Chooks-to-Go and its president, Ronald Mascariñas, continued their thrust of honoring the country’s previous sports heroes as they gave Olympic bronze medalist Roel Velasco, the brother of Olympic silver medalist, Onyok Velasco, his very own Chooks-to-Go store.
Roel won the bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics' men's light flyweight tournament and after his in-ring career, he continued to serve the country as one of the coaches of the Philippine National Boxing Team.
"What astonished me about Roel is that he is a loyal soldier to the country. Though it's been 29 years since his feat in Barcelona, his legacy continues to live on in our boxers today," said Mascariñas.
"For years, he and his brother Boy have been identifying, grooming, and developing our boxers. And with their help, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam were able to win silver in Tokyo while Eumir Marcial won bronze in a stacked middleweight division," the sportsman shared. "Roel truly is a Manok ng Bayan."
Up to this day, Roel has regrets over what transpired in Barcelona.
Coming in as the third seed, he blasted Kenya's James Wanene, India's Rajendra Prasad, and Great Britain's Rowan Williams to punch his ticket to the medal rounds. But in the semifinals, he was stopped by eventual gold medalist Rogelio Marcelo of Cuba due to a cut he sustained that forced him to settle for bronze.
"There are times when I have regrets. Had I won, I would have won the gold. But still, I’m happy with what I got,” said the now 49-year-old native of Bago, Negros Occidental.
That is why he makes sure that he leaves no stones unturned when preparing the country's boxers for any tournament.
"I’m really in awe of the performances of our boxers since I saw all the sacrifices that they made especially for their families,” he added.
For Roel, being handed his own Chooks-to-Go store already feels a lot like winning gold and he appreciates the company for never forgetting the contributions athletes like him brought to the country.
"Sir Ronald, thank you very much. Even though my achievement happened a long time ago, you never forgot to pay tribute to athletes who gave honor to the country in the Olympics and give help to those who need it,” shared Roel. (JNP)