SENATOR Pia Cayetano is a sportswoman by heart, a running and biking enthusiast who relishes her role as champion of women's rights.

"I'm a runner and I have done seven marathons, the full 42 kilometers," Cayetano told a group of Davao City sports journalists recently as she recounted the details that led to the conceptualization of her pet project Pinay in Action All-Women Run.

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The footrace, which is being held annually, had its fifth edition last March 13 at the Mall of Asia in celebration of the Women's Month.

The 44-year-old Cayetano, in her simple white shirt and jeans, said she organized the event to promote women empowerment and was elated about the reception this year.

"It warms my heart. Women need to be empowered. Every year, we have more and more participants," Cayetano said, as she recalled meeting first time runners during the event.

And for the first time, Cayetano joined hands with local organizers in staging the Araw ng Dabaw Pinay in Action Run last March 16 to celebrate Davao City's 73rd founding anniversary.

"I enjoyed the cool morning air. The climate was noticeably much cooler than it was in the Pinay in Action Run in Manila," Cayetano said in her blog.

Aside from running, Cayetano is also a biker and a triathlete at that.

In the Senate, the lady lawmaker is a staunch advocate of women's rights, having authored the Magna Carta of Women. She is also the president of the Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Cayetano, who is seeking a fresh mandate, is the only candidate for a national post who sat down with members of the sports media in Davao and had a great time sharing ideas with them.

"If I can do the marathon for four hours, I can also sit here for four hours and talk to you," Cayetano said with a smile. (CRAM)