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Phillip Delarmino advances to Muay Thai -57kg finals

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Muay Thai fighter Phillip Delarmino advanced to the finals after he scored a 30-27 win over Rusdem Bayramdurdyyew of Turkmenistan in their -57kg semifinals match in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Wednesday in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Delarmino, a silver medalist in the Asian Beach Games in 2014 and second placer during the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, was the more dominant fighter in the rings, throwing a deluge of punches and kicks that overwhelmed his Turkman opponent and the highly partisan crowd at the Martial Arts Arena here.

The 26-year-old Delarmino from Iloilo City won in all three rounds, which secured him a spot in the finals against Thailand’s Chotichanin Kokkrachai, who entered the championship match by scoring a similar 30-27 victory over Almaz Sarsembekov of Kazakhstan.

The gold medal game is scheduled Thursday evening at the Muay Thai Arena.

“Nahirapan din ako sa kalaban ko, pero effective naman yung game plan namin ni coach (Billy Alumno),” said Delarmino. “Napag-aralan namin (Turmen) dahil sa last two fights ko ganun lang plano ko… clear na kunin namin every round.

“Mahirap kasi kung dumikit ang laban tapos ang kalaban host country pa.”

Delarmino said they have studied the moved of his Thai, and hopes that their strategy would be effective for him to finally secure a gold medal in the sport that Thailand invented.

“Nakita na namin mga laban nya (Kokkrachai), meron kaming gameplan para sa kanya. Kaya naman, Sana makuha natin yung gold sa finals,” said Delarmino, who reached the quarterfinals in last August’s Muay World Games in Poland.

Jin Francis Agojo and wrestler Jefferson Manatad settle for bronze


The fighters from taekwondo and belt wrestling settled for a bronze each after Francis Aaron Agojo lost to Jang Jun of South Korea (34-9) in the -58kg semifinals, while Jefferson Manatad fell to Kazakhstan’s Aldos Kulmanbetov (5-0) in the -80kg Classic Style final four.

Wrestlers Noemi Tener (women’s classic style -60kg), Grace Loberanes (-50kg), Michael Vijay Cater (men’s classic style -55kg), Christof Hofmann Jr. (-90kg) and Jonathan Maquilan (-65kg) didn’t make it to the medal rounds.

Dessa Delos Santos finishes fifth in weightlifting


Dessa Delos Santos wound up fifth in the women’s weightlifting following a combined lift of 184kg in the women’s 58kg division.

Medal Update


The Philippines is running 13th overall with a medal count of 2 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals.

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Philippine team exceeds expectations in AIMAG

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Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario hardly expected a deluge of medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

So it came as a big surprise when Filipino athletes produced far more than what Del Rosario had asked for.

“We succeeded and exceeded the country’s expectations in the AIMAG,” said Del Rosario, the Makati City congressman who also sits as secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association.

The Philippines ended its 12-day stint with two gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze medals in the biggest continental sportsfest next to the quadrennial Asian Games.

It overshadowed the one-gold, two-bronze performance of Filipino athletes in the previous AIMAG held in 2013 Incheon, South Korea.

“We didn’t make any bold projections and just believed that our athletes can accomplish it,” said Del Rosario, who — along with karatedo secretary general and deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes — took care of the 116 Filipino athletes who participated in 17 sports.

Jiu-jitsu grapplers Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez captured the two golds worth PHP 2 million each from the Philippine Sports Commission, as provided for by Republic Act 10699 or the amended Sports Incentives Act.

Silver medalists led by Olympian Hidilyn Diaz; trackster Eric Cray; muay fighter Phillip Delarmino, cue aces Chezka Centeno, Rubilen Amit; bowler Kenneth Chua; and the dancesport tandem of German Enriquez and Danella Publico will earn P1 million each from the government.

The 62-nation Games, which included the Oceania region headed by Australia and New Zealand, ended with a lavish closing ceremony late Wednesday night at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium.

Completing the silver performers are poomsae specialists Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla; the men’s rapid chess team under-23 of international masters Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina; and jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim, Jenna Kaila Napolis, and Gian Dee.

Taekwondo jins Kirstie Elaine Alora, Francis Agojo, Kristopher Uy; and wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito and Jefferson Manatad wound up with bronze medals, as well as kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas, lifter Kristel Macrohon, and cue master Carlo Biado.

Joining them are the women’s rapid team under-23 starring woman grandmaster Janelle Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza, and the dancesport pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Parcon.

Story and Photo from PSC-POC Media Group

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Rubilen Amit continues to roll, makes it to the Final Four

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Rubilen Amit advanced to the semifinals round following her 7-1 win over Iran’s Parisa Mangli in the quarterfinals of the women’s 10-Ball Pool singles in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), Monday at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex here.

Amit, 35, who hails from Mandaue City, Cebu, quickly grabbed a 5-0 advantage, before Mangli won the sixth rack off an her error.

That was the only game Mangli won, however, as Amit took the next two racks to win the race-to-seven encounter and secure a spot in the semifinals, where she will meet Taiwan’s Wei Tzu-Chien.

Wei edged Lim Yunmi of South Korea, 7-2, in the quarterfinals. The semifinal is scheduled in the afternoon. The other semifinal match will pit China’s Chen Siming and Taiwan’s Chou Chieh-Yu.

The 10-Ball World Championship winner in 2009 and 2013, Amit has assured herself of a bronze medal with her win, which matches her podium finish during the 2013 AIMAG in Incheon, South Korea.

“Hopefully maka-pasok sa finals, sa gold medal game para madagdagan yung collection ng Philippine Team ng ginto galling sa billiards. But it’s not going to be easy,” said Amit.

“Magaling din talaga yung Korean na makaka-harap natin sa semifinals. Kung makaka-lusot, magagaling din yung nasa kabilang bracket. So sana makuha natin.”

Amit’s win came a day after Warren Kiamco and Johann Chua fell to China’s LV Haotian and Liu Haitao, 9-4, in the men’s 9-Ball Pool Scotch doubles semifinal Sunday night.

Kiamco and Chua claimed the bronze medal.

With the latest medal from Kiamco and Chua, the country now has a medal haul of two gold medals courtesy of Jiu-Jitsu fighters Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa and Annie Ramirez, 10 silvers and 11 bronze medals.

Kickboxing


Kickboxer Robin Catalan lost to Hamza Abughazleh of Jordan, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the men’s low kick -51kg despite leading in the first two rounds of their three-round encounter.

Chess


Grandmasters Julio Catalino Sadorra and Eugene Torre finished 18th and 19th among 44 entries in men’s standard individual chess, while Woman Fide Master Shania Mae Mendoza ended up 17th in her event.

Wrestling


Wrestler Grace Loberanes missed out on a medal after Sheetal Tomar of India scored a 2-0 win in the repechage of women’s freestyle -48kg.

On Deck


The national team dancers will try to add to the medal count as action starts Monday in Dance Sports.

The pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Claire Parcon, the reigning Latin Jive pair champion, leads the country’s bid. The other Filipino participants are Ma. Daniella Renee Publico, German Enriquez, Sean Mischa Aranar, Ana Leonila Nualla, Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo.

In bowling, the women’s and men’s teams are likewise competing in preliminary round at press time. Silver medal winner Kenneth Chua leads the men’s team, while veteran Maria Liza del Rosario heads the women’s squad.

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Chezka Centeno, poomsae jins advance to gold medal round

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Cue artist Chezka Centeno and poomsae artists Dustin Mella and Rodelfo Reyes, Jr. will look to bag the Philippines’ third gold in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Thursday evening in Ashghabat, Tajikistan.

Chezka Centeno advances to gold medal round


Chezka Centeno moved to the gold-medal game following her 7-3 win over China’s Liu Shash in the semifinal of the women’s 9-Ball Pool Singles.

The 18-year-old Centeno won six of the first eight racks against the 24-year-old Liu in their Race-to-Seven encounter, before Liu took the ninth rack to cut Centeno’s lead to 6-3.

After a mistake by Liu on the 10th rack, Centeno did not waste the opportunity as she closed out the match for a spot in the final opposite China’s Han Yu. The match is being played at press time at the Billiards Sports Arena.

A native of Zamboanga City, Centeno will try to add the AIMAG title to her recent win, when she captured her second straight gold in the Southeast Asian Games Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jins Dustin Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. sustain momentum from SEA Games


Rodolfo Reyes, Jr. and Dustin Jacob Mella ranked 3 and 6 respectively in the Taekwondo Men’s Individual event in the semis and moves to the finals to be contested at 6:00pm, Manila time.

Bowler Kenneth Chua and Muay Thai fighter Philip Delarmino settle for silver


Bowler Kenneth Chua and Muay Thai bet Philipp Delarmino lost in the final of their respective events to settle for silver medals, but were cheered by the Philippine delegation headed by Chef de Mission Monsour del Rosario and Philippine Olympic Committee First vice president Joey Romasanta.

Chua fell to Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon, 247-212, in the men’s singles final at the Bowling Arena, while Delarmino suffered 30-27 defeat to Thailand’s Chotichanin Kokkrachai in the -57kg men’s final at the Muay Thai Arena.

Cue Artist Carlo Biado and judoka Al Llamas earn bronze


The national team also earned bronze medals on Thursday from Carlo Biado in the men’s 9-Ball Pool Singles and Al Rolan Llamas in the men’s -60kg in Judo.

Biado lost to Taipei’s Chang Jung Lin, 9-2, in the semifinal, while the Llamas sustained a 10-0 defeat to Turkmenistan’s Erkin Omurzakow at the Martial Arts Arena.

Medal Tally


So far, Team Philippines has captured two gold medals as the Jiu Jitsu fighters Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa and Annie Ramirez ruled their respective events, while Rio Olympics veteran Hidilyn Diaz and Asian Champion Eric Cray settled for silver medals.

Also with silver medals are Jiu Jitsu’s Gian Taylor Dee, Marc Alexander Lim and Jenna Kaila Napolis, while bronze medal winners are Kristopher Robert Uy, Francis Aaron Agojo and Kristie Elaine Alora in Taekwondo; Alvin Lobreguito in Traditional Wrestling; and Jefferson Manatad in Belt Wrestling.

The victors are set to receive cash incentives of P2 million for the gold medal winners, P1 million for silver medalist, and P400,000 for bronze medalist from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

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Finding fiery feet for the future

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This coming December, Muay Thai fighters all across the nation are set to make a name for themselves in the upcoming Muay Thai National Championships in the Ultra Multipurpose Arena in Pasig City.

Capping off the event on the final day will be a solidarity/friendship night that intends to bring the different affiliates, coaches, and athletes together.

MAP Secretary General Pearl Managuelod stressed the need for a better national team selection process. She wants to give muay thai practitioners, enthusiasts, and athletes a venue wherein they can shine in an open tournament, and still possibly qualify for a national team spot.

Professional Mixed Martial Arts or MMA fighters are even allowed to join the open championships as they looked to identify talents in a separate arena.

Ms. Managuelod repeatedly stressed how important this endeavor was for the character development of the youth and steering them into the right path.

“I am a firm believer in sports being a protective factor to delinquent behavior… we want to provide them with that choice, a more productive and healthier choice,” Managuelod stated.

The MAP event also hopes to break every stereotype and give girls a chance to shine.

Managuelod and the people at MAP believe that the art of muay thai is a sport for all; a combat sport we have so much potential in, especially in the lower weight classes.

Prior to this event, the old selection process would be based on the Philippine National Games and the “Batang Pinoy”. Due to the steady decline in the participation of these tournaments, MAP has decided to give everyone an equal chance to represent the country and take part in its biggest tournament each year.

The four-day event is slated to take place from December 15-18, 2016 and each day will slowly eliminate competitors round per round as only the finalists will be competing on the last day.

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