December 8, 2023

Baguio City athletes who clinched medals in the 33rd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia and other recent international sports events will be recognized in a special victory party on July 29.  

Councilor Levy Orcales said preparation for the event is ongoing and is dedicated to the athletes and coaches that won in the international sports stage.

Orcales, also the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president, said the city hopes the event would inspire and encourage the winning athletes to aspire more in their chosen sports.

The event would be aside from the usual resolutions of commendation and presentation of the athletes during the regular flag raising ceremony of the City Hall.

City Sports and Development Officer (CDSO)  Gaudencio Gonzales said the event will honor the 38 medal-winning athletes and their coaches during the SEAG in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, IFMA world Championship in Thailand, and Asian Seniors Kurash Championship in China. 

Athletes and coaches who have performed well in the local and international stage would receive around a total of P1.3 million in incentives according to the city’s Sports Code.

Under the city Sports Code, gold medal winners will get P60,000 while P40,000 and P30,000 await silver and bronze medalists.

The city athletes were led by eight gold medalists, namely Sandi Menchi Abahan, Jason Balabal, Jean Claude Saclag, Claudine Veloso, Crisamuel Delfin, and boxers Ian Clark Bautista, Nesthy Petecio, and Carlo Paalam.

Included are 11 silver and 17 bronze medalists according to the CDSO’s partial list of those who won in the SEAG.

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

Bomogao is the first Filipino female Muay Thai world champion, according to the Muaythai Association of the Philippines.

Also recognized was Charmea Quelino, who won silver in the Asian Seniors Kurash Championship and World Qualifier held in Hangzhou, China. – Ofelia C. Empian