The Gold and Silver medalists of the 2015 SEA Games Triathlon thank Unilab Active Health for its full support
Unilab Active Health (ULAH) is very proud of its brand ambassadors and Unilab Elite Team members— triathletes Maria Claire Adorna and Marion Kim Mangrobang—for bringing pride and honor not only to the brand and the team, but most especially to the country and to all Filipinos. Adorna and Mangrobang brought home the Gold and Silver medals, respectively, from the women’s triathlon competition at the ongoing 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Adorna clocked in at 2:13:08 and gave the Philippines its first gold medal at the SEA Games. Meanwhile, compatriot and teammate Mangrobang finished at 2:14:26 and scored a back-to-back win for the country.
“We are just so proud of Claire and Kim for their victory at the SEA Games. Truly very well-deserved and hard-earned. We have witnessed how hard they trained and prepared for it. We are happy to be part of their journey as champion triathletes and we will continue to support them in their future races,” said Alex Panlilio, Head of ULAH.
Both Adorna and Mangrobang are thankful for the prayers and support of the entire nation, with no less than President Noynoy Aquino congratulating them. They also expressed gratitude to ULAH for its generous support to their growth as athletes and helping them reach their dreams.
“Triathlon is an expensive and is often considered as a ‘rich man’s sports’, so without the continued support of Unilab, we would not have fulfilled our dreams and could not have made it this far. We are just so thankful and we dedicate our win to them,” said the 21-year-old Adorna.
Mangrobang added, “I am lucky to be part of Team ULAH because they have been very supportive. We can focus on training and exceeding ourselves because ULAH takes care of our other concerns.”
ULAH supports its athletes’ requirements in all areas— training, nutrition, equipment and even apparel. Since its inception in 2010, ULAH has come a long way from merely organizing running and triathlon events such as Run United and Tri United. It guides and motivates athletes by embracing the Olympics values of Citius, Altius, Fortius ( latin words for faster, higher and stronger). ULAH’s mantra, “Exceed Yourself”, aims to inspire everyone to establish new personal records.
It has ventured into sports nutrition to take care of the needs of the athletes before, during and after their races. These products include Enervon Activ multivitamins, Enervon HP Recovery Drink and Active Health sports gel, which will be re-launched this year. ULAH has also developed sports apparels that are made of materials to help improve the performance and comfort of athletes.
ULAH also provided Adorna and Mangrobang with the proper equipment and sent them to trainings abroad, particularly in Portugal and Australia recently. Coach Ani De Leon-Brown, who is also a member of Unilab Elite Team, is in charge of the elite triathletes’s training regimen.
“I am so proud of these girls (Claire and Kim), their sacrifices really paid off. And the time and energy we invested are really all worth it. But it does not end here. We have a long-term plan, all the way to the way to the 2020 Olympics and even beyond,” said Brown, who has over 20 years of triathlon experience and numerous awards in her name. She cited guts, good nutrition and great training as important factors in winning.
ULAH has been leveling up along with its athletes. “Our goal has evolved over the years. Besides promoting an active and healthy lifestyle among Filipino families, we also support the growth and development of Filipino athletes and the athletic community. We are here for the long haul,” said Panlilio.
ULAH provides access to trainings via regular sports clinics as well as online tutorials or so-called ‘webisodes’ on web television where experts share tips. During races, besides the booths and stalls of sports-related products and services, it also conducts free talks and sessions with coaches. Topics vary from training tips and proper nutrition to post-race recovery and improving performance.
The SEA Games victory of Adorna and Mangrobang provided Philippine triathlon a much-needed shot in the arm. The sport has not been among the priority of the country in international competitions.
“Our triathletes have proven that we can compete and win internationally. So it is a big boost to the local triathlon community. I hope this is the beginning of many more victories for Filipino triathletes,” said Brown.
Panlilio is optimistic about the future prospects of the young generations of triathletes, especially the members of Unilab Elite Team: Adorna, Brown, Mangrobang, August Benedicto, Benjamin Rana, John Chicano, Jonard Saim, Mark Hosana and Dan Brown.
Adorna is only 21 years old and has only been in the triathlon circuit for two years. She started as a swimmer of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Varsity Swimming Team. Mangrobang, at 23 years old, is considered a familiar face in triathlon as she has been part of the national team for eight years or since she was only 15 years old.
“Claire (Adorna) and Kim (Mangrobang) represent the future of Philippine triathlon. We are just happy and honored to help Filipino athletes exceed themselves and bring honor to the country,” said Panlilio.