THE Philippines opened its campaign on a bright note following a gold medal showing in the very first event of the 7thAsian Junior Wushu Championship at the Makati Coliseum.
Combining freehand exercises with two kinds of weapons, the local octet wowed the audience as they performed with clockwork precision to post a score of 9.42 out of possible 10 in the inaugurals of the group event.
The eight-strong Chinese squad which opted to display their prowess in freehand hand exercises, likewise, carded 9.42 to share the gold with the younger Filipinos. Hong Kong rounded out the podium finishers with 9.40.
Baguio City’s Alieson Ken Omengan and Faith Liana Andaya anchored the group that included Kimberly Macuha, Johnzenth Gajo, Christian Nicholas Lapitan, Vanessa Jo Chan, Joel Casem, and Dave Degala.
Omengan and Andaya were gold and silver medalists in the 2013 World Junior Wushu Championship.
Wushu Federation of the Philippines president Tan She Ling said, “It is a very good start for our boys and girls who sacrificed two-weeks of school to polish their act. I am confident they will win more honors for the country.”
Malaysia won three gold medals to top the medal standing after eight completed taolu events (as of posting time) in the tournament presented by PSC, POC, Department of Tourism, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Standard Insurance, MVP Sports Foundation, Arrow shirts, Summit water, and Burlington socks.
China and Hong Kong are tied for second to fifth spots with two gold medals apiece.