AFTER bringing the country’s name to the limelight in the past few years, bringing home medals and podium finishes, 29-year-old Wushu star Daniel Parantac claims to represent the country one final time in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
“I’m actually planning to retire na talaga after ng SEA games, but depends pa rin, nasa head coach ko pa rin if papayagan niya ako mag-retire na,” he said. “After nito, mamimiss ko talaga yung feeling ng competition and of course, yung trainings namin.”
Parantac has already represented the Philippines in several Wushu event tournaments like Wushu World Championship, where he clinched silver and bronze, another silver from the Asian Games 2014, and two golds from the 2015 and 2013 SEA Games. He also won silver medals for the country in 2011, 2013, and 2015.
The Baguio-City native, who recently celebrated his birthday last November 4, could only thank his lucky stars for being involved in the sport has changed his life.
“Dahil sa wushu, nakatapos ako ng pag-aaral ko nang libre, binigyan ako ng school ng scholarship, and naging part ng varsity at Philippine team pa,” he shared. "Natulungan din nito yung family ko sa maraming paraan."
Looking back on his most memorable takeaways from his athletic journey, the University of Cordillera graduate recalled how both success and failure taught him to be tougher.
“Since nag-start ng wushu, marami akong na-experience, I experienced the win and the loss. As for losing, it’s like telling yourself to keep going and not to stop. You only have to learn from that mistake. And for winning naman, you’ll learn to keep your skills and to maintain lang yung ganong performance.”
Parantac, together with the Philippine Wushu team, are currently in training as they prepare for the 30th SEA Games wushu tournament on December 1-3, 2019 at the World Trade Center, Pasay.