“As an athlete, success is at hand when you have faith in God and you believe that you can do it,” said Albert Jose Damaso Villases.
Albert is a 13-year-old sixth-grader at Sta. Maria Central School, Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City imbued with optimism, discipline, and determination. He has strong conviction that his endowment is not just mere abilities coupled with opportunities. His key to success is building his talent, gifts, and strengths from the Almighty. Furthermore, he believes that it is not enough to know one’s abilities, but more importantly, one has to possess a genuine heart of a champion with sheer dedication and willpower.
His potential in sports became evident among his teachers and this jumpstarted his athletic career.
In 2014, during the selection for the Division meet, Ms. Jesconi Solon saw Albert’s potential and asked him to showcase his athletic skill by running in the school’s plaza, where the ground witnessed the first swift steps of an athlete in the making. As a result, he became eligible for the Division meet and eventually qualified for the regional and national level.
Although, the schedule for practice was one of the biggest hindrances in his passion, he somehow managed to balance academic and athletic activities. Fortitude and perseverance became his allies to push through and break any barriers along the way. On Saturdays and Sundays, he usually practices on R.T. Lim Boulevard to further hone his skills.
His sacrifices paid off last 2016 when he qualified to run for the Palarong Pambansa in Bicol and remarkably won two gold medals in 100m and 200m dash.
After the twin win, his outlook in life changed a lot. He became a more determined and motivated athlete. He developed self-confidence and high self-esteem. Most of his teachers predict that he has the potential to be one of the most successful athletes in the country. These words encourage and drive him to continue his journey on athletics. His mother remains his primary inspiration.
Albert’s ultimate goal is to receive a scholarship in his dream university. If given a chance, he would like to be a part of the Philippine Team to compete internationally and help his parents financially. Keeping his fingers crossed, he hopes to win again in the upcoming Palarong Pambansain Antiquein April 2017. Moreover, he hopes that his achievements will give inspiration to many young athletes.
source: Deped Website