Most were left intrigued when Brandon Vera, mixed martial arts superstar spoke Tagalog at NBA Café last September 3 during the announcement of his participation in ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY to be held this Dec. 5 at SM Arena.

It is not an uncommon fact that there are some Filipinos who would change their accent the moment they land in the US, even for a short holiday. One then wonders why Brandon Michael Vera, a US citizen would imprint the alibata, which no one even remembers from their Alaring Panlipunan days on his back for all the world to see.

He fought for 8 years in another organization and one would be surprised that he was wearing the Philippine flag or its logo boldly on his shorts most of the time. Brandon was left by his Italian-American mother at age 3. One would wonder why a mother would leave albeit a handsome child who would turn out to be 6’2” with the angst to conquer the MMA world.

Eventually he was raised by a Filipina step-mom and a Filipina grandma who would eventually teach him and his siblings to eat with his hands (kamayan).  He is an expert at it and that showed when Mark Zambrano of GMA-7 had a one-on-one interview with him at Kamayan restaurant last October.  Who among us even bothers to eat without utensils? Is it not that we have this ardent desire to depart from what our culture has inculcated on us?

Then here comes Brandon with all the privileges of an American citizen, born and raised in the land of milk and honey and he attempts to have a dual citizenship.  Isn’t this ironic?

Perhaps he was abandoned by his other at age three, perhaps it is his need to put down roots to what he wants to call home, perhaps he just wants to come home this December 5 as he fights Ukrainian Igor Subora at ONE FC: Warrior’s Way. Whatever it is, let us welcome him home, as he has done so much more than most Filipinos who were born and raised here who have not embraced their culture and heritage as much as this man who wears tsinelas has.

Welcome home Brandon. See you on Dec. 5

BGC Cycle Philippines Celebrated Philippine National Bike Day Last November 22-23

Press Release:

This year’s edition of the BGC CycleAsia Philippines catered to cyclists of all ages and abilities with The Tricycle Ride, The Kids’ Ride, The Junior Challenge, The Community Ride (20km), The Challenge (40km) and the Ride with Robbie (40km); all held in support of the Philippines National Bicycle Day celebration held for the first time last November 23, 2014.

Bicycling is not only good for the environment but it is also a solution to our current transportation woes. It is an efficient and fun way to get around, avoid getting stuck in traffic while getting the exercise you need to stay healthy without having to make the extra time to work out.

Prior to the ride events, the entire family was kept entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo at the Mind Museum last November 21 to 22. Participants get to receive a free whole day access pass while their companions get to avail of the pass at a discounted price.

The fun cycling action started in the afternoon of November 22 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge ride and followed by The Kids’ Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. Last Sunday, November 23, the Adult Ride categories which coincided with the celebration of the Philippine National Bike Day. The event was kicked off by the Ride with Robbie with Australian cyclist and 3-time Tour de France Green Jersey Sprinters’ Classification winner Robbie McEwen and followed by the 40Km Challenge Ride and the 20Km Community and Foldies Community Rides.

“This year the ride is extra special because Robbie is going to take out with him in the lead pack the Philippine National Cycling Team led by National Team Coach Chris Allison, our KONA IRONMAN finishers and our participants and finishers from the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon World Championship in Maui,” revealed Sunrise Events Inc. President Sir Wilfred Steven Uytengsu.

The BGC CycleAsia Philippines is being held in partnership with Sunrise Events Inc. and Bonifacio Global City and is part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events being held across Asia.

“The growth of BGC Cycle Asia Philippines has been tremendous to see and now with its partnership alongside the Philippine National Bicycle Day, it’s a testament to just how popular the sport has become in the Philippines. This event is a real highlight on the CycleAsia calendar and I wish all the cyclists a great weekend of riding,” said Chris Robb, CEO of Spectrum Worldwide, the owners of CycleAsia.

With Bonifacio Global City as the title sponsor, Garoade and Manila Water as hydration partners, Mind Museum as Expo Venue and other sponsors including 2Go, Devant, F2P, Garmin, Lexus, NxLed, Pioneer Insurance, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes and Skippy’s. Philippine Star is the event’s media partner.

For more information, check the BGC CycleAsia Philippines official site, http://www.cyclephilippines.com.ph

Photo credits: https://www.facebook.com/BGC.Cycle.Philippines

Filipina boxers turned MMA fighters Ana Julaton and Jujeath Nagaowa are both set to show their wares on December at SM Arena

ONE FC’s May event in Manila earlier this year was a successful endeavour, as both former professional boxers Jujeath Nagaowa and Ana Julaton earned victories and solidified their standing as leading belles of women’s MMA in the Philippines.

At ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY on December 5, they aim to put on a repeat performance. Both women will once again be in action on the same night. Nagaowa is set to face Cambodia’s Tharoth Sam while Julaton has a stern test in front of her against Egypt’s Walaa Abbas.

The ONE FC female mixed martial arts scene continues to thrive, especially with the addition of the two former boxers. Julaton previously won both the WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight titles in boxing.

Julaton then decided to try her hand in mixed martial arts and immediately fell in love with the sport. She has now enlisted the help of prominent wrestling coach Ricky Lundell to improve her grappling and is eager to showcase her newfound skills in her next fight.

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Julaton is now set to fight in Manila for the second time, and will look to have her hand raised in victory once again in front of her fans in the Philippines.

“Ana is so proud to be Filipina and has been working so hard to make all her supporters and Kababayans proud of her. With Coach Ricky Lundell teaching her ground game you can expect a new and improved Ana Julaton,” her boxing coach, Angelo Reyes, says.

Nagaowa, on the other hand, is a true rags-to-riches story.

She came through the ranks in the Philippine boxing scene before winning the WBO Asia title, competing in several bouts in Korea and Japan. The native of Baguio City has ferocious punching power and is rounding out her game, training with some of the top gyms in the country.

It may be a matter of time before a ONE FC World Championship belt is introduced for the women’s division, but both Julaton and Nagaowa can stake a claim for a title opportunity with victories at ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY.

Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY on 5 December in Manila are on sale now at SM Tickets (http://www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220. Prices include ticketing fee. Pre-sale packages are currently available.

After one year of stay at one of the biggest fitness clubs in the country, I decided to bring my fitness journey to another level. That’s why when I got the chance to try crossfit in Mad Minute Makati, I immediately said yes! I signed up for their Crossfit 101, a special class for crossfit beginners. The class is composed of 9 sessions, which will last for almost a month and is held every Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

The Crossfit Mad Minute Makati, located at Unit G 7433 Yakal Street, Makati City, Philippines 1203

I’m already on my third and final week now and so far, I’ve been enjoying all the workouts we’ve had. The classes here are very different from the usual group classes and exercises that we know from the popular fitness clubs. While we all love to do body combat, body jam, rpm classes, etc., the crossfit 101 classes is very different in so many ways. Here’s why:

It’s a learning class. Before every session, there is a short discussion of what to do, how to do it and why we need to do it. The coaches of Crossfit Mad Minute are all Certified Crossfit Trainers and really teach very well. They will explain, demonstrate and teach you how to execute the work out without getting yourself injured. They will also correct your posture and teach you techniques to make the work out easier and suitable for you.

Coaches are always ready to help and assist the members in their workouts.

There’s a friendly competition. After the short lecture and demo, participants will have to accomplish the Workout of the Day (WOD). WOD’s are usually a series of workouts and is timed. While they always remind you not to compete with others and just focus on yourself, I think it’s a human nature to be competitive. When you see other people finishing fast, you tend to speed up your movement. When you see someone pushing hard to finish the work out and you almost want to quit, you will also push your self more. It could be competition or maybe, inspiration. Whatever it is that pushes you to finish the work out, it’s all good, I think.

Are you ready for a Tire Flip workout? :)

The motivation. The coaches and the other members of the crossfit box are very supportive to the newbies. They will cheer for you and motivate you to finish the work out when they see that you’re getting tired and almost giving up. “Go Cj! Good job Cj! Nice work Cj!”All those encouraging words can really help you finish your last 10 burpees after 3 sets of a heavy work out. Haha.

Walang Arte. I think the main peg of Crossfit gyms today is to just work out hard and get results and nothing else. It teaches you to focus on what you really want, what your fitness goals are and why are you working out.

So, if you think crossfit is for you, you might want to try their free trial every first and last Saturdays of the month. You may visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CrossFitMadMinute  for more details.

And also, if you want to join the new batch of Crossfit 101 for December, here are the details:

Unilab Active Health will be holding the Run United HP Recovery Run, in partnership with Enervon HP recovery drink, a unique, non-competitive running event exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers that aim to consistently exceed themselves. Only 2014 Run United finishers will be allowed to participate in the event. All activities from gun start to finish aims to educate the running community on how proper recovery practices during and after an intense workout plays a vital role in enhancing race performances.

The participants of the 5km and 10km recovery run categories will be led by guest pacers such as top coach, Coach Ani De Leon Brown, and National Team Athletes like Claire Adorna and John Chicano in guiding them on the best recovery pace for a run. The 5km recovery run category will have 8, 9, and 10 minute per kilometer recovery paces while the 10km recovery run category will have 8, 9, 10 and 11 minute per kilometer recovery run paces. The 21km category is intended for participants who wish to do an easy, long distance run to cap off a full season of long distance running for the year but still want to learn more from expert guests about proper recovery after the race.

Run United HP Recovery Run Race Details:
Date: December 14, 2014
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Events: 5K/10K/21K

Run United HP Recovery Registration Schedule:

Registration Type Start & End Date Venue Kit Distribution Additional Fees
Online Registration Nov 10 – 30 (12nn) http://www.runrio.com Race bib with D-tag will be delivered Plus P150 delivery & processing & P50 web admin fees
In-Store Registration Nov 17 – 30 Selected stores Runners will receive their race bib with D-tag at the store None for runner participants

Run United HP Recovery Prepaid Card Selling Venues:
In-store purchase of the prepaid cards will be available at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting November 17, 2014.
*RUNNR Store BGC – B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
*Toby’s Galleria – 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
*Toby’s SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
*Toby’s MOA – SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

Run United HP Recovery Registration Fee:
5K Recovery Run – P750
10K Recovery Run – P850
21K Easy Long Run – P950
Inclusions: Race Bib & Tag (Pre race) HP Tech Shirt, Recovery Drink, Recovery Village Pass (Post Race)

Run United HP Recovery Gun Start Times:
5K Recovery Run – 5:40am
10K Recovery Run – 5:30am
21K Easy Long Run – 4:30am

Run United HP Recovery Reminders

  • Exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers.
  • Limited slots only. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before November 30, 2014.
  • Participants are encouraged to wear any of their 2014 RU singlet/finisher shirt, no singlet will be provided.
  • Runner participants who register at the stores will receive their race bib with D-tag upon purchase.  A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
  • Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card.  The race bib with d-tag will be delivered on or before December 7, 2014.
  • Finishers’ shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
  • All finishers will receive a limited edition HP Recovery Tech Shirt.
  • D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
  • No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.

After crossing the finish line, all participants gain access to the 1st Enervon HP Recovery Village where all activities have been developed with Sports Science experts from the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments. The village will be divided into key zones: physical recovery, sports nutrition recovery, and mental recovery. Some of the activities will feature hot and cold treatment, flexibility exercises, self myofascial release, and periodization counseling.

Participants will also get a chance to enjoy a cold glass of Enervon HP Recovery drink. Enervon HP Recovery is formulated with the ideal 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio that can help repair worn-out muscles and restore lost energy with carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins, and essential minerals. Enervon HP Recovery is best taken within 45 minutes after a workout for best nutrient absorption.

Rudy Project brings you its much anticipated Annual Holiday Sale! Right in time for your Christmas Shopping run, get your hands on the latest in Technically Cool gear with ridiculously low prices and jaw dropping deals! Mark your calendars for this huge sports blow out happening on November 16 to 21 at the Tektite Tower, Ortigas Center.

A few Holiday Treats you can look forward to are: Free Special Edition items; Additional 5% off for BDO Credit Card holders; Free Gift Wrapping; Buy 1 Take 1 deals on Rudy Project Rydon Eye Wear; Free Donuts from November 17 to 21; 40% off on all ORCA items; Special Promos on Rudy Projects Helmets and Bags; Buy 2 Get 1 offers on EFX bracelets; and a 20/20 Promo on Rudy Project Eyewear!

Enjoy Huge Discounts and get Big Savings in the best Holiday Sale in sports gear from a brand trusted by both athletes and sports enthusiasts. It’ll be a very Merry Christmas, indeed!

Rudy Project Technically Cool, for more information check out their website www.rudyproject.com.ph

Earlier this month I received an early Christmas gift: the Jaybird Bluebuds X, a bluetooth-streaming wireless earphone. It came in a very neat and elegant box, complete with accessories and a protective case.

I got very excited with the earphones so I used it as soon as I got the chance, I downloaded the most recent episode of my favorite TV show on my phone. To kill time at the commute, I started watching using the Jaybird Bluebuds X.

Since jaybird is a bluetooth-streaming device, I just had to turn on my phone’s bluetooth to search and connect with the device. It’s very user-friendly. You don’t need to be a tech geek to know how to get your around using this cool bluetooth earphone.

You know what else is cool? It’s let’s you know your device is already connected through a voice message. I heard a voice that said “headphone’s connected.” Pretty neat.

As soon as my phone is connected with the Jaybird Bluebuds X, I immediately watched Survivor. The earphones are so good my experience watching is almost realistic. The sound quality is very good. The sounds are crisp and very clear. For a moment, I thought I was actually in the island with the castaways. That’s how good the sound is.

For me, the audio quality is a 10.

“Bluebuds X rewrites the rules of bluetooth audio, delivering outstanding performance that rivals the very best in mainstream wired headphones”

Jaybird Bluebuds X boasts of high quality audio performance. It’s also very durable you can use it even in physical activities. This is great for working out because it’s sweat-proof. You don’t need to worry about sweating a lot while listening to music during exercise. It also has a very secure fit. This means it won’t fall off even when your running or completing strenuous workouts in the gym.

Running regularly is a vital part of training for races, which I do a lot. Let’s face it, jogging can be really boring especially when you’re alone. And even if you have a running buddy, you can’t really talk because it takes way more effort. The solution: music. But many of the earphones I’ve had are flimsy and slip off the ears easily, especially when I start to sweat a lot. Jaybird earphones are an entirely different story. These in-ear cans fit snugly and because they’re wireless, I don’t have to deal with tangled wires (which can get really annoying).

I recently put it to the test when I joined the Rexona Run to Your Beat event last week. There was an “earphone zone” on the race route. The Jaybird Bluebuds X really served me well. It managed to stay on my ear–it fit snugly–during the entire race. It was still there when I crossed the finish line.

Photo from PCMag

Jaybird Bluebuds X comes with a protective case, three pairs of eartips in small, medium and large sizes, and three removable and flexible ear support pieces, cord fasteners and usb charging cable. The left earpiece has a pop-off cover where you can find the micro-usb connection. It can last for 8 hours of music and calls

This is so far the most fitness/work out friendly earphone I’ve tried. No doubt because they are the official training headhones of the US Triathlon team. So if you’re thinking of a nice gift to your athletic/fitness buff friends who loves their music, Jaybird Bluebuds X is an awesome gift this Christmas.

Jaybird Bluebuds X is available at the following stores: Beyond the Box, Digital Walker, Digital Hub, Power Hub, iStudio, ROX, Runnr, 777 Bike Hub, Allterra, Listening Room, Techsavvy, Technoholics and Technoodling. For more information you may visit http://www.jaybirdsport.com.