KARATEKAS from Mandaue City reaped 10 out of 18 gold medals for Cebu Province during the Manuel Veguillas Memorial International Karate Cup at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20.
Aside from 18 gold medals, Team Cebu Province also took home 15 silver and 15 bronze medals in the same event.
Leading Cebu Province’s charge is Janine Narboada, who was able to secure gold medals in the 12 to 13 years old Kata (forms) event and 12-13 years old Girls’ Kumite (sparring) event.
Narboada, of team Sports Karatedo Organization (SKO) from Mandaue City, also got a silver medal during the Kumite double women’s event which she shared with fellow SKO karateka Trexie Ogoc.
Ogoc, 13, also won a bronze in the 12-13 Girls’ Kumite event.
Ogoc’s younger sister, Trisha, won gold medals in the 10-11 years old intermediate Kata event and 10-11 years old intermediate Kumite event.
Rose Mabelle Seares, also of Team SKO, got a gold medal in the -48 kilograms Junior’s Kumite event and a silver medal in the double Kumite event.
Other medalists for Cebu Province are Joshua Narboada, who earned a gold medal in the 8-9 years old intermediate Kata event and the silver medal in the 8-9 years old intermediate Kumite event.
Also earning the gold medal is Alexis Carmelli Patalinghug in the 10-11 years old novice Kata event. She also earned the bronze and silver medals in the 10-11 years old intermediate Kumite and doubles Kumite events, respectively.
John Cyril Mahinay also reaped a gold medal in the 16-17 years old intermediate Kata event and a bronze medal in the -68 kilograms Men’s Kumite event.
His brother, John Rans, won a silver in the 14-15 years old intermediate Kata event.
Gold medals were also awarded to Christine Marie Sacedon during the 12-13 years old novice Kata event and her sister, Eliza Marie, who won in the 14-15 novice Kata event.
Their other older sibling, Maria Mae, won a bronze medal in the intermediate Kata event and a silver in the 15-17 doubles Kumite event.
Other medalists from Cebu include Alexis Nicole Villacarlos, who grabbed two silver medals during the 10-11 novice Kata event and doubles Kumite event; Enzo Nirel Hipulan, who won the bronze medal in the 12-13 intermediate Kata event; Jhudiel Olivar, who won the bronze medal during the -52 kilograms intermediate kata event; and John Steve Juban, who the bronze medal during the -61 kilograms Juniors Kumite event.
The Cebu Provincial team was led by Shihans Jess Paredes and Victor Sanchez, and Senseis Jim Paredes and Rhodee Saavedra. (JKV)