UNVERSITY of Baguio (UB) athletes contributed three and a Quezon City University bet added one to Army’s four gold medal-haul at the close of kickboxing competitions of the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps Games National Finals on Friday at the the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
The gold-medal splurge in the combat sport cemented Army’s hold of the inaugural ROTC Games—a brainchild of Senator Francis “Tol” Tolentino and supervised by the Philippine Sports Commission—featuring cadet athletes representing the three outfits of the Armed Forces of the Philippines—Army, Navy and Air Force.
Betty Mae Churping outclassed Air Force bet Camille Joy Sanchez in the 52-kg division and Kathleen Igualdo crushed fellow Army Angelie Musa of Sibugay Technical Institute to in the 56-kg class in the women’s division and Christopher Manipon beat Navy’s Jerome Negapatan in the 57-kg class in the men’s category as UB stamped its mark in the final staged at the Dacudao Covered Court.
Quezon City University’s Kristel Grace Llenas defeated a taller teammate Pauline Gallardo in the women’s 60-kg division to complete Army’s domination.
Air Force’s Ghen-Yan Berdon (60 kgs) and Navy’s Klenov Belo Pacada (63.5 kgs) won the other kickboxing gold medals.
Berdon, a student from Nuevo Zamboanga College, booked a first-round knockout victory over Army’s Mark Christian Ursabia, while Pacada won on points over Air Force’s Lloyd Salva.
The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University edged beat STI West Negros University, 2-1, to win for Philippine Navy the Call of Duty: Mobile gold medal of esports in the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps Games National Championships on Friday.
The gamer cadets from Iloilo City earlier beat Davao Del Norte State College and PATTS College of Aeronautics on similar 2-0 scores before defeating the Army representative in the final of the two-day online competition.
PATTS, representing Air Force, settled for the bronze medal after a 2-1 victory over Tanauan Institute Inc.