Erika Islay Bomogao and the El Kapitan Philip Delarmino showed the way for Team Bagsik of the Philippine Muay Thai team as they accounted for at least a gold each and one together, then the young daughter of a Baguio councilor added a bronze medal for the team’s two gold –one silver-two bronze medals in the IFMA World Muay Thai Championship in Phuket, Thailand this week.
Delarmino led the Philippine squad to a gold in the combat side of the event when he beat Russian Aleksandr Abramov to rule the 57 kilogram senior male category by winning in all of the three judges’ card.
Delarmino had a tougher semifinals when he edged Kazakh Almaz Sarsembekov and where Bomogao (45 kg U23 senior elite female) and Rudzma Abubakr faltered and settled for bronze medals.
However, then young daughter of councilor Benny Bomogao bounced back after ruling the waikru female event, then joined forces with Delarmino tot ake the gold in mau muay.
Aldrich Torralba, an alternative learning system student, added silver in waikru male. Toralba lost in the first round of competition in the combat side.
Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Leeariel Lampacan lost in the first round, while Carissa Tarapen, a Cordillera Career development College criminology graduate, advanced to the third round but was stopped.
Delarmino won the gold in the Asian featherweight crown of the World Muay Thai Council last June in Dhubai.
Coaches Edzel Ngina and Billy Alumno are both from Baguio and will come home with the players to take a Christmas break before resuming bubble training at the Benguet State University for the delayed 2021 SEAG on May in Hanoi, Vietnam.