“Race safe, enjoy and make 7-Eleven and the Philippines proud.”, was 7-Eleven Run Series Project Head Michelle Saludes’ message to the runners on Sunday, race day morning of the 23rdJeju International Tourism Marathon Festival held at Gujwa Life Sports Park in South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Eleven Filipino runners made it to the race courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines, as part of their prize for landing within the top three spots of this year’s 7-Eleven Run Series held last February. The runners, who carried the banner of Team 7-Eleven Philippines, lived up to expectations and grabbed podium finishes in the 21km and 42km categories.

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Fresh from her training camp in Italy, Olympic medalist and marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal showed her winning form and finished the 21km race in 1:18:44 to come up on top, besting the Japanese and Korean elite runners who placed second and third, respectively.  “I wasn’t able to break my personal record but I am satisfied and happy with my overall performance. This race serves as an evaluation of my training and a good warm-up for me for the Asian Games next month.”, said Tabal who flew back to Italy the day after the race to continue with her training which is due to finish by August.

Ruffa Sorongon and Christabel Martes, who directly came from their successful 10km race in last week’s Philippine National Games, took the fourth and fifth podium spots of the 21km category to complete the Female top five.

RichardSalaño, Bulacan’s “Kenyan Slayer” settled for a top two finish in the 21km male category, clocking the race at 1:11:19.80. Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee and Cagayan de Oro’s Jerald Zabala settled for the fifth and sixth place, respectively. It was Lee’s and Zabala’s first race outside the Phiippines.

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Meanwhile, the Filipino runners also reigned in the 42km category of the race. Bryan Quiamco, who earned his slot by winning the third spot of the 42km race of the 7-Eleven Race Series last February, took runner-up honors as he finished with a time of 2:37:03.70. RicheelLanguido grabbed third while Rafael Pescos placed fourth.

On the distaff side, the Filipinas ruled as veteran Davaoeña runner Judelyn Miranda covered the challenging course in 3:16:03.91 to bag the crown and beat team mateMaricar Camacho who finished at 3:26:55.02 and settled for second place.

“Para sa akin amazing anglaronaitokasikaposakosaensayoperonaglakas-loobakonglumabansalaronaitodahildalakoangbanderangatingbansa. Salamatsa 7-Eleven Philippines nanagsuportasaaminglahatnamakapunta kami sa South Korea.”,said Judelyn Miranda when asked about her win.

“For me this race Is amazing because even if I lacked training, I bravely went on to race because I am carrying our country’s flag. Thank you to 7-Eleven Philippines who supported all of us in going to South Korea.”

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“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race. With that we encourage them to prepare well and we’ll see them on February 3, 2019 for the 2019 7-Eleven Run Series.”, shared 7-Eleven General Merchandise Division Head Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr., when asked about the team’s performance.

Ever since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given a set of Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international stage by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid for plus pocket money and all needs taken cared of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish on any of the top three overallspots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

The participation of Filipino runners at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Asics as exclusive sportswear partner, Smart and ESPN as media partners and sponsors Selecta Ice Cream, Nature Spring Water, Gatorade, Summit water, Del Monte, Fit and Right, Active, Blue Flavored water, San Miguel beer, Le Minerale, SIP water, Sosro fruit tea,Safeguard, Kopiko 78, Aquafina, Cheetos, Pocari Sweat, and Evian.

 

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Proudly Philippine-made rumTanduay is capturing palates of the world’s connoisseurs as it recently gathers prestigious international awards.

The major recognition the brand received for its various products included:  a gold award under the category Gold Rum Premium for Tanduay Rum Gold from the Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018; a double gold medal and best white rum citation for Tanduay Rum Silver from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018; a silver award for the Tanduay Rum Gold also from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018; another gold and silver awards from Tastings of the Chicago-based Beverage Testing Institute also for the Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold; and a Category Winner for Column Still Rum from the World Rum Awards once again for Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold. These award-giving bodies are among the most prestigious spirits competitions in the world and recognized internationally as most influential in the spirits industry.

All these achievements are borne from Tanduay’s commitment to excellence and industry innovations under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr.Lucio Tan. Only the finest ingredients make it into each bottle of Tanduay rum and there is attention to detail at the manufacturing stages, where stringent quality control is meticulously applied at every step of the production process.

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Since the acquisition of the Tanduay brand by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, plant modernization and expansion projects tremendously increased the distillery’s production capacity. With an unmatched ageing facility that houses not less than 200,000 barrels of aged reserves, Tanduay continues to produce one of the world’s finest rums.

Through the leadership of Tan’s son and Tanduay president, Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr.,the company made a historic expansion in the world arena. Tanduay made a strategic alliance with companies in the United States to expand its distribution capacity. The company likewise backed up its marketing efforts striking a two-year partnership deal with 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

“We are proud to be recognized by the world’s tastemakers and placed at par with international brands. We share these achievements for Tanduay with our Filipino consumers, because it is through their constant support for the brand that we have continued to reach new heights over the past 30 years,” Bong Tan shares. He adds that as Tanduay ensures the excellent quality of its flagship products, it is producing more craft spirits, with the vision to grow the business in the international market, strengthening their claim in the spirits categories all over the world.

Tanduay Distillers Inc. is a member of the LT Group of Companies. Tanduay is the Philippines’ top rhum maker, which is also distributed in Asia and the United States, among other countries in the world. Likewise, the company produces spirits, wines, brandies, gins, and vodka. We are a registered company in the Philippine stock exchange as a subsidiary of Tanduay Holdings Inc.

Herbalife Nutrition is now the official sports nutrition provider of Philippine triathlon’s newest power couple Elmer and Ines Santiago. The couple has inked a two-year contract with Herbalife Nutrition, making the multi-awarded duo official members of the Herbalife Nutrition Triathlon Team.

HerbalifeNutrition Philippines General Manager Rosalio Valenzuela has expressed his enthusiasm in welcoming the two, whose stellar record as triathletes will ensure they become a great addition to the Herbalife Nutrition Triathlon Team. “We are thrilled to have Elmer and Ines join our Triathlon team,” he said. “Herbalife Nutrition supports athletes with personalized nutrition to help them further improve their performances in their chosen sport. We provide the best nutrition products backed by science and research, so we are extremely confident we can be the best nutrition partner for them,” Valenzuela stated.

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Newly-signed-upmembers of the Herbalife Nutrition Triathlon Team (from left to right) Elmer and Ines Santiago, with Herbalife Nutrition Philippines General Manager Rosalio Valenzuela,during the contract signing ceremony held recently at the global nutrition company’s headquarters in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Both athletes have shown their gratitude and excitement at the partnership, emphasizing their trust in the products and their awareness of the strong performances of their fellow Herbalife Nutrition triathletes.

Elmerholds in his portfolio an Ironman All World Athlete Bronze 2017, in which he ranked 10th in the 40-44 male category. Ineshas ranked 1st in theIronman All World Athlete Silver 2017 for the 35-39 female category.

“It’s an honor to be in the company of strong sports sponsorship program whom I’ve looked up to since I started in the sport in 2009,” said the female champ of the recent Bike King Tri 1.Her husband expressed his anticipation of improvements in their performances, once they begin their journey with Herbalife Nutrition. “We have seen how the products helped boost the performances of other athletes, and are looking forward to discovering how Herbalife Nutrition  will help us achieve our personal goals in our careers as triathletes,” added the driven Elmer.

About Herbalife:

Herbalife is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier.  The Company has been on a mission for nutrition – changing people’s lives with great nutrition products & programs – since 1980. Together with our Herbalife independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, skyrocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages.  Herbalife offers high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife independent distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Herbalife’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife distributors in more than 90 countries.

Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. Herbalife is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy, and numerous Olympic teams.

Herbalife has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.4 billion in 2017. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.

Herbalife also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.

Allianz PNB Life Insurance, the local entity of Allianz, the world’s leading insurer, announces its partnership with Conquer Challenge Philippines, to promote obstacle course racing in the Philippines.

The partnership includes the staging of three major races under the name Allianz Conquer Challenge, the first of which, will be on 13 May at the Vermosa, DaangHari in Imus, Cavite.

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In a press launch held at the Allianz PNB Life office in Makati, Alexander Grenz, Chief Operating Officer at Allianz PNB Life, expressed his enthusiasm in the partnership emphasizing how the company would like to create a positive impact on people’s lives by making them experience new challenges through an obstacle course race. “OCR is a sport that has started to gather a strong following in the Philippines. We at Allianz believe that this sport can inspire Filipinos to take on a new challenge and embrace it without fear,” he said.

Grenzexplained that the challenges in the race give individuals a chance to test their mind and body’s capability to get a serious workout. “OCR challenges one to develop endurance and physical strength as well as better coordination skills,” he added.

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Allianz Chief Market Management Officer Gae Martinez, however, affirmed the growing patronage of Obstacle Course Racing Sports in the Philippines, lodging her support as more and more Filipinos become interested on the sport that calls for mental alertness, emotional stability, and physical endurance to overcome obstaclesin lives. This is true for millenials who comprise a great number of obstacle course racers, but also for GenXers who have also tried it. The increasing awareness of Filipinos to live a healthy and active lifestyle is indicative of a shift of lifestyle that now recognizes the threats of critical illness, but at the same time the pursuit of aspirations for a better future.

Conquer Challenge President Rob Afzelius shares that Allianz Conquer Challenge, with its key message of “Dare to Conquer your Impossible, consists of three races: the Conquer Challenge Power Race which is a 7 Km + 20 obstacles race, the Conquer Challenge Beginner’s obstacle Race, which is 3 Km + 12 obstacles, and even a Conquer Challenge Kids race that is 1.5 km long plus at least 7 obstacles. Kids joining the race must be accompanied by an adult. We see this partnership with Allianz as fit because both entities’ are aligned in inspiring the Filipino never to waiver on its aspirations.

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Rei Abrazaldo, Allianz Philippines’ Branding Communications and Digital Director revealed that the company’s foray into supporting obstacle course races is part of a special trio of activities on 13 May, that espouses Filipinos’ to take part in a fitness activity. Abrazaldo explains – Allianz Philippines declares 13 May as Allianz Day of Courage, because aside from the Allianz Conquer Challenge, the company is also supporting two other sporting events on the same day, namely, the Philippine Heart Association Heart Run at SM By the Bay and the Bayanihan Walk in Singapore.

Allianz globally has been supporting various sports and institutions like football, Paralympics, golf and rugby, among other sports that capture the emotional spirit of its business and inspire millions of people around the world with stories of human achievement through sport and innovation.

Vision Express now carries Sports Brands – Maui Jim, Revo, Julbo and Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.

Vision Express Philippines is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the #1 leading optical retailer in Europe. Vision Express Philippines has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert Optometrists and the global brands the carry. To cater to the growing number of runners in the country, Vision Express now carries brands like Julbo, Maui Jim, Revo and are the only distributors of Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.

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Julbo, best known for their Photocromic Technology is now available in the Philippines through Vision Express. The Reactiv Photochromic lenses get darker or lighter to match the changing light conditions making them suitable for all your outdoor sports. Their new models like AERO, tagged “Light As Air”  are endurance sport men’s sunglasses with suspended lenses. Designed for runners looking for intense efforts, these glasses are uncompromising when it comes to performance and comfort and feature the AF 3D Fit Nose for a snuggly fit especially for Asian faces which tend to be smaller.

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Lady runners also can look forward to their Breeze design which is 100% feminine and 100% performance. These too are fitted with Reactiv Photochromic lenses and the AF 3D Fit Nose feature that perfectly adapt to the shape of women’s faces. Breeze ofer excellent coverage, fantastic field of vision and perfect ventilation.

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If you are looking for Clarity, Color and Detail, Vision Express offers Maui Jim known worldwide for their patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology. Maui Jim changes the way you see with its vivid colors, improved clarity and crisp details while blocking the harmful UV. Their  PolarizedPlus2® lenses eliminate 99.9% of glare that washes out colors, obscures details, and fatigues your eyes. They have several models you can try in-store, so slip on a pair and see the brillance.

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If you need total performance check out Revo. The extensive Revo lens color palette includes 9 lenses designed to manage and selectively filter the full spectrum of light to optimize customers’ vision in a variety of light environments. What makes the Revo Eyewear unique is that they manage the full spectrum of light, including harmful ultraviolet light, Blue Light, and high-energy visible (HEV) light in all their collections.

Revo also has a campaign with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and musician Bono called Buy Vision, Give Sight committed to preventing vision impairment and blindness in children.

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Vision Express also brings something very new to the Philippines market – Shamir Attitude III  Sport Lenses, progressive sunwear lenses. Designed for sports that suit any frame size or shape, with the most advanced technological lens solution. These lenses focus on vision zones like far vision, intermediate vison, near vision, and peripheral vision making it perfect for dynamic sports and an active lifestyle.

Drop by Vision Express at UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center***, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Cloverleaf, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3***, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall***, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Dasmarinas, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Fora Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz or Trinoma.*Carry Julbo, Maui Jim & Revo.

Visit their website www.visionexpress.ph for more details.

 

Tanduay president Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr. has been actively supporting grassroots sports through an initiative known as Tanduay Athletics. Tan is the backer of Batangas Tanduay Athletics that is now the team lording over the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) founded by Sen. Manuel Pacquioa. The league replaced a former regional basketball league that supports grassroots basketball.

Beyond sports, Tan is also passionate about green initiatives. He himself was on top of the transformation to a zero-waste facility of Absolut Distillers, Tanduay’s alcohol distillery based in Lian, Batangas. The facility bagged numerous environmental awards, including the prestigious Green Apple Awards, an annual international campaign to recognize, reward and promote environmental best practices around the world. Absolut Distillers is the only local distillery to have received this award up to this day. The company likewise has since been a recipient of awards by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their outstanding environment conservation practices.

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“We understand the need to lessen our impact by making our operations cleaner and greener. We do not just want to make the best rhum in the Philippines, bet we want everyone to know that our rhum is made with good intentions and we hope to improve our operations year after year,” Tan continued, adding that, they have started investing in solar energy as a cleaner alternative as well. “We want our consumers to know that every bottle of Tanduay that they drink is made from green intentions and green energy.

The Tanduay president further shared that the concern for the environment sprang from the knowledge that the distillery industry is considered as one of the dirtiest. “Before we took over Tanduay, there have been cases filed against its practices pertaining to pollution. We said, let us clean up first. We started investing in technologies that we are using in our Absolut distillery in Batangas in order to reduce our carbon footprint. It was a long process, and we did it.”

Now, Tan would like to bring public attention to a project he started in 2011 to protect what little is left of the old Boracay. The island has been noted as one of the world’s top destinations, but it has encountered controversy lately due to the amount of pollution that has been plaguing the once-pristine paradise. There are talks of a government shutdown to tourists in order to rehabilitate the natural landscape. Tan pioneered the project “Roots for Boracay” to save the last mangroves in the island. “When we first got there, we already saw the amount of solid waste that lay among the mangroves. Before we started reforesting the area, we needed to have it cleaned up,” Tan revealed.

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He noted that if the mangroves have not been cut down indiscriminately, the problems being faced by Boracay today would have been much lesser. There would be no need to set up expensive artificial waste treatment facilities for the island’s recovery, as the mangrove roots will naturally filter water waste. According to him, Boracay is far from any of his business interests, but the need to respond to an impending crisis was what drove him to act.
“It took awhile to bring together the various people who will help us in our quest to get hold of the right to implement our project to clean up and re-plant in order to stop the continuous degradation of the mangroves in that area of Boracay,” Tan further related.

But Tan had the right man on his side to make sure his visions will be realized. Gerry Tee is the chief operating officer of Absolut Distillers. He is the same person with whom his father Lucio Tan Sr. entrusted the green transformation of the Batangas alcohol distillery. With the help of Tee, they engaged the Tan Yan Kee Foundation led by Philip Sing to gather a 200-strong workforce that began the clean up efforts in Barangay Manoc Manoc, where the mangroves are located. They have gathered four truckloads of garbage by the time they finish cleaning the mangroves area.
“To protect Boracay, it is important to go down to its roots. In this case, we seek the last frontier of Boracay – the mangroves. It is where the fish and other sea creatures get nutrients, it is where life starts. Without the mangroves, the island would also cease to exist, as it protects the island from typhoons. The beautiful fine white sand will go back to the sea because their roots are the ones holding the island together,” Tee explained.

He added that aside from building the infrastructures and replanting mangroves, the mission of the project is to showcase that part of Boracay that is often neglected, so people can know what it takes to protect the beaches that tourists love so much.

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The project had partnered with the local government unit, the DENR and concerned non-government organizations to come up with a sustainable development in the area which involves the locals, educating them about the importance of the mangroves to their island. “So much has been cut down to make way for real estate, others cut them down for firewood. A portion is also dying out, because a road development cut off water supply. With Roots For Boracay, people have begun to understand what needs to be done,” said Tee.

The Tanduay executives underscored that it is not about the company, which has also instituted other environmental campaigns in partnership with the Tan Yang Kee Foundation such as The Canopy Project, which replants trees in the denuded forests in the North. “Boracay is only part of the market for Tanduay, we are more concerned about our legacy. It is not about Tanduay, it is about the locals – their subsistence, their livelihood, and their existence. Tanduay is just there as a vehicle to raise awareness,” Tee said.

They cautioned that if the lack of concern for the environment continues in the name of profit, Boracay will not be the only one. “If Boracay is closed down, people will move on to Palawan. This has happened before, just look at how Matabungkay deteriorated,” Tee admonished. “The issue is lack of awareness, and we are trying to address that with our project.”

They said that the plans of shutting down Boracay will hurt a lot, but from their perspective of what they have seen in the mangrove forest, it could be a one-step-backward, two-steps-forward situation. “It is about moving forward, and we can all help in our own little way, by doing things like picking up a cigarette butt and not throwing your garbage just anywhere,” Tee said.
“It was a directive from the Chairman, Mr. Lucio Tan to follow the concept of sustainable development, where we do not profit at the expense of the environment. We make sure that everything we do is about reducing our carbon footprint and become more independent from the environment where we do not use to dump our waste,“ Tee further shared.

Full-distance triathlon finishers come from all walks of life

The Philippines finally hosts its first full IRONMAN. A title sponsor for previous Ironman 70.3 events since 2015, Century Tuna is excited to play a huge part in the inaugural full-distance triathlon race in the country happening on June 3, 2018 in Subic Bay.

Filipino triathletes now have the opportunity to join on home soil. With only over 300 Pinoy triathletes completing a full IRONMAN, it’s a testament to just how tough the swim (3.86 km), bike (180.25 km), and run (42.2 km) event is.

But here’s the encouraging part, IRONMAN finishers come from all walks of life. Here are stories of five people who’ve put in the work and finished a full-distance triathlon.

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The dream of becoming an IRONMAN seemed impossible for Robert Jonah Rivera. He once weighed 220 lbs and was unable to run three kilometers continuously. But three years after getting fitter and getting into triathlon, Rivera wanted to test his limits.
“I was training every day for six months. It’s hard yet you feel a good sense of satisfaction whenever you’re done for the day. It drives you to improve,” Rivera shares.

He is also a testament to getting by with the help of friends—something that happened during his IRONMAN race. “I saw my buddy Joey Marcelo at T2 and we ran together. We pushed each other, crossing the finish line after 13 hours and 31 minutes.”

His advice to aspiring Ironmen is to be prepared. “You need to be whole heartedly committed to training and finishing the race. Join as many races as you can leading up to your first IRONMAN. It builds your confidence.”

Father Jay Jacinto

Jay Jacinto, 40, Priest

A priest from Naga City, Jay Jacinto earned his IRONMAN badge in 2014 in Melbourne, Australia at the age of 37. He saw it as part of fulfilling his religious vocation.

“By finishing the IRONMAN, I wanted to help people understand what it’s like to be a priest. I wanted to show that priests can also have fun and live an active and healthy lifestyle,” shares Jacinto.

Regular training and following a meal plan was tough with Jacinto’s unpredictable schedule as a priest. But thanks to encouragement from his peers, he pushed on.

Jacinto recounts nearly quitting a day before the race. “While celebrating Holy Mass a day before the race, I prayed to God for courage, and during the Holy Communion the choir sung one of my favorite songs ‘Be Not Afraid’, giving me the response I was asking for.” Now, he’s not only a priest, he is also a certified IRONMAN.

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Vanj Endaya, 45, Executive

Vanj Endaya first earned her IRONMAN badge in Langkawi, Malaysia in 2014. Her second successful attempt was last September in Barcelona, Spain.

“Just the thought of crossing the line after so many hours, with the emcee stating ‘you are an IRONMAN!’ gave me immense satisfaction,” she shares.
Her game plan: maintain a steady and sustainable pace throughout the entire race, and avoid the desire to push ahead. “The feeling is indescribable. It was a combination of euphoria, exhaustion, relief, and I think a little sadness that it was over.”
After crossing the finish line, the knowledge that her body was capable of much more shifted her attitude towards facing daily challenges—from “I can’t” to “I will.”

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Gianluca Guidicelli, 56, Businessman

The father of actor Matteo is proof that age is just a number. Guidicelli was 52-years old when he completed his first IRONMAN in 2014.

“Since I started in 2010, I knew I’ve always wanted to do an IRONMAN. I wanted to be ready and it took me four years.”

His three children Paolo, Giorgia, and Matteo are all into the sport and are actively competing as part of Team Ford Forza.

“We are very much into living an active lifestyle. We train every day and share the joy of it with our family and teammates,” he says.

His advice to new triathletes? “Take your time in preparing for an IRONMAN, the right time will come if you’re ready for it.”

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Ani De Leon-Brown, 43, Philippine National Triathlon Coach

A pioneer and fixture in the local triathlons, Ani De Leon-Brown, has completed 12 IRONMAN races. She made headlines recently for finishing the holy grail of IRONMAN races—the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii last year.

Aside from her duties as National Triathlon Coach, De Leon-Brown is also a mom. True to the definition of an IRONWOMAN, she was able to complete an Ironman 70.3 in Singapore and IRONMAN Australia just months after giving birth.
While she doubted herself, she carried on with training. She had no illusions of being competitive but merely wanted to achieve her goal.”

When asked if it gets any easier as she notched more races, De Leon-Brown says “ it definitely doesn’t get easier. But you learn more each time.“