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Ty family to fight for the survival of gymnastics in the Philippines


The Covid-19 Pandemic (now on its sixth month of devastating the world) really had affected the many different aspects of life, including sports. Suddenly, the world went on a standstill. A brief red light signal sent many activities, events, gatherings, and others to a temporary halt. And in the world of gymnastics sports, a mother and her son vowed to fight for its survival. 


Christian Ty as an actor


Christian Ty as a dancer


Christian Ty, actor-dancer-host, and his mom Normita Dimanlig Ty, both belong to the world of gymnasts even before Christian started to make a name in showbiz. Christian was a gymnast athlete while Normita was a gymnast coach. In the world of gymnast, she’s better known as Coach Buth. Together with Christian's sister Maria Geneveve, all the three of them had Philippine Gymnastics and Athletics Academy as their second home.


Geneveve Ty 


"Napakalaki po ng mga hindi magagandang epekto ng Covid-19 sa mundo ng gymnastics. Dahil sa bukod ang sports na ito ang isa sa mga sports na nagbibigay ng tsansa sa mga batang edad tatlong-anyos pataas ng tamang lugar at mga pamamaraan upang maging malusog, masigla at malakas ang pangangatawan, eh sadyang nakapag-eengganyo pa ito ng mas higit na atraksyon sa kagandahan ng sports, Alam mo ba, Robert, when I knew and realized na hindi na matutuloy ang Olympics sa taong ito ay sadyang nakadama ako ng sobrang lungkot, lalo na doon sa mga gymnasts all over the world! Do you know that many of them had started training since 10 to 12 years ago pa?  Ginawa nila iyon para makasali lang sa Olympics, tapos hayan, biglang hindi na pala matutuloy ang Olympics nang dahil sa pandemic na ito. Sad, di ba? Tapos ngayon, ang dami ko nang nababasa na ipinagbibili na ang mga gymnastics equipment dahil sarado na ang mga gymnastics center all over the world. Ako ay isa rin sa mga naapektuhan. PGAA (Philippine Gymnastics and Athletics Academy) is closed until now. Kaya naman we are all praying na matapos na ang pandemyang ito para makapagsimula nang muli," Normita said to a blogger one time.


Meanwhile, Christian has this to say:


"Even though I am also venturing now into acting and hosting, the world of gymnastics was a part of me and I won't let it go down that way because of the pandemic," he stressed. "I believe this too shall pass. Gymnasts like me had suffered broken arms and ribs to achieve perfection. We had dedicated our bodies and our souls into it. There could be more ways like social distancing and safety health protocols. I do believe, soon, the government will open again these sports venues like PGAA so that aspiring gymnasts can train again. Me and my mom promise to do our best to make it survive."


Christian with Mom Normita and sister Geneveve


Meanwhile, aside from the world of gymnastics, Christian is now preparing himself for possible acting jobs in the future after the pandemic. He reads a lot of books, watches many classical films and continues studying different acting methods of Hollywood actors. He had even attended the Ricky Lee Master Class virtually just to further enhance his acting prowess as film artist.


Geneveve with young trainees


"Being ready and prepared will make you feel more confident. Let's all be much more equipped this time around. This challenge of a pandemic only made us stronger," Christian concluded.


Well said, isn’t it?.

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