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Let me go ahead and congratulate some of our delegation to the ongoing 1st P-Noy Games formerly the Philippine National Games as they are doing well as of the moment in their respective events participated.

Zamboanga City joined in 12 of the 29 total events played at Bacolod City for the said P-Noy Games and mostly is Combat and Martial Arts Sports.

I have the opportunity to join with our athletes and Coaches when they were gathered for the briefing last Friday with Mr. Norman West and Mr. Bernardito Patiño of the Zamboanga City  Sports Development Office; wherein most of them are hopeful to make it to the medal round especially that they are selected from among the best athletes of the City.

Among the many sports which we are expected to do well are Judo which as they defend the crown from last year’s overall championship. Judo is trained and Coach by Allan Tubil who happens to be my very own trainer and coach during my hay days when I was still a Judoka.
Good to note also is the very good performance of our Muay Thai delegation coached and trained by Arnold Palpalatoc where none so far eliminated from the competition.

The Wushu team on the other hand will be joining the group of athletes as they cruised yesterday via Superferry going to Bacolod. This youthful group will have their fare chance of making it to the medal round despite of the debacles they have faced prior to their participation.

Thanks to the effort of Mr. Aniceto Sarmiento whose undying support for the group made the travel possible.

Among these hopeful athletes are: Jojie Jeloro, Rania Abubakar, Noraina Abubakar, Myra Udin, Raymond Sorianosos, Raymond Cabayacruz and Johnry Vicente for the Seniors Division; Noel Alabata, Clemente Tabugara, Jeffrey Catipunan, Edison Alabata, Jeric Catipunan – for the Juniors Division.

The group is coached and Trained by Oscar Cabig and with Jose Catipunan as its Assistant Coach.

Should any one of these Athletes win the Gold Medal in their respectful events, they will be part of the Philippine team to compete in the upcoming South East Asian Games.

For our hopeful athletes, may you all have the courage to face the hurdles you are crossing that you all be successful in your future endeavors.

Bring home the bacon guys!

To our Coaches and Trainers, Congratulations to you too.

By Ronnie A. Natividad




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