February 28, 2024

For the excellence they displayed during the recent Palarong Pambansa held in Marikina City, eight young Benguet athletes were commended by Rep. Eric Yap.

Taekwondo poomsae double gold medalist Trisha Lobonnan led the athletes in the simple awards of certificates to the medal winners.

Lobonnan’s performance with the taekwondo team contributing eight gold, eight silver, and four bronze medals to Cordillera’s overall 17 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medal wins in the national games.

The Benguet State University-Elementary School pupil was also declared as the most valuable player in taekwondo in the elementary level.

Also recognized were gold medal winners wushu players GerwinLete and Ryan Joe Bestre and para athletes Noel Laoyanin the 200-meter dash, Alpha Ruth Cosisi and Rovic Dulagan, both in bocce.

Citations were also given to Theasalonico Hayabon, a silver medalist in discus throw, and Kirk Karrie Rillera, a bronze medalist in wushu.

DepEd sports officials were also cited including Division Sports Officer Ceasar Luma-ang, Lorna Yaco and coaches Nardo Alba, Joy Madallang, Dave Espilembergo and Jose Aclinen.

The Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association Fearless Highlanders went up one rung higher at the Palaro slated from July 29 to Aug. 5 from its previous 10th place from the 2019 national games. 

Yap gave cash incentives to the athletes during the opening ceremonies of the Congressional Cup at the Benguet State University on Sept. 16.