ELEVEN Cordillerans are part of the Philippine delegation seeing action at the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore starting Friday.
Nine wushu athletes, one archer and a sprint and long jump artist are Cordillera's contribution to the country's medal quest at the SEAG.
SEA Games gold medallist Daniel Parantac leads the wushu taolu team. Joining him are fellow veterans and duilian team mate John Keithley Chan, the female duilian tandem of Natasha Laxamana and Kariza Kris Chan, the returning Thornton Lou Sayan and rookies Spencer Bahod and former world junior champion Ken Alieson Omengan.
Parantac is aiming to defend his title in the taijijian and taijiquan event and improve his silver medal finish in duilian.
Omengan, the 2013 Asian Junior Wushu Championship double gold medallist, will compete in nandao in his first attempt to win in the senior's side.
The youngest member, 15-year-old Joel Casem will vie in his first senior tournament.
Omengan, the Lubas National High School junior, hopes to repeat his golden performance at the Games.
Denbert Francisco will compete in the sanda 60-65kg contests as a replacement for World wushu champion Jean Claude Saclag who is still recovering from an injury.
Saclag, the Asian Games silver medallist, broke a clavicle in February.
Katherine Khay Santos is entered in the 100-meters and long jump. Santos, who won a bronze in the recent Singapore Open Track and Field Championships, won a gold in this year's Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championship and is considered as the reigning Filipina sprint queen.
Baguio's Kareel Meer Hongitan will join 2012 London Olympian Rachelle Ann Cabral-dela Cruz, Youth Olympic Games participant and US Open gold medallist Bianca Gotuaco, and Philippine National Games champion Crizabelle Merto in the archery team.
Last month, Hongitan finished ninth in a field of 107 in the Archery World Cup-Stage 1 in Shanghai, China.
A total of 472 athletes and 189 officials are representing the Philippines in Singapore where athletes from 11 countries will compete for 402 gold medals.
The Philippines, which finished seventh at the 2013 Games in Myanmar with 29 gold, 34 silver, and 37 bronze is aiming for at least fourth place in Singapore.