Alaska Tri-Aspire Team Launched!

Professional Triathletes Caroline Steffen and Pete Jacobs

Professional Triathletes Caroline Steffen and Pete Jacobs

The Alaska Tri-Aspire team is a professional triathlon team composed of 2 of the world’s best professional triathlon athletes and 5 Filipino elite development athletes. The Alaska Tri-Aspire team aims to produce legitimate professional athletes who can compete in the 5i50, 70.3 IronMan, XTERRA events and athletes who can represent the Philippines in the Asian Beach Games, Asian Games and Olympic games.

Members of the team are professional athletes Pete Jacobs from Australia who is the 2012 Ironman World Champion and Caroline Steffen from Switzerland who is an ITU World Long Distance Champion and multiple Ironman champion. The Filipino Elite composed of Banjo Norte, Jenny Rose Guerrero, Noemi Galeos, Christine Hipol, Jonard Saim and Juan Carlos Abad will be under Coach Mathieu O’Halloran’s guidance in training to become a world-class team that can represent the country in triathlon races worldwide. The elite team is mainly composed of Filipino athletes because Alaska Milk Corp. wanted to focus on developing and nurturing grassroots talents.

Let us all cheer as the Alaska Tri-Aspire Team proudly wave the Philippine flag at the races they will conquer. Their unrivaled passion, fearless determination and steadfast discipline will bring them closer to monumental victories Filipinos around the world will be proud of.

Meet the Team!

In the Photo (L-R): Christine Hipol, Jenny Guerreo, Coach Matt O'Halloran, Noemi Galeos,Banjo Norte, Jonard Saim & JC Abad

In the Photo (L-R): Christine Hipol, Jenny Guerreo, Coach Matt O’Halloran, Noemi Galeos,Banjo Norte, Jonard Saim & JC Abad

Noemi Galeos

  • 24 yrs. Old from General Santos City
  • Overall Champion, Women’s Category, 1st Davao Xtrail Triathlon, Davao City, 2014
  • 2nd place First Duathlon Koronadal, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, 2014
  • Overall Champion, Women’s Category, 1st Tri-Generals Club Race, Sarangani Province, 2013

Christine Hipol

  • 21 yrs. Old from Manila
  • 1st place in Tri MANILA (March 2014)
  • 3rd Female Overall in the Ultimate Tri Ilocos (March 2014)
  • 3rd Female Overall in Aquaman 2014
  • 3rd place in the Tri NOAH (November 2013)
  • UP Women’s Champion in the 75th UAAP Swimming Championships (Sept 2012)
  • Team rank in 4th place in the 3rd Asian Waterpolo Cup

Jenny Rose Guerrero

  • 28 years old from Manila
  • Olympian in the 200m breastroke
  • Multiple SEA Games medalist
  • 1st Overall Subic Bay NAGT, February 2014
  • 2nd Elite Pico De Loro Triathlon, April 2014
  • 1st Filipino Elite 5i50 Subic Bay, June 2013
  • 2nd Filipino Elite Cebu 70.3, August 2013
  • 2nd Filipino Elite 5i50, October 2013

Juan Carlos Abad

  • 15 yrs. old from San Juan, La Union
  • New and the best swimmer in the team
  • 1st 15-16 Tri United 3 Subic Bay (October)
  • 4th Overall Tri Noah (November) Can potentially be the Top Junior triathlete in Asia, and the 1st South East Asian to compete at the Olympic Game

Jonard Saim 

  • 24 yrs. old from General Santos City
  • concurrently on the Philippine National Triathlon Team
  • The 2nd best Olympic distance athlete in the country
  • 2nd Elite Tri United 1 Subic (March)
  • 2nd Elite Candon City (March)
  • 3rd Elite Pico De Loro (April)
  • 18th Elite Asian Triathlon Champs (May)
  • 2nd Elite Philippines National Games (June)
  • 2nd Filipino Elite Century Tune 5150 (June)
  • 2nd Elite Tri United 2 Laiya (July)
  • 5th Filipino Elite Cobra Ironman 70.3 (August)

Banjo Norte

  • 20 yrs. old from Cagayan De Oro City
  • 2nd Overall Dinagat Island Challenge (May)
  • 1st Overall Mantagale Off Road Triathlon (May)
  • 1st Filipino Elite Cebu 70.3 (August)
  • 2nd Filipino Elite 5i50 Subic Bay (October)
  • 1st 18-24 Taiwan 70.3 (November)

Coach Mathieu O’Halloran

  • 27 yrs. old from Canada who is currently on sabbatical as a Professional Triathlete to focus on coaching
  • Trained at the Canadian Triathlon Center in Victoria, BC as a junior national triathlete for 4 years
  • Lived and trained in Kenya in 2007 to learn how Kenyans run
  • Became a member of teamTBB in 2007, the world’s premiere triathlon team under the legendary Coach Brett Sutton
  • Achieved top 5 performances in 5i50, 70.3, Ironman and ITU Long Distance events around the world
  • Country Coach, Alaska teamTBB Philippines: 44 podiums including 21 victories, Top 10 placing at the Asian Junior Championships, 5 Filipino Elite podiums, 2 Filipino Elite crowns
  • Coaches athletes from 5 different continents: 5 Kona qualifiers, multiple Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and 5i50 podium finishes


Creating Champions Through Football

Young football players at the 18th Football Cup

Young football players at the 18th Football Cup

300 Teams. 4,200 Players. 29 Football Fields.

It’s the 18th Alaska Football Cup. 

Despite having been rescheduled, and the withdrawals of some teams due to super typhoon Yolanda that hit Metro Manila and most parts of the Visayas region, still, a remarkable number of teams and players have participated in the 18th Alaska Football Cup which was held on December 7 – 8, 2013 at Alabang Country Club. Alaska Football Cup is open to boys and girls, 6 to 16 years old. Men’s and Ladies’ Open categories were also included to accommodate various college, corporate and non – corporate football teams. For the record, the 18th Alaska Football Cup is the biggest event to date. And it is just fitting to say that the entire archipelago – from Luzon, Visayas and as far as Mindanao, was well represented. 

Distinguished football players and teams joined participated in the two – day event for a weekend of fun, camaraderie, and healthy competition among different teams. Tondo Futkaleros was one of the teams that played in the Men’s Open category. One team named their group as Suplado FC. Sounds familiar, yeah? I thought there’s only one Suplado and that’s in the running community. But I was wrong. Notably, teams from Mindanao area saw some challenges bringing their players to Manila due to budgetary constraints. However, such did not deter the young players to lose their focus in every game they play. 

Players as young as 6 years old withstood the heat of the midday sun, chasing and kicking the football with gusto aiming for the goal. Young champions stood out from among the many players in each age group category as the games progress from eliminations to the final matches. Each perfect kick or a goal merits the loudest cheers from the crowds, mostly parents, friends and supporters of the players. While the children played for their respective teams, parents and supporters lined up along the side lines, and even near the goal, cheering for their young champions. They would soon change positions with the parents of the other team as soon as the second half starts. 

Football, as a sport, transcends language and ethnicity, and even gender. Regardless what dialect or language the players speak, and the place they came from, everyone showed the spirit if sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, hard work and determination. Some girls can play at par, or even better than the boys! Everyone played a fair game and as each game was played, you can see some disappointments depicted in the faces of the losing team; and overwhelming joy flashes across the faces of the winning team. And in the words of Alaska Football Cup Project Director Tomas Lozano, “Alaska Football Cup is becoming more competitive.” 

There could be a sense of competition among the players and the teams, yet, you can see a child in each one of them. They shook hands like the game was an acquaintance party, not really minding who lost or who won. 

As each event the day comes to a close and the final matches were all played, recognition is given to the top four teams in each age group category for a job well done. The worldcup-esque ambiance is imminent as medals were distributed to the team holding the fourth spot, the teams who placed third and second received a bronze and silver medals, respectively, plus a team trophy. The Champion received gold medals and the most coveted team trophy. And for an excellent performance, one player from the winning team gets awarded as the Most Valuable Player. The MVP also receives a trophy. 

Renard Yu, who played for Xavier School, was hailed as the Most Valuable Player when their team won in the Boys 10 category. Being awarded as the MVP, “I feel good, because I never took home a trophy”, he shares. 

“I couldn’t have scored any of them if my team mates didn’t help,” he further added. 

And as supportive parents, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Sally Yu were quick to add that with the training schedules, they “made sure that there is ample time for academics.” 

Champions just don’t excel on one aspect of their lives. They excel in both skills and character. Through various sports programs, Alaska hopes to instil the right moral virtues among children to help them achieve their full potential in sports, in school, and in life in general. 

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The 18th Alaska Football Cup

On it’s 18th year, Alaska Football Cup is back! With 300 teams. 4,200 players. 29 Football fields. Organised by the Alabang Football School, this year’s edition is certainly the biggest football cup yet. The event is happening on December 7-8, 2013 at the Alabang Country Club.

The 300 teams are composed of 4,200 players coming from various football organisations around the country. The young champs with ages 6 to 16 years old make up the competing teams, including the Men’s and Ladies Open categories. There will also be exhibition games for participants with ages 3 to 5 years old.

Year after year, Alaska Football Cup promises an event that helps nurture the the physical well being of the child and  instills the moral virtues of sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and camaraderie.

The two-day event opens on December 7, 2013 at 7am to accommodate the registration of all participating teams. Day 1 will have players (boys and girls) from 12 to 16 years old, a total of 174 teams. Elimination games start at 8am; quarter and semi-finals follow at 2pm and 2:30pm, respectively. And the final games at 3pm. The awarding ceremonies will follow to wrap up the day’s events.

In the photo (from left): Matthew Garcia, 11 - Striker; Anicka Castañeda, 13 - Forward; Miguel Atienza, 15 - Defender. Photo Credits: @ALASKAsportshub

In the photo (from left): Matthew Garcia, 11 – Striker; Anicka Castañeda, 13 – Forward; Miguel Atienza, 15 – Defender.
Photo Credits: @ALASKAsportshub

Day 2 will have players (boys and girls) 6 to 14 years old, and Men’s and Ladies’ Open categories, a total of 160 teams. And addition teams from 3 to 5 year old players joining in the exhibition games.

Join us and the rest of the football community at the Alabang Country Club on December 7-8, 2013.

The Project Director for this sports event is Mr. Tomas Lozano.

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Alaska Ironkids Triathlon Held in Palms Country Club

ironkidsFrom Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii to Alaska Ironkids in Manila, the triathlon hype is still on.

Some 149 junior triathletes with ages 6 to 14 years old trooped to Palms Country Club, Filinvest on October 20 for the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon year-ender event.

As early as 6am, the young triathletes, accompanied by their parents, were all geared up to race in their respective age group category.  While others seemed relaxed, others just can’t contain their excitement. For some, the triathlon event may just have been a high end game, for some it was a high competition. It’s quite unusual not to know that some of these young triathletes were born to triathlete parents. Some are even members of prominent triathlon teams.

As each minute ticked towards the swim start, participants were allowed to do a warm up swim. They were also grouped according to their age – 6 to 8 years old, 9 to 10 years old, 11 to 12 years and 13 to 14 years old. Aside from the individual categories, the event also included two relay categories – 6 to 10 years old and 11 to 14 years old.

A quarter past 6, Race Director Ani de Leon-Brown, who is a seasoned triathlete herself, conducted the race briefing. The race commenced with a swim start for the 6 to 8 year old group.  The participants, despite being very young, were on a race mode as they make their way out of the 100m swim down to the transition area where they mount onto their bike for a 3km bike ride, and a final transition to a 1km run.

With 30 minute intervals, all participants in age group and relay categories have gone on to race their respective distances. Parents, relatives and friends have kept the energy on the highest level as they cheered for the participants.

ironkids2While it seemed more of a game for the younger ones, the older participants completed each leg of the race in a competition – trying their best to catch up with a racer ahead of them, or maintaining a lead. They have trained well enough for the race as evidenced by the way they make a left or right turn and accelerating or decelerating their bike speed.  Maintaining a good lead, especially in the run leg of the race was crucial as it gives them an assurance of make a podium finish.

Soon, the Top Three Finishers for each category have made it to the finish line.  They received their finisher’s medal, their parents at bay taking photos and feeling much prouder seeing their children successfully complete the race.

As everyone was waiting for the awarding ceremony, participants and the spectators alike were treated to a refreshing Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink at the Milk Station, as Alaska strongly believes that nutrition plays a very important role in the development of each child. And through its various sports program like Alaska Ironkids, children, at a very young age, learn the right moral values such as sportsmanship, teamwork and discipline.

And for a job well done, trophies were awarded to the Top Three finishers in the individual and relay categories.

Here are the winners:

6 to 8 years old



First Place Vonn Destiny Luy, 00:17:18.0 Kira Ellis, 16:28.2
Second Place Thomas Breen, 17:26.1 Hannah Drelyn Sanchez, 16:53.8
Third Place Juan Michael Tayag, 17:27.0 Justicea Marierl Tan, 17:11.1

9 to 10 years old



First Place Juan Francisco Baniqued, 24:22.8 Tara Borlain, 24:16.7
Second Place Matthew Trott, 25:13.7 Angelina Powell, 27:04.4
Third Place Samuel Compton, 26:01.0 Aaliyah Isabel Pacheco, 28:35.9

11 to 12 years old



First Place Bambam Manglicmot, 31:24.2 Samantha Borlain, 32:37.3
Second Place Juris Aaron Earl Tan, 31:53.0 Lauren Justine Plaza, 32:52.3
Third Place Oliver Trott, 32:22.7 Una Janus Sibayan, :35:04.0

13 to 14 years old



First Place Arno Baetz, 42:37.6 Gabriella Ellis, 47:11.2
Second Place Lance Vincent Plaza, 43:07.3 Jaymee Marie Ortega, 49:51.0
Third Place Brent Valelo, 44:21.3 Annika Caniza, 49:54.3

View the complete race results HERE.
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