Event Background

   
   

Since 1981, the organization of Asia Masters Athletics (AMA) has been conducting the Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC) – a competition that provides a chance for veteran athletes aged 35 to 95 years old to test their abilities once again and demonstrate their skills in the sport of athletics.

 

The Philippines has been participating in the World Masters Athletics Championships (WMAC) since 2003 and in AMAC since 1996. The Filipino athletes have always performed exceptionally well in the field of athletics. Our past and more recent achievements have proven that the Philippines is still a top contender in the sport.

 

Past athletics medalists have given pride and glory to the country, and as they grow older, they continue to bring honor to the Philippines as they made numerous triumphs in Asia and World Masters Athletics Championships duly sanctioned by the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

   
   
   
   

National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines (NMSAAP)

   
   

The NMSAAP, recognized by both World and Asia Masters Athletics (WMA and AMA) and operating under Philippine Laws, is the local governing body in the country. Its current President, Manny Ibay, an avid long distance runner himself, leads a team of directors comprising mostly of veteran track and field athletes which oversees administrative and technical functions of the association.

 

The NMSAAP is also recognized by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).

 

Since 1996, NMSAAP has been instrumental in putting together a competitive delegation participating in both WMA and AMA events. The succeeding tables will show Team Philippine Masters’ past performance records.

   
   
   
   

Historical Results

   
   

Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC)

 
   
   

Edition

Host/Country

Date/Year

Medals

No. of Athletes

Record

16 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6-12 December 2010 5 Gold
1 Bronze
5

Javelin Throw
Pole Vault (35-39 y/o)

Pole Vault (45-49 y/o)

15 Chiangmai, Thailand 1-5 December 2008 - 0  
14 Bangalore, India 14-19 November 2006 3 Gold 3  
13 Bangkok, Thailand 1-5 December 2004 10 Gold
7 Silver
2 Bronze
13  
12 Dalian, China 15-22 September 2002 3 Gold
2 Silver
4  
11 Bangalore, India 5-10 November 2000 9 Gold
4 Silver
6  
10 Okinawa, Japan 13-19 October 1998 7 Gold
2 Silver
1 Bronze
6  
9 Seoul, Korea 1-6 October 1996 4 Gold
4 Silver
2 Bronze
12  
   
   

World Masters Athletics Championships (WMAC)

   
   

Edition

Host/Country

Date/Year

Medals

No. of Athletes

19 Sacramento, California 6-17 July 2011 1 Gold
1 Bronze
2
18 Lahti, Finland 28 July – 8 August 2009 2 Gold
1 Silver
3
17 Riccione, Italy 20 August – 15 September 2007 - 0
16 Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain 22 August – 3 September 2005 1 Gold
1 Silver
1 Bronze
3
15 Carolina, Puerto Rico 2-13 July 2003 1 Gold 2
   
   
   
   

Previous Medalists

   
   

No.

Host/Country

Date/Year

Medals

1 ELMA MUROS Long Jump WMAC/AMAC Medalist
400m Low Hurdles
100m
2 EMERSON OBIENA Pole Vault WMAC/AMAC Medalist
3 ERLINDA LAVANDIA Javelin Throw WMAC/AMAC Medalist
Discus Throw
Shotput
4 DANILO JARINA Hammer Throw AMAC Medalist
5 ROMEO MONTANEZ Javelin Throw AMAC Medalist
6 LOLITA LAGROSAS High Jump AMAC Medalist
Javelin Throw
7 DORIE CORTEJO Discus Throw AMAC Medalist
8 MONA SULAIMAN Shotput AMAC Medalist
Javelin Throw
9 ELENITA PUNELAS Long Jump AMAC Medalist
10 LERMA BALAUITAN Long Jump SEA Games Medalist
   
   
   
   

The 17th Asia Masters Athletics Championships

   
   

Since the first Championships in 1981 in Singapore, AMA has been successful in promoting the masters athletics championships across Asia - echoing the principles of “Sports for All”. It created opportunities for middle-aged and senior athletes to get back on the track and go beyond their limits through Athletics competition.

 

This year’s theme, “Enjoy Action in Life” connotes the very purpose of letting the athletes find (again) the athleticism and passion for competition.

 

The 17th edition of the AMAC recently held in Taipei City from 2-7 November 2012 was participated by countries across Asia. The Chinese Taipei Masters Athletics, in coordination with the Taipei City Government, played host to more than 2,500 athletes, coaches and team officials from Brunei Darussalam, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

 

Dr. Lung Bin Hau, City Mayor and Chief of the Organizing Committee, has put four city government departments and 14 task groups to operate for the successful staging of the Championships putting in mind the delicate administrative requirement of the event.

 

Hundreds of volunteers manned the different desks around the complex providing all sorts of services from way-finding, medical, games information, spectator services, results, security, entertainment, concessionaires and others.

   
   
   
   

Team Philippines @ the 17th AMAC

   
   

Team Philippine Masters is comprised of four (4) delegation officers and twenty-four (24) athletes (11 women and 13 men) led by former Athletics standouts Elma Muros-Posadas, Linda Lavandia, Agustin Jarina, Emerson Obiena, Elenita Punelas and Lerma Balauitan-Gabito which also saw action in the past editions together with the likes of Lolita Lagrosas, Mona Sulaiman, Dorie Cortejo.

   
   

No.

First Name

Surname

Middle Name

1 MANUEL IBAY, JR. ROXAS
2 ARIEL PAREDES GIRON
3 ALDRIN CARDONA DUENAS
4 PAUL YCASAS UNDAZAN
5 ELMA POSADAS MUROS
6 EMERSON OBIENA  
7 ERLINDA LAVANDIA BACASNOT
8 ANTONIO CHEE, JR. VALERIO
9 ELENITA PUNELAS SALVADOR
10 LERMA ELMIRA GABITO BALAUITAN
11 AGUSTIN JARINA, JR. VALLEJERA
12 ARNEL LOBOS TAN
13 AURORA RAMOS SUMAGAYSAY
14 EDWARD OBIENA  
15 HELEN CASTILLO GASPI
16 JOHN LOZADA LEBUNA
17 JOSE ANG, JR. CHUA
18 JULIO BAYABAN TAN
19 PERLA LOBOS BALATUCAN
20 REY PRESTOZA SIMEON
21 RENATO FONTANILLA LANTANO
22 REYNALDO TOMAS LANUZA
23 ROSEJEAN YPARRAGUIRRE CACANINDIN
24 SALVE BAYABAN CAMBONGA
25 LORNA VEJANO ORNO
26 WILFRED ADIAZ GARCIA
27 MARGARITO BANIQUED SARINAS
28 VICTORINA CALMA ESPINO
   
   

The Team in the recently concluded 17th Asia Masters Athletics Championships posted a total of 20 medals comprising of 8 Golds, 7 Silvers and 5 Bronzes. The earlier prediction of 10 Golds could have been attained if Elma Muros-Posadas had not been injured. Elma, after winning her first gold in the 100m (W-45), accidentally pulled her hamstring in the final race for the 200m Hurdles (W-45) forcing her to accept the Team management’s decision, taking into consideration the safety and health aspect, to skip 200m Hurdles and Long Jump where she is considered the top gun among 56 competitors in her age category.

 

This incident did not dampen the spirit of the team as they stepped up and contributed exceptionally well which eventually surpassed the 16th AMAC total medal output of 5 Golds and 1 Bronze achieved in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2010. Also, one medal higher from the 2004 total medal output gained at the 13th AMAC in Bangkok, Thailand.

   
   
   
   

17th AMAC Medalists

   
   

No.

Name

Event

Age Group

Medal

Gold

Silver

Bronze

1 Erlinda Lavandia Javelin Throw W - 60 1    
Shot Put W - 60 1    
Discuss Throw W - 60 1    
2 Lerma Elmira Gabito 100m W - 35 1    
Long Jump W - 35 1    
4x100m Relay W - 35     1
3 Elma Muros-Posadas 100m W - 45 1    
4 Emerson Obiena Pole Vault M - 45 1    
5 Aurora Ramos Long Jump W - 50 1    
100m W - 50   1  
4x100m Relay W - 45     1
6 Victorina Calma 800m W - 35   1  
1500m W - 35   1  
4x100m Relay W - 35     1
7 John Lozada 800m M - 35   1  
1500m M - 35   1  
8 Antonio Chee Jr. Pole Vault M - 35   1  
9 Edward Obiena Pole Vault M - 45   1  
10 Arnel Lobos 100m Hurdles M - 55     1
11 Helen Castillo 400m W - 55     1
12 Agustin Jarina Jr. Hammer Throw M - 55     1
13 Elenita Punelas 4x100m Relay W - 35     1
14 Rose Jean Yparraguirre 4x100m Relay W - 35     1
15 Salve Bayaban 4x100m Relay W - 45     1
16 Perla Lobos 4x100m Relay W - 45     1
17 Lorna Vejano 4x100m Relay W - 45     1
 

8

7

11

Actual Medal Count

8

7

5

 
 
   
   
   

Performance Results

   
   

Gold

 
   
   

No.

Date

Name

Event

Age Group

Results

Remarks

1 11/03 Lerma Elmira Gabito 100m W - 35 13:01  
2 11/03 Elma Muros-Posadas 100m W - 45 13:87  
3

11/04

Erlinda Lavandia Javelin Throw W - 60 32.26m New Games Record
4

11/05

Emerson Obiena Pole Vault M - 45 3.60m  
5

11/05

Aurora Ramos Long Jump W - 50 3.88m  
6

11/06

Lerma Elmira Gabito Long Jump W - 35 5.50m New Games Record
7

11/06

Erlinda Lavandia Shot Put W - 60 9.49m  
8

11/07

Erlinda Lavandia Discuss Throw W - 60 24.23m  
   
   

Silver

 
   
   

No.

Date

Name

Event

Age Group

Results

Remarks

1 11/03

John Lozada

800m

M - 35

2:05.63

 
2

11/03

Aurora Ramos

100m

W - 50

14:68

 
3

11/03

Victorina Calma

800m

W - 35

2:36.83

 
4

11/05

John Lozada

1500m

M - 35

4:29.48

 
5

11/05

Antonio Chee Jr.

Pole Vault

M - 35

3.80m

 
6

11/05

Edward Obiena

Pole Vault

M - 45

3.40m

 
7

11/06

Victorina Calma

1500m

W - 35

5:38.53

 
   
   

Bronze

 
   
   

No.

Date

Name

Event

Age Group

Results

Remarks

1 11/04

Arnel Lobos

100m Hurdles

M - 55

18.11

 
2

11/04

Helen Castillo

400m

W - 55

93.08

 
3

11/04

Agustin Jarina Jr.

Hammer Throw

M - 55

35.30m

 
4 11/07

Victorina Calma
Lerma Elmira Gabito
Elenita Punelas

Rose Jean Yparraguirre

4x100m Relay W - 35 1:00.14  
5 11/07 Salve Bayaban 4x100m Relay W - 45 1:02.40  
   
   
   
   

17th AMAC Support

   
   

The NMSAAP acknowledges the support of several entities whose contribution made Team Philippine Masters’ participation at the 17th Asia Masters Athletics Championships possible.

   
   

NMSAAP has tapped the services of SportsCore Event Management and Consultancy (SCORE) to assist in the formation, preparation and participation of the team for the 17th AMAC. Signing the MOA are SCORE President Ramon Suzara and NMSAAP President Manny Ibay as witnessed by Elma Muros-Posadas. With them are  PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia, PSC Commissioner Salvador Andrada and PSC Acting Exec. Director, Atty. Guillermo Iroy.  The PSC has granted NMSAAP financial assistance to cover the participation of its 8 top athletes and 1 Media officer; provided the training facility at Ultra and assisted the Team in availing travel tax and airport fee exemptions.

   
   

Master Sports, the distributor of Mizuno sports garment in the Philippines, extended its support to the Team by providing athletic uniform, apparel and gear to the Top 8 athletes and 5 Delegation officers. The Company, being the outfitter of the team, extended a 30% discount on all items for the other members of the team bound for the said event. Ms. Jai Cortez, Mizuno Marketing Manager and NMSAAP President Manny Ibay, sealing the deal with a handshake during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) weekly forum at Shakey’s Malate. The MOA signing was witnessed by Mizuno Marketing Officer, Ms. Ann Cabanban, Emerson Obiena and Antonio Chee, Jr.

   
   

The Office of Sen. Chiz Escudero provided additional funds to help the team prepare properly for the event.