Winning only 2 gold medals in last SEA Games in Indonesia, the Philippine Wushu Federation has chosen eleven veteran wushu artists to represent Philippines at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar this December, with hopes of going home with more gold medals.
Spearheading the medal campaign are the Men’s Sanda 2012 World Wushu Championship gold medalists Jessie Aligaga and Dembert Arcita; and bronze medalist in men’s taolu, Daniel Parantac.
World Cup championship Francisco Solis and Evita Elise Zamora will also beef-up the SEA Games team.
The rest of the wushu artists included in the SEAG line-up are Divine Wally, John Keithly Chan, Thornton Queeny Lou Sayan, Norlence Ardee Catolico, Natasha Laxamana, and Kariza Kris Chan.
Competing in the Sanda events are Aligaga, Arcita, Wally, Zamora and Solis; while competing in Taolu events are John Chan, Kariza Chan, Catolico, Parantac, Sayan, and Laxamana.
The sanda bets were sent to Xanxi, China for a five-month training; and the taolu bets were trained for four months in Xamin, China. All team members are under the coaching tutelage of Chinese coach Tong Quing Hai and Ma Qing.
With sufficient training in Xanxi and Xamin, plus a series of foreign exposures where the wushu artists won several medals, association secretary-general Julian Camacho is optimistic they will deliver.
“I am confident they will figure prominently,” said Camacho, treasurer of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
In the last edition of SEA Games in Indonesia, Philippine Wushu won two gold medals courtesy of Edward Folayang and Mark Eddiva, six silvers and five bronzes.
Since 1992, Wushu has won a total of 96 medals. In SEA Games alone, 62 medals have been won, while 12 medals were won in the World championships.
Philippines biggest medal haul so far in SEA Games was in 2005 in Manila where the Filipinos practically dominated their rivals with 11-4-2 total medal tally.
Prior to the team’s stint in Myanmar SEA Games, they will be seeing action at the 12th Wushu World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct. 28 – Nov.6, 2013.