By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada praised the Filipino team for winning medals at the recently finished 2022 Asian Kickboxing Championships in Bangkok.
“The Filipino fighters and warriors in the elite kickboxing competition embodied the unyielding courage, resilience, and indomitable spirit of the nation confronted with adversities and formidable challenges,” the senator said.
“Their successful outing and victory in the international arena brought immense pride, glory, and honor to the country, and inspiration to our fellowmen, hence, merit commendation from the Senate,” he added.
Estrada sought praise for the Filipino kickboxers who showed their strength, high caliber, and athletic prowess and contributed to the nation’s amazing medal haul in the renowned contest by recommending the ratification of Senate Resolution No. 393 in his proposal.
Jovan Medallo, a 22-year-old farmer from Cebu City, won the first gold medal in the Senior Men’s Creative Musical Form with Weapons category followed by Renalyn “Renz” Dacquel, who hails from Abra.
Dacquel copped the gold in the Women’s Low Kick -48 kg event while Jean Claude “The Dynamite” Saclag and Gina Iniong-Araos ruled the Men’s Low Kick -63.5 kg event and Women’s Low Kick -60 kg event, respectively.
Karol Maguide was awarded a silver medal in the Men’s Full Contact -54 kg event.
Meanwhile, Team PH also harvested six bronze medals through Ralph Chein Yosorez in the Women’s Musical Form Hard Style category, Gretel de Paz in the Women’s Low Kick -56 kg event, Jomar Balangui in the Men’s Low Kick -57 kg class, Kurt Lubrica in the Men’s Low Kick -51 kg event, Claudine Veloso in the Women’s Point Fighting -55 kg category, and Carlos Alvarez in the Men’s Point fighting -69 kg division. (ai/mtvn)