The new opportunities coming up for Anjelica De Josef being her first meet in Manila, yet Anjelica one of the younger members of the team at 15 is staying humble.
“But I’m still just Anjelica” says the girl from Lezo High school who is coached by her sister Sheryl who is also a teacher at that school.
Besides Bryan Pachecho, Anjelica is the only returning athlete from last year to be retained. She also runs her races bare foot.
Making friends fast she was joined in an early morning road run by long time rival and now team mate Jie Ann Calis and Palaro 400 Champion Leah Ann Creer.
At 12 years old she medalled in her first palaro the 800 elementary race was won by her WV team mate Joneza Mie Sustituedo, 2.21.5 with Anjelica clocking 2.21.6 both runners in bare feet breaking the 2.24.4 Palaro Record set the year before by another WV athlete Louielyn Pamatian. De Josef then placed third in the 1500 with Sustituedo lowering her palaro record from 4.57 to 4.53.
2012 Palaro De Josef won the 400 (1.02.3) and 800 (2.18.8) a new palaro record. She was runner up in the 1500 to Jieann Calis improving her best time from 5.03 to 4.49.9.
Due to the strength of WV De Josef in her first year in high school 2013 failed to qualify for the 400 and 1500. Instead just making it in the 800 she did make the most of her one event as she took more than a second off the 1995 Palaro Record of Dely Condes, with a 2.17.2 (PB).
At the Batang Pinoy Finals in Bacolod in a final burst of speed in the 1500 she got the better of Sustituedo 4:52.45 to 4:52.48, to go with her 2.21.39 win in the 800. She was second to Jaycie Beronio in the 400.
In 2014 De Josef finished outside the medals in 5th (1.01.8) the event was won by Creer (59.3). She did defend her 800 title in 2.17.7 (albeit not as fast as the previous year).
Her next performance was a new personal best of 59.1 in the 400 at Kalibo.
Anjelica is lined up for the 400, 800 and 4×400 at the ASEAN School Games. This will be her second time to represent the Philippines in the same meet last year in Vietnam she finished 7th in the 800 and 5th in the 1500.