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Filipino body builders in Kuwait to compete in Arnold Swazzeneger Classic in Spain
October 10, 2013, 3:50 pm

Seven Filipino body builders in Kuwait representing Philippines will contend in the Arnold Swazzeneger Classic Competition in Madrid Spain on the 13th of October. All competitors are instructors and personal trainers in different local gyms and health clubs.

President of the Fitness professionals and Body Builders Committee in Kuwait (FITPRO) Noel Galicia said in an interview that the competing contingent have been chosen from Kuwait and Japan by the Philippine Body Building federation. Seven have been selected from Kuwait and one from Japan. All competitors have been chosen based on body symmetry, track records of accomplishments and different weights as per required by the competition. Galicia said that the Arnold Swazzeneger Classic is one of the most acclaimed contests in body building and entries are mostly title holders. Each of the competitors hopes to bring back to Kuwait major awards.

Four of the members of the Philippine team are composed of Andrew Cifra, Ariel Guong, Richard Baylon and Agustin Caro and all are instructors at the Oxygen Gym in Kuwait and members of FITPRO. Baylon commented that the preparation was tough and took them few months to work on their strict diet, adequate supplements and daily workout to build good body symmetry, which judges often look for in every competition. Cifra added that his preparation took six months and he had to balance his time between work and regimen. As for Guong, he will try his best to bring home one of the awards but if he fails, he will take the experience and inspire him to push further his capacity as a body builder until he achieves the title. Caro is positive that the team will bring home major awards and is excited to compete.

Sources of The Times said that the Philippine Team is not getting enough support from the Philippine government, in fact no adequate financial and moral support have been provided for by the Philippine Boyd Building Federation to the contingent for this competition. Airline tickets were shouldered by each of the competitor including their food and transportation during the contest. Hotel accommodation however has been provided for them. Philippine Consul General Attorney Raul Dado extended the assistance by coordinating with the Philippine Embassy in Madrid to provide airport assistance to the contingent and extend every possible help to the team. “I just hope they have advised us earlier and necessary arrangements could have been made to help them further. Nevertheless, the embassy in Madrid will provide assistance any way they can. We are hopeful that they will bring home the major awards not only for the country but for all OFWs in Kuwait” commented Consul General Dado.

The team is in high spirits as they travel and compete, Baylon gave an advice to new to competitions to keep trying until they achieve their goals and if they are about to give up, they must think of how far they have gone and accomplished in the past and take the experience as inspiration to achieve further.

The competition will start on the 13th of October in Madrid and the team is expected to return to Kuwait on the 15th of October.

Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer
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