World Vision Run 2015: Run to make a difference

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For 58 year in the Philippines, international child-focused organization, World Vision, has taken huge strides to ensure that Filipino children enjoy the fullness of life they deserve.  These efforts gave birth to what is now the most-anticipated running event of World Vision supporters and partners, the “World Vision Run“.

Now on its fourth year, World Vision Run 2015 offers a bigger and more fun-filled event for the whole family.  In keeping with this year’s theme, “The difference is love,” World Vision Run allows participants to experience the unique and worthwhile journey of running with a purpose… and that is to make a difference in the life of a child.

Organized by RunRio, proceeds of this event will benefit World Vision’s child sponsorship program currently reaching out to about 100,00 Filipino children, providing them access to education, health care, protection and other community development initiatives for their families and communities.


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Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon

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Alaska IronKids Philippines is an annual sporting event that aims to promote the healthy and active lifestyle among children through the winning combination of proper nutrition and physical activity. The Alaska IronKids Race Series is just one of many sports development programs that Alaska conducts yearly to engage children to come out and play.

Pioneering athletic programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has managed to take children away from their video game consoles, cellphones and cable TV remotes and out into the sun to swim, bike and run in triathlon races. Alaska’s sports programs hope to encourage children to get into organized sports while learning positive values like hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork.

Last April 19, 2015 at The Village, Paranaque City, Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon series was held.  Children ages 6-14 years old compete with different categories (6-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old, and 13-14 years old).

I was amazed with the kids’ strength and will power.  As young as 6 years old, they already have a heart of an athlete with strong will and perseverance.  And if you can see the older categories, they are HARDCORE!

But for me, the best moment I observed is when the kids do their best because their parents give all the best support that they can give.  The moment when the a kid reaches the finish line with a happy heart and her mother run towards the kid, hug and hold him and saying “This is my boy… ang galing mo anak… I’m so proud of you”.  That moment is SO PRECIOUS… SO PRICELESS!


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Highlights of the event:  The winners!


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The Borlain sisters AGAIN ruled the Alaska Ironkids with Samantha first place at age 13-14 years old category, Tara first place at 11-12 years old category and Chezka third place at 6-8 years old categories.

Here are the complete list of winners:

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Other highlights:


Kids aged 6-8 years old waiting for their turn to swim


The ever supportive parents waiting for their kids at the finishline despite of the very hot weather


Mateo Guidicelli with his mom and sister cheering for his brother Paolo

Last thought:

I had fun during the event and what I observed, little kids as young as 6 years old developed a sense of discipline.  They  already have the heart of an athlete and the heart of a CHAMPION.  Thank you Alaska for helping the kids GROW LIKE A CHAMPION.


For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit; Alaska Milk Corporation visit; and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub & #AlaskaIronkids.

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Presenting: The winning list of players from Manila Regional Selection Camp.

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The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska, is just one of the Alaska’s Sports Development Program that inspires children realize their dreams through teaching them skills to play the game while incorporating the values of determination, hard work, team work, discipline and sportsmanship.  It has reached hundreds of schools and communities nationwide and benefited thousands of children, parents, and through grassroots activities like basketball training camps and schools clinics.

Alaska hosted Regional Selection Camps where outstanding young players in various regions will be chosen for inclusion in the National Training Camp.

Last April 10 and 11, the last Regional Selection Camp was held in Manila at PICC Forum where best of the best players undergone series of skills stations such as lay-ups, shooting, passing foot work and dribbling.  And after the 2-day hardcore training, coaches and training directors came up with the winning list for Manila Team who will go to the National Training Camp on April 25-26.


The 6 girls from NCR who will go to the National Training Camp with Coaches Chris, Ish and MJ.


The 11 boys from NCR who will go to the National Training Camp

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program is free for boys and girls across all stages (from the school and open clinics) through the Regional Selection Camps, the National Training Camp and the NBA Experience.  NBA coaches and Alaska Basketball Powercamp Director Jeffrey Cariaso will lead the Regional Selection Camps.  Other coaches who run the drills and conduct the learning sessions include PBA Legends Rodney Santos, Eric de la Cuesta, John Ramirez and Topex Robinson, and Perlas Pilipinas national players Melisa Jacob, Ish Tiu, MJ Galicia and Justine Formata.

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Two-Time Ironman 70.3 Champion August Benedicto’s Inspirational Running video

He was once an ice vendor. He had a dream.  But with hard work and perseverance, he make his dream a reality. And now, he is already a renowned Elite Triathlete having won several major races including the Cobra Ironman 70.3 2012 and 2014 as a Champion.

August Benedicto has a heart of an athlete, a heart of a fighter and a heart of a champion.  He had proven that dreams do come true for those who strive and work hard.

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