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Saturday, January 12, 2013
TAGUM CITY - Davao Doctors College (DDC) of Davao City romped away with the modern standard and Latin discipline titles of the 2013 Southern Mindanao Region 11 Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) Meet dancesports competition at the Dr. Pedro San Jose Gym, University of Mindanao (UM) Tagum College (UMTC) here early Friday evening.
DDC's Nepjhon Calaycay and Daryl Borja bested University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) pair Stephen Kempis and Lelynvil Villareiz and another DDC tandem of John Lester Quibol and Mary Yu for the modern standard crown.
Veteran Prince Baluyot combined efforts with neophyte Denelle Nazareno to beat Keanu Rodriguez and Janelyn Almanzor of UIC and Julius Vicada and Honeylyn Bitoon of UMTC in the Latin category.
The top two pairs in each division will advance to the National Prisaa Championship set on Feb. 11 to 16 in Pangasinan.
DDC dancesports coach Dr. Annaliza Castro, in an interview, praised their athletes for giving their best in the competition.
"We are truly proud of them. Their dedication in training and determination to win as well as the support of the school administration are big factors to winning the championships," Castro said.
DDC's dancesports team is currently on its third year and they will get to represent the region to the national for the fourth straight year.
Castro said it's been very challenging to bring her athletes together since most of them are medical students and have very hectic class and internship schedules.
For the regional meet, they met every night for one month with a maximum of two hours per session.
Nepjhon, 21, a fourth year Radio Technology student, said it was a good thing that he and Daryl have been partners for a long time. The two placed fourth at the Cebu nationals last year.
"Chemistry is important in dancesports. I just take the lead and she follows. That is very important to have such dynamics," Nepjhon, who joined the team in 2010, said.
Daryl, an occupational therapy junior, was lured into the sport in 2011. She said: "I was just very positive that practice makes you better."
The 18-year-old Radtech junior Prince, meanwhile, admitted he had difficulty adjusting with Denelle as the latter only learned the ropes a month ago.
Prince recalled, "Away kami ng away sa praktis (laughs). I just had faith we will work it out together."
Denelle, a second year HRM student, said, "It was hard. There was great pressure on my part 'coz Prince is already a veteran. I have to keep up with him. I'm happy though that we won gold in my first participation in the regional Prisaa. I'm excited for the national finals."
The region's national qualifiers will have only a month to prepare for the Pangasinan meet but they are optimistic to better their performances last year.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 13, 2013.