Sunday, September 2, 2012

Olympic bets get warm welcome


The first group of Philippine athletes and officials received a warm welcome from their London-based countrymen, tired after a long journey from Manila but excited and eager to join the free training camp ahead of the 30th Olympic Games.

Shooter Brian Rosario and swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna shook hands and exchanged pleasantries from RP embassy and Filipino community officials while getting best wishes during the hot reception accorded them upon arrival late last week at the Heathrow airport.

“Good luck and more power to all of you as you strive to win a medal,” embassy official Rey Catapang told the group that also included coaches Ray Brosas of swimming and Gay Corral of shooting and administrative officer Arsenic Lacson.

During their turn to speak, the athletes, wearing their team jackets, promised to give their best shot while telling their kababayans the gains they could get out of their 15-day stay in the camp introduced for the first time in the Games.

Told of the hot welcome the team received, RP team chief of mission Manny Lopez thanked the embassy and Filipino community for the “kind gesture that will definitely boost the morale of our Olympians.’

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

PHL Embassy in London FETES PHL Olympic Team

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The Philippine Team to the London 2012 Olympics was feted by Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom (UK) Enrique Manalo during an evening reception at the chancery last July 23.
Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Enrique Manalo (6th from left) and Deputy Chief of Mission Rey Catapang (5th from left) join Chef de Mission Manny Lopez and the rest of the Philippine Olympic Team for a photo in front of one of the It’s More Fun in the Philippines buses in London.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pinoy Olympians Enjoying London Training



In a heart-warming gesture, Philippine embassy officials lead by Rey Catapang and members of the Filipino community brought Pinoy food to Diaz and Barriga when the two athletes found the local cuisine not to their liking in the first few days.

"Nagdala ng Pinoy foods. Parang hindi pa sanay noong una yung dalawa (Hidilyn and Barriga) sa pagkain dito,"Lacson said.