By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.
Young jins from Hanah Taekwondo gym emerged as overall champion after bagging 7 golds, 7 silvers, and 4 bronze medals in the kyorugi or sparring competition of the just-concluded 11th Manapla Taekwondo Championships held last Sunday at the Northland Resort Hotel-Event Center in Manapla town, Negros Occidental.
The Vic Feria-mentored Hanah jins gold medalists include Caroline Dean Espinosa, Lester Paolo Escasinas, Nel-Trisha Serimogan, Stephen Serimogan, Gian James Serimogan, Gabrielle Nualda and Paul Sioco.
Meanwhile, silver medalists are Levi Michael Deriada, Dymebelle Recla, Angeline Alcantara, Hans Bertucio, Lemuel Lausa, Bitter Serimogan and Jericho Malaluan.
On the other hand, those who finished bronze are Wenchi Doromal, Arold Menase, Christian Espinosa and Lema RJ Nualda.
The Hanah AMTC–NTU Tigers Negros First Taekwondo Team led by Feria, Pauline Reyes and Joshua Telequido came up with a bright performance during the 37th Smart National Taekwondo Championships held last July 20-21 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.
The Negrense team defended the Cadet Boys while they finished second in the Grade School Girls Divisions.
Feria, named as Best Coach of the 37th Smart National Taekwondo Championships, stressed that with the continuous training, dedication and hard work, he finds see these players as part of the national team to represent the Philippines in future international competitions. Moreover, the continuous support of the parents and my co-coaches in the NTU Tigers, led by Sir Jimjim Chua, will help them develop high-caliber jins.
“Sir Jimjim (Chua) has always inspired me to do my best in this endeavor, which I love to do. Our ultimate dream is to produce, not just national team players, but to win an Olympic gold medal for the country,” he added.
“To all the parents, we assure you that taekwondo isn’t just a sport but a great help in self-transformation like self-confidence, perseverance, modesty, indomitable spirit and a lot more,” Feria added./WDJ