House members out to honor these 2 young athlete-achievers

Published November 17, 2022, 12:26 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The House of Representatives intends to honor two young athletes who recently brought great honor and pride to the country in their respective sports.

Aleia Aielle Aguilar (left) and Bince Rafael Operiano (Facebook)

Several House resolutions (HR) have been filed for the purpose of giving recognition to Aleia Aielle Aguilar, who recently gained the distinction of youngest jiu-jitsu world champion; and Bince Rafael Operiano, arguably the top under-10 chess player in Eastern Asia.

Bulacan 6th district Rep. Salvador Pleyto and TGP Party-list Rep. Jose “Bong” Teves Jr filed HR Nos. 545 and 546, respectively, to honor five-year-old Aleia for her exploits in the 2022 Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

Aleia, daughter of Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) founder Alvin Aguilar, won the gold medal in the prestigious tournament’s 1-under 16-kilogram (kg) category.

Aleia visited the House of Representatives Wednesday, Nov. 16 with her parents. House members snapped selfies and photos of the jiu-jitsu champion when she was at the plenary hall.

Meanwhile, the recognition of Bince is being sought by his fellow Bicolanos Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda, Ang Probinsyano Party-list Rep. Alfred delos Santos, and Ako Bicol Party-list Reps. Zaldy Co and Jill Bongalon.

The nine-year-old Oas, Albay native placed no.1–and under challenging circumstances at that– in the under 10 years old category, in the 6th Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. He finished sixth overall in the tournament, and won a total of four medals.

Reports said he is set to be conferred a National Master (NM) title when he turns 10.

Salceda and Delos Santos filed HR No.541, while Co and Bongalon filed HR No.542, for the purpose of honoring the young chess wizard.