175 runners join100km Ultramarathon in Negros Oriental

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos


NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA)  —  Some 175 ultra runners from Visayas, Mindanao, and Luzon are expected to join the 103 km. run from Bayawan City to Dumaguete City on December 12 to 13, this year.

In its third year of ultra running dubbed ‘Negros Oriental 100Km Ultramarathon’, organizers Metro Dumaguete Runners Club (MDRC) together with Dumaguete Amateur Riders and Striders (DARS) Club and the Negros Oriental Sports Development Program (NOSDEP) continue its advocacy of promoting not only physical fitness but also sports tourism and environmental protection.

Race director Paultom Paras of NOSDEP said the runner-participants who registered online come from Cebu City, Negros Occidental and Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Lanao, Aklan, Masbate Western Samar, and Zamboanga, among others.

Paras said the run will start at 5:00 p.m. from Bayawan City on Dec. 12 and finish it on Dec. 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Capitol in Dumaguete City where an awarding will be done for the finishers.

“This year, the oldest runner is aged 65 while the youngest is 19 years old but runners are categorized accordingly of which there are six couples to run side-by-side,” said Paras.

Event manager Irma Faith Pal of the Negros Oriental 100KM Ultramarathon said all is set for this 3rd year of ultra running with the assistance of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, and local government units (LGUs).

Communication and medical groups, among others, are in place for the duration of the two-day event.

Race director Maripol Rotea-Tecson, one of the couples who will also run for the third time, urged the participant-runners to bring their own water jug for refill to lessen the waste of using plastic bottles that may be thrown along the highway.

With the assistance of the barangays along the highway and other organizations, water stations will be placed every two kilometers, sports drinks and chocolates will also be provided every ten kilometers, and food will be served every 20 kilometers to all runner-participants. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Dec. 10, 2015)

NOSDEP organizes 250-kilometer bike ride

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Negros Oriental Sports Development Program (NOSDEP) is spearheading the ‘Sikad 250’ kilometer bike ride from Dumaguete to the southern town of Basay and vice-versa on October 31.

NOSDEP head Paultom Paras said the bike ride is still part of the Buglasan Festival celebration which will gather 60 bikers in the province.

The event will start at 4:00 a.m. in front of Capitol Building and expected to finish at 8:00 p.m. in front of Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex (LMSCC).

The race packet will be released on October 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the lobby of LMSCC.

The event’s P500 registration fee includes race packet, event t-shirt, commemorative finishers medal, dinner and drinks.

Paras said for safe cycling, a medical certificate is required for participation.

Riders have to follow a specific route and they must not cut, deviate from this route, or their control point card will not be delivered and ride will be invalidated, said Paras.

This event is a long-distance unsupported endurance cycling, thus all towns along the highway are requested to assist for traffic, medical and rescue response.

Participants must stop at locations indicated as “control points” on route directions, and have their “control point card” stamped as a proof of passage.

The time stamp is the finish time to be recognized. Riders should make sure their control point card is stamped the moment they arrive at a control point.

“It is an environmental advocacy that aims to promote cycling as another sustainable means of transportation,” said Romualdo Señeris II, event head.

The event is basically a combination of healthy lifestyle, environment friendly, and leisure.

“It’s not just a sports event; at the same time it’s an advocacy event because part of the main advocacy is share the road,” Señeris added.

They chose to have cycling as an event because it is second to swimming in terms of cardiovascular exercise and it is also a sustainable and eco-friendly transportation.

“For the cyclists, we encourage them to ride with groups and clubs. If they want to go cycling, attach themselves to groups and clubs so that they will be able to learn right away the nitty-gritty of the sport,” Señeris said. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Winona Jane C. Agir, SU intern/This article was first published at PIA Website on Oct. 30, 2015)

Winners of the 2015 Buglasan Chess Festival announced

By Roi Lomotan

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Negros Club 64. Inc., the province’s premier chess club has announced the winners of the 2015 Buglasan Chess Festival “3rd Governor Degamo Cup” held recently at the Provincial Convention Center.

Silliman University varsity coach Rudell Siglos became the champion for the Buglasan Open category after beating other players in this seven-round game category.

Coming in second place was Patrick Chua who is also from Silliman University while other players Michael Baron and Gemon Tolentino finished in the third and fourth place, respectively.

Other players who are also part of the top 10 of this category are Steve Ursua of the University of San Carlos, George Albis, former NORSU top board Bernabe Tagulo, Christopher Gabo of Siaton, last year’s Buglasan champion Adrian Dela Cruz and Genesis Borromeo of Diaz College.

Meanwhile specials were also given to Nilo Sayre of Dumaguete City (Most Improved Award), Tyronne Diputado (Most Promising Award), Valerio Mangubat (Top HS Player Award), Carlito Ybio (Top Executive Player), Sherwin Polancos of Zamboanguita (Top Provincial Player), Sheiula Chua and Quennie Mariñas (Top Women Players), Alnie Jane Aum and Khay Sonjaco (Top Junior Female Award) and Philip Vilos of Siaton (Outstanding PWD Player). Patrick Chua also received the Top Junior Award.

Meanwhile, Sarah Francine Olendo and her brother Alfonzo Louis Olendo, both are from St. Louis School-Don Bosco were proclaimed winners of the Batang Pinoy Category.

Placing second was the team from Tayasan composed by Aliahne Aum and Neil Dayapan while the third place went to Kurt Pis-an and Misty Categuista from Negros Oriental High School (NOHS).

Rounding out the top five for this category are fourth place winners, Rhed and Dream Lance Cabebe from Valencia town while tied in the fifth place were Ivan Adaro and Joseph Masing of St. Paul University Dumaguete and Charlize Marie Ybio and upstart Mindi Rosene Solon of Camanjac, Dumaguete City.

Specials were also given to the Olendo Siblings (Board Champions), Joseph Diaz of NOHS (Top Kiddie Award, Ben Jariol of Don Bosco (Promising H.S. Player), Diane Quezon of Valencia (Promising H.S. Female Player), Justin Benedict Barron of Bayawan City (Promising Elementary Player), Kerry Sonjaco of Valencia (Most Improved), Mary Faith Paredes of Tayasan (Top Elementary Female), Sara Francine Olendo (Top H.S. Player) and Sedrick Jed Caraig of Dumaguete City (Youngest Participant).

On the other hand, Val Mangubat of Canlaon City emerged as champion of the Seniors Category. Following him in second place is Engr. Teodoro Nacar and Manjuyod town’s representative Leopoldo Ortega finished in third place.

Special awards were given  to the  Municipality of Tayasan as best represented local government unit, Camanjac Chess Enthusiasts Society as best represented club, Silliman University as best represented collegiate varsity, ABC Learning Center as Biggest Elementary Delegation, SLS – Don Bosco as Best Represented School, and the Amahit family of Bindoy as Best Represented Family joining the event. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/With Reports from Florendo Zamora of Negros Oriental Sports Program/This article was first published at PIA website on Oct. 20, 2015)