Photo Caption: Young muay athletes show off their shiny gold medals with MAP secretary general Pearl Managuelod (extreme right).
Young fighters from the Muay Association of the Philippines made the country proud after bringing home six gold medals from the 1st World Youth Martial Arts Masterships in Jincheon, South Korea.
MAP secretary general Pearl Managuelod said their nine fighters aged 14 to 17 didn’t disappoint as they also collected one silver and two bronze medals from Nov. 3-7 tournament.
“The athletes are getting enough support for their training and competitions. Muay thai is practical application. Kailangan tuloy tuloy,” Managuelod said.
Capturing the gold were Lian Benito (girls 16-17 years old, 48kgs), Mariah Trenyce Co (girls 14-15 years old, 48kgs), Rudzma Abubakar (girls 16-17 years old, 48kgs), Islay Erika Bomogao (girls 16-17 years old, 45kgs), Ghen-Yan Berdon (girls, 15-16 years old, 48kgs) and Bryan Siglos (boys 16-17 years old, 63.5 kgs).
Kristian Narca copped the silver in the boys 16-17 years old, 48kgs category, while Rosemarie Recto (girls 16-17 years old, 48kgs) and Felix Cantores (boys 16-17 years old, 60kgs) settled for bronze medals.
Also making a splash for MAP was Ariel Lampacan, who beat hometown bet B. Kwok of Hong Kong for the World Muay Thai Council Charity Championship bantamweight belt last October 31.
Billy Alumno, head coach of team, expressed nothing but sweet words for his talented crew on Wednesday’s PSC-POC Media Group Sports Chat at PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
With the recognitions coming in, he wished the athletes could replicate the honors in the SEA Games in 2019.
“Base sa performance ng mga bata, maganda ‘yung chance natin na makakuha ng medals sa 2019,’’ Alumno said in the weekly session presented by the Philippine Sports Commission.
“Basta tuloy tuloy lang ang ensayo at bigyan sila ng maraming exposure sa competitions, tiwala ako na kaya nilang magbigay pa ng karangalan sa bansa,” added Alumno.