The national karatedo team won two silver and four bronze medals in the 3rd Southeast Asian Karatedo Federation Championships held in Cantho City, Vietnam.
Christian Fontillas delivered the first silver medal of the country in the Cadet Male Kumite 52-kilogram while the trio of Mae Soriano, Gay Mabel Arevalo and Princess Sicangco secured the second silver in the women’s team kata category.
John Mattew Manantan (61-kg. Junior Kumite), Jayson Macaalay (Individual Male Kumite -60-kg.) Sicangco (Individual Women’s Kumite -61-kg.), and the group of Macaalay, Ric Maanao, Andrew Manantan and Nino Franco (Men’s Team Kumite) were the bronze medalists.
“We’re satisfied with our performance here and we would like to thank all the supporters who came out to cheer for us. It’s a great campaign and we’re looking forward to earn more medals in our future tournaments,” said Team Manager Raymund Lee Reyes, who is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Karatedo Federation.
Besides the Philippines, the other participating countries in the tournament were Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Brunei Darussalam and host Vietnam.
“The other Southeast Asian countries are improving and we need to catch up by sending our athletes abroad for intensive training under world-class athletes,” added Reyes.
Coaches Ali Parvinfar and Maricar Rimando handled the squad.