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Dagupeno athletes kick their way to the top


by @SiRVis

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THERE are a lot of Pangasinenses particularly Dagupenos who excel in their respective fields in the international arena. It is but appropriate to feature and extol them as they bring honor and pride to our city and province. I have a hashtag for it in social media: #DagupanPride #PangasinanPride.

In the recently concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August, two Dagupenos “kicked” their way to the top with gold and silver medal finishes in both wushu and karatedo. Both were conferred by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte with a presidential citation. They also received cash incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Siklab Atleta Pilipinas last September 13, 2017 in Malacañan Palace.

Agatha Christenzen Fernandez Wong won the Gold medal in Wushu – Women’s Taijiquan and a Silver medal in Wushu – Women’s Optional Taijiquan. Last year, she is the lone entry of the Philippines in the 1st Taolu World Cup held in Fuzhou, China where she won the bronze medal in the taijijian event. Agatha, a 19 year old student of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde is the daughter of Richa Fernandez Wong and granddaughter of Dr. Winifredo and Alice Fernandez of Dagupan City. She is also my niece.

Giving back to her roots, Agatha Wong together with fellow national athletes and officials of Wushu Federation Philippines conducted a Wushu Coaching Seminar in Dagupan City last December 2016. The seminar was made possible through the Wushu Federation Philippines in cooperation with Philippine Sports Commission and Dagupan City Sports Commission.

Homegrown karatedo athlete Jayson Ramil Ordonez Macaalay won the Silver Medal in Karatedo – Mens Kumite (minus 60kg) in the 2017 SEA Games. A member of the Philippine Typhoons (Karatedo National Team) since 2010, he has won silver and bronze medals in the past SEA Games. Ram belongs to the Ordonez Family of Caranglaan, Dagupan City. He is a product of the University of Luzon and the Wado Ryu club of Dr. Alejandrino Enrico Vasquez.

Dagupenos are hoping that he will bring home a gold medal in the 30th SEA Games which the Philippines will host in 2019.

Dagupan City is on the right track in developing athletes and future winners as the city government through the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) conducted a three-day sports science seminar and grassroots coaching program for coaches and sports advisers of the Department of Education, in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Sports Institute, at CSI Stadia last September 13-16.

Do you know any other outstanding Dagupeno and/or Pangasinense making waves out there? Let’s feature them here!

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