The “arnis” team of Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat ruled the world stick fighting tournament recently held in Cebu City and brought home 15 gold medals.
The city’s 15-man team bested other athletes from 11 countries, who participated in the 1st Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (PEKAF) World Invitational Competition held in Cebu City on April 6-8.
Allan Freno, city information officer, said Friday that aside from the 15 gold medals, the city’s arnis players also returned home with 17 silver and 19 bronze medals.
The first-ever international event at the Sky Park of SM Seaside City-Cebu involved about 220 stick fighters from 11 countries.
Aside from the Philippines, other “arnisadors” who competed were from China, Korea, India, Iran, Mexico, USA, Qatar, Oman, Belarus, and Russia.
Mayor Lina Montilla, who welcomed the athletes during their courtesy call in her office on Friday, said the city sent 19 players to the tournament with each winning at least one medal.
The gold medalists included Melvin delos Santos and Angelo Huinda who garnered three gold medals each; and Chara Generoso, who won two golds. Bagging one gold medal each were Joemer Baculinao, Nora Kaye Villaruel, Cherry Ann Alfon, Laura Gene Manzano, Royce Lopez, Jester Huquire, and Mary Joy Marollano. (PNA)