Frequent travel to and from Europe has become routine for Ernest Obiena. While he recently set a South East Asian Indoor record in Germany (5.43m) only three days earlier.
Also he was not able this year to break his 5.46m UAAP Record. But easily defended his title. SEA Games Decathlon Bronze medalist Janry Ubas of FEU 4.50m and former Palaro Champion David Managuelod of UP 4.40m took silver and bronze.
He attempted and failed his to clear 5.47m which would have beaten his UAAP Record.
Obiena is the SEA Games Silver medalist in the Pole Vault in the 2015 Singapore edition. In 2017 in Malaysia he will be aiming to go one step further and win the first Gold medal since Fil-Heritage athlete Edward Lasquette in 1995.