Mount Ugo Marathon 2017 (near Baguio)

This event has an equivalent two points if you are planning to join UTMB 2018 or the Ultra-Trail Tour du Mont-Blanc in the Alps in Europe, which requires a minimum of 15 points (9 old points) from a maximum of 3 races.


Mount Ugo Marathon 2017 is the first event organized by the KOTM (King of the Mountain Trail Run Philippines) which is also a member of the ITRA (International Trail Running Association).


It will happen on February 19, 2017, Sunday, at 4AM at Kayapa Central School, which is located in Nueva Vizcaya, a neighbouring province of Benguet. It will have two categories, which is the 42-K marathon and 21-K half-marathon. The marathon organizers will be implementing cut-off times for the two categories of the trail marathon. It will be 10 hours for the marathon while the half-marathon will be having 5 hours.

In order to join, you must be 18 years old on race day and must have officially finished a 21-kilometer road run or trail run, which must be verifiable over the internet.  You can read the official rules and guidelines for the race found at KOTM RACE RULES and GUIDELINES or you may click the link below:

Registration fees are as follows:

  • Marathon – Php 2,000.00 for local entrants, US$ 50.00 for foreign entrants
  • Half Marathon – Php 1,500.00 for local entrants, US$ 35.00 for foreign entrants

The registration will be inclusive of trail fees, event shirt, pre-race snacks and post-race meal and official finishers will receive a finisher’s token.

If you are interested to join, you can deposit your registration fees at the following banks:

  • Bank Deposit: (Local Entrants)
    Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
    Account No: 2379 0362 39
    Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr
  • Bank Deposit: (Foreign Entrants)
    Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
    Account No: 2379 0362 39
    Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
    Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr
    Please refer to your bank’s current PHP rate vis-a-vis USD.
    Telephone contact number for record is 63 999 998 7654

Write the following information in the deposit slip:

  • Complete name of runner
  • Gender
  • Birthday
  • Nationality
  • Shirt size (Asian standard sizing)
  • Qualifying race

After depositing the registration fees, you must send a copy of the deposit slip, either photograph or scanned copy, and email to (Subject: 2017 MUM) and wait for an acknowledgement email for confirmation of your registration.

There will be no drop bag station but a baggage counter will be available at the start/finish line. Organizers will not allow support vehicles during the race.

You can read additional information regarding this event at the website of KOTM.


Boundless Pagudpud 2017 (not in Baguio)

After several concerns, the final running race event of iRunner founder, Randy Abasolo, will now push through on February 25, 2017.

This is another ultra-marathon event, which is not happening in Baguio but has an interesting route for runners. This race entitled “BOUNDLESS PAGUDPUD 2nd Edition” will be at Saud Beach, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. Registration is until February 10, 2017 only.

Source: iRunner Facebook page

The running event that has four categories will have different registration fees, as follows:

  • 60-km – Php 3,500.00
  • 42-km – Php 2,500.00
  • 21-km – Php 1,500.00
  • 10-km – Php 800.00

There will be no cut-off times for each race category, which also has different gun start time, which is 4AM for the 60-kilometre and 42-kilometre, 5AM for the 21-kilometre category, and 5:30AM for the 10-kilometre event.

If you are interested to join, you can deposit your registration fees at the following banks:

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands
  • Account Name: Randy M. Abasolo (IRUNNERS PRODUCTIONS)
  • Account Number: 0629105662 (Quezon Ave, City of San Fernando, La Union Branch)
  • BDO
  • Account Name: Randy M. Abasolo
  • Account Number:008610069163

You can also have the option to pay via other local and international money remittances company, (M Lhuillier, Cebuana, LBC, Money Gram).

Write the following information in the deposit slip:

  • Complete name of runner with the preferred bib name
  • Contact number
  • Finisher’s shirt size (Asian standard sizing)
  • Name of team or group
  • Profession
  • Legal Status (if married, please indicate the number of children)

After paying, you should scan the deposit slip and email it to the following email address:


Claim your race kits at the Saud Municipal beach on February 24, 2017 until the event race day.

For other inquiries, please call or send a text message at the following contact numbers:

  • Smart Number (0999) 910-4410
  • Globe Number (0905) 422-0341


Philippine Lauf 2017 (not in Baguio)

A six-stage ultra-running event will be happening from February 17 and ending on February 25, 2017 at Ilocos Norte.

This is not a Baguio running event but it is a very interesting ultra-marathon. Are you ready to conquer these three towns in Ilocos Norte — Burgos, Bangui, and Pagudpud?

Source: iRunner Facebook page

The said event is in coordination with iRunner founder, Randy Abasolo, as part of his two final running events prior to his retirement from organizing running race events. His counterpart for Philippinelauf is Thomas Durnborg of Germany along with several European ultra-runners.

It will consist of the following stages:

  • Stage 1 February 17, 2017 Start/Finish = Saud – Beach way- Hannah’s Beach – Bantay Abot Cave – Caunayan (Total distance is 45 km)
  • Stage 2 February 18, .2017 Start = Saud – Pagudpud – Dumalneg – Farm-to- Market Road – Beach Windmills – Bangui – finish line @ Bojeador Lighthouse (Total distance is 45 km)
  • Stage 3 , February 21, 2017 Start/Finish = Saud – on mountain roads – Patapat Bridge – Kalbario Natural Park – back Caunayan – Saud (Total distance is 48 km)
  • Stage 4 February 22, 2017 (runners will be hauled to the starting line) Start/Finish = Bagong Lipunan Lodge – Pansian Beach – Adams Road – Adams – little ways trails in the mountains – Checkpoint – back to Adams (Total distance is 46 km)
  • Stage 5 February 25, 2017 Start/Finish = Saud – Pagudpud – Dumalneg – Lanao – natural waterfalls – turning point – Saud
  • Stage 6 (final stage) February 27, 2017 Start/Finish = Saud – Baduwang – little ways trails height in mountains – checkpoint – back to Saud (Total distance is 44 km)

The said event, “Philippinelauf”, is a German term meaning “Philippine Run!” covering the towns of Burgos, Bangui, and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte featuring an average of 45-kilometer run per stage. The event will start on February 17 and will commence on February 25.

Registration fees will be Php 2,500.00 per stage if you opted to join one event only and Php 15,000.00 for the whole six-stage ultra-running event.

For more information regarding the ultra-marathon event, please text or call the following numbers:

  • (0999) 910-4410
  • (0905) 422-0341

New Bishop for Baguio Catholic Faith Congregation

Last January 10, 2017 the Baguio Catholic faith welcomed Most Reverend Victor Bendico as the new Bishop.

Pope Francis named Monsignor Victor Bendico of the Archdiocese of Capiz as the new bishop of the Diocese of Baguio succeeding 77-year-old Bishop Carlito Cenzon who resigned past the mandatory age for bishops which is 70 years old

Archbishop of Nueva Segovia Most Reverend Marlo Peralta led the Episcopal Ordination and installation of Most Reverend Victor Bendico. Archbishop of Capiz Most Reverend Jose Advincula Jr. D.D and Bishop-Emeritus of Baguio Most Reverend Carlito Cenzon also led the Canonical Possession at the Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral.

Bishop Bendico, who is the sixth bishop of the diocese of Baguio was born in Capiz, raised in Roxas City, and was earlier assigned in Tarlac before being chosen to lead the diocese of Baguio. He received two resolutions as an adopted son of Baguio City and Benguet province.


His coat of arms has several figures with its own representations. It has a sunrise or sunset with a cross symbolizing the journey with the kingdom of God and the symbol for the Our lady of the Atonement Cathedral which is the seat of the diocese. It has a Cordilleran house and trees symbolizing the culture of the people of the region and the letter “M” with a crown symbolizing the most Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom Bendico is personally devoted. The middle portion of the coat has three interconnected arches representing the seal of the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome, where Bendico obtained his licentiate and doctorate degrees. Lastly, it has the Capiz shell representing the hometown of Bendico.

Bishop Bendico is 56 years old and has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Capiz for 33 years. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary in Manila and has a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome, Italy. He was also a member of the Commissions for the Clergy and for the Liturgy, the board and Senate of the clergy, and the board of the Colegio de la Purisima Concepción in Roxas City.


Baguio City Lost its Christmas Tree from a Mammoth Fire

A huge fire had scorched into ashes the tallest Christmas tree in Baguio City at around nine in the evening last Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

The four-storey Christmas structure that took its stand for the first time in Rose Garden after having stood on the grounds of Session Road particularly at the Lower Session Road area have been burned by two men, according to local news. Eyewitnesses have been saying that two men were seen running away minutes when the Christmas tree was already burning last Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Aftermath of the Christmas tree fire. Date photo taken: January 12, 2017

The framework of the tree is 12 meters, is made out of recycled materials salvaged from demolished buildings of the City Buildings and Architectural Office (CBAO), and was designed pro bono by Architect Aristotle Go of 90’s Design Studio. The construction and materials had an estimated cost of 500,000 pesos. The tree taller than its original planned height making it more visible to people visiting the Burnham area have been destroyed supposedly by pranksters according to investigators since CBAO personnel have already removed electrical wiring from the tree prior to the incident.

It was a giant Norfolk pine tree that stood out at the foot of Session Road years ago symbolising the development of the city before it was adopted by Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) in 2012 and ending its legacy as a Christmas symbol. Afterwards, relocating the tree to Upper Session Road area at the rotunda near the post office until the year 2015 before finally deciding to have the installation at the Rose Garden in Burnham Park last year, 2016 so that people will be able to visit and appreciate the main park in Baguio City.

The Christmas tree constructed out of recycled materials in support of the city’s cleanliness and waste management programs is a huge symbol not just of the Christmas season but also the development of Baguio City. It is a good thing that the designer in coordination with the local government has decided to use recycled materials not just to reduce the costs but also to alleviate environmental awareness.


Pilipinas Akyathlon 2017 Edition

The first Skyrunning event in the Philippines will be happening on February 5, 2017. 

42km SkyMarathon – Php 2,000.00 (US$ 62.00)

The main event that will be starting at Tinongdan Indigenous Heritage Site following a trail leading to the summit of Mt. Ugo (2,150 masl) and then retracing the same path with minor variation until reaching the Finish line.

25km Mountain Run – Php 1,200.00 (US$ 35.00)

The 25km Mountain Run using the same route as the SkyRace but making an earlier turn around at Sitio Lusod going towards the Finish line.

10km Road to Trail Race – Php 950.00 (US$ 25.00)

An introductory 10-kilometer Road to Trail Race for trail running composing of roughly 30% road and 70% trail routes that will be interesting for novice trail runners.

Source: Pilipinas Akyathlon 2017, Philippine Skyrunning Association 

The race venue will be in the Indigenous Peoples’ Cultural Heritage Site in Binga,

Barangay Tinongdan, Itogon, Benguet wherein all race kits will also be distributed a day before the race

Registration period will be from November 15, 2016 until January 14, 2017. Online registration will be available by visiting RaceYaya website and selecting Pilipinas Akyathlon. This is the link for the online registration:

Other interested runners can also visit Lagalag stores located in Baguio City and in SM North EDSA.

A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE is required for runners of all categories.

PACERS will not be allowed during the race event.

*SkyRace® and SkyMarathon® are registered trademarks of the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF)

**Akyathlon® is a registered trademark of the Philippine Skyrunning Association

The race will have start on the following times:

  • 42km SkyMarathon: 4:30am
  • 25km Mountain Run: 5:00am
  • 10km Road to Trail Race: 6:00am

Cut off times for each race categories are the following:

  • 42km SkyMarathon: 7 hours at the summit, 13 hours at the finish line
  • 25km Mountain Run: 8 hours at the finish line
  • 10km Road to Trail Race: 4 hours at the finish line


Start the Year 2017 with Wellness

ABC360, an Online English Tutorial Services in China and in the Philippines, is not all about learning but they also have other curricular events that you can join in Baguio City.

Ready your running gears, start practising and join this fun run, dubbed as “ABC360’s RUN FOR WELLNESS 2017”, on January 29, 2017.


Running categories with the corresponding registration fees are as follows:

  • 3K – Php 350.00
  • 5K – Php 450.00
  • 10K – Php 550.00
  • 21K – Php 650.00

Race kit will be distributed that will be including singlet, race bib, finisher’s medal for 21K participants, as well as a certificate of participation and refreshments for all runners.

You can register at Sessions Gallery Café located at 411 Jose De Leon III Center along Session Road in Baguio City and at the ABC360 headquarters at the Basement 4 of CooYeeSan Hotel Plaza in Naguilian Road in Baguio City.

Special discount coupons will be given by Session’s Gallery Café and Session’s Bread House plus each registrant would also be entitled of five raffle coupons for a chance to win exciting freebies from the sponsors on the day of the run. Coffee Library will be offering a one-time 5% discount on your total bill, and all you need to do is show your proof of registration.

Eastern Communications, Hard & Light Massage, Maxicare, Metro Bank – Naguilian Branch, Sessions Gallery Café, Sessions Coffee, Breads & Pastries, The Coffee Library, Immanuel Christian BookShop, One Body Fitness & Wellness, and iFM Baguio sponsor this event.

The turning points for the race route will be the following:

  • 3K – Kubong Sawali, Military Cut-off
  • 5K – Camp John Hay Gate (Loakan)
  • 10K – Forestry Loakan Gate
  • 21K – Kias

You may inquire at the following contact details for any questions regarding the run:

  • Zen Summit Events & Productions FB Page –
  • Zen Summit Events & Productions Email –
  • Globe mobile number – (0906) 568-5584
  • Smart mobile number – (0998) 470-2486
  • Landline number – (074) 661-7747
  • ABC360, Nerisse Villanueva, (0906) 368-9338

Race kits will be distributed at Sessions Gallery Cafe, one week before the run date, January 29, 2017.

The said event will be expecting 300 registrants only on a first come, first serve basis so contact them now and join and have fun running and enduring the cold Baguio climate.