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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Tinglayan student-athletes won 6 gold, 2 silver, 9 bronze in CARAA Meet 2024

Tabuk City, Kalinga – With their skills, determination, and strong spirit of sportsmanship, 16 student-athletes from Tinglayan who represented Kalinga province in the recently concluded Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) Meet 2024 brought home an impressive number of medals.


Six of these student-athletes are gold medalists, 2 were silver medalists and 9 of them hauled bronze medals.


With their exceptional skills in boxing, Jayden Bang-as (44-46 kg. category), Ace Uriel Seneca (46-48 kg.) and Lester Bang-as (49-51 kg) snatched gold medals in their respective fields.


In the Pencak Silat - Regu category, Meeca Balagso, Thealyn Seneca, and Angel Lumaton were all first placers contributing significantly to the medal tally of Kalinga in the region’s biggest sporting event.

As to the silver medalists, they are Wyllowee Ampoc in 48-50 kg. category in Wushu Sanda and David Guyang in the 60 kg. category in wrestling – men division.


Meantime, amassing bronze medals include Jea Ayangao and Karyl Domogan in Wushu Sanda; Angel Lumaton, Meeca Balagso, Merriam Bang-as and Kristoff Ocampo in Pencak Silat - Tanding category; and Lie-ann Wacnang, Adeline Banao and Edwin Salang-oy Jr. in wrestling.


With the said feat, the local government of Tinglayan led by Mayor Sacrament Gumilab expressed their felicitation to the athletes.


“A huge congratulations to the phenomenal athletes from Bangad National High School, Tinglayan National High School, and Southern Tinglayan National High School for their remarkable achievements at the 2024 CARAA Meet.


Your hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship have brought pride and honor to your school and the Municipality of Tinglayan. Keep shining brightly in your athletic journey!” they wrote.


They also expressed their gratefulness and commendation to the athletes’ coaches which include Nova Campos Gumilab (Boxing), Raymond Bang-as (Pencak Silat), Joy Sumerbang (Pencak Silat), Emee Balagso (Wushu), Ireneo Ayyato Jr. (Wushu), Rogelio Gayudan (Wrestling) and Jean Gayudan (Wrestling).


To recall, the Kalinga delegation was declared fifth runner-up in the CARAA Meet 2024 as they bagged 14 gold, 31 silver, and 57 bronze.


The Baguio E-Lions, meantime, were declared overall champion - a title they have successfully defended for more than two decades now.