The Philippines captured three silver medals from pencak silat in the 5th Asian Beach Games at the coastal city of Da Nang in Vietnam.
Jaciren Abad, Princesslyn Enopia and Jefferson Rhey Loon Jr. did their best but were outclassed in their respective championship round matches at the Bien Dong Park.
Abad lost to Vietnamese Vu Van Kien, 0-5, in the men’s 50-55 kg. division while Enopia bowed to Thailand’s Firdao Duromae, 0-5, in the women’s Tanding (45-50 kg.) division.
Loon Jr. was also beaten by Thailand’s Pornteb Poolkaew, 0-5 in the final of the men’s Tanding (60-65 kg.) class.
The Philippines now has two golds, four silvers and 15 bronze medals in the tournament organized by the Olympic Council of Asia.
Wrestler Noemi Tener delivered the country’s 15th bronze medal after placing third in the classification round of the women’s under 60 kg. division.
Wrestler Alvin Lobreguito can also contribute a medal if he wins over Thailand’s Komchan Ngamthaweesuk in the battle for the bronze medal round in the men’s under 60kg division scheduled on Saturday night.
Chef de Mission Karen Tanchanco-Caballero was satisfied with the performance of Team Philippines.
“Jeff Loon gave a good fight but the Thai silat athlete was stronger. Over all, we are very pleased with the performance of our athletes here in Da Nang. We know that there is always room for improvement from preparation, conditioning for endurance and more exposure so each National Sports Association can better profile and anticipate the growth and development of other countries in their respective sport,” said
Tanchanco-Caballero, who is also president of the Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association.