by RONALYN BANAKEN
Arnold Oglayon (second row, fifth from left); and co-coach Renevick Bayog (second row, fourth from right)
Hauling three championship medals in the boys’ category, the University of Baguio (UB) registered a big win at this year’s National Milo Little Olympics Taekwondo Championships held in Marikina City on Oct. 23-26.
Rama Chandra Liporada and Rain Ramon – who competed for the elementary (boys) division in the sparring event – each scooped a gold medal, finishing on top in the over-all ranking.
Meanwhile, powerplayers Troy Nathaniel Cayago (gold), Gabriel Salaknib Soria (gold), Rencer Shane Lavestre (silver), Khristian Daniel Mamitag (silver), and Craemer Juris Quiambao (silver) slugged it out to rule the secondary (boys) division, also in the sparring event.
Soria was likewise hailed the “most outstanding athlete” at the conclusion of the event.
On the other hand, UB finished as second runner-up in the girls’ category. Phoebie Kate De Guzman (gold), Angelica Joyce Gaw (gold), Ma. Shannelle Romuar (gold), Chelsea Xen Tacay (silver), and Kriszna Chaitania Liporada (bronze) put their game-face on to nail the secondary division. Likewise, Arriana Badando and Jessa Tumlayen battled it out in the elementary division, each securing a silver medal.
The competition gathered the country’s finest elementary and high school jins.
The UB team won the championship in both elementary and secondary divisions (boys’ and girls’ categories) of the same event last year. In 2012, UB also bagged the championship title in the secondary division (both boys and girls).
The team is coached by Arnold Oglayon. It was co-coached by Renevick Bayog.
“We are greatly thankful to the UB administration for the constant support. And – I always say this – to God be the glory,” Oglayon said.