STUDENT-athletes from Western Visayas wrapped up the 2018 Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Visayas Open with dominating performances in Ormoc, Leyte last Dec 4.
Players from Iloilo ruled the taekwondo and lawn tennis while Negros Occidental topped the table tennis events.
The Ilonggo squad garnered two gold, two silver, and five bronze medals. Leading the team is Passi City native Allamelech Jannu Palmares who captured gold medals after winning all of his three matches.
Tristan Ramon Gabrielle Orozco got the bronze medal while teammates Princess Nefferteri Jane Prado and Linmuel Dion Ines eliminated their respective opponents in the bronze medal match.
Randy Palomaria, Passi City sports development officer, said the jins proved that Iloilo has developed its taekwondo programs, citing that Ilonggos rule every national taekwondo event.
Completing the Ilonggos’ sterling feat is Central Philippine University (CPU) paddler Althea Rose Martinez won the gold in Girls 14 Under singles lawn tennis after walloping Aaliyah Bandalan of Baybay, Leyte.
In the Boys 14 Under singles lawn tennis, Nikhel Nowlakha bagged the silver before fellow player Aleeva Feonne Suace of the same team captured another silver in Girls 12 Under singles lawn tennis.
Other lawn tennis bronze medalists included Marben Mosqueda of LaPaz National High School (LNHS) in the Boys 16 Under singles and Elemar Alcalde of Alimodian National High School (ANHS) in Boys 12 Under.
Meanwhile, players from Altruists Table Tennis Association (ATTA) of Bacolod Inc. took home two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in a two-day competition.
Fea Arguelles, a mainstay of Negros Occidental High School (NOHS), reigned in the Girls 16 Under division while St. Scholastica’s Academy standout Neka Daguia ruled the Girls 12 Under category after beating teammate Dirk Nhickolle Atilano from La Carlota City, who finished silver. Ken Andrei Memoria of NOHS also settled for bronze in the Boys 13 Under.
According to ATTA president Engr. Paul Puentespina, Philippine Table Tennis Federation bravely leaped towards a new innovation that has touched the hearts of players.
“They crafted new experience towards better challenges and profound ways of measuring strength and skills. I think the concept is timely and appropriate as we move forward for more open table tennis community,” Puentespina added.