Davao karatekas bag 3 PNG golds

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Monday, May 26, 2014


DAVAO City karatekas bagged three gold medals and one bronze at the close of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games 2014 karatedo competition at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City over the weekend.

Siblings Bern Rexander, Rexor and Miyuki Tacay topped their respective events. Bern outclassed Jonipol Fortaliza of Sphinx Karatedo in the finals of the men's individual kumite 30 years old and above category, while Rexor, a national team member, defeated John Cenard Cullera of PKF-NSA Typhoons National Team in their men's -67 kgs. individual kumite championship match.

The 16-year-old Miyuki, a High School graduate at the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), beat Keshia Ruth Labiaga of Cebu City in the junior female individual kumite 15-17 years old -59 kgs final.

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Dabawenya Lya Marie Carrillo, a 2012 National Batang Pinoy Games double gold medalist, salvaged a bronze in the same class.

Playing-coach Bern, of PSKAI-Takai Gijutsu School of Martial Arts, was satisfied by their performance, saying: "I think we did great. Five Dabawenyos with three golds and bronze from the most prestigious and stiffest annual sporting competition of the country is a remarkable feat."

Bern, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao on Monday, added, "We fought our hearts out to bring honor to our beloved city. My younger brother and I even suffered knee injuries during the tournament. We went there on our own expense for the love of the sport."

Over at the Marikina Riverbanks, Christian Dan Ivan Loriezo snatched a bronze in junior boys arnis lightweight sparring event.

Kapatirang Doble Olisi (KDO) Escrima-Davao City team coach Mario Palazuelo, in a phone interview, said the players didn't make it on time for the anyo (form) events so they only caught up with sparring competition. The team was composed of two junior and six senior players.

"Nag C130 lang man sila so wala na gyud sila kaabot. Nag-una ra ko para dili ma-disqualify ang team kay kinahanglan dunay representative para sa solidarity meeting ug tournament briefing (They took the C130 plane that so they didn't arrive on time. I went ahead so the team won't be disqualified as there is a need for a representative in solidarity meeting and tournament briefing," said Palazuelo, who shouldered the Manila-Davao trips of the players.

He added that the 2014 edition was the biggest PNG arnis tournament that they've been to. "A total of 575 entries joined the tournament. One player has to go through a lot of matches during the eliminations before reaching the quarter-finals. It's really tough."

Meanwhile, Mark Allen Fabriga of Davao City clinched a bronze in wrestling. Dabawenyos John Ray Arenas and Sheldon Cortez finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in separate wrestling divisions.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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