Marathon Relay Anyone? Make It Asics!

Around 750 teams are expected to participate in the first Asics Relay Philippines slated on May 26 at the SM By The Bay in Pasay City.

The race offers a different experience as it will be held at night.

Distances on tap are the 21K half marathon and 42K full marathon, with participants can join in the male, female and mixed events.

Succeeding from last year’s version, the ASICS Relay 2018 will feature the additional of Philippines in its five countries relay series, among participating countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.

Each team member is required to complete two legs of 5.25 kilometers for the full marathon and one leg of 5.25km for half marathon to meet the total distance.

The preceding member of the team will need to hand the relay token to the next runner within the designated transition zone to delineate the changeover of runners.

Winners in both the full and half marathon categories will be rewarded with a finisher’s medal, as well as cash and product prizes.

“Our goal is to expand this concept in key cities, and [Manila] is one of those key cities,” said Asics Asia Sports Marketing Manager Andy Neo.

“We know that the Philippines is a country [where] everybody loves sports,” he added.

The champion team of the Full Marathon race categories will also be walking away with team slots to any one of the ASICS Relay race held in another country, inclusive of flight tickets and accommodation.

Olympian and SEA Games gold medal runner Mary Joy Tabal believes the “unique” race will be beneficial for the nation’s running scene.

“This will encourage a lot of runners to improve teamwork,” said Tabal. “Running is an individual sport, so it is unique. It [would] be my first time to be running with a team.”



Alay PARA Atleta Program launched; preparations underway for ASEAN PARA Games,
Asian Para Games and Paralympic Games

The Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) and the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) will hold the first Philippine Para Sports Summit that will focus on the Parlympic movement in the country on June 9, 2017 at the Microtel, Technohub in Quezon City.

PPC, the National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines and PHILSPADA are the organizations spearheading the activities and operational requirements of elite athletes with a disability (orthopedic disability, cerebral palsy, visual impairment and mental disabilities).

With the theme “Transcending Barriers Through Sports”, the one-day gathering of sports officials, athletes, coaches and trainers, sports doctors, marketing experts and policy makers who are the key players in the industry will look into the state of Paralympic Sports in the Philippines to identify local and international goals to enable Filipino para athletes to achieve sporting excellence to excite and inspire the world.

Another goal of the convention is to find ways to develop para sports as a tool for changing the lives of Filipinos with disabilities while contributing to the development of an inclusive society.  One hundred participants are expected to attend from various sports organizations including national sports associations, non-government organizations, private corporations and the government sector.

The past decade saw the rise of Filipino Para athletes in the global arena such as Josephine Medina, the para table tennis player who gave the country its second Paralympics Bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, sixteen years after powerlifter, Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, got the first ever Bronze medal in the Sydney Paralympic Games in year 2000 and Ernie Gawilan, the legless swimming sensation discovered from Davao City, who is a consistent Gold medalist in the ASEAN Para Games ever since becoming a member of the national team. There has also been an increase in number of para athletes and their participation in local, regional and international competitions. Support and recognition from government and private partners, have also improved over the years.

With sights set on the 9th ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia this September 2017, the Asian Para Games in Indonesia in 2018, the 10th ASEAN Para Games in Manila and the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, the para sports summit envisions key partnerships with government and private sector to further inspire and equip para-athletes who are only too eager to compete and do their part for the country’s glory.


Key speakers in the summit are: Chairman William I. Ramirez of the Philippine Sports Commission; Mr. Peping Cojuangco, President of the Philippine Olympic Committee; Michael Barredo, President of PPC-PHILSPADA; noted sports medicine expert Dr. Raul Canlas; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation expert, Dr. Raul Cembrano; Sec. General and former Olympic swimmer Gerardo “Ral” Rosario; para-coaches Joel Deriada of Athletics and Vernon Perea of Wheelchair Basketball; as well as para-athletes Gawilan, Medina and Dumapong-Ancheta.


An interesting sidelight of the event will be a Wheelchair Dance Sport exhibition while the high point of the summit will be the launch of the “Alay Para Atleta” program, a nationwide campaign that will enable the general public to participate in the Paralympic Movement via a P50 annual contribution through mobile phone access.


Plantronic’s 1st Backbeat Run 2017

Backbeat Run 2017
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MOA Running Grounds
May 28, 2017

Please save the date and register now. For the great benefit of the children and teens of Kythe Foundation. 

Inspired Folayang Ready for Next Title Fight

Who do you think inspires this popular MMA champ of Team Lakay?

Filipino fighter Eduard “Landslide” Folayang feels extra motivated in his first defense of his ONE Lightweight World Championship title next month as he and his wife have welcomed a bouncing baby girl to their family.

Jampacked Color Manila Challenge Run in Clark, Pampanga

One Championship Filipino MMA Catalan Aims Winning Streak

A Busy Yet More Exciting ONE Championship 2017 Fight Schedule Out

After a successful and well-attended (as always) Manila fight last December 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, wherein our very own Brandon “The Truth” Vera defended his heavyweight champion title against Japan’s Hideki Sekine, the largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its blockbuster 2017 schedule. 


This past year, ONE Championship delivered world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action to iconic Asian cities across the region, breaking into new Chinese markets while continuing to delight fans in key Asian destinations. The promotion also successfully held a live event at the Cotai Arena in glitzy Macau, and became the first-ever major MMA promotion to hold a live event in Bangkok, Thailand.

Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “2016 has been a phenomenal year for ONE Championship. It was absolutely historic for the promotion and 2017 promises to be even better.”


“With the addition of key senior leaders to aid ONE with our growth plans, the promotion is in an unbelievable position to make some major waves in the global MMA industry. Together we aim to deliver fans a continuously unique experience that they will never forget.”


In 2016, ONE Championship saw the birth of new world champions, sold out iconic stadiums and arenas all across the world, and entered exciting new markets. Growth has increased exponentially, attracting new major sponsorships and forging stronger business relationships with partners.

With groundbreaking new network television deals, ONE Championship is now broadcast to over one billion viewers in more than 118 countries worldwide, with a loyal and passionate fan base of supporters from nations all across the globe. 2017 promises to be even better in terms of viewership and popularity as ONE Championship lays out plans for new markets.


ONE Championship has announced plans for live shows in its usual major cities of Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, and Yangon. The promotion is also set to return to the Cotai Arena in Macau and the Impact Arena in Bangkok. New markets Vietnam and Japan are also in the works as well as multiple destinations in mainland China including Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing.

In line with ONE Championship’s growth strategy, building local homegrown Asian martial arts heroes from the grassroots, the promotion is set to take advantage of the potential of world-class MMA in Vietnam, South Korea and Japan with events to be announced at a later date.

“ONE Championship is coming out in full force to hold electric live events all over mainland China, with plans to break into new and exciting markets in Vietnam, South Korea and Japan. I know fans can’t wait for ONE to come to town. Get ready for one of the biggest years in MMA.” Cui concludes.

ONE Championship 2017 Schedule

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta Convention Center

Saturday, January 14


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Stadium Negara

Friday, February 10

Bangkok, Thailand

Impact Arena

Saturday, March 11

Manila, Philippines

Mall of Asia Arena

Friday, April 21


Singapore Indoor Stadium

Friday, May 26

Beijing, China

Le Sports Center

Friday, June 30

Yangon, Myanmar

Thuwunna Indoor Stadium

Friday, July 14

Macau, China

Cotai Arena

Saturday, August 12

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Stadium Negara

Friday, August 18

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta Convention Center

Saturday, September 16

Shenzhen, China

Bao An Stadium

Saturday, October 21

Da Nang, Vietnam

Tien Son Sport Center

Friday, October 27

Yangon, Myanmar

Thuwunna Indoor Stadium

Friday, November 3

Manila, Philippines

Mall of Asia Arena

Friday, November 10


Singapore Indoor Stadium

Friday, November 24

Beijing, China

Le Sports Center

Saturday, December 2

Bangkok, Thailand

Impact Arena

Saturday, December 9

Shanghai, China

Mercedes Benz Center

Tuesday, December 12

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at ampionship.

Many thanks to Mr. Loren Mack, Ms. Tammy Chan Mun Yi of ONE Championship along with Ms. Tessa Jazmines and her Team LARC and ASSET for all the assistance and media/PR needs. Until the next Manila fights!

Photo Credits: ONE Championship Facebook Page …Many thanks for the amazing Age of Domination in Manila fight night pics! 

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