BIOMBUNJ, Nueva Vizcaya – A former national cycling champion died on Thursday of complications from the coronavirus disease, officials confirmed on Saturday.
Lobo Alava, who was 63 when he passed away, was the winner of the 1980 Marlboro Player of the Year award in Luzon, first winner of the 1980 Pelipinas Tour, overall champion in Mindanao and Visayas and eighth in the nationwide finals.
Details of his health condition have not been made public, but Alava’s death has been confirmed by a health official and the Philippine Information Agency.
A resident of Bambang’s Poblacion Village, Alava was the former president of the Presidential Cycling Federation, and was an active professional cyclist until 1985.
He married Gertrude Alava and has three children: Synth, Sylvester and Genevieve.
Sources said Alava had tried but failed to secure a seat on the Bambang council.
After his retirement, the athlete focused on the cultivation of tilapia fish also at Villa Coloma in Bagabag, and was once judged as Outstanding Fisherman (Fish Category) by the Saka Horse Awards in search of Outstanding Agricultural Achievements in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Agriculture graduate, Alava was once quoted as saying that he had to practice his profession.
He also set up a cycling shop to help young cyclists.
As a hobby, he founded bike and mountain biking clubs in Nueva Vizcaya with fellow cyclists, retired police officer Domingo Quilpan, jeep operator Carlo Goeb and Ariel Marana who immigrated to the United States. VILLAMOR VISAYA JR.
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