Sangiao: Philippines gained top 5 in last Asian Wushu Junior Championships-A A +A
By Mark Sangiao
Friday, August 16, 2013
IT WAS a success! The 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships had successfully concluded last August 11th which was held at the Makati Coliseum. Around 400 athletes and officials from the 21 Asian countries who registered had participated in the said event.
China topped the overall final standing with 18 golds, 1 silver and 0 bronze. Second in the rank is Hongkong with 7 golds, 7 silvers and 3 bronze. Third is Iran with 7 golds, 5 silvers and 6 bronze medals. Fourth is Macau with 6 golds, 6 silvers and 9 bronze. Philippines took the 5th place and as the top country among the South East Asian region participants, with 6 golds, 5 silver and 5 bronze. Indonesia is at 6th place with 5 golds, 8 silvers and 6 bronze. Vietnam is at 7th place with 4 golds, 14 silvers and 5 bronze; Malaysia, Japan and South Korea were at 8th, 9th and 10th places respectively.
It all started good for the Philippines as they tied with China for gold for the group event. The eight-man group consisted of Vanessa Jo Chan, Alieson Ken Omengan, Faith Liana Andaya, Christian Nicholas Lapitan, Joel Casem, Dave Degala, Kimberly Macuha and Jonhzenth Gajo.
Members of the eight-man group which mainly consists of athletes from Baguio and Benguet garnered also more medals in their respective events. Vanessa Jo Chan won gold in Sword play, Alieson Ken Omengan got his second gold in Southern Style Barehands, Faith Liana Andaya, took home 1 silver in Elementary Sword Play and 1 silver in Elementary Northern Style Barehands and Christian Nicholas Lapitan won bronze in Elementary Barehands.
Other members of the Philippine Wushu Junior Taolu team who won their respective events are Johnzenth Gajo who won gold in Elementary Staff event, Dave Degala got silver in Northern Style Barehands, Kimberly Macuha got silver in Elementary Broadsword and the only non-eight man group member who won gold was Agatha Wong in the 24-steps taichi event.
In Sanda/Sanshou event, Noel Alabata from Zamboanga City was the only fortunate athlete who got gold. He won 2 out of 3 rounds of 2 minutes each after a great come back from being outscored in the first round. Determination made him give all of his effort to defeat Vu Vinh Duc from Vietnam in the finals of the 48-kg men’s category.
Other Sanda athletes who made it in the finals are Divine Wally from Baguio City who had been defeated by Guan Acui from China in the 48-kg women's division and Thommy Aligaga of Iloilo was defeated by Touphara Afshin Salimi from Iran in the 52-kg men’s category. They both garnered silver medals and added to the 5 silvers of the Philippines.
All the Philippine Sanda athletes are first timers, so what they have achieved are good enough to make our fellow Filipinos proud. The important thing here is they had the experience of competing in an international level and take this experience with them as they grow in the sport. This applies to all to the participants. These junior team members are the future of the sport. It means they have a lot in store for them in the future if they continue what they are doing. They are the future Senior team. By then, experience, maturity and exposure will add up to the factors that can make them future champions, not just in Asia but in the world as well.
The Philippines already has a total of 98 medals since wushu was first played in the South East Asian Games in 1991. Although the Philippines did not reach the 100th medal-mark target, with 2 more medals to reach 100, the most important thing is that the Philippine Wushu Junior Team did their best during this competition.
After this event, the Philippine Wushu team is now again preparing for the 2013 South East Asian Games, which will take place in Myanmar this December.
Other members of the Philippine Wushu Team are still in China since May of this year in preparation for the next SEA Games in December. Here, we are hoping to garner more medals as the country will try to gain more where a total of 22 medals are at stake in Myanmar.
This event that was organized by the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) and presented by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Department of Tourism, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), City Government of Taguig, Standard Insurance, MVP Sports Foundation, Arrow Shirts, Canon cameras, Summit Water, and Burlington socks had been a success that it may bid to host the World Wushu Championships in 2015.
We would like to congratulate all the officers and members of the WFP and above-mentioned government agencies in the success of the said event. Likewise, to all those who contributed in one way or another, we appreciate the good job that you had done.
Those who officiated who came from the Cordillera Region are Sir Tong as the Philippine Team Manager, Mark Eddiva served as the Chief Registrar for Sanda, Jhen Lagilag as the official Recorder, Rhea May Rifani as the official Timer, Patrick Joseph Cueto as Chief Registrar for Taolu, Jake Massagan and Reginald Guidangen assisted in the Registrar for Taolu, Kacy Sabalburo served as the announcer for Taolu and yours truly as the commentator in the live streaming coverage of the Sanda events which will soon be aired in Solar Sports channel.
Indeed, unity at work will make positive results. With this great attitude of the Filipinos, we can show to the whole world that we can do it. We can manage to match with other countries in the promotion and production of great international events.
We hope to see more of these kinds of programs supported by the government.
We hope that it does not end here. Filipino athletes are one of the most talented athletes in the whole world. If given the continuous support, especially from the government, Filipino athletes, in all other sports, can rise above the rest. We have proven that. I’m sure, Philippines can also be known not just in boxing, but also in all other kinds of sport.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 17, 2013.