Category Archives: Music

“Blue Eagle, The King”

I can still remember my first ever Big Blue Eagle Cheer Rally back in 1999. I was a high school freshman, a product of a small, tight-knit learning institution in Don Antonio Heights. Unlike most of my classmates who came from the Ateneo Grade School, I stood out like a sore thumb. I had a hard time taking in all the foreign notions of Ateneo Spirit. The cheers, in particular, were unintelligible jibberish I found difficult to appreciate.

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Muse – Survival (Official Song of the 2012 London Olympic Games)

I got goosebumps watching this. Let the Games begin!!!


Athletics and Belle & Sebastian

A few years back, I was searching the old Gnutella P2P network for track & field songs. I stumbled upon Belle & Sebastian’s “The Stars of Track & Field.” Frankly speaking, I did not like it. I found the vocals and the guitar strumming quite puzzling. The song was too laid back – too deep, even!

For years, the song languished in my hard drive. I couldn’t bear to listen to it, finding the music and lyrics boring. Soon enough, I’ve developed a liking for the Scottish band. The turning point came when I listened to “Write About Love” (the actress Carey Mulligan was featured on vocals). Hell, it was catchy! A lot more fun-sounding than”Stars of Track & Field.”

I’ve downloaded a bunch of Belle & Sebastian albums a few days back, stumbling upon another athletics-oriented song, “The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner.”

Years after I ignored the band, I can now say that I’m a convert. The soft vocals, the oft-poignant lyrics and the mellow melodies had that hypnotic feel. It was like listening to the mythical Pied Piper of Hamelin, so to speak. A Movies and songs about the sport, save for the iconic “Chariots of Fire” and “Hey There, Delilah,” are a rarity. Belle & Sebastian has two – not just one! – songs about the sport that we love.

From budding running enthusiasts, grizzled athletics veterans to middle distance runners, you might want to include the aforesaid songs in your playlists!

U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name

I love listening to good music to put me into the right mindset. At the early parts of my comeback in 2010, my favorite tunes were The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” and The Killers’ “All These Things That I’ve Done.” In 2011, Paramore’s “All We Know” jump-started my oft-solitary training sessions.

While at the Ayala MRT station a few weeks back, I heard snippets of a familiar line: “I want to reach out and touch the flame, where the streets have no name.” The song was none other than U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name.”

Shrugging off the humidity-induced discomfort, I felt an instant jolt of energy. The song’s upbeat tempo and uplifting aura made me want to change into my track clothes and sprint/hurdle all the way to Ultra!

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello

They should make more music videos like “Hello.” It’s funny as hell. The catchy song has been playing in my head for more than a week now.

Dream On!

I watched “Miracle” again for the first time since my college days. The movie was inspiring, to say the least. Who would have thought that a bunch of U.S. collegians could beat the best team in the world? Well, they had thousands of screaming American fans, a great coach and a bad-ass conditioning program to back them up.

“Miracle” is one of the best sports movies I’ve ever seen, definitely at par with the best of them. Despite living in a tropical country, I’ve always found ice hockey movies particularly interesting. The entire game, for this noob, is one helluva big oxymoron – with the graceful motion of skating juxtaposed with the fast-paced (oft violent) action of team sports.

I particularly liked the end credits, where each member of the gold-medal winning team was given a brief post-Olympic rundown. The classic Aerosmith hit “Dream On” plays as the credits roll on.

It was an apt theme, considering where the 1980 Miracle on Ice team came from. Watch the movie, if you haven’t seen it yet!

Join the Club – Bagong Panimula

Even if I’m but a shadow of my 2007-2008 hurdling self, it is great to be back indeed! Join the Club’s “Bagong Panimula”* is an apt comeback song.

* In English, this loosely translates into “new beginnings.”

Ne-Yo – One In A Million

I want to learn how to dance like Ne-Yo.

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Rising up (28 and 29 November 2010)

I had loads of fun the past two training days. Despite feeling a bit sore from the unforgiving 360 Fitness Club Boot Camp, I forced myself to go to Moro last Sunday afternoon. I wasn’t keen on doing anything too strenuous.

I ran around the Ateneo campus just to loosen up my legs. I look forward to these rare campus runs. Since I’m almost always nocturnal when it comes to training, basking under the sun’s warmth is a rare opportunity.

Read “Long Runs at the Hill”

Unfortunately, the overcast skies weren’t apt for me to wear my prescription shades! I did some light starts work afterward, just to polish some technical matters ahead of my first and last 100m dash race on the 11th of December.

I woke up this morning after a good 7 hours worth of sleep. The soreness of the weekend debacle was all gone. I was pumped-up to head out to the gym. I didn’t have to wake up early since it was a holiday. I really do miss early morning training sessions! It reminded me of the days when I listened to Oasis’ “Morning Glory” (got this from Goal, the movie) before heading out to Rizal or Ultra back in my college days.

As always, the gym was devoid of attractive single ladies. It was more crowded than the night shift. It got even more packed when the young guns from the Ateneo High School Track Team arrived! I didn’t complain, though. I just love lifting with fellow track & field athletes (even if I hardly know the new faces of the AHS track squad!). It’s a refreshing change from the usual gym habitues I’m accustomed too.

All-in-all, the past two days were quite productive. It’s good to know that I’m still pretty much in shape, despite some real life hurdles. I’m all set for my 2010 season debut – and finale!

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Track workout (28 Nov 2010)

1km run

Running drills

3x50m starts

Gym/plyo workout (29 Nov 2010)

Core on swiss ball


Shoulder press

Bicep curls/tricep kickback


Deep squats

Plyometric step-ups

Mario Vasquez – Gallery


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Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliat – Lucky

Glee never fails to pique my interest on otherwise unremarkable songs. I didn’t like “Lucky” the first time I heard it. But when I saw Sam and Quinn perform it on the Glee “Duets” episode, I was hooked!

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Bill Conti – Going the Distance

Way back in the Christmas of 2003, I bought a complete set of the original five Rocky movies. The exploits of the rags-to-riches boxer fueled my desire to excel in athletics, not to mention fan the flames of a long-time interest in boxing.

I fell in love with Bill Conti’s dramatic, oftentimes triumphant score. Since then, the music from the series has become a staple in almost all of my pump-up play lists.

One of my favorites is “Going the Distance.” In my retirement, I have almost forgotten about the less popular themes of the movie. Whilst watching HBO’s 24/7 feature on the Mayweather-Mosley fight a few months back, I got goosebumps hearing the determination and perseverance so evident in the theme. Juxtaposed with the respective pre-fight training regimens of the two boxing greats, I began listening to “Going the Distance” again.

In the past ten months, I experienced the most challenging phase of my athletic career . The sheer difficulty was not because of physical factors. It was psychological, considering the fact that I train alone.

Indeed good, conducive workout music goes a long way in making a workout more meaningful and holistic.

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Joe Esposito – You’re The Best

I just love it when Manny Pacquiao chooses rock hits from inspiring 80’s sports flicks as pre-fight entrance songs. “You’re the Best,” from the movie Karate Kid, blared on the Cowboys Stadium speakers as the now 8-division World Champion made his way to the ring!

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop

This song never fails to get me all pumped-up for a workout!

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Phoenix – 1901

I just can’t stop listening to Phoenix’s 1901!

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