Musaman TriDavNor inaugural race


A couple of months ago, we got an invite to race the inaugural Olympic Distance Triathlon in Davao, the Musaman TriDavNor, that was set to happen on the last weekend of June 2017. We happily accepted the invitation, and looked forward to the racecation.

But a sudden change in climate in Mindanao made us a bit apprehensive of still doing the race. A lot of people backed out, yet also plenty were still trying to get in. Mindanao was in Martial Law, there were news of rebellion just near the race venue. We were quite scared, but the organizers assured us that they will beef up security and make sure of our safety.

So we still flew out of Manila and into Davao, got greeted by police escorts and off to Tagum we went to stay in Hijo Resorts where the swim start and first transition would take place.


They say before the race didn’t feel like one at all. When we biked out to register at the sports complex, I got to appreciate the beautiful palm tree lined road that we would pass on race day. The roads were smooth and flat – it was so beautiful. Of course, it was also my first time to have police escorts as I rode out on the road – an extra precaution that the organizers gave us to entail our safety.


It certainly felt more like a vacation as we just relaxed by the pool and got fed so much local food – fresh seafood, and ulam’s and delicacies from the different tribes of Davao.. everything was so delicious it was hard to stop eating.

Race day came, and the elites were to start first, then the men, followed by the women 10 mins after the first group. To say I was nervous was an understatement, but good thing I was able to shake off my nerves after spotting some friends cheering us on.


It was a fast 1.5km point to point swim in clear flat waters and I was quite surprised to have come out of the water in 31 mins. Having zero swim background, this was very fast for me. I was elated to see my time and went on to transition to my bike ride.

The 40km bike course ran through the palm tree lines roads, and on to a banana plantation til we reached the sports complex where the next transition was. The turns were quite tight so I found myself overshooting and having had to make a u-turn.. I tried to make up for the time lost. My nutrition plan was out the door when I realized my gels dropped from my bento box when I hit a bump on the road so I had to make do with what energy I had left. All in all that bike ride was amazing and I still hit a personal best for that 40km stretch.

As I came onto the flats as a pancake run, the temperatures have risen to 35Β° and all I wanted was to run as fast as my tired legs could take me. I didn’t see a water station until 3km in so I found myself suffering in the heat. On the last km stretch of the run, I found myself running  along 3 male triathletes, one of them stayed by my side and paced with me til the finish line. Grateful for that last push to the finish.


To have finished under 3 hours for the second time in a row at an Olympic Distance Triathlon is a huge achievement for me, especially since I haven’t even been doing this for a year yet. All the training hours certainly pay off.

All in all, Musaman is a beautiful and memorable race and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year.


Shout out to Father Jay, Andy, Christopher, Missy & Keith for inviting us and taking such good care of us in Davao. Our experience wouldn’t have been the same if not for you guys. Also ofcourse, this racecation wouldn’t have been as funny and fun without Kuya Kim, coach Ige, My soul sister Sara (this was her first Olympic distance tri and she rocked it!), Greta, Tim, Cj, Jonah & Jane, Rico & Trixie, Keith & Joyce. And of course the three people who keep me race ready – my swim coach Noy, my tri coach Ige and my unofficial nutrition and race strategy planner Enrico. You guys are everything a newbie triathlete can dream of. I feel so blessed to have you all as my friends. πŸ’•

Shop Love, Candy Pie

One of our favorite retail therapy place, Shop LCP turned one and as a thank you to its loyal clients and friends, owner Pie Alvarez threw a lavish dinner at The Manila Peninsula last night. All the ladies donned their favorite Shop LCP outfits from the variousΒ designers that they carry. What with the numerous collections they’ve released, it wasn’t a surprise that no two ladies wore the same outfit. It was such a fun night with the girls, as we ate, drank wine and caught up with each other. Thanks, Pie! Cant wait to shop again! πŸ™‚

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it’s ladies night πŸ™‚

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outfit details:

dress: Ixiah the Label from Shop LCP

sleeveless blazer: Zara

Shoes: casadei

bag: Alexander McQueen

bangles: Kate Spade & C Wonder

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LCP squad: Sam Rodriguez, me, Kelsey Merritt Cat Antonio, Patty Ang, Mika Martinez

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You can sit with us! hamming it up with Sarah & Mika

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sumptuous dessert… i may have eaten two of these. oops.

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with one of my favorite young designers, Patty

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we couldnt resist a hallway mirror shot!

most Photos by: Magic Liwanag

Heart & Wio’s book launch

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“Daughter of the Sun and the Moon,” a children’s book written by my good friend Rocio Olbes with illustrations by Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero was launched yesterday and i wouldnt dare miss it. These girls worked really hard for this to happen, and because of their hearts of gold, proceeds of this book all go to charity.

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I came from teaching an afternoon yoga class that day so i had to rush upon getting ready to grace the event – fortunately i made it in the nick of time before it ended, unfortunately the program was over. Wio assured me that it was ok though, because i showed up nevertheless, and even bought a book (which i had both authors sign). Being in a hurry meant just throwing onΒ the first items i saw in my closet– im glad the look came together really well. πŸ™‚ whew! it’s all about highstreet brands for this one!

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outfit details:

top: zara

skirt: miss selfridge

shoes: topshop

sunnies: Karen Walker

bag: Chanel

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shot at: Discovery Primea

(feeling) Pretty in Pink

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Walls upon walls of flowers covered Valkyrie last night as Lux transformed it into “House of Lux” to formally launch their perfumed bath collection nationwide. We were asked to come in purple or pink so i decided to commission my friend/business partner/go-to designer Patty Ang to create an ultra feminine dress for me to wear to the event. Since being a yoga teacher and fitness enthusiast has gotten me living in workout clothes most of the time, getting dolled up is something i truly enjoy. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been in the fashion industry half your life!

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outfit details:

flowy mullet dress: Patty Ang

shoes: Casadei

clutch: Givenchy

hair by: Myk Feliciano

make up by: Riza De Guzman

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photos by:Β Magic Liwanag