The first batch of Filipino athletes competing in the 2012 London Games left on Thursday with dreams of Olympic glory.
Swimmers Jessie Khing Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi and shooter Paul Brian Rosario led the delegation, along with swimming coach Carlos Brosas, shooting coach Josefina Mauricio-Corral, and admin officer Arsenio Lacson Jr.
Also part of the Philippine Olympic contingent will be tracksters Marestella Torres and Rene Herrera, boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, BMX rider Daniel Caluag, judoka Tomohiko Hoshina, and archers Mark Javier and Rachel Cabral.
Rosario is asking for constant prayers and support from countrymen. He is upbeat about his chances “as shooting is a pretty equal game.”
Earlier this week, Philippine delegation officials left for London headed by its chef de mission Manny Lopez, Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr., secretary-general Stephen Hontiveros, Philippine Sports Commissioner chairman Richie Garcia and Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.
Cojuangco said that each participant should to do their best in their event and show the heart and determination that is present in every Filipinos.
“Our focus is to show the world that we have the makings of champions and that we are unyielding and steadfast in achieving our goals,” he said.