Thank the internet gods for social media! Now our favorite athletes are a mere click away. Aside from their undeniable athletic skills, a gifted few stand out for having charisma and style. Just check out their Instagram.
Pro tip: if you’re not yet following them, what the heck are you waiting for?
Pauline Lopez (Taekwondo)
The Taekwondo Jin, who bagged the 4th medal for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games, is definitely a must-follow.
Rachel Anne Daquis (Volleyball)
Those who do not know Rachel Anne Daquis have been hiding under a rock. This is what beauty, heart, and a ton of talent looks like. RAD is one of the most famous ambassadors of Philippine volleyball—statuesque, athletic, attractive. Oh, and did we mention she is SPIN.ph’s 2018 Sportsman Who Cares?
Maureen Schrijvers (Track)
While she’s flying under the radar sports-wise, Maureen Schrijvers has been making waves in the modeling industry. But that doesn’t mean she’s all done with her running goals as she continues to train and work hard for her athletic dreams.
Kobe Paras (Basketball)
The girls want to be with him, and the guys want to be like him. Kobe Paras is easily one of the most talked-about young athletes today. From playing college basketball in the States to suiting up for the UP Fighting Maroons in the next UAAP season, all eyes are on Kobe.
Crystal (Pro Wrestling)
She may not have as many followers as other athletes on this list, but Crystal (aka Vernice Gabriel) demands your attention. She’s one of the most well-known female wrestlers in the Philippines, and maybe even in Southeast Asia.
Jinri Park (Jiu-Jitsu)
Despite being more famous as a model and celebrity, Jinri Park is making a name for herself in the Jiu-Jitsu world. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating this Korean beauty or you might just find yourself choked out.
Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming)
Two-time Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi is set to make a big splash in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year. And what better way to watch her evolution than by following her on Instagram? It helps that she’s a sight to behold as well.
Lorraine Lapus (Surfing)
Surf champ and camp manager Lorraine Lapus is everything that’s good about the surfing culture of the Philippines. Wondering what she and her surfing friends are up to? Follow her on IG right now to see all the large waves she’s conquering.
Eduard Folayang (MMA)
The current ONE Lightweight Champion is a legit social media influencer. “The Landslide” is the 2018 Martial Arts Hero of the Year, so show some respect and follow him on IG.