AT 40 years old, actress Ciara Sotto swears by pole dancing as part of her fitness regimen.
But on Monday, the former Eat Bulaga host revealed that her interest in pole dancing has evolved to a new level. On Instagram, she announced the establishment of the Philippine Pole and Aerial Sports Association (PPASA), a national association for pole dancing recognized by the International Pole Sports Federation and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“I’m very honored to present to you the PPASA. As a founder and president of the PPASA, I have been working on this for more than two years. I am very grateful to the POC for finally recognizing us,” she said. “This is a very big milestone for the pole and aerial community in the Philippines.”
Active in pole dancing since 2010, Sotto has witnessed how the sport has fluorished over the years.
In a past interview in GMA, she also revealed that she began pole dancing because she wanted to find a way to keep fit besides going to the gym.
She even became a pole dancing instructor.
“It is very challenging and addicting. It also helps with the self-esteem,” she said at the time.
The International Pole Sports Federation is the worldwide governing body for the sport. It organizes the World Pole & Aerial Championships, which will be held next in October 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland. It has codified regulations for pole's major disciplines: pole sports, ultra pole, artistic pole, and para pole.