Event: Tour of Hope 2011 Prologue prepares to save 500 women on May 28

A call for help to participate and support Tour of Hope 2011. Bikers geared up with the Tour of Hope Prologue held at Filinvest Alabang today joined by 40 cyclists from Team David's Salon and The Polo-Tri Club. In preparation for The Tour of Hope 2011 happening on May 28-31, 2011, Bravehearts President, Ms. Abbygale Arenas-De Leon called for more support and sponsors in saving 500 women in 5 days to raise funds for cervical cancer prevention and spreading awareness about this deadly but preventable disease today at David Charlton's Union Jack Tavern at Festival Supermall, Alabang
Before the briefing, participants of the Tour of Hope Prologue with the media were treated to a delicious buffet at Union Jack Tavern in Festival Supermall Alabang. We indulged on a feast of Grilled Porkchops, Steamed Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Spicy Buffalo Wings, Pasta Carbonara, Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Indian Bread, Chicken Tikka Masala with Bread and Butter Pudding and Apple Crumble Ala Mode.
Organized by Bravehearts in partnership with David's Salon and GlaxoSmithKline, The Tour of Hope is the biggest anti-cervical cancer cycling tour in the Philippines. Since 2008, it has raised approximately Php 2 million through sponsorship and pledges, visited and conducted lectures in 15 cities, covered 1,500 kilometers, and helped change the lives of thousands of women. 
Beginning on May 28, the crusade to save 500 women from cervical cancer will tour Manila to Laoag joined by celebrity bikers on the last day. From the alarming fact of 12 women dying everyday due to cervical cancer, 12 celebrities; Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, Marvin Kiefer, Rovilson Fernandez, Troy Montero, Aubrey Miles, Will Devaughn, Richie Hardin, Richard Herrera, Janna Victoria, Gem Padilla, Anthony Pangilinan, and David Charlton, will participate to help boost awareness and support the said noble campaign of Bravehearts. Bikers were given a briefing at today's event about what to expect for this year's Tour of Hope after the Prologue held at Alabang.
The first stop will be at Tarlac City being the home of President Noynoy Aquino's ancestral house. It is also where the Dolores Spring Well can be found and a favorite spot or religious pilgrims with the popular water believed to have healing effects. The tour will continue to San Fernando, La Union, where white sand beaches can be found in the coastline.The third stop will be at Vigan City, Ilocos Sur with over 180 historical landmarks and ancestral homes are located. The fourth stop will be Laoag City, Ilocos Norte where tourists visit the Juan Luna Shrine. The last leg of the tour joined by celebrities will be from Laoag to Paoay from which the historical and picturesque Church of Paoay is located.

"The Tour of Hope Prologue is just a taste of what to expect from The Tour of Hope on May 28," said Abbygale Arenas-De Leon, president of Bravehearts. "I'd like to encourage everyone to help save Filipinas from cervical cancer by supporting and being part of The Tour of Hope. Not only is it great for your health, your participation will help prevent this disease from claiming more lives."

Did you know that you can burn 600 calories per hour by cycling? This is actually the preferred form of exercise of many people like the tri-athlete Joyette Jopson and celebrity bikers Gem Padilla-Thomas, Jeena Lopez and David Charlton. Not only is it an environmentally friendly form of transportation (not using any form of fuel) and a great way to lose weight, cycling also helps develop muscular endurance and strength. It doesn't just help you get fit; it also helps reduce risks of coronary heart disease by 50%. 

Ms. Joyette Jopson, Race Director for The Tour of Hope 2011 said, "I also swim and run but cycling is still my favorite activity". "Part of my training consists of three 1-hour rides each week and one long ride on the weekend - that's about 80-160 kilometers and it usually lasts 4-5 hours. I train with the rest of the Team David's Salon biking Team every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday because we want to make sure that we're ready for The Tour of Hope, which is also physically demanding ", she added.
David Charlton, an avid Tour of Hope cyclist, also shared that it's not just a test of physical health, it's also a mental game for those joining the Tour of Hope 2011. "There might be times wherein you will feel like you can't go on because you're tired, or your muscles are already aching, or you just feel like you want to give up. The trick is to keep at it and tell yourself that you will finish the tour. You have to be your own motivator since it will just be you on the road", he said. 
Tomorrow is Mother's Day and while the world awaits for Manny Pacquiao to bring glory for the country, what have we offered and given to mothers who may be inflicted with cervical cancer today? What have we done to help support the cause of saving lives from this deadly but preventable disease? The Tour of Hope 2011 continues to bring hope for Filipino women today and they heed your support. Start living a healthy lifestyle, go for a bike ride, join The Tour of Hope 2011: Going the Xtra Mile Against Cervical Cancer on May 28. Kick off will start at Trinoma Mall at 5am.
Bravehearts is a non-profit organization initially led by the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network (CECAP) for the Cancer Institute Foundation (CIF). It is dedicated to raising awareness on cervical cancer prevention and is supported by a growing number of women, including prominent personalities such as Abbygale Arenas-de Leon, who is the current president of the organization, Senator Loren Legarda, Pia Magalona, Ellen Tordesillas, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Jeena Lopez, Maimai Davao, Joyette Jopson, and Suzi Entrata. For further inquiries, please email braveheartsphilippines@gmail.com. To be a part of “The Tour of Hope 2011 – 500: Going the Xtra Mile Against Cervical Cancer,” please email Joyette Jopson at joyette.jopson@gmail.com or contact her at 0917-8827352. #

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