Monsour del Rosario

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Manuel Monsour Tabib del Rosario III (born 11 May 1965) is a Filipino actor, martial artist, producer, and politician. He is popularly known as a Filipino taekwondo champion and actor who appeared in several Filipino and international action films.

He is the Secretary General of the Philippine Taekwondo Association and member of the Philippine Olympic National Sports Association Martial Arts Council. He was Councilor of the 1st District of Makati from 2010 to 2016 and as Congressman of the same district from 2016 to 2019. He filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for Senator in the 2022 elections.

He is married to Joy Zapanta-Del Rosario.

Early Life and Education

He was born on 11 May 1965 in Manila and grew up in Bacolod, his family hometown.

He learned martial arts under Joe Lopez-Vito, a Moo Duk Kwan-Tang Soo Do practitioner. He moved back to Manila to study high school and shifted to taekwondo in 1977 as a student of Hong Sung-Chon. Under Master Hong, he attained a Korean 8th Dan taekwondo black belt. He graduated from De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila.


He was a member Philippine National Taekwondo Team from 1982 to 1989. He was its team captain in his last four years on the team. He ranked first in the Philippines in the Lightweight Division while he was on the team. He was also an eight-time National Lightweight Champion.

He competed in several international competitions from 1982 to 1989, including the:

  • 1988 Seoul Olympics, reached the quarterfinal round
  • 14th and 15th Southeast Asian Games, gold medal
  • 10th Asian Games, bronze medal the World Games
  • World Taekwondo Championships
  • Asian Taekwondo Championships

In 2000, he established a Taekwondo school with fellow Jin Stephen Fernandez named the Olympians Taekwondo Training Center in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. He also initiated the Monsour Boracay Taekwondo Challenge, a sporting event for children and adults, in 2004

Del Rosario is the Ambassador of Philippine Taekwondo by the World Taekwondo Federation and a Hall of Famer in the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in Kukkiwon, Seoul, South Korea.

Del Rosario served as Councilor of the 1st District of Makati from 2010 to 2016 and as Congressman of the same district from 2016 to 2019.

Del Rosario appeared in several Filipino and international action films including:

  • 1986 Gabi na Kumander (Viva Films)
  • 1986 Iisa Lang Ang Dapat Mamatay (Imus Productions)
  • 1988 Enteng, The Dragon (RVQ Productions)
  • 1989 Eagle Squad (Viva Films and Falcon Productions)
  • 1989 Hindi Pahuhuli ng Buhay (Viva Films)
  • 1990 Legend Of Lost Dragon (Archer Films)
  • 1990 Dadaan Ka Sa Ibabaw ng Aking Bangakay .... Arnold (Red Hosrse Production and Seiko Films)
  • 1990 Subukan Kita Kung Kaya mo! .... Arnold (FLT Films)
  • 1990 Hanggang Kailan Ka Papatay .... Hector (Regal Films and Moviestars)
  • 1991 Kidlat ng Maynila: Joe Pring 2 .... Nur Adiloka (Four N Films and Moviestars)
  • 1991 Dinampot Ka Lang Sa Putik .... Ambet (Regal Films)
  • 1991 Medal Of Valor: Habang Lalong Nasasaktan Tumatapang .... Cpl. Alvarez (Four N Films)
  • 1991 Ganti ng Api .... Andro (Vision Films)
  • 1991 Contreras Gang .... Tenyente Lazaro (Moviestars Production)
  • 1992 Amang Capulong: Anak ng Tondo II .... Amang Capulong (Four N Films)
  • 1992 Alyas Hunyango .... Victor (Omega Releasing Organization Inc)
  • 1993 Maricris Sioson Story (Regal Films)
  • 1993 Magkasangga 2000 (Harvest Productions) .... Sword Narding
  • 1993 Kakambal Ko Sa Tapang (Bonanza Films) .... Carding
  • 1994 Massacre Files .... Dante (Regal Films)
  • 1994 Chinatown 2: The Vigilantes .... (Four N Films)
  • 1994 Shake, Rattle & Roll V .... Victor (segment "Maligno")
  • 1995 Romano Sagrado: Talim sa Dilim .... Romano Sagrado (Regal Films)
  • 1995 COSTALES .... Don Joselito Cortez (Regal Films)
  • 1995 Bangis (Regal Films)
  • 1996 OKI DOKI DOC .... Taxi Driver (Star Cinema)
  • 1996 Huling Sagupaan (Regal Films)
  • 1997 Matang Aguila (Regal Films)
  • 1997 Anak Pagsubok Lamang .... Franco Escandor (FLT Films)
  • 1997 Harangan (MaQ Productions and Regal Films)
  • 1997 Padre Kalibre (Regal Films)
  • 1998 Techno Warriors .... Ken (Filmswell International Limited)
  • 1998 Buhawi Jack (Regal Films)
  • 1998 Codename: Bomba (Regal Films)
  • 1999 Kanang Kamay Ituturo Mo Itutumba ko! (MAQ Productions and Regal Films)
  • 1999 Luksong Tinik .... Ado (Regal Films)
  • 1999 Pintado .... Drigo (Regal Films)
  • 1999 Dugo ng Birhen: El Kapitan (Regal Films and Good Harvest Productions)
  • 1999 Lalaban ako hanggang sa huling hininga (Regal Films)
  • 2003 Operation Balikatan (Premiere Films)
  • 2004 Mano Mano 3: Ang Arnis Laban Sa Kaaway .... Dindo Aragon (Rocketts Films)
  • 2005 Uno .... Mike (Rocketts Films)
  • 2005 Super Noypi ... Diego {Directed by QUARK HENAREZ}
  • 2006 Tatlong Baraha .... Faustino (Lapid Films) His Last Film
  • 2017 Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids ... First Major Comeback on His Project
  • 2017 Master (2016 film)... Philippine Senator
  • 2018 The Trigonal .... Mike Vasquez (Viva Films)

He also appeared in several television shows including:

  • 1997 O-Gag (ABC 5)
  • 2002 Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka .... Mario (ABS-CBN)
  • 2003 Narito Ang Puso Ko .... Ernesto San Vicente (GMA Network)
  • 2003 Basta't Kasama Kita .... Ramir (ABS-CBN)
  • 2005 Maynila (GMA Network)
  • 2006 Panday (ABS-CBN)
  • 2007 Rounin .... Draco (ABS-CBN)
  • 2007 Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan .... Izcaruz (GMA Network)
  • 2007-2009 Fit and Fast .... Host (Makisig Network)
  • 2008 Kung Fu Kids .... Yuen (ABS-CBN)

On 6 October 2021, he filed his COC to run as Senator in the upcoming 2022 elections. He is running under the Panfilo Lacson-Tito Sotto ticket. He said that he can contribute a lot in the Senate with his experiences in life: as a national taekwondo athlete, as a leader for many Philippine national teams in different international competitions, and his nine years in public office. He believes in his capacity to help through his KKK: Kakayahan, Katapatan, at Katapangan (Ability, Honesty, and Courage).




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