December 2, 2022

Members of the Benguet Dancesport team are pushing through with their preparation for upcoming virtual events even with the prevailing modified enhanced community quarantine in the province until June 15.

Coach Charibelle Pingawan said her wards have struggled to conduct their training for the past two weeks due to the MECQ guidelines.

The members conduct once-a-week training only in Baguio City, which is under general community quarantine, since their main training area is at the Quads gym in La Trinidad.  

“But I am thankful that La Trinidad has revised its guidelines so we can resume training at Quads. But I needed to secure a permit to train since only 30 percent capacity is allowed,” Pingawan said.

The 13-person team is scheduled to join the online Jamilis Cup 2021 set June 12 to 13.

The members are also preparing for the international competition Korea Open on June 26 to 27.

“We need to practice double time because we are behind training. We will use our remaining two weeks to do technical and endurance training,” she said.

The team is composed of Mico Dumalos, Mark Benter, Jayson Abenoja, Ashley Abance, Erick Cabloy, Mary Luz It-itan,

Jhozan Galvez, Shaila Pilo, Jessica Ogbinar, Betty Mae Agad, Eiji Balao, Roschan Escalera, and Zenobea Faith Olayan.

Pingawan is grateful for the community’s continuing support for the athletes in their expenses for registration, practices, costumes and logistics. 

For any support to the team, contact Pingawan at 0912-884-8084 which is also her G-Cash number or visit them at Quads Fitness Gym at Km. 5, La Trinidad.

Earlier, the Benguet team won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals during the competition attended by 460 dancesport athletes from Columbia, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. – Ofelia C. Empian