March 6, 2015

Celebrities endure ‘tougher’ Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines Subic-Bataan

Coming from a very successful inaugural race last year, the Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines Subic-Bataan showcased multi-awarded triathletes from different parts of the world last February 21, including some of the country’s celebrity triathletes.

TV host Drew Arellano races his way out of the pristine waters of Subic Bay.

TV host and active triathlete Drew Arellano finished strong despite lack of training after clocking in at 5:58:41, ranking 9th in the 35-39 year-old category.

TV personality Drew Arellano finished strong after a recorded time of 5:58:19, ranking ninth under Men’s 35-39 category.

“Wala [kaming special training], just the usual. It’s just really hard to prepare properly coming from a Christmas vacation and this is still early in the season so people are still making kapa, people are just starting have better fitness levels,” Arellano said.

“There are flats, there are rolling hills, [and] definitely there are mountains to climb, so this course was probably the hardest… It’s challenging but the trade-off is it’s very enjoyable and not boring,” Arellano added.

GMA News Anchor Kara David, on the other hand, was part of the Powerpops TriKings 3 for swim, while TGIS alumnus Onemig Bondoc also participated in the relay for run.

News Anchor Kara David of Powerpops TriKings 3 (mixed relay category) finishes the race after clocking in at 7:00:29.
David’s mixed relay group clocked in at 7:00:29 while Bondoc’s all male team, Powerpops TriKings 1, registered a 6:29:30 record.

Former PBB housemate Paul Jake Castillo was also among the race finishers of the 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21.1km course.

The PBB alumnus clocked in at 7:07:11, finishing 17th under the 30-34 year-old category. “Despite so little training, I finished the toughest and hardest triathlon in the Philippines,” Castillo posted on his Instagram account.

After being dubbed by the TRIMAG Asia as the most prestigious triathlon event in the Asian region last year, this year’s race in Subic-Bataan is already being called as one of the toughest race in the world by a lot of triathletes and fans.

On the other hand, the race’s broadcast coverage extends to over 82 countries worldwide, showcasing the Philippines as the most desired lifestyle and sports destination.
TV host Drew Arellano had a strong showing in the Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines Subic-Bataan last Feb. 21 after finishing 65th overall against more than 700 athletes.

The world-class season opener for long-distance racing in the Philippines—and all other festivities—were held at the Camayan Beach Resort, Subic Bay, and at the rugged and beautiful province of Bataan.

On June 14, the team will stage another race, this time in CamSur, where multi-awarded world champs and local celebrities are expected to join. This one is touted to be one of the fastest races in the world.

For more details about the race and future races, please visit the Challenge Philippines website at

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