At a very young age of 14, Lawrence Ordonio has taken the hard challenge of life. A boxer since 2003 (year 7), Lawrence can be seen on the boxing ring during baranggay fiestas. That has become his plight, he joins boxing matches to win some money that can help his poor family.
Lawrence is the only out-of-school youth who joined the Batang Pinoy Games in Baguio City. He is from Bgry. Ilokano Sur, San Fernando, La Union. He won over Bryan Quitaleg of Tarlac City even if Bryan is taller and has longer reach than him- pure grit ayt?
Lawrence Ordonio vs Bryan Paul Quitaleg
His story is not uncommon for boxers, we can think of Read more…
“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!” –Andrew Carnegie
I saw some of our national athletes when I arrive at the PSC Oval Track at Teacher’s Camp. They are not just watching but sharing their knowledge of sports, stooping down at the grassroots level to inspire and teach the young future athletes the proper way to do things.
I’ve seen Arneil Ferreira having a short talk on discus throw. The kids are all ears when the 2007 Southeast Asian Games Hammer Throw record holder (60.47m) was giving them advice.
ARNEL FERRERA gives some coaching to the young delegates
I began the second day of Batang Pinoy by visiting the PSC Track Oval at the Teacher’s Camp. This track is familiar because I’ve ran here once and this is always shown on TV whenever Cong. Manny Pacquiao goes to Baguio to train, you can find him running here.
I saw some of our National Athletes teaching the delegates the proper way to play the game. I was smiling as kids are learning something important, right straight from those who are already competing on the international level. Will talk about this more in my next article.
Inspiring eh? But wait there’s more… These reason why we are having the Batang Pinoy- when young kids like Hassan and Hussein are given the opportunity to compete on a regional and national level. The experience will definitely teach them lessons in their respective sports but more so in life- triumph, defeat and self-discipline.
Here’s a snapshot I got during the 2nd heat of the men’s 400m dash: Read more…
I am so honored I was able to interview Sir Claro Pellosis, a former Olympian and the tournament manager for the Athletics during the Batang Pinoy Games. We talked about his feats and the thoughts he has for this national event for the young athletes.
For almost six decades now, Mr Claro Pellosis, has been into the world of Philippine Athletics. Now at age 76, he continues to serve the Philippines thru his skills. Here’s a short interview with this inspiring man:
The Olympian Claro Pellosis
Curious of what I saw on the registration form before the games started, I investigated more. What I saw? The word “SPED” stood out among the teams from La Union, Baguio City, Pampanga and Bontoc.
SPED means Special Education. A school that specializes in the training of special kids with special needs. My friend Wiki says that, “Common special needs include challenges with learning, communication challenges, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders.” So I got excited with the story and I wanted to meet the students, I was expecting deaf or mute (or blind?) competing for Archery but I was wrong. These 7 kids from Baguio City SPED Center were on the other extreme- those who have high IQ, fast learners, above average. Genius, in short. Most of them are mathematicians in their own right.
And because they love mathematics and computing, they readily apply this to Read more…