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Despite absence of veterans: New breed of wushu warriors snatch overall national crown
Jogin Tamayo
Sports, 4/20/2008

The Cordillera wushu team never missed the services of  its big guns as it still went on to top the Wushu Federation Philippines National Championship last April 15 and 16 at the Mall of Asia.

Sanshou (sparring) players grabbed the most medals with nine golds while the taolu (form) players won three golds to retain its overall title despite the absence of its more illustrious players now training for the coming Olympics in Beijing, China.

The local wushu chapter, led by regional director Tony Candelaria,  tallied a 9-2-8 gold-silver-bronze medal harvest in sanshou while taulo had a 3-5-4 medal slate.

In sanshou, Baguio ladies Lea Gamboa and Gina Iniong won the gold in the 45-kg. and 48-kg. female senior divisions respectively with Zephanie Ngaya ruling the 60-kg. category.

In the male junior division, it was practically an all-Baguio show with Jonathan Pumihic (60 kg.) beating Jeffrey Arana of Iloilo in the finals, Baltazar Cacay (48 kg.) edging teammate Amado Bainto Jr., and Paphet Bumakel (52 kg.) trouncing Manuel delos Reyes of Zamboanga.  Roldan Sangcha-an also added another gold in the 56-kg. division.

In the male senior division, Denver Labrador won the gold over Jessie Rapols of Las Pinas in the 60-kg. group while Honorio Banario humbled Marcelito Macasilla of Zamboanga for the 70-kg. category title. Edward Kelly of Baguio salvaged a silver in the 65-kg. division after bowing to Esmael Camanig of Nortwest Technology Center.

Other bronze me-dalists are Sheila Lopa (48 kgs.), Brent Tayler Calunag (52 kgs.), Romeo Balonglong (48 kgs.), Kevin Balingon (60 kgs.), Denver Galing (65 kgs.), Ryan Tablac (52 kgs.), and Joel Amurao (58 kgs.).

In taulo, Elezad Jocob topped the 42 steps taijiquan to lead the gold medal harvest together with Jean Michael Salazar (nanquan), and Jonathan Gayachan (24 steps taijiquan).

Silver medalists are John Keithley Chan (changquan), Dustin Chan (san luquan), Kathiyung Sabalburo (changquan), and Kariza Kris Chan (42 steps taijiquan) while salvaging bronze me-dals are Jean Michael Salazar (short weapon), Rogie Massagan, Denver Parantac (nanquan), and Jasmin Chan (changquan).

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