Describe yourself :
Never gives up despite hardships.
Describe yourself :
Honest, charming, moody, likes to chill and travel, enjoys arts
and crafts and reading, loves water!
What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise
Most people are surprised when they see me eat. I eat a lot. I
love rice and fried chicken, and drink almost a liter of milk a
What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport
I started swimming at the age of 9. My parents believe swimming
is a survival skill that my siblings and I have to learn.
Surprisingly, I took to swimming like a fish to water, and
started winning in novice swimming competitions. In spite of a
hectic school schedule with only 4 times a week of swim
practice, I eventually moved on to represent my school’s swim
team in more prestigious meets like Palarong Pambansa, Milo
Little Olympics and WNCAA.
During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
No. My parents and I weren’t into this for the competition. It
was simply learn to swim as a survival skill because we travel
yearly across oceans. Since none of my older siblings swam in
competitions or joined the school swim team after their learn to
swim programs, nobody expected I’d end up this far in swimming.
What do you think are the factors that make you a successful
Hardwork, determination and concentration. Dedicated coaches and
a good training program. Supportive family and friends.
Blessings from God, Mama Mary and Saint Jude.
What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
Breaking the Palarong Pambansa record in 100 free, and breaking
the Junior Phil. record in 50 free and 50 back.
Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other
goal(s) as a swimmer?
To represent the Philippines in international swimming
competitions and hopefully bring home a medal or two. I’d dearly
love to hear the Philippine National Anthem being played in the
awarding ceremony of an event I competed. Hopefully, I can serve
as an inspiration to others, and perhaps have the chance to “pay
it forward” to the younger generations someday.
Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming?
So far no. I have only been swimming 4-5 years and it’s been
pretty good. No rush to get to the top. My main goal is to lower
my time with each swim, and hopefully to qualify in
Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
Locally, Coach Jenny Guerrero and Roxanne Yu. They have shown
that size does not matter; they have brought home medals and did
the country proud in spite of their petite stature.
Internationally, Missy Franklin for obvious reasons, she has
been very strong in the pool and has the time to beat for now.
Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a
swim? What are these?
Stretching and warm-ups before competition swim, then swim down
(easy swim) in between heats to loosen the muscles.
Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be
To quote Forrest Gump: “Life is a box of chocolates, you’ll
never know what you’ll get.” So just enjoy the swim, make
friends, travel, be inspired and never be afraid to make a
change. Even a change of swimming stroke or event specialty, it
is all good because our body changes as we grow older.
Adjustment and perseverance is the key. Worse case scenario,
swimming is the best cardio to promote good health.
Message to your supporters :
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t have made it
this far without all your help and support. Please pray for me.