MANILA – The Philippine ice skating scene has been on a renaissance these past years with Josie Veguillas at the helm of the Philippine Skating Union.
She also continued the legacy left by her late husband Pocholo in rebuilding the Philippine karatedo scene to what it is now by helping in the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo.
That is why her untimely passing on Monday came as a total shock to local sportsmen.
"Malaking void na wala si Ma'am Josie para sa (Losing Ma'am Josie leaves a big void in) Philippine sports," veteran sports reporter Ron delos Reyes said on Thursday during the online Usapang Sports Forum by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports.
"Alam nyo naman ang aking nanay ay napakamasigasig sa sports (My mother is very enthusiastic in sports)," added Veguillas' son, current Karate Pilipinas president Richard Lim.
Veguillas witnessed the rise of the first Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez while seeing the likes of Junna Tsukii and Jamie Lim also succeeding as two of the Philippine's top karatekas.
She died at the age of 74 after a three-year battle with cancer. (PNA)