Age : 1997

Events : Free & Breast

Place of Birth : Manila, Philippines

Current City : Manila, Philippines

International Debut : June 3, 2010

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Full Name : Alfonso Jose L. Bautista
Nick Name : Alfonso 

Birthday : August 1, 1997

Current City/Country : Manila, PHI

City/Country of Birth : Manila, PHI

Current Club : PCA Stingrays & DLSU Tankers

Current Coaches : Luica Dacanay & Evan Grabador
Past Clubs : Xavier Aquastallions

Past Coaches : Marichi Gandionco & Remyr Angeles

           
           
 

Describe yourself :

Ambitious, Competitive, Risk-taker, Enthusiastic, Creative and Business minded.

 

What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise others?

Aside from representing the country in swimming, I also represented the Philippines in a Sustainability competition in Singapore. I also compete in hacking and startup competitions. I am also taking up a astrobiology course in Harvard Edx for fun.

 

What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport of swimming?

I started at the age of 3. I guess my family wanted me to try out the sport seeing that my cousin, Jay Bautista, garnered several medals in swimming, and for the fact that I nearly drowned in my grandmother’s pool. Good ol’ days.

 

During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?

I used to be the absolute worst on my team back then. My teammate, Brandon Sing would always beat me in practice no matter how hard I trained. It came to a point that I even asked my coach if this was really the sport for me. He told me “If you wanted to be great at something, be prepared to be bad at it first.” I trained hard at every session even up to the point that I would puke in practice. By the time I was 5-6 years old, the medals finally came. At a young age, I learned that with perseverance and hard work, people could achieve their dreams. That’s when I knew.

 

What do you think are the factors that make you a successful swimmer?

The right mentality towards goal setting, having an open mind when it comes to criticisms and most importantly, the killer instinct to win.

 

What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?

Throughout my career, there have been too many memorable experiences. My first SEA AGE group where the whole team shaved my head, winning medals and trophies, getting called on stage in school. Winning in the Hong Kong Mantas events were my favorite. Most of all I just loved the feeling of winning and making my family and coaches proud.

 

I remember a time back back in 2005. The Philippines hosted the SEA Games and I gladly traveled to Trace with my teammates to watch. I was being cocky at the event because just weeks ago, I had won a competition in my school. I thought I was on top of the world. Then, there was this one guy that everyone was talking about. His name was Miguel Molina. My coach then introduced me to him and the first thing I said was. “ Kaya ba niya mag 32 sa 50 free?” ( Can he do a 32 in the 50 meters free like me?) After that, my coach laughed at me and he made me watch Molina swim. Silly me, I still don’t know why I said that up to this day.

 

Apart from being a Youth Olympian, what is (are) your other goal(s) as a swimmer?

According to the WHO ( World Health Organization ) drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death in the world. I want to inspire other people to learn how to swim for safety purposes. Also swimming has numerous health benefits that come along with it.

 

Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming? Why?

It got boring for me. Countless of laps everyday, six days a week. Sometimes even twice a day. I told myself, there is more to my life than this. So I started constantly going out with friends, partying every week. But something always brought me back, maybe it was my coach, my team, or maybe because I was getting fat. Maybe it was the feeling of achieving something worthwhile. Maybe? We could never know. A wise man once told me “ Swimming is only a stepping stone, the values that the sport ingrained within you will aid you in what you are destined to become. “ Up to this day, I still learn from the sport.

 

Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?

I look up to all the great athletes. I try my best to study their game in order to make myself even better. My teammates The past legends of PCA Luica Dacanay, Enchong Dee. The past legends of Xavier School. The Philippine swimming legends and my past coaches Caloy Garcia, Coach Smith Coach Hazel and Coach Remyr who believed in my capabilities from the very start.

 

Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?

I warm-up, stretch, move around and I just pray to God that I do my best.

 

Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be like you :

On big meets: Focus on the things that you can control like your battle plan. Never let distractions get into your head and hinder your success. Always remember to have fun and make new friends but never shy away from your goal.

 

On quitting: The feeling of quitting is natural. Like this quote from X-Men “ Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. Sometimes, you have to get lost and in the process find yourself and come back stronger.

 

Message to your supporters :

Hey everyone! I would like to thank you for all the years of support throughout my career. I will try even harder to make you guys even prouder.

         

2016 International Results

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70/96

00:29.57

50m Breaststroke Prelims

13th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m), CAN

12.10.16

87/139

00:23.92

50m Freestyle Prelims

13th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m), CAN

12.08.16

18/19

01:35.64

4x50m Freestyle Relay

13th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m), CAN

12.09.16

17/17

01:45.23

4x50m Medley Relay

13th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m), CAN

12.10.16

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2015 International Results

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5th

00:24.67

50m Freestyle Finals

7th ASEAN School Games, BRU

11.25.15

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2012 International Results

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6th

02:48.40

200m Breaststroke 14-15 Boys

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12

8th

00:33.13

50m Breaststroke 14-15 Boys

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.01.12

8th

01:14.27

100m Breaststroke 14-15 Boys

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.02.12

8th

00:28.61

50m Butterfly 14-15 Boys

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.02.12

8th

00:26.12

50m Freestyle 14-15 Boys

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.02.12

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2010 International Results

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5th

00:33.76

50m Breaststroke 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.03.10

6th

00:27.18

50m Freestyle 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.05.10

6th

03:00.99

200m Breaststroke 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.05.10

7th

00:59.84

50m Freestyle 14-15 Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.05.10

7th

00:32.11

50m Backstroke 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.05.10

8th

00:29.47

50m Butterfly 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.04.10

8th

01:06.32

100m Butterfly 113 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.03.10

9th

02:14.31

200m Freestyle 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.04.10

10th

02:36.45

200m IM 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.03.10

9th

01:20.21

100m Breaststroke 13 & Under Boys

34th SEA Age Group Championship, PHI

06.04.10