Members of the Philippine Para Dance Sports team are bursting with confidence as they prepare for the prestigious Para Dance Sports World Championships scheduled for Ulsan, South Korea, November 26-28.
“We still have a month to prepare and we will do our best in training. Head coach Genice Bong Marquez told the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s online forum on Tuesday.
The global meeting will bring together applications from no less than 40 countries, including favorites from Russia, Ukraine and the United States.
Marquez said the event will certainly bring out the best of Filipino entries which just completed a memorable stint at the Polish Open, which served as the final qualifier for the world competition.
The Philippines have won seven gold, four silver and eight bronze medals from Lomianki, Poland. A total of 16 countries participated in the event.
Evelyn de Asis won four gold medals (women’s singles free 2, classic singles 2, free duet 2 with her partner Julius Obrero and junior competition). The other gold medalists were Obrero (Latin combi class 2 and freestyle combi class 2 with partner Rhea Marquez) and the pair of Jhona Pena and Joey Maglasang (standard duo class 2).
The silver medals were won by De Asis and Shaquile Hanze Basan, Christian Apolinario, Jhistine Glyde Baguio, Filemon Baguio II, Obero and Pena. The bronze medalists were Anne Charlaine Santos with four, Jed Villaruel, Christian Apolinario and Joey Maglasang.
Marquez told the featured weekly forum San Miguel Corporation (SMC), MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, Daily Tribune and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that all medalists from Poland will compete in the world event.
Obero and Rhea Marquez also graced the forum, saying they work very hard in bubble training at Novaliches to ensure the Philippines are well represented in Ulsan.
“We train from 6 am to 8 pm with solo practices in between and we have found it very effective.e, ”Marquez said.
“Bubble training was difficult at the start but we adapted well to it,», Adds Obero, prosthetist at UERM.