DREAM came true for Marcus Hinojas after getting an offer to play for National University Bulldogs taekwondo team in Manila.
The Bulldogs have been one of the dominating teams not only in the recent UAAP but also with all other national tournaments.
NU head coach Jeffrey Figueroa said that he is happy to have recruited Marcus, who he described as very valuable additional to his line up this coming UAAP Season. Other NU recruits are current national team junior men’s team members from Cebu and Baguio. “Marcus who is a many time national and international champion will bring more firepower to my line up,” he added.
The Bulldogs are well-supported by business tycoon Hans Sy of SM.
“Sy will be coming up with an NU Sports Academy where its players will be trained thoroughly with help of reinforced international Olympic coaches including diet and conditioning coaches,” stressed Figueroa. “This will prepare NU players to become Olympic-level athletes.”
The 15-year-old Hinojas, who represented Joshua Telequido’s Negros Taekwond Union Tigers Talisay/Hanah Taekwondo Negros of Vic Feria at the 2017 Carlos Palanca Jr. Kukkiwon Cup National Taekwondo Championships, competed in the junior men division finweight 45kg category against fighters aged 17 and 18 years old.
Hinojas defeated Michael Angelo Rebollado of Tank Troopers Gym Manila, 17-0 during the preliminaries before routing Kian Graydon Ashe of Laguna in the quarterfinals via a 20-point gap win, 25-5.
In the semis, Hinojas also outplayed Jairus Yo-Eco of La Salle Greenhills, 15-6 before yielding to Antonio Jose Sucero of VAS-NCR in the finals, 15-17.
Meanwhile, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares was delighted with the recent win of Hinojas. He said that Marcus will serve as an inspiration to all aspiring athletes from Talisay City. “With the all-out support and help of the local government, I expect more athletes to become national and international champions,” he said.
Jun Hinojas, Marcus’ father, said that he is happy and excited to see my son compete in the coming UAAP season. “I’ve seen all the hard works have paid off. Despite all the trials that Marcus and our family has experienced a few years ago, my son used it as an inspiration to move up and strive for greater heights – especially when his mom passed away 3 years ago,” he said.
The elder Hinojas has been very supportive with Marcus’ quests throughout his playing career.*