A colorful start for local tourism

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Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

A colorful and energizing atmosphere filled the SM Mall of Asia grounds as over 10,000 local and foreign running enthusiasts welcomed 2016 with Color Manila Run on January 3.

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Supported by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the running event was a great way to kick-off its 2016 campaign dubbed “Visit the Philippines Again.”

Hosted by Sam YG and DJ Chloe, the event started with a warm-up led by Philippine Volcanoes’ Chris Everingham. Also joining the race were Yael Yuzon and wife Karylle, the running family of Coach Allen Ballester, and fitness advocate Kuya Kim Atienza. Participants were treated to other exciting activities such as Zorb and mechanical bull rides, culminating with a dance party.

Karylle with Coach Allen Ballester and family

Karylle with Coach Allen Ballester and family

TPB Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon Enerio proudly said that they are pleased to support a creative, friendly race like the Color Manila Run as part of their VPA 2016 campaign. It is hoped that through this fun run, Filipinos and travelers—runners or non-runners—will see that races are more fun and enjoyable here in the Philippines.

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Meanwhile, the coming 18th solo exhibit of mixed media by Filipino artist and writer, a dear friend of mine, Maria Victoria “Mav” Rufino is creating a ripple of excitement among art and literary circles and a growing audience of Filipinos and expats who crave creative nourishment.

Entitled Luminiscence—Dreamscapes 2016, the exhibition will be presented by the Peninsula Manila starting with opening cocktails at The Gallery on February 2 and will run from Feb 3 to 7. Proceeds will benefit the Child Protection Network Foundation.

Over 10,000 runners welcomed 2016 with Color Manila Run at the SM MOA grounds

Over 10,000 runners welcomed 2016 with Color Manila Run at the SM MOA grounds

Mav Rufino is a multifaceted artist who has mounted successful exhibitions of her paintings and mixed media work in the Philippines and abroad, and authored several books, as well as produced dinner theater, plays and musical concerts in Manila, and various cities in the United States, Italy and Hongkong.

Of the coming exhibit, she says, “My dreamscapes reflect a fascination with the nuances of light—radiant and luminous—in nature. Impressions of timeless vistas blend with memories of the future and déjà vu images of the past.”

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