The national fencing team delivered five medals – two golds, two silvers and a bronze – at the start of the Southeast Asia Pacific and Asean Fencing Championships being held at the Philsports Multipurpose Hall in Pasig City.
Reynaldo Perez Jr. and Drew Alyssa Celso bagged the country’s first two golds after topping their respective events in the tournament organized by the Philippine Fencing Association headed by actor Richard Gomez.
Perez overpowered Kyle Go, 15-10, in all-Filipino finals in the boys’ cadet epee individual event.
The 14-year-old Perez earned a spot in the finals by toppling compatriot Darylle Lumahan in the semifinals and a Singaporean in the quarterfinals.
Celso, on the other hand, dominated Daniella Cruz, 15-9, in another all-Filipino championship match to rule the girls’ cadet individual saber event.
The other events are girls’ cadet individual foil, boys’ cadet individual sabre, boys’ cadet individual foil, girls’ cadet individual epee, girls’ cadet team foil, boys’ cadet team saber, boys’ cadet team epee, girls’ cadet team sabre, boys’ cadet team foil and girls’ cadet team epee.
“Each country can field as many entries they want in the Individual Events but in the Team Events each country can field only a maximum two teams per event. However, the host country can field a maximum of four teams in each event team event,” according to the organizers.