A view from the Bronx: The 2011 New York City marathon

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

NEW YORK — With their running shoes ready and their energy in high gear, this year’s 47,000 plus New York City marathoners gathered last Sunday in Staten Island for the 41st time that the race has been held.

In South Bronx, home to a number of top African competitive runners, local residents lined up the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 138th Street, near the 20-mile marker, to cheer on the runners.

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Bike ride raises over $50K for cancer research

AOL-Patch.com (Published in Elmhurst and Highland Park)
October 5, 2010

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill — Wearing a Team In Training jersey and sporting a helmet in hand, Bryn Lerud steadied herself as she listened to the final instructions for her first charity bike ride. Accompanying her was Andrew, her 23-year-old son, who wore a matching purple, green and white uniform.

The mother-son duo from Elmhurst joined the early morning Blood, Sweat & Tears (BST) ride in Highland Park on Sunday to honor Mike, Bryn’s 17-year-old son and Andrew’s younger brother.

Bryn turned red-faced and misty eyed when she mentioned Mike’s name. Andrew stared blankly while holding back tears.

A senior at York High School, Mike died a week ago. He was buried three days before the charity event.

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Pacquiao’s foe David Diaz trains with Fil-Am from Mountain Province

PINOY Newsmagazine/Inquirer.net
June 2008

Text, photos and video by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — As he prepares for his biggest fight against the Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao on June 28, lightweight champion David Diaz now spars with a Filipino-American southpaw.

Diaz has enlisted the help of Diamond Gut-oman Baier, a 31-year old native of Bontoc, Mountain Province, as one of his three sparring partners, all lefties.

Diamond, as he is popularly known in Chicago’s boxing community, is an amateur boxer and trains with the Chicago Boxing Club. He is also an entrepreneur and long-time resident of the Chicago’s South Side. At the age of 10, Diamond moved to Chicago after he was adopted by his aunt. He took his last name Baier, from his German-American uncle.

“I hope he doesn’t get in trouble,” Diaz jokingly quipped after revealing Diamond’s name. “We didn’t just get him because he’s Filipino. We got him because his style is similar to Manny’s. He is fast, he’s pretty strong and he’s from around the area,” Diaz said.
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David Diaz is Chicago Cubs’ “Pitcher for a Day”

June 2008

Text, photos and Video by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — If only for a few hours, boxing was not the center of his attention, as WBC lightweight titleholder David Diaz watched his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs play at the historic Wrigley Field on Tuesday, June 10.

Not only did he watch the game, he threw the ceremonial pitch, an honor reserved for celebrities and presidents. As the announcer called Diaz to the mound, a crowd of more than 40,000 cheered the hometown’s top boxing champion.

GMA television was the only Filipino media company allowed at Wrigley Field to cover Diaz.

“I’m going to try and see if I can make it to the plate. If in fact I can make it to the plate, I’d be happy,” Diaz said just before the start of the game.

And in what could be a good sign for Diaz, the Cubs delivered the necessary “hooks and jabs” to beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 10-5.
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Pinoys mob Pacquiao in Chicago

PINOY Newsmagazine/GMANews.TV
May 2008

Text, photos and videos by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — Nobody can fire up a crowd of Filipinos in Chicago more than boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Not even Chicago’s very own senator and presidential candidate, Barack Obama.

On his first visit to the Windy City on Wednesday, May 21, the WBC super featherweight champion sent his Filipino fans into a frenzy as they warmly welcomed their hometown hero during a chilly noontime pep rally.

Pacquiao is in a multi-city tour to promote his June 28 fight against another champion, WBC lightweight titleholder David Diaz. He is also in a chase to become the first ever Filipino and Asian to hold four titles in four divisions.

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Manny to meet Diaz, fans in downtown Chicago

May 2008

Text, photos and video by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is coming to Chicago on May 21 to promote his upcoming fight in Las Vegas against World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion David Diaz.

This was revealed by Bernie Bahrmasel of Double B. Publicity, Inc., which handles the publicity of the June 28 match at the world’s gambling capital.

“It will be Manny Pacquiao’s first visit here in Chicago,” Bahrmasel said.
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Running to win: The Gawad Kalinga marathoners

PINOY Newsmagazine
November 2005

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — By the time No. 32940 crossed the finish line of the 2005 Chicago Marathon last October 9, she had clocked more than seven hours of running time — well behind female winner Deena Kastor’s two hours, 21 minutes, and 25 seconds. She had also raised enough money to build one more decent shelter for a poor family in the Philippines — a triumph far greater than conquering the 26.2-mile course.

No. 32940 is Sally Adraneda of Romeoville, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Sally and husband, Esok were part of Gawad Kalinga (GK) 777 Hero’s Run, a project thought up after last year’s flood disaster in northern Luzon that displaced 40,000 families. Gawad Kalinga means “to give care”.

“Running the marathon was very tough. It was more challenging than giving birth,” the middle-aged Mrs. Andraneda laughingly recalled her experience, three days after the marathon. “I exhausted all my energy.” Husband Esok posted a slightly better time of 6:06:34.

“It was really a challenge for me and I was ready to give up,” she said. “What really motivated me was the thought that if I would finish the race, I would be able to raise some money to build a house for a poor family in the Philippines.”
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Exclusive Interview: An Olympic moment with Fil-Am swimmer Natalie Coughlin

PINOY Newsmagazine
October 2004

By Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — Good things come to those who wait. But for Olympian Natalie Anne Aguillion Coughlin (pronounced COG-lin), winning five medals in Athens was more than just a waiting game. It required “very hard work”, determination and lots of grit to confront her misfortunes.

For this 21-year old Filipino-American swimming sensation, the path (or should we say the watercourse?) from her native Vallejo, California to the world stage, was like swimming against strong currents. But swim against all odds she did, on her way to collecting two golds, two silvers and a bronze in the recently-concluded Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
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