The Philippines bagged four gold and four silver medals in the tae kwon do event of the 2016 International Martial Arts Festival held at the ESPN World Wide Sports Complex Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Veteran jin Andrew Asis bannered the squad by capturing two gold medals in the poomsae and breaking events. while international campaigner Michael Bugarin added one gold (poomsae) and one silver (breaking).
Mikey Rojas delivered the fourth gold in breaking and chipped in one silver in poomsae while Brianna Asis got two silvers in the poomsae and breaking categories.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Taek won do Association (PTA) will be staging its final selection for national team on November 28 at the PTA Central Headquarters in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Led by Olympians Roberto Cruz and Japoy Lizardo, the association will select athletes in kyorugi seniors division.
Coaches Nap Dagdagan and Dindo Simpao (kyorugi juniors), Alvin Taraya (kyorugi cadet) and Jean Pierre Sabido (poomsae) facilitated the selection in kyorugi cadet and juniors, and poomsae all divisions early this month.
The PTA, a consistent medal producer in international competitions, is revving up for big tournaments next year including qualifying events for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. EMIL C. NOGUERA