by RONALYN BANAKEN
The UB delegates
Pocketing 18 medals, the University of Baguio (UB) dominated this year’s MVP Best of the Best national taekwondo tournament at the SM Mall of Asia over the weekend – the fifth championship win listed by the University in the event.
UB High School’s Angelica Joyce Gaw (finweight), Phoebie Kate De Guzman (welterweight), and Ma. Shannelle Romuar (middleweight) all bagged gold medals while Brighty Rio Salazar (heavyweight), Troy Nathaniel Cayago (flyweight), and Monsour Carlo Salazar (bantamweight) won as silver medalists. Meanwhile, Tristan Dale Cayago (featherweight), Ican Balinong (light middleweight), and Leslie Marie Agyamoc (lightweight) finished as bronze medalists.
On the other hand, UB Science High School’s Benjamin Daniel Sembrano (finweight) and Ivan Murray Solimen (bantamweight) snagged the gold medals in their respective categories. Also, Justin Carl Nacua (finweight) and Khristian Daniel Mamitag (lightweight) landed as silver and bronze medalists, respectively.
In addition, Kaye Portia Duday (featherweight) and Joanne Esguerra (lightweight) ruled their respective divisions in the college category. Moreover, Karla Monico (lightweight), Jilliane Dela Cruz (heavyweight), and Ezer James Garcia (light middleweight) all seized bronze medals.
Arnold Oglayon, who coaches the team, noted UB has been “winning the competition for the last five years.”
“And this is greatly because of the support of the UB administration,” he said. Asked about how he sustains the wins, he said, “It’s always hard work and discipline. Most of all, we couldn’t have made it without God’s guidance. We give Him all the praises.”
The tournament gathered around 400 of the country’s finest jins.