More than 3,000 individuals participated in the 2019 Manila Bay Clean Up Run, organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), on Sunday, July 7.
The growing number of participants of the annual race, which is in its ninth year, was noticed by MBC president Ruperto Nicdao Jr, who admitted that the event is becoming popular every year.
“Napansin natin na nung umpisa, mga 2,000 lang ang tumatakbo. Ngayon, umaabot na or lumagpas na ng 4,000 ang tumatakbo,” Nicdao said in an interview with DZRH.
Nicdao stressed that the race seeks to raise money for the cleaning of Manila Bay. He also added that he is glad that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has taken action in the rehabilitation of various areas, including the said harbor, destroyed due to garbage and pollution.
“Yung ating objective nitong ating fun run is makapag-contribute tayo sa pag-linis ng Manila Bay,” Nicdao said
“Natutuwa tayo na ang President natin ng Pilipinas ay binigyan ng pansin ang importansya ng pag-linis ng ating mga karagatan and in general, yung ating environment. Natutuwa tayo na katulong natin ang national environment,” he added.
Meanwhile, the winners in the 3k run, 5k run, 10k run, and 21k run received medals. They also took home cash prizes and gift baskets aside from the loot bag, which contained two Star City ride-all-you-can tickets.
The winners of each division are:
- 21K Male Category
- 1st place – Mathew Kipkorir Sigei
- 2nd place – Leonard Kimboi
- 3rd place – Jackson Chirchir
- 21K Female Category
- 1st place – Christine Hallasgo
- 2nd place – April Diaz
- 3rd placer – Maricar Camacho
- 10K Male Category
- 1st place – James Kevin Cruz
- 2nd place – Gilbert Laido
- 3rd place – Anthony Nerza
- 10K Female Category
- 1st place – Luisa Raterta
- 2nd place – Jocelyn Elijeran
- 3rd place – Rica Moreno
- 5K Male Category
- 1st place – Immuel Camino
- 2nd place – Evelon Abutas
- 3rd place – Rowel Galvero
- 5K Female Category
- 1st place – Joida Gagnao
- 2nd place – Joneza Sustituedo
- 3rd place – Emmalyn Taypin
- 3K Male Category
- 1st place – Erwin Mancao
- 2nd place – Michael Gomez
- 3rd place – Norbert Cailao
- 3K Female Category
- 1st place – Lina Abutas
- 2nd place – Liza Abutas
- 3rd place – Angel Mendoza
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the Land Bank of the Philippines’ Runners Club were also feted for bringing the biggest delegation to the run.
Various MBC executives, including Nicdao, were also among the runners. Other personalities seen in the run were DJs and news anchors of various MBC stations, including DZRH, Easy Rock, Yes FM, and Love Radio. They were also joined by Ms. Eco-International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla, a former Reyna ng Aliwan, and the reigning Reyna ng Aliwan Nicole Borromeo.
The participants also enjoyed being serenaded by DJ Ganda Wanda of Yes FM, who was accompanied by Victor de Guzman of DZRH News Television, and known celebrity Xian Lim. Throughout their performances, they also gave away freebies to the attendees.
Some lucky runners also took home various prizes, which included microwaves and a refrigerator, after winning in a raffle draw and a game of ‘Bring Me’.