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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

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.