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first_imgLouie Sangalang, the Philippines’ first and only representative to the 2018 North Pole Marathon. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netA mixed martial artist, boxer, triathlete and marathoner, there aren’t a lot of things Louie Sangalang can’t do—and overcome having survived cancer in his 20s.And in less than two months, Sangalang will be facing his latest challenge, which is something familiar and foreign at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There is a possibility that you might encounter polar bears. So it’s not only about the cold temperatures and sadness, there is also fear that something might chase or eat you.”Preparing for an extraordinary race requires unusual training methods and a special team, which Sangalang has.His camp is led by his coach Ige Lopez and Romi Garduce, the country’s top mountaineer most known for being the first and only Filipino to date to complete the “Seven Summits” climb in 2012.The 40-year-old Sangalang said there are three phases to his training. First puts premium on his conditioning, second is to help him familiarize with the different weather conditions before culminating with acclimatizing to the sub-zero temperatures.Being in a natural environment that would replicate or at least come close to the cold in the North Pole, Sangalang said creating a makeshift space to simulate what the actual feel would be like during the race is the next best thing.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “What we’re looking at is actually an industrial freezer then we’ll put a treadmill inside so that I can start running there and maybe simulate the wind by putting in fans so that’s what we envision that facility to be,” he said.Winning the race would be the ideal outcome for Sangalang, but up against some of the world’s best runners, the only promise he could make was to be among the finishers.“Runners don’t usually predict their race times or race finishes but what I can guarantee is that I’m gonna finish this, definitely I’m gonna finish this,” he said. “For me, it’s not important if I finish first. Ideally, I want to finish first but it’s not really an issue of who finishes first. I’m racing for the Philippines so as long as I finish it, I think I’ve done justice to FWD and the Filipino people.”Garduce exudes the same confidence as Sangalang, whom he believes has what it takes to get the job done regardless of adversities that may come.“Number one factor is mental. And I’m not worried about that because this guy is very tough,” Garduce said. “I can’t imagine myself being able to overcome what he went through as a cancer survivor so definitely, his mental strength is already there.”“For me, what he only needs to prepare for is the technical aspect which is understanding winter survival skills, but the mental aspect which is really key in completing this marathon is already with him I’m not too worried about that. He can do it.”Sangalang, who is overwhelmed with excitement over a once in a lifetime opportunity, leaves for Norway, which is about a three-hour flight from the North Pole, on March 30.“I feel excited. I feel very much honored that I was given this opportunity to run the North Pole Marathon,” he said. “I hope that I can carry the dreams of the Filipinos with me especially that I’ve never been to a cold country wherein there’s snow, so this is my first time to see snow and I’m very excited.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments MOST READ Sangalang is the only Filipino participating in the North Pole Marathon set on April 9.“I consider this not just my most challenging race but the most challening event to date in my life,” Sangalang, who also practices Muay Thai and jiujitsu, said during the media launch of FWD Life Philippines’ “Blaze a Trail in the Arctic” campaign on Tuesday. “It’s one thing to run a marathon and it’s another thing to run it in below freezing temperatures.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTemperatures are expected to hit minus 30 to 40 degrees Celsius during the race and yet, the extreme weather condition is not the only thing Sangalang needs to prepare himself for.The snowy terrain is another, which he had hoped to have simulated when he competed in a trail run along the sandy area of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte recently. 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first_imgJennifer Lopez is known to make style statements that are quirky and classy.And recently too, the Ain’t Your Mama singer left us confused and at the same time gasping for breath, when she stepped out on the streets wearing just a shirt and over-the-knee denim boots. Jennifer Lopez wearing thigh-high denim bootsThe singer sported just an oversized white shirt with a pair of denim thigh-high boots for the outing.The boots that the diva wore were from luxury brand Versace, and a part of the brand’s 2019 Resort Collection. Jennifer LopezEven the fashion brand tweeted the singer’s next-level classy look.#JenniferLopez wearing a pair of denim boots from the #VersaceResort19 collection. #VersaceCelebrities https://t.co/3RxPsl4NwR pic.twitter.com/LEnbqb7MwyVERSACE (@Versace) July 31, 2018The boots came adorned with belts and small pockets, which is probably why the singer skipped her pants entirely for the day-out.Jennifer accessorised her look with diamond hoop earrings from Le Vian, a necklace with her name on it (because, why not?), diamond bracelets, oversized gold sunnies and Hermes handbag.Despite the fact that the entire look was very unusual, JLo carried it pretty incredibly and made it into a statement. Although we are still not quite convinced with it.ALSO WATCH: 3 things Jennifer Lopez stays away from to stay in shapeALSO READ: JLo gets wet and wild!last_img read more

first_imgThirty (30) tertiary level scholarships and three bursaries under the Jamaica 50 PetroCaribe Scholarship and Merit Awards programme will be presented by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in a special function on Friday (November 2). The 33 tertiary level awards form part of a 209 million dollar Jamaica 50 Scholarship initiative being funded by the PetroCaribe Development Fund. The scholarship awardees were selected on a competitive basis from 189 under-graduate and post-graduate applications received by the Fund. As part of its contribution to the Jamaica 50 legacy programme, the PetroCaribe Development Fund launched the multi-million scholarship programme aimed at supporting the education of awardees at both the secondary and tertiary levels.  Already, 47 scholarships and merit awards have been presented to GSAT students to pursue their secondary education. In the case of both the secondary and tertiary level scholarships, the awardees will be supported financially over the period of study based on their continued satisfactory academic performance.  Chairman of the Board of the PetroCaribe Development Fund and Financial Secretary, Dr. Wesley Hughes said the outstanding recipients have demonstrated they are of exemplary character with leadership qualities and represent the aims of the scholarship programme, which seeks to promote a generation committed to contributing meaningfully to national development. “The recipients are pursuing studies in areas where Jamaica needs professionals who will contribute to sustainable national development,” Dr Hughes said. Those selected will pursue studies at the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology. Two will pursue post graduate studies at the Universities of Birmingham and Glamorgan in the United Kingdom.  Among the areas of study to be pursued are medicine, entertainment and cultural enterprise management, pure and applied sciences, engineering, chemistry and food health and nutrition, forensic science, sports psychology and marine biology and terrestrial ecosystems. Upon completion of their studies, the scholarship awardees will work in the public sector for five years. Representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Universities of the West Indies and Technology, PetroCaribe Development Fund, Ministry of Youth and Culture and the Mico University College were involved in the selection process. Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM Tel:               926-0244 Fax:              920-4684                                         Email:           opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

first_img Held at Newcastle in St. Andrew in late March, the event saw approximately 1,000 patrons in attendance and was completely sold out. Story Highlights The three-day event, which showcases the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, was launched last year and featured Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops. The second annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will be launched at a press conference on January 14. The second annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will be launched at a press conference on January 15.The three-day event, which showcases the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, was launched last year and featured Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.Held at Newcastle in St. Andrew in late March, the event saw approximately 1,000 patrons in attendance and was completely sold out.Chairperson of the Tourism Ministry’s Gastronomy Network, Nicola Madden-Greig, said the festival is part of a strategy to have locals, as well as visitors, exposed to Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee where it is produced.“We will continue to work with the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Tourism Linkages Network to push the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee through our hotels and attractions,” she said.“Most of our gift shops sell it, a lot of our hotels serve it, but we want to see how we can improve on that and grow those numbers,” she added.Mrs. Madden-Grieg was addressing a press conference to launch Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), at JAMPRO’S offices in New Kingston, on January 4.The MOU, which was signed by JAMPRO, JACRA and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA), establishes a formal framework to guide a promotional campaign and marketing strategy to support the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffees.To be observed on January 9 by Jamaica and Japan, the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day is being held in recognition of the formidable relationship forged between the two countries since 1953 when Jamaica sent its first shipment of coffee to the Asian country.It also marks the day the largest shipment of coffee left the port of Kingston en route to Japan in 1967.last_img read more