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yKalinga athletes haul 25 medals in 2023 Muay Thai national championship


Tabuk City, Kalinga – Athletes from Kalinga finished strong in this year’s Muay Thai (Thai boxing) national championship held from November 13 to 19 in Pasig City.


Among 861 participating athletes from across the country, yKalinga delegates amassed 15-6-4 medal haul, ending their campaign as fifth overall champion.


Capturing gold medals were Alexander Tagure who was also named the “Best Male Nak Muay”, Shakespeare Bacacao, and Froilan Saking from Kalinga National High School (KNHS); Zhandy Jazmine Paclay and Kim Lawrence Estacio from St. William’s Academy (SWA); and Ernie Bucalen, Joliva Baculi, and Maximo Saking from Kalinga State University – Laboratory High School.

Also finishing tournament as gold medalists were Alester Tagure from Cordillera A+ College of Technology; Tristan Matalang from Saint Louis College of Bulanao (SLCB); Jeremiah Cabigas of Kalinga Colleges of Science and Technology; Regine Asuncion from UCCP - Saint Tonis College, Inc.; Ralph Liwaliw from Southern Tabuk Integrated School; and Janrey Nathaniel Valdez and Jhanele Torres from Tabuk City National High School (TCNHS).


Settling as silver medalists were Salko Velic and Ryan Banisal from KNHS; Nerizzalyn Medina and Alexin Anniban from SWA; Lyca Garcia from TCNHS; and Paul Bula-ay from SLCB.


Meanwhile, Nash Banguiyao from SWA and Max Dangilan from TCNHS, along with Asuncion and Zhandy Paclay, emerged as bronze medalists.


Expressing pride for the athletes’ feat, Coach Erwin Tagure encouraged them to continue pursuing sports to inspire their fellow youth and the community. He likewise advised them to find a balance between their studies and training.


Tagure hopes that the leaders would invest in sports, especially for those in combat sports who are bringing pride to the province. He believes that with the support of the elected officials and the locality, we could continuously produce a number of excellent athletes that would become “organic yKalinga World Champions.”


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