Arnis yields seven gold medals for Baguio-A A +A
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
BAGUIO City continues to rake in medal after medal in arnis as the 2014 Philippine National Games goes underway in Manila.
Hopeful to lead the city to its over-all title campaign, Baguio Arnis All Stars kept their head high in capping the anyo (form) competition with seven gold, four silver, and three bronze.
Cindy Abegail Monte led the Summer Capital with three gold mints after dominating the women’s senior individual solo baston, doble baston, and "spada y daga" contest.
Monte, together with Corina Lazaro Ado and Florentina Pascual shared the top honors in the synchronized single weapon category.
Baguio City National High School stick fighter Norielyn Joy Sagun added one gold, one silver, and one bronze from the individual solo baston, doble baston, and "spada y daga" accordingly.
Sagun, together with Jana Balicdang and Danica Caw-is outclassed other entries to snatch the gold and silver medals in the synchronized "spada y daga" competition and synchronized doble baston.
Meanwhile, Lira Achachang, Kristen Perl Tamiking, and Angela Donglay teamed up to bag the gold medal in the synchronized doble baston event, and score a second place finish in the synchronized "spada y daga" contest.
Arnis coach Ayatotollah Gadaoni said they expect to draw more medals from the labanan competitions.
"So far eto palang ang nakuha natin sa anyo competition, we are looking forward to gain more awards pagdating ng labanan contest," Gadaoni said.
Gadaoni, together with fellow coach Jayson Vicente, said they will surely dominate the national competition to help the City in its medal haul.
Last year, Baguio based arnisadors uplifted the city with their 16 gold, 10 silver, and nine bronze record.
Vicente earlier said they will aim to outdo last year’s medal count.
“If we can surpass the gold medals we had last year then it would be better, it’s just a matter of putting enough trust and support to our competing athletes,” Vicente quipped.
The 2014 PNG arnis competitions opened May 17 and will end until the 23rd at the SM City Marikina where hundreds of athletes 15 years old and above from the different parts of country will bid for top honors in the various contest.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 21, 2014.