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Friday, May 16, 2014


THE Davao City para-athletes team is all set to target gold medals when they compete in the 3rd Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-abled (Philspada) National Games 2014 set today until May 25 at the Marikina Sports Center, Metro Manila.

Philspada Davao City president James Infiesto bared this in yesterday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the NCCC Mall Davao Bowling, Billiards and Bar (B3) Center Lanes.

Infiesto said that Davao City have already produced numerous award-winning para-athletes, “Differently-abled kami pero meron kaming kakayahan. Maraming mga taga Davao City ang well-recognized internationally dahil sa pagkakapanalo sa iba’t-ibang sports.”

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Visually-impaired athletes seeing action in athletics and goal ball are Cris Alfante, Ian Nakila, Jonathan Español, Jose Saburdo, Ebenezer Celebrado and Allan Español with athletics coach Joey Ganaban and goal ball coach Jose Tapere.

Aldrin Paña is the city's lone bet in visually-impaired chess while orthopedically handicapped Smith Billy Cartera and Jobert Lumanta are entered in table tennis.

The wheelchair basketball team is composed of Amando Amoncio, Allan Belicario, Jonathan Mamitag, Edgardo Villasica, Narciso Maglasang, Racleo Martinez and Antonio Español with Association for Differently-abled Persons (Adap) president Redendo Martinez as coach.

Coach Tapere said they hope to defend their title in goal ball with the help and cooperation of the Dabawenyos.

Tapere also said that they were glad to grab the championship title in goal ball for the first time during the recent Paragames in Laguna. Basketball team coach Armando Amoncio added that their battle in the national game is part of their advocacy to make the persons with disabilities become part of sports development.

“Dili lang nidula para sa amoa tungod gusto namo ipakitana existing mi ug kaya namo maghatag ug honor sa syudad, (This is not just a game for us because we want to show to everybody that we are existing and capable to give recognition for the city.)”

Infiesto also thanked the assistance give by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge William “Butch” Ramirez, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 11 director Priscilla Razon, DSWD assistant regional director Mila Segovia, Davao City administrator Atty. Melchor Quitain, Councilors Victorio Advincula Jr., Al Ryan Alejandre, April Marie Dayap, Jimmy Dureza, Bonifacio Militar, Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, Joselle Villafuerte, Rachel Zozobrado, Ateneo de Davao University and City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) for the team.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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