February 9, 2023

The Philippine Sports Commission has given P30,000 financial aid to the three sons of the late national kickboxing team coach Manuel “Manny” Sanidad.

Sanidad’s sons,  Rommel, 20; Jason, 27; and Maiden, 24 received on Nov. 17 the assistance, which was earlier requested by Highland Boxing Promotions Chair Brico Santig with the intercession of newsman Chino Trinidad. 

“The money will be a big help for the kids,” Santig said. 

The children reside in La Union.

Sanidad, fondly called “Mr. Manny,” died on Oct. 1, or 11 days after he was admitted at the Benguet General Hospital due to stroke.

Santig helped source out the amount from the Philippine Sports Commission to help the children of the late kickboxing trainer, who had been with him in Manila since the start of the pandemic then joined him in La Trinidad, Benguet when he went home last August.

Sanidad was partly instrumental for the gold medal wins of three Team Lakay athletes – Gina Iniong-Araos, Jerry Olsim, and Jean Claude Saclag.

Other members of the kickboxing team who trained under Sanidad and won medals in the 2019 SEAG are Jomar Balangui and Renz Dacquel who finished with silver medals apiece, and Karol Maguide who snared bronze. – Ofelia C. Empian