Chino Roque: The First Filipino Astronaut

Chino Roque displays  proof. He was named  as part of a 22-man team to fly into the outer space (Photo taken from Space Camp at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida. Photo credit goes to Interaksyon)

A Filipino will make history when he flies to outer space next year.

Chino Roque became the first astronaut from the Philippines when he won the prize in the Axe Apollo Space Academy Competition.

His name was announced by Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, one of the astronauts of Apollo 11, and known as the second man to walk to the moon. Roque defeated fellow candidates Ramil Santos and Evan Ray Datuin.

The three just came back from the five-day training at Axe Apollo Space Camp in Orlando, Florida, where a total of 107 candidates participated. They will return to the country next week.

Roque, a former captain of La Salle’s football team and also a Crossfit trainer, underwent both air combat training and assault course.  Meanwhile, his fellow countrymen Santos and Datuin (also a La Sallean) took air force training and high G-Force Training, respectively.

A psychology graduate, Roque proved that his “never-give-up” attitude paid off at the end.

Prior to making it to the top three, the 22-year-old Roque was selected via electronic raffle to replace Lt. Mario Mendoza Jr., after the Air Force pilot withdrew from competition due to conflicts in his schedule.

Roque will be part of a 22-person contingent selected from 60 countries around the world, in an all-expense paid, half-hour trip outside the planet next year. Each of them will receive tickets worth $95,000 to fly into space aboard the X-COR Aerospace Lynx Aircraft.

Asked what he will bring with him to outer space, Roque answered “a rosary and the Filipino flag.”

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  • ant

    damn. this is history for Filipino’s. I think i just cried a little.

  • Juan Tamad

    Any military background ????

    • Anoneymoose

      they probably won’t operate stuff, also he was a fitness trainer so that qualifies and he has psychology background. They won’t stay on space for a long time, it’s just a trip.

  • disqus_0FJMahRKXl

    Congratulations to Chino Roque, as well as the other two Filipinos who were in the competition. Another reason to be a proud Filipino!

    On a separate note to the author, maybe you meant Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk “on the moon”. If he walked “to the moon” I doubt he would have ever made it to his destination.

    Peace to all!

  • Mariafe Lasmarias

    congratulations to CHINO ROQUE ,this is also another reason why I’ve been proud of being a Filipino.

  • porkchop

    we should exempt him from a lifetime taxes. lol. (sarcastic)
    Proud to be Pinoy….

  • jueteng lord

    lets wait if talagang “babe magnet” ka pag balik mo sa pinas hehehehehe

    • Xander

      Insecure ka lang siguro pre hehe

      • jueteng lord


  • Ukelukel

    not an astronaut after all but a space tourist. The title is somewhat deceiving.

    • Rypit Cebu

      does the nomenclature mean anything at this point? He will be travelling to the outer space bearing the flag and representing the entire Philippines, thanks to his abilities and intelligence. As you can see, he’s trained in both air combat training and assault course, so he must be trained as a crew member and not just a passive participant.

  • dods

    Congatz guyz

  • junie

    it’s really meant for you, astronaut or space tourist, that is still a very great opportunity 🙂

  • Ariella_Pinay1991

    Don’t return to PH. Just stay in USA. Philippine government is unfair. They’ll just go after your earnings or money. Wag na kayo bumalik dito. Baka gagatasan lang kayo ng mga greedy politicians. Hay naku! Whatever!

  • wow that’s great! wish we could join too! First ever Filipino to be an astronaut!

  • Daniel Dino Dabu

    pinoy – the universe 2014

  • Ai Leen

    Priceless and lifetime memory .. congrats, sobrang pambihirang pagkakataon yang dumating na yan … enjoy! :)))