Ifugao takes centerstage in kadang-kadang

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


IFUGAO'S kadang-kadang team stole the limelight collecting last minute gold for the province as they galloped their way across the finish line during the close of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet Tuesday afternoon.

Showcased as a demonstration sports for this year’s regional meet, Ifugao went straight for the victory after their five-man wooden stilt racers fed dust to other competitors and lorded in the 5x50 meter relay contest.

Warren Heart Dulnuan, Dennis Naballin, Gideon Himoldang, Jaime Yogyog Jr., and Jeffrey Manlong clocked in 1 minute 8 seconds and two tenths of a second (1:08:02) to shine among other contestants.

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Marvin and Dexter Caole, Eubert Guelan, Louie Latawan, and Reywin Gagarin finished in a close second for Apayao after checking in at 1:10:43, while the squad of Landrein Aligdan, Clyde Fanasan, Humprey Kamora, Arjay Manera and Ivan Ray William collected the bronze medal for Benguet with 1:13:24.

Mt. Province and the city dwellers of Baguio fell short of expectations as they trailed behind finishing fourth and fifth clocking in at 1:20:13 and 1:30:13, respectively.

Meanwhile, Ifugao's secondary squad added five more gold medals in wrestling with as Elmer Calingayan ruled the secondary boy's sanggol (arm wrestling) bracket B.

The Department of Education started to incorporate new sports events to be demonstrated in the annual Palarong Pambansa, including other subsidiaries with CARAA in the region down to the provincial, and district sports meet this year.

Sports included this year are wushu, futsal, billiards, together with wrestling and indigenous games kadang-kadang and bunong-braso (sanggol).

DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and Sports coordinator Fernando Eleponga said the department has incorporated additional sport events including indigenous games to preserve and develop more potential from country’s future athletes.

“Adding four more sports and two indigenous games will give more opportunities for our young children to develop and hone their skills in preparation for larger competitions in and out of the country," said Eleponga.

According to the DepEd memorandum no. 2, s. 2014, all the six new sport competitions will remain as exhibition games until the 2014 national games.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 14, 2014.

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