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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Aguinaldo Pride: Karateka praised for snatching bronze medal in Japan

Aguinaldo, Ifugao – In a ceremony held in Pasay on Wednesday, February 07, the football and karate-do teams of the Philippine Air Force were honored with commendations from Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Stephen Parreño.


One of the distinguished athletes was Airman First Class Ric Maanao from Aguinaldo Ifugao, a member of the Special Service Office within the 530th Air Base Group of the Air Installation and Base Development Command.


His success resonated when he secured a bronze medal during the 22nd National International Martial Arts Karate-do Exchange Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, on January 7, 2024.


The accolades of Maanao extend far beyond his recent feat, as he has been proving his prowess over the years.

From being a national team member from 2011 to 2016, he became a national team coach from 2016 to 2019, showcasing his talent on the international stage.


He solidified his standing in the martial arts as he clinched a bronze medal at the SEA Karate Federation in Vietnam in 2014.


The following year, his dedication to karate-do earned him the highest honor at the AFP-PNP-PCG Olympics.


In 2016, he settled as 5th placer at the Thailand Open Karate-Do Championship.


Reflecting on his journey, Maanao attributes his success to the values of discipline, respect, and hard work that helped him achieve his goals and become the best version of himself.


His determination to his craft serves as an inspiration to aspiring individuals and athletes striving for excellence.