The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas honors last March 31, 2012 (Saturday) international Wushu champion Janice S. Hung with The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) 2011 award as a Young Achiever in Sports.
A BS Commerce (Major in Economics) graduate, Janice earned gold medals in national Wushu competitions (1999-2007) and international competitions such as the Southeast Asian Games (2005 Philippines, 2007 Thailand), Asian Games (2006 Qatar), and the 1st Invitational Wushu Competition (2007 China). While studying at the UST, she was also an athletic scholar and a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team. Her group was the overall champion in the UAAP during their reign.
“As a member of the National Wushu Team, we didn’t just represent ourselves or the team in international competitions. We represent the Philippines. Our glory is the glory of the country. The medals that I earned from the SEA Games, Asian Games, and the 1st Invitational Wushu Competition in 2007 were my humble contributions in the development and history of Philippine sports and Wushu in particular” says Janice Hung.
In 2010, she established the Janice Hung Arts and Sports (JHAS) Foundation out of her desire to extend opportunities to the Filipino youth and promote their creativity. Since then, JHAS has been very much involved in providing education and cultural programs with more than 300 beneficiaries.
Its flagship program, the Muzikademy, is an annual song-writing song competition for unsigned youth musicians. Apart from other competitions, participants or “Muzikampers” get to be mentored by celebrities and music industry leaders to further improve their craft. Moreover, they also get to stay in the luxurious Fontana Hot Springs and Leisure Park in Clarkfield, Pampanga at no cost.
“I am a musician and I want to share this opportunity. Through the help of my friends in the music industry, Muzikademy is now on its third year. The mentorship, prizes, and perks that Muzikampers enjoy are all made possible with the support from our sponsors and benefactors. This is why we are very meticulous in screening prospective applicants,” she adds.
Since 2007, she has performed Wushu and martial arts in the TV teleseryes, movies, and commercials. She is also an assistant fight choreographer in action movies. It is worth noting that she never use any doubles or stuntmen in doing death-defying choreographies. She is also proud to teach Wushu to a group of children in her community in Quezon City. By promoting Wushu to mainstream society, friends fondly call Janice as the “Wushu Queen”.
For 2012, she plans to continue the programs and activities of the foundation including new ventures such as Cosplay; Wushu Society, an elite gathering of martial artists; and Girl Power, women empowerment advocacy. She will also launch her first single to formally announce her entry in the international music scene.
Contributing Article By: Louise Viola