HISTORY WATCH: Mariano Velez, Jr. – Cagayan de Oro’s 1st Olympian

Did you know that Mariano Velez Jr. was the first athlete from Cagayan de Oro to participate in the Olympics?

Velez was a national amateur welterweight boxing champion and represented the Philippines as a welterweight boxer in the 1948 London World Olympics. He is shown above beside the flag bearer (facing the camera) during the London Olympics.

Velez was also mentioned in an article by renowned sports columnist Quinito Henson HERE. Unfortunately, he lost his first bout to Canada’s Clifford Blackburn. SOURCE

photo and info by Titus “puretuts” Velez

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  1. Titus says:

    Mariano Jr., a bachelor of business administration graduate of Far Eastern University where he excelled in athletics; national decathlon champion in 1948; national amateur welterweight boxing champion; FEU basketball varsity player and track and field mainstay; RP welterweight boxing representative in the 1948 London World Olympic; former operations manager of the Provincial Telephone System in Cagayan de Oro City; and married to the former Linda Lopez, also of the same city

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