SM Baddicts – Food Group – 3 years na tayo!!! =)

As we approach year 3 of playing together – as in regularly…to the extent that badminton has become an integral part of our lives, tonight I sit in my room in silence, thanking God for the beautiful friendship that we’ve shared in and outside the badminton court.

Remember 2008? 

We were all novice, but we were the underdogs who seemed to get a lot of support from the management…hehehehe….When we fought against the strongest opponents – BDO and Dept Store, we were without fear.  We played our best games.  We did not win the crown and only settled at 3rd, but we knew we had the potential.  We affirmed that we would emerge as champions in the next tourney.

SM Food Badminton Team - SM Sportsfest 2008

3rd Place - SM Food Badminton Team - SM Sportsfest 2008

First SM Baddicts Christmas Party - 2008

Who could ever forget 2009?  Perhaps, it was that point in time when redemption was our strongest motivation.  101% pure passion.

It was our team’s first corporate championship appearance.  No team wanted the crown soooo badly, but FRG. We went through tough training sessions and team practices with all the pressures compounded every session…and finally – the Championship…nobody pulled out.  All the cheers, the pain, the injuries, the lessons, and our friendship…at the end of that grueling 7-week badminton season, we were all smiling from our hearts for all the right reasons. 

Overall Champion - SM Food Badminton Team - SM Corporate Tourney 2009

Realizing the need for more trainings and tourney exposures, we began competing in tourneys outside SM.  Our regular Tues and Thurs games are just as fun as when we were starting three years ago.  We’ve grown in numbers, and we’ve all matured as badminton players, and we’ve engendered the most supportive team –  I am a true-blooded SM Baddict! 

Happy 3rd Anniversary, SM Baddicts!  =)

Go for gold!

TNP Tourney

SM Baddicts Christmas Party 2010

WEB BG Tourney - January 2011


AN OPEN LETTER: Give back and thanksgiving – my first full marathon

Dear Family and Friends,

 I hope this letter finds you well.

 I will run my first full marathon on June 26, 2011 at the Manila International Marathon.  A full marathon covers a standard distance of 42.195KM.  I have spent 16 weeks training for it, in the company of my fellow SM Runners.  I did my first half marathon, uphill runs, and trail runs with them; driving up to Baguio and Tagaytay. My pacers – those who will run alongside with me in the marathon:  Ed Escalante, Jigger Meneses, and Jayson Tan.   I must say that I owe them a lot for I would not have reached week 16 if it wasn’t for their support. 

 Why I want to run my first full marathon this year?

1.  Crossing the finish line is a huge gesture of thanksgiving and triumph for living through 33 years of a blessed life – something I owe my Creator and the people who touched my life.
2.  I have truly embraced my passions – one of which is RUNNING.
3.  Unite family and friends for a cause – this marathon is not about me stretching expectations of myself, but I want to do something good which is beyond me.   

You can help me make this event more special.  It’s not everyday I’m being given an opportunity to unite family and friends for a social cause – and I guess, this is one of the best times to do just that.  I want to make my full marathon an instrument to help people – to reach out to the community.  I have chosen a charity program called HAPAG-ASA – an integrated feeding program managed by The Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation.  Enclosed in this letter is a rationale of the said program.

Now, here’s the deal.  I will openly accept any amount you can whole-heartedly pledge for every kilometer that I can cover during the marathon.  Example: P2.00 for every kilometer.  If I finish the full 42KM, then your donation to HAPAG-ASA is, P84.00.  =)

Donations will be collected on week of June 27, or you may send me an email or text message so that I can give you my current account number.  All donations will be turned over to HAPAG-ASA under the name – SM RUNNERS AND FRIENDS.  I will be providing a report thereafter. 

Thank you so much for always sending me thoughts of strength through prayers.