AJINOMOTO Philippines Corporation (APC) officially signs on Ariana Evangelista, the Philippines’ top seed for women’s mountain biking, as their sponsored athlete as she pursues victory in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 12-23.
Evangelista, fondly called by fans the “Queen of Trails,” is a three-time national champion and winner of the Under-23 event at the Asian championships in 2018. Currently, she is ranked No. 4 in Asia and a regular member of the Philippine National Cycling Team. Evangelista is the team’s best hope to win medals in the biennial meet.
To help Ariana achieve her full potential, APC will support her through the Victory Project®. Ajinomoto Co. Inc. started The Victory Project® in 2003 to support the conditioning of top-level athletes in Japan and conduct nutritional support activities1 utilizing the power of amino acids, including providing products such as aminoVITAL® and promoting the Winning Meals Kachimeshi®2. Ajinomoto’s Kachimeshi® (“Winning Meals”) concept is shared to support elite athletes in building winning physiques for optimum performance.
From 2018, the Victory Project® was rolled out in 6 Ajinomoto Group Companies in the ASEAN region. The contingents involved in this project also went on a winning streak during the Manila edition of the SEA Games. Among the more than 100 gold medals won by the Philippines, APC-sponsored athletes such as Karate star Junna Tsukii and Olympian pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena shone brightest.
“Now, my focus is to train the best that I can. And training won’t be complete without the proper nutrition and supplementation. Thanks to Ajinomoto Philippines for the support they are giving me, especially for this type of endurance sport,” shared Evangelista.
With a strong knowledge of culinary nutrition, APC will create a daily menu plan addressing the specific goal of Ariana. APC in-house nutritionist-dietitians and chefs will personally assist Ariana to provide guidance in nutrition and supplementation.
“We are glad about the fact that we could help Filipino athletes achieve their full potential. We are committed to supporting them and hope that Ariana and the rest of the Philippine delegation would soon realize their much-coveted victories not only in SEA Games but in other world championships,” said Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation President Tsutomu Nara.