The UP FORUM Roundtable Discussion on SPORTS

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Teodoro J. Herbosa, MD Executive Vice President UP System
Teodoro J. Herbosa, MD
Executive Vice President
UP System


What was your most memorable PE subject and why?

My most memorable PE subject was badminton. I was a member of the UP Varsity Track Team competing in 110-m high hurdles and 400-m low hurdles. I didn’t have to take PE yet, but we were encouraged by my coach to take other PE subjects to cross-train. I decided to take badminton because of the pretty girls, one of whom was my crush. The PE teacher was surprised because I was the only male student in the class. Of course he humiliated me and made me sweat and run by playing with me in front of my lady classmates! I was humiliated in front of my crush but got my cross-training and realized how real badminton was actually very strenuous.


What sports, games, or physical activity do you engage in? What about it do you like the most?

I was active in high school in Modern Arnis and was one of the prime students of Remy Presas, the father of Modern Arnis in the Philippines. I also studied Shotokan Karate and Choy Lai Fut Kung Fu. I was a member of the high school track and field team competing in 110-m high hurdles, 400-m low hurdles and 4×400-m relay. I was also the chess champion of my high school and competed in the first National Students Chess Championship. In undergraduate school in UP Diliman, I was invited to join the varsity track team competing in the same events. I also joined the first Swing competition in the Philippines. In medical school, I indulged in running along Roxas Blvd and also cycling and swimming. During residency in Surgery, I join AAK Karatedo and eventually also competed. These days, I now just walk around the UP Academic oval for exercise and occasionally swim as well.


Aside from basketball, volleyball, and football, what other sports or PE subjects do you think should UP offer or promote?

I suggest other sports that are popular with the current generation as well as other Olympic sports.


What do you think it will take for UP to become UAAP overall champion again?

With hard work, discipline and good coaching, we can definitely become overall UAAP champions again. This also requires investments in our sports teams, facilities, equipment, and coaching staff.

(Among the significant contributions of EVP Ted Herbosa to Philippine Sports Medicine are his stints as an officer of the Sports Medicine Association of the Philippines in the early 1990s; medical director of the Philippine Sports Commission in the late 1990s; medical director of the World Union of Karatedo Organizations in the early 1990s; and team doctor of the Philippine Team to the 1995 SEA Games in Jakarta and the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1997.)


Read the online UP Forum April-June 2018 Vol. 19 No. 2 issue in full here.