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A1C Ric Maanao: Igorot wins Bronze in Japan Karate-do Tournament

Airman First Class Ric Maanao, an Igorot from Aguinaldo, Ifugao, clinched a bronze medal in Japan's Karate-Do tournament.

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A1C Ric Maanao, hailing from Aguinaldo, Ifugao, shines as a bronze medalist in Japan's Karate-Do tournament, showcasing the talent and dedication of Igorot athletes.

Airman First Class Ric Maanao, Igorot hailing from Aguinaldo, Ifugao, has carved his name in Philippine martial arts history with his remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication. In a recent ceremony held in Pasay on Wednesday, February 07, Maanao, along with the football and karate-do teams of the Philippine Air Force, was honored with commendations from Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Stephen ParreƱo.

A Triumph in Tokyo

Maanao's journey to success reached new heights when he secured a bronze medal during the 22nd National International Martial Arts Karate-do Exchange Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, on January 7, 2024. This prestigious achievement not only underscored his current skill and competitive prowess but also served as a testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence.

A Legacy of Excellence

Maanao's accolades extend far beyond his recent triumph. With a career spanning several years, he has consistently showcased his talent and determination on both national and international platforms. From his tenure as a national team member from 2011 to 2016 to his role as a national team coach from 2016 to 2019, Maanao has left an indelible mark on the martial arts community.

A Champion's Journey

Throughout his illustrious career, Maanao has achieved numerous milestones that speak to his skill and dedication. Notable highlights include his bronze medal at the SEA Karate Federation in Vietnam in 2014 and his highest honor at the AFP-PNP-PCG Olympics the following year. In 2016, he further solidified his standing in the martial arts world with a commendable 5th place finish at the Thailand Open Karate-Do Championship.

Values that Define Success

At the core of Maanao's success are the values of discipline, respect, and hard work. These guiding principles have not only shaped his journey but also serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes and individuals alike. Maanao's unwavering commitment to his craft is a testament to the power of perseverance and dedication in achieving one's goals.

Inspiring a Generation

Maanao's story serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for aspiring athletes and individuals striving for excellence. His journey from humble beginnings to martial arts champion is a testament to the transformative power of passion and determination. Through his achievements, Maanao continues to inspire others to pursue their dreams relentlessly and never waver in the face of adversity.

Legacy Summary

Here's a summary of Airman First Class Ric Maanao's legacy:

Achievements Year
National Team Member 2011-2016
Bronze Medal, SEA Karate Federation 2014
Highest Honor, AFP-PNP-PCG Olympics 2015
5th Place, Thailand Open Karate-Do Championship 2016
National Team Coach 2016-2019
Bronze Medal, 22nd National Karate Tournament 2024


In conclusion, Airman First Class Ric Maanao's journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence in martial arts. His remarkable achievements not only highlight his individual success but also serve as a source of inspiration for others. As Maanao continues to make his mark in the world of martial arts, his legacy will undoubtedly inspire generations to come to reach for their dreams with unwavering determination and resolve.

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