Two Filipinos were chosen to be among the 8,000 torchbearers for the 2012 London Olympics in July.
Reymund Enteria and Steven Cheung, both based in the United Kingdom, were honored on their visit to the Philippine Embassy in London. Ambassador Enrique Manalo honored the two, who were among the thousands of nominees for their inspiring stories.
Enteria and Cheung have both expressed appreciation on their selection.
Enteria, who is a senior occupational therapist in Kent county in southern England, dedicated his run to all his fellow overseason Filipino workers (OFWs). His family had worked in Saudi Arabia before they came to the U.K. His father worked as a jeepney driver in the Philippines while his mother was a factory worker in Hong Kong.
Cheung, an Olympic ambassador and community leader advocating for the youth, meanwhile, has hoped his run would inspire Filipinos to become more actively engaged in communities. Aside from representing the youth and Filipino and Chinese communities in Britain, Cheung is also the co-founder of the SCF Foundation which seeks to elevate the presence of Filipinos in the UK through trade, social enterprise, volunteering and political participation.
The Olympic Flame will be lit in Greece and will arrive in the U.K. on May 18. The torchbearers will carry it across more than 1,000 cities, towns, and villages in the UK for 70 days.