Reinforced by the motivation to lend a hand, this year’s annual Visayas State University (VSU) Fun Run for a Cause took off yesterday, April 22, with the VSU Lower Oval Grounds as its starting point, spearheaded by the VSU Alumni and Community Relations Office (VSU ACRO), in partnership with the Institute of Human Kinetics (IHK).

In his opening remarks, VSU President Edgardo E. Tulin expressed his gratitude to facilitators and participants for continuing the long tradition aligned with the VSU Founding Anniversary after three years of halt since the pandemic. He also encouraged the participants to finish the race and enjoy it with a purpose.

"After three years, we are back for this [fun run for a cause]. This is always a look forward event because we know that this is already part of our anniversary celebration. I hope that when you participate, you will enjoy it and, at the same time, just be cool. Run or walk, finish the distance, and everything will be taken care of," Dr. Tulin said.

Dr. Charis B. Limbo-Rivera, IHK Director, then announced that for this year's Fun Run for a Cause, there are a total of 634 runners from the twelve categories and saluted the commitment and the drive of the runners in running.

"So we have 208 runners for the 5K run (Students Category). Ninety-seven (97) are men, and 111 are women. We also have 135 runners for the 3K (Students Category). For the faculty, staff, and alumni categories, we have 75 runners for the 5-kilometer. For the 3-kilometer run, we have 125 runners for 30 yrs old, 59 for 31-45 yrs, 29 for 46-60 yrs old, and only 3 for 61 yrs old and above. Thus we have a total of 634 runners from the twelve categories," Dr. Rivera stated.

Hon. Simoune Astorga, Chairman of Baybay City in Sports, gave his constant support to the VSU community as he boosted the start of the activity.

"This is very inspiring to me [since] I used to run also [in Baybay]. My company [Ciudad Coffee Bar] always supports Visca[VSU] programs, especially in sports and this kind of activity, so I am very grateful for the Invitation," Hon. Astorga expressed.

The proceeds of this year’s Fun Run for a Cause will go to the community outreach program of the VSU ACRO.

Winners for each race category are the following:


Women's Category (5K)

1st - Joan Fay Libutan

2nd - Kleinaden Doming Español

3rd - Darren Jade Recto Fortun

Men's Category (5K)

1st - Daireic Keith Silva Cañete

2nd - Alvin N. Gumanid

3rd - Ian Cayobit Lumpas



1st - John Kenneth F. Gozo

2nd - Javee T. Molina

3rd - Daniel Gumba


1st - Dan Lloyd Elbert E. Bagtasus

2nd - Julieto Labrador

3rd - Armando Pilapil

Alumni, Staff, and Friends

Men's Category (3K)

30 yrs old and below

1st - Ryan Alesna

2nd - John Manuel T. Jusay

3rd - Joymel T. Cayanong

31-45 yrs old

1st - Robinson Sayod Retulla

2nd - Alfredo A. Florendo

3rd - Rogelio Clavite Jr.

46-60 yrs old

1st - Felix Ocon

2nd - Dennis P. Peque

3rd - Floro Tripoli Nayre

Women's Category (3K)

30 yrs old and below

1st - Rodita Ollave

2nd - Hazel Llemos

3rd - Shanette Joy Vivien Amador

31-45 yrs old

1st - Maria Vanessa V. Cagande

2nd - Gretchen Prado

3rd - Lailah Sabando

60 yrs old and above

1st - Maria Leonila Bolfango Pancito

2nd - Andreli D. Pardales

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