Reymund Enteria (second from left) is greeted after his Olympic Torch Relay run by Philippine Deputy Chief of Mission Reynaldo Catapang (left) and other members of the Filipino community in London


(LONDON, 23 Ju

ly) – Olympic fever gripped the Filipino community in the UK with the staging of the Olympic Torch Relay runs of Filipinos Steven Cheung and Reymund Enteria on successive days in London.

On Saturday 21 July, Mr. Cheung ran his leg from Walthamstow Central Town Square in east London before several thousand cheering locals and visitors, including dozens of Filipinos. Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo joined Mr. Cheung’s family and extended his congratulations to the young man at the end-point of his run.

The following day, Sunday 22 July, was the turn of Mr. Enteria to carry the Olympic flame. He ran some 300 meters along the A118 road in the London Borough of Havering, also in East London, and was likewise applauded throughout his run by the thousands of Filipino and British spectators lining the route. Mr. Enteria was greeted at the end of his run by Deputy Chief of Mission Reynaldo Catapang.

Both Mr. Cheung and Mr. Enteria were chosen as Olympic Torchbearers earlier this year from among thousands of applicants from all around the world. They were selected because of their work in their respective communities and the inspirational stories they had to share.

Mr. Cheung is an Olympic Youth Ambassador for his home borough of Waltham Forest and already has a long history of working with government offices, businesses and charity organizations.

Mr. Enteria is a Senior Occupational Therapist at the Raphael Medical Centre in Kent who focuses on neurological rehabilitation and mental health patients, and who received several professional awards and commendations.

They joined three other Filipinos who had the honour of carrying the Olympic flame around the UK. Rodolfo Sebastian Carlos carried the torch in Willenhall in the West Midlands earlier this July, while Marcy Reyes and Joven Mallo ran parts of the Olympic Torch Relay near Manchester last June.

Ambassador Manalo expressed great admiration for all the Pinoy torch bearers. “They have inspired not just their friends and neighbors, but also Filipinos all around the world”, he said. “I am certain they also provided a boost to Team Philippines just as competitions are about to start and the curtain is set to be raised on the London 2012 Olympic games.” (END)

Steven Cheung waves to the crowd in Walthamstow in East London