MANILA – Philippine Army bagged four gold medals in the Reserves Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Games National Championships kickboxing competition held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex on Friday.
Betty May Churping from the University of Baguio defeated Philippine Air Force bet Camille Joy Sanchez by points in the female 52kg class while her schoolmate, Kathleen Igualdo beat Army's Angelie Musa of Sibugay Technical Institute in the female 56kg category.
Kristel Grace Llenas of Quezon City University ruled the female 60kg class over Army's Pauline Gallardo while Christopher Manipon, also from the University of Baguio, won by points over Navy’s Jerome Negapatan in the male 57kg class.
Ghen-Yan Berdon (Air Force) and Klenov Belo Pacada (Navy) ruled the male 60kg and 63.5kg category, respectively.
Berdon of Nuevo Zamboanga College scored a first-round knockout victory over Army’s Mark Christian Ursabia, while Pacada won by points over Air Force’s Lloyd Salva.
In esports, Philippine Navy bagged the gold medal in the Call of Duty: Mobile event.
Navy, represented by John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, beat Army’s STI West Negros University, 2-1. PATTS (Air Force) scored a 2-1 victory over Tanauan Institute Inc. to settle for the bronze medal.
The ROTC Games is a joint collaboration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of National Defense, Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Sports Commission. It aims to encourage the development of sports programs, promote physical education, foster self-discipline, teamwork, excellence, and to train young athletes for international competitions. (PNA)