Describe yourself :
I believe very much in working hard, especially when it comes to
balancing studies and swimming. I always tell myself that if
something seems difficult, nothing is impossible to someone who
knows and is willing to work hard. I am also that type of person
who will do anything to get something, specifically my goals. If
there is something wrong in trying to reach it, I would always
find a way to get through it. As a student-athlete I am focused,
serious, and competitive, but I also like to have lots of fun.
When I go to training, inside the pool I can be serious but when
training’s over, I can also be silly and funny. That also goes
What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise
People usually tell me that they’re scared to talk or go near me
because they think I only am friends with people I am close to,
but I like it when I make new friends. And once you’ll know me,
I can be funny and crazy at times. I also love to eat and I
think of food all the time !
What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport
At first I tried gymnastics, but then my parents thought that
maybe it might be a bit too much for me at such a young age. I
was around 3 years old, when they first “threw” me into the pool
and saw I was having a good time and that I never wanted to
leave. They decided to enroll me in the BLSS Learn to Swim. By
the time I was 5, I tried at my first novice meet. When I joined
the novice meet, the coach of PCA said that he would love for me
to be on the team. So when I was 6, that was the start of slowly
building the swimmer who I am today.
During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
Not really, because when I started swimming, the purpose was so
that I had an after school hobby. My parents thought that they
wanted me to have an after-school activity. I never even
imagined that I would love the pool. This happened perhaps
because I have no siblings and being in the water everyday, I
slowly realized that the water is like my sibling and I love it.
So when I was 10, I slowly started setting goals for myself.
What do you think are the factors that make you a successful
My parents. They support me all the way and I know that they
will/are proud of me whether I do good or bad. They would make
sacrifices to help me become the greatest swimmer that I can be.
They also motivate me to become better at what I do. They always
believe that I can and I will always do my best, and I will not
let anything get in the way of working towards my goals.
My coaches. They are the ones who correct me not only in
swimming but also in my life. The coaches I have and had teach
me lessons not only related to swimming but they also impart to
me important life values. They may give us deadly workouts, but
trust me, they know what they’re doing because they were once
swimmers/athletes too, and in the end, it will be worth it and
we would thank them. They are actually helping us face our
My friends and competitors. One reason why I like going to
competitions is because I get to see my friends. They are people
who motivate me. Without them I wouldn’t improve my times and it
is nice how we would push each other to go past our limits.
Above all is God. Whatever I am able to do it is because of His
grace and help. He always guides me every single day and I pray
to Him so that I will always make good choices and I will always
do my best in whatever I do.
What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
Probably my most memorable experience was when I joined the 37th
South East Asian Age Group last 2013 in Brunei. That was the 2nd
time I joined that competition (first was in Palembang,
Indonesia) but the first time I got to win medals for my
country. I got to bring home 3 bronze medals and I got to break
2 junior national records for the first time. I was so honored
and blessed to have experienced this because I really like
representing and competing for my country. It may not be the
biggest international meet but it was still a great honor and I
knew that if I continue to work hard, it was just the beginning.
Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other
goal(s) as a swimmer?
I would like to motivate others. I mean whichever part of the
world you are in, even for us who are here in the Philippines,
do not lose faith in yourself. Let’s set goals for ourselves but
we also have to be willing to do anything to reach it. It may
need a lot of sacrifice and hard work, but we will reap our
rewards. With all these said, I would love to be part of the
Philippine Team and swim in Sea Games, Asian Games, Worlds, and
Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming?
Near the end of 2013, my father unexpectedly passed away. With
his loss, it was really hard to swim/compete thinking that one
of my greatest supporters is gone. For months after that, I did
not do very well. There were nights that I would worry about my
swimming and our life. I really wanted to help my mom and not be
a burden to her. But I reminded myself that there are many life
lessons that swimming teaches me and those life lessons are what
will prepare me for a good future. My swimming too can be a way
I will have more opportunities and a chance for further training
and a good education.
Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
I look up to my parents as my models for hard work. I also look
up to my coach because of her commitment. Seeing them all
sacrificing to guide and help me achieve my dreams makes me want
to give back to them too by performing my best as a swimmer and
as a student.
Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a
swim? What are these?
I do stretching and core workout. It helps to prepare me and
wake up my muscles. I also try my best to eat what is healthy. I
also listen to my music. Listening to music makes me calm down.
It helps me focus and visualize my swim. I would also talk to my
coach before I swim and we would review our goals and
Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be
“Don’t be afraid of failure, this is the way to succeed” –
“Work hard in silence. Let success make the noise”
“Don’t run away from challenges, run over them” – Joan Benoit
“You can’t put a limit on anything” – Michael Phelps
Message to your supporters :
Let’s always keep in mind that there is no shortcut to our
dreams. There is no sport where you can have a good time and
take it easy. In each sport, all athletes have their own kind of
sacrifice. If you really want to achieve your goal, whether big
or small, it really needs hard work, sacrifice, discipline and
responsibility. Also always remember the true meaning of being a
“winner”. It means beating your old self. Winning means making
yourself better than you were before.