Swim or ‘sink’
for Filipino tankers–Joseph By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Friday, March 7th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — Swimmer would rather get out of
the national pool and forfeit their allowances from the Philippine
Sports Commission than sacrifice educational scholarships offered them
by schools overseas.
Filipino swimmers are now forced to take this choice to the detriment of
the country’s performance in competitions such as the Southeast Asian
Games, according to swimming chief Mark Joseph.
The Philippine Aquatic Sports Association (Pasa) head said swimmers shy
away from their priority program because that means they would be forced
to leave school in exchange for the allowances offered by the PSC.
“They don’t want to sacrifice their education to receive their
allowances,” Joseph told the Inquirer. “This, primarily, is the reason
our athletes refused to accept PSC funding.”
PSC chair Richie Garcia recently announced that the medal-rich sports of
swimming and weightlifting will soon lose their status as priority
sports both for lack of a grassroots program and non-performance in the
Athletes in the priority list get as much as P40,000 a month in
allowances on condition that they do nothing but train in their
According to Garcia, the annual budget of Pasa would be slashed from P20
million to P10 million after it was removed from the 10-sport priority
list that includes boxing, taekwondo, athletics, wushu, archery,
wrestling, bowling and billiards.
But Joseph claimed their association has never received such amount
since the program took off in 2012.
“Getting P10 million from the PSC would be perfect,” he said. “In the
past, they never approved enough money for grassroots, even if we
Garcia said that due to the lack of a grassroots program, swimming
managed only four bronze medals in last year’s Burma (Myanmar) SEA
weightlifting elite no more By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — Medal-rich swimming and
weightlifting lost their elite status under the Philippine Sports
Commission’s priority program for lack of a development plan and failure
to show its worth in international competitions last year.
PSC chair Richie Garcia Wednesday said both Olympic sports have been
dropped from the priority list after a thorough evaluation by the
government sports agency and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“It was proposed during the board meeting to drop swimming and
weightlifting from the priority program considering their lack of
grassroots programs and nonperformance,” said Garcia.
The Philippine Aquatics Sports Association is the NSA for swimming
headed by Mark Joseph while Roger Dullano is the new president of
Philippine Weightlifting Association.
“Although we participated in the Olympics, our weightlifters didn’t
perform in the SEA Games. They have to revive the advantage of Filipinos
in weight category events,” said Garcia.
Garcia pointed out that only four swimmers who competed in the last SEA
Games came up with bronze medals, including Jasmine Alkhaldi, who first
won her event then finished third in the re-swim ordered by organizers
due to a false start.
“They have to start all over again, come up with a good grassroots
program and develop athletes,” Garcia said.
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still join Games By Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
There is a strong chance that swimmer Denjylie Cordero
will make it to the Southeast Asian Games despite being identified with
the sport’s breakaway group.
Philippine Olympic Committee chair Tom Carrasco yesterday said they are
inclined to endorse the 18-year-old who is the stalwart of the
Philippine Swimming League which had broken away from the Philippine
“Of course we still have to get the opinion of the PSI, through its
president Mark Joseph, but this is a measurable sport and we can say
that she has a chance of winning,” Carrasco said.
So far, PSI has two swimmers assured of making the biennial meet, which
is the minimum required number for each country for the event.
Cordero, of University of the Philippines, recently surpassed the
national record in women’s 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 34.01
It was faster than the PH mark of 34.10 by Jackie Pangilinan but because
it was established in a tournament not sanctioned by the PSI the
performance has yet to considered official.
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October 27, 2013
Open to all school and swim clubs in any affiliation
‘War is not over’ August 3, 2013 10:39 pm
by Josef Ramos Correspondent - ManilaTimes
THE UAAP’s attempt to
kick the FESSAP out of the Federation Internationale du Sport
Universitaire (FISU) was a huge and well-deserved failure.
At the general assembly of the world body, the UAAP application to
replace the Federation of School Sports Associations as the legitimate
Philippine representative at FISU was roundly defeated.
The delegation from the UAAP, backed by signed and spoken endorsements
from the Philippine Olympic Committee headed by President Benigno S.
Cojuangco Aquino’s uncle, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and the government’s
Committee on Higher Education (CHED), had inexplicably succeeded in
placing on the agenda the removal of the Federation of School Sports
Associations of the Philippines (FESSAP) and the admission of UAAP in
FESSAP, as the extant, legally established FISU-member Philippine
organization was never formally informed of the UAAP moves by the FISU’s
French president Claude Gallien.
But, with the support of the members of FISU at the general assembly
against the will of the body’s president, the FESSAP fought for and won
its right to continue being the
recognized Filipino body in FISU.
FESSAP’s victory was as well that of the right of the student athletes
of non-UAAP-member schools, colleges, institutes and universities to
continue participating in the Universaide and other “school Olympics”
organized by the FISU.
The UAAP attempt to dislodge FESSAP is one more instance of how
politics—control of sports leadership by nationally known, wealthy and
powerful figures—has become more important than sports development and
giving every Filipino a chance to grow in his or her chosen athletic
Former national swimmer Atty. Maria Luz Arzaga-Mendoza, now one of the
coutry’s most successful legal eagles, told The Times how she and the
rest of the FESSAP delegates prevented the FESSAP’s expulsion, which
would have been against FISU rules had it succeeded.
“Somebody told me I should be in Kazan, the capital of the Russian
Republic of Tarkistan, by July 3 so I could be at the July 3 to 4 FISU
general assembly because we would be removed,” Arzaga-Mendoza told The
The interview last week with this correspondent and Times Sports Editor
Perry Gil Mallari and Publisher-Editor Rene Bas was given by Atty.
Arzaga Mendoza, FESSAP President David Ong, former senator and Diliman
Preparatory School President Nikki Coseteng (whose school has fielded
athletes who have won medals at the Universiade) and Philippine Swimming
League president Susan Papa. They were among the members of the FESSAP
delegation, including 29 athletes, in Kazan, Russia, for the 2013
Universiade Games last July 6 to 17.
The should have been double the 29 athletes had UAAP university
authorities not blocked their participation.
“Somebody—the UAAP group —will be admitted to the FISU and take over
your spot—our source there in Kazan told me,” Arzaga-Mendoza said.
With the others, Arzaga-Mendoza immediately flew to Kazan. On arrival,
she immediately went to see FISU President Claude Gallien to ask him
what was happening and why the status of FESSAP was being changed
without FESSAP being told about it.
The 6’7″ Frenchman told her not to make any trouble because the UAAP’s
application to become FISU’s newest member, representing the Philippines
and replacing FESSAP was a done deal among the FISU leadership and would
be announced during the general assembly.
“We were being bullied. But we never lost hope. There is such a thing as
the law and the rules of the organization. I resolved not to allow the
towering FISU president, who told me his decision was backed by the best
legal minds. I told him he just happened to be dealing with also one of
the best lawyers in my part of the world,” the feisty former champion
swimmer told us.
“I told Gallien that page by page, from start to the last, I know the
law and the rules governing FISU, “ she added. Their acrimonious meeting
ended with FESSAP not being given the proper seats as a FISU member and
with Gallien telling her that she would not be allowed to speak at the
She also paid a tribute to the power of prayer.
Before the general assembly began she and the other FESSAP delegates saw
that the UAAP contingent were being given seats that should have been
for FESSAP’s delegates.
The UAAP representatives were UAAP Board member Ricky Palou, Emmanuel
Fernandez and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Secretary-General Steve
Hontiveros. They behaved like proper delegates like those from the other
166 countries that are members of FISU.
The three-man UAAP delegation, headed by Ricky Palou of Ateneo de
Manila, flew in from Manila to Kazan with the mission to convince the
FISU general assembly to remove FESSAP and accept UAAP as the
Philippines’ sole representative to the Lausanne, Switzerland-based
global university sports body.
They brought with endorsement letters from the Philippine Olympic
Committee (POC) under its President Jose Cojuangco Jr. and the
Commission on Higher Education.
Among the points in the letters was that the UAAP, which has only eight
regular member universities, is the biggest and most popular sports
organization in the country.
The Filipina lawyer insisted to Gallien that FESSAP had not done
anything wrong, not even a single small violation of FISU rules and
by-laws. What she asked was the justification for FESSAP’s expulsion,
FISU by-laws only allows one representation per country. FESSAP has been
in good standing also since 2009.
“He (Gallien) was pressured by the general assembly not to remove us
although there was already a plan to strike out our membership,” said
Arzaga-Mendoza. “God is good with us despite all the pressure we’ve felt
during that day.”
She mentioned that it was after she spoke to some members of the FISU
legal commission that Gallien appears to have changed.
She had attempted to be recognized from the floor but the presiding
officer kept ignoring her until someone on stage, perhaps the United
States delegate, said, “Let her speak.”
She was finally recognized and gave the speech that moved the delegates
into giving her a a big round of applause.
So on the final day of general assembly the FISU president announced
that FESSAP would remain the official representative of the Philippines
due to its good standing as an active member since 2009. It was declared
that the application for admission of the UAAP group was turned down.
FESSAP President David Ong told The Times that his association has been
very active in giving student athletes from all over the archipelago a
chance to represent the country in a world university and school
competitions like those under FISU.
At the same time, Ong emphasized, FESSAP shouldered all the expenses of
“It’s not only about winning but also sports development that drives us
to help our student athletes to achieve their dreams of representing the
Philippines in high class world competitions, like FISU’s Universiade,”
said Ong. “We have been sending athletes since 2009. We already won a
silver and this year a gold medal.”
Ong was referring to the 2011 silver medal of Tae Kwon Do champion
Samuel Thomas Morrison from Far Eastern University and chess player
Wesley So’s gold medal in this year’s Universiade in Kazan.
The FISU University Games or Universiade is held every after two years
like the Southeast Asian Games. The Philippines was expected to join in
different sports like basketball, chess, tae kwon do, judo, tennis,
table tennis and swimming, among others.
This year’s FESSAP delegates were led by chess superstars Wesley So and
Mary Israel Palero and UAAP swimming champion Marie Claire Adorna of
University of the Philippines.
But overall only 29 student athletes under FESSAP participated in
Universiade while more than 50 were disallowed by their respective
schools due to the dispute between FESSAP and the UAAP.
Ong also gave the assurance that all the athletes FESSAP brought to any
world competitions have returned properly to our country. “Personally, I
heard a lot of gossip regarding human smuggling. Well that’s not true
since we all know that China and Russia are both strict in terms of
Former Senator Nikki Coseteng, meanwhile, said that the University of
the Philippines’ Adorna was being pressured by her coaches when she
returned home. UP is a member of the UAAP and its board members had
issued a memorandum to all their student athletes not to join to FESSAP
in the Universiade.
A memorandum, in fact, has been released to all school members that any
athletes who will not comply will be automatically suspended for one
year. That memorandum was signed by UAAP secretary-general Maria Luisa
Isip of host Adamson University last June 7.
“I’m wondering right now why they do not allow their athletes to join us
in Universiade and yet now they are applying for recognition by FISU,”
said Coseteng, citing that La Salle University pulled out chess player,
Jan Jodilyn Fronda and the entire judo team that had been chosen to go
Several FISU delegates raised questions about the UAAP memorandum
questioning its decision to ban student athletes from going to the
And that was exactly the main reason why the FISU general assembly
denied the UAAP admission to the FISU family and rejected its bid to
kick out FESSAP.
At the same time, FESSAP has proven itself that it considered all the
talents from all universities, schools and colleges in the Philippines
including the country’s oldest group, National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA), for participation in FISU’s Universiade.
FESSAP officers said they also ready to face UAAP again in any legal
battle about FISU recognition,
And indeed the UAAP has proclaimed that the “War is not yet over.” [See
related story on this page.]
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FISU supports FESSAP, says
no to UAAP Published : Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Written by : Ed Andaya
KAZAN, Russia -- Sorry, UAAP.
There’s no vacancy here.
With this short message, the Federation Internationale du Sport
Universitaire (FISU) general assembly finally slammed the door on the
University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)-National
University Games, which is seeking to displace the Federation of School
Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) as the duly-recognized
member of the international sports body for university athletes.
The FISU general assembly, which convened during the 27th Summer
Universiade now being held in this capital city of the Republic of
Tatarstan, reiterated its support to FESSAP, an active member in good
standing since 2009, and turned down application of the rival UAAP to
gain membership despite efforts of certain influential groups in Manila
to sway the world sports body.
A three-man UAAP-NUG delegation, headed by Ricky Palou of Ateneo de
Manila, flew in from Manila to Kazan reportedly to convince the FISU
general assembly to remove FESSAP and accept UAAP as the Philippines’
sole representative to the Lausanne, Switzerland-based university sports
The UAAP delegation reportedly brought endorsement letters from
Philippine O lympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco
and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to convince FISU members
that the UAAP, with eight regular member-schools, is the biggest sports
organization in the country.
The UAAP did not mention the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA),
the country’s oldest collegiate league.
A report fro Manila even claimed that the UAAP is alredy preparing to
announce its membership to FISU in place of FESSAP.
Former national swimmer and lawyer Ma. Luz Arzaga-Mendoza delivered a
stormy speech on behalf of FESSAP, prompting FISU delegates to line up
in support of FESSAP.
A FESSAP official also said the UAAP group was not allowed to deliver a
speech although they were given seats as observers during the FISU
general assembly since “FISU officials and delegates saw no need to
accept an outsider while there is still a regular member in good
Since being accepted as FISU member in 2009, FESSAP is an active
participant in FISU-related events.
Headed by sports patron David Ong, FESSAP participated in 11 sports
during the 2011 Summer Universiade held in Shenzhen, China.
The Filipinos even brought home a silver medal courtesy of taekwondo
champion Samuel Thomas Morrison of Far Eastern University.
This year, FESSAP and corporate partners San Miguel Corp, Agri-Nurture
Inc., Healthy Options and Cobra Energy Drinks, is actively participating
in the Kazan Universiade with a small but talented delegation headed by
chess superstars Wesley So and Mary Israel Palero and UAAP swimming
champion Marie Claire Adorna of UP.
Adorna, however, is reportedly facing tough waters when she returns home
since the UAAP Board has already issued a memorandum to all its eight
member-schools banning all its athletes from participating in
Universiade and in any and all tournaments organized by FESSAP and its
The memo, whch was signed by UAAP secretary-gerenal Maria Luisa Isip of
host Adamson University and dated June 7 , said athletes failing to
comply with the prohibition means a sanction of one year suspension in
Although the memo did not give any reasons for the prohibition, La Salle
University pulled out its chess player, Jan Jodilyn Fronda, and the
entire judo team to the Universiade.
Before the controversial memo, the La Salle athleltic office has already
issued permission to Fronda and the judo team to represent the country
in the Universiade as part of their continuous training to achieve
excellence in their respective sports. The agreement also specified that
the schools did not have to spend a single centavo for their athletes’
trip to the Universiade.
The same UAAP memorandum reportely drew the ire of several FISU
delegates, who questioned the decision to ban athletes-players in such a
prestigious competition like the Universiade.
“The same group (UAAP) applying for recognition to us disallowed their
athletes to come here in Kazan and participate in the Universiade. Why?”
a FISU delegate was quoted as saying.
5th ASEAN SCHOOL GAMES
Hanoi City, Vietnam - June 24-27, 2013
Aquatic Sports Coaches
Association of Southern Tagalog (ASCAST)
Invitational Inter-Club/School Sprint Meet
Lipa City Mediatrix Swim Club, Community Park Swimming Pool, Brgy. 6,
Granja, Lipa City
June 1, 2013
Kalibo, Boracay host
Marquez Cup May 25-26 (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 20, 2013
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is holding the 43rd leg of the PSL
Circuit, dubbed Gov. Carlito Marquez Cup, May 25- 26, with the Aklan
provincial government as host.
The swimming competition, co-hosted by Langoy Pilipinas headed by Darren
Evangelista, is a two-in-one meet, with the first day to be held in an
eight-lane 25-meter pool at the Kalibo, Aklan Provincial Sports Complex,
and the second, an open water swim, to be staged the next day at Boracay
PSL president Susan Papa said the winners will be awarded gold, silver
and bronze medals while most outstanding swimmers will receive trophies
based on points, per age group category – six years and under, 7-8 ,
9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and 18 years old and over.
“We are so happy that swimmers will be able to compete out of town and
be accommodated by Gov. Marquez,” said Papa.
Papa added that this is the first time the PSL is holding an open water
swim. The event will be staged May 26 at the Boracay beach front of Club
Parao, Station 1.
“This is another great year for PSL,” Evangelista said. “The swimmers
will experience swimming in an open water in front of many tourists in
this busy month.”
“It will be a great experience for the swimmers who will be treated to a
social night buffet dinner and local cultural show like the fire dance
by the local folks,” he added.
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42nd PSL Leg Series “2ND SEN. NIKKI COSETENG MOTIVATIONAL SPLASH”
May 12, 2013
Coseteng heads swim team to Thai meet
(The Philippine Star) | Updated February 24, 2013
MANILA, Philippines - Former senator and Diliman
Preparatory School president Nikki Coseteng will be the head of the
Philippine Swimming League team seeing action in Long Course 2013 Phuket
Swim Championship March 3 at the world-class Thanyapura Sports Club in
Thanyapura, Phuket, Thailand.
The PSL swimmers will be led by former Palarong Pambansa standout Gian
Daniel Ong Berino, member of the Ong clan of swimmers. The other members
are Robin Seranillo, Russell Seranillo, Charize Esmero and Lowenstein
Julian Lazaro. They will be joined by coaches Joey Andaya and Michael
Recel and Guia Llaguno, chaperone.
PSL president Susan Papa said the competition, to be held for 6-under to
18-above, will use the Daktronics electronic timing system at the venue,
considered one of the finest swimming facilities in Asia.
Medals for first, second, and third place will be awarded while each
age-group team winner will receive a trophy. The highest award will be
given to the FINA male and female swimmer with the most number of FINA
Thirteen-year-old University of the East freshman Maurice Sacho
Ilustre, UAAP Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Swimmer of the
third Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championship, outraced older rivals in
secondary division in NCR Palaro - 400m freestyle with a time of 4:26.07
and 9:16.53 in 800m freestyle. Sacho will be competing in the 2013
Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete.