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5 not 3 Baguio based national boxers get city sports incentives

UB PRIDE. Four members of the Philippine women boxing team pose with University of Baguio officials led by president Herminio Javier Bautista ((6th right) and athletic director Alan Eelgado (middle) and sports personnel. The team include world champion Nesthy Petecio (5th right), Olympics bound Irish Magno (5th left), Josie Gabuco (6th left) and Aira Villegas (4th left) as well as boxing coach Boy Catolico (2nd right). Pigeon Lobien / RNG

As three boxers, all students of the University, started their training at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna, their long overdue Southeast Asian Games incentives have been finally released.

Olympics bound Irish Magno and her two still on the running Philippine boxing team co-members Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam have also been given their incentives from the Baguio’s city treasurer’s office.

Magno’s silver finish in the 2019 SEAG netted her P20,000 while her two companions have P30,000 each under the 2016 city sports incentive ordinance.

Last January 4, the city council decided to recognize the three as Baguio athletes after showing any of three proof of stay here – barangay certification, school identification card and certification from the city sports association.

“Nakuha na po namin yung incentives ni ate, kasama si Nesthy at Carlo (We have already received the incentives of ate [Irish], as well as of Nesthy and Carlo),” former UB Lady Cardinal Cheryl Magno, younger sister of the Tokyo bound Magno.

Moreover, the former lady cage champ said that she was also able to get those of Josie Gabuco and Aria Villegas, who won a gold and bronze medal, respectively, during the 33rd SEAG which the country hosted in November to December 2019.

“Nakuha ko na rin kyung para kina ate Josie at Aira (I was also able to get those for Josie and Aira),” Cheryl private messaged the RNG Luzon Wednesday (January 20) night.

“Pinakuha na po nila sa akin (they asked me to get it for them),” added Cheryl, who now resides in nearby La Trinidad, Benguet.

The sisters went to their hometown of Iloilo middle last year, but while Cheryl went back here, the older boxer remained to stay with their family while also training.

The older Magno reported to the Inspire Sports Academy last January 15 in order to train further for the July Olympics in Tokyo along with Eumir Marcial.

Petecio, meanwhile, flew from Digos City, after nearly six months in Davao where her family stays.

Petecio and Paalam are expected to see action May for the last qualifying round of the Olympics in Paris, France.

The two failed to qualify in April last year in Amman, Jordan.

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