Monsour del Rosario

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Talib and the surname or paternal family name is del Rosario.
Monsour del Rosario
Born Manuel Monsour Tabib del Rosario III
(1965-05-11) May 11, 1965 (age 51)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actor, producer, martial artist, politician, congressman
Years active 1986–2009
Monsour del Rosario
Medal record
Representing  Philippines
Men’s taekwondo
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Seoul Lightweight
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Seoul Lightweight

Manuel Monsour Tabib del Rosario III (born May 11, 1965), best known as Monsour del Rosario, is a recently elected congressman representing Makati. He is popularly known as a Filipino taekwondo champion and actor starring in several Filipino and international action films. As a member of the Nacionalista Party, he has been participating in the Makati City council for the first legislative district since June 30, 2010.


Del Rosario was born in Manila and grew up in Bacolod City, his family hometown. His mother is Filipino of Arab descent.[1]

He first learned martial arts under Joe Lopez-Vito, a Moo Duk Kwan-Tang Soo Do practitioner.[2] After he returned to Manila for his high school education, del Rosario shifted to taekwondo in 1977 as a student of Hong Sung-Chon.[2] Under Master Hong, del Rosario has attained a Korean 8th Dan taekwondo black belt.[3] He is a graduate of the De La Salle University, Manila.

Del Rosario joined the Philippine National Taekwondo Team in 1982 and remained until 1989, serving as the team's captain in his last four years on the team.[3]

He was ranked first in the Philippines in the Lightweight Division while he was on the team, and was an eight-time National Lightweight champion.[3] From 1982 to 1989, he competed in several international competitions, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Southeast Asian Games, the Asian Games, the World Games, the World Taekwondo Championships and the Asian Taekwondo Championships.[3] He earned a gold medal in the 14th and 15th Southeast Asian Games, a bronze medal in the 10th Asian Games, and reached the quarterfinal round during the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.[3]

Along with Stephen Fernandez, Del Rosario established the Olympians Taekwondo Training Center, a taekwondo school located in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Joy Zapanta.

Acting career[edit]

Del Rosario appeared in Filipino action films as early as 1986. Among his more notable starring roles was in Bangis (1995), Buhawi Jack (1998) and Pintado (2000). He appeared in several international film productions, such as Demonstone (1989), Bloodfist 2 (1990), When Eagles Strike (2003), Bloodfist 2050 (2005), and The Hunt for Eagle One (2006). Del Rosario joined Phillip Salvador, Aurora Sevilla and Willie Revillame in Joe Pring 2: Kidlat ng Maynila (1991) produced by Four n Films. He also performed with Lito Lapid, Monica Herrera, and Johnny Delgado in Medal of Valor: Habang Nasasaktan Lalong Tumatapang (1991) also produced by Four n Films. His most recent movies were Super Noypi (2005) and Tatlong Baraha (2006).




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Profile of Monsour del Rosario,; accessed December 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Monsour del Rosario Biography". The Official Website of Monsour del Rosario. Retrieved April 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Taekwondo with Monsour del Rosario". The Official Website of Monsour del Rosario. Retrieved April 29, 2008. 

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