Bataan International Triathlon: Merging history and sports in Bataan

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MANILA -- Early Saturday morning (May 3), a colleague and I together with a few others gathered somewhere in Quezon City to meet with Ms. Xchosa T. Deniega, the Bataan International Triathlon(Bi3) Media Affairs Head, and our contract person who will take us up North (to Bataan) for the event’s course preview.

We all met at 5 am and by 6, we were already off to our weekend work which – later on – turned out to be an escapade.

The ride to Bataan was long. But despite the fact that it took us almost three hours to get to our destination, the view of serene plains and proud mountain ranges were more than enough to soothe bleary minds.

Before the clock hit 9 o’clock, we arrived at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, the heritage resort which served as our home in Bataan.


The venue

Apart from the challenging slopes and the fine waters of Bagac, another factor that made the organizers, F&F International Events Group, Inc., choose Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar as the venue for the Bi3 (set to happen November 29-30, 2014) is its advocacy to celebrate both Filipino athleticism and culture during the event.

True enough, just upon arrival at the main gate of the resort, guests will already be treated to what seems like a role play of the bygone Spanish days in the country. Guards in guardia civil uniforms assist guests in entering the resort while attendants in their traditional Barong Tagalog and Baro’t Saya perform further accommodation duties.

Once done with the registration, guests have the option to either walk to their room or house (if already available) or they can take the tourist jeep which drives around the resort all day to serve both local and foreign visitors. Kalesas are also available but unlike the jeepney ride which is free, guests will have to pay a certain amount to have the classic wheels tour them around the place.

And unlike in historical sites where people can only look and pass by the things preserved in old houses, in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, guests have the freedom to touch and use every vintage-themed item available in their rented room or house.


The race

While the heritage resort offers a unique vacation experience made possible by its traditional theme, its surroundings also make a perfect venue for multisport events like the Bi3.

According to the athletes who joined the course preview last May 3 and 4, the beach water was so clear that visibility did not become a problem while they were swimming. The bike course, however, was extra challenging as some slopes were followed by sharp turns. As a result, some athletes had to dismount their bikes while climbing.

But for aspiring participants who still need further training to qualify for the long-distanced race category, you will be glad to know that the Bi3 offers a total of four race categories.

The Largo, Rapido (Sprint), Karera de Bagac (Off-Road Bike Race), and Junior Aquathlon with the following details are open for all: Largo  (Road Bikes and Tri Bikes only); Rapido  (Road Bikes and Tri Bikes only) 750M Swim, 30KM Bike, 5.5KM Run; Karera de Bagac (Off-Road Bike Race) Mountain Bikes and Cyclo-Cross Bikes only, 30KM Off-Road Bike; and Junior Aquathlon (6-8 years old) 300M Swim, 100M Run; (9-12 years old) 500M Swim, 500M Run; (13-16 years old)

1KM Swim, 2KM Run.

To register in any of the events, visit or manually register at any Seafood Island or Chris Sports branch in Luzon.

Apart from celebrating Filipino athleticism and culture, the Bi3 also appears to be an event that promotes quality time for families or groups seeking break from their daily routines.


The Bataan International Triathlon is organized by F&F International Events Group Inc. owned by Raymund E. Magdaluyo.

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