Sunday, September 12, 2010

Weekend Run #1: CCP Complex

My September to-do list includes three runs for three weekends. And I did one already!

To up the ante, I decided to run in three different locations. I chose the CCP Complex in Roxas Boulevard for this week because of our house’s proximity to it. I must say that I am blessed to be living near this haven for joggers, bikers, runners and those who want to play badminton, basketball, and lawn tennis or engage in weekend activities which can be done in open area.

I really like running there. There were old women and men whose swift runs challenged me to run faster. There were kids in their cute pastel jogging pants mimicking their parents in their cardio class or asking them to buy taho. It was like a meeting place for friends and families with active lifestyles. I will surely bring Gabby and Sunday when I come back here next month.

Here’s why I enjoyed my run-walk in CCP Complex.
I was early. This is in front of The Manila Film Center and those buildings are in Roxas Boulevard.

The Manila Film Center's stairs and ramp are challenging platforms for runners.

I like Sofitel Philippine Plaza. It was designed by one of our National Artists, Leandro Locsin.

Badminton players occupy the front of The Coconut Palace.

The Folk Arts Theater or Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas was built in 1974 for that year's Miss Universe Pageant. I read from one of the banners there that it is also called Bulwagan ng Panginoon.

Harbor Square is home to dining establishments like Starbucks. On mornings, aerobic and cardio classes are held there.

Manila Yacht Club and the view from Harbor Square.

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant

I want to run in the CCP ramp again. Its elevation/angle is so challenging!

The Star City and Aliw Theater

The PICC or Philippine International Convention Theater

On my way home, I noticed this green lane. I just watched from the news that this is a new project of CCP in cooperation with various agencies. The Green Lane is part of CCP’s "Luntiang Lungsod, Luntiang Sining" (Green City, Green Arts) project which encourages biking for work or leisure.

I would like to run there again. Or maybe, just play badminton. Or maybe just sit on the baywalk and while away the time. With some endorphins (hormones responsible for making us happy) released after the exposure to sun and exercise, I believe I will have a happy week ahead. Have a happy one, too! :)


Ria said...

Running is a very healthy activity sis. Keep it up!

I'm glad to know that the govt is gearing up the place to be a whole-some area where family can enjoy the weekend for some fun and activities.

At least, when my family and I settle there for good, we have a place to go to for some leisure.

Beth said...

@Ria: Yes, tuwa din ako when I learned that aayusin na uli ang CCP Complex. Sana more family-friendly activities and amenities pa :)

chubskulit said...

Oh wow Beth, wish I could run with you. Ang ganda naman ng place! Love the floating resto pic!

Beth said...

@Rose: yes, ang ganda nga dun. sarap mamasyal. :) thanks for dropping by, Rose!

Raft3r said...

you too are into running,m huh
good for the health yan

alam mo
i pass by those areas you mentioned everyday

Beth said...

@rafter: wow naman! ang ganda nman ng view mo everyday! :)