Nine members of the national junior wushu team will be vying for honors in the 5th World Junior Wushu Championships scheduled on March 12 to 18 at the Kepez Belediyesi Kapali Spor Salonu in Antalya, Turkey.
Veteran campaigners Agatha Brystenzen Wong, Vanessa Jo Chan, Alieson Ken Omengan and Johnzenth Gajo, who all won gold medal in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship, will spearhead the country’s campaign in the tournament which drew more than 80 countries.
Also seeing action are Joel Casem, Faith Liana Andaya, Christian Lapitan, Hazel Dalisay and Dave Dagala.
The Filipino artists will compete in taolu and sanda events, The taolu competition has three groups: Group A—3rd Set of International Competition Routine: Changquan, Daoshu, Jianshu, Qiangshu, Gunshu, Taijiquan, Taijijian, Nanquan, Nandao, Nangun; Duilian; Group B—Changquan, Daoshu, Jianshu, Qiangshu, Gunshu (1st Set of International Competition Taolu), Nanquan, Nandao, Nangun (International Compulsory Routine) 42 Forms Taijiquan, 42 Forms Taijijian; and Group C—Changquan (No.3 Elementary Routine), Daoshu, Jianshu, Qiangshu, Gunshu (Elementary Routine).
Sanda has 48kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg and 80kg in the male category and 48kg, 52kg, 56kg and 60kg in the female class.
The Philippine Wushu Federation is looking to continue its impressive showing in international scene.
The senior wushu team bagged three golds, three silvers and two bronzes in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last December. The three golds were delivered by Jessie Aligaga, Dembert Arcita and Daniel Parantac.