December 8, 2023

A victory night is being proposed to honor the victorious athletes in the recently concluded 32nd Southeast Asian Games and the International Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IFMA) Senior World Championships in Cambodia and Thailand.  

Baguio City Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales said the activity would be held aside from the usual city council resolution of commendation to be given to the athletes as well as the incentives that the medalists will receive under the Baguio City Sports Code. 

WORTHY OF HONOR — All Baguio City athletes, who competed in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the International Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IFMA) Senior World Championships, are set to be honored in a ceremony and will receive cash incentives from the city government for their successful representation of the country during the international sporting events, according to Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales. Pictured here are some of the athletes and coaches who brought pride and honor to the country in various games, namely (from left, 1st row) Sandi Abahan, Zyra Bon-as, and Islay Erika Bomogao and (from l, 2nd row) Emmanuel Cantores, Jomar Balangui, Daryl Chulipas, and Felex Cantores. Bomogao is a gold medalist in the IFMA while the rest of the athletes are medalists in the latest SEA Games. — Ofelia Empian

“We will make sure that there is proper recognition for them, hindi lang iyong may medal na nakasabit sa kanila from Cambodia but our own way of showing our appreciation and our admiration sa kanilang lahat,”Orcales said.

The City Sports Office reported there are 36 Baguio athletes who won me-dals during the SEA Games in Cambodia on May 5 to 17.

Another winning athlete is Islay Erika Bomogao, who won a gold medal in the IFMA Senior Female Championships elite 45-kilogram category and snagged silver in the senior female wai kru (boxing dance) in Bangkok, Thailand on May 12. 

Orcales said a victory night was also earlier conducted to laud Batang Pinoy athletes who performed well during the competition and won medals while representing the city.

The 36 city athletes were led by eight gold medalists, namely Sandi Menchi Abahan (team relay obstacle course racing group), Jason Balabal (82-kg. Greco Roman wrestling), Jean Claude Saclag (63-kg, lowkick kickboxing), Claudine Veloso (52-kg. K1), Crisamuel Delfin (individual anyo non-traditional open weapon arnis); and boxers Ian Clark Bautista (57-kg.), Nesthy Petecio (57-kg.), and Carlo Paalam (54-kg.).

The list includes 11 silver medalists and 17 bronze medalists, according to the partial list of the city sports and development office. 

Bomogao, meanwhile, is the first Filipino female world Muay Thai champion. 

Orcales said the victory night will be planned with the sports office and the mayor’s office to pro-perly honor the hardworking city athletes who brought pride not only to the city but also the whole country. – Ofelia C. Empian