A woman with many adventures
An adventure woman is definitely an appropriate way to describe the Lakambini Multisports athlete Alto-la Rocque.
She was involved in sports at an early age, pushed and influenced by her father Bangaw Alto, with basketball as her first high school competitive sport at Jose Abad Santos Memorial School playing in the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association and at college, she was on the University of the Philippines varsity team that placed second behind La Salle at one point.
And even while playing college basketball, she also participated in athletic competitions, but the best was yet to come as she chose to play sports rather than become a metallurgical engineer.
Her father, who also practiced triathlon, trained her in the same sport. Bing took to it like a duck to water, winning sprint triathlon events in UP and even managed to become a member of the national triathlon team from 2000 to 2003, while playing basketball academics and athletics.
It wasn’t her only stint with a national team, as she was also part of the cycling team that competed at the SEA Games in 2003 and 2005. Two years later, she donned the national colors again at the SEAG 2007.
But that was not the end as she continued her life in the sport, this time with more adventurous disciplines as she joined the national team in the Southeast Asian freediving competitions, a year after becoming a freediving instructor in Boracay, where she settled. down.
Bing held the previous national record in the sport, reaching a depth of 38 meters before losing it. She is aiming for the reconquest, aiming for 40 meters this time, as she has already done in training.
Besides that, Bing also loves kitesurfing, describing it as her fun sport, which she prefers practicing rather than teaching it, like she does with freediving.
Not bad at all for a 42-year-old mother of two and a former Bb. Pilipinas Top 12 in her youth, something she remembers was accidental.
“It should have been Sandra (Araullo, her teammate and future national triathlon champion), but her agent convinced me to audition and I made it to the last 25. He encouraged me to go all the way. I was uncomfortable because I get nervous in front of crowds,” she said.
Asked why she chose the most demanding and adventurous disciplines, she said: “I guess it was really my father who was responsible for that, especially by becoming a triathlete, I was still small when he signed me up for MILO Best. And I discovered that I liked sports. I wouldn’t have been happy to be a metallurgical engineer.
The harder a sport is, the more Bing likes it.
“That’s where I get satisfaction,” she said.
Now that life is almost back to normal, Bing is happy that triathlon is one of the first to be back, perhaps because it is an outdoor sport and not a sport. of contact. She is also considering the return of freediving so that she can return to her job.
“Before the pandemic, freediving, which is already popular in Bohol, Puerto Galera and Batangas, I was teaching a lot of people, mostly foreigners, and now there’s only a trickle going back to Boracay, but it’s a matter of time, I guess,” she said.
She will remain permanently in the island paradise of Boracay?
“I like the simple life here, it’s a small place with no traffic, you just have to walk to almost everywhere. My only concern is the future education of my two sons because the educational opportunities are limited here. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy our time here,” she concluded.
No arguments there.