Gran Fondo Lobo 2018

 The Gran Fondo Lobo 2018 is a scenic 94 km ride out around the Batangas area with an elevation of over 1,150 meters.  Based on the feedback I got, 70% of the ride are climbs.  I have been eagerly preparing for this ride off and felt it would be a perfect way to satisfy my craving for adventure and love of biking... not to mention get a tan and a chance to hang out with some friends and other cycling enthusiasts. 

It was a tough ride to make under 35℃ temp but I always kept reminding myself to fuel up at every stop to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.  The route was awesome which provided a scenic view of the shoreline and various land marks that I have never scene before.  Within a few kilometres, you can go from the hills to the beach, from the hustle and bustle of the city to the peacefulness of the countryside. There is a great diversity of landscapes within a short distance of each other.  The Philippines is truly beautiful if we can just take the time to explore. The Gran Fondo Ride the Philippines Project through cycling is a one of the best ways to do it. 
Thanks Pat Joson for a great biking experience.  Definitely looking forward to the next Fondo Ride Out. 


The photo was taken on the shores of Boracay in 2007. The same photo I submitted to Runner’s World Australia which was eventually chosen by the editor in chief, Ms. Claire Burke, to be featured on the Feb. 2008 RAVE RUN Edition. It was also my first time in Boracay.

When I laid my eyes on the beach, my jaw dropped mesmerized. I couldn’t believe how beautiful Boracay is with its postcard perfect white powder sand and a shoreline that stretched for miles. I could not wait to run on this island paradise early the next day while nobody was around.
During my runs, however, one thing I noticed even then is that most of the establishments did not have a proper waste disposal/ filtration system. I saw sewer pipes flush out human waste, garbage, and the like directly out to open sea. I also noticed the growth of “green algae“ sticking on the sand by the shoreline. I was told that this growth is attributed to algae thriving on human waste as nutrient loading which accelerates algal growth. At that moment, I could already foresee that this situation will one day cause major problems if left unresolved.

Fast forward to April 2018, President Duterte calls Boracay a “cesspool” and orders the entire Boracay CLOSED for 6 months starting April 26,2018 which he feels is necessary for the island “to undertake major renovation works, especially of the sewerage system, which had become obsolete and insufficient.” It’s sad that it has to come to this. Its sad that Boracay, which was once dubbed as the Best Island in the World now has to undergo major rehab simply because we prioritized selfish interests and personal gain while completely disregarding environmental concerns. It seems ironic that what made Boracay known to the world is what we neglected. The whole idea of trusting elected officials caring for future generations and putting the notion of sustainable development at the heart of their policy making, seems to have failed and are even the ones responsible.

I was never an “Environmental Activist” but I deem myself to be ECO-CONSCIOUS at the very least. What you give is what you get and what you get will sustain your soul. Our earth is a fragile planet with limited resources. I hope this “Boracay Incident” be a lesson to us all where everyone from individuals to businesses must reassess their daily choices and its environmental impact.

Fast Forward to October 2018. I would like to stay hopeful in this bold initiative to rehabilitate the Island. We shall see...

No Waze to Life - 55 YEARS OLD

Alarm rings at precisely 4am like it has been doing so every single day for many decades now.  It signals the moment I get up and do my daily ritual -  say a morning prayer, coffee, “banyo”,  stretch and then out by approximately 4:45 to run and/or bike for a couple of hours or so.  Then I do my stretches, take a shower, office by 8.30 (on weekdays) have more coffee and a light brekky. By noontime,  I’d most likely be taking a “power siesta” to get me through the rest of the day. That is more or less the extent of my daily ritual and today is no exception even if today is the day I turn 55.  Yes, I’m 55 and if anybody says  I’m “OLD”, they just blew a birthday blowout at PANCAKE HOUSE! ha ha.

Kidding aside, though it may not have been an easy road, in my 55 years I have learned to appreciate the journey. There really is no direct path through life. You can’t “waze” it and take the easy route. I would say that life is about keeping an open mind, and following the heart.  There are so many paths to explore and if you just focus on the final destination, you may become completely oblivious to the places and sights you might only be moments away from.  You may find that there is another, slightly more wiggly path that may be an interesting alternative part of your journey.  Sometimes you may hit a dead-end and may have to double back a bit.  The journey is all the little things, all the stops we make along the way, wrong turns and detours included. We grow and learn and become who we are. It’s all the memories we have, all the laughs, all the lessons. It’s traveling, seeing new things and new places, experiencing all that we can. It’s meeting new people, making connections, making friends, learning from others. It’s feeling pain, grief, joy, sadness, love, loss and everything in-between.  Life is made up of moments, good and bad with each moment as precious as the last. Nothing is guaranteed and nothing should be taken for granted.

So here I am at 55.  Though still contemplating whether I should run or bike today, there is one thing I do know for sure.  Yes I’m “effing” old (*pardon my French) and while  I still have a destination to reach, at least at this point in my journey,  I am happy.  At the end of the day, thats all that really matters.
Happy Birthday to me!  

Concepcion Family Meeting 2018 Tokyo, Japan

This annual event takes the clan back to Tokyo to discuss business while mixing some pleasure and family bonding time on the side like exploring the city, indulging in the great food, enjoying the cold weather and most important going for my Adventure Runs which is the best way to see the sights.  Always good times spent with family.

                           pic credit to : Peachy Concepcion
     going back home 

Pilipinas Duathlon Series 2018

 The Pilipinas Duathlon Series 2018 was held at Clark Pamapanga last February 25, 2018 with the 4km run-25km bike-4km run as the main event. 
This is the first Duathlon I’ve participated in for 2018 and plan to do many more with longer distances on the run and bike events. I really enjoy out-of-town races simply because of the fresh air, picturesque mountain views, wide open spaces not to mention the Duty Free Shopping that Clark is known for.  A break from the city is always good for the soul... a chance recharge and maybe get some sun.

I estimate there were about 750 participants which is fairly large for an event like this because the bike portion can get pretty chaotic if not managed properly.  Still feeling a bit “heavy” the past few days (most likely from all the fatty foods I have been indulging in lately), I was not exactly in peak condition but remained focused and determined to do my best as always. I basically just coasted through the race which was quite enjoyable. Nevertheless, I plan on being better prepared for upcoming Duathlon events in the future and still have a lot of fun in the process.

 A breath taking Bike ride before i head back home 
Post race pig out :-)