KUALA LUMPUR—Sprinter Cielo Honasan and bowler Christopher Chiu Yue
came through with golden performances to hike the Philippines’ total gold medals
to three in the ninth ASEAN Para Games at two separate venues here yesterday.
Honasan, a 15-year- old native of Santiago, Botolan, Zambales, was a class
above anyone else in the 200m T44 where she snared the gold with a clocking of
28.51 seconds, besting Indonesian Karisma Evi Tiarani and Vietnamese Nguyen
Thi Thuy at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Tiarani and Nguyen timed in 31.12
and 33.07 to settle for the silver and bronze, respectively. Yue, for his part,
scored 1239 to beat Malaysians Mohd Azrin Bin Rahim’s 1216 and Abu Bakat
Bin Nyat’s 1211 and bag the tenpin bowling gold held at Bandar Sunway in
Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Filipinos Angelito Guloya, Rufo Tablang, Benjamin
Ramos also competed in the same event but wound up with 1011, 990 and 940,
which was good for seventh, eighth and 14th place, respectively. It was
Honasan’s track gold though that shone the brightest as she dazzled right on her

very first stint in this biennial meet for the differently abled. “My dream is to
compete and win here and I’m glad I got the chance to fulfill it,” said the 15-year-
old Honasan. Honasan knew she’ll won the moment she ran the heats where she
emerged with the fastest time of 28.55, or some three seconds ahead of her
closest pursuers. She didn’t disappoint in the finals. Honasan shoots for a sprint
treble as she competes in the century dash today and 400m tomorrow. “That’s
also my goal, to win three gold medals here,” she said. The Phl also picked up
two silver medals at the track courtesy of Jeanette Aceveda in shotput for F11
and F12 combined, and Arman Dino in the 400m for T47. Dino’s silver shone like
gold as he beat Indonesian Marthin Losu and Thai Yamee Sutat, the gold and
silver medallists in the 2015 Singapore staging. Dino clocked 52.77 while Sutat
took the bronze in 53.38 and Losu ended up fourth in 53.75. He didn’t expect
Indonesian Nur Ferry Pradana, a Para Games rookie, to come out of nowhere to
snatch the victory in 50.49. Claire Calizo, who copped a bronze in the 100m
freestyle the day before, added a silver in swimming’s 200m freestyle for S14
with a time of 2:44.81, finishing behind eventual winner Daielle Moi Yan Ting of
Singapore, who checked in at 2:29.89. Singaporean Che Zi Ling settled for the
bronze in 2:53.00. Battle-scarred Agustin Kitan lifted a 158 kg to go home with a
bronze. Thai Narong Kasanun pocketed the gold with 171 kg while Vietnamese
Nguyen Thanh Xuan the silver with 170 kg. At press time, the Phl has three
golds, six silvers and four bronzes, which was good for seventh place. Indonesia
led the way with a 35-17- 18 (gold-silver- bronze) medal haul followed by host
Malaysia and Vietnam with 30-21- 20 and 15-22- 15, respectively. Raul Angolunan
took a bronze in the 800m for T46 in 2:11.85, checking in behind Malaysia’s
Muhammad Ashraf Bin Hasham (2:04.05) and Vietnam’s Tran