KUALA LUMPUR—Team Philippines rode on golden efforts by thrower Cendy
Asusano, swimmer Ernie Gawilan and the chess team spearheaded by Sander
Severino to hike its total to 19 mints in the penultimate day of the ninth ASEAN
Para Games here. Asusano, 27, registered a 5.50m to snare the shotput gold for
F54, her third after she also won in javelin Monday and discuss throw Thursday,
not bad for a Para Games first timer. Maritess Burce took her second bronze by
finishing third with 4.85m. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Ngoc bagged the silver with a
5.06m. The Donsol, Sorsogon native thus made it to elite group of Filipino triple

gold medalist alongside teenage sprint phenom Cielo Honasan. Interestingly,
Juanito Mingarine, who is Asusano’s boyfriend and father to their three-year- old
daughter Chantal, helped the wheelchair basketball squad that defeated
Myanmar, 49-41, for the 5-on- 5 division bronze at the Malaysia International
Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). Marcos Rabasto, Jr., Alfie Cabanog, Rene
Macabenguil and Marlon Nacita were the other members of that squad. It was
MIngarine’s second bronze as he, Rabasto, Macabenguil, Cleford Trocino and
John Rey Escalante survived Laos, 12-11, to pocket the 3-on- 3 bronze the day
before. Gawilan struck gold in the 200m individual medley for SM8 in 2:50.13,
ahead of Malaysia’s James Wong Tien Yu and Vietnam’s Dang Van Cong, who
ended up with a silver and a bronze in 2:50.98 and 3:20.05, respectively. It was
Gawilan’s second mint on top of a silver and a bronze to help propel the valiant
swim team, who is mentored by Tony Ong, to a 3-3- 5 (gold-silver- bronze) haul.
After receiving his second gold, Gawilan, who hails from the mounains of
Paguibato, Davao del Sur, said he’s happy to make the country proud. In chess,
Severino joined the company of Honasan and Asusano as he captured his third
gold after his team of Henry Lopez and Felix Aguilera reigned supreme in the
team rapid for the physically impaired by amassing 9.5 points, a point ahead of
Indonesia’s Maksum Firdaus, Azhar Panjaitan and Sutikno. Firdaus and Lopez
wound up tied for first in the individual rapid event with 5.5 points each but the
former won in tiebreaks, 18.5-18, to steal the gold from the latter, who consoled
himself with a silver. Severino, the individual and team standard double-gold
medal winner who finished with four points, consoled himself with a bronze with
four points. Lopez, a proud son of Davao City, would have sealed the gold had
Aguilera pulled the rug from Firdaus. Surviving Firdaus’ sacrificial attack, Aguilera
was on the verge of pulling off a shock win but he missed the winning rook move
and crumbled under deep time pressure to allow Firdaus to escape with a win
and eventually the gold. Chess thus wound up with four golds, two short of the
country’s six-gold haul in Singapore. With a day to go, the Phl now has 19 golds,
which eclipsed the 16 the country plucked the last time out. Indonesia had

virtually clinched the overall title with a current haul of 96 golds, 55 silvers and 39
bronzes while host Malaysia is at No. 2 with a 78-73- 61 (gold-silver- bronze)
mark. Also at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Evaristo Carbonel added a silver in
discus throw for F11 with a 26.06m, finishing behind Thai Boonsri Pichai with a
31.41m.