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Iskolars ng Bayan, football, and teddy bears

My Team PIA – Pinay in Action – and the UP Women’s Football Team travelled to beautiful Baguio and to a small village called Lusod in the mountains, where the UP WFT shared their love for football and brought smiles to hundreds of faces. On Friday, we held a football camp in Baguio for orphaned, […]

Legislative Agenda for 2014

On the first Saturday of the year, my amazing Senate legal team indulged me and let me buy them a cup of coffee each in exchange for working on a weekend. I wanted to take stock of where we were so we could start our year strong. It happened to be the birthday of my […]

UAAP residency rule: A huge setback

  This is my blog in reaction to the UAAP Board’s ruling that upholds their two-year residency rule, as published by Rappler.com. _____ This photo was taken during the Senate hearing, as I spoke to Mr. Jerry Pingoy and Mr. Vic. Bartolome, parents of UAAP student-athletes who are affected by the new UAAP rule. Speak […]

Open Letter to the UAAP Board from a Former UAAP Athlete, a Mom of Athletes, and a Sports Advocate

I was 15 when I entered the University of the Philippines as a college freshman. Everything was strange and new to me.  I hardly knew anyone. But one thing I did know is that I wanted to play volleyball. I was a passionate albeit unskilled high school volleyball player who dreamt of playing serious volleyball. […]

Tri United 2: Great Race Great Venue in Laiya Batangas

The weekend of Tri United, I was under the weather – nursing a cold and flu-like stmptoms including eyes so red and swollen that  I had to have it checked for sore eyes (doctor said everything was an allergy – the cold, the sneezing and red eyes),  I had  doubts about doing the race. But […]

5150 Triathlon 2012

The inaugural 5150 triathlon in the Philippines took place in Subic last June 24.  Its an olympic distance triathlon (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) which is not a new distance but it is new in the  sense that it is the first time the Ironman series is staging this distance.  For the last three […]

My First Skyrun: Mt Ugo 34km Akyathon

Ive been running for many many years. Ive done 7 marathons and tons of shorter races. I’ve also climbed a few mountains. Last year I hit the the trails..and fell in love. I did the inaugural  xterra off-road triathlon in Cebu and qualified for the Word Champs in Maui in October, which included a 10k very tough […]

Takbong Gabi Day 1 and 2: Run for Hepatitis B & Liver Cancer, and Anti-Violence Against Women and Children

Amidst the Christmas rush and defending my senate bills on the floor, including the Reproductive Health bill, I launched 12 days of Takbong Gabi, a Twitter based advocacy run where participants  run for a different cause each day wherever they are and whatever time they can. So, that’s me lacing up for Takbong Gabi on Monday […]

Takbong Gabi

It’s the season of giving, and also a time of merriment and lots of eating. This is also the time when diets and fitness plans are broken. My training partners and I deal with this every year. Instead of fighting it, we embrace the season and ensure that we squeeze in our runs and bike […]

Another Year of Remembering Gabriel

Like every night before our 12-hour multi-sport event in memory of my son Gabriel, I get very little sleep.  And soon as my eyes close,  my alarm starts ringing. It is still dark, I dress quickly and by the time I get to the Alabang Country Club, the night has turned into a pale blue […]