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

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Bianca Arianne Vinarao, 18, University of Santo Tomas, Figure Skater

Eat. Sleep. Skate. School. Repeat: “I usually wake up at around 5 am to get ready for training. Once I finish training, I freshen up, put on my uniform, and head to class. Going home takes an hour, sometimes two, [so] if there is schoolwork that can be done in the car, I do it then right away. When I get home, I continue doing the rest of my schoolwork and hopefully, get to sleep early.”
Avoiding thin ice: “Being a student and an athlete is difficult without any motivation to drive you to do what you need to do. But if you really want it, you’ll find a way to make it work. This is when you have to set your priorities straight. Make sure that you have enough time to study, train, and rest. [And I also] make it a point to squeeze in [time] with friends and family every once in a while. It helps me relax and forget my responsibilities, even for just a moment. After, I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work.”
Eyes on the prize: “[Being an athlete] makes you responsible for yourself. It helps you manage your time wisely and make the most out of the time you have. As a result, you are able to do all your tasks in no time and even have some free time after.”
Never stop never stopping: “There are no shortcuts to becoming fit and living healthy. Each person is different, [and] some may progress faster than others, so make a schedule and commit to it. Soon enough, if you keep doing [the activity], it will become a habit. [Eventually,] you’ll get to where you want to be.”
Photographer: Rxandy Capinpin
Grooming: Kierlo Velasco
Producer and stylist: Jerico Villamonte
Assisted by: Yzza Hablado