The “One Run, One Philippines,” which was held simultaneously in Quezon City, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao and Los Angeles, is part of ABS-CBN’s two-day event “Kwento ng Kasiyahan: The Grand Kapamilya Weekend” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Philippine television.
Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig’s (KBPIP) “10.06.13 Run for the Pasig River,” the Quezon City leg of “One Run, One Philippines,” crusaded and clamored again for Pasig River rehabilitation and cleaner esteros in Metro Manila with 79,000 participants.
The participants of the “10.06.13 Run for the Pasig River” in 3k and 5k categories started at 6 AM at the Technohub in Philcoa going to Commonwealth Avenue, then finished at the Elliptical Road of Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC).
Among the runners were Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes, broadcasters Noli de Castro and Korina Sanchez, and Kapamiya stars Xian Lim, Kim Chiu and Anne Curtis.
The crowd stayed until the post-race program that featured live performances of 6 Cyclemind, Itchyworms, Rivermaya, and The Voice of the Philippines’ Klarisse de Guzman and Mitoy Yonting, while some of the runners toured at other areas of QMC where booths of ABS-CBN programs were installed to offer different activities, treats and public service.
KBPIP has organized four successful runs for the Pasig River and had raised P25.94 million since 2009 that helped raise awareness and fund part of the rehabilitation of the esteros in Metro Manila that leads to the Pasig River. The historic “10.10.10 Run for the Pasig River” still holds the Guinness World Record for the “most number of participants in a running event” with 116,086 runners.
Meanwhile, funds raised from four other legs of “One Run, One Philippines” will aid various environmental projects.
The three provincial legs all started at 4:30 AM with its 21K category followed by the 5K and 10 K at 5:30 AM. These runs were led by Kapamilya stars Joem Bascon, Paul Jake Castillo, and Bangs Garcia in Bacolod, Paulo Avelino and Jayson Abalos in Cebu, Maja Salvador, and Aaron Villaflor and Bryan Termulo in Davao.
The Bacolod leg, which will benefit the mangrove and livelihood projects in Punta Taytay, Sum-ag River rehabilitation, and ecotourism projects in Bacolod City Water District Campuestuhan Watershed was attended by 2,960 participants. In Cebu, 3,500 run for the coastal conservation in Daan Paz, while 3,000 runners supported the ecotourism projects in Marilog Tourist Center.
Hundreds of Filipinos in the US, along with hunk actor Jake Cuenca, also took part in the Los Angeles leg held at Burbank, California, which will fund the projects of Bantay Kalikasan’s Green Initiative. Burbank Mayor Emily Luddy showed her support in the advocacy by joining in the event.