Cesar Guarin, a Filipino marathon runner. His goal is to set a record as the first Filipino and first Asian global runner, covering 42,000km across 47 countries.
Cesar Guarin, a Filipino marathon runner. His goal is to set a record as the first Filipino and first Asian global runner, covering 42,000km across 47 countries.

UAE the latest leg in Filipino's charity run around the planet



ABU DHABI // Ultra-marathon runner Cesar Guarin met his UAE supporters yesterday after a solo run from Al Mafraq to the Philippine embassy in Al Bateen.

The 56-year-old is in the middle of a quest to be the first Filipino to run around the world. but he is not doing it for individual glory.

The difficulty of the global run, said the father of four, was nothing compared with the hardships his compatriots faced outside the comfort of their own land.

"I believe in the heroism of the global Filipino," he said. "That is worth running for."

The Middle East run is the seventh in Guarin's 16-stage Global Run: A Tribute to All Filipinos around the Globe. It covers 1,000 kilometres across Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE.

"The team considers the Middle East as the 'crowning stage' of Cesar Guarin's run around the world," said Joon Malicse, a consultant on the team supporting Guarin. "We can't miss it."

The team arrived in Al Ain on Wednesday from Oman, where Guarin completed a 175km run. On Thursday, he ran up and down Jebel Hafeet.

"I've been looking forward to meeting Filipinos in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, since the UAE is the last country and the finish point of our Middle East run," Guarin said.

"What's so amazing about Filipinos is that they have made a decision to work abroad out of necessity instead of complaining about our government's inability at this time to provide a better future for them."

Guarin has been praised for his efforts by his countrymen.

"We're happy to be part of this noble effort to showcase Filipino excellence," said Grace Princesa, the Philippine ambassador to the UAE, who hosted a welcome reception at the embassy.

"We admire his efforts to show what overseas Filipinos are doing for their country and their families."

Filipino Runners UAE, along with Nike Runners Dubai and the Filipino Mountaineers Federation, will hold a 20km "meet and greet" run with Guarin at 6.30am today along the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

He will dash through Al Rahba and Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi, and Jebel Ali, Al Barsha, Jumeirah and other areas in Dubai from today until Thursday.

And when Guarin concludes the Middle East run in Dubai on Friday, he will not be alone.

Between 600 and 800 runners and spectators are expected to turn up at Zabeel Park as early as 5.30am for the "Unity Run for the Global Pinoy". Of those, almost 30 runners have signed up to join him in a 24km run.

"It is an honour to be part of this event," said Amor Bautista-Baylosis, 31, a market-research consultant in Dubai. "Being an ultra-marathoner myself, I know how hard it is to run long distances.

"It takes a lot of patience, commitment and discipline to be able to do the challenge."

The expatriate is one of the founding members of Filipino Runners UAE, which started in 2010. She did her first 72km ultra-marathon in the mountains of Wadi Bih in Dibba, Oman, in February.

Guarin also dedicated his global run to Filipino street children. In 2011, he ran from Melbourne to Brisbane in 37 days, raising A$6,000 (Dh22,000) for impoverished Filipino children.

Guarin started his quest in the Philippines in 1983. Since then, the athlete has run across the United States, several European countries, Canada and Australia.

After the Middle East run, his next solo outing will last 74 days, covering 3,134km, during which he will cross from Alaska to California in the United States via Canada. The run is expected to take place between September and November this year. Guarin said he would like to finish all the remaining stages - which will take place in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America - by the third quarter of 2017.

Once Guarin finishes all the stages, he will have covered 42,000km across 47 countries in about 920 days. If successful he will be the first Filipino, first Asian and fourth person to run around the world.

Listening to inspiring stories from Filipinos during his global run has kept him motivated, he said. The idea of giving up has never crossed his mind.

"I don't see myself stopping from running," he said. "For the Filipino, I will run around the world."

ENGLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope 
Defenders: John Stones, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Gary Cahill, Ashley Young, Danny Rose, Trent Alexander-Arnold 
Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph 
Forwards: Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

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The specs

Engine: Two permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors

Transmission: two-speed

Power: 671hp

Torque: 849Nm

Range: 456km

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Biggest applause

Asked to rate Boris Johnson's leadership out of 10, Mr Sunak awarded a full 10 for delivering Brexit — remarks that earned him his biggest round of applause of the night. "My views are clear, when he was great he was great and it got to a point where we need to move forward. In delivering a solution to Brexit and winning an election that's a 10/10 - you've got to give the guy credit for that, no-one else could probably have done that."

Company profile

Name: Cashew
Started: 2020
Founders: Ibtissam Ouassif and Ammar Afif
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: FinTech
Funding size: $10m
Investors: Mashreq, others

SPEC SHEET

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MATCH INFO

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(Sterling 16')

Man of the match: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

BULKWHIZ PROFILE

Date started: February 2017

Founders: Amira Rashad (CEO), Yusuf Saber (CTO), Mahmoud Sayedahmed (adviser), Reda Bouraoui (adviser)

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: E-commerce 

Size: 50 employees

Funding: approximately $6m

Investors: Beco Capital, Enabling Future and Wain in the UAE; China's MSA Capital; 500 Startups; Faith Capital and Savour Ventures in Kuwait

GOLF’S RAHMBO

- 5 wins in 22 months as pro
- Three wins in past 10 starts
- 45 pro starts worldwide: 5 wins, 17 top 5s
- Ranked 551th in world on debut, now No 4 (was No 2 earlier this year)
- 5th player in last 30 years to win 3 European Tour and 2 PGA Tour titles before age 24 (Woods, Garcia, McIlroy, Spieth)

Company profile

Company name: Leap
Started: March 2021
Founders: Ziad Toqan and Jamil Khammu
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Funds raised: Undisclosed
Current number of staff: Seven

Fight card

1. Bantamweight: Victor Nunes (BRA) v Siyovush Gulmamadov (TJK)

2. Featherweight: Hussein Salim (IRQ) v Shakhriyor Juraev (UZB)

3. Catchweight 80kg: Rashed Dawood (UAE) v Khamza Yamadaev (RUS)

4. Lightweight: Ho Taek-oh (KOR) v Ronald Girones (CUB)

5. Lightweight: Arthur Zaynukov (RUS) v Damien Lapilus (FRA)

6. Bantamweight: Vinicius de Oliveira (BRA) v Furkatbek Yokubov (RUS)

7. Featherweight: Movlid Khaybulaev (RUS) v Zaka Fatullazade (AZE)

8. Flyweight: Shannon Ross (TUR) v Donovon Freelow (USA)

9. Lightweight: Mohammad Yahya (UAE) v Dan Collins (GBR)

10. Catchweight 73kg: Islam Mamedov (RUS) v Martun Mezhulmyan (ARM)

11. Bantamweight World title: Jaures Dea (CAM) v Xavier Alaoui (MAR)

12. Flyweight World title: Manon Fiorot (FRA) v Gabriela Campo (ARG)

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Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

MATCH INFO

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Expert advice

“Join in with a group like Cycle Safe Dubai or TrainYAS, where you’ll meet like-minded people and always have support on hand.”

Stewart Howison, co-founder of Cycle Safe Dubai and owner of Revolution Cycles

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Know before you go
  • Jebel Akhdar is a two-hour drive from Muscat airport or a six-hour drive from Dubai. It’s impossible to visit by car unless you have a 4x4. Phone ahead to the hotel to arrange a transfer.
  • If you’re driving, make sure your insurance covers Oman.
  • By air: Budget airlines Air Arabia, Flydubai and SalamAir offer direct routes to Muscat from the UAE.
  • Tourists from the Emirates (UAE nationals not included) must apply for an Omani visa online before arrival at evisa.rop.gov.om. The process typically takes several days.
  • Flash floods are probable due to the terrain and a lack of drainage. Always check the weather before venturing into any canyons or other remote areas and identify a plan of escape that includes high ground, shelter and parking where your car won’t be overtaken by sudden downpours.

 

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: 3S Money
Started: 2018
Based: London
Founders: Ivan Zhiznevsky, Eugene Dugaev and Andrei Dikouchine
Sector: FinTech
Investment stage: $5.6 million raised in total

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Places to go for free coffee
  • Cherish Cafe Dubai, Dubai Investment Park, are giving away free coffees all day. 
  • La Terrace, Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, are serving their first 50 guests one coffee and four bite-sized cakes
  • Wild & The Moon will be giving away a free espresso with every purchase on International Coffee Day
  • Orange Wheels welcome parents are to sit, relax and enjoy goodies at ‘Café O’ along with a free coffee
COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Kinetic 7
Started: 2018
Founder: Rick Parish
Based: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Industry: Clean cooking
Funding: $10 million
Investors: Self-funded

Sarfira

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

The bio:

Favourite holiday destination: I really enjoyed Sri Lanka and Vietnam but my dream destination is the Maldives.

Favourite food: My mum’s Chinese cooking.

Favourite film: Robocop, followed by The Terminator.

Hobbies: Off-roading, scuba diving, playing squash and going to the gym.

 

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: ASI (formerly DigestAI)

Started: 2017

Founders: Quddus Pativada

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Artificial intelligence, education technology

Funding: $3 million-plus

Investors: GSV Ventures, Character, Mark Cuban

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