WHICH came first. Acting. Politics. Martial Arts.
But whichever of the three came first, the name Monsour del Rosario was something to be reckoned with. Up to now.
That in the world he is in, after two terms of being a Councilor and now a Congressman, he may be just one of the names who would complete the President’s list of his Senatoriables next year.
He still supports our athletes in all the ways he can. That morning we met him for a reunion with his friends from the entertainment press, his afternoon was scheduled to accompany our gold medalists in Malacañang to receive their incentives.
Why only after 13 years that he thought of this reunion?
“Nahihiya kasi ako. Wala naman ako pelikula ipo-promote. Ngayon meron akong “The Trigonal” (in theaters starting September 26, directed by Vincent Soberano) pero hindi ako ang bida. I was supposed to be. Pero sabi ko sa direktor namin, give it to Ian Ignacio, Levy’s son. Kasi ang shoot required us to be in Negros Occidental for a month. Hindi pwede. May trabaho ako sa Kongreso.
“Here I get to do some stuff pa rin naman in action. Ako ‘yung mentor ni Ian na lalaban sa underground, sa Trigonal. Best friend niya si Sarah Chang and Rhian Ramos is the leading lady.”
He was supposed to be part of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” What happened. Talks said nag-inarte siya.
“Yes, maraming beses akong tinawagan for that. Kaya lang, inisip ko rin naman ang role ko. The offer was for me to portray a politician na may drug cartel. Hindi ko na magagawa na mag-kontrabida in that way kasi nga, alam naman natin ang ibang mga tao. Baka isipin sa totoong buhay ganon din ako. Pwede naman kung may dumating na role na positive ang karakter ko kahit nakikipagbakbakan pa rin.”
The tsikahan became more personal as Monsour relived the past with each member of the press.
“Ikaw pala ‘yung naka-witness nung may kinuwelyuhan ako sa pader. Si Rey (Pumaloy) naman, panay ang tsansing sa akin when I get drunk. Meron pa naka-witness din ng gulo sa Heartbeat noon. I was very young. Aggressive.”
And two ladies whom he loved were mostly the reasons why his blood would boil. Mga sumbungera! Dawn Zulueta. Agot Isidro.
“Mapusok lang noon. Syempre, mga babae. Ipagtatanggol mo. Matagal na ‘yun. I am friends with them. Dawn sends me Christmas cards pa rin. Estudyante ko sa taekwondo her Jacobo. Si Anton (Lagdameo), her husband was my friend. Nauna kami magkakilala ni Anton. And later on he admitted na crush na niya si Dawn noon.
“Si Agot, not much na. Matagal na ‘ata the last time we talked.”
Happily married for 18 years to his Joy Zapanta with Matti and Isabella, Monsour said that it was because of his kids that he contemplated on pursuing a career in politics.
“I want them to be proud of me pagdating ng araw. Na I did something for the country. Mas mahirap. Yeah, I got threats din. Now, I make it a point to spend time with the kids at ako mismo nagtuturo sa kanila or kasama nila sa gym. Kasi, ‘yun ang hinanap nila nung mawala ang gym namin. Hindi naman nila kailangang sundan ang yapak ko dyan.”
But apart from his kids, Monsour has been grooming world class athletes from the barangay level to world class competitors internationally.
Recently bestowed the Man of the Year for Taekwondo by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), made him the first Filipino to receive such distinction.
He has conquered three world-showbusiness, sports and politics. And he excels in all.
“Sana magkaroon pa rin ng niche ang action movies sa atin. If there is a project I would want to be in-one with Rhian pa rin and my idol Brandon Vera.”
He too is excited to head the hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2019 in the country as Chief De Mission.
He has had his share of losses and wins.
But the sportsman in him keep him grounded.
“The reason why I have not given up the sports. Ang martial arts. Kasi, ‘yun ako. Dun ako nagsimula. It is a constant reminder of where I came from at kung saan niya ako dinala.”
There will be more of this tsikahan with Cong. Mon or Sen. Mon?
MARK NEUMANN topbills Saturday’s (September 15) episode of “MMK” (Maalaala Mo Kaya) under Raz dela Torre’s helm.
“Grandson’s Pursuit” is written by Mae Rose B. Balanay and Arah Jell G. Badayos.
Joining Mark in the cast are Yñigo Delen, Nanding Josef, John Arcilla, Eda Nolan, Claire Ruiz, and Maricel Morales.
The story of an orphan who grew up in the mountains.
He continued the dreams he shared with his grandparents helping others like him – an orphan; orphan to parents, orphan to financial support, and a once orphan to education. Joseph becomes a teacher who visits a secluded island of Zamboanga to teach indigenous children. Until he organizes the Ulila Outreach Mission – a program that aims to give less-fortunate children education and school supplies.
He also helps victims of calamity. With no money in return, Joseph continues to help orphans as he was born an orphan but growing up to a love like his grandparents,’ Joseph (40s) never feels like one. That kind of love is the love that Joseph wants to share to the world. As he does that, Joseph feels relief that although he may be too late to give his grandparents a comfortable life, he will never be late to give comfort to others – and with that, he makes his grandparents proud.
Joseph’s story is dedicated to our Grandparents.