Davao's Evita bags wushu silver medal

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

FORMER University of Mindanao (UM) student Evita Elise Paronda Zamora annexed two silver medals on Tuesday in the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games wushu competition at the Wunna Theikdi Indoon Stadium, Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar.

Zamora, who was with the national team barely a year ago, bowed to Vietnam bet Thu Hoai Nguyen in their women's 52 kilograms gold medal match. Zamora settled for silver while Danusone Buddybuasisavath of Laos and Su Hlaing Oo of Myanmar shared the bronze.

In her Facebook, Zamora posted a photo of the slap marks left by her Vietnamese rival on her thigh with a status: "No pain, no gain nga daw sabi nila... Isang malaking sampal ng right foot sa left thigh ko ang aking natanggap sa Vietnam (opponent). Bakat pa talaga lahat ng toefingers niya eh... Hehehe! Kahit ano pa yan kaya kong tiisin at tanggapin basta para sa Diyos, sa Pilipinas, sa pamilya, sa kaibigan at sa lahat ng Pilipino na patuloy na sumusuporta sa Team Pilipinas! To God be the glory!"

She also recieved numerous congratulatory greetings on her Timeline as she was tagged in a broadsheet story with her and a teammate in a photo.

Zamora was a mainstay of King's Sword Martial Arts team under chief instructor Nell Jone Astudillo since 2006.

"She won in the Vis-Min Wushu Sanda Championships held at the Gaisano Mall of Davao last year so kinuha siya ng Philippine team," Astudillo said in a Facebook chat conversation Wednesday.

Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Davao is headed by Dexter So. Zamora, according to Astudillo, also salvaged a bronze in the World Wushu Championship in China two months ago.

Astudillo recalled that they've been helping Zamora while in their team as she was hardworking and dedicated during training.

Astudillo added, "Niundang gyud sya ug school tung gi-offeran sya sa wushu Philippine team (She quit school after she was offered by the wushu national team)."

Meanwhile, two more Filipino boxers advanced into the semi-finals set tomorrow, Friday, after beating their respective rivals Tuesday.

Former Barangay Una Boxing Team of Davao del Norte mainstay Mark Anthony Barriga survived a 2-1 win over Huynu Ngoc Tan of Vietnam in the men's 46-49 kgs. quarter-finals. The pint-sized London Olympian will clash against Mohd Fuad Mohd Reuvan of Malaysia who overwhelmed Ddabilio Suva, 3-0.

Filipino Junel Cantancio also took a 3-0 victory over Keochi Xayyasane of Laos in men's 60 kgs. quarter-finals to arrange a semis collision with Muhamad Ridhwan Ahmad of Singapore, a 3-0 victor over Kyaw Kyaw Htet of Myanmar.

The national boxing team is still right on target of the golds at stake after Davao del Sur's Nesthy Alcayde Petecio booked a finals berth in the women's 57 kgs. and Dennis Galvan secured a semis spot in men's 64 kgs. event.

Four Filipino boxers have so far made their Myanmar SEA Games debut and came out triumphant.

No matches were held yesterday due to the formal opening ceremonies that was still ongoing as of presstime.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 12, 2013.


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