They are powerhouses who have mastered the art of balancing academics and sports. But while they make it look easy, their lives are certainly no walk in the park. Always giving 100 percent in whatever they do, these student-athletes have found ways to succeed in and out of the classroom, living up to the demands of being the new faces of Philippine sports.

Mclaude Guadana, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite, Basketball player

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Mclaude Guadaña, 16, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite, Basketball Player 

Baller life: “Of course, school comes first. After class, I go straight to the gym for our daily training. If I get to go home early, I either rest or continue to practice at the [basketball] court near us.”

It’s okay to ask for help: “My biggest challenge really is time management. There are times when I struggle with academics because I need to catch up [on things] I’ve missed. I make sure to review the lessons I miss. If there’s something I don’t understand, I ask my mom or my sister to help me. Same with projects and homework, I seek their help.”

Perks of being an athlete: “As an athlete, we get benefits that other students don’t, like free tuition, apparel, supplies, etc. [Additionally] I also get to apply the teamwork that’s [an integral] part of being an athlete in my academic activities in school.”

Mind + matter = fitness: “People need to have the ‘will’. Because that’s where everything starts. Next is application, because they can’t always [just be] planning [to get fit]. They should keep in mind that it benefits not only their health, but also their confidence as an individual.”

Photographer: Rxandy Capinpin
Grooming: Kierlo Velasco
Producer and stylist: Jerico Villamonte
Assisted by: Yzza Hablado