does it really have to be that way?  Should we really push ourselves to our limits until we fall from weariness? 

In my honest opinion, NO!

I bet that this requires an honest-to-goodness evaluation of a runner. Am I pushing my self too hard? Do I really have that Simply-Wilnar-esque ability?  We continue hammering away and pushing ourselves to the limit until we realize that that we are only Feeling-Wilnar.  We have just injured ourselves!

Simply Wilnar in his early days in running turned champion in 1st BDM 160K Ultrmarathon

So what is my point?  Quiting can still be an option.  All we need to know is WHEN! When would be the time quiting is still good?

Anyway, there’s still tomorrow another day to prove again what you can.

Disclaimer: This is just one of my senseless thoughts and I am just thinking outloud. hehe! 

I Circumnavigate Mayon

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – from someone


Event Banner from


What can i say about Mayon 360 experience?

Glad that I was still able to have a quick peek of Cagsawa Ruins again.




Magayon Festival

I would bet that it’s not only me who would comment about this but others as well who took part on this event may it be a runner, an organizer, supporter or a bystander. The whole route may have been driving me up the wall a dozen times but i totally enjoyed the event 100%. We had an effective organizer, and supporters who will never leave you behind. People at the aidstations were all happy to see us asking if we were okay and providing us what we need (Okay, the water is sometimes not cold enough, but who cares!). i never had doubt the moment our group arrived. Magayon Festival, (An extreme discovery of Albay’s rich history and cultural heritage.) gave us a wonderful experience! I got total satisfaction!

All Smile's were brought to us the the Bicolanos!

About the route?


Hypermarvin's ultramarathon debut is the best!


Yes, that’s the word! It was hard and terrible, gruesome and hills, hiiiillls and hiiiiiiillllls! There were lots of it that and never ran out as we try covering it’s circumference. My attack on the race may have been incorrect for I did a positive split right from the start; yet, i never regret it; I will get tired anyway soon, haha! Good thing about it was that, I never had cramps or chaffing or any big injury except that I got tired which will eventually occured to all of us who joined.

At least I took one photo on this event! Congratulations Everyone!

I finished the race in 11 hour and 10 min.  24th among the 69 runners who joined. Did I mention I had a good massage after the race? Wow! That is totally unexpected.

Will I be doing it again? Yes! if chance permits.

Photo by Estan Cabigas


Yves Yu, JP Lee, Oriel Madela, Governor Joey Salceda, Bald Runner,  JCI Legaspi and the people of Albay, Thank you for the wonderful experience!

Noel Dizon, our host who gave us a warm place to sleep, Thank you!

Team CB, nice seeing you again on the race.   Maridol, sole support, thanks again! No need to worry about me! hehe!

Group Hug. from Ubaniv Nekros FB Page