Eight taekwondo jins won gold medals in the contact sparring of the tournament dubbed 2nd Department of Education Region XII Inter-School Taekwondo Championship and Team Standard Poomsae held at SM City in General Santos on October 6, 2013.
The gold medals amassed by the team were good enough to declare Tacurong as the overall champion in the tournament participated by more than 100 players coming from other parts of the region including South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sarangani, and General Santos City. The team got the overall championship despite not having participated in the standard poomsae events.
The gold medalists were: Charles Naecolt Saavedra (playing coach), Andrea Camille Origenes, Hannah Mikaela Bochorno, Jane Marie Oderette Dañozo, Eric James Bedia, Regine Marie Paba, Alfredo de Tomas, and Jetro Castro.
Four other Tacurong players bagged silver medals, while four more settled for bronzes.
The players who battled for the gold medal matches but failed short and settled for silver medals were Kiana Andrea Mirador, Kurt Sheldon Gacho, Florence Ann Mogan, and Zayton Mamasalido. Bronze medalists included Vassili Purazo, Jomer Sotto, Maxine Jayna Palpalatoc, Jan Dexter dela Fuente, and John Daniel Espino.
In the said tournament, the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) Region 12-A collaborated for the second time with the Department of Education (DepEd) headed by Regioanl Director Allan Farnazo.
PTA Regional Director Robert Joshua Danao said that their Association’s tie up with the DepEd is beneficial to the players’ training preparations especially those who aspire to play for the Cotabato Regional Athletic Association (CRAA) annual tournament and eventually the Palarong Pambansa.
City Councilor and Tacurong City Taekwondo Coordinator Rodrigo Jamorabon also appreciated the collaboration between the PTA and the DepEd. “The two institutions should be working closely since most young players trained by the various taekwondo clubs in the region are those who mostly play for their schools too,” he said.
After Team Tacurong’s successful campaign in the last tournament, players are already gearing up to defend their title. The pressure is huge since the next scheduled tournament in November will be hosted by the city government of Tacurong.
“Foremost, we are always after with the quality of our players’ performance every tournament because the improvement they show in each tournament gives them chances to become scholars when they go to college and to eventually play on bigger tournaments. Any time we get the championship title, we take it as a big bonus,” Jamorabon added.
Jamorabon is also thankful to the continued support of Mayor Lina Montilla in sports and youth development. “The annual budget allocated by the city government for various sports disciplines including taekwondo is a proof of that support,” he said. (by Allan Freno, LGU Tacurong Information)