Davao City, Davao Norte jins, karatekas rule Prisaa

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Monday, February 24, 2014


DAVAO CITY jins and Davao del Norte karatekas stamped their respective rivals to rule the 2014 Southern Mindanao Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) taekwondo and karatedo competition at the NCCC Mall Tagum in Tagum City over the weekend.

Davao City hauled a total of five gold medals, two silvers and one bronze to emerge over-all champion in men's taekwondo while Davao del Sur clinched two golds, four silvers and two bronzes to place second and Davao del Norte came third third with one gold, two silvers and four bronzes.

Joshua Mangibunong of Davao City annexed the men's finweight gold over Davao del Sur's Ricario Heruela who settled for silver. Davao del Norte's Jomari Steve Visaya got the bronze instead.

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Wencilito Estrera (men's flyweight), Mark Josel Lansang (men's lightweight), Don Richard Digamon (men's middleweight) and Bienfrancis Osmeña (heavyweight) also gave golds for Davao City.

Davao del Sur's Einstein Raye Villanueva and Peter Doong pocketed golds in men's bantamweight and welterweight events, respectively.

Featherweight Edwin Codorniga II won Davao del Norte's lone gold.

In women's taekwondo, Davao del Norte collected three golds, two silvers and one bronze to govern the event at the expense of Davao del Sur that garnered two golds, one silver and three bronzes and Davao City with a 1-3-2 medal count.

Davao del Norte's gold medalists were bantamweight Kyla Gutierrez, lightweight Ledren Alquino and welterweight Charish Angel Tamayo while finweight Claudine Mae Magno and flyweight Kimsy Kae Villanueva seized the golds for Davao del Sur. Fharmaine Penjanueva snatched the women's featherweight gold for Davao City.

Davao del Norte, meanwhile, harvested a total of six golds and one silver in men's karatedo to beat 1-6-0 Davao City for the championship.

Finweight Jerome Hernane, flyweight Lyn Anthony Obera, bantamweight Leslie Layog, lightweight Michael Gandara and Mhark Lloyd Bantanare (individual kata). Harley Pradas, for his part, topped the featherweight class.

In the distaff side, Davao del Norte karatekas Charlita Tagiamon (finweight), Renelyn Cerbania (flyweight) and Cristal Balnis (lightweight) grabbed the golds while Davao City bets Janith Badang (bantamweight), Jan Marinie Sicat (featherweight) and Oxy Sycon (individual kata) shared the limelight.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 25, 2014.

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