As if it just begun only yesterday, the annual sports event “SunPiology” of all-time favorite celebrity actor and fitness enthusiast Piolo Pascual turns 10 this year in long term partnership with SunLife Financial Philippines.
During their formal launch last year, Piolo shared that to celebrate the milestone of this sporting event, there will be inclusion of a badminton, volleyball, basketball events aside from his Resolution Run and Sun Cycling divisions.
Piolo has always valued health and fitness and he makes it a point to really stay fit at 42 years young. Partnering with SunLife Financial Ph for this long is also a blessing as SunLife helps secure his current and future financial plans for him and his family.
My early encounters with Papa P was also thru a fun run back in 2011 when I was busy covering sports and fitness events for Pinoyfitness.com.
An avid runner, Piolo does some of his run trainings over at UP Diliman then and had Coach Jojo Macalintal or Jomac, as his training mentor and our common friend.
Who could ever forget his signature Sub Piolo of 47 minutes running time and that feat inspired more people to consider running as one of their exercise must.
It was also I believe the first year I joined his SunPiology Run event held at BGC in Taguig where it was their venue for a good number of years before transferring briefly at McKinley West in 2015 and then at Camp Aguinaldo from 2016 to date.
SunPiology Run was among the very few fun runs held just before sunset and then caps it off with a fun concert for all finishers and Star Magic supporters.
Back in 2009 when Piolo and SunLife Financial launched "SunPiology" it was initially a benefit exhibit of the photographs taken by Piolo himself after being inspired in one of his trips in Japan.
Having no formal photography training, his works went on for sale to help raise funds for Hebreo Foundation, a non-profit organization he and his family put up to send poor but deserving scholars to school for a more secure future.
Not everybody may know but taking photographs is one of Papa P's many sides.
The Foundation also strives to foster a life worth living for all people in this nation and with the foundation’s spirit of generosity, kindness and selflessness.
Last January 26 weekend over at Camp Aguinaldo where the 2019 Star Magic Games were held.
The first part of the sportsfest was called “Sun vs Stars,” where celebs competed in fun games as well as various sports including basketball, volleyball, and badminton.
They were divided into 5 teams inspired by Harry Potter: Slythegreen, Ravenblue, Gryffinred, Blackpuff, and the Dream Team.
The main event of the basketball was a match between SunLife Financial PH and the Star Magic Dream Team led by Gerald Anderson.
Among the stars who participated were Gerald Anderson, Julia Barretto, Donny Pangilinan, Kisses Delavin, Dominic Roque, Chokoleit, Vivoree, Ritz Azul, Nikki Valdez, Loisa Andalio, Erich Gonzales, Marco Gallo, Ronnie Alonte, Diether Ocampo, Elmo Magalona, Chie Filomeno, Maris Racal, Iñigo Pascual, and of course, (Papa) Piolo Pascual who played badminton and ran 10Kms.
After the awarding, some celebrities still joined the Resolution Run among which Marco Gallo, Nikki Valdez, with busy host Robi Domingo who relaxed a bit and ran 5Kms.
I also ran with them and was proud of my 3kms finish alongside thousands of others. I had to finish early so that I could still have the chance to grab some freebie drinks and food from their generous sponsors.
A signature tradition after the 10km, 5km, 3km and 500m runs, a mini concert was held featuring some Star Magic artists and guest performers.
Hosted by the ever in-demand host Robi Domingo with Ms. Lennie of SunLife PH.
Marlo Mortel swooned the crowd while the powerhouse all-girl group Trio belted out a special ABBA medley of popular songs.
One of the anticipated Star Magic artists was Maris Racal of the loveteam "MARNIGO".
When it was Inigo Pascual's turn to join Maris onstage to sing another song number, Papa P could not help and turned "fanboy" mode while taking videos of them so sweet together. Wohoooo!
Piolo is very vocal that he is in favor of the MARNIGO love team which makes him extra "kilig" for his son.
Another fun portion of the program went to a few lucky winners of the "Selfie Contest" for an actual selfie shot with Papa P on stage.
Photo above showed one of the winners and die hard Papa P fan who nicely insisted a three-fie with the celeb father and son.
Considered as one of the highlights of every SunPiology Run during its post-run program is the turn over of SunLife Financial PH donation to the Pascual Family's Hebreo Foundation.
And this year, the generous amount reached P1.1 million thanks to all the runners who registered and joined.
Piolo's elder sister and his personal SunLife Financial advisor Ms Chiqui, happily accepted the amount turned over from SunLife led by Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Mylne Lopa.
The donation will once again go a long, long way!
One of my personal favorite portion of the program went to the duet of Piolo and Inigo's rendition of "Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko".
The program would not also be complete without the awarding of Top 3 Finishers of each category of 500m, 3kms, 5kms, 10kms.
Congratulations to all you fast runners!
Since it was still January his birth month, Papa P was gifted with a surprise birthday gift of the presence of some of the Hebreo Foundation student scholars who each delivered their personal taped Thank You message for Piolo and brought a giant cake to spell out S U N P I O L O G Y .
This thoughtful gesture drove Piolo into tears. and yes, it is genuine tears of joy and gratitude from the Man of the Hour.
Hebreo Foundation’s Credo
“Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let’s throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
I am also personally happy for Inigo who for the past five years since his arrival from growing up in the States and giving it a shot of local showbiz has very much gone a long way and done a lot of events and projects and garnered awards making him truly a Father's Pride.
Piolo in return has always been vocal that his son is one of his utmost inspiration in life.
Piolo is aware he is one of my favorite celebs. He is a person of substance. Someone who always goes out of his way to help in best ways possible.
Piolo Pascual will never grow tired of sharing his blessings and these blessings also fuel him to do even more and strive for more successful undertakings and the staunch motivation to inspire more and more people to be the best that they can be with the guidance and wisdom of God Almighty.
Love and hugs Papa P !!!
Congratulations on your fitness and health milestone SunLife Financial Philippines and Papa P!
Many more SunPiology Resolution Runs to come!
'Special thanks to Ms. Mylene Lopa of SunLife Financial Philippines.
Special thanks to Ms Thess Gubi and Lyka de Nava Bendanillo of Star Magic.
Special thanks to Arby Bautista of ABCDigital PH for having us.