It was in the final quarter that the sports community lost two of its pillars in karate.
Two senior black belts—2nd dan Edward Dulnuan and 1st dan Rex Mang-oy were buried in a landslide that hit Barangay Poblacion in La Trinidad in the morning of Oct. 9 at the height of Typhoon Pepeng’s fury.
The typhoons also forced several sports events to be cancelled including the marathon invitationals, a boxing promotion, and the first Baguio drum-line competitions and children’s cheerleading championships.
May. The CAR high school delegation repeated its 9th place finish in the Palarong Pambansa in Tacloban—the same place it got in the 2008 Palaro in Palawan while the elementary contingent placed 12th or one rung lower than the Palawan games.
The city government of Baguio held a one-day sports summit at the City Hall multipurpose hall with the aim of preparing an overdue sports program for the city. The summit however, participated in by sports association heads and school sports leaders, never made headway in any sports program.
The monsoon rains and the cold weather slowed down visiting squads allowing the UC volleybelles to place decent second to Ateneo in the 2009 National Inter-Collegiate Volleyball championship games.
Cordillera bets reigned supreme anew with 16 gold medals in the sanshou (sparring) and taolu (form) categories to rule the 2009 Wushu National Championships in Manila.
The sanshou warriors bagged 10 golds and two bronze me-dals. Veterans Rey Docyogen and Kevin Belingon led the golden harvest together with Benito Amado, Decensio Thomas, Roldan Sangchaan, Remsen Alangsab, Eliseo Valdez, and Honorio Banario. Female winners are Gina Iniong and Zephanie Ngaya while Jearome Wanawar and Jeomar Pasiwat won bronzes.
In taolu, Kariza Kris Chan topped the 42 taiji quan. The five other gold medalists are Mari-Ngay Santiago, Annie Passi, Fely Segundo, Vanessa Joe Chan, and Michael Angelo Marcelo.
John Chan, Jane Valencerina, Jones Liabres Inso, and Kathlynne Sabalburo chipped in four silvers while Kennie Neven Omengan, Grace Bayao, Alfaretta Montoya, Dave Salazar, Jean Michael Salazar, Jake Massagan, and Brian Salazar added a bronze medal each.
June. Apriel Solimen from the University of Baguio led a decent medal harvest in the 9th Asean Taekwondo Federation Championships in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on June 5 to 7, 2009.
Adding a silver medal each are Iyra April Tindoc, Francis Bambico, and Jonathan Rilloraza who competed in the individual and group poomsae. Tindoc and Jeordan Dominguez, also from UB, salvaged a bronze medal each.
In the field of karate, Igorot martial artist Julian Chees flawlessly executed the strength and calm that are the qualities of Sochin, an advanced kata (formal exercise) of the Shotokan School, to capture his third world title at the 7th World Championships of the World Karate Confederation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
La Trinidad’s pride Rey Megrino snatched the Luzproba flyweight championship belt after he demo-lished Albert Alcy in the fifth round of their scheduled 12-round match in San Juan Fiesta in Muntinlupa City. After taking home the Luzproba flyweight title in May, La Trinidad’s pride Rey Megrino strung another victory this time in Phuket, Thailand with a methodical demolition of former IBF Thai champion Ratanapol Sor Vorapin.
July. The Destroyer failed to live up to his moniker as Cebuano Engi Piloto himself got demolished on the mat by Cordilleran pride Mark Eddiva in the Ultimate Reality Combat Championship Cebu 4 at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.
Carlos Anton of Mark Young-Yokohama racing team made three straight Hillclimb titles in a row as he clinched his third Philippine crown.
Anton’s fellow Baguio racers Jason Dipasupil (group 3) and Gary Loy (group 1) also dominated the rest of the national classes. Lance Binamira of Manila ran away with the group 2 crown. Anton would later annex the 2009 Philippine Autocross Championship at year end.
August. UC and BCNHS pep squads proved too classy against their respective opponents after topping the college and high school divisions in the Baguio Day Super- Moves Cheerleading Championship.
September. A young but seasoned bodybuilder from Kapangan, Benguet copped the overall Mr. Philippines national title that drew 78 contestants nationwide who joined the showdown at the grand ballroom of the Cebu Midtown Hotel. Ceasar Mano Lukines, 29, emerged first as champion in the medium class before he flexed his muscles to grab the overall Mr. Philippine title against four other champions in the masters, tall, medium, short, and novice categories.
World’s pound for pound champion Manny Pacquiao and his team arrived in the city in preparation for his world title fight against Miguel Cotto. The Pacman would later demolish Cotto in the 12th round to snatch the WBO welterweight belt.
October. Before killer typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng struck, the UB Cardinals regained the BBEAL basketball title at the expense of SLU while the latter’s women’s squad won the distaff side.
UB engineering student John Ranel Morazo had Typhoon Pepeng to thank for after replacing a schoolmate but went on to rule the prestigious Shell Active Youth Chess Championships last Oct. 10-11 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Three battle-scarred Cordillera martial artists made waves anew in the international scene taking home medals in the recent Won-Gu Peace Cup held last Oct. 12-15 at the Namyangju Athletic and Cultural Center in Gyeonggido, South Korea
Ricky Agayas, a kickboxing instructor at Bravehearts gym, pummeled his opponent from host Korea to win the gold via a technical knockout while John Naimes salvaged a silver medal in the lightweight division and fellow Cordilleran Anthony Alfredo also bagged a silver medal in the light middleweight division.
November. Retired colonel Brigilio Balaba of Aurora Hill claimed another gold medal in the international competition after topping the 60 and up age group category of the 2009 Asian Duathlon championships in Subic Bay, Zambales.
Balaba, still fresh from his conquest in the recent Cobra Ironman Triathlon, has been competing in the national and international races for the past six years.
The 60th edition of the Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament officially kicked at the end of November with at least 1,207 parbusters playing at the Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay golf fairways and was seen to be the spark plug of the city’s ailing tourism industry.
Not one of the confirmed participants of the world’s biggest and longest amateur golf tournament backed out, according to BCC general manager Anthony De Leon.