We join the Philippine sports community in mourning the loss of Mr. Pocholo Veguillas.
Mr. Manuel “Pocholo” W. V. Veguillas III, President of the Philippine Skating Union, passed away due to heart failure last November 24 2017, Friday. He was 74 years old.
Mr Pocholo Veguillas is addressed by many as “Shihan,” a title used in the Japanese martial arts to address masters or experts in their discipline. Indeed, he was truly deserving of the honor. In his lifetime Mr. Pocholo Veguillas left a lasting legacy to the Philippine karate community. Widely regarded as the Father of Philippine Karate, Mr. Pocholo Veguillas was a founding father of the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Philippines. After the 14th Southeast Asian Games in 1987, the Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) was established. Mr. Pocholo Veguillas served as is founding president and remained in this position from 1987 until 2000. With the Philippine Karatedo Federation under his leadership, the Philippine Karate National Team would go on to win 72 medals from several international competitions. Of these 72 medals, 41 of them were gold. It was also during his presidency that several Filipino karatedo technical officials received international accreditation.
In 2004, the Philippine Skating Union (PhSU) was established with Mr. Pocholo Veguillas as its president. Originally established as the Ice Skating Institute of the Philippines, the Philippine Skating Union was granted provisional membership to the International Skating Union in June 2004, and would later receive full membership upon the completion of the country’s first Olympic-sized skating rink at the SM Mall of Asia in May 2006. Under the leadership of Mr. Pocholo Veguillas, the Philippine Skating Union trained and developed elite athletes for international competition such as figure skater Michael Christian Martinez, the first Filipino to compete in the Winter Olympics of 2014 and speed skater Kathryn Magno, the first person to win a medal in speed skating for the Philippines and the only Filipino competitor in short track speed skating during the Southeast Asian Games of 2017.
For those who would wish to pay respects, viewing is at the Premier Chapel A of the Loyola Chapels and Columbary, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Paranaque City. Internment will be on November 29 2017, Wednesday, after at 9:00am Mass at the Loyola Memorial Chapels and Crematorium, also along Dr. A. Ave., Paranaque City.
We extend our sincerest condolences to the members of the Philippine skating community and the Philippine karate community, as well as the family and friends of Mr. Pocholo Veguillas.
(Photo from http://aakarate.com)