After Onyok, Roel Velasco also received his own franchise of Chooks-to-Go
ROEL VELASCO- The younger brother of Onyok also received his own franchise of Chooks-to-Go.
Roel, who won a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, was recognized for the pride and honor he gave to the country.
Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas said that the younger Velasco along with his brother Onyok help in the victorious bouts of Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial.
The three won silvers and bronze respectively in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020.
According to Roel Velasco, he still has regrets after placing only third place in his campaign in Barcelona.
He was able to clinch the finals rounds after defeating Kenya’s James Wanene, India’s Rajendra Prasad, and Great Britain’s Rowan Williams.
However, during his fight with eventual gold medalist Rogelio Marcelo of Cuba, their bout ended shortly due to a cut he sustained.
Overall, he placed third in the men’s division.
But such experience fueled his role as a national team coach now.
Meanwhile, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Leopoldo Serantes also received ₱100,000 monthly allowance for life courtesy of Chooks-to-Go.
Serantes is the sixth (6th) Filipino to win an Olympic medal. He was also a gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games.
The former Olympian who is now 59-year-old, a native of Bicol, is currently suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and has been confined in Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
It was just recently when weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history as the first Filipina to win a gold medal in the Olympics.
Her victory was accompanied by massive rewards and incentives which paved the way for other athletes such as Roel Velasco to be given recognition anew.
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