YMCA Kaitagi kids rule 2013 Dino-Soliba Cup-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
OF THE more than 130 judokas who joined the September 7 and 8 tournaments, the kids division showed a promising future in the sport of Judo with the YMCA-Kaitagi Judo club amassing the most medals with four golds, three silvers and four bronzes.
Host Philippine Military Academy (PMA) came home with 27 medal hauls from the individual men's and women's category and team events giving tribute to the late academy alumni and legendary judoka Lt. Charles Soliba.
Eight judo clubs from Small World Christian School Foundation Judo Club, YMCA-Kaitagi Judo Club, Quezon City Polytechnic University Judo Club, CCDC Judo club, UC Judo club, UB judo club, SLU Judo club and the PMA Judo corps comprised the teams that fielded their Judokas in the tournament.
In the men's team event, PMA captured the gold while University of the Cordilleras grabbed second place and YMCA-Kaitagi taking the third spot.
In the distaff side, UC came in stronger to beat two teams from PMA to claim this year's cup as the premiere military school in the country settled for second and third, respectively.
In the individual events, the kid's boys and girls division, was dominated by the Kaitagi Judo club courtesy of Zachary Anton Pineda, Zachary John Aquitania, River Baniwas, Russel Lorenzo and Charmea Quelino who took the gold in their respective divisions, while Mariah Christine Pauly snatched the lone Gold for PMA in the 6-9 years old category.
The novice men's division saw the emergence of PMA judo team as a force to reckon with, after Cadets Steven Gabica Tali and Danmar Palma won the gold and Silver, respectively, while Servando Quelino of Kaitagi and Cadet Daugas Daodaoen settled for the Bronze in the -60kgs category.
Under the 61-70 kilograms Category, Dave Fetalan of UC took the gold with teammate Glenn Anudan bowing for silver, while Cadet Joey Padrogado of PMA and Homer Quintos of UC settled for bronze medals.
But the 71-80 kilograms category again was ruled by PMA, courtesy of Cadets Henry Buking and Gerald Gasacao for the gold and silver medals, while lone SLU judoka Rogelio Taclay Jr. for the first bronze and PMA Cadet Jun Rey Spadere for the second bronze medal.
Cadet Tristan Jones Zuleueta of PMA reigned supreme in the 81 kilograms and above category snatching the Gold in final fight from UC's Bryan Balao-as and Edison Paris who both settled for Silver and Bronze respectively.
In the women's novice division, Roxan Sadia of QCPU-GRIPS judo club claimed the gold, while PMA's Airelle Doyaoen settled for silver. Jaya Ann Dacanay of UC and Claire Montefalcon of QCPU-Grips were awarded the bronze medals in the -53 kilograms category.
Snaring the gold in the 54 kilogram and above category is cadet Elma Singgit of PMA, slamming CCDC's Faith Briones and Mary Jane Takina who took the silver and bronze medals, respectively, while SLU's Florinda Locoy settled for the second bronze medal.
The Open White Belt Division threw in other teams to claim the top spots, with UC's Vincent Bayas superb athleticism to snatch the gold in the -60 kilogram men's category at the expense of UB's Roadhanson Nang-is who took the silver while Isaac Yangag (UC) and John Miranda (QCPU) settled for the two bronze.
CCDC's Christopher Gayudan took the gold in the 61-70 kilograms category while Renato Stalin (UB) settled for the silver. Jameson Paquito (UB) and Darwin Estandian (QCPU) both shared the bronze medals.
In the 71-80 kilograms category, Aldfine Tayaban (CCDC) bested teammate Andrei Comising to claim the gold while UB's Kedin Dacanay and Henry Buking (PMA) receiving the bronze medals.
CCDC's Zenon Hambon claimed another Gold in the 81 kilogram and above category defeating Rex Nario of SLU and Raymund Besa of PMA, who were given the respective Silver and Bronze medals.
In the women's division, Kristine Lagayan (CCDC) took the gold after scoring points against defiant Jillmae Remulta (QCPU) who settled for silver, while UC's Pearl Miranda and Lyn Tamson taking in the bronze medals in the -53 kilograms category open white belt.
Under the 54-61 kilogram category, Jona Jane Dodon (UC) dismayed Princess Tuazon of QCPU to take the gold leaving Tuazon for the Silver while Aithana Caranto (SLU) and Marichu Tacay (UB) shared the bronze award.
Jennifer Cancino, another CCDC stalwart got home with the gold in the 62-70 kilogram category, while Donabel Tobias (UC) had to settle for the silver while PMA's Jean Buenaventura and Rachelle Villaluz were given the bronze medals.
In the 70 kilograms and above women's category, PMA's Maria Ophelia Ramas and Janine Alexa fought for the top with Ramas claiming the gold after an Ippon (whole point) and Alexa settling for the silver.
Cordillera Judo Federation tournament director Arch. Wilfredo Dino acknowledged the support of PMA for allowing the Jurado Hall as the fighting venue, after much scouting was being sought prior to the tournament. (With Bobby Vinluan)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 15, 2013.