Arnis tows CAR with 9 golds in Palaro

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


STA. CRUZ, LAGUNA -- Combative sports continue to boost Cordillera in the over-all team standings with Arnis towing the region with nine gold medals, three silvers, and four bronze in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.

After swinging five gold medals in the anyo competitions, Cordillera's Arnis squad bagged four more gold at the close of the labanan contest.

Shaira Jane Salingbay won two gold medals after making a quick performance in the late anyo competition taking the favor from the judges and dominating other competitors in the half light weight division.

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Ezra Rai Yalong also topped the secondary girls featherweight division together with Felvy Ah-ul, who earlier snatched bronze in the secondary girls double baston event, outclassed her opponents in the feather weight category for the region’s fourth gold in the labanan competition.

Cristel Baltazar ranked third in the secondary girls bantamweight.

Regional sports coordinator and Education Progman Supervisor for Department of Education-CAR Agustin Gumuwang said he is happy with the number of medals contributed from the combative sports.

"We are happy for their full effort and excellent performance, we should continue in improving this sport in the following years," Gumuwang said.
Gumuwang added he is also looking forward for other results of combative sports in the weeklong tournament.

"Sana our taekwondo team will do better, let’s look forward to a positive outcome," Gumuwang added.

The region currently sits at number four in the over-all medal standing with 15 gold medals including nine silvers and nine bronze medals as of 2:00 PM of May 8.

Bets from the National Capital Region remain strong with 39 gold medals, 24 silvers, and 29 bronze medals to take an early lead while host region Southern Tagalog is in second with a 16-20-23 medal haul.

Region 6 or the Western Visayas Region is at third with 15-11-19.

The 56th staging of the Palarong Pambansa officially opened May 5th at the Sta. Cruz Sports Complex with more than 11,200 athletes from the 17 regions including thousands of local and visiting spectators in attendance. (With a report from DepEd-CAR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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