BAGUIO ARNISADORS SHINE IN NATIONAL GAMES
By: Emil Noguera (The Manila Times)
Baguio City bets Raymart Gutierez and Claire Donga-as bagged three gold medals each in the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Philippine National Games arnis anyo (form) competitions.
Gutierez scored 66.0 points to dominate the men’s individual single weapon while Elmer Batani of Igorot Team settled for silver with 65.0 points and John Franklin Dresser of Cagayan de Oro placed third with 64.5 points.
Gutierez, a University of Cordilleras standout, claimed his second gold by topping the individual sword and dagger event with 66.5 points followed by silver medalist Dennes Dellomes of Iloilo and bronze winner Henry Mikael Gando of Baguio.
Gutierez also led his squad to a first-place finish in the team single weapon category.
Donga-as copped the women’s team single weapon gold medal by virtue of her 67.5-point showing, beating Cindy Abegail Monte of Baguio (66.5) and Iresh de Leon of Iloilo (65.5).
Donga-as then connived with Ruth Ann Lavarias and Corina Collado in winning the team single weapon title with 68.0 points. They beat the Pasig Team (66.5) and Cagayan de Oro Team (66.0), which earned the silver and bronze, respectively.
The trio of Dong-as, Lavarias and Collado extended its dominance as it ruled the team double weapon class in the tournament supported by Milo, STI Colleges, Standard Insurance, Procter and Gamble, Ayala Corp., Summit Mineral Water, Bala Energy Drink, LBC, 7-Eleven, Tea Monkey, Delos Santos Medical Center, SPIN.ph, Splash Island, Enchanted Kingdom, Everlast, Innoderm—Metropharma Phil, Inc., Peak Martial Arts and BSP Employees Association.
Other medalists are Dresser (gold), Dennes Dellomes of Iloilo (silver) and Anthony Galoy of Rizal Technological University (bronze) in the men’s individual double weapon; Reignrose Esquierra of Pasig (gold), Monte (silver) and Donga-as (bronze) in the women’s individual single weapon; Monte (gold), Lavarias (silver) and Irish Crizel de Leon of Iloilo (bronze) in the women’s individual double weapon; and Iloilo (gold), RTU (silver) and Cagayan de Oro (bronze) in the men’s team double weapon.