Describe yourself :
Energetic, funny and friendly.
What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise
I am very notorious in stopping and passing in between hard
workouts in training to have more rest.
What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport
I started swimming when I was 5. Then started swimming
competitively when I was 9 and then started becoming serious
about it when I was 11. My parents just thought of having an
extra curricular activity for me and my siblings, especially for
me as I was on the verge of having asthma so they enrolled me
and my siblings at the nearest learn to swim program which was
in Seton and there I learned how to swim.
During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
During my early years of swimming, I have never expected to be
where I am now as I was always on the bottom of the results and
thought of swimming as a second priority.
What do you think are the factors that make you a successful
Iím always very serious and focused in what I want to achieve
and I always pray to God before each race.
What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
My most memorable experience as a swimmer is when I qualified
for the 2012 SC G-League National Championships in the 50 m
Freestyle event as it was my first Champs event that I
qualified; and the first swim I was serious about. Itís not much
but it meant a lot to me.
Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other
goal(s) as a swimmer?
To become a multiple Asian and Southeast Asian games medalist
and to qualify for the Youth Olympics.
Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming?
Yes, because I once thought of prioritizing my studies more than
swimming. But my parents told me not to and I am grateful that I
Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
I look up to my parents, coaches and great swimmers like Michael
Phelps and Missy Franklin as I would want to be like them one
Any specific routines (pamahi-in) before and during the meet or
before a swim? What are these?
One is stretching and warming up before a meet or a swim and
also praying to God for guidance and strength.
Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be
Achieving your dreams is hard and a long journey but as long as
you believe in yourself and you always have God beside you, you
can achieve anything. And itís also worth the pain and wait.
Message to your supporters :
Dreams are achievable and can be attained, if not, nature
wouldnít intend us to have them, based on my favorite quote.