Baguio lady archers off to South Korea

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Monday, April 28, 2014


TWO of the Summer Capital’s best home grown archers are set to test their marksmanship as they bid for honors in the 2014 Seoul International Sports Festa in Korea slated August 3-9.

Former high school standouts Kareel Meer Hongitan and Tricia Bomogao were recently given the chance to represent the country at the close of the National Ranking and Evaluation Competitions held in Cauayan City, Isabela earlier this month.

Hongitan, who is now with the University of Baguio, and Bomogao of Saint Louis University, secured the second and fourth rank respectively to win a ticket for the Korean joust backed by the Philippine Archers National Network and Alliance (PANNA).

“The competition which is also a national evaluation ranking aims to screen the top archers all over the country wherein the top contenders will represent the Philippines in upcoming international contests,” Archery coach Franklin Espiritu said.

“Gladly we came to have at least two ladies although we are hoping for more, unfortunately one of our bets in our female team, Chloe Balaoing, only ranked fifth,” Espiritu added.

Together with Hongitan and Bomogao, the women’s team who will compete against other international entries come August, are top ranked Marie Crisha Merto from Dumaguete City and Mary Ibañez from San Fernando, La Union.

Meanwhile in the men’s division, Jayson Mendoza and Emmanuel Balbuena, who also represented Baguio in Isabela, came short of the competition after ranking eighth and ninth overall in the Philippine national pool.

“We are still looking to at least find sponsors and produce another team, since according to the invitation from the organizers of the competition in Seoul, we are entitled to create more but unlike the first teams it must be self-funded,” Espiritu quipped.

According to the invitation given by Benel Archery the contest backed by Win&Win Archery, the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Sports Council and Seoul Archery Association will be offering free board and lodging, and registration fee for each of the qualifying team in each division.

Espiritu added if not only for the cost of bringing the whole squad, the city would have its own team in the international meet.

“As of now what we’ll need to focus preparing for the competition is by joining other scheduled contest. Hopefully we can also break records when we go to Korea,” Espiritu added.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 29, 2014.

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