Born without hands or feet, a young athlete dives into his first Palaro

Ghar Christian R. Tesorero, Al Bambino M. Camino

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Born without hands or feet, a young athlete dives into his first Palaro
A promising athlete despite his condition, Taladro is a true face of Palarong Pambansa

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – He has neither hands nor feet. But he has genuine dreams.

Hailing from the coastal part of Oas, Albay, Jeric Taladro was born without both legs and both hands and with one arm longer than the other. He was raised to be an ordinary kid yet trained to be an extraordinary swimmer.
He is Bicol Region’s representative for the swimming-ortho 50-meter freestyle in this year’s Palarong Pambansa here.

Taladro, an 8-year-old pupil of Maramba Elementary School, desires to join not only swimming but also other sports like soccer despite his condition.

Ito yung una niyang sali pero advantage niya na bata pa lang lumalangoy na talaga siya kasi nakatira sila malapit sa dagat. Pag dating niya dito, gusto nga niyang sumali sa soccer,” Joseph Villareal, Taladro’s dedicated coach, said in an interview.

(This is first time to join but his advantage is he has been swimming since he was a child because he lives near the sea. When he got here, he wanted to join soccer.)

His hope may be tough but never too high for a little kid who has a big heart and is open for countless possibilities.

Young as he is, his resiliency helps him endure the hardships of training.

Against all odds, he manages to fairly compete and to successfully finish the race he started.

A promising athlete despite his condition, Taladro is a true face of Palaro. –

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