FINALLY, Negrense-born Marcus Hinojas gets his shots to fight for the National University Bulldogs in the 2017 Philippine Taekwondo League Tournament which kicks off on July 16 in SM South Mall Las Pinas, and the 2017 Smart Nationals Taekwondo Championships on July 22 to 23, 2017 at Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.
Hinojas will team up with last year’s MVP Kurt Barbosa, Sturdy Gilbuena, Asal Luigi Estrada, Gabriel Salaknib Soria, and Keith Docado as NU Bulldogs junior men’s team defends the crown in both tournaments.
Hinojas, who was recruited by the Bulldogs early this year, has been in rigid training alongside with among the country’s best jins under Coach Jeffrey Figueroa – who expects the many-time national and international champion to bring more firepower to his roster.
When Hinojas was still playing in the age-group, he represented Talisay City and Hanah Taekwondo Negros of Vic Feria – where he won various national and international titles including the gold and silver medals in 2016 and 2017 Carlos Palanca Jr. Kukkiwon Cup National Taekwondo Championships, respectively. He was also named Smart Nationals Best Player in 2012.
And, in recognition of his contribution to Talisay City, the local government headed by Mayor Neil Lizares recently handed Hinojas financial assistance and incentives.
Lizares, on his part, thanked Hinojas for the honor he brought to the city – particularly to its taekwondo program. “He has served as an inspiration to all Talisay City taekwondo jins who also aspires to be national and international champions.
For the upcoming UAAP Season, Hinojas will be joined by his former Hanah jins teammates Deb Matthew “Jack” Daclan, the 2013 Smart Nationals Best Player, and Docado – the 2013 MVP Best of the Best National Taekwondo Championship best player awardee.*