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World Masters Athletics Championships (21st : 2015 : Lyon, France)

The National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines (NMSAAP), recognized by both World and Asia Masters Athletics (WMA and AMA), is the local governing body of masters athletics in the country. Its first president, the late Manny Ibay, an avid long distance runner himself, led a team of directors comprising of veteran track and field athletes to oversee administrative and technical functions of the association.

The NMSAAP is also recognized by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sportswriters Association. It is duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Since 1996, NMSAAP has been instrumental in putting together a competitive delegation participating in both WMA and AMA events. The succeeding table chronicles Team Philippines Masters’ performance record in the World Masters Athletics Championships (WMAC).

Edition Host/Country Date/Year Medals No. of Athletes
20th Porto Alegre, Brazil 16-27 October 2013 1 Gold 2
19th Sacramento, California, USA 6-17 July 2011 1 Gold, 1 Bronze 2
18th Lahti, Finland 28 Jul – 8 Aug 2009 2 Golds, 1 Silver 3
17th Riccione, Italy 20 Aug – 15 Sep 2007 0
16th San Sebastian, Spain 22 Aug – 3 Sep 2005 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 3
15th Carolina, Puerto Rico 2-13 July 2003 1 Gold 2

Athlete’s Profile

For the upcoming 21st WMAC in Lyon, France, the Philippines will be represented by four outstanding masters athletes. Each of them has a compelling story on how they have started and manage to stay competitive in the sport of athletics throughout the years. The common thread in their stories is passion and resilience.


Erlinda Lavandia

At 64, Lavandia is the eldest athlete in the national masters roster.  She is a product of Project Gintong Alay during the 80’s and has lorded javelin throw in the Philippines up until her retirement.  Lavandia has been with the sport since 1972.  She is still regarded as Asia’s Javelin Queen.

After her stint as a national athletics athlete, she joined the police force.  After her service in the Philippine National Police, she was tapped by the PSC to be the monitoring officer for athletes in its Baguio training camp. Even after leaving the mainstream international athletics competition, Lavandia never gave up javelin throwing. Despite limited resources and facilities, she continued her training and sharing her gift to young aspirants.

In 2013, Lavandia captured the gold medal in the javelin throw at the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Brazil. This year, amidst a field of top athletes, she hopes to match that feat.

Emerson Obiena

Obiena took over the post vacated by the late NMSAAP founding president, Manuel Ibay. Aside from his duties as president of the association, Obiena never takes time out to his prolific devotion to popularizing and advancing pole vault in the Philippines. From being a national team member, he was appointed as national coach for pole vault.

Pole vault is definitely Obiena’s passion. A big portion of his personal funds from his own business is allocated in assisting other upstart pole vaulters to reach greater heights and training of his son EJ Obiena, who is now the country’s top polevaulter.

Aside from coaching his son and other wards, Obiena continues to train being  an adamant believer in consistent and correct training, a necessary element to achieve athletics excellence. At the 18th Asia Masters Athletics Championships held in Japan, Obiena bagged the gold medal.  In the upcoming WMAC, he is unofficially in the top 3 of the world ranking.

Lorna Vejano

Lorna Vejano, at 54, may not be the typical regular individual who maintains a daily routine. She took up running relatively recently, but to date has racked up over a hundred long distance races, which include marathons and ultra marathons. To sustain her dedication with running, she allocates a substantial portion of her income from her family business. Vejano, who hails from Laguna, has been very active in participating in international masters athletics competitions. For the past two editions of the WMAC she took part in the women’s marathon.

This year’s championships, she will see action again in her favorite event, marathon. Despite the challenges of meeting family responsibilities, economics, and strong competition in her event, she is optimistic she will finish strong and represent well the country.

Danilo Fresnido

The 21st WMAC will be Fresnido’s first world championships to ever join as an athlete. Fresh from his retirement as a national athlete, he even took further his passion for javelin throw. To date, he holds the Philippine record in the men’s javelin throw.  During the 18th AMAC in Kitakami City, Japan, he bagged the gold in the same event and set a new Asian Masters record.

Fresnido’s dedication to athletics can be seen in his exceptional ability in balancing his time–as a family man, an army officer, and a masters athlete.  For him, rigorous discipline and focus are the key elements to be among the world’s best.

Fresnido, at the moment, rounds up unofficially in the Top 3 of the men’s javelin throw in the upcoming WMAC in Lyon, France.

21st World Masters Athletics Championships – Lyon, France, 4-16 August 2015

Date | Name | Event | Category | Age | Competitors

7 Aug | Erlinda Lavandia | Javelin Throw | Women | 60-64 | 15

7 Aug  | Emerson Obiena | Pole Vault | Men | 50-54 | 32

9 (prelims); 10 (Finals) Aug | Danilo Fresnido | Javelin Throw | Men | 40-44 | 31

16 Aug | Lorna Vejano | Marathon  | Women | 55-59 | 15

Philippine Athletics Team Celebrates Victorious Win

The Philippine Athletics Team completed the 28th Southeast Asian Games (Summary of Participation Team Pilipinas Athletics) with a spectacular performance and brought home 21 medalsfive golds, seven silvers, and nine bronzes (Summary of Medal Performance Team Pilipinas Athletics). A stunning 62% improvement in a span of two years.

The double gold medal haul in the 100-meter dash, won by Eric Shauwn Cray and Kayla Richardson, earned the Philippines the title, Speed Capital of Southeast Asia. The outstanding and heroic finish of Christopher Ulboc, Jr. in the 3000-meter steeplechase highlighted the overall performances of our athletes on the very day the country celebrated its 117th Independence Day.

To celebrate these victorious moments, Veloci Time in partnership with L Timestudio, hosted a victory party to honor Team Pilipinas Athletics participants for their athletic efforts. The event started with video clips showing the victorious moments as they battled each race with fervor and with one aim in mindto bring honor to our country.

Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) chief Philip Ella Juico in his welcome message said, “This may sound corny, but it comes from the bottom of our hearts. We thank all of you (including our sponsors and the media) for supporting our athletes.”

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PATAFA chief Philip Ella Juico thanks everyone

Veloci Time Roy Chua delivered his welcome remarks by sharing his thoughts, “As I approached and saw the stadium, I was in awe because it was actually huge and massive, intimidating. Then I realized it’s the moment of truth for our athletes. After all those years of hardwork, the dreadful training, strict diet, the confined rest, the deprivation of social life, and the catching up work on academics, it is a defining moment. You would see the athletes excited in showcasing their prowess that they’ve worked for years and watching from the sideline it was just a rare moment. We are very proud of our Filipino athletes who won five golds, seven silvers, and nine bronzes. Congratulations to us!”

Team Pilipinas Athletics bronze, silver and gold medalists honored during the victory party

What’s next for athletics? Athletics is eyeing international competitions such as the Olympics and World Championships. “Eric Cray has qualified for the Olympics in Rio and is ranked Number 10 in the world in the 400-meter hurdles,” said Juico. “This is a huge achievement to have a bona fide qualifier from the Philippines. We are targeting to have 2-3 more before the 2016 Olympic Games open in Rio,” Juico added. Possible bets are pole vaulter EJ Obiena and two-time Olympian Marestella Torres in long jump. “We should be applauding Marestella Torres. She is 34 years old. She had a baby who is now only one year old. She came all the way back, qualified and medaled in her event, and was only beaten by two world-class jumps by the Vietnamese and Indonesian, both breaking their national records. It required national record jumps, a perfect day to beat her. Marestella is a tribute to mothers everywhere who combine motherhood with excellence in other facets of life. She is a hero for getting onto that podium,” Juico continues.

The athletics team did not go without a heartbreak. For some former champions, getting the gold medal was kind of elusive. Most notable among these athletes were Jason Ramil Cid in decathlon, Archand Bagsit in 400 meters, and Marestella Torres in long jump. “While some may be focused solely on gold medals, we are not. A podium finish is what matters. This is sports. Sometimes there is an injury. Sometimes a fraction of a second means the difference between gold and silver. We must be wise and celebrate the achievement and not nitpick. In three races we had photo finishes and we got the silver in all three. Give us another tenth of a second we would have three more gold medals,” says Juico.

Veloci Time and L Timestudio representatives witnessed and cheered the intense, breathtaking and power performances of our athletes. There were victorious moments as well as unsuccessful attempts. But the remarkable effort, as they fought for a triumphant finish, is what really matters.

A snappy salute to all of you!

Send-off Party for the Philippine Athletics Team

Our Time is Now.

28 May 2015 — L TIMESTUDIO and VELOCI Time, two key players in the Philippine watch industry, partnered with Marriott Hotel Manila to wish good luck to the Philippine Athletics Team “Team Pilipinas Athletics” before they head to the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2015 in Singapore at a send-off, which took place at the posh Marriott Hotel Manila in Pasay City and was hosted by sportscaster Anthony Suntay.

PATAFA President Dr. Philip Ella Juico (Photo by

The event included an inspirational speech from the new Philippine athletics chief Dr. Philip Ella Juico whose message is full of hope and confidence that the 36-strong athletics team will do a spectacular performance owing to the renewed vigor within the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and warm support of sponsors.  Vohne Yao of L Timestudio delivered a message of support and encouragement  reminding the athletes that they’re not alone in this.

Vohne Yao of L Timestudio (Photo by Running Photographers)

Hammer thrower Arniel Ferrera, the team’s representative, in his response to the message of the current president of PATAFA said, “Members of the team are more motivated to do their best not only for themselves but also for the country.”  The SEA Games will officially kickoff on June 5.

Hammer thrower Arniel Ferrera (Photo by Running Photographers)
Know the country’s ATHLETES PROFILE – Philippine Athletics Team.


Marestella Torres, Riezel Buenaventura, Katherine Khay Santos, Henry Dagmil, Mark Harry Diones, Donovan Arriola Jr., Tyler Ruiz, EJ Obiena

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Rosie Villarito, Evalyn Palabrica, Arniel Ferrera, Caleb Stuart

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Distance Runners

Mary Grace Delos Santos, Mary Joy Tabal, Jessica Lyn Barnard, Rene Herrera, Mervin Guarte, Christopher Ulboc Jr., Wenlie Maulas, Rafael Poliquit Jr. Roldan Verano, Eduardo Buenavista

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Patrick Ma. Unso, Junrey Bano, Clinton Kingsley Bautista, Eric Shauwn Cray

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Multi-event Athletes

Narcisa Atienza (Heptathlon), Janry Ubas (Decathlon), Jesson Ramil Cid (Decathlon)

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Princess Joy Griffey, Kayla Anise Richardson, Kyla Ashely Richardson, Archand Christian Bagsit, Ryan Bigyan, Joan Caido, Edgardo Alejan

Photo by Running Photographers

The Team Pilipinas Athletics is supported and powered by Veloci Time, L Timestudio and Marriott Hotel Manila. Yours truly couldn’t be more happier to be selected as one of the lucky winners of a Veloci watch. Many thanks to Eduardo Buenavista aka Vertek for drawing out my name from among possible winners.

On my right is long distance runner and two-time Olympian Eduardo Buenavista and awarding the prize are  Marnie Chua and Roy Chua of Veloci Time (Photo by Running Photographers)


Laban Pilipinas!


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Ultra 10-Mile Challenge : Coach Roel’s Birthday Run 3

Following the success of the first two legs of Coach Roel’s birthday run dubbed as Coach Roel’s Birthday Run (2013) and Wall 2 Shotgun 10-Mile Race (2014).   This year,  Coach Roel brings a newer challenge called the Ultra 10-Mile Challenge  having  Olympic style distance events such as the 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m relay featuring some of the country’s celebrity athletes like Iza Calzado among others.  The event will take place at the Philippine Sports Arena popularly known as Ultra.  



Starting 11 March 2015, interested participants can register in any of the following registration centers:

  • Juego Trinoma 3/F Trinoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City  (632) 9018985
  • Yonex Mega Mall 3rd Level, Bldg. A SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong  (632) 9147430
  • Li Ning Mall of Asia 2/F South Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia A Runners Circle Manila Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Blvd. corner Quirino Avenue, Malate, Manila (632) 5674768

These registration sites are located in major shopping malls and business districts within Metro Manila.

  • 100 Miles Cafe in BGC Second Floor, Fort Pointe, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (632) 8086001
  • Philippine Sports Arena (Ultra) Track and Field Oval

Race bibs can be claimed upon registration.

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Singlet Design (Modeled by Soleus Team)



16K – 5:30 AM |  5K – 05:45 AM | 3K – 6:00  AM | Relay – 7:00 AM


The Ultra 10-Mile Challenge: Coach Roel’s Birthday Run 3 is organized by RG Events and supported by Soleus Philippines. For updates, you may visit the event’s Facebook Page.

For inquiries, you may contact Nelbert Ducusin at mobile number 0906.480.8159 or Cristina Isanan at mobile number 0926.223.7977.

PATAFA Brings Back Athletics Championships in the Country

On 19-22 March 2015, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) will co-host the 2015 Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships at the San Luis Sports Complex in Sta Cruz, Laguna. The Open, considered as the centerpiece sport event of PATAFA, will be hosted by the Laguna Provincial Government through Gov. Ramil Hernandez.

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It is an annual track and field competition showcasing the athletic prowess of current members of the national athletics team pitted against the best of the best across the archipelago. Expected to provide formidable competition are over 3,000 up-and-coming and powerhouse track and field athletes all over the Philippines plus invited top-notch athletes from China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Hong Kong, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Like most of the invited Southeast Asian countries which are preparing their respective track and field contingents for the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), the Philippines will use this gathering of the Philippines’ best in athletics as one of the, if not the final tryouts, coveted slots in the Philippine team to the Singapore SEAG.

An estimated 72 athletes and coaches from the 12 overseas teams (Malaysia is expected to  be represented by both Peninsular and Sabah teams) will provide tough opposition to the local standouts. The Philippines will field entries from the national team, the national training pool and collegiate leagues like the UAAP, NCAA, SCUAA.

The 2015 Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission with major sponsors Laguna Water, Pacific Online Scratch It KaskaSwerte, Papa John’s, Foton Philippines, PCSO, Smart, PLDT, and Summit Natural Drinking Water.  Minor sponsors are SSS, PAGCOR, Milo, Gatorade, L TimeStudio, Asics Watch, and media partners Buisness Mirror, Endurance Magazine, and The Philippine Star.