SALINAS, CA — The Filipino community hall in Salinas was packed, as the community honored their very own Clark Kent Apuada — the 10-year-old Filipino-American swimmer who broke Michael Phelps’ 100-meter butterfly record, set in 1995.
Elected leaders that consisted a representative from Assemblymember Anna Caballero, Monterey county supervisors, and the Mayor of Salinas, Joe Gunter.
All presented Clark with commendations.
Philippine Consulate General Henry Bensurto also honored Clark, and says he is a great example for this his generation of Filipino-Americans.
“If you noticed when Clark won he recognized and was proud to admit that he is also a Filipino, and I think this is the model we want to project a model that other Filipino-Americans should try to give inspiration from.”
For Clark, the highlight would be a clip of a CNN interview with Michael Phelps, personally congratulating him and telling him never to give up.
“There’s a lot of thoughts going on in my mind. I couldn’t express one feeling. There was a lot of feelings into that video,” he shared. “Those words were really inspirational to me.”