Describe yourself :
I’m a shy person. I don’t talk much to swimmers I don’t know
that much. But when I get comfortable with you I get really
What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport
I started swimming at the age of 7. I was accidentally brought
to the sport when my mom misunderstood me when I said “Gusto ko
mag swimming” (To play in the water) then she later decided to
enroll me to a basic learning in swimming then she let me joined
During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
No. I never really understood when I was a kid why I trained
everyday. I just enjoyed every moment of training, then I always
looks forward to playing with my teammates after training.
What do you think are the factors that make you a successful
I enjoyed and have fun every moment in training. Especially if
my friends are there training with me, and also if my teammates
are provoking/challenging me to pace with them. It makes
training more interesting.
What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
When I joined for the first time a competition outside of the
Philippines. There I have met and raced with many swimmers
stronger than me and realized my strength for now is still not
enough and that pushed me to train harder.
Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other
goal(s) as a swimmer?
I want to set inspire other swimmers to push harder and achieve
Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming?
Yes. There was a time that I stopped improving. I thought to
myself that I lost my passion for the sport. But then I wanted
to break that illusion that I have created for myself. As
Michael Phelps said “If you set a limit on yourself, that’s the
only thing that’s going to stop you”.
Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
I look up to every swimmer trying to be at the top. They try
their very best and that gives me boost to step up my game.
Any specific routines (pamahi-in) before and during the meet or
before a swim? What are these?
I think one routine is whenever I finish a race I flick my cap
upward. It started as a hobby but then some people started to
notice it and became my “trademark”
Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be
If you think you stopped improving, and can’t go further than
where you are now, train harder. Remember you’re your own
problem. And at the same time you’re the solution.
Message to your supporters (fans) :
I don’t know If I have any fans haha. If meron, don’t give up
and have fun every time!