City officials recently commended Baguio-based athletes and their coaches who emerged victorious in their respective fields of sports in the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) games held at Phnom Penh, Cambodia from May 5-17, 2023.
In a resolution, local legislators stated that it is with great pride and joy that the city government and the people confer the necessary commendation to Baguio-based athletes and coaches for successfully representing the country and the city in the 32nd SEA Games.
The SEA Games is a biennial multi-sports event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia where the 32nd edition was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last May 5,17, 2023.
This year’s sporting event featured 38 disciplines, mainly those played at the Olympic Games and with it is the official Philippine delegation that consists of 905 athletes and coaches.
Among the Baguio-based athletes that performed exceptionally well during the said competition and who were able to bring home medals include Sandi Menchi Abahan of the women’s team relay obstacle course race – gold; Ian Clark Bautista of the men’s 57-kg men’s boxing – gold; Nesthy Petecio 57-kg women’s boxing – gold; Carlo Paalam 54-kg men’s boxing – gold; Jayson Balabal 82-kg Greco Roman wrestling – gold; Jean Claude Sacla- 63-kg men’s low kick kickboxing – gold; Claudine Veloso 52-kg women’s kickboxing – gold; Crisamuel -Cantores 60-kg vovinam – silver; Ariel Lampacan 55-kg men’s kun bokator – silver; Mariane Mariano 50-kg women’s kun bokator – silver; Hergie Bacyadan 65-kg vovinam – silver; Ronen Ladon 51-kg men’s boxing – silver; Gideon Fred Padua 60-kg men’s sanda wushu – silver; Renalyn Dacquel 48-kg women’s full contact kickboxing – silver; Gina Iniong Arau’s 55-kg kick light kickboxing – silver; Jeremy Pakatiw 67-kg men’s low kick kickboxing – silver; Jason Baucas 72-kg men’s Greco Roman wrestling – silver; Jerlyn Kingad 55-kg women’s vovinam – bronze; Jenelyn Olsim 54-kg women’s kun Khmer – bronze; Estie Gay Liwanen mixed duo classic jiu-jitsu – bronze; Felix Dave Cantores 67-kg men’s kun Khmer – bronze; Zyra Bon-as 51-kg women’s kun Khmer – bronze; Godwin Langbayan 70-kg men’s combat kun bokator – bronze; Jeordan Dominguez senior team freestyle poomsea – bronze; Justin Kobe Macario team of 5 members taekwondo – bronze; Honorio Banario 71-kg low kick kickboxing – bronze; Jomar Balangui 57-kg men’s low kick kickboxing – bronze; Kurt Lubrica 51-kg low kick kickboxing – bronze; Carlo Von Buminaang 67-kg full contact kickboxing – bronze; Daryl Chulipas 51-kg men’s kick boxing – bronze; Danny Kingad 60-kg men’s full contact kickboxing – bronze; Christel Rei Fuentespina team event badminton – bronze; Ezekyl Habig men’s bantamweight full contact padded point arnis – bronze and Makjohn Niel Pineda men’s team anyo arnis – 3 members – bronze.
The council disclosed that the outstanding performance of the Baguio-based athletes with the guidance of their coaches and support of their families have portrayed unquestionable discipline and sports excellence perfected through years of training and dedication that serves as inspiration and motivation for the whole country and are worthy of emulation to the people of the nation and the city, especially to the youth.