Philippines 3000 Meter 2021 National Virtual Full Results

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Philippines 3000 Meter National Virtual Championships Videos

Full Results

The 2021 Philippines National 3000m Championships, a Virtual event,  came to a dramatic close on Sunday, February 21. Organized by Jason Operio and the Iloilo Athletic Community and assisted by Enzo Williams of Pinoy athletics. The 3000m Virtual Competition, which had 76 competitors, ran from February 19 to 21.


Successful Philippines 3000 Meter National Virtual Championships wrap up.

Braza Helps himself to his first national senior title.

Alfrence Braza of Iloilo, the Palarong Pambansa 1500m Record Holder at just 19 years of age, won his first Senior Philippines National title. Braza clocked 8:51- a personal best for the 3000-meter event on the road, to beat a field of 46 competitors from all over the Philippines. On Friday, Braza had clocked 8:59.68 at the Iloilo Sports Complex Track Oval in a four-person race.

Braza, the rising star of  Philippine Men’s Long Distance running this year, had won the 10,000m BBGHPH and 5000m Pinoyathletics / Talking Chinoy virtual event and was runner up in the 1000m Pinoyathletics / Fantasia event a few weeks ago. Braza is a WIT student in Iloilo, part of the PRISAA, coached by Ellie Navarro and Noel Diel. He declined offers from UAAP and NCAA Colleges because he wanted to stay home to support the family business.

Everybody Loves Lany!

Equally amazing in the Women’s was Lany Cardona-Adaog of Team Titus, the champion and most improved athlete at the Pinoyathletics / Talking Chinoy 5000m event.  It may have seemed like a lifetime ago. Still, Lany Cardona, 12 years ago at the Philippines Athletics National Championships in 2009 in Lingayen, won the Junior 3000m title in 11:19​.32 (her PB up until today). At the time, beating future Philippine Steeplechase record holder Jessa Mangsat in that race.



Not your conventional runner and not blessed with substantial speed reserves, the well-developed endurance honed by her coach Saturnino Salazar (coach Titus) and well-judged race pace distribution paid off, overcoming her much younger, faster rivals.


Men’s Roundup

The Runners up in the Mens Division. 2019 Philippines NCAA 800 and 1500 Champion Ed Carlou Sabellon took 2nd place in 8:57. Initially, from Misamis Oriental, he is studying at JRU.

The event also saw some talent emerge in rising juniors. Third place went to MG Malaguena, just 18 years of age from Bago City. He clocked 9:03 on a dirt track.  The National Junior Record is held by Hector Begeo, who ran 8:44.1 to win the 1983 ASEAN School Games 1983. Maldeguia mark is the fastest time by a Junior Athlete since 1983 and 4th on the all-time list.


3000m Philippines Junior All-Time List

1 8.44.1 Hector Begeo
2 8.56.2 Nelson Cadiva
3 9.02.1 Rafael Batac
4 9.03 MG Malguena
5 9.11.3 Jimmy Dela Torre
6 9.12.5 John Lozada
7 9.14.6 Antonio Fondavilla
8 9.17 John Mark Matrir
9 9.18.1 L. Alaiza
10 9.18.3 Jimmy Postestad

His teammate, just 16 years of age, John Mark Matrir, clocked 9:17 for fourth. Both Matrir and Malaguena are coached by Reginald, a native of Bago City who currently lives and works in Singapore.  He is coaching three athletes from Bago City over the internet with a specific periodized program.

It is important to note that UAAP 800 and 1500 Record Holder Elbren Neri, a former national team member, clocked 8:53 on Saturday at Tangub City Oval in a solo run effort. Unfortunately, as he is the only one authorized to use the oval, so had no way to provide any video. As a full video must accompany the competition, Neri opted to run again on Sunday on the road. But by this point, he was already tired and clocked 9:34, finishing 7th overall in the event. As 3000m is not Neri’s primary specialty, it shows he has decent endurance based on the 800m and 1500m performances.


People’s Champion

Showing why he is a People’s Champion and not just competing for himself was SEA Games 2019 5000m Bronze Medalist Sony Wagdos. Unfortunately, due to Air Force duties and lack of training because of COVID. Wagdos finished 10th overall in this event, winning his first race back in 9:42.

More importantly, he showed a strong sense of community, helping pull three junior athletes through new personal bests at Binan Track Oval. As a result, Sony and his coach have pledged to join more virtual races to sharpen up performances leading to SEA Games 2021.

Womens Roundup

Finishing 2nd behind Lany as she did during the 5000M PA/Talking Chinoy event was 39-year-old Nhea Ann Barcena. A four-time Milo Half Marathon Champion, who still holds the 1500m Record at the UAAP. Barcena clocked at 11:04.



The third position was PRISAA 1500/3000M National Champion Edna Magtubo (Iloilo), who clocked 11:26 for third place.


SEA Games Duathlon Mixed Relay Bronze medalist Pawie Fornea finished fourth in 11:29. Narrowly ahead of April, Joy Alampayan of Bohol 11:29.3. 

2018 and 2019 Palaro 1500/3000m Champion Lheslie De Lima (Camarines Sur), the fastest school girl in the country, was 7th in 11:52. Another school girl Divina Mahusay (CANTAFA), the 300 and 1000 at the Pinoyathletics Fantasia meet, was 10th in 12:16.



and set, all in all, a lot of personal bests at what was a very successful event.  73 of the 76 entries completed the event. Smiles all around as several athletes broke their personal bests. Iloilo Athletic Community and Pinoyathletics would like to thank all participants and supporters for supporting the event and their intense love for keeping the sport of athletics alive despite the pandemic.

Our next virtual events will be the Pinoyathletics SprinTopia event March 13-14 for 100, 200, 400 runners and Talking Chinoy 5000m Event April 16-18.

Philippines 3000 Meter National Virtual Championships attracts 76 Entries.

Organized by the Athletic Community of Iloilo.

While the Philippine National Championships in Athletics has been moved to the 3rd Quarter of 2021, Probably September.

46 Men and 30 Women will be competing

Who will Crown themselves the Philippines National Champions of 2021 in the 3000m?

Another question is, will any of the runners at this meet get close to ‘tickling’? The National Record in the Men’s is 8:17.4, held by the Great Eduardo ‘Bertek’ Buenavista.

The Peoples Champion Sonny Wagdos

Leading the entries in the Men’s is SEA Games Bronze Medalist in the 5000m Sony Wagdos. Wagdos improved from a virtual nobody to SEA Games Champion and his PB from 15:15 to 14:34 to claim a surprise medal at the SEA Games in New Clark. Is coming back into training with the Philippine Airforce. He is the only current national athlete to join this event. And it’s his way of giving back to the Athletic Community by mingling with the provincial athletes and respecting his roots as a grass-root athlete that came through the PRISAA, having been a graduate of the University of Mindanao in Davao City. This is why Sony Wagdos, the protege of the late great Master Endurance ‘Rafael Poliquit,’ is a ‘Peoples Champion.

Can you help Braza Out! 19-year old Alfrence Braza is the BBG 10K Champion of 2021?


The 26-year-old will face a challenge from one of the rising stars of the Philippines Mens Long Distance Running, Alfrence Braza, a student at WIT. Braza, still 19 years old, is the Palarong Pambansa 1500 and 5000m Champion from 2019 (the last time the Palaro was held due to the COVID). But that did not mean the Ilongo Teenager has not made the most of the Virtual Circuit. On the contrary, he had a busy January winning the BBGPH Run 10,000m title and then the 5000m Pinoyathletics / Talking Chinoy title. Then, he finished runner up in the Pinoyathletics Fantasia 1000m.

The Pototan Boys with Edgar Carado center (red) and Race Organizer Jason Operio (blue)


And helping A. Braza out will be his fellow Ilongo Edgar Carado, another younger at 20 years of age. Carado, who studies at Adamson University, is the UAAP Junior MVP from 2018. He also is the 2019 National Junior Champion in 800 and 1500. Carado, fresh off a fast dry run test a few days ago, will travel 1 and a half hours to Iloilo to race against Braza at the Iloilo Sports Complex with some other athletes. The event will be live-streamed via Pinoyathletics. Carado is also a handy runner and one of only two runners who has a 400 PB under 50 seconds.

UAAP Record Holder Elbren Neri

The other Sub 50 400 meter man is Elbren Neri, 26, from Tangub City, the UAAP Record Holder in the 800 and 1500. A former national athlete and national and PNG Champion over 800m from 2016. Who went to the SEA Games in 2017 in 1500, finishing 7th. Neri finished 3rd in the Pinoyathletics Fantasia 1000m and 2nd in the 300m recently.

Also, another strong contender is Edcarlou Sabellano of JRU. The NCAA Champion in the 800 and 1500. Who recently ran a 15;53 PB in the 5000m.

While in the women’s, it’s a wide-open affair aswell. At the same time, there doesn’t seem to be anyone with speed to get close to the long-standing national record of Marietta T. Magno (9:48.5) in the 3000m, which has stood for 31 years.

Lheslie De Lima

De Lima

The fastest entry is 16-year-old Leslie De Lima of Rinocanada Team in Bicol with a PB of 10:22.42, the 2018 and 2019 Palarong Pambansa Champion 800 & 1500. De Lima has had mixed results getting back into race shape, taking bronze in the PA/Talking Chinoy 5000m with 20:26 for 5k, but then finishing 4th in the PA Fantasia meet in the 1000m event. 

UAAP Multiple Medalist Maria Lyka Sarmiento with a PB of 10:45 is the next fastest.  With her training partner, Analyn Monoy of Earist College, the Adamson graduate will be racing on Sunday in Aklan. 

Also, in the sub-11-second girl is PRISAA 1500 and 3000M Champion Edna Magtubo, a PB of 10:53.7.

The lineup is Lany Cardona Adaog (Team Titus), the PA/Talking Chinoy 5000M Champion and most improved athlete. While Lany fares better at the longer events, she is a strategic runner who could pull a surprise.

Cherry Andrin of Cebu the CESAFI 3000M Champion.

In her college days, the veteran Nheann Barcena, a 4x Milo Marathon Champion, was the UAAP Record Holder in 800 and 1500 and ran the 800 at the 2005 SEA Games.

The youngster, Janice Nemi from the CANTAFA, finished 2nd in the 1000m PA Fantasia virtual meet.

It’s also a wide variety of athletes joining Duathlete Pawie Fornea, the SEA Games Bronze medalist in mixed relays, and Razibel Fabellon, the 2018  national high jump champion.

*NB Philippines 3000 Meter National Virtual Championships is in no way, shape, or form associated with PATAFA or the PSC

Philippines 3000 Meter National Virtual Championships

Breaking News -‘ The You Just Run’ event of Jason Operio and The Iloilo Running Community has been rebranded as the
‘Philippines 3000 meter National Virtual Championships’
Pinoyathletics will bestow this event’s winners the title of 3000m national champions of the Philippines in all its future writeups.
22 Men and 19 Women have entered the event so far, vying for the national men’s and women’s titles. With entries closing on February 16.
Entry is 150 PHP with Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd up for grabs.

Proof Edited by Doctor Vic Salas

    • Pinoyathletics is supporting Jason Operio for the Philippines 3000 Meter National Virtual Championships. Organized by the Iloilo City Running community.
    • The cover photo is Fritzie Pepito Labastida, the Fabulous Barefoot Runner.
    • Jason Operio, long-distance runner from Iloilo, joined the Pinoyathletics / Talking Chinoy 5000m Virtual last month.
    • The event will take place from February 19 to 21 as a Virtual event.
    • Originally planned for February 19, the event has been extended as most participants are prepared to compete on the weekend.
    • Videos are due no later than 8 am (phi time) on Sunday, February 21, as we will be announcing winners at 1 pm (phi time) on that same day.
    • The You Just Run event will cost 150 PHP per athlete with 2 payment options
      1. payable by GCASH to Sonia Operio 09665019460 by February 16.
      2. Via Palawan Pawn Shop to Jason Operio cell# 09307680966.
    • Please also provide your Name, Team, and Location.
    • Strava app is the official timer of the You Just Run event. But for those who participate in an oval, we can accept off video times. The video must be a full video with a clear view of the start and finish.
    • Treadmill runs are not allowed.
    • If you are interested, please feel free to


Cash Prize:

Prizes depend on the amount of money collected from the Registration Fees requiring 60 entries to race the prizes specified below. If less than 60 entries, the cash prize will be reduced. The Cash prize total will not exceed money collected from entry fees.


Prizes depend on the amount of money collected from the Registrations Fee (requiring 60 entries to race the prizes specified below)

Male and Female

1st P2,000.00
2nd P1,500.00
3rd P1,000.00
The top 3 winners will receive a cash prize and E-certificate on 21 February 2021 after verifying winners.
Stay safe and enjoy. Observe the proper health and safety protocols.
For more wonderful Running events on the Pinoyathletics Calendar of Events for 2021.


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