On August 13, I woke up really early to witness these kids test their endurance. As I’ve said in my previous entry, the Alaska IronKids is a marathon for kids aged 6-14 years old and participants will have to swim, bike and run all over the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) but with different distances depending on their age group. Since the rapid change of technology, kids spend less time playing under the sun and I personally find it exciting to see these kids engage in physical activities.
Alaska’s CEO, Mr. Wilfred Uytensu, explained that the purpose of the Alaska IronKids is let these kids engage in a healthy lifestyle at an early age. “Alaska IronKids is all about participation,” said Uytengsu. “Winning is not the most important thing. What is most important is to get the kids away from the TV, away from playing games on their PCs and laptops and getting them out in the sun to swim, bike and run.”
Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to cover the 2011 Cobra Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Camarines Sur. A triathlon is a multi-sports marathon that consist of three activities that’s done continuously and sequentially.
On my first day in CWC, I attended the press conference with Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu, Alaska’s CEO and triathlete; Governor LRay Villafuerte; Mr. Abe Cipriano; and the professional triathletes, like Pete Jacobs; Jesse Thomas; Amanda Stevens; Katya Meyers; Bree Wee and Belinda Granger, who are qualifying for the world championship in Hawaii.
They shared their thoughts about the “rice cooker”, the course they had to go through under the scorching sun, and their views on the Philippines. Mr. Uytengsu emphasized the importance of the safety of the triathletes since they expect the weather to be really hot. Pete Jacobs was last year’s Cobra Ironman champion and he shared that he loved the Philippines. Bree Wee adds that she wasn’t able to attend last year’s Ironman Triathlon but she returned this year because of the awesome hospitality of the Filipino people.
The Cobra Ironman 70.3 is a one of the many triathlon races that has happening all over the world and it has been here in the Philippines for three years now. It’s called 70.3 because it’s a 70.3 mile race course — a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. Triathletes, both professional and amateurs, gathered here to test their skills.
Aside from the Cobra Ironman 70.3 triathlon, there’s also a race for kids called the Alaska Ironkids Philippines triathlon. This marathon race for kids features the same three sporting events but with different distances depending on the age groups. Participants are grouped into four age levels: 6-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 years old.
Honestly speaking, I’m not a huge sports fan so I have no idea that there are triathlon events that are happening in the Philippines. But during my four-day trip, I was able to appreciate this multi-sport event and I’ll share more about my insights in the next updates that I’ll be posting.
Right after the event at Raffles Design Institute, I went straight to Makati to attend press conference that was held at Hotel InterContinental Manila.
During the press conference, Century Tuna officially introduced Azkals heartthrob and model, Phil Younghusband, as their newest health ambassador who joins with top actress, Angel Locsin, in a new campaign, “Showing Off the Best in You with Century Tuna,” which celebrates individuality and healthy living in today’s world.
Angel expressed how happy she is to have another opportunity to work with Century Tuna and now, with Phil, as this is their first project together. Phil, on the other hand, is really happy to be a positive image among the youth and fitness enthusiasts. Both endorsers also shared their tips on how to stay fit and healthy and recommends to eat Century Tuna Flakes in Oil because it contains the highest level of Omega 3 for brain power, healthy body and strong heart.
Chocolate Tabia Cake According to the people I was seated with, this cake was too sweet. In fact, I’m the only one who was able to finish it. Mr. Ahwel Paz of DZMM even gave his plate. :P
Press Conference Interview by Sam YG
Century Tuna Flakes in Oil TVC with Angel Locsin and Phil Younghusband
Two weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Raffles Design Institute for a media event that was held in their school at Accralaw Tower, Bonificacio Global City. I first heard of Raffles Design a few months ago when I was researching on prospective schools in Singapore. They’re a superb art school in Singapore that offers Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Management, Interior Design and Visual Communication.
Raffles Education Corporation Limited was established in 1990 and is considered to be the largest private education group in the Asia-Pacific region. They currently operates 38 colleges in 34 cities across 14 countries.
The media event is a 20-minute talk about the courses the school has to offer. These talks were handled by the academic team of the institution namely Mr. Lee Miles for Interior Design, Ms. Nela San Jose for Fashion Marketing and Management, Mr. Buz Walker-Teach for Visual Communication and Dr. Janet Emmanuel for Fashion Design.
In between the talks, we were allowed to tour around their posh campus. I love how spacious and minimalist their rooms are. For me, this kind of workspace promotes creativity and productivity because it’s so clutter-free.
The library with a very nice red wall (not shown on photo).
Fashion and art books overload!
Sewing Machine Room Random Fact: I can sew now. I can make ruffles and reverse applique.
iMac Room. They have two computer labs. One room is full of Windows-based desktop computers and the other one is full of iMacs.
Exhibits of their students from Singapore and other branches.
Do you want to study abroad? Well, Raffles Design Institute offers a flexi-program where you can study two years in Singapore or other branches of Raffles, then one year in Manila or vice-versa.
Inspirational thought of the day.
Raffles Design Institute Manila is currently accepting enrollees for its July 2011 intake. For more information on RDIM and its programme offerings, visit their website or contact them at (+632) 846-288.