Saturday, March 27, 2010



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Published in Sun Star Cebu Newspaper March 23, 2010 Tuesday issue
by Iste Sesante-Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Michael Jerome Limpag, Sports Editor

LUIS Miguel “Igi” Maximo made a decent 5k run finish in the 2010 Honda LA Marathon last weekend at the Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Igi took the 14th spot out of the 115 finishers in the male 1-14 years old division after clocking 25:50 minutes, which was won by 13-year-old Rene Cerritos Los Angeles, CA, USA.

He ranked 213 out of the 1,323 finishers in the gender place and took the over-all place ranking of 253 out of 3,189 finishers.

“The weather was cold and I am not used to running in a temperature like that. Even though we arrived 2 days before the race, I think it is not enough to acclimatize in a foreign country. During the race, I didn’t feel thirsty because it was too cold, but I know I have to drink water to avoid dehydration. I also did not perspire much. Lahi gyud sa race sa Cebu,” Igi Maximo said.

He added that he is happy with the result and that it was the experience that he was after. “I don’t get to practice running there in Cebu because of the time I have to spend with cycling and soccer practices,” Igi said.

Jonathan Maximo, the father of Igy, was equally happy with Igi’s finish.

“I hope the event inspires him to do more running in the future. Hopefully, he can also devote equal time to running, the same with what he is doing with cycling now. I would like also to see more Cebuanos given the same opportunity to travel and experience international sports events.” Jonathan said.

He added that there are Cebuano Fil-Ams who are more than willing to host and take care of Cebuano athletes in the US.

He said Edgar and Ivy Abayan, who are from Mambaling, Cebu City, and now residents of Torrance, California, took care of Igi’s board and lodging including the transportation in going to Dodger Stadium.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 24, 2010.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Published in the Superbalita Newspaper March 24, 2010 Wednesday issue
by Erwin Lirazaon, Staff Writer
Jun Migallen, Sports Editor

NASAKMIT sa Sugbuanong si Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo ang ika-14 nga dapit sa 14-below division sa Los Angeles 5K Marathon sa miaging adlaw sa Dodger Stadium sa LA, California.

Si Maximo, kinsa mi-oras og 25:49, maoy nipatigbabaw sa tanang mga Pinoy nga ningsalmot sa kompetisyon nga gisalmutan og kapin sa 3,000 ka runners.

Sa kategoriya ni Maximo, adunay 115 ka s nga nakahuman.

Malipayon man tuod siya sa iyang naabot apan nagtuo si Maximo nga kon naanad pa siyang daan sa klima sa Los Angeles, nga tugnaw kaayo sa kasamtangan, hayan posibleng mas motaas pa ang iyang oras.

Sa iyang mensahe pinaagi sa email, nagkanayon si Maximo nga wala kaayo siya paningta og maayo unya wala sab siya giuhaw tungod sa katugnaw sa panahon.

Gitataw niya lahi gyud kaayo ang iyang pamati kumpara sa mga kompetisyon nga iyang gisalmutan dinhi sa Pilipinas.

Si Maximo, kinsa usa ka kanhi football player, giimbitar sa lumba human sa iyang back-to-back nga kalampusan sa 2010 Philippine Cycling competition.

Nagsuporta kang Maximo ning maong torneyo mao ang negusyanteng si Zandro Fajardo, tag-iya sa Oz Racing.

Gipatik sa mantalaang Sun.Star Superbalita Cebu sa Marso 24, 2010.


Published in The Freeman Newspaper March 24, 2010 Wednesday issue
by Caecent No-ot Magsumbol, Staff Writer
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor

CEBU, Philippines - Three Cebuano runners accomplished their personal goals in two separate international competitions over the weekend.

Millet Chiongbian and Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo had a successful stint in the LA Marathon at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California in the same way with Dr. Potenciano "Yong" Larrazabal III in his 11th marathon in Seoul, South Korea.

Chiongbian did not finish the full marathon, but got the qualifying time she needed in her age bracket for the more prestigious Boston Marathon. She completed the battle in three hours, 43 minutes and eight seconds.

Paref-Springdale’s Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo placed 14th out of the 115 finishers under the boys 14-under class in his debut in the international circuit through LA Marathon’s 5K Run.

The 14-year-old Maximo clocked in 25 minutes and 50 seconds.

On gender placing, Maximo placed 213 out of 1,323 male finishers and ranked 253 in the overall rankings out of the 3,189 total finishers.

“I think that's good enough for me in a foreign land. If it was a Cebu race, maybe I can cut an additional minute or two. But I'm happy with the result. It's more of the experience that I am after. I don't get to practice running there in Cebu because of the time I have to spend with cycling and soccer practices,” Igi said via email. Maximo’s latest trip to US was supported by Fil-Ams Edgar and Ivy Abayan.

On the other hand, popular eye doctor Dr. Yong Larrazabal established a personal best time of 3:47.22 in the 1st Seoul International Marathon.

It was Larrazabal's third successful marathon this year. He is looking forward to four more marathons in 2010 including the San Diego-Rock N' Roll in June, United Kingdom and Camsur in September and the Singapore Marathon in December. – Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (FREEMAN NEWS)

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Published in BANAT Newspaper March 20, 2010 Saturday issue
by Yoyo Abayan, Sports Editor

CEBU, Philippines - Mibiya na niadtong adlaw ang batan-ong si Luis Miguel "Igi" Maximo uban sa iyang amahan nga si Jonathan aron moapil og lumba sa dagan ug sa biseklita didto sa Estados Unidos.

Ang 14-anyos nga si Igi sayong mihuman sa final exams sa PAREF-Springdale aron makaapas sa L.A. Marathon didto sa Dodger Stadium sa L.A. karong Marso 20.

Bisan pa, si Igi modagan sa 5K event aron iyang maamgo ang Estados Unidos ug sa cross-training sa dili pa siya mosalmot og mga racing competition sa Redlands karong petsa 27 ug sa Los Angeles sa petsa 28.

Si Igi nadayon paglarga ngadto sa US tungod sa suporta ni Christina Reynes, ang Sugbuana nga atua na nagpuyo sa Culver City, California.

Si Reynes usa ka duathlete ug nahigayonan niya nag pagbasa sa on-line news bahin sa US trip ni Igi ug gidapit niya sa pag-apil sa lumba didto sa Estados Unidos, samtang ang OZ Racing ni Zandro Fajardo mohatag ni Igi og competition jerseys, Bib shorts, training jersey, arm warmers, shoe covers ug bike bags alang sa iyang mountain ug road bikes. - BANAT NEWS

Friday, March 19, 2010


Published in Sun Star Cebu Newspaper March 19, 2010 Friday issue.
By Iste Sesante-Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor

FOOTBALL player turned cyclist Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo will be wearing another cap in his first stint abroad.

Maximo will be joining the 5K division of the 2010 Honda LA Marathon on March 20 at the Dodger Stadium.

Maximo, who was scheduled to race in the US junior cycling circuit next weekend, decided to join the LA marathon as part of his training.

“Since running is cross-training for cycling, Igi took advantage of the LA Marathon schedule being close to the cycling race,” said Jonathan Maximo, Igi’s father.

It was Cebuana duathlete Christina Reynes, who is based in Culver City, who invited Igi to try running in the United States after she read about Igi’s trip to the US in Jonathan’s blog.

Jonathan said he and his son, who won a junior division cycling race in Manila last month, are also set to join a series of clinics and seminars about running at the LA Marathon Expo this week and they will share what they learned with the local runners.

“This is an opportunity for us as well to be able to get hold of running materials which we can share with the Cebu running community, ” said Jonathan.

Jonathan, who used to be the head of the Cebu Football Association, will not be racing in the marathon but instead will observe how the event is run.

The Los Angeles Marathon started in 1986 and has hit 25,000 entries this year.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2010.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Published in The Freeman Newspaper March 12, 2010 Friday issue.
by Caecent No-ot Magsumbol, Staff Writer
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor

CEBU, Philippines - Cebuano Igi Maximo has been invited to race in the U.S, but as eager as he may be, everything will have to depend on the funds they can raise to sustain his stint there.

Several Fil-Ams including U.S.-based Cebuano Frank Gatdula, the man behind the Tour Ni Frank had said, the young Maximo could join in road races, criterium and club rides in California plus a junior development camp.

“Igi started cycling in Nov 2009 and his first race was the TnF last January 23-24, 2010. That was where he was noticed by Mr. Gatdula who witnessed the 14 year old’s attempt to finish the dreaded, steep mountain climb of Toledo City- Balamban-Trans Central Highway - Busay Stage without stopping/walking,” Igi’s father Jonathan said.

More than personal achievements that Igi may get out of his trip to U.S, should this push through, his father vows to share all experiences to fellow Cebuanos.

Earlier, the former president of the Cebu Football Association, Jonathan Maximo said, he hopes that a junior cycling school can be set up here in Cebu so more potential young cyclists will be produced.

Without much exposure and training program available for the young racers here, Igi Maximo had to go to Manila to experience racing on a fair playing field and know more techniques from seasoned racers in Luzon.

Igi’s back-to-back victories in the junior division in the 2010 Philippine Premiere Cycling League (PPCL) had stirred interest on him.

However, although those who opened the idea of racing in the U.S. had also promised to support Igi’s stay in California, the parents of the newest local cycling star just want to make sure that they also have a little spare of funds in case of emergency in the U.S.

“It’s an invitation to visit USA and experience US Junior Cycling - tours, epic rides, camps & races. Cycling in the USA is on a higher level. The experience and exposure you get will be a lot different from our local cycling.

“For example, the US Junior category starts at 10 years old, something we don’t have here in Cebu or perhaps in the country.

“You will learn something positive out of the experience... something that you can share to Cebu sports in general and Cebu cycling in particular,” Jonathan Maximo added. – Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (FREEMAN NEWS)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 10, 2010 Wednesday issue.

by Iste Sesante-Leopoldo, Correspondent
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor

FOURTEEN-year-old Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo’s fame has reached far and wide as he was recently invited to join the US Junior Cycling this summer.

Maximo’s father Jonathan, said they received the invitation and are now contemplating on whether to accept it.

“We have not decided yet because there are several things to consider, like the finances and whether Igi is ready for it mentally and physically,” said Jonathan.

He added that they are still consulting with family and friends about it and exploring the idea of some Cebuano companies or individuals for their support in this new junior cycling project.

“We will also seek advise from Igi’s school, his mentors in the Cebu Cycling community and the cycling federation. Dapat, team effort ni,” said Maximo.

The US junior events that are being considered are the road, criterium and circuit races, and club rides in the California area.

“Cycling in the USA is on a higher level. The experience and exposure Igi gets will be a lot different from our local cycling,” he added.

The invitation was offered by the US-based Cebuano cyclists spearheaded by Frank Gatdula, who has sponsored the annual “Tour ni Frank” (TnF), a road bike race which he has been supporting for the last 10 years.

Gatdula spotted Igi during the Tour ni Frank last January, where the tried to finish the dreaded uphill course without stopping or walking and in Igi’s performance in Philippine Premiere Cycling League, where he earned back-to-back titles in the Junior category.


Published in the Cebu Daily Newspaper, March 10, 2010 Wednseday issue.
by Jonas Panerio, Correspondent
Rick Gabuya, Sports Editor

THE HITS just keep on coming for young up-and-coming cyclist Luis Miguel "Igi" Maximo as the 14-year old has been invited to compete in the United States as a result of his impressive performance in races on the local front and the national stage.

Maximo, the son of former Cebu Football Association president and now TEAM maX1mo and PaBol manager Jonathan "Maxi" Maximo, has been a prodigy in the racing scene after back-to-back wins in the junior division of the Philippine Premiere Cycling League and his courageous performance in the treacherous Tour ni Frank.

As a result, he has been invited by top executive cyclist Frank Gatdula, the sponsor of the aforementioned decade-long Tour ni Frank, to visit the USA and experience US junior cycling.

The US junior events that are being considered are the Road, Criterium and Circuit races and Club rides in the California area.

The elder Maximo and his son, though, have not yet decided on whether or not to take up the offer due to financial constraints and the fact that Igi might be taking up too much, too soon.

Maximo fears that his son might be burnt-out from the pressure of competing in another country./CORRESPONDENT JONAS PANERIO


Published in Banat Newspaper March 12, 2010 Wednesday issue
by Yoyo Abayan, Sports Editor

CEBU, Philippines - Ang Sugbuanong seklista nga si Igi Maximo, kinsa bag-o lang misidlak sa maong natad sa paugnat sa kusog gidapit sa paglumba didto sa Estados Unidos.

Si Maximo kursonada kaayo nga mosalmot, apan mag-agad pa kini sa pundo nga iyang matigom alang sa mga kalihukan didto sa US karong summer.

Daghang mga Fil-Ams lakip na ang Sugbuanon ug atua na karon sa US nga si Frank Gatdula, kinsa maoy utok sa Tour Ni Frank nagkanayon nga ang batan-ong si Maximo, 14-anyos, mahimong moapil og road races, criteriums ug club rides didto sa California ug ingon man junior development camp.

Nagsugod si Maximo sa cycling niadtong Nobiyembre 2009 ug ang iyang unang lumba mao ang Tour Ni Frank niadtong Enero 23-24, 2010.

Sa laing bahin, ang amahan ni Igi nga si Jonathan, ang presidente kaniadto sa Cebu Football Association, nagkanayon maglaum siya nga adunay junior cycling school nga matukod dinhi sa Sugbu aron makakaplag og masaaron ug batan-ong mga seklista.

Tungod sa kakulang og exposure ug training program alang sa mga batan-ong seklista dinhi sa Sugbu, si Igi Maximo moadto pa sa Manila aron pagsinati sa racing sa makiangayon nga playing field ug pagbaton og kahibalo sa uban pang mga techniques gikan sa mga beteranong racers sa Luzon.

Kahinumduman, si Igi bag-o lang mikulit og sunod-sunod nga kadaugan sa junior division sa 2010 Philippine Premiere Cycling League (PPCL) nga maoy nakakabig sa katawhan sa cycling community lakip na niadtong tua sa abroad. – BANAT SPORTS

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
If you do not ASK, the answer will always be a no.
If you do not STEP forward, you will always be in the same place.

Learn to TAKE risks and see where your brave heart can take you.

T.E.A.M. maX1mo
Together Everyone Achieves More
Building Champions Off and On the field

Sunday, March 07, 2010


March 7, 2010
The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu

Say cheese!
14-year old Igi Maximo, 18th Place - 6K Men's Open Division


March 7, 2010 5:45AM
The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu


(1) Reprinel Banzon
(2) Jorry Ycong
(3) Philip Duenas

(4) Simon Israel Dignos
(5) Renzie Gabuya
(6) Garry Garcia
(7) Franklin Moralla
(8) Geoffrey Villamor
(9) #676
(10) Rolando Suico
(11) #1264
(12) Wendel Rudinas
(13) Florencio Hermenio
(14) Gabby
(15) Daniel Cardenas
(16) Manuel Rudinas
(17) Hanciano Abella
(18) Luis Miguel Maximo
(19) Errold Alipio
(20) Manny Piala

(1) Simon Losiaboi
(2) Elmer Bartolo
(3) Jobert Carolino

(4) Jess Gonzaga, (5) Reiz Enriquez, (6) Paul Zafico, (7) Noel Tillor, (8) Jordan Dopalco, (9) Sherwin Managil, (10) Roger Saldo, (11) Arland Macaseib

(1) Mary Joy Tabal
(2) Aiza

(1) Mary Joy Tabal Mary Grace delos Santos
(2) Madelyn Carter

Saturday, March 06, 2010


March 6, 2010 Mandaue Reclamation
Mandaue City, Cebu, Phils.

(L-R) Earl Cadampog, Nilo Barbalose, Marjun Villarosa - Champion, "Negro", Albert Basirgo

(L-R) Lyndel Caraquel - 4th Place, Art Lambo - 3rd Place, Celing Villarosa - Champion, John Ermitanio, Andy Garcia
Cat A & B prizes sponsored by Zandro Fajardo of Oz Racing Corp.

Please help identify the other winners.  You can post it in the Comments section below.
Our apologies.  We are still new with Cebu Cycling :)
We were not able to cover the Cat C awarding :)

Photos courtesy of IgiMax


March 6, 2010 7:30AM
Mandaue Reclamation, Mandaue City
Cebu, Phils.

LITO QUEBEC - Champion
On his way to... Cat B!
TATA CODINA - 2nd Place
Smart tactics
DR. JV ARANETA - 3rd Place
Consistent winner

TATA TY - 4th Place

Photos courtesy of Igi Maximo
Results courtesy of JVA


March 6, 2010 8:00AM
Mandaue Reclamation,
Mandaue City, Cebu, Phils.

ArtLam (right), 3rd Place Category B
Truck drafting


March 6, 2010 7:30AM
Mandaue Reclamation
Mandaue City, Cebu

Mutt & Jeff

Photos courtesy of Igi Maximo

Thursday, March 04, 2010


Who: Runners & Bikers
What: Balamban PNM Climbathon & MTB Challenge
When: March 20-21, 2010
Where: Mt. Manunggal, Balamban, Cebu

Categories & Entry Fees:
Open/Elite (P150), Executive (P100), Women (P100), Local (P50)


Who: MTB'ers
What: Camotes Island Cross Country Mountabike Challenge 2010
When: March 20, 2010
Where: San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu

Seniors, Juniors, Veterans, Masters, Executives/Professionals, Golden Boys, Fat Boys, Beginners

Entry fee: FREE

Courtesy of Caecent N. Magsumbol/TF

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Published in The Philippine Star Newspaper March 2, 2010 Tuesday issue
by Abac Cordero

“Sports brings honor to our country. But to me it’s more than that. It’s every medal won, for every bead of sweat and every drop of blood from our athletes who fight for our country. To me, that’s something you cannot buy,” he said...

“Again, the achievements of our athletes cannot be matched by any amount because it serves as an inspiration and a promise of a better future for the others. The kind of inspiration we can only find in sports,” said the senator...

And then came a plea, and a dream as well, for his fellow goverment officials to set aside their personal ambitions, their personal differences and help provide the athletes the support they truly deserve.

“Then we can achieve more,” said Escudero...

“Because the government cannot do it alone. So we seek the support of the private sector -- not only to support our athletes as they compete but when they’re fighting days are over as well...