World no. 1 tennis legend Serena Williams to headline Philippine Mavericks in IPTL 2015

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The country’s most powerful broadband PLDT HOME Fibr is set to bring in the world’s top tennis players for season two of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) once again.

Commencing on December 2 in Kobe, Japan, the IPTL’s three-day Manila-leg will be played from December 6-8 at the Mall of Asia Arena as part of a five-nation tour. Scheduled stops at New Delhi, Dubai, and Singapore will follow.

Headlining this year’s crop of tennis superstars for the newly-branded Philippine Mavericks team is none other than the current number one Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) pro, Serena Williams.

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KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point against Simona Halep of Romania in their semi final match during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Known as ‘Meka’ and ‘Momma Smash’, Williams has won the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined for active players, male or female. Her assault on the four major tennis competitions, also known as the Grand Slam—the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, played in that order—has elevated Williams to such lofty status that winning four of those tournaments in a row is now referred to as a “Serena Slam”.

She has achieved this twice in her career: once between 2002 and 2003, and recently with her win at the 2014 US Open and through the first three Grand Slams of 2015. Williams holds a total of 34 Grand Slam titles, putting her seventh on the record books.

Only the fourth player in WTA history to reach 250 weeks as the world’s top seed, Williams recently surpassed Chris Evert, who was ranked number one by a total of 260 weeks, by an additional week. The only players ahead of Williams are the retired greats Martina Navratilova (332 weeks) and Steffi Graf (377 weeks). Since Williams still actively competes and shows no signs of slowing down, it is likely that she will soon hold the all-time record.

A powerful server, Williams was once clocked at a peak serve of 128.6 mph (207.0 km/h), the third fastest in history, putting her behind her sister Venus (at 129 mph) and Sabine Lisicki (131 mph).

Accompanying Williams on the Philippine squad are Mixed Doubles Grand Slam titleholder Richard Gasquet, Wimbledon Championships WTA titleholder Lisicki, 2013 Australian Open Mixed Doubles titleholder Jarmila Gajdosova, the youngest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) top 100 Borna Coric, ATP World Tour Doubles titleholder and Pinoy pride Treat Huey, and World No. 8 in men’s singles and Mavericks Team captain Mark Philippoussis.

The IPTL format will be similar to 2014, where world-class tennis pros will be grouped to represent teams from India, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Japan as an added fifth team in 2015.

“With its expanded lineup, season two of IPTL is definitely going to be bigger and more extraordinary,” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali said. “The competition features more than 30 international tennis superstars, and with legend Serena Williams serving up our very own Philippine Mavericks, PLDT HOME Fibr is very excited to bring this level of premier entertainment to our Filipino sports fans.”

As a treat to customers, all PLDT HOME Fibr subscribers are entitled to a 20 percent discount for their tickets to the IPTL Philippine leg. They also get a chance to win VIP tickets complete with a red carpet treatment—two-way rides via the luxury car service Uber Black so that they can arrive at MOA Arena and go home in style.

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Filipino riders geared up for thrilling bike action around the roads in Metro Manila last Nov. 21 to 22 for the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines. Close to 2,000 cycling enthusiasts joined the event which featured exciting and challenging categories for children, adults and families.

The event, in its third edition this year, is a part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities.  It was brought here in the country by organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Cycle Asia and Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

“We are excited to continue an active year of sports for Sunrise Events, Inc. with our team-up with BGC and our international partner, Cycle Asia, the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines made it possible for Filipino families to participate in sports activities as exercise to promote their health and ensure a wholesome lifestyle,” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, CEO of Sunrise Events Inc.

Prior to the ride events, the entire family were entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, the Official Residence of the BGC CycleAsia Philippines for 2016.
The fun cycling action started in the morning of Saturday, November 21 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge ride and followed by The Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. This day proved to be a fun bonding activity for parents and kids complete with post-event ride activities such as the bull ride and kiddie inflatables.

On Sunday, November 22, were the Adult Ride categories. The event was kicked-off by the Ride with Robbie with Australian former PRO cyclist and three-time Tour de France green jersey sprinter’s classification winner Robbie McEwen. It was followed by the 40km Challenge Ride and the 20km Community and Foldies Community Rides.

According to Mr. Manuel Blas II, Head of Commercial Operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., “The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro. This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city. Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program which will be launched in the near future.”

With Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as the title sponsor,and with the valuable support of Taguig City, BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted a number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner), 2Go Express, (Official Courier and Logistics Partner), Ascott Bonifacio Global City (Official Residence) and others including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife,, Skippy’s bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix. Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+ Action are the event’s media partners while Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners.

For more information, check out the BGC CycleAsia Philippines official website,

Tri United series winners Augusto Benedicto learned how to bike as a delivery boy, and Lezette Albarote learned how to swim at 35.
Be inspired with tips from these champions.

It was a scorching hot day when triathletes Augusto Benedicto and Lezette Albarote crossed the finish line in the recent Tri United 3 race. After hours of swimming, biking and running from Subic to Pampanga, the two were declared male and female champions in the Long Distance category.

These two hardworking athletes continuously exceed themselves, and what is more admirable is that both come from humble beginnings: August started biking as an ice-delivery boy in Tarlac, while Lezette didn’t even know how to swim till she was 35!

These triathlon inspirations finished strong in the recent Tri United 3 race held Oct. 25. It is the third leg of the Tri United triathlon series organized by Active Health which aims to develop progressive athletes. Active Health has a four-way approach in helping the active community. It provides training through sports clinics, gear through Active Health merchandise, nutrition through supplements, and events through races such as Tri United 3.

According to Lester Castillo, Active Health sports and PR executive, over 800 participants joined Tri United 3 which has two individual categories: Tri King Distance which covers a 1 km swim, 60 km bike and 10 km run, and Long Distance, which is a gruelling race composed of a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21km run.

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August, a member of the Active Health Elite Team, topped the male Long Distance category with a time of 4:48. Swimming was the most difficult leg for him, he says, and biking on the uphill roads.

The 33-year-old athlete has been pedaling since he was a kid, delivering ice to customers all over Paniqui, Tarlac. He would do this every morning and afternoon in between school to earn his allowance. Through this unintentional training, he developed stamina, an athletic built and strong leg muscles, which led him into joining track-and-field competitions and junior duathlons.

Coaches saw his potential and encouraged him to join triathlons. He trained hard in swimming, and now August is a consistent podium finisher here and abroad. He considers himself a “progressive athlete”—someone who keeps on training even after winning. He takes Enervon Activ Multivitamins for optimum physical and mental performance, and Active Health Carb Gel during the race for endurance. Afterwards, he drinks Enervon HP chocolate drink for faster recovery.

“I train daily. Either I swim in the morning, bike or run in the afternoon,” he says. “I value the coaches, sponsors and people who support me, so I push myself to always do my best.” His number one supporter is his teammate and partner Anna Stroh. The couple is expecting their first baby soon, something August is very excited about.

He adds that while winning feels great, it’s just as important to have fun while at it—and Lezette Albarote agrees. The female Long Distance category winner got into triathlon to have fun, and later on to exceed herself.

Lezette is a 40-year-old wife, mother and full-time employee in the local government of Bukidnon, where she travels to daily from her home in General Santos.

“I have an 8 to 5 job, and I make it a point to wake up at 3:30 a.m., have breakfast, and train for two hours before work,” she says. “At 6 p.m., when I get home, I set aside an hour to train some more.”

She trains every day, and makes sure she’s in bed at 9 p.m. to have enough rest and sleep. While Lezette has no coach, she credits the scenic surroundings and fresh air of GenSan as factors that keep her going. She also has the support of her family; her husband is a cyclist, while her 18-year-old son is a varsity badminton player.

Lezette encourages women of all ages to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. Alongside training, she maintains a vegetarian diet with no junk food and sugary stuff.

“I used to play just badminton, which is a team sport. But I got busy and then got into running because it is something I can do alone in my own time,” she explains. “Then I tried biking and I liked it, so I challenged myself into joining triathlons, and learned how to swim at 35.”

Her age, she says, is not a hindrance in doing her best, but an advantage.

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“There is maturity. I can assess what went wrong in my previous race. Then I can identify the areas to improve on, and figure out my weaknesses without seeing them as an insecurity.”

Leading to Tri United 3, she was excited to find out if her training worked, and finishing first with a time of 5:46 proved that it did.

“Don’t be intimidated to join triathlons. Find a group and gain friends who will push you to do harder. Later on, you will see your figure improving, which will also boost your confidence. Love yourself by finding time to train even with a busy schedule,” she says.

Like August, Lezette agrees that being in a team benefits a triathlete: “Triathlon is a very individual sport, but you’re part of a team, there’s camaraderie and you can inspire each other.”

And we sure found inspiration on these Tri United athletes who kept on encouraging people to be progressive athletes like them.

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I’ve been in the road of fitness for some quite time now. I run, I do bootcamp and crossfit. I also wanted to try swimming, cycling, boxing and circuit but I had a hard time looking for a place where I can try those things and other new workouts, good thing, I found KFIT!

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KFIT is a fitness app where you can have access into different fitness gyms, studios, clubs and activities in different cities near you. It requires a monthly membership which will give you free access to their partner establishments.

Here are some of the fitness activities that I found out that I can try after I joined Kfit:

Yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Strength training, Boxing, Circuit training, Martial arts, Swimming, Zumba, Dance, Table tennis, Archery, Sports massage.

That is almost everything every fitness enthusiast would ask for! Kfit will give you the opportunity to try different work outs until you find what suits you best. Awesome right?


Aside from the different workouts, you’ll be able to choose the location that is best for you. Kfit have   partner gyms all over the metro: Makati, Ortigas, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Manila. This   is good news for woking professionals as they can work out before or after office hours.

For just P1,000.00 a month, you can try different workouts and different partner gyms. No more excuses, KFIT makes it easy for us to achieve our fitness goals. Kfit App can be downloaded for free in Google Play and App Store.

If you decide to sign up, you may use my blog’s promo code: RUNADBOKNG, this code is equivalent to a 200 peso discount in your monthly subscription.

For more information, you check out and sign up at their website:

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Sports and Recreational Training Arena, also known as SPARTA, recently opened the first and only calisthenics academy in the country.

SPARTA has a sprawling space of almost 10,000 square meters right smack in the middle of Mandaluyong City. The entire facility is being developed phase by phase. Early this year, it initially opened the country’s first and only FIFA 1-star certified indoor football field.

Its owner, TV host and football player Amanda Fernandez, says, “We envision a sports facility which turns ordinary individuals into modern-day Spartans wherein they can overcome their own limitations through constant practice and focused training that challenge them beyond their limits.”

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The Sparta Calisthenics Academy was launched this November with the aim of training athletes and non-athletes using bodyweight movements. The benefits of calisthenics include being able to build Spartan-like strength, power, balance, endurance, proprioception, and of course, aesthetics.

Calisthenics comes from the Greek words, “Kalos” and “Sthenos” which means beauty and strength.

The ‘KALOS’ program is designed to build one’s physique like a Spartan. This includes a strong and defined abdominal region, shoulders, arms, legs, back and chest. Whether for fat loss or muscle building, this program focuses on building the body through specialized bodyweight exercises tailored to any fitness level from beginner to advanced.

The ‘STHENOS’ program, on the other hand, focuses on gaining strength through the fundamental calisthenics movements and using progressions to get the most out of each exercise every session. Beginners start with easier variations of the fundamental exercises and advanced athletes perfect their techniques on more difficult variations of the same basic movements and progress to more advanced movements.

Free trial is available for the month of November. For bookings, please call 6553799.

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Ready, set, run!

Press Release: The world’s number one sports drink is finally making its debut in the country’s fast growing running circuit with the launch of the first ever Gatorade Run.

The run will happen on November 22 at the Seaside Boulevard at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. There will be two distances—11 and 22 kilometers gun-starting at 5:00 and 4:00 AM respectively. Race fee is P1,100 for 11K participants and P1,500 for their 22K counterparts. The pre-race kit will include an Adidas race tee, a race bib and a timing chip. Another Adidas shirt, this time a finishers tee, will also await all finishers.


“The Gatorade Run will cap off what has been a historic year for us,” Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said. “We just celebrated our 50th birthday; we recently beefed up our line-up with a new variant called White Lightning and welcomed a powerhouse cast of ambassadors; and now, we’re launching the first ever run powered by Gatorade.”

Atayde added, “As a global leader in sports performance, runners can expect that Gatorade will bring its sports science expertise to the fore. More than just a run, this milestone event is a platform for us to reinforce our message of proper hydration.”

The Gatorade Run will feature a hydration station where participants can get pre-race hydration drinks, a post-run hydration test area where they can instantly learn about their hydration status, and a warm-up area where free sessions will be available for those who want a full-on warm up activity before the run.

Online registration is until November 13. Runners can also troop to Adidas outlets at Trinoma, Bonifacio Global City, Greenbelt 3, SM MOA and SM Megamall to register until November 8. Registered participants can start claiming their kits on November 16 until November 19 from 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM at their chosen store and schedule upon registration.

Log on to for more information or to register.