Eduardo Buenavista The Great Bertek

Eduardo Buenavista Achievements

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 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

(15.1) Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Grace Delos Santos qualified for the 14th Asian Marathon in Nomi City, Japan.

Buenavista, 35, is a sports veteran. He finished 67th at the 2004 Olympics and holds the national record in 5k, 10k, and the Marathon (2h18.44).

SEA Games 5km, 10km, and Marathon Gold Medalist ‘Vertek’ At the 2003 Asian Championships in Manila, he won bronze. Vertek was the fastest Filipino at the recent Milo Marathon, finishing fourth in 2h29.45.

Roy Vence coaches Zamboanga native Delos Santos.

The 25-year-old continues the Women’s Marathon’s legacy. Her 2h49.29 time was just under the 2h48.83 bronze medal standard.

She defended her Milo Marathon title in the third-fastest Filipina time.

Christabel Martes holds the Filipino record with 2h38.44.

2009 SEA Games champion Jhoann Banayag is #2 all-time. Delos Santos beat two veterans in the Milo Marathon.

She booked her first international tournament flight.

Mary Grace hopes to qualify for the SEA Games and win gold.

Mary Grace Delos Santos




Bertek clocks the 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

Eduardo Buenavista, 36 (Bertek), rewound the clock for years. Veteran Bertek won the Hong Kong Chartered Marathon. Former SEA Games and Milo Marathon Champion finished fourth in Asia and 30th overall.

This was under the SEA Games Gold Medal standard set by Singaporean Mok Ying Ren (2:28:36). Bertek set the mark at the 2013 Milo Marathon in 2:27.14. This strengthens his SEA Games Marathon selection with Eric Panique.

Bui Thi Anh and Hoang Quyen Thanh were the fastest in 2014 (2:26:32). (2:26:38).

Buenavista is a strong candidate for the Gold Medal in the 2009 Marathon in Vietnane, Laos. He holds the 2004 Beppu Oila Marathon National Record of 2:18:44.

Christine Hallasgo won gold in the marathon at the 2019 SEA Games, Joida Gagnao won silver and bronze in the 3k Steeples and 5k, and Sony Wagdos won bronze in the 5k.


Eduardo Buenavista Coach

Was coached by the Great Mario Castro. Buenavista is currently the long-distance coach with the Philippine National team and coaches Christine Hallasgo, Sony Wagdos, and Joida Gagnao all SEA Games medalists.






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