THE Philippine National Climbing Team (PNCT) recently got a new supporter in its quest to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the group signed a partnership with world leading outdoor sports brand The North Face.

Gerald Verosil
Philippine National Climbing Team member Gerald Verosil, 17, in action — THE NORTH FACE

In line with its efforts to empower sporting communities across borders, The North Face said it is very excited to link up with the PNCT as it tries to become one of only three representatives from Asia to qualify for a spot at the Olympics.
Apart from aiding the PNCT to see its Olympic dreams through, The North Face through the tie-up aims to spark hope among young athletes who are aspiring for international athletics as well as develop more outdoor climbing areas throughout the country.
As part of the deal with The North Face, the PNCT will be equipped with the most cutting-edge gears and equipment to enhance and improve its overall performance.
Among them are those found in the outdoor sporting brand’s Terra Metro Series that features a selection of outdoor training clothes that combine high-tech performance, innovative material, and pioneering aesthetics like the Terra Metro Supa Stretch Jacket and the Terra Metro Lite Tights.
Also available for the team are those in the Flight Series and Ultra Endurance II.
The former features The North Face’s most advanced running apparel collection such as the Men’s Flight RKT jacket, Flight Better Than Naked T-Shirt, and the Flight Better Than Naked Shorts for both men and women while the latter is a series of versatile trail running shoes that will deliver stable rides and unparalleled traction thanks to its TPU toe tip, Vibram Megagrip, Xtrafoam, and Fastfoam features.
Backed by the Sport Climbing Association of the Philippines, the national sports association dedicated to the promotion of sport climbing in the Philippines, the PNCT currently boasts of a team which consists of 15 daring athletes who have spent the last few years gaining experience competing and excelling in competitions both here and abroad.
Under the guidance of coaches Miel Pahati and Jao Sauco, both of whom are former athletes of the PNCT, the athletes of the PNCT are emboldened to make their mark in the global climbing scene at the upcoming Olympic Games especially now that The North Face has vowed to support their team from training all the way to competition season.
The PNCT members are Gerald Verosil, Paul Eli Suson, Zoren Legaspi, Iman Lorenzo Mora, Washington Jusay, Mhik Tejares, Liana Mora and Joanne Ala in Team A while in Team B are Brandon Graega, John Joseph Veloria, Kranz Matthew Moreno, Adrian Phornchai B. Deetaisong, Ajina Carampel, Derille Pagayon and Rochelle Suarez.
In the formal unveiling of their partnership with The North Face, held at the R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, PNCT members “vowed to do their best” in competitions ahead to validate how deserving they are of the support of the brand. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo