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“50/50” & “Running The Sahara”

10 12 2009

1. I received a very early X’mas gift  from Jay Nacino aka Prometheus Cometh two weeks ago and it was delivered through courier system. The gift was a compilation of running films/movies recorded in two (2) CDs. Thanks, Jay for the gift. God bless.

2. The following films were recorded in those two CDs: Chariots of Fire; Without Limits; 50/50; and Running The Sahara. Having seen the first two films mentioned in widescreen, I was very interested to watch 50/50 and Running  The Sahara because they deal more on ultramarathon and multi-day stage runs. Both of these running events were filmed sometime in 2006.

3. I will not deal with the whole story of these films as every reader of this blog could easily browse or “google” the title of the films and they could get the details of these running events. 50/50 was made as a film and at the same time published as a book to document Dean Karnazes’ 50 marathon races, in 50 States in the US, in 50 days. Running The Sahara is a film about three (3) ultrarunners from the USA, Canada, and Taiwan traversing the African continent by passing through the Sahara Desert in 111 days.

4. What I like to point out and emphasize in these running events is the tremendous PLANNING involved to undertake such feats. Dean Karnazes took at least 3 years to convince The North Face in appreciating his plan to run 50 marathons, in 50 different States, in 50 days and another year to finally coordinate and arrange for the implementation of the said project. It was only when his book “The Ultramarathon Man” became a No. 1 Top Seller and his being a top contender in the 100-Mile Western States and Winner in one of the Badwater Ultramarathon editions that he became popular.

5. The planning and preparation for the three (3) ultra runners in 3 different countries in the Running The Sahara took also years. Moreso, with the logistics; production/film crew; and other administrative requirements preparations for the event. This film/event also tested the endurance of the support staff and film crew in order to finish the running event.

Kevin Lin (Taiwan); Ray Zahab (Canada); & Charlie Engle (USA)

6. These two running epic events were well-planned and documented. These films really inspire other people to seek their endurance limits and at the same time promoting some advocacies/charities to help less-fortunate people. So, if ever you plan to do such endurance run, whether an ultramarathon event or multi-stage/day run, you have to document it so that the INTEGRITY of the event is intact. A simple blog (with pictures) would do or inexpensive tracker/GPS device to record your event should be with you all the time during your run.

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“Cavite”: The Movie

29 02 2008

When I last visited my family in Los angeles in December 2006, my daughter asked me if I’ve seen the movie “Cavite” and I was surprised to hear the title of the movie and I said “No”. That was the first time that I heard about that movie and I didn’t bother to ask further questions. However, my daughter recommended that I have to see it or look for a DVD copy of it.

On the day my daughter left Manila for Los Angeles last 22 February, she gave me a DVD original copy of the movie as a gift which she bought at Powerbooks at Powerplant. From its pack, the movie is an “indie” or an independent movie which was made by non-popular movie outfit, actor, producer, etc. I tried to play the DVD to my notebook but it could not play it because the DVD was not made for my notebook’s DVD player.

So, yesterday, I asked one of the officers at the Transient Facility to set-up a DVD player in our living room. Well, the movie’s story/plot is nice and I can relate myself with the movie as I was once assigned in Mindanao when I was a young officer fighting the MNLF in Maguindanao and lately, in Zamboanga City and Basilan fighting the Abu Sayaff Group (ASG).

I don’t want to tell the story/plot but if you are a  Christian or non-Muslim, you could see another perception/insight of what and why violence and terrorism still prevail in Mindanao in the eyes and minds of the Muslims.

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Note: This movie is a “fiction”!








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