Friday, December 06, 2019

Iliganon Karatekas, Bagged Awards in Malaysia

(Monday15th day of July 2019)


Iligan City – Iliganon athletes were recognized during the flag raising ceremony at the Anahaw Amphitheatre on July 15.

Mr. Hipolito “Paul” Majaducon bagged the bronze medal from the Male Veterans Individual Kumite category, while Ms. Charene “Char” Espejo secured the bronze medal from the Female Individual Kata category during the 20th Milo International Karate Championship on July 5-7, 2019, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event was participated in by 1,250 Karateka from 47 countries.

“Good time management, kay student man ta, kailangan nato matunga ang atong oras sa studies and sports,” (Good time management, as we are students, we have to be able to divide our time between studies and sports) Ms. Espejo stated during an interview. “Ang natabang sa ako aning sports kay na-develop nako ang alertness ug discipline sa kaugalingon,” (Sports helped me develop alertness and self-discipline), she added. Karate was introduced to her by her uncle when she was seven. A former Batang Pinoy and PNG medalist, Ms. Espejo advises the young athletes: “continue lang sa unsa’y gusto ninyo sa inyong life (just continue doing what you want to do in your life), like for example, sports, no matter what happens, don’t stop pursuing your goals.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Majaducon is currently a sensei in Karate in two different schools in Iligan. When asked about his aims why he is passionately teaching martial arts for years now, he said: “Siyempre, as a teacher and coach, naa ko’y ambisyon ug kana ang mamahimo ang among mga studyante nga mga medalists. And that they’d develop, not only in sports but also sa kinatibuk-an sa iyang pagka-tawo nga ma-healthy usab ang ilang mind ug body,” (Of course, as a teacher and coach, I have an ambition that our students would become medalists. And, that they’d develop not only in sports but as a whole being, with a healthy mind and body). Mr. Majaducon also would want to encourage the youth, specifically the young athletes, to practice and perfect whatever sport they would want to be active in, and that they should grow and develop with it.

Both Ms. Espejo and Mr. Majaducon intend to inspire others to spend our precious time wisely, and bring pride and glory not only to ourselves but also to our city.


– –  Kristoff S.


Photo credit : City Sports Office

Photo Credit : City Sports Office

Photo credit : City Sports Office