Going to Vietnam, my objective was clear - take in as much as I can so that at the end, my blogger friends and the running community will get a view of what happened to these 9 Pinoy Elite runners who represented Team 7-Eleven Philippines in the Da Nang Intl Marathon.
I actually went home with more than a story to tell. My mind was full with all the experiences that unfolded before my eyes but my heart was fuller!
Not only did I have interesting anecdotes about how our runners almost took home all the top honors, I also got a glimpse of who they are, what they do in "real life", their thoughts and some of their dreams. How one was a proud teacher who never had any sip of liquor in his entire life ("Hindi po ba sumakit ulo nyo sa ininom nyo po?"), how one is a mayordomo of the house owned by their club's president ("Boss ako sa bahay!"), and of another who got into running because at that time her horoscope told her that she'll win if she joined a running race ("Maski lalaki tinatalo ko Maam!"), I gained not just acquiantances but friends. Friends that I may not see often after this but I sure will share a special bond that was "made in Vietnam". Mami-miss ko din kayo (kala nyo kayo lang? Hehe!). Ah yes, my mind and heart is both full. Thanks largely to the people who were proponents of this project. A small prayer always pops in my mind every waking day in Vietnam and I get to be with them "May your tribe increase". They did not just take care of 9 amazing souls, they took care of all of us. Their big heart is gold.
Thank you very much 7-Eleven Philippines esp to Mr Jun Ang and Ms Michelle Saludes. It was truly a joy and honor that I was given this opportunity to have both experienced and seen Da Nang in a new light! May your tribe increase! 💚 #711ph #711phgoestodanang *More on this on the blog soon!