The Filipino passion for sport is well-known, matched only by our love for cheering on those who bear our colors beyond our borders. Unbeknownst to many however, a number of our countrymen have been participating in (and winning!) competitions and tournaments around the world in sports other than basketball.
Taking part in the traditional sport of sepak takraw, the Philippine team (or “regu”) of Jason Huerte, Rheyjhey Ortouste, and Mark Gonzales went up against Southeast Asian powerhouses Thailand and Myanmar earlier this month and emerged victorious, scoring Gold medals at the 31st King’s Cup World Championship in Thailand.
The International Olympic Committee presented the country’s first female national fencing coach, Maria Leonor Estampador (second from right), with a 2016 Women and Sport Award. Estampador was recognized for her contributions to the progress and development of women’s participation in sports in the Philippines.
The Philippines claimed five Golds and two Silvers at the 2016 Asian Dragon Boat Championships held in Puerto Princessa over the weekend. The biggest dragon boat competition in Asia, it was the first time that the country hosted the event.
In the Philippines’ best performance since 2006, the 8th Sanda World Cup for Wushu in China saw two Pinoys score Gold in the forms of Divine Wally, a 19-year old student studying at the University of the Cordilleras-Baguio City, and Arnel Mandal of Iloilo. At the same event, Hergie Bacyadan, nabbed a Silver, while Francisco Solis contributed a Bronze medal performance.
22-year-old Mark Harry Diones broke Joebert Delicano’s long-standing Philippine triple jump record of 15.92 meters with a remarkable distance of 16.29 meters. Currently reviewing for the National Police Commission’s criminology exam, Diones may have some ways to go before beating the SEA Games record of 16.76 meters, but he is definitely positioned to be a strong contender for future SEA Games.
Ceres La Salle F.C., better known as Ceres FC, claimed 3rd Place at the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup. It was the Bacolod-based squad’s first time to join the tournament. Coming right after their second place finish in the local United Football League, Ceres FC played with Heart on Fire to achieve the highest placing for a Filipino club in Singapore.
Australia played host to the latest edition of the biennial World Masters Athletics Championships that saw Pinoys take two Gold Medal-winning top spots. 4-time SEA Games Champion Marestella Torres-Sunang nabbed a Gold for finishing first in the Women’s Long Jump, while Danilo Fresnido won the Gold in the Men’s Javelin Throw. At the same time, returning Women’s Javelin Throw champion Erlinda Lavandia came in second clinching a Silver medal for the Philippines.
Image sources: Erlinda Lavandia’s Facebook Account, The Manila Times, Franc Ramon, Spin.ph, Alchetron.com, PhilStar, Mark Harry Diones’ Facebook Account, Rappler, Pinoy Athletics, PTV Sports, Wushu Fed Phil Facebook Account, Arnel Roa Mandal Facebook Account, Olympic.org, Inquirer.net, FourFourTwo