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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!




Hello, Manila!

October 7, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

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We are back from a very fruitful and memorable trip to Berlin and Florence but it is quite a challenge to overcome jet lag.  While I try to find some rest and get to work on a thorough post for you guys, let me give you this for starters.  I’m feeling happy and want to share with you some giveaways from our friends from Zoot!  Of course we have been able to conquer our marathons with our Zoot shoes.

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Here’s how to get a chance to win a Zoot shirt!


Visit and Like Zoot’s FB site (https://www.facebook.com/ZootSportsPhilippines)

Post your sporty selfie on Zoot’s FB site and say why you love your Zoot or why you want a Zoot product.

Use the hashtag #whyiwantzoot with #teampangilinan

Make sure you tag me (Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan)  on all your posts so I can see them and make you eligible to win!

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Paisley is hot

September 23, 2014 mommy talk 1 Comment

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Posting this outfit of the day where I celebrate the bright, sunny weather with my paisley printed kimono by Tees&Things, loafers by Tod’s and watch by Timex.  Sorry can’t live without by Goody black band as it is so handy for tying my hair especially when it gets so hot or windy.  Will be entering a different time and weather zone tomorrow when we fly to Berlin for the marathon.  Will keep you all posted and do keep us in your prayers for safe travels and a good finish as Timex Philippines’ official delegates to the Berlin Marathon. Bis bald!

A Glamping Birthday by Hannah Pangilinan

September 18, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

I am thrilled to have my daughter, Hannah as my guest blogger to share her Glamping Birthday. Here goes…

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As a typical 15 year old girl, being told I was going to be able to camp for my birthday wasn’t the first thing I’d think of doing. So for a few days I told my parents I was okay with it but I wasn’t really hyped about going on a camping trip with my best friends and cousins.

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I didn’t really know what I was going to be doing in a camping trip with my friends and what if it rains or maybe my friends wouldn’t enjoy going camping? Those were the things running around my head until I finally decided to talk to my parents about planning it out.

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When my parents found out I thought it was going to be a regular camping trip they couldn’t help but tell me everything that was going to happen.

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It wasn’t camping; it was called “glamping”. So basically, if you weren’t a fan of sleeping on the floor, getting heated up by the sun but you still want to leave the house and enjoy the outdoors well, this is what I recommend you do!

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I was really flabbergasted with the idea of have a “glamorous camping” experience!

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With the help of Coleman, I was given a beautiful setup with coverings for everything we did. We had changing tents, sleeping tents with airbeds and tables, eating tents with tables, chairs and sun chairs, and lastly we had a covering where we could just sit around and hangout. We had the experience of the coziness of outdoors and the best part was that we always forgot about checking our phones so in my opinion that is the indication of a successful party!

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I’d like to thank Coleman Philippines for helping me make my birthday party so unique but still enjoyable and for their gorgeous setup and decors! I’d also love to thank Nice Print Photo for covering all the shots of the party and helping me capture our experiences outdoors! Last but not the least, special thanks to Tita Hindy and Tito Gippy Tantoco of the Sta. Elena Golf and Country Club Guest house for making our stay truly one for the books with a beautiful venue and great service.

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