UST water polo athlete-model Aljon Salonga and his passion for the game



The Philippines is a country known for world-class sports figures like boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, kegler Paeng Nepomuceno, runner Lydia De Vega, the magician Efren “Bata” Reyes, and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. These athletes are products of hard work and training that they developed when they were still young. Such is the case of this upcoming water polo star from UST.
Born Aljon Salonga on November 4, 1992 in Las Pinas City to Mr. Reynaldo Salonga and Ms. Virginia Salonga, this 5-foot-9 tanker from UST took Fine Arts and Design.

Asked how he balanced his sports and his studies, “When I was in college, I used to train at 5 in the morning and leave at 6:40 for my 7am to 12nn class. I also go to the gym in the afternoon around 5pm to lift some weights”, replied Aljon.

 Aljon already won in several competitions like winning a gold medal in the 2nd Pilipinas beach water polo at Anvaya Cove Resort in Subic, clinching 2 bronze medals and 1 silver medal in Thailand Phuti Anan Water Polo Cup. Back in college, he also won 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals in UAAP swimming championships.

“For me, our advantages in international competitions are being resourceful, quick, and our passion for ball games like basketball or football that we can use in this kind of game. If we are also good in swimming, we can make good adjustments because this sports has similarities with other kinds of sports”, quipped Aljon. 

“I think this sport will be more popular here in our country if we can bring home gold medals in South East Asian (SEA) Games because we still haven’t won the gold in water polo. The media can also be of great help to spread awareness about this sport. We in the Philippine water polo team   help in hosting tournaments here in the country like Beach Water Polo and Inter-School Water Polo games. We also help teach children and teens about water polo during Saturdays”, added Aljon.

Aljon also happens to be a television and print ads model. He appeared in several tv commercials that include Revicon. Blessed with good looks, humility, perseverance and talent combined with unceasing faith in God, this lad will definitely reach his dreams in the very near future. 
Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

UST water polo athlete Aljon Salonga and his passion for the game

The Philippines is a country known for world-class sports figures like boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, kegler Paeng Nepomuceno, runner Lydia De Vega, the magician Efren “Bata” Reyes, and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. These athletes are products of hard work and training that they developed when they were still young. Such is the case of this upcoming water polo star from UST.
Born Aljon Salonga on November 4, 1992 in Las Pinas City to Mr. Reynaldo Salonga and Ms. Virginia Salonga, this 5-foot-9 tanker  from UST  too Fine Arts and Design.

Asked how he balanced his sports and his studies, “When I was in college, I used to train at 5 in the morning and leave at 6:40 for my 7am to 12nn class. I also go to the gym in the afternoon around 5pm to lift some weights”, replied Aljon.

 Aljon already won in several competitions like winning a gold medal in the 2nd Pilipinas beach water polo at Anvaya Cove Resort in Subic, clinching 2 bronze medals and 1 silver medal in Thailand Phuti Anan Water Polo Cup. Back in college, he also won 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals in UAAP swimming championships.

“For me, our advantages in international competitions are being resourceful, quick, and our passion for ball games like basketball or football that we can use in this kind of game. If we are also good in swimming, we can make good adjustments because this sports has similarities with other kinds of sports”, quipped Aljon. 

“This sport will be more popular here in our country if we can bring home gold medals in South East Asian (SEA) Games because we still haven’t won the gold in water polo. The media can also be of great help to spread awareness about this sport. We in the Philippine water polo team   help in hosting tournaments here in the country like Beach Water Polo and Inter-School Water Polo games. We also help teach children and teens about water polo during Saturdays”, added Aljon.

Aljon also happens to be a television and print ads model. He appeared in several tv commercials that include Revicon. “I can say that I’m not that good compared to other commercial models but yes I tried to act good and play the role of Lukas Lakas as a construction worker. I really did my best and practiced making hallow blocks with the real hallow blocks makers that time before the shoot so that I can blend with them and look legit. It was hard because of the heat and heavy blocks that we have to carry”, said Aljon.
His ambitions in life are to use his talents and skills given by the Lord to be a good role model to others and be a great athlete, artist, or an actor. One of my dreams is also to be with Liza Soberano in a shoot or project. Blessed with good looks, humility, perseverance and talent combined with unceasing faith in God, this lad will definitely reach his dreams in the very near future. 
*Photo courtesy of Turbo Philippines

Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

UP tanker Rafel Sta. Maria takes his passion to greater heights

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

It takes a lot of guts, courage, and hard work to attain such discipline in the world of sports like swimming. But this lad has a lot more to offer in University of the Philippines Diliman Varsity swimming team.  Let us take a peek at his achievement and more about his swimming career.
Born Rafael Reyes Sta. Maria on February 17, 1997 in Quezon City, the 5-foot-7 tanker from University of the Philippines recently won in the UAAP season LXXIX swimming competition. Rafael is currently taking up BS Architecture in UP Diliman.

UP team composed of Rafael Sta. Maria, Alfred Rojo, Lans Donato and John Carlo Doragos placed second in the Men’s 400M Freestyle Relay clocking 3:40.01. Rafael also placed 6th in the Men’s 200M Freestyle clocking 2:01.86. He also placed 4th in the 50M Men’s Butterfly ticking in 26.75 in the preliminaries.

“I balance my studies and my athlete life through proper time management. Since I’ve been swimming since kinder, I got used to training after school hours. Once I arrive home, I give ample time to do my home works. I dedicate my weekends for my family and friends, especially my Mom. During Sunday afternoons, I start again with my school works if ever I do have. But if I don’t, I give myself time to sleep since I’m an athlete, I have to get enough rest to start another week”, quipped Rafael.

The Maroon tanker had already been a part of the RP Youth team. “We may not always win but we do give our opponents a good competition. We are not really lagging behind other countries but we’re actually a good competition to others”, said Rafael. He also believes that our athletes can improve locally without training overseas. “I think we should improve our sports programs and sports facilities”, added Rafael.

With determination, perseverance and faith in God, this young athlete can achieve greater heights and carve a niche in the world of swimming in the very near future.
Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

Aqua Knight tanker Jorel ‘Aquaman’ Lacson and his passion for the game

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

Born Joseph Earl D. Lacson on August 14, 1995 in Manila to Mr. Jhe Lacson and Ms. Ellen Lacson, the 5-foot-7 Aqua Knights swimmer is now studying at Colegio de San Juan de Letran taking up BS Information Technology.
Asked how he balances his studies and his sports, “I balance them by managing my time, reviewing for quizzes and doing home works the same day it was given to me because I need more sleep to prepare for the next day’s training”, said Jorel.  
He has over 70 medals in swimming and he considers the following as some of his best achievements in the sport: Being the most outstanding swimmer in the 2014 Agatx D-League swimming championships held in QC Sports Club on November 2014 where he got 11 medals including 8 golds and 3 silvers. He also placed 3rd(50m Butterfly) in the 2012 Speedo G-League National Long Course swimming championship in Rizal Memorial Stadium. He was also in the top 8 finalists in the recently concluded NCAA swimming season 92, top 6 in 50m Butterfly held at Rizal Memorial Stadium on September 2016.

“My swimming career started when I accompanied my younger sister in her swimming lessons. Instead of just looking after my sister, my mother suggested that I enroll in the swimming lessons too. Then my instructor saw potential in me and suggested to continue my swimming lessons into competitive swimming training. The next thing I knew, I was loving it and improving faster and becoming more dedicated into the sports” added Jorel.

His most unforgettable competition would be his first NCAA competition in 2015 because it was his goal to compete in the NCAA championships since he started swimming. His idol in the sport is Michael Phelps because he is the best and they both excel in butterfly stroke. He also likes Joseph Schooling of Singapore. “He made me believe that you can still beat the best with just the right dedication” quipped Jorel.  
His ambition in life is to make a name in Philippine swimming, finish his studies, and excel in his chosen field of knowledge and someday, be a happy old man with no regrets in life. With all the stuff that he is made of, his dreams are not far-fetched in the near future for this young aquatic wonder from Letran.
Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

Fil-British Dyrham ‘Pambansang Cutie’ Palfrey to play for National University

By: Paolo Manuel Fule


The UAAP season is just around the corner, and one of the most promising athletes would be this tanker from Pangasinan who would be playing for the National University swimming team.  His good looks can turn the head of any girl on his way, but this Filipino-British student-athlete from the northern part of the country has more to offer in the pool than just his boy-next-door  image. Let us take a glimpse of this future swimming superstar’s career and more.
Dyrham “Ham” Raga Palfrey was born on January 21, 2000 to Mr. David Andrew Palfrey and Ms. Aurora Bautista Raga in San Carlos, Pangasinan. The 5-foot-10 head-turner just finished grade 10 in Saint Columban’s College. He became popular and was featured in GMA news when his photo went viral at the Palarong Pambansa2016 held at Albay and was tagged as ‘Pambansang Cutie’. He finished with a silver medal in the annual national sports event.
Dyrham have started swimming at the age of six. “Swimming helps me maintain a healthy body” quipped Ham as he is fondly called. Aside from swimming sports, he also knows how to play basketball, chess and badminton.
His most unforgettable competition was in 2012 held in Dagupan Pangasinan. He and his team mates won gold medals in their relay. He was barely 12 years old during that time. Asked about his popularity today, tagged as Pambansang Cutie, “I want to thank whoever posted the pictures because of that I was recognized in public news. I feel great being one of the Palarong Pambansa cuties” said Ham.
His idol in swimming is American Olympian Michael Phelps. ”I like him because he has become the only swimmer to have 22 medals in the Olympic Games and has established many world records” added Dyrham.
His ambition in life is to join international swimming competitions like SEA Games and the Olympics as well in the future. With determination, perseverance and unceasing faith in God, this handsome young athlete can achieve greater heights and carve a niche in the world of professional swimming in the very near future.

*Photo courtesy of Turbo Philippines
Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

Phelps won his 23 gold medal in Olympics

23 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. That’s the total medals Michael Phelps collected within 4 Olympic games.

The most decorated Olympian  in the history will be retiring soon. He announced yesterday that winning gold in his last race will be the fittig ending to his career.
What ever will be his decision, he already made a record that I think, nobody can ever break.

Who is the Pinoy Aquaman?

Who is the Pinoy Aquaman?
Sports Resume of Atty. Ingemar Macarine:
A Surigaonon by birth (Born in the Municipality of Placer, Province of Surigao del Norte on June 14, 1976), Environmental Lawyer Ingemar Macarine is now based in the Municipality of Tubigon, Province of Bohol, Republic of the Philippines. He operates the franchise area of the Municipalities of Tubigon and Clarin, Province of Bohol, as owner of South Seas Vision Catv System. He is currently the Election Lawyer of the Municipality of Tubigon.
Organizations:
Founding President: Surigao Runners Club (First Running Club in the CARAGA Region)
Member: Triathlon Bohol, Team Solomon Running, and Triathlon Surigao
SPORTS PARTICIPATION
Two-Time Full Marathon (42KM) Finisher 1. Cebu City Marathon January 2013 2. Davao City Marathon March 2013
Two-Time 50KM Ultramarathon Finisher 1. La Union Unity 50KM UltraMarathon February 2013 2. Sundown Bohol 50KM UltraMarathon April 2013
Four-Time Ironman 70.3 Finisher (1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run) 1. Cobra Ironman 70.3 Cebu August 2013. 2. Cobra Ironman 70.3 Cebu August 2014. 3. Eagleman Ironman 70.3 Cambridge, Maryland, USA June 2015. 4. Cobra Ironman 70.3 Cebu August 3015 (Relay – 90km bike leg).
Finisher, Tabuelan Triathlon (2km swim, 90km bike and 21km run) June 2013.
Finisher, 21km Rock n Roll Half Marathon San Francisco, California, USA. April 6, 2014.
Finisher, Surfers Path Marathon (21km category) in Santa Cruz, California last May 17, 2015.
Accomplishments
First man to swim from Basul Island to Surigao City (4.2km in 2hours) December 30, 2013.
First man to swim from Hikdop Island to Mainland Surigao City (12.8km in 3hours38minutes) February 2014.
First Filipino to swim from Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to San Francisco City, California, USA (2.7km in 1hour) April 7, 2014.
First man who attempted to swim from Vizayas to Mindanao by swimmimg from San Ricardo, Southern Leyte to Surigao City, Northern Mindanao. Although the swim was unsuccessful, He made a personal record of swimming 23km in 5 and 1/2 hours. May 2014.
First man to conquer the Babuyan Channel by swimming from Palaui Island to Mainland Sta. Ana, Province of Cagayan (7.2km in 2hours) June 15 2014.
First man to swim from Balicasag Island to Panglao Island, both in the Province of Bohol last October 16, 2014. 13.4km in 6hours 45minutes.
First man to conquer the Hinatuan Passage by swimming from Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Siargao to Cagdianao, Claver mainland Mindanao. 10.5km in 5hours 8minutes.
Completed a one-way crossing of the Tañon Strait by swimming 6.54KM (in 2hours and 13minutes) from the Municipality of Santander, Cebu to the Municipality of Sibulan, Negros Oriental last February 14, 2015.
Completed a 3.95KM (in 1hour 27minutes) one-way crossing from Pescador Island to Moalboal, Cebu last March 15, 2015 right after finishing the 21km (category) of the Kawasan Marathon in Badian, Cebu.
Completed a 4.7KM (in 1hour 55minutes) one-way crossing of the Olanggo Channel from Olanggo Island to Mactan Island, Cebu last July 2014.
First Filipino from the Philippines to swim the 1KM Lucky Lake Swim in Lake Lane, Orlando, Florida last March 2014.
First man to swim from Santa Fe, Bantayan Island to San Remigio, Mainland Cebu with a distance of 19.99km in 7hours and 45minutes last April 12, 2015. Swim was to promote climate change awareness and tourism in San Remigio.
First man to conquer the Saranggani Bay last May 10, 2015 by swimming 12.95KM from the Municipality of Maasim to the Municipality of Glan, Sarangani Province. Swim was sponsored by the Saranggani Provincial government to promote Sarangani Bay tourism and for clean seas & beaches.
First Filipino to conquer the Chesapeake Bay and 2nd man in history by swimming 8.1KM from Bay Bridge Marina to Sandy Pointe Park Beach, Annapolis, Maryland, USA last June 9, 2015.
First person to cross two-way from Punta Bilar to Basul Island and then back to Punta Bilar, Surigao City by swimming non-stop 9.3KM in 2Hours & 30Minutes.
First person to Complete a 2-way crossing from Treasure Island Resort, Pangangan Island, Calape to Cabilao Island, Loon, Bohol, and then back to Pangangan Island with a total distance of 6.4KM in 2Hours. Swim was in support of the UN Paris Climate Change Summit.
First person to cross from Sumilom Island to Punta Bilar, Surigao City by swimming 10.99KM in 3Hours & 37Minutes last January 17, 2017. Swim was to promote clean seas & Surigao tourism.
First person to conquer the Bohol Sea by swimming from Pamilacan Island to Baclayon, Bohol covering a distance of 15.15KM in 5Hours & 59Minutes. Swim was sponsored by LGU Baclayon and IBP Bohol to promote tourism in Baclayon, Bohol and for clean seas & beaches.
Conquered Subic Bay (first ever crossing) by swimming in tandem with Philippine Triathlon Legend Frank Lacson 10.38KM in 3Hours and 47Minutes from Grande Island, Bataan to Barrio Barreto, Olongapo City, Zambales. Swim was to promote Bike Friendly Philippines & raise funds for victims of cycling accidents. Swim was also a birthday celebration of Macarine’s son, Lance.
First person to swim from Barangay Bulak, Dauin, Negros Oriental to Apo Island covering a distance of 14.7KM in 3Hours & 8minutes of rough water swim last April 24, 2016.
First person to conquer the Cebu Strait by swimming nonstop and unassisted 16.8KM from Cabilao Island, Loon, Province of Bohol to Argao, Province of Cebu last June 12, 2016 to promote clean seas and beaches & to celebrate the 118th Philippine Independence Day.
Atty. Macarine follows the Marathon Swimming Federation Rules (such as no floating aids of whatever kind, regular swim suits only, and no physical contact with another human being or with the boats).
Sports reporters from different newspapers and media giants such as GMA 7 and ABSCBN dubbed him as the “Pinoy Aquaman.” Presently, He is the only Filipino who is consistently swimming in open waters in areas not yet swam. He is a pioneer in solo channel swimming in the Philippines.
All swims were done to promote his lifetime advocacy for clean seas and beaches.
Awards received: 1. Hero of the Environment 2015 given by the World Widelife Fund Philippines WWF-Philippines. 2. Outstanding Alumni for Sports 2015 given by Surigao Norte National High School. 3. Outstanding Surigaonon for Sports 2014 given by Rotary Club of Surigao City. 4. Outstanding Tubignon for Sports 2016 given by the Municipality of Tubigon, Bohol. 5. Nominated WOWSA Man of the year 2015 (3rd Placer) for three pioneering marathon swims for the environment in 2015.

Red Horse Beer powers 1st Filipino English Channel Swim Crossing ( Pinoy Aquaman)

Red Horse Beer powers 1st Filipino English Channel Swim Crossing
The First Filipino International Movement, led by Georgian Honorary Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr., is organizing the First Filipino English Channel Swim—the first crossing by a Filipino swimmer of the sea passage that separates the United Kingdom and France. This is considered the “Mount Everest” of open water swims and will be a test of physical and mental strength, courage, sheer human will and heart.The First Filipino English Channel Swim Team (FFECST), to be captained by Filipino “aquaman” Ingemar Macarine of Bohol, is scheduled to attempt the crossing—a distance of 35 kilometers in the icy waters of the North Atlantic—in mid-August. Official open water rules require swimmers to attempt the challenge clad in nothing more than ordinary swimming trunks, swim cap, and goggles. Cunanan said the team expects the swim to be completed in approximately 13 – 15 hours, given weather conditions and currents.FFECST has already been training for this challenge, with plenty of regular open water swims for Macarine all over the country and multiple sessions in the cold water pool of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City. From late JUNE, FFECST will be based in the seaside city of Folkestone, in the southern United Kingdom, where Macarine will continue cross-training and begin open water trials and temperature acclimatization.This swim will celebrate international friendship and to raise awareness of climate change and global warming—core advocacies of the First Filipino International Movement, which were highlighted by the organization during the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris last December. The August event will also include maritime protection art exhibits in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in cooperation with partner-NGOs Ocean Security International (OSI) and Earthsavers UNESCO Artists for Peace. Finally, the First Filipino International Movement will join OSI and Earthsavers in presenting the historic Filipino English Channel crossing to the international community at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco in DECEMBER 2016.
For the historic event, the First Filipino International Movement ties up with San Miguel Corporation and its subsidiary San Miguel Brewery Inc., the makers of Red Horse Beer which holds the company’s extreme sports equity. Over the years, Red Horse Beer leads not only the Philippine’s premier rock band competition Pambansang Muziklaban but also extreme sports activities such as the Urban Extreme Sports Challenge featuring mixed martial arts, BMX stunts, skateboarding, among others.The First Filipino International Movement was founded by Cunanan in 2014, with the objective of supporting and organizing historic achievements and landmark accomplishments by Filipinos all over the world. The organization’s kick-off event happened in South Africa in February 2014, when two of its swimmers, braving the threat of great white sharks and the cold waters of the South Atlantic, became the first Filipinos to cross the Robben Island channel to Cape Town. The swim, a distance of 8 kilometers and accomplished in under three hours, was done in honor of the late Nelson Mandela and to thank South Africans for their help in Leyte in the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).Since then, the First Filipino International Movement has carried out other projects, particularly in the area of heritage and culture, the most recent of which was a three-city European art roadshow (November and December 2015) to promote climate change awareness.

For more information, please contact 1FM Secretary-General Melissa Dizon-Dulalia at 09173791738.

Alaska Ironkids 2016 in Subic

Alaska IronKids Philippines is an annual sporting event that aims to promote the healthy and active lifestyle among children through the winning combination of proper nutrition and physical activity. The Alaska IronKids Race Series is just one of many sports development programs that Alaska conducts yearly to engage children to come out and play.
Last March 5, 2016 at Subic Bay Alaska Ironkids Triathlon series was held.  Children ages 6-14 years old compete with different categories (6-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old, and 13-14 years old).
Once again, the Borlain sisters ruled the Ironkids with Samantha first place at age 13-14 years old category, Tara first place at 11-12 years old category and Chezka is also first place at 6-8 years old categories.
RACE RESULTS
6-7 years old
MALE
1st place – Connor Hodges
2nd place – Gabriel Gaw
3rd place – Ythanmathew Orellana
FEMALE
1st place – Franchezka Borlain
2nd place – Zurielle Kenzie Galo
3rd place – Kyle Enialle Toledana
9-10 years old
MALE
1st place – Mark Grist
2nd place – Juan Miguel Tayag
3rd place – Michael Gabriel Lozada
FEMALE
1st place – Kira Ellis
2nd place – Ana Maria Mempin
3rd place – Justicia Marie Earl Tan
11-12 years old
MALE
1st place – Zedrick James Borja
2nd place – Eric Almendral
3rd place – Johann Carlos Manubay
FEMALE
1st place – Tara Borlain
2nd place – Micaella Barlin
3rd place – Alison Ann Noble
13-14 years old
MALE
1st place – Juan Francisco Baniqued
2nd place -Joe Bernared Sarmiento
3rd place – Joshua Alexander Ramos
FEMALE
1st place – Samantha Borlain
2nd place – Everly Janarie Macalalad
3rd place – Pia Francesca Sarez
Pioneering athletic programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has managed to take children away from their video game consoles, cellphones and cable TV remotes and out into the sun to swim, bike and run in triathlon races. Alaska’s sports programs hope to encourage children to get into organized sports while learning positive values like hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork.

For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit www.ironkidsphil.com; Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com; and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub & #AlaskaIronkids.

Follow me: