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In an apparent effort to regain the glorious era of Philippine athletics, the timing of the changing of the guards in PATAFA (Philippine Athletics Track And Field Association) couldn’t have been more impeccable. With Dr. Philip Ella Juico’s ascendancy to the post as the new Philippine athletics chief, members of Team Pilipinas athletics are all fired up to accomplish a spectacular performance in the upcoming 2015 SEA Games.
If the remarkable athletic achievements of the Philippine athletics team in recent international competitions are an indicator, Team Pilipinas Athletics stands to collect eight (8) gold medals in the upcoming biennial meet in Singapore. Banking on the solid and still improving best performances from the 36-strong athletics team, this scenario will be an easy feat. And with a few turns of good luck, a 12 gold medal haul possibility may not even be remote. The best finish of the Philippines in the SEAG was in 1983, also in Singapore, where it garnered 11 gold-12 silver-9 bronze medals.
Among the disciplines where the Philippines could strike gold are (men) hammer throw, 400m, 400m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, 4x400m relay, decathlon, long jump, 800m, and pole vault.
Considered as swing events, where a bronze medal is at least a high possibility, are (men) marathon, 1500m, 4x100m, 110m hurdles, discus throw, shot put; (women) long jump, 10,000m, and heptathlon.
The 2015 SEA Games will officially kick off on June 5. Two days after, the mettle of Team Pilipinas athletics will start to be tested. But as they have proven already, nothing is impossible with dedication, focus and tangible support. They have surpassed all challenges and obstacles before. The strong desire to bring honor to the country had carried them through. And this time around, the Philippine athletics team’s morale is at an all time high. The odds are in our favor and our time is now.
Schedule of Events
|1||HERRERA, RENE||3000 M STEEPLECHASE|
|2||BAGSIT, ARCHAND CHRISTIAN||400 METERS, 4 X 400 M RELAY|
|3||ALEJAN, EDGARDO JR||400 METERS, 4 X 400 M RELAY|
|4||BANO, JUNREY||400 M HURDLES|
|5||GUARTE, MERVIN||800 METERS, 1500 METERS|
|6||FERRERA, ARNIEL||HAMMER THROW|
|7||DAGMIL, HENRY||LONG JUMP, 4 X 100 M RELAY|
|9||CRAY, ERIC SHAUWN||100 METERS, 400 M HURDLES, 4 X 100 M RELAY, 4 X 400 M RELAY|
|10||ULBOC, CHRISTOPHER JR||3000 M STEEPLECHASE|
|11||CID, JESSON RAMIL||DECATHLON, JAVELIN THROW, 4 X 400 M RELAY|
|12||UNSO, PATRICK MA||110 M HURDLES, 4 X 100 M RELAY|
|13||MAULAS, WENLIE||800 METERS|
|14||POLIQUIT, RAFAEL JR||MARATHON|
|15||OBIENA, ERNEST JOHN||POLE VAULT|
|16||BAUTISTA, CLINTON KINGSLEY||110 M HURDLES, 4 X 100 M RELAY|
|17||BIGYAN, RYAN||4 X 400 M RELAY|
|18||CAIDO, JOAN||4 X 400 M RELAY|
|19||UBAS, JANRY||DECATHLON, POLE VAULT, JAVELIN THROW|
|20||VERANO, ROLDAN||1500 METERS|
|21||DIONES, MARK HARRY||TRIPLE JUMP|
|22||ARRIOLA, DONOVANT JR||LONG JUMP|
|23||RUIZ, TYLER||HIGH JUMP|
|24||STUART, CALEB JOHN CHRISTIAN||DISCUS THROW, SHOT PUT, HAMMER THROW|
|25||ATIENZA, NARCISA||HEPTATHLON, SHOT PUT|
|26||VILLARITO, ROSIE||JAVELIN THROW|
|27||SANTOS, KATHERINE KHAY||LONG JUMP, 4 X 100 M RELAY|
|28||BUENAVENTURA, RIEZEL||POLE VAULT|
|29||PALABRICA, EVALYN||JAVELIN THROW|
|30||DELOS SANTOS, MARY GRACE||10000 METERS|
|31||GRIFFEY, PRINCESS JOY||100 METERS, 200 METERS, 4 X 100 M RELAY|
|32||TORRES, MARESTELLA||LONG JUMP, 4 X 100 M RELAY|
|33||TABAL, MARY JOY||MARATHON|
|34||RICHARDSON, KAYLA ANISE||100 METERS, 200 METERS, 4 X 100 M RELAY|
|35||RICHARDSON, KYLA ASHLEY||4 X 100 M RELAY|
|36||BARNARD, JESSICA LYN||3000 M STEEPLECHASE|
2015 SEA Games – Philippine Athletics Team
ERIC SHAUWN BRAZAS CRAY
Eric Shauwn Cray was born on November 6, 1988 to Maria Leticia Malinao Brazas, a native from Olongapo, Philippines. He graduated from Madison High School in 2007 with a full track and field scholarship to Bethune – Cockman University in Daytona, Beach, Florida. In 2011 he graduated with a degree of Bachelor in Physical Education. His main event is 400mhurdles with a personal best of 50.00s performed during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea and is now the standing national RP record. Eric Cray is a gold medalist during the 27th SEA Games, his first representation of the Philippines. His greatest goal is to represent the Philippines in the Rio Olympics 2016 and becoming a medalist.
PRINCESS JOY NOLIDO GRIFFEY
Princess Joy Griffey was born in March 11, 1987 in Bacolod, Philippines. Her father Clyde and mother Cecilia worked as government employees. PJ is majoring in Criminal Justice at Washington State University. Her events are 100m and 200m. Her personal best in 100m is 11.58 sec. and 23.93 sec. in 200m. For this year, her goal is to represent the Philippines in both events and win medals and she hopes that she could duplicate the achievements of her Filipina idol Lydia De Vega.
ARCHAND CHRISTIAN DIMAANO BAGSIT
Archand was born on December 23, 1990 at Quezon City, Philippines. His parents are Manolo Bagsit and Ellena Dimaano. He started his playing career as a basketball player of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, where his coach Gerry Atabay recruited him to join the Track and Field Team. From then on he blossomed into a 400 meter specialist of the NCAA Meet and become a member of the Philippine Team on September 2010.
His shining moment came during the 27th SEA Games in 2013 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar when he won the Gold in the 400m Dash with a record of 47.22 sec. He was also a member of the 4 x 400m Relay Gold Medal winner at the same meet.
MARY GRACE BAYLON DELOS SANTOS
Mary Grace is a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the Universidad de Zamboanga where she was discovered as a marathon runner by her present coach Roy Vence. She is in the mold of Mercedita Manipol and Joan Banayag, her idols. She was born on June 11, 1987 at Payongan Alicia, Zamboanga, Sibugay. She is now a member of the Philippine Air Force and is a consistent medal winner in long distance events. Her recent performance on November 9, 2014 in the Great Eastern Womens Run in Singapore where she placed second puts her in the list of elite women runner to watch.
HENRY CLARIDAD DAGMIL
“DAGS” as he is fondly called, Henry Dagmil hails from South Cotabato. He was born on December 7, 1981 and is married to Jennifer Rodulfo. Dags started his career as an athlete when he joined the Palarong Pambansa on April 21, 1998 in his favorite event the Long Jump with a leap of 6.86m. He enrolled in Mapua Institute of Technology and was coached by Joseph Sy who recruited him to the National Team in 2002. From then on he has improved a lot and ultimately broke the Philippine Record with a jump of 7.99m which he accomplished in June 7, 2008 in Jim Bush Southern California Meet in the USA
JESSON RAMIL DELOS SANTOS CID
Jesson Ramil Cid may be considered a matinee idol because of his good looks, built and height. No wonder because he is “The Greatest Athlete” of the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar for winning the Gold Medal in Decathlon – a multi event composed of ten disciplines on December 17 – 18, 2013. This soft spoken decathlete was born on December 31, 1991 in Suyo, Dingras, Ilocos Norte. His parents are Mildred Delos Santos and Paciano Cid.
When he was recruited to enroll at the Far Eastern University, he was coached by Mr. Rosito Andaya, who gave him a very strict training program which resulted in his very good performances in several events because of the strict discipline that his coach imposed on him. Upon graduation this son of a principal was taken for the National Team by Coach Sean Guevara who guided him to his stellar performance in Decathlon in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar. Mr. Cid is preparing again for his favorite event of Decathlon for the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 2015.
MARESTELLA “MARIZ” RENIDO TORRES
MS. MARESTELLA TORRES is a member of the PATAFA National Team since June 1998. She was a consistent Gold Medalist in the Long Jump for four consecutive editions of the SEA Games since the 23rd SEA Games held here in the Philippines on November 27, 2005 with a record of 6.47 meters; the 24th SEA Games in Thailand on December 8, 2007; the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos on December 16, 2009 and the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia on November 12, 2011 where she established a new Philippine Record as well as New SEA Games Record in Long Jump with a leap of 6.71 meters.
It was a big honor for her that she was one of the two athletes from PATAFA who qualified to represent the Philippines in the London Olympics. After the Olympics, she took a leave of absence to get married. Motherhood sidelined her for quite sometimes and skipped the 2013 27th SEA Games in Myanmar. During the 2015 Taipei Open she regained her old self and took the gold medal with a jump of 6.53 meters. She is now focused on her training to get back on top in her favorite event of Long Jump in the 28th SEA Games in Singapore this coming June 2015.
ARNIEL BENEDICTO FERRERA
Arniel Ferrera is a member of the Philippine National Team since August 2001. This gentle giant from Cauayan, Negros Occidental established the Philippine Record in the Hammer Throw at the age of 22 during the 22nd SEA Games in Vietnam on 2003 with a throw of 55.28 meters. On November 2005, it was a 1-2 finish for the Philippines when Arniel and Jerro Perater won the Hammer throw event where Arniel broke his own record and established a new mark in the 23rd edition of the SEA Games held here in Manila with a throw of 60.47 meters. He again broke his own marks in the same event during the 24th SEA Games held in Thailand on December 2007 with a mark of 60.98 meters.
At the age of 33 Arniel is not yet done. He wants to get back on top. He is now focused on his training under the tutelage of his coach, Agustin Jarina, preparing for the 28th edition of SEA Games in Singapore.
EDGARDO GERONGA ALEJAN, JR.
Edgardo Alejan, Jr. has a personal best of 46.95 sec. in the 400 meter dash which he established in Thailand Open on September 5, 2013. He is a member of the 4 x 400m Relay team composed of Archand Christian Bagsit, Julius Nierras, Junrey Bano and himself, that won the Gold Medal in the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia because of the disqualification of Malaysia due to doping scandal. The team repeated the same feat in the same event during the next staging of the SEA Games in Myanmar. However, Junrey Bano was dropped from the team and replaced by Isidro Del Predo, Jr. Junrey was entered in the 400m Hurdles.
Edgardo started his athletic career in Mapua Institute of Technology and won several honors during his stint in the NCAA Meet. He was recruited to the National Team by then Coach Joseph Sy. Like the rest of the Philippine National Team, this Ilonggo guy born in Barangay Naslo, Pototan, Iloilo, is now very busy training in Baguio City under their coach Lerma Bulauitan.
CHRISTOPHER TALIBONG ULBOC, JR.
Christopher Ulboc, Jr became an instant hit during the 27th SEA Games in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar when he won the gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase with a record of 9:01.59 beating his compatriot Rene Herrera the former title holder who ruled the event since the 2003 Vietnam SEA Games. However, he was bombed out of medal position during the Incheon Asian Games in Korea in the same event due to judgmental error in pacing. From that competition he learned his lesson not to lead the pack of world class runners. He is eyeing the Gold at the Singapore Sea Games this coming June 2015.
Christopher who hails from Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur is a product of UAAP Athletics League. He was trained by Coach Rosito Andaya during his college days at the Far Eastern University. Due to misunderstanding with his coach he, change his event to Taekwondo. The school director requested him to get back to athletics but this time to a coach of his choosing. He was recruited by National Coach Luisito Artiaga who saw a winner in him. On May 2013, he was admitted to the National Team because of his remarkable performance in the POC-PSC National Games held on May 28, 2013 at the ULTRA with a record of 9:05.65 sec.
KAYLA ANISE MAICO RICHARDSON
Kayla was born on April 17, 1998 to a Filipina Mother from Zamboanga and an American Father, named Jeffrey Kiel Richardson. Like her twin sister Kyla, they are both products of Academy of Speed Training from 2011 – 2013 at Rancho Cucamonga in California USA. Kayla, a sophomore at the Walnut High School, won the 100 meter dash during the Hacienda League Track finals in Walnut California on May 8, 2014. Kayla Richardson set a personal best in the 100 and 200 meters, winning the 100 in 11.89 seconds, which is the sixth-fastest mark this season and the 200 title in 24.19, which is the third-fastest time in the state of California.
KYLA ASHLEY MAICO RICHARDSON
Kyla was born on the same date as her twin sister Kayla on April 17, 1998. Both the twin sisters are products of Academy of Speed Training from 2011 – 2013 at Rancho Cucamonga in California USA. She was considered the fastest fourteen year old Filipina of all time having clocked 12.00 sec. as a fourteen year old sprinter. On both the senior and junior ranking lists she is the youngest name on those lists behind some prestigious names like FilAm Princess Joy Griffey holding the Jr. Record in 11.75 and Lydia de Vega the national record holder (11.76 as a Junior). However, not even Lydia nor Griffey were able to accomplish a 12.00 sec. as a 14 year-old sprinter, each having more rapid improvements at the age of 16 – 18.
Kyla, if she continues the way she has been and continues to train as well as her sister Kayla, will have a very strong chance of sending ripples through Philippine sports
ERNEST JOHN “EJ” UY OBIENA
EJ, as he is fondly called, Ernest John Obiena was born on November 17, 1995. His parents are Jeanette Uy Obiena and Emerson Obiena. He is a product of Philippine Pole Vault Club. Through the guidance of his parents who are both members of the club, EJ started toying with the pole at the age of 12. Every time the club members do their training he is always there doing the same until he mastered the handling of the pole, the proper take off, the somersault in the air and voila he was able to land second place at the Taipei International Indoor Pole Vault Meet at Taiwan on March 2012 at the age of seventeen with a jump of 4.41m. Through his perseverance and sheer guts his performances keep on improving. On July 20, 2014 he broke the national record of Edward Lasquete of 5.00m during the PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relay. He did it not only once but four times. Last May 15 – 16, 2015 he did his personal best of 5.25 meters in the Taipei Open. He expects to do well in the SEA Games Singapore this coming June 6 – 12, 2015.
RIEZEL REYES BUENAVENTURA
Riezel Buenaventura was attracted to the beauty of pole vault event when she finished her schooling as a member of the Far Eastern University athletics team under her coach Roselyn Hamero. She joined the Philippine Pole Vault Club and from then on she continuously practiced with the club members and become member of the Philippine National Team on April 25, 2010.
This petite member of the national team was born on March 20, 1986 in Rodriguez, Rizal. Her personal best of 3.90 meters in Pole Vault was established on November 15, 2011 during the 26th SEA Games at Palembang, Indonesia, where she ranked 4th. In the 27th SEA Games held at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar she placed 3rd with a jump of 3.80 meters. She is eyeing the Gold in the coming SEA Games in Singapore this June 2015.
RENE GAMARCHA HERRERA
Herrera was born and raised in Jordan, Guimaras. He is the son of Rodrigo Herrera, an establishment janitor, and Nenita, a former housekeeper. [Herrera started running at high school although, for a time, he was primarily an amateur boxer, competing in that event until the age 17. He stopped boxing with a record of 20 fights and 5 loses.] Subsequently, Herrera entered the annual Milo marathon
In 2012 London Olympic Games, Herrera made his Olympics racing debut in the 5000 meters. He qualified for the Olympics after winning silver at the Hong Kong Intercity Athletics Championships and becoming a five time gold medalist for the Southeast Asian Games. Herrera is a Philippine Navy seaman, 2nd class and has competed in Southeast Asian, Asian and Olympic Games. Rene has not participated in any International Meet because of his slight injury. He is slowly recovering from that injury and is now focused in his training in preparation for the SEA Games in Singapore.
MERVIN MALIGO GUARTE
Mervin Guarte was born on March 8, 1992 in Bongabong Oriental Mindoro. This 19-year-old student of San Sebastian College is one of the Philippines’ very first athletes to compete in the biennial Universiade. His specialties are the men’s 1,500-meter run – his first of two athletics events in the 2011 Summer University Games and the 800 meter run. His record in the 1500m run of 3:54.58 done during the 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships winning the gold stands as his seasons best. His personal best in the 800m run is 1:50.69 which he established in the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia in 2011 while his latest performance in the same event is way below his best which is 1:55.87 done in Vietnam Open on July 25-26, 2014.
At present he is busy training in ULTRA Pasig City in preparation for the Singapore SEA Games this coming June 2015.
MARY JOY REYES TABAL
Mary Joy Tabal is the new Queen of Milo Marathon. It took all of four years before Cebu’s running queen, Mary Joy Tabal, finally snatched the Milo Marathon crown from Jho Ann Banayag with a record time of 2:48:00 her personal best as well as the new Milo Marathon Record.
Ms. Tabal outran her fierce rival and now dethroned former back to back (2011-2012) women’s champion Mary Grace Delos Santos. None of them would admit it, but the two Mary’s are fierce rivals, pitted against each other by their respective fans, each claiming to be the rightful queen of the road racing circuit.
Rivals or not, there can only be one queen. The Milo crown settles it. The reigning road running queen is, without a doubt, Mary Joy Tabal. That is, until the crown gets snatched once again and a new queen gets crowned.
NARCISA MATALOG ATIENZA
National team mainstays Narcisa Atienza was born in Batangas on October 29, 1979. This 35 – year old lass from Batangas was a consistent Gold medalist in the Heptathlon in the POC – PSC Philippine National Games as well as the Philippine National Open. Her best performance was during the 27th SEA Games held in Myanmar in 2013 where she finished second.
Ms. Atienza is in the thick of her training in preparation for the Singapore SEA Games this coming June 2015
ROSIE LAGTAPON VILLARITO
Rosie Villarito specializes in Javelin Throw. Born on October 8, 1979 this 35-year old lass was born in Cauayan, Negros Occidental. She grabbed a silver medal in the women’s javelin throw event during the 24th Southeast Asian Games held in Thailand in 2007. Villarito is a former member of the athletics team of the Far Eastern University. She is also a Private in the Philippine Army.
In January 2008, Villarito and 23 other soldier-athletes were honored during the flag-raising ceremony at the Headquarters of the Philippine Army. She and other silver medalists were given Military Commendation Medals.
Her personal best in Javelin Throw is 52.34 meters which she did in August 15, 2009 during the Performance Trials for the Asian Athletics Championships.
EDUARDO BANAJERA BUENAVISTA
This lean, mean and short runner was born on 13 October 1978 in General Santos City, South Cotabato.
Eduardo Buenavista is a long-distance runner and two-time Olympian. He holds the Philippine record for multiple long distance events. His best marathon time is 2:18:44 hours. He also holds the Philippine 5000 meters record of 13 minutes, 58 seconds, and performed the 10,000 meters in 29:02.36 minutes.
“Vertek”, as monickered by his friends and the media, finished 67th in the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon. He was a silver medalist in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games in the 10,000m run. He has also won many road races in the Philippines, distance races on previous South East Asian Games the Adidas King of the Road in South Korea and the Adidas King of the Road 2012 in Singapore.
PATRICK MA. SACRO UNSO
Patrick was born in Quezon City on September 29, 1992 to April Sacro Unso and Reynato G. Unso. He specializes in the 110m Hurdles and the 400m Hurdles. The genes of the father who was the record holder in the 110m Hurdles was transferred to the sons Patrick Ma. Unso and Jose Unso who is also a 110m Hurdles runner. Both of them are products of UST Junior Team and were recruited to join the Green Archers Team in Athletics.
His personal best in the 110m Hurdles is 14.21 sec established in the POC-PSC National Games held at ULTRA on May 31, 2013 and his latest performance in the 110m Hurdles is 14.37 sec established in the 77th Singapore Open held at Sports Hub, Singapore on April 4 2015. His best time in the 100m is 10.08 sec during the 74th UAAP held at ULTRA on February 9, 2012.
WENLIE SONGCUYA MAULAS
Wenlie Maulas of the University of the East is the Men’s UAAP 800m champion. He has a personal best time of 1:53.84 (4th at ASEAN University Games in Thailand in 2011). Perhaps if he really guns for it and has a good day purged of injuries, he may eclipse the UAAP record in the event set by Nelbert Ducusin of FEU 1:54.2 in 2009. Maulas who was born on June 26, 1989 in Surallah, South Cotabato succeeded UST Ben Alejandrino as 800m champion, who in turn succeeded Ducusin carries on the legacy of middle distance runners at the UAAP. Last April 5, 2015 he won the Gold Medal at the 77th Singapore Open with a time of 1:52.69 breaking his personal best as well as the record of Ducusin. Maulas is also looking at making it a double in the 1500m. His best time of 4:00.32 was clocked in 2011. In the 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Laguna he clocked 4:01.54
ROLDAN PAMOSO VERANO
Roldan Verano was born on July 26, 1991 in Tupi, South Cotabato. He was a product of the JRU Athletics Program under the stewardship of Coach George Noel Posadas, formerly a national coach. This diminutive guy in the mold of Eduardo Buenavista specializes in 1500m run with a personal best of 4:05.44 established in the Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held in Laguna on March 21, 2015. He became a member of the Training Pool on January 1, 2015.
KATHERINE KHAY BAUTISTA SANTOS
Katherine Khay Santos was born on October 29 1990 in Sison, Pangasinan. She was recruited to the National Team on May 2011 and become an instant hit in the Long Jump with a record of 6.09m second best to Marestella Torres who has a record of 6.38m. From then on she keeps on improving until she got her personal best of 6.25m which she established in the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia on November 12, 2011. Last April 4, 2015 she broke her personal best by jumping to a new record of 6.40m at the 77th Singapore Open.
EVALYN BARBA PALABRICA
Evalyn Barba Palabrica was born on July 22, 1994 in Banate, Iloilo. She was a member of the national team since 2014. During the 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Laguna she landed second to Rosie Villarito in the Javelin Throw with a record of 43.95 meters to Rosie’s 46.60 meters. However, her personal best is 48.25 meters which she established during the 77th UAAP held at ULTRA, in Pasig City on December 6 – 10, 2014.
JUNREY OCAMPO BANO
Junrey Ocampo Bano was a member of the National Team since September 2006. He used to run the 400m dash but he concentrated in the 400m Hurdles where he excelled with a personal best of 52.14 established in the UNIGames in Dumaguete on October 24 – 30, 2008. He again broke his personal best in the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia on November 15, 2011 witrh a time of 51.75 sec.
Junrey was born in Butuan City on June 16, 1984. He is now focussed in his training in preparation for the 28th SEA Games in Singapore this coming June 2015.
RAFAEL MANAGBANAG POLIQUIT, JR.
Rafael Managbanag Poliquit was born on January 27, 1989 in Mawab, Davao. He became a member of the National Training Pool in August 2013. His personal best in the 10,000 meter run is 32:02.49 which he established in the PNG on June 2, 2013 in ULTRA in Pasig City.
CLINTON KINGSLEY BAUTISTA
Clinton Kingsley Bautista was born on November 5, 1992 in Camiling, Tarlac. Before he became a member of the National Training Pool on January 1, 2015, he was a winning member of the FEU Athletics Team. He competed in the 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Sta. Cruz, Laguna on March 19, 2015 and landed third with a time of 14.66 sec. in the 110m Hurdles. However his personal best of 14.54 sec. was established during the UAAP Athletics Championships held on December 16, 2015.
JANRY BORINAGA UBAS
Janry was born in Cagayan De Oro on January 2, 1994. He was admitted to the National Training Pool on January 1, 2015. He is being groomed to become a Decathlete in the mold of Jesson Ramil Cid. His personal best in the Decathlon is 6,105 points established on March 19 – 20, 2015 at the Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Sta. Cruz, Laguna. He will target the Decathlon SEA Games standard of 6383 pts. which he is sure not only to surpass but given 6500-6700 pts. is capable of landing into the Bronze medal behind fellow athlete Cid (7069 PB) and Zakaria Malik of Indonesia (6783/6629 this year). Ubas will challenge Nguyen Van Dat of Vietnam (6383)
JOAN QUIZZAGAN CAIDO
Joan is a native of Baguio City. Born on October 28, 1994 Joan was discovered by National Coach Lerma Bulauitan and recruited to join the National Training Pool on January 1, 2015. He ran in the 200m with a time of 22.07 sec and landed third during the Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on March 21, 2015. However, he is being groomed to become a member of the 4 x 400m Relay Team because of his impressive performance during the same meet in the 400m with a time of 47.62 sec. (4th place). He participated in the 77th Singapore Open on April 4, 2015 and landed second with a time of 47.73 sec.
RYAN BOBADILLA BIGYAN
Ryan Bigyan was discovered during the Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Sta. Cruz, Laguna on March 19 – 22, 2015. This guy was born on October 28, 1994 and hails from Pasig City, Metro Manila. He is a student-athlete representing Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas when he ran the 400m with a time of 47.43 sec to land third thus getting the attention of Coach Lerma Bulauitan and invited him to join the National Training Pool starting January 1, 2015 together with Joan Caido to become members of the 4 x 400m Relay Team.
TYLER CHRISTIAN CRUZ-HERRERA RUIZ
Fil-American Tyler Cruz-Herrera Ruiz learned to jump by watching his high jump idols, Olympians Jamie Nieto and Jessie Williams, on YouTube. The 6-2 Ruiz, 22 who was born in Los Angeles, California, is the son of a Filipina graphic designer in California and a Mexican-Cuban father who is training consultant for medical equipment and computers also in California. When he won the bronze medal in the Pacific 12 Conference with an effort of 2.18m, his strength and conditioning coach, Ryan Flaherty, told him of an opportunity to compete for the land of his mom in the 2013 Southeast Asian Game. Ruiz, who graduated with a business degree, major in finance, from USC, uses his mother’s maiden name, Cruz-Herrera, which he never used in his public documents in the US. He was simply called Tyler Christian Ruiz. His latest performances are the following: Fourth place finish (2.09m) in the High Jump in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar on December 18, 2013. First place (2.10m) PNG 2014 at ULTRA and on March 14, 2015 at CSUN Invitational at Northridge, CA, he jumped to a height of 2.13meters.
DONOVANT ARRIOLA, JR.
Donovant was born in the United States on January 16, 1991. His first appearance in Philippine soil was during the Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Sta. Cruz, Laguna on March 19 – 22, 2015 when he made an impressive performance by winning the Gold in the Long Jump with a record of 7.59 meters beating Julian Reem Fuentes and Benigno Marayag of the Philippine Team in the absence of Henry Dagmil who is still recovering from minor injury. Because of this feat he was awarded a place in the national team that will compete in the SEA Games in Singapore this coming June 6 – 12, 2015.
CALEB JOHN CHRISTIAN PINEDA STUART
Caleb John Christian Pineda Stuart was born in the United States of America on September 7, 1990 to a Filipina mother from Pampanga. At the recently held 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, Stuart, 24, handily took the discus gold with a heave of 48.17 meters, besting Team Rio’s Joel Santamina and Jose Rizal’s John Albert Mantua, who registered 40.87m and 39.10m for silver and bronze medals, respectively. However, it was still below his personal best of 49.98m. It was the third gold for the 6-2, 250-pound Stuart after blowing away the field in shot put and hammer throw right in the inaugurals of the annual event where he officially booked a spot for the national team bound for the 28th Southeast Asian Games set June 6 – 12, 2015 in Singapore. Stuart, a former University of California-Riverside standout was accompanied by his Filipina mother Rowena Pineda-Stuart and American father John Stuart.
In the Ben Brown meet in Los Angeles last March, Stuart heaved a 68.66-meter throw to surpass his personal best of 67.24 and improve the current SEAG mark of 62.23 held by Thai Tantiphong Petchaiya and the national record of 61.69 owned by Arniel Ferrera. Stuart’s personal best in shot put – 17.88m – is also a little over the current SEAG record of 17.64m owned by another Thai Thawin Khachin and the national mark of 16.74m by Eleazer Sunang.
JESSICA LYNN PEPITO BARNARD
Jesicca Lynn Pepito Barnard was born in Angeles City, Pampanga on June 10, 1990. She expects to perform well in her favorite event of 3000m Steeplechase in the SEA Games in Singapore this coming June 6 – 12, 2015. Her personal best is 11:04.84 sec which she established in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar on December 18, 2013. Her last record was 11:34.45 sec done during the Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Sta. Cruz, Laguna on March 20, 2015. She is also entered in the 1500m in the coming SEA Games. Her record in the 1500m is 4:42.31 sec. established in the Myanmar SEA Games on December 19, 2013 where she placed fourth.
MARK HARRY ALOTO DIONES
Mark Harry Diones is a Triple Jump, Long Jump and High Jump specialist. He is one of the best performing athletes of Coach George Noel Posadas of the Jose Rizal University. His personal record in the Long Jump was established during the POC – PSC National Games held in ULTRA on May 28, 2013 with a jump of 7.12m . He surpassed his personal best just recently in the 2015 Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships held at Sta. Cruz, Laguna with a jump of 7.29 meters landing fourth place behind Donovant Arriola (7.59m – First), Julian Reem Fuentes (7.55m – Second) and Benigno Marayag (7. 43m – Third). His personal best in the High Jump is 2.00m established on May 19, 2014 during the Philippine National Games held at ULTRA. While his record in the Triple Jump is 16.11m done during the 77th Singapore Open last April 5, 2015. This shy and soft spoken jumper was born in Libmanan, Camarines Sur on January 3, 1993.
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Good luck guys..bring home the golds!