Haide Acuña

One of my favorite new blogs is Marathon Foodie. If you’re into running, this site is a must. Says the author in her “About Me” section: “I am Haide P. Acuna, a lawyer and broadcaster based in Cebu City, Philippines. I’ve been running on and off since 1996, but got seriously into running only in January 2009. The creation of this blog was inspired by The Bull Runner, Jaymie Pizzaro’s wildly popular and award-winning blog, which has become an authority on anything running. My vision is for this blog to become a place where newbie runners in Cebu can converge for helpful information about training, race schedules, race reviews, products, and practically all things relevant to running. This blog will also feature stories about runners, both veterans and novices, that will hopefully inspire runners become better at the sport.”

(Photo: Vic Kintanar)

Haide posted her first blog entry last June 28 with “Paghimugso,” and has, since then, written about every race that she’s joined (plenty). In her commentary, Haide is candid (calling the other weekend’s run, “The Great Lapu-Lapu Run Race Review Part 2: Great Expectations, Great Disappointment”). She is comprehensive and thorough. She writes on a personal, first-person level—what she sees, likes, suggests, criticizes—she pours out. I like it.

But why, you ask, the name? “I chose Marathon Foodie for a blog name because it encompasses two of the things I am truly passionate about – good food and running a marathon,” writes Haide. “I would have wanted to name this blog ‘Foodie on the Run,’ but I’ve been beaten to the punch by an American blogger based in Reading, Pennsylvania – a triathlete who loves to cook, loves to eat and competes in races in order to give her a guilt-free indulgence in all these loves. Just like Foodie on the Run, the Marathon Foodie runs because she won’t give up her ‘humba’ (Cebuano term for pork stew).”

Click on Marathon Foodie here.

John Pages

By John Pages

I've been a sports columnist since 1994. First, in The Freeman newspaper under "Tennis Is My Game." Then, starting in 2003, with Sun.Star Cebu under the name "Match Point." Happy reading!


  1. Hello John!

    Thank you so much for the feature. Just the idea of you reading what I write is such an honor. A year ago I never thought I would make it to the sports pages. Now I’m on your column! I’m so positively thrilled.

    Best regards,


  2. Hi John,

    I’m an old friend of Haide’s and have been following her blogs on her marathon stories. They are quite inspiring and knowing how Haide has remained modest about herself throughout the years (after so much accomplishments in her life – yup, she’s also a superstar amongst her old friends!), she remains to be an inspiration to people who know her – her persistence and determination just simply emanates in the things that she does. Go, Haide!

    Thanks for posting, John.


  3. Hi Haide! Thanks a lot… I foresee your blog to be the main site for all runners in Cebu. Keep up the good writing and see you on the road soon (this Sunday?). God speed!

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