Describe yourself :
When Iím in the pool, Iím hard working and Iím confident (Iím
not the sexiest swimmer ever so confidence is key).
What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise
Same with what my teammate, Raegan Gavino, I think people will
find it surprising that I genuinely want other swimmers to
succeed also. I also love being able to help others (mostly the
younger swimmers) become better swimmers and persons. I also
enjoy going on different diets with my FAST teammate, Getty
What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport
I started swimming when I was about 2-3 years old mostly because
my older brother started swimming at a young age also.
During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
Not at all because I used to never think about any other
competition aside from UAAP. So I never looked at bigger
competition outside of the country. I didnít even know anything
about SEAAG or SEA Games until I was in my 3rd year
of high school. I never gave the idea of being able to compete
outside of the country much thought. Right now, my mentality is
very different and Iím trying to make the most out of the time I
What do you think are the factors that make you a successful
Proper goal setting, being coachable, having committed coaches
AND teammates, consistency, a strong mentality.
What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
I lost to my brother in UAAP during my 1st year of
high school. He was in 4th year high school at that
time and he beat me by 6 seconds. This was memorable for me
because itís not everyday you get to stand in the podium with
your sibling. Also, he is the only person that I havenít beaten
in ANY event, so that gives him a one up on me.
Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other
goal(s) as a swimmer?
My main goal is to have no regrets by the time I retire from
swimming. I also want to affect other swimmersí lives positively
in any way I can.
Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming?
Yes because priorities change as you get older.
Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
Axel and Jessie Ė because they are the ones I cant beat but I
try to beat everyday and that makes me better.
The younger swimmers who always compete (even in small
competitions like G-league) Ė because itís hard to beat a person
who never backs down from a challenge and they will be the
future of Philippine swimming.
Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a
swim? What are these?
Sleep early, talk to coaches on what to do, eat well but not too
much, listen to music, mentally prepare.
Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be
Donít wish to be like meÖ be yourself and always strive to be
better #StriveForGreatness #ALLin216
Message to your supporters :
Respect not given. Itís earned. So respect everyone, especially
your coaches, because you wonít make it in this sport alone no
matter how talented you are.