Davao City retains dancesport titles

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Sunday, February 23, 2014


TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - Davao City defended its titles after bagging back-to-back gold medals at the close of the Southern Mindanao Private Schools Athletic Association (SM)-Prisaa Meet 2014 dancesport competition at the jampacked Dr. Pedro San Jose Gymnasiumat the University of Mindanao Tagum College (UMTC) here Friday night.

University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) pair Keanu Rodriguez and Lelynvil Socorro Villarreiz gave Davao City its Modern Standard gold, beating Davao Doctors College's Albert Dave Morcellos and Mary Lian Yu who took the silver instead. UMTC tandem of Jeric Superioridad and Grace Josol salvaged the bronze.

Rodriguez and Villareiz were coached by Ronell Cervera and Stephen Kempis.

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Villareiz, a 21-year-old fourth year Education-Mape student, said she didn't expect to win the gold having just clinched the silver last year. She, however, was confident with their training and the rigid preparation for the regional meet considering that she paired with Rodriguez for the first time.

"Masayang-masaya! Nagbunga ang hirap namin sa praktis talaga. After our classes, we start training by 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. then recently we finish around 11 p.m. na," Villareiz said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao.

Rodriguez, a Marketing junior, said: "Binigay na namin ang lahat kanina. Masaya, masarap ang panalo na ito."

Davao City also topped the Latin discipline courtesy of Prince Charles Baluyot and Daryl Borja who were mentored by Fritz Jumawid and Nepjhon Calaycay. The latter only shifted from modern standard to Latin just a month ago.

Anthony Francis Corsame and Vanelyn Almanzor of UIC copped the silver while UMTC's Charlie Cayunda and Honeylyn Bitoon got th bronze.

Borja, a 19-year-old third year Occupational Therapy student said, "Iyong hindi pa tinatawag ang entry number namin, kinabahan talaga ako. One month lang kasi ang preparation namin for the regional meet. Hindi ko na inasahan na kami ang mananalo."

She added that it helped having Baluyot as her partner as they have been friends and that they both share the same passion for dance.

The 19-year-old Radiologic Technology junior Baluyot, for his part, said he usually gets sick every regional meet. He had colds when he performed with Borja for the first time. He's glad though that they were able to adjust with each other.

"We're looking forward to the national championship," Baluyot said.

Judges were Jhon Kristoffer Gabut, Dr. Annaliza Castro and Rene Babiera II.

Davao del Norte, meanwhile, topped he vocal solo competition and Mutya ng Prisaa search.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 23, 2014.

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