Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) President and former Sen. Nikki Coseteng hailed the achievements of Doragos siblings Portia Kate and John Carlo, who won gold medals in the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala recently held at the University of Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Grade 7 Portia Kate and the third-year high school John Carlo, both honor students in their respective classes, got a warm reception from school officials including DPS Principal Emelita Bernabe and AVP for Academic Affairs Lycette Ventura, and Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa.
“They are diligent students and have perform in both academics and athletics,” said Ventura of the siblings.
Portia Kate, a Most Valuable Player in the Nikki Coseteng Athlete Award 2013, won four golds (girls’ 13 years 1,500m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke), four silvers (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 100m butterfly) and two bronzes (200m freestyle and 50m freestyle).
“We are proud of these PSL swimmers, they always hit the Alpha level of brain cells even they are tired practicing swimming they maintain the good grades,” said Papa.
For his part, John Carlo had one gold (boys’ 15 years 400m freestyle), two silvers (800m freestyle and 1,500m freestyle) and one bronze (400m individual medley),
“DPS warmly welcomes and congratulates them in their sterling performance. Any athlete is as good as it is encouraging to note that Portia and Carlo are improving in every competition,” said Coseteng.
“Our very strong program for swimming, basketball and tae kwon do has delivered for Diliman Preparatory School. Our sports program has produced elite national caliber athlete as evidenced by the result in Cape Town. We expect our swimmers to participate in the Asian Games by 2018,” added the former lawmaker.
Portia Kate and John Carlo are two of the eight swimmers sent by the PSL. Other members are McTracy Alindogan of Angeles University Foundation (boys’ 13 years eight golds and two silvers), Denjylie Cordero of University of the Philippines (girls’ 17-over four golds, one silver and one bronze), Kyla Soguilon of Aklan (girls’ 10-under one gold and two silvers), Emanuel Joshua Lorbes of Montessori de Manila (boys’ 16 years one bronze), Jifrey Azor of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (boys’ 17-over one bronze), and seven-year-old Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, the youngest swimmer in the tournament (Darling of the Crowd award).