CEBU CITY: Members of the Team Cebu City (TCC) taekwondo, already one of the best in the poomsae division, showed another facet of their skills when they topped the sparring competition in the Carlos Palanca Jr. national taekwondo championships in Manila.
Besides winning four gold medals, four silver medals and a bronze in the national meet, eight members also got spots in the national team.
Poomsae is the forms competition, where participants show their mastery of a series of offensive and defensive techniques, while sparring is where they fight one another.
“Our sparring team made history and set the record in having the most number of national teams for all regions except NCR. It’s a tough feat to duplicate,” Philippine Taekwondo Association Region 7 head Tony del Prado said.
Del Prado also heads the Cebu Taekwondo Association, which sent a 26-man team—12 in sparring and 14 in poomsae.
Nilo Garces won the fin and flyweight division, Luiji Estrada got the gold in the featherweight division and Denison Caneda and Sharmaine Albarracin got the gold in the cadet class.
Mayn Coran, Royla Ranili, Wendil Rama and Lanz Seares got a silver, while Zozen Praies got a bronze.
For their victories, Garces, Coran, Caneda, Albarracin and Estrada will represent the national team in the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Taipei in April.
The five, along with Ranili, Prajes and Castaneda will also represent the Philippines in the Asean Taekwondo Championships in Vietnam next month.
However, the poomsae team failed to perform as expected, winning just three gold medals, two silvers and two bronze medals.
Former world champion Rinna Babanto won a gold and a silver with Rico Mella, while McAvangyr Alob also got a gold in the juniors division.
Aidaine Laxa also got a gold in the cadet class, while Kobe Hayrana, Nichole Maurin and Clement Tan also won a gold.
Hayrana and Cheyne dela Fuente won a silver each, Lee Navales got a bronze along, while Maegan Bugarin and Moses Bullecer got a bronze in the seniors pair.
Former world champion Mikaela Calamba, the first world champion from Cebu City, also competed but failed to win a medal.