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Independent Filipino athletes get backing

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Blackwater, Ever Bilena Cosmetics’ personal grooming line, is all about bringing pride to the country as it supports independent athletes at the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Jasmine Alkhaldi

Happening on Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, the 2019 SEA Games will gather nearly 10,000 athletes from 11 nations, who will to participate in 530 events in 56 sports. As the sports event carries the theme “We Win As One,” Filipino athletes will try their best to raise the Philippine flag high and Blackwater will be backing some of them in this pursuit.

“I am a sportsman and it makes me happy when I see Filipino athletes succeed in the international arena. That’s why we are giving our support to independent athletes because they are going to compete in the SEA Games practically on their own. I know that these athletes have worked so hard for so many years to bring pride to our nation and, in one way or another, we would like to help them and be a part of their success,” said Dioceldo Sy, president and CEO of Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc.

Blackwater has hand-picked their beneficiaries and all of them were introduced during a press conference at The Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

One of the said athletes is Jasmine Paler Alkhaldi, a 25-year-old swimmer who has represented the Philippines at the London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics. A member of the Philippine National Team since 2009, Alkhaldi has won 12 SEA Games medals — two bronze medals in 2013, six bronze in 2015, and four bronze in 2017.

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Another is 18-year-old wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad from Calamba, Laguna. The young athlete started wakeboarding at the age of 12. A few years later, he became the National Champion during the 9th Philippine Cable Wakeboarding Championship in 2015. Since then, he has participated in several local and international competitions such as the IWWF Cable Wakeboard World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he won a silver medal in the Pro-Men Division.

Moreover, Jaime de Lange will be representing the Philippines at the downhill skateboard event. With over eight years of experience in the Philippine downhill scene, De Lange has raked several recognitions in the country and abroad. He has attended several skateboarding events all over the world, like in the US, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Japan, not only as a racer but also as an organizer and coach. For the last four years, he has ranked number 1 in the Philippines and has been the highest ranked racer in Asia.

Lastly, the women of Gilas Pilipinas will send Filipino basketball fans into frenzy as they go against their toughest competitors in the region. With head coach Patrick Henry Aquino, the team is made up of 16 skilled and strong-willed players who have competed in different countries including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Mongolia, and New Zealand. Gilas Pilipinas is currently ranked number 7 in the FIBA Asia-Oceania zone. The current roster includes Jack Danielle Animam, Afril Bernardino, Gemma Miranda, Eunique Chan, Danica Therese Jose, Mary April Penaranda, Ria Joy Nabalan, Ana Alicia Katrina Castillo, Camille Claro, Maria Beatrice Daez, Marizze Andrea Tongco, France Mae Cabinbin, Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro, Kelli Hayes, and Kristina Deacon.For more information, visit or

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