It goes without saying that the arena of sports in the Philippines can often be overlooked, especially if these are in fields where there is not much media coverage. The Philippine Kickboxing Team was given due recognition recently by no less than Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
The Philippine Kickboxing Team recently won medals in the 2022 Asian Kickboxing Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand. This achievement also earned them slots to compete in the 2023 World Combat Games to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Jinggoy Estrada’s Senate Resolution No. 393
Estrada immediately stepped in with his Senate Resolution No, 393, or an “Act seeking commendation for Filipino Kickboxers”, Estrada said, “our fighters showed their might, high calibre, and athletic excellence that resulted in the impressive medal haul of the country in the prestigious tilt.”
“The Filipino fighters and warriors in the elite kickboxing competition embodied the unyielding courage, resilience, and indomitable spirit of the nation confronted with adversities and formidable challenges. Their successful outing and victory in the international arena brought immense pride, glory, and honour to the country, and inspiration to our fellowmen, hence, merit commendation from the Senate,” he further added.
Backgrounder on the Philippine Kickboxing Team
With upheavals and challenges, the 14-man team brought home four gold, one silver, and six bronze medals. An impressive performance that deserved notable recognition.
The medalists were Jovan Medallo, a 22-year-old farmer from Cebu City, who got the first gold medal as he dominated the Senior Men’s Creative Musical Form with Weapons category followed by Renalyn “Renz” Dacquel, from Abra province.
Dacquel then was able to get the gold in the Women’s Low Kick -48 kg event while Jean Claude “The Dynamite” Saclag and Gina Iniong-Araos ruled the Men’s Low Kick -63.5 kg event and Women’s Low Kick -60 kg event, respectively.
A silver medal was snatched by Karol Maguide in the Men’s Full Contact -54 kg event.
Coming in with six bronze medalists were Ralph Chein Yosorez in the Women’s Musical Form Hard Style category, Gretel de Paz in the Women’s Low Kick -56 kg event, Jomar Balangui in the Men’s Low Kick -57 kg class, Kurt Lubrica in the Men’s Low Kick -51 kg event, Claudine Veloso in the Women’s Point Fighting -55 kg category, and Carlos Alvarez in the Men’s Point fighting -69 kg division.
Copies of the resolution will be given not only to each of the Filipino medalists but to their respective coaches and trainers as well.
Truly remarkable news for our athletes. They do bring inspiration to everyone and strengthen morale. Kudos to Senator Estrada for acting in a timely manner on this and hopefully it signals a good era for the Philippine Kickboxing Team. What would be teams involved in sports need this, too? Let us know what you think! Just comment down below and we’ll hunt down more information and even feature the teams you’ll mention. After all, we always want to have news that matter to you on our pages consistently.