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Danielle Michiko Castaneda

Danielle Michiko Castaneda of University of the Philippines volleyball team. Read more

Xavier Conrad Fernando Señoren

Xavier Conrad Fernando Señoren of Ateneo de Manila University Men’s Volleyball team. Read more

Karla Bello

Photo by Nolan Empalmado/Fabilioh.com

Photo by Nolan Empalmado/Fabilioh.com

Name: Karla Bello
Birthday: April 24, 1986
Weight: 115 lbs
Height: 5’3″

College Team: Ateneo De Manila University
Sports: VOLLEYBALL!
Jersey no: 5

How did you start playing your sport?
I started playing when I was in grade 4. But I joined the team when I was in grade 7 -Miriam GS. From then on, varsity na ako.

When I was young, we had this sports fest in our village… but they wouldn’t let me play because I was too young. So I wanted to learn how to play, joined the team and then learned to love the sport!

Reasons for competing in that sport?
Well, it would be because of my teammates. They’re my friends and family narin. So I compete for them para sa mga paghihirap na pinagdaanan namin. (yuck cheesy! Haha. But it’s true! )

Were you a varsity player during your elementary and high school days?
Yep, from grade 7 and buong High School.

How much do you usually spend playing sports?
Noon? Every freakin’ day. Hahaha. Ngayon, once in a blue moon.

Where do you usually play?
Blue Eagle Gym!

What do you do when you’re not playing sports?
Study. Yuck. Haha. And on my free time? I go out with the men’s team, wherever they are –mostly dota. Hahahahahahaha!

What are your greatest achievements/awards/moment as an athlete?
Best server for one Shakey’s V-League conference. Syempre when we placed third and second sa V-League.

What’s your course? Are you enjoying it?
Masters in Business Administration. Hell yeah!

When you were a kid, what do you want to be? Are you fulfilling it? Or do you have plans of fulfilling it in the future?
Flight attendant, so I can travel the world. Hehe. But right now… I’m looking for other jobs that does traveling too. Hehe.

Is it hard balancing academics and athletics at the same time? How’s your studies?
Not really, I survived didn’t I? Hehe. MBA’s looking good, about to finish in 6 months… sana!!!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working, and hopefully, traveling

Who are the players you look up to or any idols?
Yumilka Ruiz from Cuba and Maurizia Cacciatori from Italy.

Thanks for granting me the opportunity to feature you here, Karla. Continue playing great volleyball, more power and God bless! Oh, as I always say, stay fit! – Galwin

Adrianne Mei Limpe Uy

Adrianne Mei Limpe Uy

Name: Adrianne Mei Limpe Uy
Birthday: June 3, 1994
Weight: 128 lbs.
Height: 5’3 ft.

Current Club: International Little League Association of Manila (ILLAM) girls softball team
Sports: Softball
Jersey no: 34/10

How did you start playing your sport?
When I was 7 or 8 I saw MLB on TV and I though that it was pretty cool so I wanted to try it, my mom asked some of her friends about where I could play softball and then her friend told her about ILLAM. And that started it all.

Reasons for competing in that sport?
At first i just wanted to try it out, then when I turned 11, I was already old enough to compete in the Philippine Series and other competitions, the training was hard and my teammates were awesome, and my coaches were the best! So that’s what kept me going, the thrill of it all and the people I play with, and because I love the game.

Were you a varsity player during your elementary and high school days?
No, there’s no softball team in my school.

How much do you usually spend playing sports?
Well, the most would be about 61,000php for a year. That includes the coaches fees, food, my equipment, my personal training, etc.

Where do you usually play?
Colegio de San Agustin(CSA) field, Rosario Sports Arena, and Polo Club field.

What do you do when you’re not playing sports?
Lounging around, watching TV, using my computer or out with my friends, or studying.

What are your greatest achievements/awards/moment as an athlete?
Going the the World Series twice! (2006 and 2007)

When you were a kid, what do you want to be? Are you fulfilling it? Or do you have plans of fulfilling it in the future?
I still am a kid, well teenager, I want to study in Stanford and be a physical therapist or a business woman. Or both.

Is it hard balancing academics and athletics at the same time? How’s your studies?
Sometimes, but not often. My grades are just average. Practicing is my choice so I know what im getting into, I can handle it.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Either in college or just graduated, with a good job or playing for the Philippine team.

Any lucky charm? Where’d you get it?
Haha none, we always just pray before we start the game.

Who are the players you look up to or any idols?
Coach Rey Pagkaliwanagan is my awesome pitching coach, he’s the best, and taught me what I know now. He hits really far also.

Ueno, she’s a japanese pitcher, she pitches really fast.

Thanks for granting me the opportunity to feature you here, Adrianne. Stay fit! – Galwin

Nicole Taleon

The Vicente Hao Chin Memorial Cup Sr. National Inter-scholastics Table Tennis Championships will end tomorrow, October 24. It was a great experience for me and my team, more on that later.

I also got the chance to feature another Student-Athlete from Ateneo. She’s Nicole Taleon of the Blue Lady Paddlers. Here’s some things you might want to know about her.

image courtesy of ck chua of fabilioh.com

Name: Nicole Taleon
Birthday: Feb 7, 1988
Weight: 110 lbs
Height: 5’2

College Team: Ateneo Lady Paddlers
Former Clubs: SSA- Bacolod Table Tennis Team, SSA-Bacolod Swimming Team
Current Club: Ateneo Table Tennis Team
Sports: Table Tennis, Swimming
Jersey no: 7

How and why did you start playing your sport?
I was really a swimmer before i was a table tennis player. I started swimming competitively when I was 6 yrs old. Then I started playing table tennis when I was in 4th grade. I trained for both the school’s swimming and table tennis varsity team. I started swimming because I come from a family of swimmers. Table tennis? I really don’t remember why I started playing this sport. haha =)

Were you a varsity player during your elementary and high school days?
Yup, swimming and table tennis during elementary. Then just table tennis during high school.

How much do you usually spend playing sports?
For the past 3 years, 3-4 hours everyday. Right now, once a week. =(

Where do you usually play?
Blue Eagle Gym

What do you do when you’re not playing sports?
Sleep, Study, Gimik!

What are your greatest achievements/awards as an athlete?

1994 MILO (Bacolod) Swimming Champion
1995-2000 numerous swimming awards
1998,1999 NOPSSCEA Swimming champion
1999 NOPSSCEA Table tennis champion
2000-2004 variety of swimming and table tennis awards (cant remmber exactly)

Personally, I think my achievements are different from awards. Listed above are just awards. My greatest achievement as an athlete was (and still is) being able to balance my academics with sports. And of course, being part of a great team. ATENEO PADDLERS I LOVE!!

What’s your course? Are you enjoying it?
I’m done with my 4-year course. I’m in 1st yr Medicine proper right now

When you were a kid, what do you want to be? Are you fulfilling it? Or do you have plans of fulfilling it in the future?

I planned to be an astronomer or an astro-physicist at NASA. haha, no I’m not fulfilling it… YET. Maybe I could still work at NASA but as the resident doctor.

Is it hard balancing academics and athletics at the same time? How’s your studies?
VERY hard. Acads are O.K.


Thanks for granting me the opportunity to feature you here, Nicole and for your valuable time. I know medicine is quite a time chuncker as my twin brother and my big sister is and was a med student, too. Hope you continue playing your sports and God bless! And one last thing, always stay fit! – Galwin

Claire Kathleen Yu

Today’s featured student-athlete is Claire Kathleen Yu, she plays for the Ateneo Blue Eagles Table Tennis Team. Read more

5th Pinoy Sports Idol: Jezl Lae Jumonong

At the conclusion of the 5th Pinoy Sports Idol, Jezl Lae Jumonong was declared the 5th season’s ultimate idol. Jezl Lae Jumonong is a freshman Accountancy student at the Fr. Saturnino Urios University.

Jezl Lae Jumonong is a taekwondo jin from Butuan City.

What’s in it for her after winning? She’ll receive a full academic scholarship grant from any university she so wishes.

Student Athlete: Henry C. Dagmil

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Name: Henry C. Dagmil

Birthday: December 12, 1981

Weight:160lbs

Height:172

College Team: Mapua Institute of Technology

Current Club: PATAFA,PSC

Sports: Athletics, long jump, 100m

Were you a varsity player during your elementary and high school days?

maltana elementary school

What are your greatest achievements/awards as an athlete?
Sea games record holder, 2 times gold medalist , and also I’m Bush USAT&F champion and competition record in California 2008

What’s your course? Are you enjoying it? When you were a kid, what do you want to be? Are you fulfilling it? Or do you have plans of fulfilling it in the future?
Metalurgecal engineering. No, I want to be an architect or a lawyer. Not ‘coz I’m always out of the country because of my career. Yes of course after my games.

Is it hard balancing academics and athletics at the same time? How’s your studies?
Very hard ‘coz your body’s tired so you can’t focus in your studies. I’m a national athlete and I have an obligation to play for the nationals and then to play for my school.

Any lucky charm? Where’d you get it?
My son and my wife

Who are the players you look up to or any idols?
Carl Lewis

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