FORMER Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Godofredo “Freddie” Jalasco made history when the 15-strong Board of Trustees of Wushu Federation Philippines (WFP) unanimously voted him president recently.
Jalasco, erstwhile WFP vice president and executive director, is the first non-Chinese speaking sportsman to head the 32-year-old local governing body of the sport that evolved from Chinese martial arts dating back 2,000 years.
Reelected to their respective positions were chairman Jimmy Tan, executive vice president Eddy Tanteko and secretary general Julian Camacho.
Ice Skating Union secretary general Benito Lim who got the vice chairmanship led the other elected officers that included Anna Gan, 1st vice president; Ronald Ong, 2nd vice president; and Bobby Hongliangyi, treasurer.
Jimmy Ong, Samson Co, Tansuitong Candelaria, Lily Lim, Willy Wang, Ellen Ang and Richa Fernandez round out the WFP Board of Trustees.
Benito Lim, Jimmy Ong and Camacho were past WFP presidents while Tanteko, the two Ongs and Benito Lim are among the founders.
Co was the first Filipino back-to-back world Wushu champion and Wang, also a world champion, clinched a gold medal in the Wushu competition held in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympics where the Philippines suffered a medal shutout.
Philippine Olympic Committee general manager Dinah Remolacio observed the virtual final phase of the two-step election.