34th National Milo Marathon- Manila Elimination

“Kaya Mo ‘Yan!” were the words shouted repeatedly to hype up the atmosphere and motivate the runners who joined the annual MILO Marathon Manila elimination race which started and ended at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta last July 4, 2010.

Being the biggest running event in the country, the National MILO Marathon has become consistent in its advocacy to build champions. This year’s specific goal is to provide running shoes to underprivileged children from selected public schools in the country.  A simple advocacy as it may seem, but “great things start from small beginnings” right? With these shoes, these children will be able to run, play, go to school, or perform other activities without hurting their feet.

Runners of all ages… even pets…had a grand time in this year’s marathon. Running for a cause gives marathoners a sense of fulfillment, knowing that even if they don’t bring home the medal, they were able to participate in a worthwhile advocacy efforts to extend help for a brighter future.

Aside from the marathon, other fun and dynamic activities were set up such as the mini soccer clinic and mini race track for kids. A photo wall was mounted where people can have their souvenir photos taken absolutely free.

A cheer dance competition (grade school and high school divisions) was held in between the announcements of the winners/medalists. Celebrities Toni Gonzaga, Karylle, and Gerald Anderson attracted a large crowd when they went up the stage.

Below is the MILO marathon schedule:

See you on next year’s run! 🙂

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Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s Inaugural Concert & Street Party- QC Circle

Though I didn’t cast my vote last election, I must admit, Noynoy would’ve been my bet. I just thought that even if I vote or not, he’d win anyways. Hehehe… Politics isn’t my interest and I have no plans of getting involved with it. With more or less than half a million people in Quirino Grandstand, I opted to stay home and watch the inauguration on tv. Maybe it’s just that historical ‘craze’  thing that dragged my feet to Quezon City Circle.

It was 3pm when we arrived at the venue. Not minding the heat, people clad in yellow patiently waited for the concert to start. It wasn’t a boring day after all; there were stalls that sell food, commemorative items, and yellow trinkets that caught my eye. Oh, there’s also free drinking water for everyone.

It was past 4pm and the concert had not started. Good thing I saw a man on a walking stick and a couple more wearing Noynoy and Manny Pacquiao mascots. They definitely drew the crowd’s attention.

Loyal supporters waved their banners and showed off the Laban “L” sign. It was an amazing feeling, seeing people unite and show nationalism. It made me feel proud to be Filipino.

The concert started past 5pm. I didn’t stay any longer since it was already drizzling that time. According to the news, there were more than 100,000 who attended the event. Celebrities from both Kapuso and Kapamilya networks performed. And…yeah… the president sang a couple of songs. ‘Twas indeed a huge victory party for President Noynoy and VP Binay!

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010 – SMX Convention Center

900 models, 112 designers, 25 fashion shows, 4 clothing brands in 2 venues for 1 week of fashion overload. That’s the way to sum up the Philippine Fashion Week (PFW) Holiday 2010… wherein top local designers showcased their masterpiece.  Congratulations to Runway Productions, the organizer of this event, sponsors, and to all who made this longest running fashion extravaganza in the country a success.

I was elated by the invitation of a friend to shoot; I knew my eyes would be busy sighting beautiful faces. Woot! Woot!  Legions of fashionistas flocked SMX Convention Center last May 26- June 1 to witness the drool worthy collections of renowned Filipino designers.

We watched the 5:30 fashion show… Collections of Lyle Ibanez and Raoul Ramirez for Esac, Ronaldo Arnaldo, and Gerry Katigbak. It was an interesting introduction made by Esac, having a man almost naked walk in the center. The collection however was plain and mostly monochromatic. I found Ronaldo Arnaldo’s idea of his models wear aviator shades unique. It made the audience focus on the clothes instead of the model’s face. It was an awesome experience to view models fully clad with Gerry Katigbak’s collection. The intricate designs and the paper doll like dresses of the ladies were remarkable.

By 7pm, we headed to the next function room to see the much awaited M Barretto’s collection. Here, the models (all males) stood in line like mannequins in department stores. Spectators had to move around, from one model to another, instead of just sitting down and watching the models hit the runway. It was a riot! It was really hard to shoot while trying to squeeze in the crowd. It ended with a surprise… John Avila, Zanjoe Marudo, and Piolo Pascual, together with M Barretto himself, walk through the center stage. Yeah, I had to back off before I get hurt by the stampede.

I enjoyed the night; it was also nice to see old friends, models and photographers alike. See you guys on the next PFW event.   🙂

Krung Thai – Marikina City

What’s to rave about this thai restaurant??? Well… it’s one of Marikina’s hidden secrets. Not so many people know about this modest resto named Krung Thai; ironically, it’s located behind the busy Sta. Elena market.

The photos in the menu look enticing; there’s a wide selection of entries and the price isn’t that bad either.

Simple and small as it may be, Krung Thai sets an ambiance depictive of aunthentic Thai culture. The decors, table sets, and wallpaper and lights resemble the local restaurants I’ve seen in Bangkok.

As first timers, we tried the best sellers: crab rice, bagoong rice, deep fried mixed vegetables and spring rolls. The serving was generous; good enough for sharing.  🙂

The crab rice is served with real crab meat, together with sliced eggs and cucumber. It tastes best when drizzled with thai fish sauce.

The bagoong rice is served with sliced cucumber, mango salad, scrambled egg, and a pork dish. It has a subtle taste of saltiness which I liked because the bagoong didn’t overpower the dish. The tangy taste of the mango salad and the spicy taste of chili made this meal interesting.

The deep fried mixed vegetable have a coating similar with what they use in tempura. It comes with a mayo dip. It’s just an okay…so so meal. Nothing special with this dish.

I may be expecting too much with the spring rolls… but i found Krung Thai’s too oily. The chili sauce that came with it was a disappointment, it was the local grocery-bought chili sauce in a bottle that they served .

Overall, I’d say it’s still a clap…clap…clap… for Krung Thai. It may not be the best in the metro; however, there’s still room for improvement.

Krung Thai is open from 9am-9pm daily and is located at the Marikina Public Market M Cruz corner W.C. Paz, Sta Elena Marikina City (beside Johnny’s Fried Chicken).

Krung Thai Restaurant

Contact #: 646-4041 / 681-7696

Mobile #: 0927-7920587