Team Philipines strives for gold

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Ten members of the national junior wushu team will be vying for honors in the 5th World Junior Wushu Championships scheduled on March 12 to 18 at the Kepez Belediyesi Kapali Spor Salonu in Antalya, Turkey.

Veteran campaigners Agatha Brystenzen Wong, Vanessa Jo Chan, Alieson Ken Omengan and Johnzenth Gajo, who all won gold medal in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship, will spearhead the country’s campaign in the tournament which drew more than 80 countries.

Also seeing action are Joel Casem, Faith Liana Andaya, Christian Lapitan, Hazel Dalisay, Zereena Dumseng and Dave Dagala. The Filipino artists will compete in taolu and sanda events, The taolu competition has three groups: Group A—3rd Set of International Competition Routine: Changquan, Daoshu, Jianshu, Qiangshu, Gunshu, Taijiquan, Taijijian, Nanquan, Nandao, Nangun; Duilian; Group B—Changquan, Daoshu, Jianshu, Qiangshu, Gunshu (1st Set of International Competition Taolu), Nanquan, Nandao, Nangun (International Compulsory Routine) 42 Forms Taijiquan, 42 Forms Taijijian; and Group C—Changquan (No.3 Elementary Routine), Daoshu, Jianshu, Qiangshu, Gunshu (Elementary Routine).

The Philippine Wushu Federation is looking to continue its impressive showing in international scene. The senior wushu team bagged three golds, three silvers and two bronzes in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last December. The three golds were delivered by Jessie Aligaga, Dembert Arcita and Daniel Parantac. After a productive harvest of three gold, three silver and one bronze medals in the 27th Southeast Asian Games, Filipino wushu artists look forward to sustaining their charge in tougher competitions in 2014, including the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea. Wushu Federation Philippines president Tan She Ling and secretary general Julian Camacho said the plan is to send the Pinoy aces to China for training of up to six months to gear them up for the Asiad in September. “The Asian Games is up next year and our challenge is to prepare for it and bring honor to the country,” said Camacho “We’ll try our best, work harder in promoting wushu, particularly in the mainstream. Hopefully we’ll win more medals in the coming tournaments,” said Tan. The medalists in the 2013 SEAG, led by champions Daniel Parantac, Dembert Arcita and Jessie Aligaga, and world titlist Benjie Rivera led the honorees who received their certificates of recognition and bonuses for their feats in 2013. Also feted were medal earners in the Asian Junior Wushu Championships.

Phl accounted for only one medal, a bronze courtesy of Mark Eddiva, in the previous Asiad in Guangzhou, China. But Mark Eddiva won his UFC debut on March 1, 2014 winning it’s bout at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China with All three judges scored the match 30-27 for Eddiva of Baguio City, Philippines in a battle of debuting unbeaten featherweights.

Wushu’s younger bets will vie in the world junior championships in Turkey, which will serve as a qualifying event for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The Chinese martial art will be held as a demonstration event, much like the Chinese did with wushu in the Beijing Games. Also in the calendar are world traditional wushu championships and the Sanda World Cup.