The Philippine Sepak Takraw Team received commendation from the House of Representatives after ruling the 31st King’s Cup World Sepak Takraw Championships in October in Thailand.
Cavite 2nd District Representative Strike Revilla authored Resolution No. 18 commending the national sepak takraw team for winning one gold, silver and bronze medals in the sport traditionally dominated by the Thais.
The team composed of Jason Huerte, Rheyjey Ortouste, and Mark Gonzales used solid defense to stun World No. 1 Thailand during the semifinals in their home turf. The Filipinos then beat 2015 Southeast Asian Games champion Myanmar in the finals to claim the crown.
The Philippines bagged a silver and a bronze, respectively, in the men’s and women’s hoop divisions.
“This achievement is indeed the fruit of the hard work of our athletes. This is indeed a historical feat considering that powerhouse Thailand, especially in their home turf, has been unbeaten for years until now. This win by the Philippine team has raised the nation to an elite status and now commands respect in the sport of sepak takraw,” the resolution reads.
The conferment of the resolution was officiated by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Revilla, and a copy of which was received by members and officials of the Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association (PASTA) on Tuesday.
“We are happy for this recognition and we will do our best to bring more honor and pride for our beloved country,” said PASTA Secretary General Karen Caballero on Thursday.