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Filipino Olympians: Concentrating on doing what they do best despite Impeachment Proceeding


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
13 Filipino athletes will be competing among the more than 10,000 participants in 28 Olympic sports to bring home gold medals to the country. Marestella Torres-Sunang of track and field and Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, made it there after going through many obstacles. Filipino chef-de-mission Jose Romasanta is confident that there’s nothing more to do to prepare for the games. “They are here because they are the best in the Philippines”; he said. Maracana Stadium, which built to host the 1950 World Cup, will be the historic venue of the opening ceremony.

Security threats, political instability, and the fear of the Zika virus, forced some of the biggest names to withdraw from the competition -just like Filipino golfer Angelo Que.

Romasanta, commented that for the rest of the remaining athletes,
“everything else is the least of the concern for our athletes. Their concern is being able to further improve and enhance their competitiveness until game time,” “They are not really concerned about or distracted by other things except focus on what they need to do. That’s what they are eagerly anticipating,” he added.

Others players who will try to bag the gold for the Philippines are boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez, swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna, athletics’ Eric Cray and Mary Joy Tabal, weightlifter Nestor Colonia, and taekwondo jin Kirstie Elaine Alora, judoka Kodo Nakano, golfer Miguel Tabuena, and table tennis ace Ian Lariba.

“It’s when and where the real business begins. And that’s what our athletes are eagerly anticipated. They are all going to do what they do best,” Romasanta clarified.

Lariba, the 21-year-old delegate of Cagayan de Oro, is the first table tennis player from the Philippines to make it to the Olympics. Lacuna will compete in the men’s 400m freestyle, who is at par with big names. Whereas Suarez, is a total medal contender, who will face Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina of the lightweight division.

Romasanta said there is no need pressuring the athletes to win the medal. “Let’s just take things as they come. Whoever the opponent will be will be faced with equal competitiveness by our athletes,” he said.

Security is tight in and around Rio, which is facing political unrest following the impeachment of its President but this has nothing to do with the players’ focus in winning their games


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Filipino Prince on Sochi Ice Skating Ground

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
There’s no boundaries for Filipino talents. They continue to excel even in sports not totally embraced or even not regularly practiced in their own country. Philippines is a tropical country and ice on ground are seldom seen unless they are generated artificially. Many years back, SM Malls were promoting ice skating facilities and even if they were popular, they were on and off. However  after Michael Christian Martinez’s first performance in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia – they will surely be getting bigger and better! It will not be a surprise that SM’s Forex index will be stronger because of this:

Pinoy Pride: Martinez qualifies for medal round with impressive Olympic debut


Looking like a young prince in his costume, Martinez, 17, wowed the crowd and left the TV announcers thrilled no end with his “stunning routine” while performing through the song entitled “Romeo and Juliet” of Arthur Fiedler.

Some ice skating technical experts may say that Christian needs to do quadruple jumps to get a medal – but general viewers can’t actually see any flaws in his routine. His initial show down in the eyes of many Filipinos was perfect and even surpassed expectations. His moment at Sochi Olympics’s first try out belong to people who were watching him admiringly and most of them were in tears! It feels like getting listed again in the Forex Exchange market.

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Winter Olympics Ongoing Until February 23, 2014

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The world had been so busy doing lots of things but this very significant event going on in Russia deserves more attention. The 22nd Winter Olympics has been opened with a big bang! The Russians’ patriotic sentiments are overflowing for hosting this kind of event for the first time. Check this out:

Winter Olympics start with glittering Opening Ceremony

By: Euro News

It was big. It was bold. And it has got the Winter Games started.

A glittering opening ceremony has been held in Sochi with dance, music, fireworks and a journey through Russia’s history to delight the 40,000 people present.

Host President Vladimir Putin was joined by more than 40 world leaders.

Sochi is in Krasnodar Krai,  Russia near the boarder between the country and Georgia/Abkhazia. It is on the Black Sea coast– that must be so magical to be in during the Olympics. Looking forward to the awarding ceremonies  soon!

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