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SWIMBIKERUN.ph Shoe Drive this weekend at Animo Tri June 8, 2011

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Just a little off topic. SWIMBIKERUN.ph is holding a shoe drive this weekend at the Animo Tri Health and Wellness Fair. SBR was our media partner during our Run for JoB, so it would be great if you could support this event as well. You can view the details below and in this link.


RACE. GIVE. INSPIRE.

At the upcoming Animo Sprint Triathlon 2011, get ready to RACEGIVE back, and INSPIRE!

SWIMBIKERUN.ph will have its very own booth at the triathlon and fitness fair expo of the Animo Sprint Tri. Thank you to the organizers for giving us one!

Charity work is something that’s very close to the heart of the SBR organization.. and to make sure we don’t waste the booth space, it’s the perfect time to launch SBR.ph’s first ever charity work of the year, the SBR Shoe Drive 2011!

If you have old shoes that you’re not using anymore, you might wanna donate it to charity so other people can use it. :) We will also be accepting old race singlets :)

For this event, SBR.ph has chosen Tuloy Foundation to be its official beneficiary.

Why Tuloy Foundation?

First of all, why not? :) One look at their website and you will know that it’s a charity that already has a lot of history. They’ve been helping the less fortunate since 1993. Also, the thing that has led me to choose Tuloy Foundation is the fact that they have a really strong sports development program. Here’s what Tuloy Foundation’s Ayra Esmaquel has to say about it.

“Tuloy’s existing football program complements its values formation.  It has been an effective tool in improving the kids’ physical well-being, self-esteem, and behavioral and academic performances.  Noting how effective it has become in the transformation of our resident clientele, Tuloy has started to go beyond its walls in enlisting participation to the program.  In 2010, the football program was enhanced to benefit the children in neighboring slums who are not presently availing of Tuloy’s alternative education, as well as the children served by other charity organizations and public schools in MuntiParLas. 

Although football is the main sport here in Tuloy, we also have quite an accomplished touch rugby team.  They also train regularly and like the football club, compete and do well in several tournaments throughout the year.

As you can see, sports plays a very important role in the rehabilitation of the children here in Tuloy.

Any sports items in good condition that you would be able to donate to us from the shoe drive would be very much appreciated.”

Click here to view more info about Tuloy Foundation.

Race. Give. Inspire.

Race. Because as we race, one way or another we will have a shoe that will wear out and we will stop using at some point. Also, everytime you join a race, you will be given a race singlet as a souvenir. Join 10+ races in a year, and you will have some singlets that for sure will just clog up your closet space.

Give. Because we want to encourage everyone to give and donate their old used shoes and race singlets. Instead of letting them just gather dust.

Inspire. Because not only do you give the less fortunate the tools to run and get active in sports, you will also inspire them to live a more positive life by engaging in a healthier lifestyle.

We all know that the true meaning of giving is not expecting something in return, but as SBR.ph’s way of saying THANK YOU to everyone who will participate in this endeavor, all the donors will receive a special SBR.ph coupon that will make them eligible for these special deals courtesy of our friends in the multisport community. 

Timex Philippines – 15% discount on all watches worth 3k and above, single receipt purchase of a watch. This discount can be availed at all the participating Timex Outlets and Watch Republic shops in the Philippines.

Click here to download the list of Timex Outlets and Watch Republic Branches

The Brick Multisport Store – everyone that will donate shoes will get 20% off on all regular priced running shoes.

Crossfit Manila – all donors will be eligible for a FREE TRIAL of Crossfit. As well as 10% offthe membership price, should they sign up after the trial.

The Starting Line Multisport Store – everyone who will donate will get 10% discount on new shoes.

720-Armour – all donors will get a 20% off on all 720 Armour eyewear.

SLS3 Compression – all the kind hearted souls who will donate will get 20% off on all SLS3 Compression Products.

K-Edge Chain Catchers – all coupon holders will get a 10% off on all K-Edge Chain Catchers.

*All promos are valid up to two weeks only.
*You MUST donate shoes in order to qualify for the SBR coupon. We will gladly accept singlets but that wont be enough to make you eligible for the SBR Coupon. Strictly no shoes/no coupon.
*Shoes must still be in good/usable condition.. and please clean them? :)
*We will accept all SIZES of shoes. Don’t worry if it’s too big or too small.
*For the 720-Armour, you must purchase the items at their main office at 201 Katipunan Avenue, Bgy. Milagrosa Quezon City.
*For SLS3 Compression and K-Edge Chain Catchers, please contact igopenterprise@swimbikerun.ph if you want to avail of the discount.

If you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact the admin at 0917-2554111 or email at admin@swimbikerun.ph

Hope you guys can spread the word and share! I know we don’t have much time left but nothing is impossible  :)

Happy birthday, Baby JoB! June 6, 2011

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It’s been a while, but I just wanted to take the time to greet Job Tyrese a very happy and blessed first birthday! He would not have made it this far without the help of each and every one of you, so thank you and congratulations to all of you as well.

I will post an update on the pledges soon as I am still in the process of collecting our final pledges. If you would still like to give last minute pledges, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY JOB! 🙂

How YOU helped save JoB’s life May 19, 2011

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Here is the link to the latest blog post from the Hope for JoB website. It’s a detailed account of the liver transplant of Baby JoB. Thank You, Lord, for a successful operation! http://hopeforjob.blogspot.com/2011/05/his-amazing-grace.html

Running for JoB photos from Nargalzius May 17, 2011

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Here are some photos taken by Carlo Santos. You’ll find the entire set of photos here:

http://www.nargalzius.com/gallery/set.php?/72157626608853137/page1/

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We ran for JoB! Official count = 22 kilometers May 15, 2011

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WE DID IT!!! We ran for JoB! Our official count is 22 kilometers. It’s a bit shorter than what I was targetting for, but we really sprinted at the last second to hit that 22.

THANK YOU to everyone who showed up at today’s run. We started at around 5pm with only 6 runners (including myself). Didn’t really expect much. I can’t remember what time people started coming in, but I remember one loop where I looked towards the “aid station” and there were so many bikes. All of them were there for JoB!

I don’t have any photos with me at the moment, but I’ll definitely post them once I get them.

I’ll write a more cohesive recap of the run, complete with pictures soon. For now, I would like to thank the following people who showed up for tonight’s run:

THE RUNNERS:
Mark Mostoles
Carlos de Guzman
Aleta Yao
Arbie Portugal
Ronald Declarador (our barefoot runner!)
Hyacinth Dadap (her longest run prior to this was 30 minutes. She ran for 1 hour and 30 mins!)
Donat Avellana
Carlo Mostoles
Roxy Cipriano
Chari Ongyanco
Nadj Buenafe

THE AMAZING SUPPORT CREW:
Karina Partido
Cris Tanjutco
Carlo Santos (who was also our designated photographer)
Arly Cruz
Arly’s sister
Ken Chua
JO Ong
Glenn Orbon with his two sons
Bruno and Len Yonzon
Carla Jugo
Paul and Elaine Ricafort
Alan Andico
Joe Almonte

I’d also like to thank the people who wanted to come, but couldn’t make it. I greatly appreciate the effort.

And of course, none of this would be possible without the help of:

Words will never be able to express my gratitude to all of you who helped save JoB. I hope you all realize that you didn’t JUST do a long run today. You saved a life! I have the most amazing friends. I love you all and God bless you!

And now, the hard part – collection time.

This is it! Live updates May 15, 2011

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This is it! We are running for JoB in 1 hour. Stay tuned to this post for live updates. We’ll try to update you on the kilometers run by the hour.

*4:15pm now in UP setting up. Almost time!

*4:45 waiting for some forerunners!

* 6:08 pm and 1 hr into the run, we’ve logged a total of 7.2 km

* 6:37 pm… 1:31hrs… 11k

* 7:11 pm… 2hrs… 15k

Job Health Update: Post op pictures from Taiwan May 7, 2011

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Just got hold of these pictures from Taiwan. Baby Job is recovering very well! He’s still in the ICU, but his color has been improving. His eyes are now white(!) and his stool color has been improving as well. In the meantime, Sweet is scheduled to check out of the hospital soon. They’re still going to have to complete the three-month stay to ensure full recovery, but things are looking great from here. Thank you for all your prayers! Enjoy the picture slide show below!

Job, 5 days after the operation

7 days after the operation, Job's eyes are now white!

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Off-topic: Intro to Underwater Hockey! May 5, 2011

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Here’s something you might be interested in. This is perfect for people who have day jobs as the classes are during the night time. Underwater Hockey is a great stress buster and teaches a lot about teamwork.

Baby Job’s Liver Transplant April 27, 2011

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Baby Job will be having his liver transplant tomorrow (Thursday) at 7am Philippine time in the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Kaohsuing, Taiwan. His mother, Sweet, will be his donor. Let’s all pray for the success of the operation and the Feliciano family. This is what it’s all about, folks.

Job Health Update + Running for Job poster April 24, 2011

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My apologies for the looong silence. Had a quick trip to Japan this week and was swamped with work the days prior to that. Just a short update on Baby Job.

Last Wednesday, Baby Job and his parents flew to Taiwan for his liver transplant. I’ve not had much updates as they don’t seem to have access to the internet, but let’s all pray that his liver transplant is a success! His mom, Sweet, will be his liver donor.

Now, if you’re thinking you may have missed your chance at buying some Lifesaver shirts and ballers, not to worry. I’m in talks with Sweet’s sister-in-law. We’ll be replenishing our stocks and selling on behalf of the family.

Aaaaand, here’s a poster that was made by Arch. Tim Wong all the way from Singapore. Tim was Mark’s officemate before he left for Singapore and is one helluva artist. Feel free to copy and paste on your sites/facebook pages!