MANILA, Philippines -- Actor-athlete Matteo Guidicelli, along with four others, will represent the Philippines in an international triathlon in Maui, Hawaii in late October.
A former go-kart racer, Guidicelli is among the group of five Filipinos who will join the 2012 XTERRA World Championship at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Hawaii on October 28.
The ABS-CBN actor, along with TV personality Drew Arellano, are among the 800 professional and amateur participants in the world's premier off-road triathlon competition.
The international XTERRA event in Hawaii, according to the competition's official website, will combine 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough water swim, a 29.5-kilometer (18.3-miles) mountain bike and a 9.8-kilometer (6.1-miles) trail run.
"Kaka-start ko lang ng triathlon, mga eight months ago. Na-addict talaga ako sa triathlon; it became a lifestyle for me. Talagang araw-araw magte-training talaga ako," Guidicelli told ABS-CBN News during a press conference of Vaseline Men held Wednesday.
The brand is sponsoring the training of the five-man Philippine team, which so far only has three slots filled.
A public voting via an online poll will be held to determine the two others who will join Guidicelli, Arellano and coach Noy Jopson. The candidates also underwent the same training as the other confirmed participants.
"I love representing the country, the Philippines. I get to reprsent it now again, so masaya," said Guidicelli, who qualified for the XTERRA race in after placing second at the Cebu tour held in March.