BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan has signed a city council resolution congratulating and commending 20 local persons with disabilities (PWDs) athletes for garnering medals in the 2018 Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-Abled (Philspada) Paralympic Games held from May 12 to 19 in Marikina city.
The measure also commends the team’s coaches for their relentless support and guidance to the city’s differently-abled athletes.
Winning 10 gold, 14 silver and eight bronze medals in various events were Victoria Elio, Allan Campos, Giovanni Ola, Jackson Limmayog, April Dawn Mendoza, Marc Gwyn Florez, Jeremiah Tundagui, Jolina Tundagui, John Joseph Magpantay, Armando Gaw, Carlos Gamboc, Agustin Kitan, Romeo Tayawa, Jaime Manginga, and Agustina Bantiloc.
Serving as the team’s athletic coach is Rex Felix, a teacher at the Baguio City High School, and Agustina Bantiloc as the playing coach.
“The city’s officialdom recognizes the dedication of PWD athletes for their victory which deserves commendation for bringing glory and pride to their families, the city and country as well,” the resolution states.
It stressed that as part of the city government’s inclusive program, the PWD athletes shall be ensured support for future national, regional and international Paralympic games.
The games aims to identify new core of athletes who will be tapped by the Philspada-National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines (NPC) for possible inclusion in national teams for future participation in future Paralympic competitions.
By: GABY KEITH
Banner photo: EMPOWERING PERSON’S WITH DISABILITIES – the 20 strong PWD athletes from the summer capital brings home 10 golds, 14 silvers and 8 bronze medals from the Philspada Para National Games held last May in Marikina City Sports Complex, an inch closer to the ASEAN Para Games in 2019 that will be hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Paul Rillorta