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(September 5, 2012) Eight taekwondo jins of Tacurong City won gold medals in the regional tournament dubbed as 14th Tuna Festival Inter-School Taekwondo Championships held at Robinson’s Mall, General Santos City on September 2, 2012.
Charles Naecolt Saavedra, the most senior player and also the instructor of Tacurong City Jaguars Central Gym, won his first gold after dominating his division and got a second gold after winning the battle of Best of the Best Players. He represented the Notre Dame of Tacurong College (NDTC).
Aside from winning gold medals, Angela Jane Segura of NDTC and Jomer Sotto of St. John Learning Center were also declared as the best players in their respective divisions. Other gold medalists included Andrea Camille Origenes (Jean Piaget Learning Center), Mary Angeli Yap (NDTC), Kim Sheena Xyza Iwag (Notre Dame Siena College of Tacurong), and Nikoshi Lapuz (Tacurong Pilot elementary School).
Tacurong Team also seized seven silver medals in various categories. The medalists were Jeriele Clarito (ND Siena College of Tacurong), John Daniel Espino (St. Benedict Learning Center), Ivann Malicudio (Maria Montilla Elementary School), Zayton Mamasalido (Tacurong Pilot Elementary School), Reanold Navarro (NDTC), Daisy Mae Ortele (TPES), and Earl Tristan Trinidad (NDTC).
Meanwhile, ten taekwondo jins completed the medal haul for Tacurong by winning bronze medals. They were Renzel Anating (VMC City College), Alexi Bañas (Montessori Learning Center), Jerik Jai Braza (NDTC), Aaliyah Freno (Tacurong Pilot Elementary School), Florence Anne Mogan (ND Siena College of Tacurong), Maxine Jayne Palpalatoc (Tacurong Pilot Elementary School), Jaecinth Salvador (NDTC), Keansean Drew Tasic (Tacurong Pilot Elementary School), Neejamah Jehan Ulangkaya (Tacurong Pilot Elementary School), and Keren Jirah Valdez (ND Siena College of Tacurong).
Except for Saavedra who bagged two golds, 23 out of the 29 players who competed in the tournament won a medal.
Tacurong City Councilor and Taekwondo Coordinator Rodrigo Jamorabon conveyed his satisfaction with the overall performance of the taekwondo jins. He was also grateful to the continued support of Region 12-A Taekwondo Regional Director and Chairman Master Robert Joshua Danao who always had been very accommodating to Tacurong Team members.
Jamorabon said that Taekwondo is one the sports disciplines getting huge support from the city government under Mayor Lina Montilla. “Many taekwondo jins from Tacurong had already availed of scholarship in some universities in Manila, and there was one player who was able to join the Philippine Team and already played in international competitions”, Jamorabon said.
In November of this year, the city government is planning to host a Regional Taekwondo Tournament. (Allan S. Freno; LGU Tacurong Information)