Dither Joshua Tablan, a former UAAP judo champion and Philippine kurash team member, died on Friday, October 29, his family confirmed.
He was 23.
Tablan, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, helped the University of Santo Tomas (UST) judokas win four straight league championships.
Friends, family, and colleagues took to social media to mourn for Tablan, who died of a heart attack. Many described him as a “gentle giant.”
Tablan, who’s also a national kurash team member, represented the country in several international tournaments including the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
He graduated from UST in 2020 with a degree in Sports and Wellness Management.