February 2, 2023

Six teams from Baguio and Benguet brought home 36 gold, 31 silver, and 11 bronze medals in the Road to the 150th anniversary of Tarlac International Jiu Jitsu Games 2023 on Jan. 14 to 15.

Aithana Caranto of C-Gambit Jiu Jitsu emerged the most bemedalled athlete, when she led her team with four gold medals, all finishing the fights via armbar.

ALL-HIGHLANDER MATCH — Pablo Watchorna of C-Gambit Jiu Jitsu checks the time, as he attempted a kimura armlock against Nicko Dong-lasan of Ronin La Trinidad during the Road to 150th anniversary of Tarlac International Jiu Jitsu Games 2023 on Jan. 14 to 15. Athletes from Baguio and Benguet, including cadets of the Philippine Military Academy, won 36 gold, 31 silver, and 11 bronze medals. — Contributed photo

Her teammate, Pablo Watchorna, bagged gold in the gi male masters 1 while Khenneth Pagaduan won bronze in the gi male adults.

The group was led by coach Wilbert Pinkihan.  

Ronin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-La Trinidad won 12 gold, seven silver, and two bronze medals courtesy of Arvin Jose of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology with three gold medals and Dahn Anthony Peliño with three gold and one silver medals.

Jay-R Liwan contributed two gold and two silver medals while Marshal Caw-is added one gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

The other gold medalists from the team were Ace Candano, Raphael Dong-lasan, and Neil Anioay while Nicko Donglasan won two silver medals with Geremy Bahingawan winning one bronze medal.

The team’s coach is Morrizon Jose.

Baguio BJJ’s Paul Paglinawan finished with two gold, one silver, and one bronze medals while teammate Gabriel Andres won two gold medals.

Georjean Langbayan won one silver and two bronze medals while Jose Romualdo Carpio III finished with one silver and one bronze medals.

Bill Cam-ed and Guillermo Baoidang won one silver medal each for the team led by coach Gibran Langbayan.

The Ronin Baguio Team had its share in the podium with Faisal Abdulkader winning two gold medals; Ethan Salvador with one gold and one silver medals; Seth Tauli with one gold medal; and Keanu Raye Francisco with one silver and one bronze medals.

Over Limit’s Jiu Jitsu Philippines’ Erwin Focad also won two gold medals.

Academia Militar Philippines, a contingent from the Philippine Military Academy, also showed their prowess by winning seven gold, 15 silver, and three bronze medals with coaches Rexberto Ramirez and Caranto guiding them.

Cadet First Class Fitzel Mae Leal and 1CL Alyssa Agnes Jarina bagged two gold medals each while 1CL Cyrah Dionne Buhain and 1CL Anna Pamela Balo won one gold and one silver apiece.

Cadet Third Class Vince Miguel Laru-an won one gold medal while 1CL Debbie Andrew Novisteros won one silver and one bronze medals.

Silver medalists were 1CL Raphael Andro Gentallan, 1CL Eugene Alfonso, and 3CL Jethro Zeus Amangan with two silver medals each.

Winning one silver medal apiece were 3CL Daniel Gementiza, 3CL Bryle Jatico, 2CL Dan Bernard Cojpag, and 1CL John Rozz Oggang.

The event was organized by the Asian Sport Jiu Jitsu Federation held at the Bulwagan ng Kanlahi, Diwa ng Tarlac, Tarlac City. – Ofelia C. Empian