May 19, 2024

Wushu athletes from Baguio powered the national squad in amassing nine gold, five silver, and one bronze medals in the Global 2022 Tai Ji Quan virtual competition.

The event dubbed “The Sports for All Online Games & The Global 2022 Tai Ji Quan Virtual Competition” was held from May 11 to June 24, where a series of performance videos from all over the world were judged by the organizing committee. 

National playing coach Daniel Parantac bagged gold medal apiece in the 24-step taijiquan and 42-step taijiquan and a silver medal in the 32-step taijiquan.

Jones Llabres Inso clinched two gold medals in the 56 Chen style taijiquan and 24-step tai ji quan and a bronze medal in the 42-step taijiquan.

Agatha Chrystenzen Wong won gold in the 24-step taijiquan and two silver medals in the 42-step taijiquan.

Also winning medals were Hans Tingal Lubguban who won gold in the 24-step taijiquan and 32-step taijiquan; Tate Mathew Tiu Chuang who won gold in the 24-step taijiquan and a silver medal in the 32-step taijijian; and Zion Daraliay who won a silver medal in the 24-step taijiquan. 

The team of Wong, Parantac, Inso, and Chuang also struck gold in the group event of eight methods and five steps.

In the online popularity award, the team brought home a total of three gold, nine silver, and two bronze medals.

Chuang garnered the most votes in his performance for the 24-step taijijian and 32-step taijijian and Daraliay also placed first in the 24-step taijiquan.

Relegated to second place in the popularity vote are Parantac in the 24-step taijiquan, 32-step taijijian, and 42-step taijiquan; Inso in the 24-step taijiquan and 42-step taijijian; Wong in the 24-step taijiquan and 42-step taijiquan; and Lubguban in the 32-step taijijian; and the team also placed second in the popularity vote for the eight methods and five steps.

Inso placed third in the 56 Chen style while Lubguban placed third in the 24-step taijiquan. – Ofelia C. Empian