AXE APOLLO SPACE ACADEMY SELECTS FIRST FILIPINO ASTRONAUT
Last January, AXE – the no. 1 fragrance brand in the world – unveiled a campaign to take the first Filipino to space with over 20 others from over 160 countries worldwide to celebrate the launch of AXE Apollo, its newest and possibly most iconic fragrance yet.
was among the top
countries that participated in the global campaign with over 28,000 applications
for the opportunity to become the first Filipino to ever go to space. From thousands, three candidates were
selected to represent the country at the international AXE Apollo Space Camp
held at the Philippines Kennedy Space Center
in the The three candidates underwent astronaut
training with over 100 others from all over the globe. Finally, one has been chosen to take to space
by 2015 as the first Filipino astronaut.
After five days of grueling tests and challenges at theRoque is set to become the first Filipino astronaut by 2015, joining 23 other
22-year old Crossfit trainer and De La Salle University psychology graduate
Chino Roque was declared the first Filipino astronaut by no less than legendary
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The
ceremonies were held at the AXE
Academy . Kennedy
|The AASA astronauts proudly display their certificates.|
More About the AXE Apollo Space Camp
The three Filipino representatives – Evan Rey Datuin, Ramil Santos, and Chino Roque – underwent training at the
AXE Apollo Space
Academy in . They experienced Zero-gravity Parabolic
Flights on board a Boeing 727, Air Combat Training on-board an SIAI Marchetti
SF260, and Hyper-gravity G Force Training. Orlando, Florida
The entire Filipino delegation, especially Roque, impressed the AXE and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) judges with their performance on the challenges. Roque was one of the few who were able to maneuver the plane. All three delegates pushed their bodies to the limit as they took on the incredible pressures of hyper-gravity at four times the force of Earth’s gravity.
AXE Apollo’s Space Camp officially ended with the graduation of all 107 delegates and the awarding of the 24 space flight winners. The graduation ceremony was led by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the chairman of the judging committee. Other members of AXE’s judging committee were XCOR Aerospace COO Andrew Nelson, whose rocket engine company is manufacturing the space craft that will fly the 24 winners to space; Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) CEO Michiel Mol; SXC Test Pilot Mission Control COO Harry Van Hulten; and SXC Director of Commercial Space Marlous Mens.
as I am sure the Filipino people as well, are proud to have had , Evan, and Ramil
represent our country at the international AXE Apollo Space Camp. They showed that Filipinos are courageous,
determined, and resilient,” says AXE Brand Manager Gem Laforteza. Chino
Leave a man, come back a space hero
“AXE Apollo is about heroes. It’s about setting out to do what seems impossible,” says AXE Apollo
judge Luis Manzano. Philippines
“We would like to believe that AXE’s campaign has inspired Filipinos and people everywhere to imagine the unimaginable,” says Laforteza.