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Former actor and athlete Monsour del Rosario keeps eye on Olympic gold for PH

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Being a sportsman, Monsour del Rosario breathes success and determination.

Monsour brought honors to the country as part of the Philippine National Taekwondo Team in the ’80s. Among his achievements are the gold medals in the 14th and 15th Southeast Asian Games, a bronze medal in the 10th Asian Games, and he reached the quarterfinal round of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Monsour del Rosario (Photo by Lester Ramos)

Monsour del Rosario (Photo by Lester Ramos)

Achieving his goals was not at all an easy road for Monsour. While many thought he grew up rich, Monsour shared he also had to do odd jobs while he was in the US.

“I was once a street sweeper. I also had to pick food from the garbage just so I can eat,” Monsour shared in an interview with the press.

His parents also separated when he was 11 years old. Monsour was raised by his grandmother that’s why he has always had a soft spot for the elderly.

“When I was still active in acting, when my parents separated, it was my grandmother who raised me. That’s why I have high respects for the senior citizens and women. My grandmother died when she was 95 years old and I was with her during her old days. While I may not be able to take care of my grandmother now, at least I can still help the living elders here,” he said.

When he came to the Philippines from the US, Monsour admitted that he was “self-destructing.” It was at a competition in Malaysia when he asked God to put him on the right path.

“If not for my love for sports, Taekwondo, and the Philippines, I may not be here anymore. There was one fight in my life, in Malaysia, I made a pact with God that if I made it through that game, I will straighten my ways,” he said.

Monsour became less active in the showbiz industry when he joined politics. Now, he’s running for Vice Mayor in Makati, while Junjun Binay runs as Mayor.

Being a sports ambassador and Chef De Mission in international competitions, Monsour wants to promote sports in Makati. The Filipino athletes brought home two gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals during his stint as Chef De Mission in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG).

“I hope that I can already do what I have been planning for a long time already for the youth. As you know, I became a Chef De Mission in AIMAG and also deputy chef de mission for Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) and for this year I was tasked by Malacañang to be the Chef De Mission for Manila Southeast Asian Games. So, sports is really close to my life,” he said.

Monsour hopes to train athletes that might potentially bring home the most coveted gold medals in Olympics, especially that the Philippines doesn’t have a gold medal yet.

“I want to help the youth in Makati. They have a big fund. We might be able to find here an Olympic gold medalist. Until now, we don’t have an Olympic gold medalist yet. Before I leave this earth, hopefully, I can see a Filipino winning an Olympic gold medal,” he said.

He wants to create a sports program that may develop young talents into athletes, that may eventually join the national teams. Monsour believes that sports can also help the youth to turn away from drugs and other vices.

“I have many plans here. I want to put comprehensive, substantial, and continuous sports program for the barangay and not just for summer only. I want it to be continuous and expose them in the national level. I want them to compete with each other per barangay, district versus district, then whoever becomes the champion of the city, we send them to national competition. Hopefully, they get to the national team and also be scouted by the colleges and universities so they can have scholarship. The kids will be healthy too,” he said.

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