PMA names 2 ath­letic saber awardees

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A LADY com­bat­ive sports en­thu­si­ast and a long dis­tance run­ner is set to re­ceive Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy’s ath­letic saber award.

For the first time in the academy’s his­tory, Asia’s pre­miere mil­i­tary school will hand two ath­letic saber award to Cadet First Class Ri­cardo Witawit Li­waden of Barlig, Mt. Province and Jasm Marie Al­coriza of Ba­colod City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

Aside from be­ing top two of the grad­u­at­ing as salu­ta­to­rian of the PMA Ala­gad ng Lahing Bingkis ng Ta­pang at Lakas (Alab Tala), Li­waden will also re­ceive the ath­letic saber and the sports phys­i­cal devel­op­ment plaque.

From be­ing a ju­doka, Li­waden shifted to marathon when he en­tered the academy due to time con­straint dur­ing

train­ing.

“I shifted sa run­ning kasi at that time na nasa academy ako, ku­lang yung oras para mag­prac­tice ng judo,” said Li­waden who is also set to re­ceive the Vice-Pres­i­den­tial and the Philip­pine Army Saber.

Al­coriza on the other hand is a sea­soned com­bat­ive sports prac­ti­tioner where she com­peted as a mem­ber of the academy’s wushu team win­ning three gold medals in the Baguio – Benguet Ed­u­ca­tional Ath­letic League from 2014 to 2016.

The 24 – year – old Ilonggo is also a red bel­ter in taek­wondo and has also joined muay thai com­pe­ti­tions out­side the academy.

“I took up taek­wondo when I was in grade school be­cause I was once bul­lied so I looked for some ways where I can de­fend my­self and from then on I con­tin­ued to learn the sport un­til I came here in the academy,” said Al­coriza.

Al­coriza added she was also be­ing pur­sued to try mixed mar­tial arts but re­fused due to con­flict of sched­ule.

“My coach in wushu has al­ways tried to pur­suade me to try MMA but I al­ways beg off be­cause I might get in­jured and at the same time I don’t have enough time for train­ing,” said the BS Engi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy grad­u­ate.

PMA Su­per­in­ten­dent Lieutetant Gen­eral Donato San Juan said with two ath­letic saber awardees for this year, they hope to in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize the giv­ing out of the award to both male and fe­male cadets.

“We ac­knowl­edge that women also ex­cel in sports and its due time to rec­og­nize both men and women,” quipped Donato. Rod­er­ick Osis

Photo by Milo Brioso

TARZAN AND JANE. For the first time in the academy’s his­tory, Asia’s pre­miere mil­i­tary school will hand two ath­letic saber award to Cadet First Class Ri­cardo Witawit Li­waden of Barlig, Mt. Province and Jasm Marie Al­coriza of Ba­colod City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

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