Sun Life Tri-team In Ironman 70.3 Race

The Sun Life Financial Philippines Triathlon will be marking its 5th year by participating in Ironman 70.3 in Cebu on August 5 fielding a total of 13 racers/athletes in the prestigious competition, led by brand ambassador Piolo Pascual, actor Enchong Dee, and its very own executives.

Piolo, who will bike for one of the relay teams, will once again team up with Enchong doing the swimming and his long time friend, athlete Toniel Ty completing the race in the running field.

Sun Life Chief Investments Officer Michael Enriquez will also see action on the bike, alongside Sun Life Business Development Manager for Partnership Distribution Toots Malapad and Sun Life Sales Training & Development Head Ged Custodia.

Former National team member Jan Chiu (swim) together with Sun Life Digital Transformation Specialist Karl Villalonga (bike) and TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2017 top finisher Alfred Diacosa (run) will comprise the third team, while an all-female team will consist of elite athletes Bea Grabador (swim), Laarni de Guzman (bike), and Charlie Sy (run).

“It’s a thrill for us to once again be a part of Ironman 70.3, which is a perfect venue for us to highlight Sun Life’s health and wellness thrust,” Sun Life CEO & Country Head Benedict Sison said.

Sun Life, which has expanded its purpose beyond helping clients achieve lifetime financial security, aims to encourage Filipinos to live healthier lives as well. In fact, the company has been beefing up its suite of health and accident insurance products and has been launching programs that promote the cause.

“By having our own brand ambassador and executives leading the Sun Life Tri Team in Ironman, we’re confident that we’re sending a clear message that we’re committed to this purpose,” Sison said. “We hope that by following the journey of our athletes in this race, more Filipinos will be inspired to lead healthier lives.”

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About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial Inc. (“SLF Inc.”) is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management (“AUM”) of $975 billion. For more information, please visit Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

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ATOS Brazilian Jiu Jitsu holds block screening for scholars at Centrio Cinema

Atos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Cagayan de Oro will be holding a block screening for Guardians of the Galaxy on April 25, 2017 at 9PM, at Centrio Cinema 1 a day ahead of the regular schedule.


“It’s a fund raising event for competing Kagay-anon athletes in the upcoming Dumau Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in Cebu this coming June,” said Candice Saligumba, Centrio Cinema Manager. “Tickets can be purchased from our ticket booth at the 3rd floor or at ATOS BJJ CDO gym at YMCA.”

“The purpose of the event is to raise funds for a couple of things: One is to subsidize the expenses of our students who have potential to succeed in international competition but have little to no budget. It has been a practice nga kami mag amot-amot but we decided to have a fund raising event instead,” said Paul Clarence “Popo” Juarez, head instructor.

“Second, we’ll have to buy gear and equipment for our scholars. They are chosen students that we want t take under our wing to impart skills and values that would help them in the future. Sa karon I’m helping out a few people nga trainers daan for capacity and skill building.”

“These ‘scholars’ are street children from Kuya Fish (KFA) or Ark Foundation who are being groomed by our partner foundation so that they become positive role models in their community. Gamay pa ni sila but we’re expecting this integration program to be successful.”

Queries for assistance and information can be coursed through Proverbs Fernandez, Vice President-Kuya Fish Campaign, with mobile #0927-227-5419.

ATOS BJJ holds Jiu-Jitsu classes at the YMCA-Cagayan de Oro City from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

In a previous article published in SunStar Cagayan de Oro, Juarez describes Jiu-Jitsu as a martial arts derived from judo but which stresses ground fighting and submissions.

“Its most popular form is the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) Japanese judoka Mitsuyo Maeda brought the art to Brazil. Its popularity rose because of its success in the Unlimited Fighting Championships (UFC), showing its effectiveness against other martial art forms,” Juarez said.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotes the concept that a smaller person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger and heavier opponent by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably by taking the fight to the ground (Wikipedia).

Juarez has been training for nine years and has affiliated with Atos Philippine for four years as an accredited instructor.

“We are the only Atos Philippine branch outside Metro Manila and we have produced champions in local and international tournaments. Atos is an international Jiu-Jitsu team consistently ranked among the best Jiu-Jitsu schools in the world,” Juarez said.

Juarez was trained by Ali Sulit, head of Atos Philippines, a Judo 4th degree Black belt, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt and head coach of the Ateneo de Manila University Judo and Jiu-Jitsu program. (The Night Stalker)

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Love to run? Are you the kind of person who loves to challenge yourself and push yourself to your limits? If you say yes to all these, then you cannot miss the 2017 Mapawa Trail Series! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned runner/marathoner, do check out the trail series and register! And if you’re up for the grand slam award challenge, go push for the three longest distances each leg (21k, 42k, 50k).


Mapawa Trail Run Series 2017


Here are the details of each leg.


Leg 1 – Trail Run Mapawa
Race Date: May 28, 2017 (Sunday)
Distances: 21K and 5K
Registration Fees: 21K (P1,000.00) / 5K (P500.00)
Inclusion: Even shirt, race bib with timing chip, Finisher’s medal (21K only) and meal
Limited Slots: 150 per distance

Details for 21K
Gun Start: 5:30AM
Race Briefing: 5:00AM May 28, 2017 @ Start/Finish Area
Cut off : 6 hours (11:30AM)

Details for 5K
Gun Start: 6:00AM
Race Briefing: 5:00AM May 28, 2017 @ Start/Finish Area
Cut off : none

Mandatory Gears:

  • Any hydration bottles at least 500 ml for 5k and 1,000 ml for 21k
  • No disposable bottled water or containers
  • Extra Trail Food
  • Mobile Phone
  • Whistle

Race kit distribution on May 24-27, 2017 at ROC Centrio Mall
Bring I.D. and receipt

Race Date: August 13, 2017 (Sunday)
Distances: 42k and 10k
Registration Fees: 42K (1,800) / 10k (700)
Inclusion: Event Shirt, Meal, Finisher medal (42k only), finisher shirt (42k only)
Limited Slots 150 per distance

Details for 42K
Gun Start: 4:30AM
Race Briefing: August 12, 2017 5PM @ Mapawa Nature Park
Cut Off: 9 Hours (1:30PM)

Details for 10K
Gun Start: 5:30AM
Race Briefing: 5:00AM @ Start/Finish Area
Cut Off: 3 Hours (8:30AM)

Mandatory Gears:

  • Any hydration bottles at leat 500ml for 10K and 1,000ml for 42K
  • No disposable bottled water or containers
  • Extra Trail Food
  • Mobile Phone
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight or headlamp for the 42k distance

Race Kit distribution on Aug 7-12, 2017 at ROX Centrio Mall
Bring ID and receipt

Race Date: October 29, 2017 (Sunday)
Distances: 50K and 15K nite trail run
Registration Fees: 50K (2,500) 15K (700)
Inclusion: Event shirt, meal, finisher medal, finisher shirt (50K only)
Limited slots 150 per distance

Details 50K
Gun Start: 3:30AM
Race Briefing: TBA @ Centrio Gardens
Cut off: 14 hours (5:30PM)
Intermediate cut off – 7hours @ Koreano Train (12:30 Noon)

Details for 15K
Gun Start: 5:30PM
Race Briefing: TBA @ Centrio Gardens
Cut Off: 4 hours (9:30PM)

Mandatory Gears:

  • Any hydration bottles at least 500ml for 15K and 1,500ml for 50K
  • No disposable bottled water or containers
  • Extra trail food
  • Mobile phone
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight or headlamp

Race kit distribution TBA at Centrio Mall the Gardens
Bring ID and receipt

Registration Process:
Onsite at ROX Centrio Mall for all events (TRM/MTM/UTM50)
Online at for Ultra Trail Mapawa only
Thru bank deposit
-BPI acct number 2013-0039-15
-Mapawa Nature Park
-Email deposit slip
-Indicate Name/Age/Gender/Size/Event and distance

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