On February 11, 2017, lovers, friends and family members, with their loved ones, woke up as early as 4:30 am and gathered together at the heart of the City to involve themselves in LOVE RUN 3. 3K run kicked off at 5 o’clock in the morning, followed by the 5K run fifteen minutes later and the 10K-run soon after.
In Balanga City, it has been a custom to start the Valentine celebration with a goodwill run. And now on its third year, the Love Run still attracts running enthusiasts with around 2000 runners participating. This endeavor is through the effort of the Multi Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC) of the City Government of Balanga, Ugnayang Balangueno. It is MSGC’s way of promoting healthy lifestyle and family-oriented advocacies of the City Government.
The event wrapped up not only with the awarding of the 3KM, 5KM and 10KM finishers but also with the giving away of raffle prizes to lucky and selected participants. Like in the previous years, proceeds of this activity are allotted to finance and support the different projects of the coalition, especially the Barangay Learning Hub, which provides supplemental education to Balangueños through free computer access and internet, computer-based learning and self-enhancement.
A lot of people were involved in planning this activity which made it realizable and remarkable among them: City Mayor Francis Garcia, Vice-Mayor Vianca Lita Gozon, SP Members, City Administrator Rudy De Mesa, COB department heads, GSO ,MISO, CDRRMO, CPSO, CHO and Huwag Maging Sad – Running Club. Other partners for this success were PLDT, SMART, Crown Royale Hotel, Northridge Montessori School of Bataan, PENELCO, Bataan Contractors’ Association, Department of Education-Bataan, DepEd Balanga, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, K Servico, Bataan Doctors’ Hospital and Medical Center, Liga ng mga Barangay, Wanam Restaurant, BPSU, MICROCITY College, Tomas del Rosario College, Bataan National High School, Body and Senses Gym and Spa, Mc Bombeth’s Flower Shop, The Flower Embassy, Ancor Tires, CPR Law Office, Lamira Design, Earthlinks, Quezon Furniture, Ilaya Clinic, Pizarro Clinic, Bataan ICT Council, De Guzman Group of Companies, Jollibee, Red Ribbon and Greenwich.
For all those who participated, it was again an amazing experience and wondrous feeling to run with fun and celebrate Heart’s Day with their beloved.