Combatives lead Baguio’s uproar

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Friday, May 23, 2014


BAGUIO City leaned on combative sports anew in the ongoing 2014 POC-PSC National Games in Manila.

The Summer Capital as of 2:30 p.m. of May 23 scored a total of 44 gold, 46 silver, and 38 bronze taken mostly from arnis and wushu after hauling 11-6-4 and 16-15-7 at the close of their events.

Arnis completed its third year streak as overall champions in PNG despite failing to surpass last year’s record of 16-10-9, bagging most of its medals from the anyo (form) competition with seven gold, four silver, and three bronze led by Cindy Abegail Monte with three gold medals from the individual performances.

The city based arnisadors capped four more gold in the labanan (sparring) competitions courtesy of Norielyn Sagun, Angela Donglay, Lira Achachang, and Frannie Lupae. While, Alvin Abalos, Jana Kaye Balicdang, Florentina Pascual, and Kristen Pearl Tamiking each snatched silver medals with Paul James Magmoyao adding one bronze.

Wushu came across its first gold in taolu as Marissa Camut championed the women’s “1st set nangun” contest. Jan Rey Botigan (3rd set nanquan), Remelyn Villanueva (freestyle nanquan), and Franklin Dogwe (freestyle tanjiquan) snatched silver medals, while Kevin Massagan (freestyle chanquan) and Doyle Intas (freestyle tanjiquan) bagged third honors.
Athletics, already capped an 8-3-1 tally as of 5:00 PM of May 21, led by former University of Baguio Cardinal Jessa Mangsat with two gold medals from the 3-kilometer steeplechase and 5,000 meter run.

Wrestling had a modest medal haul of 5-5-3 from the Greco Roman and freestyle categories.

Boxing generated one silver medal courtesy of Ronald Chavez Jr. (54kg juniors division) together with Mark Dedicatoria (50kg juniors) and Mansueto Eduyan Jr. (64kg elite division) each who both settled for bronze medals.

Baguio remains on course for another stellar performance for a shot at the over-all crown as archery, tae kwon do, muay thai and other sports expected to be finished by Sunday.

In 2013, Team Baguio closed the national games with 60-55-66.
The 2014 PNG housed close to 7,000 athletes from all over the Philippines with Team Baguio bannering 250 of its prime athletes to compete in 46 different sports.

The National Games aims to assess the expanse of potential athletes to be a basis for the selection of the national pool in international competitions mainly the 2015 Southeast Asian Games to be held next year in Singapore.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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