Alay PARA Atleta Program launched; preparations underway for ASEAN PARA Games,
Asian Para Games and Paralympic Games

The Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) and the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) will hold the first Philippine Para Sports Summit that will focus on the Parlympic movement in the country on June 9, 2017 at the Microtel, Technohub in Quezon City.

PPC, the National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines and PHILSPADA are the organizations spearheading the activities and operational requirements of elite athletes with a disability (orthopedic disability, cerebral palsy, visual impairment and mental disabilities).

With the theme “Transcending Barriers Through Sports”, the one-day gathering of sports officials, athletes, coaches and trainers, sports doctors, marketing experts and policy makers who are the key players in the industry will look into the state of Paralympic Sports in the Philippines to identify local and international goals to enable Filipino para athletes to achieve sporting excellence to excite and inspire the world.

Another goal of the convention is to find ways to develop para sports as a tool for changing the lives of Filipinos with disabilities while contributing to the development of an inclusive society.  One hundred participants are expected to attend from various sports organizations including national sports associations, non-government organizations, private corporations and the government sector.

The past decade saw the rise of Filipino Para athletes in the global arena such as Josephine Medina, the para table tennis player who gave the country its second Paralympics Bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, sixteen years after powerlifter, Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, got the first ever Bronze medal in the Sydney Paralympic Games in year 2000 and Ernie Gawilan, the legless swimming sensation discovered from Davao City, who is a consistent Gold medalist in the ASEAN Para Games ever since becoming a member of the national team. There has also been an increase in number of para athletes and their participation in local, regional and international competitions. Support and recognition from government and private partners, have also improved over the years.

With sights set on the 9th ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia this September 2017, the Asian Para Games in Indonesia in 2018, the 10th ASEAN Para Games in Manila and the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, the para sports summit envisions key partnerships with government and private sector to further inspire and equip para-athletes who are only too eager to compete and do their part for the country’s glory.


Key speakers in the summit are: Chairman William I. Ramirez of the Philippine Sports Commission; Mr. Peping Cojuangco, President of the Philippine Olympic Committee; Michael Barredo, President of PPC-PHILSPADA; noted sports medicine expert Dr. Raul Canlas; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation expert, Dr. Raul Cembrano; Sec. General and former Olympic swimmer Gerardo “Ral” Rosario; para-coaches Joel Deriada of Athletics and Vernon Perea of Wheelchair Basketball; as well as para-athletes Gawilan, Medina and Dumapong-Ancheta.


An interesting sidelight of the event will be a Wheelchair Dance Sport exhibition while the high point of the summit will be the launch of the “Alay Para Atleta” program, a nationwide campaign that will enable the general public to participate in the Paralympic Movement via a P50 annual contribution through mobile phone access.



Team U – A New Sports Docu with a ♥

#TeamU Sports Documentary
June 15, 2014
Channel 17
Media Launch
@ The Lounge, QC


#TeamU crew is composed of from left: Coach Eski Ripoll, Coach Marco Benitez, Gretchen Ho, Gerald Anderson and Piolo Pascual during media launch held at The Lounge 6.5.14

With the aim to help young Filipino athletes realize their dreams through inspirational stories, ABS CBN Sports+Action has a new sports event in their sleeve. Let’s say hello to #TeamU

Team U is hosted by sports-minded Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson who also double as the show’s producers in their newly-formed production outfit Get Passionate. Piolo is known for his Sub-Piolo monicker in running while Gerald was first discovered during a basketball game before entering showbusiness.

“I have never been competitive in any sport,” admits Piolo. “This show is our way of giving back for all the blessings we have. All proceeds and funds coming in from the sponsors will go to the program and the athletes.”
PapaPioloooooooo222222222222222The 30-minute sports-documentary features stories of young men and women in the field of sports who are on a quest to bring pride and glory to the country through their athletic talents. Team U presents the reality that a lot of young Filipino athletes do have that inborn knack for being athletic but something that remains undiscovered and unfulfilled due to a lack of support, access to financial aid, scholarships and proper training gears.
coachEskiMarcoThe show is also composed of segment hosts who are equally popular in the respective sports: Gretchen Ho (volleyball), Armand Del Rosario (football), Coach Marco Benitez & Coach Eski Ripoll.
“I remember when I was in high school, our volleyball team used to be underground,” recalls Gretchen. “We would even spend from out of our own pockets to be able to purchase some equipments that we need. It was very difficult.”
GretchenCollageIt is with this premise that Team U also aims to encourage viewers and organizations from both public and private sectors to be part of building a Sports School—an institution that aims to develop athletes through proper training and development under the wing of acclaimed sports practitioners.
EskiSolo  When asked if the show interferes in any way with the Philippine Sport’s Commission’s own sports development programs  Coach Eski clarifies, “Not exactly, in fact, we will be helping and will be working side by side with the PSC in the quest for discovering and honing young and deserving athletes.”
PioloGerald.22222jpgFor its first season, the show will travel to three schools that are being looked at as pilot regional campuses under the Sports School, namely Rizal High School in Pasig City, Abellana National High School in Cebu, and General Santos City High School in General Santos City.

GeraldCollage“I was surprised and happy when I learned the crew also included General Santos City. I owe a lot to basketball. Maraming matutulungang potential athletes ang show namin, shares Gerald.
SoloPiolo3“We also hope this new show will not only be for one season. We’re working on for at least two years so that we can help more kids and monitor their progress both in the sport they excel in and their academics. There should be balance.” concludes Piolo.

Don’t miss the exciting premiere episode of “Team U,” on June 15 at 11:30am on ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 17 and June 16 at 1:30pm on Balls Channel 33.

☺ Many thanks Ms. Kathy Solis for the kind invite as always! ☺


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