8th Olango Challenge


I swim to build classrooms!

Mark your calendars on May 23, 2015 as Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Philippine Swimming, Inc. (PSI) once again hold the 8th OLANGO CHALLENGE at Pacific Cebu Resort, Barangay Suba-Basbas, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu.

This  event is  endorsed by the Department of Tourism and supported by Philippine Red Cross and Naval Forces Central.

The Olango Challenge is the country’s first open water swimming
competition organized to raise funds for classrooms in Olango Island.

The event also  aims to raise  public awareness on the magnitude of drowning incidence in our country.

Since its first staging in 2008, the Olango Challenge has already
pooled funds for eight classrooms in Olango Island, six of which
were already turned over and benefited the school children of the community.


8th Olango Challenge

PCR Director of Sales MYCHYLLE TEO,  JOSE ANTONIO Y. ABOITIZ Trustee, PBSP Chairman – PBSP Visayas,   MARK P. JOSEPH President of PSI  and  Special Assistant to the President, Philippine Olympic Committee

Pacific Cebu Resort – this year’s host is  passionate about corporate social responsibility. – PCR Director of Sales Mychylle Teo

PBSP VIXCOM Chairman Jose Antonio Aboitiz is willing to sponsor the registration fee of any media representative who wanted to join the 8th Olango Challenge. Aboitiz said participants must be at least 14 years old adding that those those who do not belong to any swimming club must show a medical certificate  that they are physically fit to join.

PSI President Mark Joseph talked about the grueling truth on drowning in the Philippines.  Drowning is estimated to be up to 80% unreported in our country. Most people who drowned are men. For 2013, there are 37,000 deaths due to drowning in the Philippines. Clearly steps must be taken to address this and Olango Challenge hopes to raise awareness on this problem.

Today, swimming is the third most interesting sport for women. For men, it’s ranked no. 5.

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Swimmers joining the 8th OLANGO CHALLENGE will also get rash guards and certificates (when they finish).


The 8th Olango Challenge is sponsored by First Philippine Holdings, PRIMER Group of Companies, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. (Gatorade), PASAR Foundation, Philinsure, Boyla’s Dive Center, San Miguel Corporation, and Cebu Trip Rent-A-Car.

Interested participants may sign-up through olangochallenge@pbsp.org.ph or thru the event’s FB page facebook.com/olangochallenge. PhP1,000 for the competitive category and PhP2,500 for the fun swim. Please make-up your choice and don’t change your category on the day of the event; doing so will set you back PhP500.

Deadline fot registration is on May 15, 2015.

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Organizers and members of Media pose during the presscon.



1. Companions of swimmers must pay an entrance fee of Php 200.00 per head. Discounted lunches at Php 250.00 per pack are also offered to companions.

2. For the comfort and privacy of the hotel’s in-house guests, participants of the 8th OLANGO CHALLENGE are only allowed to stay at designated areas.

3. Bringing of food and drinks inside the resort and food delivery from fast food chains are subject to the following corkage fees:
• Php 300.00 corkage for every meal brought in
• Php 250.00 corkage for every case of Beer or soft drink
• Php 250.00 corkage for every bottle of Alcoholic Drinks (Wine or Liquor)

4. Cooking within the resort is strictly prohibited.

5. Strictly, no pets are allowed inside the hotel premises.

6. All guest vehicles must be parked at designated parking areas only. Please coordinate with the resort’s security guards.


Visayas Regional Center
4/F PLDT Building, Juan Luna Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City 6000
Phone: (032) 232-5283 / 232-5270
Mobile: 09297938142
E-mail: olangochallenge@pbsp.org.ph

Room 201, Building B, Philsports Complex
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City Philippines
Phone: (02) 687-7403
Mobile: 09228386435

Join us as we extend our invitation to interested swimmers,
competitive and enthusiasts alike, to the 8th OLANGO CHALLENGE.

It is with your support in the spirit of competitive sport that PBSP and PSI will be able to meet its goals for the schoolchildren of Olango Island.

Let us continue building classrooms as we swim! See you on May 23!

For more info pls contact Mario Marababol 0917-6218075 or Benjie Chiu (032)232-5283.




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