Sunrise Events, known for holding world class triathlon races, always goes the extra mile to ensure that participants compete not just in a race but a unique and memorable experience.
The secret for success is the unbending commitment to excellence of its founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu who insists on improving every time they hold an event.
This 2018 – to commemorate the holding of races in the three island groups of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – three beautiful medals designed by three renowned artists were given away.
Sunrise Events celebrates its 10th year anniversary by awarding the three medals which were inspired by the Filipino Spirit: Duyan ng Magiting (Mindanao), Alab ng Puso (Luzon) and Perlas ng Silanganan (the Visayas).
Uytengsu said they wanted to make the medals extra special by creating them in the spirit of the national anthem.
Local sculptor and performance artist Kublai Millan pressed a whole community of T’boli brass casters to help present Mindanao’s culture before the world through the medal given to participants who completed the Alveo IRONMAN 70.3 in Davao.
The medal, Duyan ng Magiting, stands for Mindanao which is home to brave heroes.
The medal represents the island’s heritage and constant struggle to find peace. Millan said he hoped that by swimming, biking and running, participants from all over the world will help others better understand what is happening in this part of the country.
The medal itself is like a smaller version of the agung which is a wide-rimmed gong used as musical instrument by the Maguindanao, Maranao, Sama-Bajau and Tausug.
The second medal was designed by famed sculptor Daniel dela Cruz and unveiled during the first full IRONMAN race in Southeast Asia the Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines held at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
The medal honors the Philippine flag with the three stars representing the three sports. It has one sun which represents the one nation as well as the one finish line.
De la Cruz collaborated with Maranao weavers from war-stricken Marawi to create the hand woven ribbons. Collectively, the woven ribbon and the sculpted medal made up Alab ng Puso.
The Marawi people have gone through extreme hardships but with minimal tools they managed to create 1,200 ribbons for the medals.
Finally, the finisher’s medal in this year’s Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship held in Cebu, designed by world renowned Cebuano industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue, symbolizes the extreme effort needed to complete the grueling race.
The medal was made of metal and leather which represented the different facets of the race.
In the middle was the pearl which symbolized the Filipino people. A pearl had to undergo a long process to become a precious ornament so too did the Filipinos undergo similar trials and tribulations to become a proud nation.
All the struggles that the nation had to go through was like the IRONMAN race where participants are tested in three different endurance races.
Cobonpue said he hoped his medal was worthy of all the pain, the hard work and the sacrifice that the athletes go through in order to finish this race the triathlon.
Sunrise Events celebrated its tenth year anniversary by paying homage to the Filipino nation with the IRONMAN medal series. Its commitment is to continue to hold world class races and make each and every race a unique and memorable experience for all.