The Philippine Taekwondo Team in the 30th SEA Games; Its History and the Pioneers in The Philippines

maria urduja osit-li
3 min readNov 28, 2019


The 30th SEAGames

Introduced in the Philippines through the efforts of Kim Bok Man and Young Man Park in 1970, Park’s legacy of propagating Taekwondo upon the invitation of President Marcos.

While Taekwondo became popular worldwide, in 1971 the sport became dormant when Park left the Philippines.

In 1975, Sung-Chon Hong came to the Philippines to continue to re-introduce Taekwondo to aspiring Athletes.

The Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) has been established by Grand Master Sung-Chon Hong.

The current Central Headquarters of the PTA is at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

The PTA is a member of the Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Federation, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and Asian Taekwondo Union.

Sung-Chon Hong has devoted decades to mentoring, developing and promoting Taekwondo nationwide and worldwide, and is popularly considered the Father of Taekwondo in the Philippines.

Filipino Olympian Monsour del Rosario
Filipino Olympian Stephen Fernandez

The Pioneers of Taekwondo in the Philippines

  • Paul Cabatingan — First Batch member and organizer of Taekwondo Blackbelt Brotherhood (TBB)
  • Arch. Elmer Pato -Chairman at Eljan Ventures Inc.(First professional manufacturer of Taekwondo Apparel in the Philippines). Bronze Medalist in 1976 Asian Championships-Melbourne, Australia.
  • Monsour del RosarioRanked №1 in the Philippines from 1982–1989, Ranked №1 in Southeast Asia in 1989 (Gold Medalist 15th SEA Games,
  • Ranked №1 in Southeast Asia Lightweight Division in 1987 (Gold Medalist 14th SEA Games) Ranked 2nd Best in Asia in 1986 (Silver Medalist in the 1986 10th Asian Games, Seoul, Korea) Ranked 3rd Best In the World in 1985 (Bronze Medalist in the 1985 7th World TKD Championships in Seoul, Korea) 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo (Lightweight Division) Quarter finalist at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games
  • Under Master Sung Chong Hong, Korean 8th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt
  • Monsour del Rosario is the ASEAN Taekwondo President which leads, as the Philippine Taekwondo Team brazes up for the 30th SEAGames.
  • Stephen Fernandez- 1988 Pre Olympic Games Seoul- senior, 1991 World Championships Athen- 1992 Pre Olympic Games Barcelona-
  • Col. Jeff Tamayo — Silver medalist in 1982, coach to Bea Lucero and Ali Atienza and military colonel.
  • Jaime “Jimmy” Martin — Member of the First Philippine National Taekwondo Team. Bronze Medalist (2nd — World Taekwondo Championships), 2 Time Bronze Medalist (1st & 2nd — 1974 & 1976 Asian Taekwondo Championships). Member of the Taekwondo Blackbelt Brotherhood (TBB).
  • Roland Campos — International referee.
  • Joseph Bismark



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