Arielle Orella: Golden girl of Palarong Pambansa gymnastics

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Arielle Nicole Orella has been competing since 2007 and has represented her country once in the ASEAN School Games.

(CNN Philippines) — Over a thousand athletes from all over the country will converge in the city of Tagum, Davao del Norte to compete in this year's edition of the Palarong Pambansa from May 3 to 9.

For multi-awarded gymnast Arielle Nicole Orella, this is another shot at gold.

At 16 years old, Orella is one of the Philippine's most promising gymnasts having consistently won medals in the Milo Little Olympics, Palarong Maynila, and Palarong Pambansa since she was eight.

Orella first competed in the Palarong Pamabansa in 2007, and has been a dominant force in gymnastic events ever since.

"Sa akin po, 'di po importante kung manalo o matalo, ang importante po sa akin na maiperform ko ng maganda ang routine ko at maipakita ko sa kanila ung best ko," said Orella.

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Despite her humble statement, her records in the past few years has shown that Orella actually has hauled in a large number of medals and has been recognized as the Most be Medal Athlete in five of the eight editions of the Palaro that she has competed in.

"Pinapalad na nakakakuha ng gold palagi every year ng Palarong Pambansa," said Orella with a cheeky smile.

Her exploits in the previous years have given her the opportunity to don the national colors in the ASEAN School Games.

"Ayun po talaga ang pangarap ko," said Orella on representing the Philippines.

Unfortunately, Orella wouldn't be able to represent the Philippines at a higher level soon because of the absence of representatives in gymnastics for the country in the SEA Games, something that she hopes will change in the future.

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After her secondary education, Orella plans to continue practicing and improving as a gymnast through her college life and hopes to become a teacher some day and pass on the craft she loves to the next generation.

To her fellow athletes and aspiring gymnasts, Orella stressed the values of hard work and to always dream for the best: "Huwag nyo hayaan ang talent nyo na mabalewala lang."