The Philippines’ taekwondo team produced another successful international campaign by winning 14 medals – nine in poomsae (forms) and five in kyorugi (free sparring) – in the recent Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Amman, Jordan.
Carrying the colors of PLDT Home Ultera/MVP Sports Foundation, the Filipinos bagged two golds, one silver and six bronze medals in poomsae, while the Meralco/MVPSF fighters took home one silver and four bronzes in the kyorugi event.
The Filipinos’ golds were won by Ian Matthew Corton in the authorized individual male event and Paul Anthony Rodriguez and Maria Nicole Anne Labayne in the authorized poomsae pair tilt. Both competed in under 14 age division.
The other PH poomsae medalists were: Justin Kobe Macario, silver, free style individual, under 17; Justin Kobe Macario, James Oranza, Johann Abelard Concepcion, Alyssa Lou Llenes, Cindy Joy Diasnes, bronze, authorized male team, under 17; King Nash Alcairo, bronze, authorized individual male, under 17; Jamie Hannah Agaloos, bronze, authorized individual female, under 14; Ian Matthew Corton, Joaquin Miguel Cerillo, Paul Anthony Rodriguez, authorized male team, under 14; Jamie Hannah Agaloos, Maria Nicole Anne Labayne, Aesha Klara Oglayon, bronze, authorized team female, under 14; and Allysa Lou Llenes, Cindy Joy Diasnes, Laeia Simoune Soria, bronze, authorized female team, under 17.
The Filipino kyorugi medalists were Sharifa Vianca Dela Cruz, silver, and Justin Mark Agno, bronze, Leigh Andee Rodriguez, bronze, Renzo Macerick Gavilanes, bronze and Tachiana Keshia Mangin, bronze.
A week earlier, the PH team that saw action in the Korea Open in Chuncheon City brought home three golds, two silvers and six bronzes.
The Filipinos competed against athletes from 31 countries in the Asian championships. Their participation was supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, PLDT, Meralco, Philippine Olympic Committee and MILO.