THE Philippine wushu team has brought home a gold medal and a pair of silver and bronze medals from the 4th World Junior Championship in Macau.
Alieson Ken Omengan won gold in the September 17-25 meet after topping the men’s nanguan B as the country surpassed its one-gold, one-bronze showing during the 2010 edition of the meet held in Singapore.
Faith Liana Andaya (women’s jianshu C) and the men’s nanguan B accounted for the two silver medals, while the bronzes were courtesy of Noel Alabata (48 kg), and Jean Claude Saclag (56 kg).
“It’s always gratifying to see our athletes winning, especially the young ones,” said Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco when the team was honored on Wednesday at the Century Seafood Restaurant.
Also present were Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia, Wushu Federation Philippine (WFP) president Tan She Ling, secretary-general Julian Camacho, POC secretary-general Steve Hontiveros, PSC executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy, and sports commissioner Buddy Andrada.
“I hope to compete in the Olympics,” said the 14-year-old Omengan, expressing the wish to see wushu played in the Olympics, hopefully in the 2016 Games in Rio de Jainero.
Omengan, a third-year high school student from San Jose Trinidad in Baguio, won two silvers and a bronze in the last Philippine National Games.
He comes from the stable handled by WFP Baguio chapter president Tansuitong `Tong’ Candelaria, more known in showbiz as Tsing Tong Tsai. The group also produced the likes of wushu gold medalists Edward Folayang, Marianne Rivera, and Mark Eddiva.
Other members of the team include Joel Casem, Vanessa Jo Chan, Zereena Redge Dumsing, and Agatha Chrystenzen Wong.
Also present was the team that competed in the 8th Asian Wushu Championship in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, including Jessie Aligaga (sanda 48 kg), John Keithley Chan (duillian), Engelbert Addongan (duillian), Eleazar Jacob (duillian), Amado Benito (Sanda 52 kg), Francisco Solis (Sanda), and Mary Jane Estimar (Sanda).
Aligaga, Chan, Addongan, and Jacob won silver medals each, while Benito, Solis, and Estimar took home bronzes.
The 2008 team that saw action in the seventh edition of the meet won two gold, four silver, and two bronze medals.