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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Manila Ocean Park

I haven’t seen a real shark in my entire life…as in yung  face to face.  The thought of it scares me…really! Well, the time came that I had to face my fear. It was April 2008 when a friend and I went to The Manila Ocean Park .


rainforest


Upon entering the oceanarium, a calming rainforest welcomed us. The sound of the water falling and the freshwater fishes made us feel far from the busy Manila. This section is called AGOS (Flow).


There was this area with baby sharks and starfish in a wide tank. Nagtataka ako bakit madami tao dun sa area na yun. I found out that people are allowed to touch the starfish but not the sharks. Umpisa pa lang challenge na ito. My friend was pushing me…insisting me to touch the starfish. Paano? May mga sharks kaya na nakapaligid. It took me 15 minutes or so just to touch the starfish with my fingertip. I remember I was screeching and jumping…maybe hyperventilating just to do that while kids around me had no fuss.


 starfish


 Next was the BAHURA (The Reef). Colorful corals can be seen in this area. I was looking closely to check if the corals were real…I found out that artificial lang pala. Anyways, it looked good and majestic. There I found creatures new to my eyes. Iba’t ibang klase! May giant crab, fish na steady lang at hindi gumagalaw, fish na mukhang worm, at madami pa. Pambihira ang Bahura!


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Sumunod naman ang Laot (Fishing Ground).  Habang tumatagal mas dumidilim, mas lumalaki ang fish tanks, mas natatakot na ako. The Closer I Get To You ang drama ko, the closer I get to the sharks, the more bumibilis mag work ang imagination ko. Paano kung mabasag ang tank? Ang dami daming isda na ito!


aquarium


I found the 25 meter walkway tunnel as the best section in the park. It may be shorter than the tunnel in Singapore, yet it is unique because of the 220-degree curve not found in other oceanariums.  It was like every creature put in one place. Halo halo na silang lahat. Rambulan na sa BUHAY NG KARAGATAN (The Living Ocean)!


 stingray


Natuwa ako at panandaliang nawala ang pagkatakot sa shark. Sa KALALIMAN (The Deep), mas marami pa akong nakita na nakakatuwa. Nang mapatingin sa itaas, may kakaibang aquarium na nakita.  Ito ang PAGI (Stingray) na nasa Overhang Tank. Aaah…stingray…aaaah…ayoko nyan. Yan diba yung nakapatay dun sa Crocodile Hunter..si ano… i Steve Irwin! They were not so scary after all. You can go close and feed them pa nga. Hingang malalim… ok naman pala.


 LAST… ang PATING (Shark)… ang dakilang pating. I pretended not to see but the tank was huge not to see. Again, my friend pushed me closer to the tank and waited until a shark passed by in front of me… inches away…separated by the glass na I imagined na mababasag.  Happy to find myself safe…I stared and got used to seeing the sharks. HAAAY!!!Finally!!! I was relieved.


 


sharks


More attractions awaited us as we went to the 2nd level… such as the fish/foot spa area and the  glass- bottom boat ride that made us appreciate the beauty of the Philippine marine life. Restaurants and a marine- themed mall can also be found in the Manila Ocean Park.


I’m happy I’ve faced my fear.


Tickets are 400 pesos for Adults and 350 pesos for Kids 4 ½ feet and below.


The Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand Luneta, Manila, Philippines.


Check on their website for the operating hours and schedule of shows: www.manilaoceanpark.com