Dubbed as “Asia’s Sprint Queen”, Lydia de Vega was the athlete to watch back then, and I would be watching the government-sponsored sporting events: as de Vega went on to win her sprint conquests in Asia, and then there were other teenage women sport athletes Christine Jacob for swimming, and Dyan Castillejo for tennis.
Years later, as a features writer /journalist writing feature articles in newspapers, fate would have it that I would be interviewing these young women athletes who would be carving their niches in other fields: Christine Jacob went on to become a TV personality, while Dyan Castillejo would be a sports journalist for ABS-CBN News. It’s only now that I suddenly remembered that these strong personalities have been dancing on my mind and my subconscious for quite some time, and it has manifested to meeting these personalities in the “real world” after a time.
But I figured that instead of sleeping away the time, why not try having a breath of fresh air around the plush Bonifacio Global City. And when I sneaked out to see the wide deserted business district streets -- since the office-goers aren’t in their offices because of the holidays -- I found so much attraction to the clear roads, and decided to do my New Year’s Eve “baptismal run”.
So while everyone wasn’t looking, I sneaked out for my first jog for the year, running up and down 31st street, the high-rise office towers staring down at me with their haughty devil-may-care pouts -- reliving and rekindling a teenage dream that I thought have died in me , but has actually been just hibernating all along.
After that first New Year’s Eve jog, I became a regular habitue of the Track 30th Park, running along other fellow running enthusiasts -- who are regularly running and sweating under the romantic moonlit sky, romancing the park with their huffs and puffs , and earning admiring glances and stares from passers-by and driving motorists looking through their car windows for a look-see at the sexy and athletic runner throngs.