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The homecoming 2014

October 31, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

We have capped our race year 2014 with our Team Pangilinan race at the 7th Anvaya Cove Invitational Triathlon organised by TRAP . Funny how we end right where we started.  Our Team Pangilinan was born in the same race exactly seven years ago (thanks to the prompting of our dear friend , Fernando Zobel de Ayala and his whole family) and we have not been the same ever since.  Every time we approach this expanse, we are in awe at how we have been woven together by this one sport that has made a huge difference in our lives..

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In the past, our children would race their own Super Tri Kids races( and when they started, they just borrowed the bikes and other gear that was readily available in the resort) while Anthony and I also did our own respective races for adults.  Times have changed through the years when the kids have to eventually graduate and take a rest to allow development of their bones and muscles, and delve into other sports .  This year proved to be a very special year.

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At the last minute, we decided to do a relay in Anvaya and have the kids take the lead.  Since they have specialised in their own sports, we allowed them to express that in a tri race.  It’s great to share this passion with friends as well like in this photo with celebrity tri couple Iya and Drew Arellano.

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It has been a long while since Hannah has competed in a race that starts with an ocean swim but she courageously dove into it to emerge as the first out of 20 relay participants out of the water!

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It was an amazing site to see her back so soon and we were kind of caught off guard and I fumbled with my camera but good thing that GM-Glen Fabricante (of Anvaya) caught this— My baby is a fish, haha!

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Hannah came out of the water in a jiffy and so that meant that Anthony will have to stay at a steady pace to keep the lead.  This proved to be a demanding task for Anthony who didn’t want to disappoint Donny who was just raring to begin his run.

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Donny told his daddy not to take his time in the gruelling Anvaya hills so he won’t have to wait too long before he is off.

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Anthony is not one who takes such declarations lightly and of course he wants to prove to his kids that he still has what it takes to take this race to the next level and boy, did he not disappoint!

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As soon as Anthony finished, Donny zoomed thru the  5 kilometer rolling hills route….

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When you have a natural runner traverse thru the majestic views the present itself, it just inspires and Donny has ran this course as a little boy, a tweener and then now as a teen and he was transported to a very familiar happy place….

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Little did we know though, that things weren’t so ideal as it seemed for halfway thru the course, Donny was actually in pain.  His stomach acted up and he was faced with two options: to head off to the nearest toilet or to bear it and finish pronto….

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He took the road less travelled,and the rest is as they say…history!

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We are Team Pangilinan – We TRI together!

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The best way to finish a well organised , super pumped up race is to indulge in a relaxing massage…that’s what I love about the Anvaya Invitational Triathlon- it’s a super family event that provides the best well organised course with the pamperings that come with the resort’s amazing amenities and most of all their beautiful set of people to cheer you on from beginning to end…

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…even the team supporters had a blast.  Ella, Benj, Solana and I may not have raced but we were happy to have worked behind the scenes and on the sidelines to make sure that this family race was a success.  The best part is that we get to have fun together.

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We are eternally grateful to our partners who have been with us from the very beginning: Timex, Rudy Project, Zoot Sports Philippines, Gatorade, Squadra and to TRAP, Quaker Oats Philippines, Sunlife Philippines and TSA-Havainas Philippines for making Anvaya happen for us.  Special thanks to Vantage Point Photography for most of the photos provided here.

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This victory is dedicated to all of you who have stood with us all the way.  Maraming salamat po!

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’till the next race!

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Mom-me time!

October 27, 2014 mommy talk 7 Comments

One of the most neglected people in the home is usually the mother.  Not because people deliberately don’t want to mind her but most often than not it’s because she normally does not want to draw attention to herself as she busies herself with caring for her home.

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Most mothers would rather put their families or others first not because they don’t love themselves but because seeing her family and others happy makes her happy too.  Normally when she sets out time to try to get something for herself or do something that would be solely for her, she ends up leaving a store or establishment with something for any one member of her household.

Does this mean that mothers don’t care for themselves?  I don’t think so.  Perhaps we are just wired to care and our being flourishes in seeing our surroundings bloom through our touches.


It took many years for me to embrace the idea that I have to put myself first not because I should take a selfish stand but because so many people depend on me, I have to have enough to give from an overflow so that I don’t give what is left of me.  Rather, I shall give from a source that never runs dry.  Oftentimes, I have lost my cool and have expressed myself in demanding ways thinking it would fill me up.  It took several heart to heart sessions with my husband and also mentor Leah Darwin to make me realise, it is ok to love myself and when I do so, I become a blessing and not a burden to my family.  My husband believes that if I am happy, everybody is happy.


That is the premise of this beautiful idea of Mom-me Time 2014 which came forth thru the joint forces of Janna Simpao of Baby and Breakfast and Rica Peralejo- Bonifacio of Wanders and Wonders.  They wanted a chance for mommies to gather, be pampered, be showered by delightful gifts while engaging in good company while feasting together in a fabulous setting to be inspired by ideas for better mommy-ing.

As Editor in Chief of Celebrity Mom magazine, these are the very things we want to highlight and that is to allow mommies to shine in their own respective homes as they are indeed the stars of their homes!  Thank you to Mom-me Time, we get to give away three 1 year subscriptions of the magazine

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It was an honour to have been tasked to share my insights on mommy hood.  I don’t claim to be an expert nor am I perfect and I honestly think of myself a work in progress so I am never too serious when I talk about my adventures as a mommy and how I am able to survive five children and one super active husband!



Dimples Romana was my seat mate and we shared lots of laughter as well.  So nice to be refreshed by her presence and love that she wants to take her mommy role seriously as a young mom who is expecting her 2nd baby.


I’m glad that my Kimberly Clark family hopped on board to give the mommies a hefty loot bag filled with useful stuff for the home….


and diapers galore from Huggies for mommies who have babies still in diapers!


Such a lovely afternoon with everything blooming thanks to Gideon Hermosa  (who graciously gave me tons of eucalyptus for my home)that was just perfect to unwind and recharge.  Thanks to Happy Folks Studio for these photos I can share :)



The best seat in the house belonged to Daddy Ian Simpao who basked in the overwhelming presence of so much mommies so happy and giddy with excitement for a fine time together.  As what they say, a happy Mommy for sure makes Daddy happy!



God is NOT Dead

October 25, 2014 mommy talk 3 Comments

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What would you do to defend your faith?  Find out how a college student takes a stand to prove God is not dead to his professor who tells them on the first day of school to declare God is dead.

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Berlin in action

October 16, 2014 mommy talk 2 Comments

Sharing with you all a glimpse of the Berlin Marathon so you have an idea what it’s like to run in Berlin .  Enjoy!

Ich bin ein Berliner!

October 12, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

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Ich bin ein Berliner! These were the words uttered by President John F. Kennedy that endeared him to the people of Berlin. These are the same words that crossed my mind as I traversed through the whole marathon route of the Berlin Marathon. I realized that it has become the best marathon experience of my life!

What a great way to celebrate conquering the world with our children. This time we have had the chance to be with our eldest daughter,Ella and the youngest member of our team, Solana.

We (Team Pangilinan) find it a huge privilege to be able to go far and beyond as we engage in our multisport activities. We thank our Timex Family for allowing us to secure slots to 3 out of 6 world marathon majors namely: New York (twice for Anthony), London and now Berlin.


We are deeply grateful for the support of Sunlife Philippines for partnering with us to make the Berlin Marathon a reality for us as we both share the passion for value of health and living life to the fullest.  It was lovely running alongside Sunlife Philippines’ President & CEO, Riza Mantaring who is truly an inspiration having gotten into running at 50 and has a mean sub 5 marathon finish!


Through the years, our longtime partners have been with us from the very beginning like Timex and have continued to journey with us like Zoot, Rudy Project, Gatorade, Squadra, TSA Inc,/Havaianas and this year we welcome Quaker Oats Philippines as part of our team that helped complete our Berlin Marathon experience!  Thank you so much, dear partners!

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Race day was an amazingly beautiful sunny morning that had the perfect temperature.  We felt like we were running in an air-conditioned fabulous outdoor route.Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 10.13.41 AM

The cool weather was a perfect excuse to cuddle up and be cozy before heading for our own finishes.  This is the first time Anthony and I were together for the start of any marathon because there were only 3 waves and we happened to be in the same one so I took advantage of every opportunity to have him close to me before he speeds off to the finish line having his own PR (personal record) in mind.

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There were only good vibes that surrounded the starting line.  Everyone was looking forward to a great marathon experience as Berlin is known for giving people their best marathon finishes with it’s relatively flat course.

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Belin did not disappoint!  It was indeed relatively flat with beautiful edifices and clean surroundings.  There were no fusses and everything that we read in the marathon guide including what to expect at which kilometer and where to find hydration and other foods were exactly where there were.  Simple and succinct -and that’s German precision at its finest!

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Even that short reminder about not having to need any personal music to entertain you from your Ipod was exactly correct!  Why, there was enough music provided throughout the race course and I had tons of chances to dance to the different genres of music that carried us through the 42 kilometer route!

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Like I mentioned in my initial posts, yes – I did a personal record and loved every minute of the route, the people , the music the preciseness of everything and the structures that transported me to historical past of Berlin and I love everything that the city represents: life , hope , progress and moving forward and upward..

It was indeed a sweet finish!

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And much sweeter to find my Honey, waiting for me so we could celebrate together!  There is nothing sweeter that finding a loved one share this crazy marathon passion with you, haha!

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Indeed, it was an awesome day to be amongst the world’s greatest and we are so honored to be in the same race that broke the world record!  Truly an unforgettable experience!