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Jesus N. Morales III

Long before Taekwondo was classified as a competition sport in the Olympics, Jesus N. Morales III made his remarkable contribution to the sport by registering impressive feats in the Southeast Asian Taekwondo Championship in Singapore. He emerged as a gold medalist in the SEA Taekwondo Union Championship in 1990. From 1986 to 1991, Morales was an athlete of the Philippine Taekwondo Team. He consistently romped away with top honors in various sports events such as the Carlos Palanca, Jr. Championship and the Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1987 and in Manila, the Philippines in 1991.

His passion and commitment to sports excellence were not confined in competitions alone. Morales coached the Philippine Taekwondo contingent to the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the Athens Olympics in 2004. He coached the Philippine team in all Asian Games and SEA Games from 1995 to 2005. Contributing to the surfacing of the National Team to be one of the world's top taekwondo teams today, Morales coached the Philippine team in all World Taekwondo Championships from 1996 to 2007. The Philippine Sports Commission has also entrusted him the training of the National and Olympic teams since 1992.

Morales has also branched out to the youth by serving as head coach of the Grade School and High School Taekwondo Clubs of the Ateneo de Manila University, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, and St. Paul's College Pasig. He also holds coaching assignments at St. Pedro Poveda College, Xavier School and San Sebastian College. From 2002 to 2006, he served as the Taekwondo City Head of Mandaluyong and San Juan. He is also the volunteer coach of the Philippine National Police Academy.

Reference:

  • TOTAL Awards 2007 Souvenir Program
    18 August 2007, UST Central Seminary Gymnasium
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