At the end of a dizzying month, I found myself in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
Where did time go?
I don’t know about you, but my November flew by with a chaotic pace. However, getting the chance to travel “back in time” to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar for the Bataan International Triathlon made all the difference.
The Bataan International Triathlon is the ultimate eco-heritage triathlon festival. Celebrating Filipino culture and athleticism, it’s held in Las Casas every year. As a homegrown race, Bi3 combines the standards of an international race with Filipino hospitality to create a cultural triathlon experience locals can truly be proud of.
Along with the Bi3 core committee, my officemates and I helped organize this year’s race. Long story short, we became part of the team because my boss Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo (who, apart from being a full-time restaurateur) is also the CEO of F&F International Events, the multi-sports company behind Bi3. 🙂
Organizing a race was a new challenge for many of us. But we definitely learned a lot from hosting international athletes, running event programs, and planning participants’ needs down to the last detail. It’s amazing how projects bring people together to do more than they thought they could achieve!
This year, Bi3 was a success made possible through teamwork. Seeing how it came together from “90% heart” made it a learning experience to remember. And of course, the location being the picturesque Las Casas in Bagac, Bataan, made Bi3 10x more memorable for everyone.
We were busy running errands before and during the race, but luckily we found time to walk around the resort before leaving Bataan:
It’s been a whirlwind, but I’ve got a lot to be thankful for. New friends, lessons learned, and being part of something greater than myself. Maybe that’s the magic with being brought back in time—it brings you sharply back to the present moment, and I couldn’t ask for more.
Here’s to the last month of 2015!