AAK Davao nabs 15 of 18 golds in karate tourney-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
TOURNAMENT host Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao showed dominance after winning 15 of the 18 golds in the TKS-Petron Interclub Age-Group Karate
Championships at the fifth floor of the Gaisano Grand Citimall Saturday.
AAK also pocketed 10 silvers and 10 bronzes to rule the one-day event.
Pavel Jeric Bacayo, 17, won three gold medals for the boys' 16-17 kata and kumite, men's open kumite.
Among the 80 karatekas, Bacayo was hailed as the most bemedalled.
The first year geology student from University of Southeastern Philippines beat teammate Denzel Maramara both in boys' 16-17 Kata and Kumite division. Bacayo, through his kicks and punches defeated Maramara, 7-0 in the finals.
He earned his other golds after taking down July Inson of Shorin Chi, 3-1 in the finals of mens' open kumite category.
Other medalists for AAK Davao were Ella Estarija, JP Ponce and Gabriel Quinones who took two golds each in their respective division.
Stella Maris Academy highschool student Ella Estarija easily reigned the girls' 16-17 kata and kumite (sparring) when she conquered Nica Betani of Mindanao Polytechnic College of General Santos City in the finals of kumite, 6-0.
Quinones, meanwhile, ruled boys' 14-15 kata by besting Fil-Japanese Hideo Ito of Combatants-Toril in the finals.
The junior high school student from Brokenshire Science High School also defeated AAK Davao player Eman Bayugo for the kumite gold.
Ponce, a grade four student from Precious International School of Davao topped boys' 12-13 kata and kumite divison. He won over Sylwin Angeles in the kumite finals.
The other gold medalists of AAK Davao were:
Josh Worsley (boys 6-7 kumite), Ric Aquino (boys 6-7 kata), Aspen Lim (girls 6-7 kata), Danya Paquil (girls 14-15 kata), Jam Ramirez (boys 12-13 kumite) and Darlene Maramara (girls 14-15 kumite).
The other thee golds were snatched by Combatants' Alexis Alcebar (boys 10-11 kumite), Mindanao Polytechnic College-GenSan's Jomar Arranguez (men's 60 kg. kumite) and Stalwart's Rebecca Pantaleon (women's open kumite).
Silver medalists are Hideo Ito-Combatants (boys 10-11 kumite); Nica Bretania- MPC (girls 16-17 kumite); Marcelo Villaflor-Stalwart (men's 60 kg. kumite); Gleezel Valle-MPC (women's open weight kumite).
For bronze were Luis Manalili-Combatants (boys 14-15 kata); Gerald Condez-Combatants (boys 14-15 kumite); Kirk Huevos-SC (boys 16-17 kumite); John Arnel Lagud-MPC (boys 16-17 kumite); Athena Benito-SC (girls 14-15 kumite); Victor Cuetas-Combatants (men's 60 kg. kumite); Jessie Glen Malda-MPC (men's 60 kg. kumite).
Winners received certificates and medals awarded by AAK Davao branch chief Rommel Tan, SC instructor Cris Campomanes and referee-judge Bert Apas. (Sun.Star Davao)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 30, 2013.