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Cielo Honasan, Disabilities is no Barrier and 2017 Para Games

Pinoyathletics Interview top Filipino Para Sprinter Cielo Honasan via Facebook. While many of us struggle to find our way in Sport. Honasan has the additional challenge of one of her legs is shorter than the other one. This, however, makes her more determined to succeed.

The 2017 ASEAN Para Games, athletics takes place on September 18 to 22 in Kuala Lumpur.

Pinoyathletics will keep you updated on how her game goes tomorrow.

Cielo Honasan
PA- would like to do an interview on you when is ur game
C – Yes Sir It’s my dream Sir
PA –  when does the game start im going to prep some questions just a minute
C – 17-23 OK Sir
PA – Ok Question 1. What are your events?
C – 100,200,400 po
PA – Question 2 what are your best times
C – 400 m
PA – what are your times for those events

C –  Ok just wait Sir I send it for few minutes


400-59. something I forget
PA – ok 3. Are you now at Adamson?
C – No
PA – are you planning to?
C – Ohh yess Can I speak Tagalog? Sabi po ni Coach Ernie maganda daw po dyan sa Adamson
PA – Is ernie (candelario) coaching u now
C – Yes po
PA – How Long have you been running for?
C – Start in Grade 5 until now
PA – Was Athletics your first sport?
C – Yes
PA – next question is how well did u do in the Palarong Pambansa
C –  Sir can you translate it in Tagalog?
PA – ano ang iyong posisyon sa palarong pambansa?
C – Wala po akong nakukuha sa palaro lagi po akong natatalo ni sa finals po d ako nkkpasok
kasi po wala kaming centralized training self training lang po ginagawa ko .Pero po
nabrebreak k nmn po record ko po.
PA – ano ang iyong kapansanan?


C – Orthopedic Hindi pantay ang katawan

PA – polio? foot issues?
C – Hindi po. Kalahati po ng katawan ko hindi pantay
PA – ne leg is longer than the other leg ??? ok what is your height??
C – Yes. 5’5
PA –  what is ur hope at the Para sea games? is this your first international meet? long-term goal? anong bahagi ng Pilipinas ikaw ba?
C  –  I hope that I got 3golds Yes


PA – what is the job of your parents?

ano ang trabaho ng iyong mga magulang?
C – Buy and sale po ng palay pero may financer po sila seasonal lang po un
PA – what do u want to study in college and what do u plan to work once u graduate?
C – usto ko nga pong magkaroon ng sponsor po Kahit san pong university basta po makapagtapos po ako I want to be an professional coach/trainer
PA – ok well I think that’s all for today good luck with ur game
C – ok well I think that’s all for today. good luck with ur game

Cielo Honasan

The stand out performer was Maria Cielo Dimain Honasan who was assisted by Candelario. Honasan won a Treble of golds in the women’s 100, 200, 400 T44 categories. Her time in the 400 is an IPC World Qualifying standard.  The defending champion from 2015 Nguyen Thi Thuy of Vietnam faded to Bronze in both 100 and 200 events. The impressive Honsan is actually the Central Luzon regional champion in 100-200-400m against able body athletes.

Triple Gold Medalist Cielo Honasan carried off after an exhausting campaign


Support PARA Athletes Philspada Mobile Donations

Oct 21, 2017

PPC-PHILSPADA president Michael Barredo with Filipino para-athletes.

MANILA Following the successful campaign of Filipino para-athletes in the 9th ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia in Sep., the Philippine Paralympic Committee/Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled is pushing the envelope further to support local para-athletes in upcoming international competitions.

  • On October 16, 2017, Donation Service Alay Para Atleta (APA) was launched, where Filipinos can donate via Mobile Phone
  • They are working with Rising Tide Mobile Entertainment Inc.
  • Under the campaign, citizens can donate amounts starting at P10 up to P500 simply by texting the amount to access code 3456 on their cell phones.
  • Phil Spada President Michael Barredo aim is to improve support and awareness of PARA athletes in the Philippines
  • UAAP Students and Athletes are volunteering as support staff at 2019 PARA Games in the Philippines
  • The country won 69 medals (20 gold, 20 silver, and 29 bronze) in the last Para Games held September 17 to 23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • In 2015 Philippines ranked 7th in SEA Games, in 2017 they moved up to 5th. This is higher than the Philippine Team that could only hold onto 6th place again.


“Our showing in KL validated our long range plan: to implement a grassroots development program that will help discover new talents and harness our existing ones in order to create a bigger pool of para athletes that will be ready to compete in the next 2018 Indonesia Asian Para Games, the ASEAN Para Games in Manila in 2019, the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and other international para sport competitions,” said Barredo in a statement.

“The Alay PARA Atleta Program is our response to the colorful performance of our para athletes in the recent Para Games. Funds raised through this program will help provide our para athletes with equipment and basic needs that will support them in their quest to transcend their personal barriers to achieve excellence and excite the world,” he added.


“Above all, it will inspire them to know that the whole country is behind them in their dream to excel and bring honour to the country.”

Barredo further emphasised that “whatever resources we are able to generate will help strengthen PPC’s organisational capacity to enable our national sports associations (NSAs) to implement our grassroots development program. This is in alignment with the mandate of our Philippine Sports Commission Chairman, Butch Ramirez.”


Rising Stars

These rising stars are products of Palarong Pambansa and include

  • 16-year-old Ma. Cielo Honasan who bagged three golds in athletics;
  • 21-year-old Gary Bejino, who won one gold and three bronzes in swimming
  • 18-year-old Claire Calizo, who won a silver and a bronze in swimming.


*NB. Cielo Honasan is the nice of the famous Senator Gringo Honasan. Who is a former AFP athlete.



2017 ASEAN Para Games Solid Philspada Program 9 Golds

Sept 25, 2017

Article By Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 


Overall the Philippines finished 5th with 20 Golds, 20 Silvers, and 29 Bronzes. 69 Medals in Total. This greatly improved on their 7th place in Singapore 2 years ago with 16 Golds, 17 Silvers and 26 Bronzes, 59 Medals in Total.


In Athletics, the Philippines finished 5th with 9 Golds, 5 Silvers, and 6 Bronzes or 20 Medals in Total. Thus Athletics contributed 45% of all the Golds, and 28% of all the medals won for the Philippines at these Games.

Philspada Coaches Mas, Candelario, Buen, and Del Prado. Also Deriada who is not pictured.

Two Former PATAFA Coaches Ernie Candelario and Nixon Mas both contributed their knowledge to help boost the team’s gold medal count. Both coaches were removed by PATAFA Management in 2015. Candelario and Mas had both contributed towards gold and medals at previous SEA Games. Candelario himself being a 3 times SEA Games gold medallist. Nonetheless, the duo made the most of a bad situation by shining their efforts to help disabled athletes of the Philspada.

Consequently, they added to their success at the South East Asian level by helping produce more Gold Medallists. The Philspada had opted to use its own coaches and not the coaches of PATAFA for these games. The trust in their own ‘coaches was rewarded with 9 gold medals.

Prudencia Panaglian won the 100 and 200 T53/54 women’s events defending both her titles. Coached by former national athlete Bernard Buen.

Nixon Mas Nixon Mas!

Meanwhile, Nixon Mas, who helped lead Danilo Fresnido and Rosie Villarito to the SEA Games Golds in Javelin in 2007 and 2009. Goto works with Rosalie Torrafiel who took Gold in the Women’s F12 Javelin. Cendy Asusano took Gold in the Women’s F54 Shotput, Discus and Javelin. In fact in the F54 Javelin, the Women took Gold, Silver, and 4th.

All 9 Golds came from the Women and None came from the Men’s. However in the Men’s T47 Arman Pila Dino. Who holds the Philippine T47 Record in the 200 with 23.65. Arman registered 11.62 (100M) 52.77 (400m) for two silver medals which was a National Record for T47 400m.

Unlike SEA Games more than two athletes can be entered per event. would also like to acknowledge the hard work of Bernard Buen, Joel Deriada, and the other Philspada Coaches.


Sept 18, 2017

1st,2nd,4th Philippines ASEAN Para Games. Photo Credit: Isidro Del Prado Jr.

2017 ASEAN Para Games – Philippines 1-2-4 in Javelin

The Philippines finished with its first Gold of the PARA Games from Athletics in the Wheel Chair Women’s Javelin. While Cendy Abubano took Gold with 13.04m, Jecebel Tondcilla took Silver with 12.80m. And Thi Lanh Than of Vietnam Bronze with 12.66m. Also, another Filipino Marites Burce took Bronze with 11.73m.

Furthermore although a team effort. Especially relevant was the Throwers were predominately coached by Nixon Mas. Mas a Former National coach who was removed by the PATAFA Management after 2015 now works for the Phil Spada. Most noteworthy Mas was previously responsible for leading Danilo Fresnido. And Rosie Villarito in Javelin to SEA Games Gold titles.


ASEAN Para Gold in Wheel Chair Javelin Cendy Abubano Photo Credit: Isidro Del Prado Jr.
ASEAN Para Silver Jesebel Tondcilla in Wheel Chair Javelin Photo Credit: Isidro Del Prado Jr.

2017 ASEAN Para Athletics Results





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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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