Winning “losers:” Comval pilots military wellness camp

Mawab, Compostela Valley Province– It is a happy and fulfilling moment for the “losers” as they lined up to receive the certificates of completion to the 5-day military-style fitness training camp dubbed as “Agila Fitness Challenge” from May 22-26, 2019 at Camp Gen. Manuel T. Yan in Brgy. Tuburan, Mawab, Comval.

The event is spearheaded by the provincial government through the Tourism, Investment and Promotions Development Office in partnership with the 10th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The first batch of participants have reasons to be proud of as they all lose weight as much as 4 kilos in just a week’s time, having survived the rigorous activities set every day.  The training includes daily army dozen exercises and physical fitness tests which varies from jogging, brisk walking, planking, jumping jack and push-ups.  They also immersed in the army training as they experienced combat drills, taught the use of Arnis, basic self-defense, firing, rappelling, assembling and disassembling of weapons, among others.

“Compostela Valley has been developing wellness products. We have nature, therapy, sauna waterfalls, we have sports but this time around, this is a fitness training that you will be immersed inside a military camp and then doing the military discipline and eating the kind of diet that the military are doing,” Christine Dompor, Provincial Tourism and Investment Promotions Officer said.

The meals are controlled with the supervision of a nutritionist and are served military-style “field mess.” That is, they take their meals on the ground, under the trees or scorching heat of the sun simulating an army while on operation.

Meanwhile, youngest participant, 17-year old Renalyn Langomez, a Grade 12 student in Ateneo de Davao University hopes to proceed in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and said her initial experience at the wellness camp helped her have an idea how it is training in the military.

Not only for losing weight, but the fitness camp is also a test of endurance and stamina for health buffs.  One of the biggest losers, Blaire Ormido, has been going to the gym but said it was still a challenge and new experience for him especially in terms of instilling discipline. He weighed in at 88 kg and came out at 84.6 kg.

“We believe that there’s more to explore in Compostela Valley. Every year, there’s a destination being discovered and developed. With such opportunities at hand, ComVal is positioning itself as an eco-adventure and wellness tourism destination in the country,” Gov. Tyron Uy said. (fe maestre, ID Comval/ photos by Tourism)