PMA names 2 athletic saber awardees
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
“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
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.