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Jogging Manila

I started jogging in Cagayan in preparation for the Physical Agility Test as required when applying as a PNP Recruit. That was after passing my documents at PNP Health Service in Camp Crame. Since I didn’t have enough time, I jogged only twice in Cagayan. The environment was great, it is an uncemented secondary road with vast ricefields on both sides. My only problem is that I usually wakes up early, takes coffee and some pandesal, and leaves home late, usually at 6:30 am. I jogged comfortably in my slippers.

As I went back to Manila, I completed my remaining schedule in UST Hospital (IV therapy training) and went back to jogging. This time I bought a Reebok Crussion (which the salesman told me to be the best running shoes in the store) and some running shorts. I walked for about 20 minutes to UST Grounds, jogged and ran for about 30 minutes and walked back to home again. At first, I am not sure if everybody is allowed to jog in UST grounds. I just ran in through the gate and went on to the quadrangle. Later did I know that I am supposed to have a “jogging pass” when entering the UST grounds for jogging. I was able to realize it when on my third day, a guard asked me if I have a jogging pass, I told him that I am a trainee from the nursing service so he allowed me inside. After that, as soon as I got home, I searched the web about jogging in UST, and I learned everything about the jogging pass thru an online article from the official university paper “Varsitarian”.

I mentioned the incident to my neighbor and he told me about Speaker Perez St. in Quezon City. The next morning, I ended up running in Speaker Perez St., together with its parallel road, the Apo St. The place is great for joggers and runners alike since the streets were wide and there are few vehicles passing by. Furthermore, The streets were series of uphill and downhill paths making running more challenging when you are running uphill. I ran for about 4 mornings in Speaker Perez before our Physical Agility Test.

Regarding the “jogging pass” in UST, you must sumbit a BIODATA with picture and pay 100 pesos to acquire one. The jogging pass is valid for a year.


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