Gasang, Guinto top Pamutan Trailfest

Just this weekend, Cebu Trail Runners hold their 2nd edition of Pamutan Trailfest featuring a marathon distance along the trails of Brgy. Pamutan and nearby.


Kicks off 12 am on Sunday at Bagsakan Center Pamutan, Merson Gasang  of TAD crossed the finish line in 9 hours, 57 minutes and 5 seconds, emerged as male champion for a marathon distance. Gasang was noted lost the trail earlier in his second loop but regain the game all the way to the finish line. Along in the male podium, were John Maurice Quirol with 10:00:53, settled in  2nd place and Rhodel Sarande with  10:00:55 in 3rd place.

While female category was won by Noriebelle Guinto of Baybay City Runners (BCR) whose official time 13 hours, 10 minutes and 10 seconds was made her lead among female runners. Fe Hoffner Von Styggenein, also from BCR placed second in her time of  13:12:15 and Glee Marie Largo with 13:19:05 settled in 3rd place.

Aside from 42km distance, there were also shorter distance like 22k, 14k and 7k which started earlier on Sunday.

For the overall results, click this :

The said Pamutan Trailfest 2018 was hosted by Cebu Trail Runners, a group of trail junkies based in Cebu. The trailfest was the second from their last year’s race and expected to attract more trail runners across the country in their coming editions.


Engbino, Mari win anew

At least 298 runners gathered to run for a cause event of Team ADR’s Cebu North 50KM Ultramarathon held over July 14 and 15 at Bogo City Plaza, North Cebu.


Veteran runner Desiderio “Sano” Engbino of Spectrum Runners was declared once more as male champion setting him three hours, 55 minutes and 50 seconds while Team ADR’s very own Marivic Mari notched her category with 5 hours, 54 minutes and 54 seconds.

“Sano” remains consistent every race and proves his mastership of ultra-running even outside Cebu. Mari, a police officer started not so long ago to ultra-running is now making her name as the fast-rising female champion. Both were tandem champion of the recent San Fernando-Kawasan 50 mile ultra last month.

Others in the male podium were Edil Batiancila who is also from Spectrum recorded a time 4:05:53, following him Isidro Moradas with 4:42:28. While in women’s cat, Mary Claire Maranga was listed as second runner to reach with 6:08:05 and Lilian Racuya came third with 6:34:11.

The event also hosted a half way ultra-race. 25Km category commenced 3AM on Sunday was attended by 85 runners. After 5 hours cut off, Vivencio Narca concluded victorious of his category marking one hour, 40 minutes and 54 minutes. Filrose Mejorada won her cat by at least Sub 2:30. Abelito Neiz settled as second male runner and Bonifacio Monjas, third with 1:52:22 and 1:49:52 respectively. Annalisa Dacayana came second female runner with 2:54:21 and Ma. Theresa Sagiahon came as third with 3:32:37.

The top 3 in each category was awarded a cash prize and plaque. The top 10 in each category was also recognized and awarded a podium medal at the conclusion of the event.

Benefiting the cause, is Brian “Popoy” Guillen, a team member of Any Day Runners. The intention is to help “Popoy” defray his medical expenses. Guillen is an ultra-runner/ triathlete and police officer who suffered from severe dehydration after he collapsed during run leg of Ironman 70.3 last year.

The organizers, race director and president of Team ADR Jez Ramos were delighted to all runners joining the successful event.

In Case You Missed It: Peonila, Villarin of Spectrum emerge victorious of PF SUB1 Challenge

At least 500 runners across Visayas Regions joined this years’ Pinoy Fitness SUB1 10K Challenge held last Sunday at SM City Cebu Grounds.

Photo Credit: Paksit Photos (Peonila and Villarin crossing the finish line)

Erl Peonila emerged champion among SUB1 wave runners. Peonila who hails from Dumaguete City and member of  Spectrum Runners set straight with 35 minutes and 55 seconds . Ian Rafuela who is also from Pionela’s team came second with 36 minutes and 10 seconds. Abelito Neiz of Team ADR came third with 36 minutes and 28 minutes.

While in female division was notched by Evamie Villarin, who also from Spectrum Runners. Villarin set  43 minutes and 39 seconds  bit far from her runners up . Maria Stephan Jayson of Paksit Photos came second with time of 46:14 while  Ezel Conde of Team PhiLDR came third with time of 49:49.

The said top runners received qualifying medals and podium plaque. Runners who pursued within an hour or less also received the said qualifying medals. After 15 minutes from 5 am gun start of  SUB1 wave,  48 runners participated the fun wave category which was won by Levert Clyde Mungas with 57:03 and Sheryl Olanda, 1:09 in their respective divisions.

Pinoy Fitness SUB1 10K Challenge is a test of everyone’s fitness through breaking a 10 kilometer route in one hour or less. For aspiring marathoners, 10K is a very basic and foundation and has been a holy grail for most of the runners, especially those in the track and field sports.

Infinite Ultra Queen of Cebu names female champ of East Coast 145 Mile footrace in Baler

Cebuana elite ultra-runner, Rhoda Caballero-Oporto bagged the top spot of women’s title in the fourth and final leg of PAU’s 3rd East Coast 145 (232 Kilometer) Mile Ultramarathon Race which kicked off 9 AM Tuesday, December 26 at Baler, Aurora.

Oporto on the left, with her is Lyra Valles as her support 

Amidst the heavy rains on her last 25 kilometer on Wednesday night, Oporto managed to record a taxing time of 38 hours 23 minutes and 42 seconds which ranked her 2nd overall out of 10 runners. With her taxed time,  she marked a new record in women’s division which was previously gained by Jocelyn Lanas in 2016’s edition by 44:53:11.  Ahead of her is Bong Dizon, the overall champion with only gap time of  16 minutes.

Dizon and Oporto, both are lead runners

Oporto is a member of Cebu-based Infinitea Runners and Paksit Running. She is also one of the trio, Psycho Inday Runners.  Recently, she was declared 2nd runner to cross the 3rd Cebu 100-Mile Northwest Ultramarathon finish line on November 19, where she was her best as female champion with official time of 25 hours and 37 minutes.

Oporto is PAU veteran runner. This year she herself staged podium in country’s some of the longest foot race. In the 2nd North Coast 200 (320 KM) Mile Ultramarathon Race last May 14, she ranked 4th runner out of 1o finishers and respectively declared female champion with daunting time of 62:48:16

On the races such as, 3rd West to West 280K Ultramarathon Race last April 15, she was named 1st Runner Up in her category and 6th over-all with record of 53:53:20. And also named 2nd Runner up and 7th overall with the time of with 46:44:24   in 3rd Manila to Baguio 250 Kilometer Ultramarathon Race last February 18.

Oporto on the left with her support, Valles before gun start staged in Baler

According to Lyra Valles, Oporto’s support and team mate from Cebu. She was in her good condition to almost pace the leading runner, Dizon. The said event was hosted by Race Director, Jovie “BR” Narcise.


Rediscover Minglanilla, scene-zoned trails and waterfalls

It was beautiful Saturday, when I and my running friends Sir Eduardo, Dominic, Raymon and Roshz De decided to try different trails of Minglanilla, well a sort of exploration may be. This town is next to Talisay City when going down south of Cebu. It’s a progressive municipality and almost like a city, and it’s dubbed as Sugat Capital of the South which celebrated annually during Easter Sunday.

I almost live with mountains, and actually spent more times with mountain climbing than trail running but still I’m not your mountain goat. There’s a big difference of the two, basically mountaineering is camping while trail running is a combination of running and hiking and no camping at all.

As early 4:30 in the morning, we started running uphill beating sunrise before the lucrative trails. The first kilometer was all uphill not trails, it’s paved and concreted. We continued running until reaching the pure trail. I tell you, it was a bit hard. There were so much steeps and lowly trails, and it literally breaks your legs. The weather does cooperate with us, no rains but sunny which were fewer burdens to us. Speaking of sunny, it’s a scorching heat. There were open trails, and mostly canopied by biennial trees and shrubs.

Check this elevation profile for your reference,

elevation and route
Courtesy of Roshz De (Facebook post)

It wasn’t on our bucket to hunt for those waterfalls. All we planned was to run a trail. It was indeed a surprised and unplanned. We reached the first falls at about Kilometer 5-6 with my Garmin not working so well, Hinagdanan Falls. I guess it’s the nearest to access located in Brgy. Manduang. There were residences living near and it’s passable by vehicle. The falls is not that tall, not aquarium-blue but the view was totally refreshing. The drizzling sounds makes you lover indeed. This particular waterfall is described as Hinagdanan with its Visayan root word “hagdan” which means “stairs”. Thus a waterfall often related to vertical drop of water and in other ways, mostly staired-falls.

Hinagdanan Falls
Upper portion, Hinagdanan Falls

We continued to hike and run as planned for a 21 kilometer. We had our lunch at Purok Santol. There were no enough stores, we just had our instant noodles for our recovery and thank God, cold soft drinks were available to quench our thirst. We had short break and later continue uphill route.

Finally, we reached the multi-tiered falls. Matun-og Falls at Km 12 in Brgy Guindaruhan, it has name called level 1, 2 and 3, we took them all. With its spectacular view will leave you a jaw dropped. For my Instagram photos, of course I shot a lot.  The water is clear and refreshing, and it seems that less people had visited the area. The bliss-pool at the bottom of the waters was a varnish clear then we took a dip in the water to relax our tired muscles. The waters may not be as blue-gatorade as Kawasan falls in Badian but the views were just another way.  We enjoyed it very much, heyday!

Minglanilla Trails
Matung-og Falls -level 2
Matun-og Falls- level 2
Matun-og Falls- level 1

We continued our trail and just as Kilometer 16 mark, we did the chance to check on Kabugbugan Falls, the meaning literally “punch” the punching water drop made that sense. It’s nearest one from Barangay Guindaruhan. The falls in a single-tiered, the water drops was lovely. The water is pounding the rocks back. Indeed the view is another moment for Instragram. My friend who used to visit said, that there are more water drops during rainy season which is even more picturesque.

Kabugbugan Falls- level 1
Kabubugan Falls- level 1

There’s a lot to discover Minglanilla. Caves and undiscovered falls will truly attract any. But I know later on, spelunking in this amazing place soon a big a deal. I may say, the local tourism should check specific of this potential growth and flocks of unsolicited tourist.

Hitch me baby one more time, on our way exit at Brgy. Guindaruhan

We made an exit in Nava Industrial Zone in Brgy. Guindaruhan. It leaves us beautiful and positive impressions, it was tiring but all worth. It was short as 21 kilometer but the story behind was a bajillion.

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Bet on your 41st Milo Marathon’s King and Queen!

Who do you think, this year’s Milo Marathon King and Queen? Would Jeson Agravante and Mary Joy Tabal still defend their throne?

Regional and Manila Qualifiers. The best time recorded for female category was in Urdaneta Leg by Christabel Martes (1:23:45) while males’ best was in Cagayan de Oro Leg by Gerald Zadala with 1:12:42. Both raced 21 kilometer to qualify the 42 kilometer finale.

Manila Qualifiers. The best time in 42 kilometer run was recorded by Cinderella Lorenzo with 3:15:50 for female category while males’ best by Rafael Pescos with 2:38:27. Both raced 42 kilometer to qualify 42 kilometer finale.

Milo Manila Qualifiers

Records. Jeson Agravante and Mary Joy Tabal topped last year’s 40th National Milo Marathon in Iloilo with 2:35:13 and 2:47:49 time respectively. While open category grabbed Kenyan nationals, Josphat Kiptanui Too Chobei with 02:22:13 and Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol with 02:41:55.

Below are top ten runners from regional qualifying races. These names on the list might be our champion, and who knows? For complete race results, please check their website.

Milo Qualifiers 2017

Best of luck!, again who do you think this year’s King and Queen?


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Brent Costillas ranks 2nd in Toughest and Longest Ultra Race in the Philippines

Brent Costillas (10)He fears none, it’s all about time management, discipline and determination brought him to success. Lapu Lapu City-based ultra runner Francis Bren Costillas or socially known as Brent Longdistance Runner finished his longest ultra marathon race on November 1st early morning

Brent Costillas (5)

With jaw dropping distance of 342 kilometer from Rizal Park in Manila to Bantayog Shrine in Daet, Camarines Norte, Brent completed the race with official time of  74 hours 46 minutes and  6 seconds placed  him second runner to hit the finish line just 18 minutes ahead from the 1st runner. With his placement he earned the elusive golden fin buckle.

The 3rd Manila-Daet(Bicol) 342 Km Endurance Race 2017 was presented by Active Runners -Philippines with Race Director Rodell Mendoza. On their starting line, October 28 10:20 PM, a total of 10 runners across VISMIN including Brent had appeared themselves strong and focused beating COT on November 1, 8:20AM. Amidst the frowning weather condition and difficult route both 1st runner, Kevin Luna surpassed the course record which was hold by its first edition champion 2015, Lao Ogerio with 74 hours 44 minutes and  29 seconds which is close to Brent’s official time.

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The tough ten at the starting line with RD Rodell Mendonza (center). Photo Credit Heave Laborde 


35 years old Brent hails from Maasin City, Southern Leyte. His passion in running was all started in 2014 when he first joined half marathon in Cebu City Marathon. He was recognized then by running with costume, in fact he won Best Costume by that time, and decided to continue joining CCM presenting head turning costumes.

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He wears colorful costume in Cebu City Marathon



In 2014 he won Best Costume in Cebu City Marathon


With influences to some friends in running community. Brent pushed his passion into more hardcore and through ultra running he found himself in love. In 2015 he finished Adik ug Dagan University (Eng. trans, Addicted to Running University) a three day event with 260 kilometer ultra distance. The said event was colloquially dubbed as “Masteral Couse in 2015 which was presented by Cebu Ultrarunners Club.

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That feeling when you’re adorned by your most hard earned stuffs


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Hard-earned buckles, should you have it!


With influences to some friends in running community. Brent pushed his passion into more hardcore and through ultra running he found himself in love. In 2015 he finished Adik ug Dagan University (Eng. trans, Addicted to Running University) a three day event with 260 kilometer ultra distance. The said event was dubbed as “Masteral Couse in 2015 which was presented by Cebu Ultrarunners Club.

With influences to some friends in running community. Brent pushed his passion into more hardcore and through ultra running he found himself in love. In 2015 he finished Adik ug Dagan University (Eng. trans, Addicted to Running University) a three day event with 260 kilometer ultra distance. The said event was colloquially dubbed as “Masteral Couse in 2015 which was presented by Cebu Ultrarunners Club.

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A CUC’s event pose


He was one of the history maker of Mindanao’s longest Ultra Marathon Race last August 2017. He completed the 300 kilometer from Butuan to Davao in 76 hours 28 minutes and 52 seconds which ranked him 11th runner out of 20 finishers of the event.

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Brent, in his finish of Butuan to Davao 300K Ultra


Brent Costillas

A closer look to his golden buckle from his Butuan to Davao Ultra


He also joined some of the Hardcore Events took place in Cebu. In fact, he placed 3rd in 2ND Cebu Southwest 210 Kilometer Ultra marathon last June 9-11 2017. He was also a finisher of 1ST and 2nd Cebu Northwest 100 Miles Ultra Marathon in years 2015 and 2016.

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Finishing podium in Hardcore Events


Lot to mention,  those are just some of his achievements. Brent is a full time employee of Azure Beach Club of Crimson Resort Spa-Mactan. Aside from his friends abroad, he is lucky to have his manager very supportive, Mr. Frederick Quito helped his finances to defray some of his expenses, particularly Manila to Daet race. Prior to his placement, Brent was promised by his manager to give him additional cash of P 5000.00 if he sstaged himself to podium

He plans to join triathlon. He also does trail and fun runs. Brent’s journey is awesome, follow him, check his facebook account to know him more