Boys and girls from the provinces – especially those from Bacolod, Cebu and Baguio – did surprisingly well when ranged beside their counterparts from Manila.

Cebu City public school students Darliene Ragasajo (14 years old) and Florence Jil Talas (14) led the JrNBA/JrWNBA Female All-Stars. 

Tracy Carl Dadang (14), Fritz Felix Valencia (14) and Harold Alarcon (14) – who were selected in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp – led the members of the Male All-Stars. 

Valencia travelled all the way from Bacolod City, while Alarcon came from Silay City, Negros Occidental to qualify in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp.

Riz Ozner Gatus (14) of San Fabian, Pangasinan from the Baguio Regional Selection Camp, also advanced to the Male All-Stars.

The players were selected in a nationwide search through Regional Selection Camps in Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and Makati. The final 10 boys and five girls were named members of the Philippine All-Stars during the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The JrNBA/JrWNBA Davao Regional Selection Camp was also well-represented with 13-year-old Rozie Amatong of Davao City and 14-year-old Aloha Marie Betanio of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon – who travelled all the way to the Davao Regional Selection Camp – making it to the Female All-Stars. 

Additionally, Elegino Chollo of Davao City was named Coach of the Year Male.

The fifth member of the Female All-Stars is Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino (14) of Dalig National High School, Antipolo City.

The other members of the Male All-Stars are Julian Alfonso and Isaiah Miguel Blanco (Alaska Powercamp), Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan and and Kai Zachary Sotto (Manila Regional Selection Camp). Arayi Ewon was named Coach of the Year Female.

They will join 90 other boys and girls from JrNBA Programs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to watch the NBA Global Games China 2016 between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

“I’d like to congratulate our JrNBA Philippine All-Stars on their success.  Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition. Action. Champion. Program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country,” said Alaska Milk Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu. “This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition. Action. Champion. Campaign. By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle.”
JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska promotes the importance of regular physical activity, trains participants in the fundamentals of basketball and teaches the importance of core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect.

The JrNBA Program is presented by Royal Friesland Campina in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam through its Alaska Milk, Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady and Foremost brands and conducted in Singapore through partnership with Sport Singapore. 

This program has touched the lives of more than 1.5 million children, parents and coaches across Southeast Asia by conducting camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities.

For more information visit Alaska Milk’s sports channel http://www.playph.com and like @PlayPH in Facebook and Instagram for inspiring stories on Filipino sports fans of all ages and skill levels.

Fans can also visit the official website at http://www.jrnba.asia for more information on the JrNBA programs. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global. 

Follow the NBA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nba and Twitter at @NBA for all the latest news and updates.  For all things NBA, visit http://www.nba.com.

Posted by: cruisec0ntr0l | September 17, 2016

Endurance Weekend 2016

Three years ago, premiere property developer Filinvest started something that would test the will and skill of many endurance athletes… runners/ultrarunners, triathletes, mountain/xc bikers heeded the challenge of racing for 6-12-24hours. The objective is to do as many laps as you can, on a race course designed to give each athlete a tough and challenging experience. At first glance, one would think it would be easy…running/riding on a single track trail that hops from one vacant lot to another is just like strolling in the park. But when done multiple times, with competitors literally breatjing down your neck, that’s when pressure sets in.  

Participants need to strategize…when to rest or take a break, when to refuel (eat), and when to kick it up a notch to outlast the others.
As Don Ubaldo, Filinvest AVP has said…we already did it three times (years), but guess what? We never learn from our “foolishness” that’s why we’re doing it again (LOL)…eliciting laughter from the athletes and media, present at the event launch held at the Crimson Hotel.

This year though, it will strictly be a mountain bike race. Top individual athletes such as XC champ Ariana Dormitorio, dad/coach Donjie, and teams from all over town are once again eager to showcase their wares in this one of a kind test of will and character. Uncertain of who will emerge as King/Queen of the urban trails…excited on who would come out on top? Join this year’s Endurance Weekend 2016, to be held on 8-9 October at the Filinvest City in Alabang.

For more information, visit Filinvest City website (www.filinvestcity.com) or Filinvest City’s Official Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ FilinvestCityOFFICIAL). You may also email racemechanics@gmail.com for inquiries.
So start training and see you at Filinvest City on race day!

Posted by: cruisec0ntr0l | September 16, 2016

BREAKING NEWS, MAMUYAC FILIPINO YOUNG BALLER BLOCKS STEPH CURRY 

The Unanimous Back-to-Back MVP was blocked by young basketball aficionado

 

Manila, Philippines (Sept. 7, 2016) –Mamuyac bagged first spot among the 10 young athletes from all over Asia at SC’s Under Armour Asia Camp in Taiwan yesterday.

 

The Philippines never missed out this tour as basketball is the country’s top sport and being able to play on court with Stephen Curry is one of the Filipino youth’s most awaited basketball experience.

 

Gian represented the country together with Juan Gomez De Liano of UP Maroons team.

 

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The Back-to-Back MVP embarked on his second annual summer tour with Under Armour which began September 2. Unique experiences rolled out across four cities in five days for fans to feel the fervor and excitement for basketball that only Stephen and Under Armour can provide.

 

Some of Asia’s best young basketball players and fans experienced Stephen’s relentless dedication to the game of basketball up close and personal during tour stops in Shenyang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei.

“I’m thrilled to get the chance to visit some of the best basketball fans in the world this summer,” said Curry. “Being able to share my passion for the game with this next generation of players in Asia—while immersing myself in their incredible culture and witnessing first-hand the infatuation for the game—is humbling, and personally it’s a tremendous reenergizer for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to meet some of the phenomenal fans and players who are committed to driving the game forward on a global scale.”

Follow the tour experience @UnderArmour and @UnderArmourPH.

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour (NYSE: UA, UA.C), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.uabiz.com.

 

Shoot like Curry in the new Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack

 

(Above: Under Armour Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack, containing

the Curry One MVP and a new Curry Two MVP colourway)

 

Manila, August 2016 – U.S. high performance sports apparel label Under Armour celebrates U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Stephen Curry’s outstanding season performance and second consecutive Kia NBA MVP Award with the Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack, containing a re-release of the Curry One MVP and a new Curry Two MVP colourway.

 

Curry’s impression on the sport of basketball is a lesson in the power of perseverance, through sheer will and hard work. In the 2014-2015 season, Curry impressed all by being the first player ever to hit 300 three-pointers in a season. He claimed the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP Award for his performance and earned his first Larry O’Brien World Championship trophy. Following that, in the 2015-2016 season, he helped to lead the Golden State Warriors to the single-season record for wins, shattered his own three-point record of 400 three-pointers in a season, led the league in scoring and joined the prestigious 50-40-90 shooting club.  

 

For his outstanding achievements, Curry earned the 2015-16 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award. He is the 11th player (third point guard) in league history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons.

 

“Stephen Curry’s impact on the game of basketball is immeasurable,” said Kip Fulks, Chief Marketing Officer, Under Armour. “His game and will to dominate is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the NBA, and his cultural reach off the court is equally transcendent. At Under Armour we are thrilled and humbled to be alongside Stephen on this journey, and look forward to his continued perseverance in making himself a better athlete every single day.”

 

Commemorating the signature footwear Curry wore in the back-to-back MVP seasons, the Under Armour Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack has sleek gold colours and design elements, reinforced by Under Armour’s innovative technology. It echoes the relentless strength and tenacity demonstrated by Curry, whose ability to hit shots off the dribble, in traffic and from incredible distance took the world by storm.

 

The Under Armour Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack will be available exclusively on www.underarmour.com.ph and Titan retail 

 

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.uabiz.com.

 

About Triple Pte. Ltd.

 

Established in 2013, Triple Pte Ltd is a sports and lifestyle retailer which holds the exclusive distribution rights for the Under Armour brand across Southeast Asia. Triple launched the Under Armour operations in Singapore and Philippines in May 2014. It has to date expanded the Under Armour distribution network to cover seven Southeast Asian markets through a combination of 25 brand houses as well as shop in shop and multi-brand wholesale executions.


UA ARCHITECH 3D PRINTED PERFORMANCE TRAINER & UA SLINGSHOT RUNNING FOOTWEAR TO PROVIDE PERSONAL MOTIVATION FOR ELITE SWIMMER

Under Armour, the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel and equipment has taken footwear innovation to the next level. In March, the Brand introduced its first-ever 3D printed performance trainer, the UA Architech. The UA Architech is a 360-degree performance training shoe that features a functional 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design that creates a “super-hybrid” trainer. This performance trainer provides athletes with the ultimate stability and cushioning to take on the most intense workouts, and it’s travelling all the way to Rio on the feet of elite swimmer, Michael Phelps.

In addition to the state-of-the-art technology and custom color design, Michael’s footwear features a personal touch to provide an additional source of motivation as he heads into competition. His 3-month old son, Boomer’s footprint is printed on the insole of the shoe as a personal reminder that Boomer is with him every step and stroke of the way.

The innovative 3D printed midsole of the UA Architech was combined with a flow-molded 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper to provide athletes with a shoe that not only gives a locked-in, supportive feel, but also flexes and moves with the foot to provide a zero distractions experience. Add in the Brand’s unparalleled Charged Cushioning underfoot for responsiveness and comfort, and a thin rubber outsole for traction and you have Under Armour’s most elite performance trainer.  

A new color of the UA Architech will be available as a limited edition offering to consumers this August on UA.com. The shoe, which retails for $299.99, was the first 3D printed performance trainer available to consumers. The first color was available in March and sold out in under 20 minutes.

 

Under Armour also geared Michael up with a custom pair of the UA Speedform Slingshot Running shoes in a limited edition red, white and blue colorway that also feature Boomer’s footprint. This innovative running shoe delivers zero distractions with a seamless, zonal compression, 3D knit upper and Under Armour Charged Cushioning. The limited edition color way is available on UA.com.

To see a video about how the UA Architech came to life click here and for hi res images of Michael Phelps’ custom shoes, please click  here.

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.

For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.uabiz.com.

About Triple Pte Ltd

Established in 2013, Triple Pte Ltd is a sports and lifestyle retailer which holds the exclusive distribution rights for the Under Armour brand across Southeast Asia. Triple launched the Under Armour operations in Singapore and Philippines in May 2014. It has to date expanded the Under Armour distribution network to cover seven Southeast Asian markets through a combination of 25 brand houses as well as shop in shop and multi-brand wholesale executions.

Be Humble and Stay Hungry.


Posted by: cruisec0ntr0l | August 18, 2016

CrossFit MNL introduces Run MNL

Posted by: cruisec0ntr0l | June 14, 2016

And she’s going to the 2016 Rio Olympics!

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All’s well, that ends well…marathon wonder girl Mary Joy Tabal has been reinstated by PATAFA, and will now live her dream of representing the country in the most prestigious sporting event in the world.

Here’s a copy of the letter PATAFA has sent to Mary Joy…

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I would also like to share the official.statement of PATAFA regarding her reinstatement.

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Posted by: cruisec0ntr0l | June 13, 2016

PATAFA’S STATEMENT ON MARY JOY TABAL’S REINSTATEMENT

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Mary Joy Tabal is keen on living her dream of being an olympian, now in talks with PATAFA. (Photo from Cebu Daily News)

PATAFA STATEMENT:

Ms. Mary Joy Tabal has taken another step in her request to be reinstated in the PATAFA national team.
We met with Tabal and her major supporter, Cebu-based Motor Ace Philippines, represented by Messrs Jonel and Chippy Borromeo, both active sports benefactors.

We discussed the direction which Tabal wishes to take with respect to her future as a national athlete bearing in mind the short term, the forthcoming Rio Olympics, and  the medium and long terms, after the Rio Olympics.
In accordance with IOC, POC, IAAF and PATAFA requirements, we sent Tabal to the PSC Sports Science Center , headed by Dr Alex Pineda, for the mandatory, unannounced out-of-competition drug/doping test. Results will be known in 10 calendar days.

Tabal has agreed to comply with all PATAFA rules and regulations, both existing and still to be promulgated, although certain matters remain to be discussed  with regard to where she will train and who her coach shall be.
We will process all that we took up during what was a fruitful discussion and will need a few days to promulgate our final position on her reinstatement .

Thank you…

Here’s to hoping that everything will be settled at the soonest possible time so Mary Joy could buckle down to work and concentrate on her training for the Rio Olympics 2016.

MANILA – She is the unstoppable force who has hailed the most lauded volleyball performances for herself, her Ateneo Lady Eagles team and even her teammates from around the country. With a combination of winning serves, hits and spikes under her belt, multi-award-winning athlete and PLDT HOME Ultera ambassador Alyssa Valdez never fails to unleash her “Phenom” side on court. But what makes her the real MVP is how eager she is to share her talent and passion with the rest of the Philippine volleyball community.

She kicked off her post-collegiate volleyball career with the Alyssa Valdez Skills Camp dedicated to young athletes who are looking to improve their skills and dedication to the sport. After four cities and two weeks of intense volleyball training and exhibition games, her exciting project drew to a close recently through an all-star game at De La Salle, Dasmariñas.

“What an impressive list of feats Alyssa carries! We are so proud of her commitment to the sport she loves, not only for herself, but also for those who look up to her,” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali said. “With the Alyssa Valdez Skills Camp, she was able to inspire more young athletes to be like her—really go all out on court. We are happy to have her as part of the PLDT HOME Ultera family as she shares the same values of promoting sports excellence and also maintaining strong connections with her family, which she is able to perfectly balance with her volleyball career.”

“The past few weeks have been challenging but completely rewarding,” Valdez shared. “I was able to see how much the volleyball community has grown and how much talent Filipinos have. I was thrilled to help some of them on their path to volleyball success. I am very grateful to brands like PLDT HOME Ultera for sharing a love for volleyball and helping make activities like this possible.”

The culminating event brought together the season’s top campers to play alongside the Volley Friends and mentors such as John Vic De Guzman, Mylene Paat, Shaya Adorador, EJ Laure, May Luna, and Valdez herself in an ultra-fun all-star game, which had the participants’ families cheering on them.

“Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako na nakilala ko si Alyssa sa Skills Camp,” shared one of the Skills Camp participants. “Madami siyang naturong skills sa akin at siya talaga ang nag-inspire sa akin na galingan pa sa volleyball. Ipinakita niya sa amin ang tamang ugali sa paglalaro at itinuro niya na dapat mahalin talaga namin ito. Sana maging kasing-galing din niya ako!”

The Alyssa Valdez Skills Camp ran from May 5 to May 22 in Laguna, Cubao, Batangas and Cainta and was supported by PLDT HOME Ultera as part of itsongoing mission to promote volleyball to young athletes at the grassroots level. More than supporting sports development, Ultera continues its main goal to make broadband connection accessible to more Filipinos. Now that the Skills Camp is over, Valdez will be joining PLDT HOME Ultera Install Patrol, a nationwide tour which brings ultra-fast LTE connection to more homes with its new Plan 699, the most affordable home broadband plan.

PLDT HOME Ultera offers PLDT HOME’s most affordable LTE broadband with the all-new Plan 699! Log on to pldthome.com/ultera for more ultra-fun offers.

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Multi-awarded-athlete and PLDT HOME Ultera ambassador Alyssa Valdez

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The season’s top campers came together at the culminating event at Dasmarinas, Cavite for an ultra-fun all-star game with their camp mentors and Volley Friends.

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Alyssa Valdez, together with her Volley Friends, inspired more young athletes to become excellent at their sport and bring more pride to Philippine volleyball.

 

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The running community recently celebrated the success of Mary Joy Tabal hitting the Olympic standard for marathon. Joy ran a 2:43:30-hour marathon time at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, beating the 2:45-hour standard for her to join the Olympics. While the running community celebrates, there are mixed feelings inside the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).

PATAFA is the national  HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_governing_body” \o “Sport governing body” governing body for  HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletics_(sport)” \o “Athletics (sport)” athletics sports such as  HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Track_and_field” \o “Track and field” track and field,  HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_running” \o “Road running” road running,  HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_country_running” \o “Cross country running” cross country running, and  HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_walking” \o “Race walking” race walking in the  HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines” \o “Philippines” Philippines. It provides guidance and support to select athletes to perform their best and represent the country.  PATAFA has a rich history of coaching, even enroling the help of athletes like the legendary Dick Beardsley to help with training its athletes.

PATAFA is responsible for selecting the official track and field delegation of the Philippines to the Olympics. But it has a sad history with Mary Joy Tabal.

In October 2014, Mary Joy Tabal, along with other standout athletes, was recommended by the coaching staff to be included in the national team. Four months later in February 2015, PATAFA communicated Tabal’s official inclusion to national team. This means that she is now part of the privileged few who would receive coaching so that she can represent the country in milestone events like the SEA Games and the Olympics.

Part of PATAFA’s responsibilities would be to keep national athletes at theirS best.  It means helping them make choices on training, including the races to run. This is very important for long distance events like the marathon.  In elite athletics, marathoners should not take part in more than two marathon races within a span of 12 months. Based on scientific studies, participation in a marathon taxes the body tremendously down to the cellular level.

From a layman’s standpoint, Elites may just appear as running effortlessly at a constant pace for 42KM. But inside the body of the elite marathoner running an average pace of 3:45min/KM is a totally different story. Running a marathon at this pace imposes a huge demand on the different physiological systems of the body.  It strains the bones and joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, to the extent that challenges the maximal limit of the athlete’s body.

PATAFA takes care of its long distance athletes that is why these physiological facts are explained to the athletes in detail. It is also why PATAFA requires agreement to rules and regulations that come with being part of the National team. This includes consistently informing PATAFA of athletic activities that may potentially hinder performance in offical events where the country is represented.

Joy Tabal was a special case. Because of her talent, she was granted certain exceptions. For example, while other athletes were required to relocate to the Philsports training camp and be supervised by duly designated national coaches, Joy was allowed to be based in Cebu. She received special treatment upon her request.  It was an assumption that her personal coach would be able to provide guidance, but with inputs from PATAFA.

Slowly, these exceptions, became a source of alarm to PATAFA.  Tabal began racing without discretion; meaning, she runs and wins events but with a long term negative impact on her legs. 

Prior to her inclusion into the national team, Tabal won the December 2014 Milo Marathon Finals. Apart from the cash prize she, she and the male marathon champion Rafael Poliquit were awarded an all expense paid entry to the 2015 Los Angeles (LA) Marathon.  They were, of course, advised by the PATAFA leadership to forego the LA Marathon trip as it would impact their training for the forthcoming 2015 SEA Games. Participating too soon in a race would also adversely affect their long term athletic performance. Aside from this, PATAFA had already developed a two-year program for both of them to reach their optimum potential as marathoners with the 2016 Olympics as the ultimate goal. This meant being selective with their races, to give the Philippines the best opportunity during the Olympic games.

Unfortunately, both advice and explanation went unheeded.  Both Tabal and Poliquit raced the LA Marathon without sanction from PATAFA. Upon their return from the US, they were asked to submit a letter of explanation why they have disregarded the express advise of PATAFA.

Immediately, Poliquit drew up a letter of apology, citing error in judgment for his non-compliance and promised to abide with the NSA directives and regulations from then on. Poliquit’s case was then resolved and closed. Tabal’s case had a different twist.

Instead of writing a letter of apology, or explanation at the very least, Tabal wrote a lengthy letter of justification for her decision.  She cited that Milo pressured her to join the LA Marathon as part of her “contractual” obligation in winning the Milo Marathon.  PATAFA sought the side of Milo; the latter denied that it ever pressured Tabal to run the LA Marathon. They maintained that the LA Marathon participation was actually a privilege for the Milo Marathon winners, and not an obligation. In short, it was up to the winners to take that privilege. They were disappointed that Tabal lied.

But the racing continued.  Even after the LA Marathon, Tabal went on joining local races, with 21K as minimum distances. She continued to disregard her obligation as a National Team member, disheartening teammates who abided by the PATAFA guidelines, and lowered her chances of peak performance at the 2015 SEA Games where she was to represent the country. 

While disappointed, PATAFA retained their belief in Tabal. Some officers saw Tabal’s potential and the missed opportunity if she won’t be able to compete in the SEA Games.  With insistent prodding, Tabal submitted an apology message so that she can compete. Instead of writing a formal apology letter, she sent a short casual text message to PATAFA President Philip Juico.

Juico, in his genuineness, never took slight and believed in Tabal’s apology over SMS. He took it as an indication of Tabal’s sincerity. Tabal then competed in the SEA Games and as predicted, ran very poorly with a time of 3:15 hours. Her time was estimated to be at least 20 minutes better had she listened to the PATAFA and kept her commitment as a National Team athlete.

Right after the SEA Games, PATAFA learned that Tabal was again joining a string of local long distance races. This included a triathlon event that would severely impact the long term plans for the Olympics. PATAFA leadership was very unhappy with Tabal’s decisions, and what they discovered to be her unmanageable and prideful attitude. They directed her to submit a letter of explanation for the unsanctioned activities and for continuing to disregard her responsibilities as a National Athlete.

Tabal responded on August 13, 2015: a 3-page, impeccably written, legalese sounding resignation letter. Saddened by the loss of potential, PATAFA President Philip Juico accepted her resignation.

All the while, as she continued winning races, Tabal remains a hero.  She is fast and strong, and there was never a mention of how she conducts herself outside of the races. She is portrayed as a hero.  In fact, a Cinderella who trains on her own and blossoms into a winner in all the events she joins.

This is the reason why PATAFA is having such a conflicted time with Joy’s qualification to the Olympic Standard.  Achieving the standard is an eligibility to be included in the competition; it is not an outright prerogative.  In order to join the Olympics, Tabal first needed to make herself be part of the national team and commit herself to the team and to the body that governs the team.  But she was unwilling to make that commitment and in fact, voluntarily resigned from the National Team in 2015.

Everyone immediately presumes Tabal’s inclusion into the Philippine Olympic team.  But that presumption is tantamount to penalizing all national team members who have toiled under the challenging conditions of being a national athlete and remained faithful to the sport and the association. After all of what Tabal has demonstrated to PATAFA, it is now a difficult decision to endorse her as a representative of the Philippines, selected to mirror the ideals and attitudes of the country.

This decision matters because Tabal will never win the Olympics.  Her participation is a matter of pride for the Philippines, and supposedly a personal honor for her.

Tabal’s qualifying time is 2:43 hours. She is far from the Women’s leading time of 2:19 hours, while the top 23rd women marathoner clocked in at 2:27 hours. “Team B” qualifiers for the US Team is 2:45 hours. By extrapolation, Tabal’s time will put her outside the top 100. If ever she makes it in the Olympics, right before she steps into the starting line, she’s already guaranteed to land on the tail end of the race. Also, by refusing to listen to PATAFA guidance, Tabal is sure to have destroyed her legs for the Olympics.  She has run two hard marathons in the span of one month in order to qualify. In all practical consideration, her participation will not even be felt by her competitors.

Tabal’s participation in the Olympics was never about her winning it.  She was to be groomed as the representation of the Filipino athlete. Talented, driven, and passionate about the sport. PATAFA knows that she will never win, but does she truly deserve to represent the sport?

The cost of her participation will be shouldered by taxpayers, and it is PATAFA’s choice to send her or not.  Sadly, it now seems like asking Filipinos to chip in to fund a millennial who wants to prove an egotistical point.  That an athlete can be undisciplined and disrespectful, so long as a qualifying time is met.  People are celebrating, but what are they truly celebrating? It is PATAFA’s opinion that perhaps, with more maturity and humility, Mary Joy Tabal can represent the country for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

TABAL TIMELINE:
1.       October 2014, Tabal recommended by coaching staff to be included in PATAFA national team
2.       December 2014, Tabal wins the 2014 Milo Marathon Finals (among Filipino competitors). It turns out that part of her prize, aside from the cash, was the privilege/option to compete in the 2015 Los Angeles (LA) Marathon in April 2015.
3.       Upon learning of that trip, PATAFA advises Tabal not to compete in LA because of great possibility of negative impact on SEA Games in June 2015 and, Olympics in 2016. In fact, PATAFA was preparing a two-year special training program for her with funds from PSC and the private sector . Overseas coaches like world class runner from the States, Dick Beardsley strongly advised her to refrain from running more than two marathons a year: an advice repeated by other experts and physiologists and adopted by PATAFA as its guideline.
4.       Four months later, or about February 2015, PATAFA communicated Tabal’s official inclusion to the national team. Tabal granted Special Permission to be based and train in Cebu after some discussions with PATAFA. It was hoped that her personal coach (not accredited by PATAFA) would guide her with inputs from PATAFA. She was therefore granted exceptions which later became a source of alarm for PATAFA
5.       The advice to Tabal, now a requirement she was already part of the national team, went unheeded and she competed in LA because “she was forced by MILO”, a claim MILO later denies saying it was just an option granted to Tabal (and the male runner Rafael Poliquit).
6.       Even after LA, Tabal went on joining local (mainly Cebu) races because of “commitment to sponsors”, with 21 K as minimum distances. She continued to disregard her obligation as a National Team member disheartening and demoralizing teammates who religiously followed PATAFA guidelines
7.       After insistent prodding, Tabal apologized to PATAFA President Philip Ella Juico, BY TEXT. Juico accepted the apology.
8.       June 2015, Tabal wins silver medal in SEA Games with a poor time of 3:15, probably 20 minutes slower than what it would have been had she listened to PATAFA to refrain from running too often
9.       Right after the SEA Games, PATAFA learned (Tabal was not even providing PATAFA with a schedule of her activities) Tabal was joining a string of local long distance races including the triathlon which could severely affect the training program drawn up by PATAFA for her
10.   PATAFA directed her to submit a letter of explanation for the unsanctioned activities and her continued insubordination
11.   On August 13, 2015, Tabal submitted a three-page, impeccably written, legalese-sounding resignation letter.
12.   Juico, upon quick consultation with PATAFA executive committee and coaches, immediately accepted her letter
13.   On May 29, 2016, Tabal reportedly meets the lowered qualifying standard of 2:45 (to accommodate more participants to create more impact on TV and on Olympic sponsors.
14.   NOTE: Tabal’s 2:43 is far from the women’s leading time of 2:19 while the top 23rd marathoner clocked 2:27. It’s likely that Tabal’s time will put her outside the top 100, if she makes it to the Olympics.

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This is PATAFA’s press statement regarding this issue, wishing Mary Joy Tabal and her camp would air their side soon and I hope that everything could still be ironed out. Photo grabbed from Milo.com.ph

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