One of the countries rising young high jumpers is Alexis Soqueno. Born April 9, 1998.
The playful teenager who is coached by Brother-Sister tandem Miguel and Adrianna Arca at the small school of 400 at Romansita, Maravilla in Bacolod has had continued success this year.
Miguel and Adriana are like second parents to Alexis. He lives with and take care of his expenses along with several other athletes they coach. He trains at the tiny school of Romansita Maravilla just outside Bacolod. Which despite having limited facilities and only 400 students has produced 6 champions in Batang Pinoy and Palaro in the last few years.
In his first palaro in 2013 Soqueno took the bronze in the High Jump with 1.75m.
Soqueno had a wonderful year in the High Jump hewon the Batang Pinoy Finals with a 1.91m PB , he then went onto win the Palaro in 1.93m. At the national championships Soqueno tied with Quilo who he had beaten in the previous two meets mentioned. Despite jumping a PB of 1.96m he lost on count back to Quilo and took the Silver.
Alexis who is also a keen Hurdler has best times of 14.77 to win the 2013 Batang Pinoy Finals and 55.4 in the 400 Hurdles.
Alexis was chosen to represent the Philippines in at the ASEAN Youth Championships in Myanmar, but due to a lack of funds he was not able to participate.
Have risen to sixth in the 2014 rankings at the age of 16. This will be Alexis debut for the Philippines.