ROXAS City (July 23)— The Filamer Christian University (FCU) commended three of its students for winning gold medals in the 5th World Korea Taekwondo Culture Expo held on July 8–13 at Muju-gun Jeollabuk-do, South Korea.
Zharie Grae Te Aguirre, Mar Angelo Rivera and Jason Benisano brought pride not only to the school and the province of Capiz but also to the country, according to the FCU administration.
The university, currently under newly installed President Salvio Llanera, will give a scholarship to the three taekwondo gold medalists aside from incentives given to students who excel in curricular and extra-curricular activities.
“We are surprised of the excellent performances of our students, which brought honor to the school and the country,” Llanera said during a press conference at the university’s Board Room yesterday.
Atty. Mariano Dioso, member of the Board of Trustees, said he will propose that the students be exempted from their tuition and miscellaneous fees.
Jessie Contreras, another member of the Board, agreed to the plan of Dioso.
The university vowed to make itself a “home of teakwondo world champions,” according to Contreras.
The three students and their coach Adorico Venancio will be presented to the FCU community on July 30.
A few months ago, Aguirre, Rivera and Benisano passed the selection process conducted by the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA), an affiliate member of the World Taekwondo Federation and the Philippine Olympic Committee, said PTA secretary general, Dr. Manolo Gabriel.
The three has since become part of the Philippines’ delegation to the 5th World Korea Taekwondo Culture Expo.
Aguirre, Rivera and Benisano also shone in regional and national taekwondo competitions before joining the international contest.
Benisano competed in the Grade School Boy event, Rivera for the Junior Men, and Aguirre for the Junior Women category.
Aguirre is a first year nursing student while Rivera is second year high school student./PN