by RONALYN BANAKEN
The UB wushu team registered major wins at the Asian Championships in China: (front row, from left) Aleca Breana Dumseng, Faith Liana Andaya,
(back row, from left) Christian Nicholas Lapitan, and Spencer Bahod.
Putting in an impressive performance, the University of Baguio (UB) scored back-to-back victories at the 8th Junior Asian Wushu Championships in Xilinhot City, Inner Mongolia in China and at the Arnis National Encounter in Pasay City.
During the Wushu Championships, Spencer Bahod finished as a gold medalist in the Taiji sword event; Faith Liana Andaya, who has been with the Philippine team since 2010, landed third in the straight sword event.
Christian Nicholas Lapitan, who became a member of the national team in 2012, placed third in the group event while Aleca Breana Dumseng won the third place in the spear event. Andaya and Dumseng also secured the third spot in the group event.
Bahod earlier finished second in the duel event during the 28th South East Asian Games in Singapore last June. He was also part of the national team last year.
The UB team, as part of the Philippine National Team, represented the country in the competition, which was held last Aug. 3-11.
Wushu, developed in China in 1950, was derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. Beyond contributing to physical fitness, martial arts training has been found to have benefits for mental health, contributing to self-esteem, self-control, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Meanwhile, at the Arnis National Encounter held on Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, the UB team was declared overall champion for the full contact and anyo (form) events, pocketing 15 Gold, six Silver and three Bronze medals. Under the men’s category, Raymart Gutierrez, Aaron Balansi, Christian Lyrel Lardizabal, Don Lee Aliga, and Richard Tambol all came out scooping medals.
On the other hand, Shaira Jane Salingbay, Ruth Ann Lavarias, Leonila Juda Reyes, and Michelle Bolla slugged it out to dominate the women’s category.
The winners will defend their titles in December at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig.
The UB arnis team is coached by Andre Dean Foman-eg.
The UB athletes are overseen by Eduardo Laureano, director of the UB Athletics Department.