INCHEON, South Korea – For someone training by his lonesome in a foreign land, having no Facebook for two months is definitely a major sacrifice.
It’s one of the adversities wushu artist Daniel Parantac had to overcome in exchange for winning a silver medal in the men’s taijiquan event of the 2014 Asian Games here.
Months prior to the quadrennial meet, Parantac trained alone in Xiamen, China to prepare himself in his quest for a medal in this South Korean city.
“Ako lang po mag-isa kasi hindi po nag-qualify ‘yung ibang teammates ko,” Parantac bared. “Pareho lang ‘yung training program ko sa Manila pero mas ‘yung time, longer. Three hours sa morning, three hours sa afternoon, and one-and-a-half hours sa gabi.”
On his own, Parantac had to fight off boredom and homesickness away from home. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have access to his favorite social networking site as Facebook is banned in China.
“Mahirap po. Kailangang focus sa training talaga. You need to fight homesickness at boredom,” he said.
As to how he fights boredom, Parantac said: “Tumatakbo na lang po ako.”
The Filipino had a near-perfect routine in his event and got the nod of the judges by scoring 9.68 points, but lost in the battle for the gold against China’s Chen Zhouli who scored 9.78 points.
Nonetheless, the 23-year-old Parantac said he didn’t expect a silver medal in the Asiad.
“Ang target ko po kasi is bronze kasi malakas ang China and Korea,” Parantac said. “Luckily, nagkaroon ng error ang Korea kaya naka-advance ako. Medyo maganda ‘yung naging performance ko.”
After the Asiad silver, Parantac now sets his sights on winning a second gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games next year in Singapore.