Tacloban Taekwondo athletes win medals in ‘Batang Pinoy’ Championship
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) — Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez warmly received in City Hall on Tuesday, September 3, the Tacloban Taekwondo jins that hauled gold and bronze medals in the recently concluded 2019 Batang Pinoy National Championship in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
During the courtesy visit, Mayor Romualdez lauded the two jins for bringing the name of the city and making the people of Tacloban proud.
Both studying in Leyte National High School, Sally Mae Aguirre, a Grade 8 student, topped the cadet category, while the ninth-grader Jesiah Noelle Bagarino settled for a bronze medal in the junior division.
“We are very thankful to God and to our coach for letting us achieve what we have now,” said Aguirre when asked how they felt after they received the award.
Meanwhile, their coaches namely Mansueto Paca-anas Jr. and Marlon Caing Jr. expressed gratitude for the support that the local government is giving for the sports and development program.
“The support was good from the City Government, we are accommodated very well. With that, hopefully, this will continue to ensure a bright future for the city’s youths,” said Paca-anas.
OIC of the City Sports Office, Carlos Dave Castello also appreciated the efforts of the athletes and players who represented Tacloban City and hopes for the continuing improvement of sports here in the city.
The 2019 Batang Pinoy National Championship was held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan from August 24 to 30. Athletes under 15 years old joined the annual sports event.
Aguirre and Bagarino will be competing again on September 7 to 8 for the National Age Group Taekwondo Championship that will be held at The Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia. – C. Merin/CIO
Photos: K.E Napala/CIO