By NIMROD NL QUIÑONES

 

I had been a little lazy at the start of the year and have not uploaded much material on www.fullpointcebu.com.  Now, I am back into the groove and hope to get this website up and running at full speed soon.

There will be many growing pains, but I hope to see this project pass the toughest of tests and move ahead.

To all those who believe, thank you very much!

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            This has been a good week for football in Cebu with the Don Bosco Football League kicking off last Wednesday and the 4th Sinulog Cup Football Festival set this weekend.

            The DBFL is a league-type event where there would games spread for a few months.

            This tournament format will help develop teams for the bigger stage and we need events like this in our calendar.

           This weekend, those who just love the game and would like to see some action, can join the Sinulog Cup.  It’s too late if you want to register as the list up was closed several days ago.

            You can still watch the action at the Aboitiz Sports Field and the San Roque Parish Field.  Incidentally, both venues are in Subangdaku, Mandaue City, but are not close to each other.

            Games set this Saturday at the Aboitiz sports Field will be those for U7 Mixed, U9 Mixed, U11 Mixed, U15 Girls, and U18 Girls.

            The U18 Boys, U15 Boys, and U13 Boys will be played at San Roque on Saturday.

            This Sunday, the Aboitiz Sports Field will host the men’s open event while over at San Roque will be the Inter-BPO, Inter-company, Ladies Open, and the 38-Above category.

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            My judo coach Leonardo ‘Jojo’ M. Roa, Jr. informed me last week of his plan to teach judo again.

A newspaper clipping from Jojo's national championship victory.
A newspaper clipping from Jojo’s national championship victory.

Tonight, I received word from him that the first session will be on January 23, 7 p.m. at the USC Gym.

While Atty. Vicente Fernandez II, a buddy from college, was my first judo teacher, we both honed our skills in the Japanese martial art under the watchful eyes of Jojo and his elder brother Manuel ‘Gogo’ Roa many years ago.

I earned my belts under their tutelage and won some medals, which I have shown to my children a few times.

Receiving my medal from Gogo Roa during the Roa Cup in 1990.  The tournament was held in honor of their father Leonardo Roa, Sr., a Cebu Sports Hall of Famer.
Receiving my medal from Gogo Roa during the Roa Cup in 1990. The tournament was held in honor of their father Leonardo Roa, Sr., a Cebu Sports Hall of Famer.

I have officially retired from competition after the Philippine National Games in 1994, but stayed in touch with the sport, which helped define my life.

The return of the Roa brothers is a welcome development.  I’m sure many of those who learned from them would like to join the training sessions again.

Competing for Cebu in the 35th National Individual Championships in Pasig. With me here were Mickey Arroyo of USC Judo Club, and Tirso Roa and Paul Dabalos of UP Judo Club.
Competing for Cebu in the 35th National Individual Championships in Pasig. With me here were Mickey Arroyo of USC Judo Club, and Tirso Roa and Paul Dabalos of UP Judo Club.

            I believe I can still execute many of the throws that Jojo had taught me and I hope to join the training sessions soon even if several injuries will prevent me from training as hard as before.

When I met Jojo back in the late 1980s, he just came from the Gintong Alay Program and had much to teach students like me, who dedicated several nights each week to honing my throwing skills.

One of my most cherished sports gear is my judo-gi.  I have been looking for one that is a bit smaller than my size 4 gi, but the Mizuno stores in Cebu don’t have the size 3.5 available.

I am looking forward to January 23 and I hope that I would be able to clear my schedule so I can be there to witness the return of the Roa brothers.

I asked Jojo what would be needed to join.  He said, “judo-gi, commitment and perseverance.”

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            MILESTONES: Happy birthday greetings to Retired General Jess Fajardo, Toledo City Councilor Marjorie Piczon-Perales, Rana Guarin, Bodie Dago-oc, Mike Olitres, Karen Joy Jajalla, Niña Briones, Cris Cobile, and Lt. Col. Christopher Tampus.

Belated greetings to Manuel Quiñones Kee, Roy Dacalos, Adonis Sucalit,  Rosanna ‘Pinky’ Chupungco-Navarro, and James Lobedica, who celebrated yesterday.

More power to all of you!