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Donnie Geisler files libel complaints vs PH taekwondo secretary-general

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Two-time Olympian Donnie Geisler claims that Philippine taekwondo secretary-general Rocky Samson's statements put him in a 'bad light'

LIBEL COMPLAINT. Donnie Geisler (right) claims that the national taekwondo federation made more unfair actions made towards him. Contributed photo

Olympian Donnie Geisler files complaint against PH taekwondo

Jun 24, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Two-time Olympian Donnie Geisler claims he has been harassed by the Philippine Taekwondo Association since 2014

LEGAL ACTION. Filipino Olympian Donnie Geisler is set to take legal action against the Philippine Taekwondo Association. Photo from Donnie Geisler Academy Instagram

SEA Games taekwondo champ Jocel Ninobla strikes online gold

May 14, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Three-time UAAP champion Jocel Ninobla tops over a hundred opponents in the inaugural online poomsae tournament

TOP FORM. Jocel Ninobla remains a winner even in the virtual world. Photo from UAAP

Tokyo 2020: Who’s Olympic taekwondo hopeful Pauline Lopez?

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:33 PM

Still at the top of her game, Pauline Lopez almost quit taekwondo recently but reconsidered after opting to 'reset and rewire'

DETERMINED. Philippine taekwondo standout Pauline Lopez hopes to clinch an Olympic berth this time. File photo

Olsim, Barbosa shore up PH assault in kickboxing, taekwondo

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Jerry Olsim rules the men's -69kg kick light division in kickboxing, while Kurt Bryan Barbosa tops the men's -54kg in taekwondo

FIRST GOLD. Representing the famed Team Lakay, Jerry Olsim delivers. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Lopez, PH taekwondo team kick way to 3 SEA Games gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Pauline Lopez, Samuel Morrison, and Dave Cea all deliver gold medals as the Philippine taekwondo team dominates on the second day of competition

ANOTHER ONE. Pauline Lopez collects her second SEA Games gold medal. File photo by Martin San Diego

Gold rush in SEA Games taekwondo as PH rakes in 4 golds, 4 silvers

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The poomsae team fuels the Philippines' gold factory, winning at least a silver in each of the 8 categories on the first day of competition

GOLD AFTER GOLD. Rodolfo Reyes Jr wins back-to-back gold medals in the two events he participated in. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippine Taekwondo team wins gold medals in Chuncheon Korea Open 2019

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The Chuncheon Korea Open is part of the national team’s preparation for the SEA Games in November

Filipino kids shine at international taekwondo competition

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:48 AM

All members of the Philippine tearm win medals at the China Hong Kong Taekwondo Alliance Kyorugi 2019

WINNING TEAM.The winning Philippine team with their coaches, headed by Olympian Donnie Geisler. Photo from Donnie Geisler Taekwondo Training Center Facebook page

GenSan jin sweeps poomsae golds in Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Thirteen-year-old Paul Anthony Rodriguez rules the individual, pair, and team events of the taekwondo poomsae competition

YOUNG STAR. Paul Anthony Rodriguez of General Santos continues to prove why he deserves a slot in the national team. Photo from PSC release

PH taekwondo bans Ateneo bully ‘indefinitely’ | Evening wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:21 PM

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PH taekwondo association imposes indefinite ban on Ateneo bully

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:26 AM

The Ateneo bully will no longer be able to join Philippine Taekwondo Association-sanctioned events unless he completes a rehabilitation program

Monsour del Rosario: Ateneo bully a 'failed representation' of Taekwondo

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

'Let's all raise our children to be better,' says the Philippine taekwondo Olympian and congressman

'DISGRACE'. Decorated Filipino Taekwondo jin Monsour del Rosario blames the parents of the Ateneo bully for their son's disgrace to the sport. Photo from Monsour del Rosario's Facebook page

Ateneo, PH taekwondo to investigate junior high bully | Midday wRap

Dec 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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PH Taekwondo probes Ateneo Junior High School bullying incident

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Netizens show that the Ateneo bully had several incidents of using Taekwondo moves to assault others

PH men's poomsae trio bags silver in World Championships

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Jean Pierre Sabido, Glenn Lava and Ernesto Guzman Jr deliver for the country in Day 1 of the worlds

WINNER. Jean Pierre Sabido, Glenn Lava and Ernesto Guzman Jr impress in the 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. (Screenshot from Youtube/Moe Sports)

Olympian Kirstie Alora moves on after shock exit

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Despite getting knocked out early, the 2016 Rio Olympian says she's far from done in taekwondo

NOT ENOUGH. Kirstie Elaine Alora believes that she still has a lot more to work on. File Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Pauline Lopez kicks way to 4th PH bronze in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Filipina's bronze is the third from taekwondo after the Philippine men's and women's poomsae squads delivered the same medal color

NAIA, PGH on Tulfo incident, Asian Games | Midday wRap

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:02 PM

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Quick-learning jins kick their way to the podium

Aug 20, 2018 - 12:11 PM

The Philippine taekwondo poomsae team only had seven months to learn and master new techniques

GOOD START. The Philippine taekwondo poomsae team gets the country's campaign going by capturing two bronze medals. Photo from Asian Games media bureau

PH women's poomsae team nabs bronze in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 19, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Taekwondo delivers a second bronze for the Philippines

UNEXPECTED. The Philippine women's poomsae team of Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto and Janna Dominique Oliva admit they didn't expect to bag a bronze. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Men's poomsae team gives PH first medal in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 19, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Taekwondo nails a bronze to put the Philippines on the medal board

HONORED. The Philippine men's poomsae team of Jeordan Dominguez, Dustin Jacob Mella and Rodolfo Reyes feel honored to win the country' first medal.

2018 Asian Games: PH jins aim to surpass 5-bronze haul

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Kirstie Alora and Samuel Morrison banner the Philippine taekwondo team's Asiad campaign

SEARCH FOR GOLD. 2016 Asian Championships silver medalist Kirstie Alora banners the Taekwondo national team. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Taekwondo for peace: Korean youths perform for Pope Francis

May 30, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The young Koreans unfurl a banner reading 'Peace is more precious than victory'

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

NU lords over UAAP taekwondo, wins first men’s title, defends women’s crown

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:44 PM

National University makes history with a double championship

DOUBLE CHAMPIONSHIP. The National University taekwondo team takes the top spot of the podium in both the men's and women's divisions. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

5 hal tentang Mariska Halinda, penyumbang emas SEA Games cabang taekwondo

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Mariska menyumbangkan emas pertama untuk Indonesia dari cabang taekwondo dalam SEA Games 2017

Atlet taekwondo putri Indonesia, Mariska Halinda (tengah), memperlihatkan medali emas yang ia peroleh dalam ajang SEA Games 2017 di Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pada 29 Agustus 2017. Foto dari Instagram/mariska_halinda

Tearful Alora still unable to overcome Cambodian rival but has no regrets

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The Filipino Rio Olympian wins a silver but knowing she was unable to overcome this same foe on her fourth try overwhelms her

NO REGRETS. Taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora is tearful as she talks to the media later on after yet another loss to her Cambodian rival in the 2017 SEA Games. But she says she did her best, and she has no regrets. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

SEA Games: Ibrahim Zarman sumbang emas dari taekwondo

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:44 PM

“Sempat ada yang meremehkan saya ”

Atlet taekwondo Ibrahim Zarman menyabet medali emas setelah mengalahkan atlet Vietnam Nguywn Van Duy dalam pertandingan SEA Games 2017, Selasa (29/8). FOTO diambil dari @imam_nahrawi/Twitter

Taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora falls to Cambodian for SEA Games silver

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:10 PM

This is the fourth straight time since 2014 that Alora has lost to Sorn Seavmey

TOUGH OPPONENT. Kirstie Alora (L) loses to her Cambodian rival, the 2014 Asian Games gold medalist, and settles for the 2017 SEA Games silver. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

PH men's poomsae team had to 'reinvent' to keep gold; now they eye first-ever Asiad

Aug 26, 2017 - 6:40 PM

There s no assurance they will be the team to represent the Philippines when taekwondo poomsae is held for the first time in the Asian Games next year but they re willing to put in the work

The Philippine poomsae team of (L to R) Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella performs its routine in the finals of men's poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Philippine men's poomsae team wins third straight SEA Games gold

Aug 26, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Philippines strikes gold in men s team poomsae and the bronze in the women s team poomsae

GOLDEN PUNCH. The Philippine poomsae team of Rodolfo Reyes Jr, Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella earn gold in the finals of men's poomsae team at the 2017 SEA Games. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Rodolfo Reyes Jr grabs bronze on opening day of SEA Games taekwondo

Aug 26, 2017 - 4:12 PM

Rodolfo Reyes Jr places third in the men s singles poomsae event

FIRST HAUL. Rodolfo Reyes Jr bags the first medal for the Philippines in the opening day of SEA Games Taekwondo. Screenshot from livestream.

Taekwondo rule change a 'tough challenge' for PH

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:43 PM

The modification of rules in taekwondo only permits visiting countries to send 3 men and 3 women for both kyorugi sparring and poomsae non sparring events for a total of 12 participants

File Photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

Japoy Lizardo on leaving a legacy

Aug 26, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The celebrated national athlete talks about Taekwondo and how the sport has inspired him to be champion in life

Tearful Alora bows out of Rio after second loss

Aug 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Kirstie Alora the last Olympian competing for the Philippines at the Olympics is unable to win a medal

Olympian Kirstie Alora fails to make quarterfinals

Aug 20, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The first time Olympian Alora falls to her veteran opponent

POC president confident taekwondo jin Alora can earn medal

Aug 19, 2016 - 3:39 PM

The last Filipino athlete remaining to compete at Rio is boosted by the arrival of her parents

Kirstie Alora's coach confident she can go far in Rio Olympics

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The last Filipino athlete remaining to compete in Rio faces a tough test right away against 2008 gold medalist Maria Espinoza of Mexico

NO EASY TASK. Kirstie Alora has what it takes to win a medal at any stage, says her coach. But nothing will come easy in a tournament like the Olympics. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte vs De Lima, PH economy, Olympics | 6PM wRap

Aug 18, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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The Philippines' last Olympian standing prepares for battle

Aug 18, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora is set to face 2008 gold medalist Maria Espinoza on Saturday

READY FOR ACTION. Kirstie Elaine Alora isn't bothered by the prospect of facing the 2008 gold medalist in her first fight. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PH taekwondo Olympian Kirstie Alora faces 2008 gold medalist in first round

Aug 02, 2016 - 4:24 PM

The 26 year old Kirstie Alora is hoping to deliver a medal for the Philippines in the women’s 67 kg weight class

NO EASY TASK. Kirstie Alora has what it takes to win a medal at any stage, says her coach. But nothing will come easy in a tournament like the Olympics. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Congressman Monsour Del Rosario to push for laws supporting athletes

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Makati City 1st District Representative Monsour Del Rosario also says he wants to address bullying and provide livelihood opportunities

MAKATI CONGRESSMAN. From councilor, Monsour del Rosario is now the representative for Makati City's first district. Photo from Facebook/Monsour del Rosario page

Rio 2016: Kirstie Alora

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Kirstie Alora used taekwondo to escape from bullies while growing up in Laguna Now the 67 kilogram jin will represent the Philippines at the 2016 Olympics

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Monsour del Rosario proclaimed as Makati representative

May 11, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The actor and athlete wins over his opponents with 60 3 of the votes

Lopez falls short in bid for Rio Olympics

Apr 17, 2016 - 9:44 PM

Taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez loses a 5 2 decision to a Thai opponent dashing her hopes of an Olympic berth

FOILED. Pauline Lopez's hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics were dashed in front of a hometown crowd. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Pauline Lopez goes for second PH Taekwondo Olympic slot Sunday

Apr 16, 2016 - 8:49 PM

Lopez can earn the Philippines its second taekwondo entrant to the Rio Olympics

PH jin Alora books ticket to Rio, two others fall

Apr 16, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Taekwondo jin Kirstie Elaine Alora earns a spot in the Rio Olympics

Meet Mighty Morphin’ taekwondo jin Butch Morrison

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:30 PM

it was his youthful attraction and fascination for Power Rangers and Masked Rider that set him to this path

Olympic hopeful Pauline Lopez shows wisdom that belies her youth

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Next week the taekwondo jin and some of her colleagues will compete in the Asian Taekwondo Continental Qualifying Games for Rio