Sun Life, SunPIOLOgy and more!

pilar mateo sni The “P” Talks!
BY: Pilar Mateo

SUN Life Philippines and its long-time Ambassador Piolo Pascual are once again joining hands for SunPIOLOgy, a sporting event that aims to encourage more Filipinos to live healthier lives.

Now on its 11th year, the event carries the theme “SunPIOLOgy Xone” and will feature the following highlights: Sun Life Virtual Run, Sun Life Cycle PH, and Sun Life Resolution Run.

“Sun Life aims to offer Filipinos more avenues to pursue their health goals. With SunPIOLOgy, we are able to make the pursuit fun and engaging through a variety of sporting events, while the charity component makes it more meaningful and memorable, Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa (who later on admitted her ‘kilig’ the first time she learned Piolo will be their Ambassador) said. “We are thankful that as we mark 11 years of SunPIOLOgy, we continue to grow our community and effectively promote the importance of living healthier lives.”

For Piolo, “It takes a lot of commitment to be in the zone. It is such a blessing. For this, i pledged to run the 125 km lap. You run for something. And this time, they are introducing a first. The virtual run.”

Sun Life Virtual Run: Run anytime, anywhere.

A new event this year, the Sun Life Virtual Run is a long-distance race that participants may complete anytime, anywhere. Participants from different parts of the country may challenge themselves to complete an accumulated distance of 50 or 125 kilometers which can be spread over 30 days. This way, runners can pace themselves and freely strategize in accomplishing their target distance within the prescribed period. Progress is tracked using a GOS each, a fitness band, a running app on a smartphone, or by taking a photo of the progress on the treadmill and submitting it via

Registration for Sun Life Virtual run is ongoing at and will be open until October 14, 2019. The run period will be from October 15 to November 15, 2019.

Another Ambassador, who himself is an athlete and was part of the National Team in Swimming, is participating as well. Enchong Dee.

“Kung si Piolo, mas pinagbabike nila para hindi mahabol ng crowd, ako I enjoyed running kasi doon ako tumakbo sa Indonesia and Hong Kong. Syempre, wala namang fans na humabol sa akin,” Enchong jestingly said. “Naging focused lang ako in my run. Kasi, hindi ako nahahabol, eh. Ang maganda doon, I am bringing the name of the Philippines outside in those countries na nagoa-participate ako.”

Both are embodying the values that Sun Life wants to espouse.

Sun Life Cycle PH: Family Bonding on Wheels.

Nurturing the Filipinos’ growing love for cycling, Sun Life Cycle PH is back to take cyclists on fun and exciting routes that will run from Bonifacio Global City to Pasay City. Participants of all fitness levels are welcome to join. Categories for the Sun Life Cycle PH are : Tricycle Ride (100 or 500 meters) designed for children ages two to five; Kids Ride (30-minute Solo or Family Ride) for children between the ages six to 15; Short Ride (20 kilometers) for participants 10 years old and above; and Long Ride (40 kilometers) for participants 14 years old and above. With partially closed roads and kid-friendly biking paths, the event can be a chance to bond with the entire family. It may also serve as an introduction to races for cycling enthusiasts.

Sun Life Cycle PH will take place on November 23, 2019. Registration is ongoing at and will be open until November 22, 2019.

This is the part that host Robi Domingo likes seeing children bond with the family.

Sun Life Resolution Run: Race to Fight Diabetes.

An exciting and energizing way to kick off Sun Life Philippines’ 125th anniversary in 2020, the Sun Life Resolution run is a race that aims to get everyone into a healthy mindset as the year starts. Also hosted by Sun Life in select Asian countries, increasing awareness in diabetes prevention and management is one of the company’s advocacies that is especially crucial in the Philippines, as the disease has been declared an epidemic in the country.

The Resolution Run will feature the “125 Xone”, where runners will pass through “xones” aligned with the diabetes prevention theme. Moreover, 125 lucky runners will also get to win electronic gift cards worth P1,250, which they can redeem in various partner stores.

Attended by some of the country’s brightest stars, the run will double as a charity event that will benefit the Hebreo Foundation, Noordhoff Foundarion, and Star Magic scholars.

Sun Life Resolution Run will take place on January 18, 2020 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Registration will begin on November 25, 2019, at and select Toby’s Sports Stores until race kit supplies last. Race categories and further details will be released soon.

Race freebies await participants in the SunPIOLOgy Cone events.

“What sets SunPIOLOgy apart is the community it has built through the years,” Pascual said. “Each event is fun and exciting, and now, we are bringing SunPIOLOgy brand of wellness to the virtual world so that we can motivate even more people. With this, I’m sure more Filipinos will experience what it means to live healthier and brighter under the sun.”

For more about Sun Life’s health and wellness initiatives, follow @SunLifePH and @GoWellPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Oh, yes, the media asked Papa P and Sun Life if they have no plans of having a partner for him when he runs and races.

KC Concepcion’s name came up. And the questions led to another and more.

And being the very private person that he is, even if he lives in a crazy world such as the biz, Piolo says he still wants his freedom intact.

“Single din ako. I also have a beach resort in Palawan pero secret. I don’t wanna think about it yet. Maski ang Mama ko naiinip na na magka-apo na uli. Kung sa edad na 50 ‘yun dumating, that only means that’s the right time for me.”

Racing on the tracks but not with time!

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