Villanueva hails recent batch of Filipino athletes winning in int’l competitions

Published December 5, 2022, 7:47 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva on Monday, December 5 commended Filipino athletes winning in various international competitions, and giving honors and pride to the country.

Villanueva cited world-renowned bowler Rafael Nepomuceno; 5-year-old jiu-jitsu champion Aleia Aielle Aguilar; and 8-year-old chess prodigy Rafael Operiano.

This after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution (SR) 287, authored by Villanueva, taking into consideration SR 295, authored by Senator Ramon ‘’Bong’’ Revilla Jr. recognizing Nepomuceno for taking home the gold medal at the Asian Seniors Championships held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 12, 2022

“Nepomuceno’s talent, discipline, sportsmanship, and longevity continue to be a source of pride for the country and proves why he is a living legend in the sport of bowling and one of the greatest Filipino athletes of all time,” Villanueva said.

The Senate also adopted Villanueva’s SR 285 lauding Operiano who emerged as the champion during the 6th Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand; and SR 286 congratulating Aguilar for her outstanding performance at the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Championships on November 13, 2022, becoming the Philippines’ youngest world champion.