Wednesday, December 26, 2012

International Climbs highlight LOGSAC’s 2012 feat

After five years of climbing mountains and going places, the Local Government of Sta. Cruz Adventure Club has managed to climb at least four international mountains, three of which were done in 2012 with Julpanz doing a Mt. Kinabalu while Papong scaling Taiwan’s Snow Mountain and Vietnam’s Mt. Fan Si Pan. These are some of the major achievements of LOGSAC in the very colorful year of the dragon. 

LOGSAC's International Destinations in 2012
Nonetheless, LOGSAC never ceased in outdoing its own advocacy to preserve, protect and rehabilitate the environment being one of its mandates. Activities like tree planting, clean up drives and advocacy climbs are being enthusiastically participated.

New Philippine destinations were also visited by the group members within the year, proof that this hyper club is undoubtedly one of the most-travelled factions in the entire Sta. Cruz municipality. Some of the places visited by LOGSAC in 2012 outside Mindanao are Cebu and Bohol of Visayas, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and Manila, to name a few. As of this writing; Papong, Pawiks and Irvhin Joy are at Luzon to climb Mt. Tarak of Bataan.

Other activities joined by LOGSAC were the following: New Corella Eco-Adventours Caving and Trekking  Forum, Mt. Matutum Climb, Holy Week Mt. Apo Monitoring Climb and The Ultimate Survival Challenge by the Chain Reaction Project.  

New Corella Eco-Adventours Caving and Trekking Forum
To add to the already-checkered existence of LOGSAC, new members were recruited in 2012. This will definitely add gloss to the composition of the club as part of its human resource streamlining. Over the same year, several club members were trained on Naturalist Guiding, a program of the Department of Tourism and Department of Environment and Natural Resources that will respond to the need of the tourism industry in eco-tour guiding considering that Davao region is basically ecotourism-based.

Naturalist Guiding Training at Tibolo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
On September, a major reunion climb was conducted. It allowed pioneering and neophyte members to scale Mt. Apo altogether. It was indeed successful as terrible camaraderie was strengthened. It was perhaps one of the most memorable adventures of LOGSAC after its creation way back year 2007.

Mt. Apo Reunion Climb
Unfortunately, Bagyong Pablo stroked Mindanao just right before 2012 ended.  And since most of the club members are well-trained rescuers, they eagerly responded for search and rescue operation in Compostela Valley town. The rest of the members took care during the LGU’s relief distribution drive a week after. 

SAVERS Rescue Group President Lito Roque leading the search and rescue operation at ComVal as posted in Philippine Daily Inquirer
To sum it up, LOGSAC beats its dynamic in 2012. Our advocacy was coupled with extraordinary passion to travel and help people and that’s why even with the very limited resources it still somehow manages to stay alive and kicking. Of course, this club wouldn’t be what it is now without the people supporting it. To all those who helped us and will help us in our future endeavor, thank you very much.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Top Ten Runs in 2012

You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement,” Steve Prefontaine.

This famous quote has been guiding me all throughout the times I started running in 2011 up to the present. When I get hooked to this kind of sports, I found a new and different level of self motivation, physical strength and mental toughness. At this recent period of my life, running has become a way of life. With running, I discovered more personal intersections other than mountaineering, photography and traveling to places. There is indeed so much fun in doing things using only my feet as my carriage.

In this version of my blog, I would like to share to my readers the ten (10) most memorable runs in year 2012. 
Holy Trinity Run
10. Run Club New Balance Challenge, January 12, 2012 (12K). Still bearing the holiday hangover, I joined this 12K run as my first run of the year to basically jumpstart an appropriate physical activity in 2012 and to obliterate the fiend brought about by alcohol, cholesterol and everything that had been taken during Christmas and New Year. Slowly but surely I was able to survive, clocking in a total time of 1 hour and 24 minutes, not an ideal time for an average runner like me.

9. Holy Trinity Run, September 9, 2012 (16K). A run spearheaded by the Holy Trinity College in Davao City. I suffered minor left-foot sore upon reaching the turning point but managed to make it to the finish line in 1 hour and 49 minutes, 1 minute ahead of my running buddy Pare Dockie.

8. Marco Polo Fright Run, November 4, 2012 (16K). As an annual run conducted by the Marco Polo Hotel Davao, this run is part of Marco Polo’s unique Halloween celebration. It was a well-organized event with a very good route, an established water stations and with tremendous post-run refreshment. With minimal training, I completed the run in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

7. Timex Run, August 26, 2012 (16K). This was the first time Timex held a run in Davao City and was part of the RunRio series runs. Technically powered by Vantage Sports, I participated the run along with my good friend Pare Dockie Enot. With a very friendly itinerary that has long been very proverbial to me, I easily made it to the finish line and even dashed the last 150 meters. This run was also attended by Coach Rio dela Cruz and Team Pangilinan from Manila.

4th St. Joseph Run
6. 4th St. Joseph Run, September 15, 2012 (10 K).  This is the only St. Joseph Run of the 3 legs conducted this year that I joined as a runner rather than an organizer. It was also one of the few 10K runs I made within the year. Running in a consistent stride together with my mountaineer pal Noel “Pawiks” Bartolome, we crossed the finish line clocking a total time of 59 minutes. For the record, the St. Joseph Run series is the only organized run in Davao del Sur held in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur for the benefit of the on-going construction of St. Joseph the Worker Parish.

36th National
Milo Marathon
5. 36th National Milo Marathon Davao Leg, November 11, 2012 (21K). This is my second participation of a half-marathon initiated by Milo. The first time I ran a Milo 21K had me clocking 2 hours and 18 minutes. This year, I completed the run in 2 hours and 22 minutes. Fatigue factor used to clinch me as I had severe cough and flu during the run. My left foot once again suffered cramps three times when a approached the 17K mark. I was still lucky enough to have finished the run earlier than the cut off time.

Half Marathon
4. Delo Kadayawan Half-Marathon, August 19, 2012 (21K).  This was a major run conducted in consonance to the celebration of Kadayawan festival in Davao City. With a new partnership forged between Caltex company and Vantage Sports Promotions, this run was started at SM Ecoland all the way to Corocodile Park in Buhangin via the strenuous Tulip Drive and Ma-a Diversion Road. I had so much fun running this half-marathon version of Delo because of the appropriate physical preparations I made. I gracefully traversed the time clock at 2 hours and 45 minutes.

3. Run with the Masters, April 15, 2012 (21K). Of all the 21Ks I joined in 2012, this is perhaps the most effortless run I attended. This was an independent run conducted by Vantage Sports in celebration of its Foundation Anniversary. Vantage Sports head honcho Kenneth Sai made sure the run would suit to the taste buds of Davao’s elite runners. The itinerary was a mixture of plain, uphill and downhill route from Crocodile Park to the junction of R. Castillo and Sta. Ana Streets to Lanang then back to Crocodile Park. I was enjoying my tread with running friend Michael Ryan Bajo from start to finish.

2. Davao Finisher’s Marathon, December 2, 2012 (28K). This is an annual marathon conducted by Holcim cement and was technically partnered by Davao Sunday Runners Club. It was my second time to join the run and my only 28k run in 2012. With a route that’s very varied, I enjoyed the run very much although I was the lone runner joining this event from Sta. Cruz.

Phoenix Marathon
1. Phoenix Marathon, March 18, 2012 (42K). The Phoenix Marathon was my most memorable running experience in my almost 2 years of running. It was a lengthy 42-kilometer run that saw me running barefoot after 28 kilometers as my feet endured a painful bruise until I spotted a store selling slippers along the way. I then crossed the finish line carrying my running shoes to the delight of my friends. However, this run completed my running life. Running a full marathon is every runner’s dream and only few can fulfill it. It’s a combination of physical and mental toughness that a runner should possess. From that memorable date until today, I am proud to be part of the elite group from Sta. Cruz who ran a full marathon along with Pare Oliver Dockie Enot, Michael Ryan Bajo, Jonas Florencondia and Noel Bartolome. The Phoenix Marathon was held as part of the Araw ng Dabaw celebration.