Philippine national wushu athletes capped their successful campaign today at the 27th Southeast Asian Games with 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals; with all 10 athletes going home with a medal.
Most successful among the wushu athletes is Daniel Parantac who won two medals, one gold in the men’s taijiquan + taijijian taolu event today and a silver in the men’s duilian team event last Saturday along with teammates John Keithley Chan and Norlence Catolico, the first medal won by team Philippines in this year’s SEA Games.
World champion (2011) Jessie Aligaga first delivered Philippines gold medal in this year’s SEA Games after stamping his class in the men’s 48kg sanda event. He beat Chansamone of Laos, Van Bau To of Vietnam and Dasmantua Simbolon of Indonesia en route to winning Phlippines’ first gold medal.
SEA Games 2011 bronze medalist Dembert Arcita came back strong this year, and finally triumphed in the men’s 52kg sanda event, registering an upset win over defending champion Phithak Paokrathok of Thailand in the final bout for the gold medal. Arcita easily won over Paokrathok, 2-0.
Sanda women fighters Divine Wally and Evita Elise Zamora added two silvers in Philippine wushu’s campaign (women’s 48kg and 52kg sanda events), while Francisco Solis also contributed a bronze medal in the men’s 56kg sanda event.
Last to win a medal today are women’s duilian duo Kariza Kris Chan and Natasha Laxamana who placed third in the women’s duilian barehand taolu event. They also won the bronze medal in this event last 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia along with Kathylynne Sabalburo who has already retired.
Philippine chef de mission Jeff Tamayo was right when he said that wushu would start Philippines’ campaign this year on a high note. He predicted right that Philippine wushu would surpass their two-gold showing last SEA Games and could win a minimum of three to five gold medals.