The national karatedo team reaped three gold, one silver and five bronze medals in the 2015 International Karate Championship – The Marmara Cup held at the Bagcilar Olympic Hall in Istanbul, Turkey.
Veteran campaigner Ali Parvinfar delivered two gold medals in the men’s Masters 35-45 Division 1 category of the tournament participated by 21 countries.
Parvinfar topped the kata event by subduing his Bugarian opponent in the finals via a 5-0 decision. He also beat fighters from Turkey 1 in the first round (4-1) and Turkey 2 in the second round (5-0).
Parvinfar grabbed his second gold in kumite.
Kz Santiago also made her presence felt as she ruled the girls’ kata individual under-21, beating karatekas from the United Arab Emirates in the first round, (5-0), Turkey 1 in the second round (3-2) and Turkey 2 in championship round (4-1).
Santiago added a bronze in kumite.
Southeast Asian Games medalist Mae Soriano got a silver in the women’s kumite while the bronzes were from Rexor Romaquin Tacay (kumite), Michelle Villamayor (kata and kumite), and Elvin John Vergavera, John Paul Bejar, Engene Stoner Barro Dagohoy, Ram Macaalay, Carmelo Estor Patricio Jr. and Tacay (men’s team event).
Recently, the team won four golds, eight silvers and 12 bronzes in the Thailand Karate Open Championship held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok.
The golds were from Soriano, Chole Bernadette Limson, Lance Gabriel Villafane and Jaspher Fontillas.