The first-ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon event in Asia will be held in the Philippine capital of Manila.

This after the Manila City government inked a partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc. to hold the event in a bid to promote the heritage sites located in the nation’s capital.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said the partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc. will show the brighter side of the city as well as its unique characteristics.

“Manila is full of heritage sites. It is one of the oldest cities of the world,” Domagoso said.

“We remain committed on giving value and importance to these historic areas because as Manilenos, these are our identity, our pride, and the sustenance of our collective soul,” he added.

Sunrise Events Inc. president Ma. Christina Galura said the 20-year long signature marathon would feature the changes of the city under the Domagoso administration.

“We wanted to bring the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to the City of Manila so that we can showcase its cleanliness, kasabay yung pagpromote ng mga heritage buildings,” Galura said, noting that the music set to be played will have a “Filipino touch”.

The marathon route will pass through heritage sites all over the city and will be open to all sectoral groups, including members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens.

The registration for the event will start on Manila Day, June 24.