DAGUPAN CITY – Twelve young athletes from Dagupan City are competing in the Philippine National Games (PNG) which fired off in Cebu City on May 19 till 25.
Five of these athletes are actually seeking to defend their respective berths in the national team.
Launched in 1994 by the Philippine Sports Commission, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Education, the PNG serves as one of the qualifying events for athletes who wish to join the national team and represent the Philippines in international sports events such as Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympic Games.
The city of Dagupan sent eight athletes to compete in karatedo. The eight include SEA Games medalist Jayson Ramil Macaalay. The others are Alexis Louise Nunez, John Enrico Vasquez, John Matthew Manantan, Jude Michael Uson, Jz Singsing, Mark Andrew Manantan and Ren Jericho Bistudio.
Competing in swimming are Dagupan’s finest swimmers and recent Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet gold medalists John Carlo Rioflorido, Jeremy Carlo Jizmundo, John Karlo Carulla and Paul Andrew Rioflorido.
In support of the city’s athletes, the local government of Dagupan headed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez provided competition allowance of P6,000 each to the athletes and also shouldered their air fare and accommodation expenses.
DAGUPAN GYMNAST JOINS PHIL. NATIONAL TEAM
Meanwhile, Dagupan gymnast Jhun Sahonas is also set to join the National Pool of Athletes after bagging two medals in the Manila leg of the PNG from May 14 to 16.
Sahonas clinched the gold medal in the Power Tumbling event, aside from winning a bronze medal in the Individual Trampoline event.
The Dagupan-born athlete will be joining the National Pool and will represent the country in future international competitions.
At the same time, the city’s star swimmers Janel Alisa Lin and Mark Bryan Rioflorido will also represent the Philippines in the upcoming 42nd South East Asian Age Group (SEA AGE) Swimming Competition which will be held in the Philippines on July 6 to 8. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)