Eduardo Buenavista The Great Bertek

Eduardo Buenavista

One of the greatest successes of the legendary coach Mario Castro.

Among the highlights of an illustrious long career, Eduardo Buenavista includes 4 SEA Games Golds in 4 Disciplines Steeples, 5000, 10,000, and Marathon. 2 Olympic Games. A bronze medal at Asian Championships in 10K. National Records in the 5000, 10,000, Half Marathon, and Marathon.And 5 National Milo Marathon titles. So After Hector Begeo is the most excellent long-distance runner, the Philippines has ever produced.

Was Eduardo Buenavista. Buenavista was born in Santo Nino, Cotabato, on October 13, 1978. Buenavista made it to the 2000 Olympic Games finishing 37th in the 3K Steeple Chase. The following year in 2001, he won the SEA Games title in the Steeple Chase in 8:40.77.

On May 26, 2002, at the Manila leg of the Asian Grand Prix, he ran a perfect second to India to run his 3000m PB in 8:17.14.

Competing in his First Asian Games in 2002 in Busan Korea, Buenavista moved up to longer distances and finished 8th and 9th in the 5000m and 10,000m run. However, his times of 13:58.42 and 29:02.36 still are the national records 16 years later. 


  • In the 2003 SEA Games, he won both the 5000 and 10,000m runs.
  • In the 2003 Asian Championships in Manila, Buenavista secured the bronze medal in the 10,000m.
  • By 2004 he had moved up to the Marathon and attended the Athens Olympics. He placed 67th.
  • In the 2006 Asian Games, he was 12th in the Marathon.


On July 22, 2007, at the Manila Leg of the Milo Marathon, he ran his still standing National Record of 2:18.53

Buenavista took his 4th gold in the SEA Games in the Marathon in 2007. He had won 4 golds in 4 different events during his SEA Games career.

In the 2010 Asian Games, he was 17th in the Marathon.

Delos Santos, Buenavista Qualify for Asian Marathon

(January 15) Pinoyathletics would like to congratulate Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Grace Delos Santos for qualifying for the 14th Asian Marathon on March 10 in Nomi City, Japan.


35-year-old Buenavista is a veteran of the sport. He finished 67th in the 2004 Olympic Games and currently holds the national record in 5k,10k, and the Marathon, his best being 2h18.44 set Oita, Japan in 2004.

‘Vertek,’ as his friends know him, is the SEA Games 2003 5km, 2005 10km, and 2009 Marathon Gold Medalist. He also had a bronze medal at the 2003 Asian Championships held in Manila. In addition, Vertek was the fastest Filipino at the recent Milo Marathon but finished fourth place in 2h29.45.

Mary Grace Delos Santos

Delos Santos originally hails from Zamboanga and is coached by former SEA Games athlete turned coach Roy Vence.

The 25-year-old is an upcoming athlete who is continuing a strong legacy of the Women’s Marathon. Her performance of 2h49.29 was just under a minute from the sea games bronze medal standard of 2h48.83.

She defended her title at the Milo Marathon in what was the third-fastest time ever by a Filipina.

Christabel Martes, the 2001 and 2005 SEA Games Champion, holds the Filipino Record with 2h38.44.

While Jhoann Banayag, who was the 2009 SEA Games Champion, is #2 of all time. In the recent Milo Marathon, Delos Santos finished in front of the two veterans.

In doing so, she booked her first flight to a major international tournament.

Hopefully, Mary Grace can qualify for the SEA Games at this meet and pave the way for another SEA Games Gold.

Bertek clocks fastest Marathon time by South East Asian in the last few years (rev 1)

January 27, 2015

Bertek, a proud member of the Philippine Airforce in action

The oldest member of the Philippine National Team in Athletics, Eduardo Buenavista, 36 (Bertek), rewound the clock for several years. The Veteran Bertek placed second at the Hong Kong Chartered Marathon. The Former SEA Games and Milo Marathon Champion clocked a time of 2:24:11, finishing fourth in the Asian Category and 30th overall.

This again went under the Gold Medal standard for the SEA Games set by Singaporean Mok Ying Ren at 2:28:36. This was the second time Bertek set the mark originally 2:27.14, clocking at the 2013 Milo Marathon. This further strengthens his selection with Eric Panique for the SEA Games Marathon.

The fastest 2014 were by Vietnamese duo Bui Thi Anh and Hoang Quyen Thanh (2:26:32) and (2:26:38).

Buenavista is now a strong candidate for the Gold Medal in the Marathon, which he won in the 2009 Edition in Vietnane, Laos. He still currently holds the National Record of 2:18:44.00 set at the Beppu Oila Marathon in 2004.

Buenavista progressed into the national distance coach and at the 2019 SEA Games (his first games) his wards Christine Hallasgo took Gold in the Marathon, Joida Gagnao silver and bronze in the 3k Steeples and 5k, and Sony Wagdos Bronze in the 5k.





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