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Meet the First Filipino Astronaut: Chino Roque!

Way to go, bro!
by Ron Jay Eduvas | Dec 10, 2013
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Remember this face, gents. You’re looking at the first-ever future Pinoy astronaut, Chino Roque!

                                        You'll definitely flash a big smile if you win a round-trip joy ride to space!

The 22-year old Crossfit trainer is set to become the first Filipino astronaut by 2015, joining 23 other AXE Apollo Space Academy winners on a sub-orbital space flight. This after five days of grueling tests and challenges at the AXE Apollo Space Academy Space Camp at Orlando, Florida.

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Apollo 11 legend Buzz Aldrin shows Chino how to drop that astronaut swag

Roque edged out thousands of aspiring candidates, including fllow Pinoys hopefuls Evan Rey Datuin, Ramil Santos, to bag the spaceman job.

Aside from battering physical tests, Roque and his co-pilots underwent Zero-gravity Parabolic Flights and experienced weightlessness training to prepare them for their once-in-a-lifetime space quest.

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The world's next batch of astronauts!

And because Chino is set to leave for space real soon, AXE Philippines gave him one awesome send-off party last Monday, December 9, at URBN Bar and Kitchen in Bonifacio Global City. 

More of future-spaceman Chino and the AXE Apollo send-off on the gallery below!

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Photos Mark Jesalva; Additional photos from AXE Philippines
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