Describe yourself :
I am someone who is
constantly seeking for ways to improve one’s self. I set goals,
I define the benchmarks then I put myself into action and most
often than not, I exceed my own expectations.
What side or
character of yours that would most likely surprise others?
My dedication to both my
studies and swimming is something of a constant topic during
family gatherings and such. I think it astonishes them how I
manage to juggle school and trainings. I always tell them that
it’s no hardship because swimming is my passion and education is
the key to my future – I cannot forego one for the other and I
don’t want to.
What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport
I was 8 years old, in
the 3rd grade. I was at a swimming resort with my family when I
saw a bunch of swimmers practicing their swimming routines, I
was very amazed with how they dive and swim. Then I remember, I
simply drawn myself to the water and just like that, I knew I
wanted to swim. .Much to my desire to practice swimming every
day, I requested my parents to make a small pool in our
backyard, wherein they taught me about the basics of swimming.
Their main reason too was if one of us fell into the water we
would be able to swim to safer. Later on, I wasn’t satisfied of
the small pool that we have and with eagerness to further
enhance my swimming skills, I asked my father to enroll me in
swimming lessons, and since then, I trained hard that led me to
gain numerous medals and trophies.
During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
From the day that I started my formal
trainings, I’ve dreamt of joining National competitions, yes,
yet never did I imagine that not only will I be able to
participate but also bag few medals including one (1) silver and
one (1) bronze. The competition among swimmers is fierce and I
know that taking home medals, takes more than daily trainings –
you must put your heart and soul into what you’re doing
What do you think are the factors that make you a successful
I am dedicated and
passionate in what I do. Swimming is what I love and I never see
it as a job that I have to labor on; instead, I see it as
something that I look forward to doing every day. As Confucius
has said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to
work a day in your life.” This is exactly what I did.
Furthermore, I have the best coach in town (Coach Hurry Dacera)
who molded, encouraged, and motivated me to pursue my dreams to
become a swimmer. Never a day that he was tired of honing my
skills and never a time that he did not let me beat my own
records. He was one of the few who believes that I can be even
faster than I thought I could. Above all, to our Heavenly
Father, who gives me the strength, wisdom, talent, and skills to
become a swimmer, I owe everything to Him.
What is your most
memorable experience as a swimmer?
My most memorable
experience was not when I won my first medal – it was actually
when I ALMOST won but did not. It taught me that, at that time,
although I did my best, it still wasn’t good enough, that I
still had a lot of things to improve upon. That experience
pushed me to strive harder for those medals from the National
Games and I guessed it was a good learning experience– I did get
those medals after all. But still the fight is going on, I still
have to push harder to bag “golds” in the future.
Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other
goal(s) as a swimmer?
I am looking forward to
being able to share my journey as an athlete to generations
younger than mine. I want to encourage and inspire young
competitors into following their dreams. They have to know that
a swimmer’s key to success is not going against the wave but
rather riding it.
Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming?
Doubts have certainly
crossed my mind but I never did I think of quitting swimming. I
have been in the water for most days of my life and I cannot
simply comprehend the idea of not swimming anymore.
Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
Just like with most
athletes in the field of swimming, I draw inspiration from
Michael Phelps. Not only has he accomplished so much as a
swimmer – winning medals and setting records left and right – he
is also an advocate of healthier lifestyle and a promoter of
swimming as a sport. These are the kinds of campaigns that I see
Any specific routines
before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?
Stretching is a must,
not just in swimming but with every other physical activity.
After doing stretches, I visualize my swim to be perfect as much
as possible – I imagine how the water and every ripple would
feel around my body. I do this right before I jump into the
water. This way, I am both physically and mentally prepared.
Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be
For all aspiring
swimmers out there, always think that no matter how many
deterrents you may encounter in your journey as an athlete, the
end is more than worth the effort – TRUST ME. So just do your
best, trust you’re yourself, put your heart and soul into what
you’re doing. Beat your own best time. Don’t look for
inspiration but go and be an inspiration to others.
Message to your supporters :
I, together with all
other athletes, cannot stress enough how grateful I am of your
support. Knowing that you see us as an inspiration is a much
greater reward than any medal or cash prize we have received and
we will ever receive. I hope that you’ll have the courage to
pursue and to persevere for your dreams. It might be scary at
first but just have faith in God above. He has plans for all of