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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

31 August 2022 03:57:41 PM

Office of Speaker Martin G. Romualdez
Reference: Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
August 31


THE House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon unanimously
adopted House Resolution (HR) No. 317 honoring pole vaulter Ernest
John "EJ" Uy Obiena for bringing pride and glory to the Philippines.

Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, House Majority Leader Manuel Jose
“Mannix” M. Dalipe, Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos,
House Minority Leader Marcelino C. Libanan, and Tingog Reps. Yedda
Marie K. Romualdez and Jude
A. Acidre commended Obiena, world’s No. 3 vaulter, for winning the
gold medals in the 26th Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting in
Jockgrim and True Athletes Classic 2022 in Leverkusen, both in

“Resolved by the House of Representatives, to congratulate Ernest John
‘EJ’ Uy Obiena for winning the gold medals in the 26th Internationales
Stabhochsprung-Meeting held in Jockgrim, Germany and in the True
Athletes Classics in Leverkusen, Germany. Resolved, further, that a
copy of this Resolution be given to Ernest John “EJ” Uy Obiena,” the
resolution reads.

HR No. 317 was adopted in consolidation with HR Nos. 103, 105, 123,
131, 138, 147, 207, and 246.

The lawmakers lauded Obiena, a Filipino Olympian and Men’s Pole Vault
record holder, for his remarkable contributions in bringing honor to
the country.

“The exemplary performance of Ernest John ‘EJ’ Uy Obiena in pole
vaulting deserves utmost commendation and distinction for the honor
and glory he brought to the country,” the resolution said.

“With his string of accomplishments, EJ’s feat is one of the greatest
in Philippine athletics’ history, and underscored the kind of dizzying
heights the country has achieved in pole vaulting,” according to the
resolution. “He is set to compete again in various events, and with
his hard work and determination to be the best male pole vaulter,
success is within his reach.”

On August 23, 2022, Obiena won the gold medal in the 26th
Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting in Jockgrim, Germany.

In a span of five days, EJ Obiena won another gold medal during the
True Athletes Classics 2022 in Leverkusen, Germany on August 28, 2022.

In the 26th Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting,  Obiena kicked-off
his seven-meet stretch by clearing 5.81 meters and beating 10 other
competitors, including second placer Christopher Nilsen of the United
States, who cleared with 5.71 meters, and Kurtis Marschall of
Australia, who earned the third spot with the same height of 5.71

During the True Athletes Classics 2022, Obiena won thru countback
after clearing the bar at 5.81 meters to finish ahead of Rutger
Koppelaar of the Netherlands and Kurtis Marschall of Australia.

Aside from bagging the gold medals, the pole vaulter also reached the
standard to qualify for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in
Budapest, Hungary.

From his historic bronze finish in the 2022 World Athletics
Championships in Oregon, United States of America, Obiena rose from
number 6 to number 3 in the men’s pole vault ranking, and still number
1 in Asia.(END)