Running Lecture @ WRIGLEY Phils., Inc.

Mike Panlaqui, a passionate runner, is the HR Head of Wrigley Philippines, Inc and he is a regular visitor of this blog. If I can still remember right, he posted his first comment to this blogsite and sent me an e-mail when I was asking for journals and documents that will attest and support the claims of past multi-day runners of running along the different islands of the country. He revealed to me that he was once a part of the Planning Group of the GOMBURZA which was a group of priests and laymen who did those multi-day running events in the country.

It is unfortunate that he does not know if GOMBURZA had a daily journal on those multi-day runs. What he knew were the schedules and arrangements made for the runners before they started their multi-day runs from Manila.

In one of our exchanges of e-mails, he invited me to conduct a running lecture and clinic to the personnel of Wrigley Philippines’ Corporate Office which is located at the Bonifacio Global City. The running lecture and clinic was conducted o/a 4:00 PM on September 22, 2010. Mike’s overall objective in this lecture is for him to organize their corporate office’s running club and for its officers, staff, and personnel to adhere to a healthy and active lifestyle through running. 

Mike Panlaqui's Introduction to the Running Lecture
"George Sheehan" of the Philippines?

After the running lecture, the participants were encouraged to perform the different stretching exercises which we advised them to do before and after their running workout. The members of the Elite Team Bald Runner led and demonstrated the different stretching exercises.

Stretching Exercises After The Lecture

Aside from the stretching exercises, we also demonstrated to the participants important running “drills” which they could do before they do some “speed” training workouts at he Oval Track or during their running workouts. The lecture room was very spacious for the said “drills”.

Running "Drills" Inside The Lecture Room

What is good about the timing and scheduling of this corporate’s running lecture is that, Mike made it a point to conduct this activity during the company’s quarterly celebration of the employee’s birthday for the 3rd quarter of the year. It means that we were able to partake of the food and drinks for the party.

Group Picture For The Future "Wrigley's Running Club"

To conclude the event, Mike and the rest of the staff of the company had a group picture, presented to us some “gifts” and support to my Elite Team BR, and be a part of their quarterly birthday party celebration.

To Mike and Wrigley Phils, Inc, thank you very much for the warm reception and interest in spreading the benefits of running to your officers, staff and employees. Please continue supporting our elite athletes in long distance running.

Running Lecture @ METROBANK Technology, Inc.

MBTC Technology, Inc (MTI) or METROBANK Technology is the IT arm of the METROBANK Group.

Randy San Miguel and Jerry Adriano of METROBANK Technology, Inc. had been training with the BR’s “Speed” Training Sessions at the ULTRA Oval Track for almost two years already and they are very dedicated in their training every week. It was only two months ago that Randy invited me to conduct a Running Lecture and Clinic to the office/corporate institution where he is working as he had to make some planning and coordination with the administration and getting a good crowd of his officemates who are interested to know the “basics” of running.

Randy and Jerry are inseparable during our training workouts at the ULTRA Oval Track as they belong with the same office. They are dedicated runners and had been joing competitive races from 10K distance to the full Marathon distance. I also observed that they always run together in their competitive road races. I can say that they are already veteran runners! So, when they asked and invited me to conduct a running lecture, I immediately approved their request.

METROBANK Running Lecture Participants

 So far, this could be the biggest group of corporate personnel who attended the BR’s Running Lecture & Clinic. Almost 70 personnel were present at the Training Room of the METROBANK Technology, Inc. in Makati City. I am confident that these participants will form the core of the company’s running club in the future.

The "Basics" of Running & "Tips" To Enjoy Running

 This activity was conducted a day before my team left for Jeju, South Korea last March 23, 2010. The lecture started at 5:30 PM and finished at 7:00 PM. Coach Titus Salazar had his turn to demonstrate technical matters and “tips” on running. The lecture hall immediately turned into a jogging hall when all the participants were requested to imitate what Coach Titus was demonstrating to them.

Hoping That All The Participants Will Start To Enjoy Running
Coach Titus Demonstrating Some Techniques In Running
Participants Were Made To Do Actual Stretching Exercises

 All the participants were made to stand up and were made to do the “must do” stretching exercises before and after their running workouts. They were made to “jog in place” and experience the feeling of running with midfoot footstrike as compared to “heel strike” running.

Another View of the Participants Doing Their Stretching
Post-Run Stretching Routine Demonstration

 The members of the Elite Team Bald Runner were made to demonstrate the proper running form and running “drills” after the stretching exercise demonstration made by the participants. The practical portion of the running lecture and clinic was fun as the group enjoyed doing their “jogging in place” and stretching exercises.

Before the lecture was concluded, there was an Open Forum where Coach Titus Salazar and I answered some questions and clarifications from the participants ranging from injuries, treatment, nutrition, running shoes, and training programs. After a group picture with the Officers and Staff of the said office, the activity concluded at 9:00 PM.

Group Picture With METROBANK's Electronics Division's Officers & Staff

 Let me take this opportunity to thank the following officers of the said company—Francis Carandang, the First Vice-President of Consulting Division, who is a runner who joins weekend races in Metro Manila; Marijo Caronongan, Vice-President for Human Resources; and Nikki Oxales, First Vice-President for Quality Assurance. Their concern for the welfare and healthy lifestyle of their employees through this running lecture is exemplary and commendable. I hope more corporate heads will follow in this endeavor.

Lastly, thanks for supporting the Elite Team Bald Runner!