With a loaded calendar lined up, the Philippine National Climbing Team is going all out in its preparations.
The team consists of Gerald Verosil, Mhik Tejares, Iman Mora, Joanne Ala, Zoren Legaspi, Liana Mora, Washington Jusay, Chelle Suarez, John Joseph Veloria, Juvelle Pua, Glenn Lominoque, and former Tiebreaker Times’ staff Erika Gana. Mentoring the team are former national team athletes Miel Pahati and Jason Sauco.
Headlined by ace climber and Asian Games-bound Verosil, they have been working diligently in preparation for the Asian Cup, the Asian Games, the Asian Championships, and various other continental meets.
Seeing their efforts, apparel brand The North Face quickly signed the national team and support their journey.
“North Face stays true to its principle of never stop exploring. Exploration can be part of your adventures and your lifestyle. We are excited that we have these athletes that are trying to aspire for the 2020 Olympics,” said North Face brand executive Renz Que.
Over the weekend, 10 of the team’s members competed in the Asian Cup in Thailand- all made it to the semifinals phase in the bouldering category.
Verosil finished in seventh place during the semifinals followed by teammates Mora (9th), Legaspi (12th), and Veloria (16th).
For the distaff side, Mora (8th), Tejares (9th), Buendia (10th), Ala (12th), Suarez (18th), and Pua (20th).
None made it to the Finals.
Still, the country’s top and up-and-coming climbers are laser-focused on making the country proud in their next competitions.
“We feel that we should be doing our best now that we have North Face. North Face has been very generous. We should work hard and prove that we deserve to be supported by them. They inspire us to be better athletes and push us harder,” shared Ala.
“I am truly honored to represent the Philippines. I will do my best to represent the country and North Face,” closed Verosil.