By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Lito Lapid has filed a resolution commending Filipina Jiujiteira Meggie Ochoa and Kimberly Anne Custodio for their performances in the 2022 JJIF Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Lapid congratulated Team Philippines’ Ochoa and Custodio for bagging gold in 48kg and -45kg categories, respectively, of the Women’s Adult circuit through Resolution No. 277.
“Muling ipinakita nina three-time jiu-jitsu world champion Meggie Ochoa, Kimberly Anne Custodio, at ng buong Team Philippines ang kagitingan ng mga Atletang Pinoy. Pinatunayan nila na ang galing ng Atletang Pinoy ay talaga namang pang world-class,” Lapid said.
“Ang kanilang pagkapanalo ay patuloy na nagbibigay inspirasyon sa aming lahat sa gobyerno na mas magsumikap para mapataas ang antas ng suporta sa Philippine sports at sa ating mga atleta,” Lapid added.
The eight-man team that competed for the Philippines included two martial artists. They were joined by Jenna Kaila Napolis, Philip Alegre, Ashley Villaret, Myron Mangubat, Jan Cortez, and Brendo Pudan.
The team competed in the men’s minus -62 kg, -69 kg, and -85 kg weight classes as well as the women’s -52 kg and -45 kg.
Ochoa and Custodio’s effort, along with that of the rest of Team Philippines, helped our nation finish fourth overall in the adult jiu-jitsu division, just behind the host UAE, Canada, and Germany.
“Team Philippines’ momentous win yet again brings honor and pride to our country, reaffirming our presence in the world of Jiu-Jitsu, the outstanding performance of Meggie Ochoa showcases the relentless desire of our countrymen to achieve excellence in sports,” Lapid said.