Team Baguio hauled 23 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze medals in the 2nd staging of the 2nd Women’s Martial Arts Festival held in SM Megatrade Hall, Megamall, Mandaluyong City recently.
University of the East grabbed the 2nd place with 10 golds, 4 silvers and 5 bronzes. Taguig City Karatedo Association cornered the 3rd place with 7 golds, 10 silvers and 8 bronzes.
The Philippine National Boxing Team, 4 golds-4 silvers, ruled over the Australian Team, 2 silvers, and Papua New Guinea Team, 1 gold-1 silver, in exhibition matches. The Nationals include Nesthy Petecio, Josie Gabuco, Aira Villegas, Alexcel Dargantes, Analyn Velasco, Irish Magno, Maricris Igam at Riza Pasuit.
Under the auspices of Philippine Sports Commissioner Akiko Thomson-Guevara, the tournament started last year with female martial artists featured in arnis, boxing, fencing, judo, karatedo, muay thai, pencak silat, tae kwon do, wrestling and wushu.
Among the distinguished female athletes who graced the event are International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, trackstar Elma Muros Posadas, President of Philippine Pencak Silat Celia Kiram, tae kwon do jins Rani Ortega and Janice Lagman.