A 22-year-old CrossFit trainer will represent the Philippines in a space expedition in 2014 sponsored by a brand of men's grooming products.
Chino Roque emerged as the "First Pinoy Astronaut," personal care company Axe Philippines said on its social networking site.
Roque was among a group of prospective Filipino astronauts who took part in the AXE Apollo Space Academy Space Camp assault course at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida.
A separate report on state-run Philippines News Agency said legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin declared Roque the first Filipino astronaut during awarding ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center.
Roque beat fellow Filipinos Evan Ray Datuin and Ramil Santos for the title due to his performance in the Air Combat Training, G Force Training and Assault Course.
The three Filipinos took part in five days of astronaut training that included air combat training aboard a SIAI Marchetti SF260, g-force training through the G-Force Simulator, an assault course and an aptitude test. — JDS, GMA News