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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Running Event : Salomon Citytrail 2014 Philippines

"just because you are not out there in the big mountains and the wilderness, it doesn't mean you can't find freedom" - Anna Frost, Trail Runner & Salomon Athlete

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When I don’t get to hike or travel and I find myself craving for scenery and a little bit of adventure, I go out for a run and just wander off. It was through this that I discovered interesting places – deserted alleys, red light districts, museums and parks. In one occasion, I even boarded a boat that cruised over Pasig river (blog here). 

So I’m quite excited to share with you details of the Salomon Citytrail 2014 which will be held on September 7, 2014 in the historic district of Intramuros, Manila, a former political center of the Spanish regime in East Asia. 

Salomon Brand Manager & Triathlete, Janice Tanada sharing a preview of the run during the CItytrail launch
This event promises to be fun and informative as the route will pass other historical landmarks within Intramuros. 

Date : September 7, 2014, Sunday
Gun Start : 4:00 PM, Fort Santiago 
Registration Information: 
August 1 to August 29 - Salomon stores (List here)
August 30 - September 5 - R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street (FB Page : R.O.X.)
Online Registration : Runners Runner (there's a 7% processing fee which seems fair if you're far from the registration venues)
Facebook Event Page: Salomon Citytrail 2014
Fees : 
P900 - 6km  category
P1,200 - 12km category 
Inclusions : 
All registrants will get a race bib, timing chip, Salomon Citytrail singlet, Citytrail cap, post race meal and a historical running tour of Intramuros City. 

12km finishers will get a Citytrail Finisher’s medal. Top three male and female winners per distance will be awarded with R.O.X. gift certificates, Salomon products, and other freebies. Salomon items and products from sponsors will also be given away to lucky participants on the day of the event

Baggage & Parking Information : 
There will be ample parking space during the event. Baggage counters will be situated near the Start/Finish line at Fort Santiago.

Gears : This will be a green event, meaning, cups will not be provided at the hydration station so you need to bring your own water bottles or hydration belts. 

If you're looking for new shoes, do consider, Salomon X-Scream. These colorful shoes are designed for those who do a combination of mountain and road running. It retails at P6,490.00 and is available in Salomon Stores in Glorietta 3, SM Aura, SM Megamall & R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street. 
Salomon X-Scream

Click here for the Gear Review by Pharmaton MVP & CityTrail Race director TJ Isla

Salomon Philippines
Facebook Account: Salomon Pilipinas
Instagram: @salomonph

Related blog on Salomon Citytrail 2014 : Do check out sir Rene Villarta's (jazzrunner) post.

This running activity is spearheaded by Salomon Philippines which is under the Primer Group of Companies, the retail company that brought other big brands here in the Philippines such as The North Face, Columbia, JanSport and more! 


See you there! :) 



Monday, August 4, 2014

Where to Stay in Naga City : Eurotel



A view of Naga River near the side entrance of Eurotel 
Just recently, I joined blogger friends on a two day adventure around Naga City and its nearby municipalities to check out several waterfalls, old churches, a pebble beach and most importantly, its restaurants (teehee!). 

Our accommodation was Eurotel, a hotel situated beside Naga River which serves as the starting point for the fluvial parade of the Penafrancia Festival, the city is known for. 
Lobby
This festival is held every September in honor of the Our Lady of Penafrancia. For 2014, the highlights will be on September 12, 2014 (road procession from Penafrancia Shrine to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral) and on September 20, 2014 the fluvial Procession where the image of the Virgin is returned from Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to Pe├▒afrancia Shrine. *Note that final schedule of the activities will be released on August 15.

(Please Like Naga Smiles to the World on Facebook for updates on the Penafrancia Festival. :) Naga Travel information on Travelbook)

Swift check-in
I was assigned to a Studio room which has a beautiful picture of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France at the head of a queen-sized bed. It has its own private t&b, aircon, cable tv, safe and  free WIFI. I was also grateful for the complimentary water bottles as I had just arrived from a 12 hour bus ride from Manila the night before. 

Comfy bed
Eurotel has its own restaurant with the price range of the food ranging from 150 Pesos above which is quite reasonable for its taste. An overnight stay also comes with free breakfast. Buffet was available during our stay. The variants were simple, not too many options but I was quite satisfied with what was available. 
Breakfast is practically the first thing on my mind every morning!
Its location is across People's Mall and is 10-15 minutes away by tricycle from SM Naga and the central bus terminal (where you can catch a bus back to Manila). 

From the hotel, you can explore the city on foot (ideally early morning or during the evening to avoid the heat). The Oragon, a scultpure which depicts the bravery of the Bicolanos is a few feet away from the hotel.  From the Oragon, you can continue on foot to Plaza Rizal, which honors the Philippines' national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal (located along General Luna street). Another worthwhile stopover is Quince Martires along Penafrancia street, a plaza honoring the 15 Bicolano martyrs during the Spanish colonization. To read more about Naga City attractions visit their local government website.
So there you go, if you're visiting Naga, consider Eurotel. Staff are friendly (not overly attentive which is good because I want to be left alone) and despite being dubbed as a businessman's hotel, I actually felt at home. 

Eurotel Naga

#2 General Luna corner Riverside Road Bgy Dinaga, Naga City

Manila Line / Tel. No.+63 544-725321 / 6686131 

Mobile No. +63 0922-3100303
Email : eurotel_naga@yahoo.com
Website : Eurotel - Naga

Rates at 1,500-2850 Pesos depending on room type. 

Disclaimer : 
Our 2-day Naga adventure was made possible by Naga Tourism office and Naga Excursions.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Puerto Galera Series : Da Pirmeda

After several hours of touring under the suns, I was ecstatic when I finally felt some cold air brushed against my skin as our jeepney moved higher up the mountains. Though the rough road was relentlessly bumpy on some sections, the sides of the road were abundant with trees, its rich green hues complemented the sky which was as blue as a lap pool. 

Our group comprised of fellow travel bloggers and writers, led by tourism officer ms. Aileen Bareng  stopped 10 minutes away from our destination as the road was  a little too steep for our vehicle. As we were around an altitude of 2,000 feet, we were rewarded with the views of Verde island passage and other nearby islands. 


Owned by a member of the Mangyan-Iraya tribe, Leo Banaag, Da Pirmeda was built with a purpose to share Mangyan culture to others while providing a haven for travelers who want a quiet mountain get-away. 
Near the entrance, you can find a map of the place, its amenities and activities you can try
There are two pools with cool water running continously from the mountains. Fellow bloggers were quick to reference Singapore's Merlion at the sight of the water shooting from the pipe perched on a tree branch. With its clear inviting waters, I regretted not having extra clothes so I could take a quick dip. 


Overnight jungle tours which can cover up to a distance of 37 kilometers can also be arranged for 3,800 Pesos/head as well as survival skills training (500 Pesos/head). 

I got pretty excited when Leo brought out a traditional bow and arrow. As a fan of Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games book series,  I couldn't help but dream about being a bad ass archer - which I later found out, was a lot harder than I imagined. :P 


With Leo teaching us how to use the bow, we took turns hitting our unfortunate target, the trunk of a coconut tree situated near a cliff. I managed to hit the grass close to the tree. While it was a futile attempt, I was pretty happy I got to hold a bow and shoot an arrow. 

As I savored the view of the ocean and the thick foliage around me, I made a mental note to come back, swim at the pool and spend a night here for a quiet time and perhaps, try the jungle trail. 

Rates :
Entrance fee is at 250 Pesos. The rates are backpacker friendly too - there's huts for 250-450 Pesos/night which can be shared by 2-3 persons. 

One of my companions on this trip, sir Amadis Ma. Guerrero also wrote a very helpful article on Da Pirmeda. Read about it via Inquirer.

How to get to Da Pirmeda? You can bike, hike (it's a steep, hour hike) or hire a jeep from the city center. Resort's contact details below. 

Da Pirmeda
Brgy. Baclayan, Puerto Galera
Contact Information : 
Leo Banaag - +63 0920-669-2668 (Mobile)
Aileen Barang (Puerto Galera Tourism Officer) - aileenbarangtourismoffice@gmail.com  
Tourism Information Center at +63 043-287-3051 (Landline) or +63 0927-901-2318 (Mobile)

How to Get to Puerto Galera? Visit PuertoGalera.Net

Related Post :
Check out our visit to a Mangyan Village in Talipanan
Curious about archery but no time to travel to far? Check out my post on Kodanda Archery Range in Makati!  Click here.:)  


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