The Color Manila Challenge was held on March 19, 2017 by Color Manila. It’s a run for 3k, 5k or 10k. The run was designed to have obstacles as people throw colored powder all over the runners. The event seemed promising so we went for it.
We pulled together some of our friends until we had enough to rent a van. In the end we ended up with 2 vans carrying 19 people. We all decided to register for the 5k run which cost around Php 650.00 and included a race bib, sunglasses, a race singlet and more.
Color Manila Event Grounds
I nicknamed the group – Team Hatak (Because we just pulled more people in until we overshot our initial target, the hatak powers was very strong with this group of people thus ‘Team Hatak’)
Earlier this week we had to scout ahead of our group to claim the race kits for everyone. Ariell or “Kuya A” as everyone calls him offered his affordable van rental services to our group and he volunteered to take me to the venue to help everyone claim their race kits.
First ones to arrive
We were the first ones there, arriving at 8:00am! The event coordinators gave us some Kitkat chunky as an early bird prize.
Successfully Claimed Race Kits
It was an amazing experience right from the get go, meeting some cool people in the process.
Event Day! We departed from manila at exactly 2:00am going to Clark Pampanga Parade grounds for the Color Manila Challenge 2017. With 2 vans filled with the 19 awesome people who decided to join our party, we set off for a colorful adventure.
We arrived at 4:00am and decided to stay at a nearby Mcdo for a while. Everyone changed into their race shirts and. the pre-event ceremonies already started when we arrived at the parade grounds.
Chillin at Mcdo
Doing some Zumba-kind of moves.
6:15 Gun start!
With everyone in high spirits the 5k runners started slow and steady. We can already see some water being sprayed all over the runners in the front.
Then the run picked up the pace and we hit the first obstacle with the color blue.
Some blue for you
We had to crawl down some mesh-type thing for the next one which was green.
Mean and Green
Yellow is so Mellow!
then finally purple
There are also stations in between where runners can replenish some of the water they’ve lost.
A water station
We already had lots of colors all over our bodies but we kept on running.
A member of our group covered in Colors
We reached the end of the line and rested for a bit before walking back to the starting point.
The Finishers’ Medals
The Color Manila party was held right after where the runners got to throw their colored powders together and it was an awesome sight marking the end of the Color Manila Challenge.
Filling the sky with colors
We ate at a nearby restaurant called Matam-Ih ordered some Bulalo for just around Php 420.00 which was good for 4-5 people. Some Vegetables, Adobong Kangkong and Chopsuey. Rice was a little costly at Php 40 but it with a large group like ours we could afford it.
Bulalo at Matam-Ih restaurant
Team Hatak eating lunch together
Together we only spent around Php 1500.00 individually for everything including registration, food and transportation.
We saved a lot thanks to the affordable van service we got from Kuya A. You can also book or simply inquire using their Facebook page: Lakbay Ariell Van Services
In the end I got to spend time with old and new friends where we get to throw colored powder around. We were able to find ourselves a colorful adventure to take somewhere near Manila 🙂
Special thanks to the Color Manila Team, Kuya A of Lakbay Ariell Van Services and all the members of Team Hatak!
Were you able to join Color Manila Challenge too? What other events would you recommend to us? Comment below we’d like to hear from you 🙂
Picture credits to different members of Team Hatak.
Imagine walking to school in the University Belt and suddenly you see drones humming through the air with different errands to run. One drone accompanying a student playing audio lesson notes before the exam. Another drone seems to be delivering food products somewhere. There’s also a drone facing traffic in Espanya seemingly collecting data about traffic, this data will be fed to a data-center inside UST which will be used by students and faculty who will study how we can improve traffic conditions. You get to the classroom and you put on your VR headset for your virtual class which will give you a microscopic view of the plant cell your class has been studying.
It is now possible, the technology to do this exists, we just need more people looking towards what can be done with these technologies. We need our students here in Ubelt to unleash their creativity with what can be done. Gone are the days when we complain about the traffic, the government or pollution. All the worst problems being faced by our society can now be taken care of with innovation and outside-the-box thinking.
It has been more than two-months since we decided to start our own startup community in our beloved Alma Mater, the University of Santo Tomas. Two weeks after our last event held in UST entitled You Start Up where we exposed the students to the startup community.
We build this community in the hopes of opening minds and sparking ideas, we need people coming together with their own version of tech and business applications. I know a lot of Thomasian Alumni will support this cause. As one of them I know a student with enough vision, a great idea and a heart for execution, perseverance and down-right determination will be able to change our society.
Through this community (The UST Startup Community) I know someday students will be more free to talk about their ideas and inventions, and everyday we’ll come up with new innovative applications for technology. We’ll be able to discuss these ideas with our friends and find like-minded individuals we can work with. We can even change the passive Filipino passive complaining mentality and start our own pro-active, solution-oriented culture where everyone can work towards a common goal. For us Thomasians, we will start here in UST.
Dreams don’t care about politics. Some may say that it’s not politically correct to say that we can build another Silicon Valley in U-belt but we’ll still keep it as a goal anyway. I’m not saying that we’ll recreate another identical Silicon Valley, we’ll create our own a better, Filipino version of it. It’s really cruel how our society has been telling us for so long to stop dreaming, to just play safe and to go with the flow. I say it’s about the right time we start dreaming again, building organizations, inventions, putting up our own companies and changing the status quo.
“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are usually the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
This also serves as a retreat letter to Nicole Alsace Cablar who will be having her retreat next Saturday. (Al by the way is one of the student volunteers from UST TAG who gave her time and dedication to the first major event of USTartup, she is also now a member of the collaboration team). Al you are one tenacious individual, I salute your passion and your drive. You have inspired me to do more too. Keep growing and you’ll find out soon enough that with people who believe in you, nothing will be impossible. So to Al and all your classmates and Tag Mates, including Diane, Souichi, the other Dianne, Ed, James, the student volunteers that I had the honor of working with, I know you guys are crazy enough and I know that together we can create our own Silicon Valley here in Ubelt and someday soon change our world for the better.
Peace and Love!
Dear UST Tigers,
Yesterday our very own team lost 67-62 to the FEU Tamaraws, It was truly a heartbreaking loss for every thomasian. I literally felt like sitting down the sidewalk in front of TYK to cry. I couldn’t imagine all the hardwork you did, and the kind of heartbreak you’re going through. For a time I was speechless.
Photo By: Varistarian, Alvin Joseph Kasiban
Then I asked myself as I was eating my consolation siomai in Dapitan, What did we get from all of these?
Then I realized that the Tigers’ defeat was not in vain, that you might just have given us important lessons we won’t forget:
The prize of winning
The prize of winning can take years to accomplish, it can take generations. It won’t be easy, it will be full of heartbreaks, pain and suffering.
Photo By: Carmelo Culvera
For our UST Tigers, it seems that three generations has gone by when we felt like it was our time and we still haven’t achieved that prize. Mark my words, that day will come. For the FEU Tamaraws, they’ve worked hard, and came out on top, they also know how to pay that prize and this time it was theirs to take.
This will not be a one day thing. It’s going to be an everyday thing, a habit of tanking hurt and hardwork. But that day will come because
Faith is more than talk
It’s easy when your relationships work, it’s easy when you have a good job or you’re able to pass your subjects, it’s easy when the tigers win, it’s easy to have faith during those circumstances.
But having faith under defeat, and heartbreak and loss. That is when you have found true faith. That is power!
Faith is the moment Kevin Ferrer released that ball from behind the 3 point line and you believed 100% that it will count. I realized that I had faith.
I was not just capable of seeing to believe, but more than that I was capable of Believing to see.
The moment we walked out of our houses sporting a yellow attire waving our yellow balloons/banner going to MOA Arena or the UST campus to watch the game. You gave us reasons to have faith in you! that faith is stronger than ever because you taugh us…
It’s more than just winning
Yes, it’s about winning, but that’s not what it’s all about. It’s also about being better than who you were. If you did that, then you have found the champions inside yourselves.
It was ourselves we were fighting with the whole time. Just like the tigers preparing for the game, I can only imagine the long hours of training you had to endure, the greatest enemy you had was yourselves. When you were tired they had to fight against yourselves to push on and be better than who you were yesterday.
“If you make sure there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm” – African Proverb
Goals are there to help us start the journey, but it’s also about the WHY! In the middle of your journey when you feel like giving up, you have to go back to your WHY. Your team gave their heart to this game, WHY? Because you love basketball and you want to give hope to every thomasian watching you play with all your heart. Same with the FEU squad. It was a pretty strong WHY for all of you to give us that kind of game.
Acknowledging defeat and moving forward makes a champion. You gave us more reasons to fight other than just winning. You did just that and you showed us once again…
The power of the Thomasian Spirit
The thomasian spirit is powerful, It’s hard to kill the thomasian spirit!
The first time I witnessed with my own eyes the thomasian camaraderie in Araneta Coliseum during one of their games when I was in first year college, I was mind blown! Seeing for the first time the sea of yellow and becoming one with the roaring waves! It was unforgettable, it still is.
But more powerful is the human spirit of camaraderie
How Mr. Tiger, Kevin Ferrer was able to congratulate Mac Belo from FEU as the Final’s MVP was truly a sight to behold. It kinda gives you more faith in humanity. There you see how the fight went, where you go all out against each other, then you see the same fire inside of you in your oppnent and out of that clash, respect is born.
Photo by: Carmelo Culvera
The thomasian spirit is more than just a fiery-wild fire that burns, it’s a gentle flame that warms. It’s a brilliant flame that illuminates and acknowledges the strength in others. You showed us all of these.
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine” – St. Thomas Aquinas
The effect you had in others
At the end of the day, ask yourself. Was I able to inspire my brothers and sisters? Was I able to contribute something to their lives?
Photo By: Alvin Joseph Kasiban
Yes my dear tigers, you have. You had your team mates fighting along side you, almost becoming one body, the embodiment of the Thomasian spirit. You gave the FEU Tamaraws a run for their money, you gave them an unforgettable fight. You inspired the whole stadium to cheer for you and against you. You had a whole nation watching as you fought hard and long.
The growling tigers showed us that day, that we can face odds and take it head on. That we don’t have to be afraid of failing as long as we give it our all. We can fight knowing we have nothing to lose. You taught us these valuable lessons and finally…
What success truly is
The way you had us roaring, the way you had us shouting GO USTE! at the top of our lungs is a testament to the your success. This day might be forgotten but the fire you set ablaze within us will echo through our lives. This I think is what success looks like.
In my book and the book of my fellow Thomasians you are heroes, you are champions!
You showed us passion, you showed us courage against insurmountable odds, you taught us how to accept and learn from defeat. You showed us what it means to be a true Thomasian and a true Filipino.
You made us look forward to something more. You made us ready to shout again when the time comes to celebrate with everyone when the tigers finally claim their crown!
Juan Miguel G. Alvarez,
Proud Thomasian Alumni
What did you learn from the game? Share it to us in the comments section below!
All photo credits to: Varsitarian’s Alvin Joseph Kasiban and Carmelo Culvera
Just to make things clear, this is not in any way an article to dissuade the supporters of Mayor Duterte from voting him in the next election. Our vote is ours to make, but we have to be unified to some degree if we want to make a meaningful impact.
Recently there has been a lot of talk about mayor Rodrigo Duterte and how he’s now becoming the people’s champion against crime. I was almost at the point of going all out myself and campaigning for Mayor Duterte as my president but then along the way I found some things that made me think twice.
I just want to share legitimate concerns with all of you, and this is also for myself to find peace with my own vote and to spark intellectual discussions about the issues at hand.
- About the possibility of killings
We’re about to elect someone who might be willing to go out of his way to punish (even kill) the law-breakers. News flash people: That’s almost all of us! YES! Let me ask you the question: Kelan ka huling tumawid sa tamang tawiran? Kelan ka huling bumaba sa tamang babaan?
It’s easy to say that killing someone is fine if it’s some distant person from you, the typical drug addict, the common criminal. But what if there’s more to the story? What if it was the father of your friend? The mother of your classmate? How about a member of your family? Your wife or husband?
A lot of people have also been saying that this is exactly what we need to remove criminals from our society. I don’t agree, Haven’t we had enough death on our hands already with the typhoon Yolanda and the SAF encounter? Naniniwala ako na hindi natin kailangan pumatay para baguhin ang bansa.
A person’s life is not ours to take. If you fight hate with hatred, you get more hate. There’s only one way we can all win, and that’s with peace and love. Are we really able to throw out compassion, peace and love out the window just to arrive at…
- Instant Solutions
Mahilig ako sa instant na solusyon! I admit it, I would love to be able to change this country with one vote, one election. Done deal! But that’s when I started thinking, sometimes when it’s to good to be true you have to look again and I did. What will happen if we all relied on one person to change this country?
This kind of pressure that will be placed on one man who will go to his limits in implementing his own justice system might just spark more violence and fighting amongst ourselves.
I believe that right now the change that we Filipinos need, is something that will come from each and everyone of us and not just one man. This Messiah complex might run us down as a country even more. We all the need to realize that the solution for our country is not external, but internal. Being able to follow simple traffic rules individually and helping each other out day by day.
Which would you prefer? Taking steroids and getting big immediately or going to the gym and working hard for the kind of body you want? If we want to build a strong nation for our children. Then we need to work hard for it, we need to do it brick by brick, each and every one of us.
- Are we really ready for his type of leadership?Again, it’s not Mayor Rodrigo Duterte I’m worried about. He seems like a very capable man, a great leader, as this infographic shows but the thing that scares me is us. Are we ready to bend, because with someone like Mayor Duterte as president, it’s either we bend or we break.
Let’s ask ourselves, are we really willing to throw out our good ideals for a quick solution?Some videos circling online involving an interview with Mayor Duterte cursing the pope (I’m not Catholic, but that man is a good man) and about a couple of affairs are making me question his ability to set a good example too.
Mareklamo ako, ganun din ang pamilya ko at mga kaibigan ko. Every issue na maririnig sa balita, sa presidente ang sisi or sa gobyerno in general. Let’s say Mayor Duterte wins the 2016 elections, I don’t think he will be gracious enough with those who will try to oppose him. Check and balance might just go out the window when it is needed the most.
Decide for yourself who to vote for. I’m not saying that I’m not voting for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, I’m still considering all the facts available to me. Writing this article is also one avenue for me to ask your opinions and discuss with you these things. You can also check the sources and please do. This is our right, so let’s use it. This is the time of our generation to speak out. More than just voting, we can join meaningful discussions, learn more from each other and reach a certain degree of unity with our voices. Let’s all take our time to research and find out more about the candidates. We get the next choice after six years.
When all is said and done, whoever wins the next election, it will not just depend on them to change our nation, it will be in my hands, yours, each and everyone of us. This is our country, our home. If we can’t believe that we can change it, then who will?
Here’s a song I composed with my friend, just a simple message to all my countrymen who desire change as much as I do.
I just had to speak out and find the answers I’m looking for from my fellow Filipinos who are going through the same problems everyday. What do you think about these issues? Who do you think will be the best qualified leader to lead our nation? Hit the comments section below!
– Image of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte: Taken from sunstar, photo by Froilan Gallardo
– Azquotes, www.azquotes.com/picture-quotes/quote-hate-begets-hate-violence-engenders-violence-hypocrisy-is-answered-by-hypocrisy-war-pitirim-sorokin-71-90-69.jpg
– FashionnetAsia, www.fashionnetasia.com/files/news/Symbol_Justice.jpg