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Parents of 3 Cordillera athletes proud of their kids UAAP victories

TOP BABY TAMARAW. Mhage Sebastian completed a stellar 2022 by leading the Far Eastern University – Diliman Baby Lady Tamaraws to the gold in chess, while also earning the Most Valuable Player plum in board one. She recently represented the country in the 20 under World Junior Chess Championship in Sicily, Italy where she finished right smack in the middle of the tough 65 player field. Rama Liporada, on the other hand, bucked a leg injury to win a silver medal for the University of Santo Tomas in men’s taekwondo kruyogi. From Jerzon Sebastian and Isani Liporada Facebook Pages

Three Cordilleran parents – two lawyers, both former journalists and a bank executive – are definitely happy during Christmas as their children earned medals playing in the biggest college sports organization in the country – the University Athletics Association of the Philippines.

Jherzon Sebastian – father of national master Mhage – could be the happiest with his daughter not just leading the Far Eastern University – Diliman Baby Tamaraws female chess team to the top podium but also winning the most valuable player plum in board one.

The FEU – Diliman team captain had a sterling 2022 that included representing the country in the World Junior Chess Championship in Sicily, Italy in October of last year where she finished at the middle of the 64 player 20-under women’s competition.

The elder Sebastian is a University of the Philippines – Baguio graduate of journalism who worked with Bombo Radyo – Cagayan before working with the town of Flora, Apayao and worked his way to law school before passing the bar last year.

He also played chess for UP Baguio in the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League.

Meanwhile, Baguio born and raised Pag-ibig de Villa fulfilled her dream of winning the gold medal in women’s judo in the 85th UAAP.

The fifth year UP – Diliman creative writing student postponed finishing her studies just to get the gold medal after winning a bronze in the individual competition and gold in team events during her first year in 2018.

She missed three years of competition due to the pandemic but came back strong to rule the under 71 kilogram side.

She is the daughter of bank manager James de Villa and Insular Life’s Marilen, herself a UP – Baguio graduate all the way from high school.

In taekwondo kruyogi, Rama Liporada, also Baguio born and raised, finished second for the University of Santo Tomas in the under 58 kg division on his rookie year.

The son of a city legal officer Isagani Liporada came off from a leg injury and still managed to get to the finals of the toughest collegiate competitions in the country.

In his Facebook wall, the elder Liporada, a former member of the Baguio Colleges Foundation (now University of the Cordilleras) basketball team, wrote: “Thank you, Father God, in Jesus’s name for healing Rama’s leg.”

The elder Liporada, at six feet flat, used his height to pay basketball for free education and has seen his four children join top schools in Manila as athletes and had  or  now enjoying scholarships as well as allowances, free board and lodging and free gears

He first worked as a reporter for the defunct City Digest before getting employed by former Rep. Bernardo Vergara and then at the Public Information Office. He was then enrolled at the UC Law School and took the bar and pass. He is now with the city legal office. Pigeon Lobien

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