What was your most memorable PE subject and why?
My most memorable PE subject was swimming. I learned I was quite good at it. All throughout my high school days, I had poor eye-hand coordination (table tennis, badminton) and was very poor at team sports (volleyball, basketball). But in swimming, neither was required. All I needed was to be comfortable in the water and make it to several laps. It was an excellent full body workout for my wiry frame and improved my lung capacity.
What sports, games, or physical activity do you engage in? What about it do you like the most?
I still swim regularly (once or twice week) although not as often and I’m a bit slower now. I used to do kendo until I became regent and had to miss weeks of practices. When I decided to return to practice last year, I had frozen shoulders so I had to rest from kendo again and actually change bags to relieve the stress from both shoulders. In order to improve my eye-hand coordination, I played badminton for 10 years while I was doing my PhD in Japan (during lunch time) and in the US (in the evenings). I try to squeeze in some badminton practice in Iloilo as long as the gym has wooden floors. I also bike regularly because I got used to riding my bicycle in Japan and the US. Lastly, I try to walk at least 2 kilometers a day. In UPV Miag-ao campus, I seldom ride the tricycle because I walk from CAS to the faculty staff house every day, up rolling hills.
Aside from basketball, volleyball, and football, what other sports or PE subjects do you think should UP offer or promote?
I think kendo and other martial arts (taekwondo, karate do, judo, etc.) should be added. Especially as a PE choice in other campuses. These expose students to different cultural contexts and build their appreciation of these sports.
What do you think will it take for UP to become UAAP overall champion again?
The UAAP has always been a challenge for UP. My UP College of Medicine classmates have children who now play for UP so I frequently hear feedback from them. I believe more resources should be given to the athletes and as regent under the Pascual administration, I know the BOR fully supported his initiatives (building the sports facilities, establishing a sports program office, etc.). As a physician by training, I fully support the initiatives of PGH and its director to help in the medical needs of the athletes. Lastly, private support for the athletes should be better coordinated.