Over 1,000 Cebuanos participated in the annual World Vision Run last July 16, Sunday, held at the Cebu Business Park. This is in celebration of the organization’s 60th anniversary of “Caring for Children and Building Sustainable Communities.”
In line with its 60th anniversary theme, World Vision Run 2017 aims provide livelihood projects in a community in Sogod, Cebu. It also aims to raise awareness and support to its recently launched advocacy campaign – It Takes a World to End Sexual Exploitation of Children – wherein they empower parents, caregivers and children, support front liners, rescue operations and legal interventions, and support safe shelters and reintegration programs for rescued children.
Joining the run were World Vision Ambassador Gelli Victor and Cebu-Based radio jock Jiggy Cerna (Jiggy Jr. of Y101FM) who hosted the gun-start program. Participating in the 5K category were Gelli Victor along with multimedia host Joyce Pring while running in the 10K category were, artist Quest and TV host Gretchen Ho.
Right after the gun-start for the last category, which was the Kiddie Dash, Joyce Pring and Gretchen Ho took over to host the awarding ceremony. Kicking-off the program was an energizing pop-medley number from the Perkins Twins – Jesse and Christian Perkins.
The finishers were then greeted with words of hope from World Vision Philippines’ newly appointed National Director, Mr. Rommel Fuerte, who expressed his deepest gratitude to those who participated. “Your support today with World Vision will truly make a difference. We’re doing this not just to improve our lifestyles and be healthy but also to raise awareness on issues affecting children,” shared Fuerte. Following Fuerte was urban storyteller and hit maker, Quest who sang Dati and Sige Lang.
Gretchen Ho, besides hosting, received an award for 3rd place in the 10k female category. Claiming the first place in the 21k male and female category, respectively, were Noel Tilor (1:30:30) and Lovely Andrin (1:42:33), followed by 2nd place winner Jong Tae Hwang (1:35:12) and Yshy Losbaños (1:55:56), and closing the gap in 3rd place were Aldrin Pasumala (1:36:11) and El Marie Albeos (2:04:59).
Other list of winners are as follows:
|3K WINNERS- MALE|
|3rd Place||12:42||2770||Paniza, Kent Anthony|
|2nd Place||12:22||2840||Nibrel, John Niño|
|1st Place||12:12||2601||Villarba, Ernesto|
|3K WINNERS- FEMALE|
|3rd Place||16:15||2714||Cañete, Jeanna|
|2nd Place||15:00||2899||Besabelle, Glyzza|
|1st Place||14:07||2743||Erediano, Moira|
|5K WINNERS- MALE|
|3rd Place||21:33||2187||Cañada, Marvin|
|2nd Place||20:46||2044||Debolosan, John Cliff|
|1st Place||20:14||1873||Corbin, Renz Wynn|
|5K WINNERS- FEMALE|
|3rd Place||24:40||1851||Del Rosario, Nicole|
|2nd Place||22:34||1876||Manayon, Karen|
|1st Place||21:41||2088||Saballa, Geniezel|
|10K WINNERS- MALE|
|3rd Place||47:09||1217||Brenan, Mattew|
|2nd Place||46:36||1218||Francis, Ian|
|1st Place||40:35||1150||Selma, Klint|
|10K WINNERS- FEMALE|
|3rd Place||58:11||1001||Ho, Gretchen|
|2nd Place||56:34||1199||Casquejo, Jelly Rose|
|1st Place||46:46||1197||Garrucho, Reah Mae|
The day ended with a sense of fulfilment, with every sweat dropped going a long way in helping children and their communities. Considering this is the first time the event was held in Cebu, everyone left pumped up wishing for a repeat next year.
To join or know more about the World Vision, you can visit www.worldvision.org.ph, follow us on Facebook, or call World Vision hotline number 372-77-77.
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