I’ve been in Manila, as I said before, for a whole week seminar. And guess where I made tambay in between 5 long days of seating, (sleeping?) eating, and learning? No, it’s not in the Malls although I stayed a good deal of time there too haha. I was loving every moment I was in UP Diliman Campus, the country’s premier learning institution that have produced some of the best products across so many fields. It was such a nice place that is no doubt conducive for learning and well, running!
Ok, I have a confession to make. I flunked the UPCAT exam. So I’m a frustrated Iskolar ng Bayan. God knows it did changed the course of my life. But everything turned out for the better anyway on the other side of the what-ifs on life. So it doesn’t matter now anyway. So going there at the campus was like walking across place that somehow felt so familiar.. something that welcomes me, whispering on my ears that I belong there. It was as if I’ve been somewhere on my past.. or perhaps on another lifetime. Only I’ll never be a UP student, that boat already sailed. This time, I landed there to conquer the campus on foot!
I walked the whole campus and I run like hell at their famous UP Academic Oval! Love the sights. Wow, I was in Eureka for a few days every time I was there that fateful week. It was a massive relief to find a peaceful place filled with trees and fresh air in a Metropolitan of cars, pollution, rush and mayhem on the streets. What an irony. What a sanctuary.
No wonder it houses to so many runners, even celebrities run there.
Five days in Manila, four days and a few training session at the UP Diliman. So addicted to this place. If it were a chix, I’d definitely marry her. So the next time I’m in Manila, on top of the list would be UP-Diliman! Funny, when I got home via Cebu (to attend my brother’s graduation) all my pasalubong came from UP campus. haha.
And oh yeah! Thank you Warat Runner for posting your pic wearing the UP jacket (utang yan ha). Now she’s a real UP product, an overachieving Matalom kiddo. I also bought a couple of jackets but nah, there’s no way I’m posting it. Maybe on my next race you’ll spot me wearing a maroon jacket with a big hood, because it’s the only souvenir I got from my new favorite place in the big city.
*cover photo from suroypilipinas.com
**last photo’s a screenshot of Armie Garde’s instagram post