photo: Gerald Verosil wins gold medal in Asian Cup 2018 Hong Kong Men's Bouldering.
With the introduction of Climbing as an event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Philippine National Climbing Team has been revived this 2018 with a renewed vision to put the Philippines back in the international spotlight of competition climbing. The team consists of two coaches - Miel Pahati and Jao Sauco - who are former award-winning athletes of the Philippine National Climbing Team, and a roster of 22 athletes, 12 in Team A and 10 in Team B. They have spent the last few years gaining experience competing and excelling in competitions here and abroad, and will be participating in more international competitions this year.photo: Zoren Legaspi (left) and John Joseph Veloria (right) qualifies for the semi-finals of Asian Cup 2018 Bangkok Men's Bouldering.
TEAM A - current top 6 athletes in the country, arranged based on their ranking in the National Bouldering Competition 2018.
- Gerald Verosil - 17 years old, based in Singapore.
- Iman Lorenzo Mora - 29 years old, based in Cagayan de Oro.
- Zoren Legaspi - 20 years old, based in Cavite.
- Washington Jusay- 32 years old, based in Macau.
- John Joseph Veloria- 25 years old, based in Manila.
- Glenn Lominoque - 31 years old, based in Cagayan de Oro.
- Mhik Tejares - 32 years old, based in Manila.
- Joanne Ala- 25 years old, based in Manila.
- Liana Mora - 27 years old, based in Cagayan de Oro.
- Rochelle Suarez - 25 years old, based in Manila.
- Juvelle Pua - 28 years old, based in Spain.
- Erika Gana - 30 years old, based in Manila.
photo: Mhik Tejares (left) and Joanne Ala (right) qualifies for the semi-finals of Asian Cup 2018 Bangkok Women's Bouldering.
TEAM B (Development Team) - athletes who have shown potential as climbers and we desire to expose them to international competition climbing. They are listed based on their ranking in the National Bouldering Competition 2018.
- Emilio Gomez
- Kranz Matthew Moreno
- Paul Eli Suson
- Brandon Grageda
- Adrian Phonchai Deetaisong
- Angela Angelique Buendia
- Aliandra Garcia Obias
- Klymille Keilah Rodriguez
- Derille Pagayon
- Ajina Carampel
International competitions are the best arena for our athletes to exhibit their talents and gain experience, but these come at very high costs. The team's hard work and dedication can only go so far without monetary support. Majority of our athletes consist of individuals with day jobs or are currently students, and funds are always an issue.
In this light, we are seeking your financial support for the Philippine National Climbing Team. Monetary support will be allocated to the most needy athletes who are also the deserving, top performers. Aside from training expenses, our budgetary requirements for the upcoming competitions this year are listed below:
- ASIAN CUP 2018- Bangkok (June 15-17, 2018)
- The second leg of the Asian Cup is to be held in Bangkok. It is one of the biggest bouldering competition events in Asia. It will be one of the qualifying events for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
- Budget: Php 291,900.00
- 2018 ASIAN GAMES - Indonesia (August 18- September 2, 2018)
- Only select athletes are to join the Asian Games, they will be chosen by the Philippine Olympic Committee based on their performance Internationally. The Philippine team is very capable of developing athletes to compete in this level.
- Budget: Php 391,800.00
- 26th ASIAN CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP - Japan (November 2018)
- The best athletes from all around Asia will be sent to compete in Japan in November 2018. We will be sending athletes for lead, boulder, and speed categories.
- Budget: Php 693,000.00
TOTAL 2018 COMPETITION BUDGET: PHP 1,376,700.00