EIGHT Baguio taekwondo jins stamped their class winning gold medals in their respective categories during the SMART/MVP Sports Foundation/PLDT Home Ultera National CPJ (Carlos Palanca Jr.) taekwondo championships at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
Palarong Pambansa veteran Aesha Kiara Oglayon led the charge for the Baguio based squad winning the gold medal in the individual poomsae event together with Kayden Cassidy Mendoza (sparring), Zashter Khaine Mendoza (sparring), and Rihannah Kate Caguioa (sparring).
Other gold medalists include Raphael Jose Patting (sparring), Rhyan Jacob Ocampo (sparring), Alexander Gabriel Ogoy( sparring), and Eduard Kurt Santiago (sparring).
The Baguio Defenders squad also took home four silvers and seven bronze medals in the competition that served as a tune-up for the Philippine team members to the Asian Championships, World Junior Championships and World Poomsae Championships this year.
Silver medalists include Caleb Angelo Calde (poomsae), Elvira Tumlayen (poomsae), Joey Jones Culallad (sparring), and Josh Hartnett Caguioa (sparring).
Bagging the bronze are Acey Kiana Oglayon (poomsae), Jun Adrian Wagtingan (sparring), Julius Navalta (sparring), Chris Levi Culallad (sparring), Lei Ramon (sparring), Rain Ramon (sparring) and Aezra Indra Liporada (sparring).
Close to 1,500 athletes saw action in Kyorugi (sparing) and Poomsae (forms) during the prestigious two-day event. (SunStar Baguio)