After clinching the “Philippines’ Strongest Man” title earlier this year, Boholano Ray Jefferson Querubin claimed the 9th spot in an international strength competition sanctioned by a strongman ranking body.
Querubin competed against 400 participants from 10 countries in ranking events organized by Static Monsters and held in various areas across the globe and for the first time, including the Philippines.
The Boholano logged the best scores for log lift and axle deadlift in the Philippine leg of the event held at the Kinetix Lab in Quezon City on October 29.
He now holds the Philippine records for heaviest lifts in log press at 155 kg and axle deadlift at 365 kg which both earned him a spot inside the top ten of the Static Monsters global ranking.
According to Querubin, he will be competing again in March next year at Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia after qualifying for the Static Monsters World Championships.
“My goal is to rank 1st worldwide and to make our country known for this—that we Filipinos can perform and compete with foreign athletes,” Querubin said.
Querubin who currently works as a workforce analyst at a business process outsourcing company in Cebu City is a native of Barangay Poblacion, Dauis.
He started weightlifting at the age of 15.
“After graduating high school at Holy Name University, I got a scholarship offer from University of San Jose-Recoletos where I graduated with a degree in BS psychology,” said Querubin.
Querubin told the Chronicle that he trained with the Samjon Weightlifting Team at Burgos St. in Tagbilaran City before joining the Philippine weightlifting team.