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Cielo Honasan, Disabilities is no Barrier and 2017 Para Games

Pinoyathletics Interview top Filipino Para Sprinter Cielo Honasan via Facebook. At the same time, many of us struggle to find our way in Sports.

Cielo Honasan has the additional challenge of one of her legs being 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 the Cielo Honasan game goes tomorrow.

Cielo Honasan

PA- pinoyathletics.info would like to interview you when it is ur game.

Cielo Honasan – Yes Sir, It’s my dream, Sir
PA –  when does the game start? I’m going to prep some questions in just a minute.
Cielo Honasan – 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, wait, Sir. I send it in few minutes


400-59. something I forget
PA – ok 3. Are you now at Adamson?
C – No
PA – are you planning to?
C – Ohh, yes, 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
Cielo Honasan

Cielo Honasan –  Sir, can you translate it into Tagalog?

PA – ano ang iyong posisyon sa palarong pambansa?
Cielo Honasan – 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??
Cielo Honasan – 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?
Cielo Honasan  –  I hope that I got 3golds. Yes.


PA – what is the job of your parents?

ano ang trabaho ng iyong mga magulang?
Cielo Honasan – Buy and sell po ng palay Pero may be financer po sila seasonal lang po un.
PA – what do u want to study in college, and what do u plan to work on 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 a professional coach/trainer
PA – ok, well, I think that’s all for today; good luck with ur game.
Cielo Honasan – ok, well, I think that’s all for today. good luck with ur game

Cielo Honasan

The stand-out performer was Maria Cielo Honasan, who Ernie Candelario assisted.

Cielo Honasan won a Treble of gold in the women’s 100, 200, and 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 100 and 200 events.

The impressive Cielo Honsan is actually the Central Luzon regional champion in 100-200-400m against able-body athletes.

Cielo Honasan

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 aims to improve support and awareness of PARA athletes in the Philippines.
  • UAAP Students and Athletes are volunteering as support staff at the 2019 PARA Games in the Philippines
  • The country won 69 medals (20 gold, 20 silver, and 29 bronze) in the last Para Games held from 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.

Grass Roots

“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 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?


Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/10/16/17/mobile-donation-campaign-for-para-athletes-launched


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 Philippines’ medals.

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

Two Former PATAFA Coaches, Ernie Candelario, and Nixon Mas contributed their knowledge to help 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 producing 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 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, a National Record for T47 400m.

Unlike SEA Games, and can enter more than two athletes per event.

Pinoyathletics.info 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 Nixon Mas predominately coached the Throwers. Mas, a Former National coach who was removed by the PATAFA Management after 2015, now works for 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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