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August 01, 2017

Sun Life Fields Tri-Team For Ironman

Sun Life Financial Philippines will once again be a part of the action in Ironman 70.3 in Cebu on August 6, with its very own executives, advisors, and brand ambassador Piolo Pascual leading the Sun Life Tri-Team.

Sun Life will be fielding a total of five relay teams and one individual racer – its biggest contingency since it started joining the prestigious race in 2013.

Actor Enchong Dee (swim) will join fellow celebrity Piolo (bike) in his team along with Toniel Ty (run).

Sun Life Board Director Paco Sandejas (swim) will be racing with Sun Life advisors Eboy de Leon (bike) and Mike Miras (run).

Sandejas’ wife, Olympian and TV host Christine Jacob Sandejas (swim) forms Sun Life’s all-female team together with Laarni de Guzman (bike) and Sun Life Health and Wellness Marketing Manager Jaymie “The Bull Runner” Pizarro (run).

Former national team member Jan Michael Chiu (swim) together with Sun Life’s Karl Villalonga (bike) and Alfred Diacosa (run) will compose the 4th team, while Sun Life advisors KB Espinosa (swim) and Rocio Pantaleon (bike) together with and Toots Malapad (run) of Sun Life’s Agency Business Development Group forms the 5th team.

Meanwhile, Hazel Ferrer-Misa of Sun Life’s Strategy and Financial Management Group will compete in the individual category.  

The medal that will be awarded to racers was once again designed by multi-awarded industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue, himself a Sun Life brand ambassador.

“Sun Life has taken part in the Ironman many times, and yet, the excitement it brings never gets old. We’re proud of how our team is mostly composed of our very own executives and advisors, who truly embody our company’s commitment to health and wellness,” Sun Life CEO and Country Head Riza Mantaring said.

Sun Life has been boosting its health and wellness initiatives with GoWell, a community that promotes holistic wellness through a fit and active lifestyle, healthy eating, and living a balanced life. Its website,, offers fitness and wellness content with articles from experts; while community workouts and fitness classes are also offered to its members.

“We hope that the Sun Life Tri-Team will inspire Filipinos who are looking to lead healthier lives. We encourage them to join the GoWell community so that we can help them reach their fitness goals,” Mantaring said.