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City fetes SEAG medalists  during 1st flag ceremony of new elected officials

JEAN CLAUDE SACLAG won his 2nd gold in the biennial Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sacoag, right, in the mural of Harold Banario, which is part of the Heroes Wall of Fame. PML

Mayor Benjamin Magalong Monday led city officials in honoring 27 athletes, all medalists in the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Jean Claude Saclag and Gina Iniong-Araos led the group, many of them failed to come to the ceremony right after the Monday flag raising ceremony, the first attended by the new batch of elected officials.

Kickboxing led the medal haul for Baguio athletes as they accounted for two golds, three silvers and two bronze medals in the delayed biennial meet due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Saclag and Iniong are also back go back winners in their respective weight categories with three of their teammates accounting for silver medals and two with bronze.

The silver medalists include Claudine Veloso, Zaphania Ngaya and Renz Dacquel who won her second straight silver in the biennial meet.

The bronze medalists are inaugural ONE featherweight king Honorio Banario and Emmanuel Gantores.

They were joined by Stephanie Sabalo, who danced her way to a gold and two silver medal output with her partner and spouse Michael Angelo Marquez.

It was less for the dancing pair as they came in with two gold and a silver in the 2019 event held in Manila.

Erika Islay Bomogao was her usual beaming self as she was joined by father Benny Bomogao, who was the “champion” for topping the race for the 12 city council seat, when she showed her gold in wai kru.

Muay thai accounted for a gold and two bronze courtesy of Lee Ariel Lampacan and April Joy La Madrid, who won bronze medals in men’s combat 54 kilogram and women’s combat 60 kg.

Boxing accounted for the last gold with Olympics bronze medalist Eumir Marcial leading the way, while fellow Olympians Irish Magno and Nesthy Petecio chipped in a silver and a bronze. Another former world champion, Josie Gabuco added a silver in the 1-1-2 haul of the pugilists.

Ngaya is the other multi-medalist as she added a bronze medal in the Vietnamese sport of vovinam with ONE veteran Jenelyn Olsim chipping in a bronze.

Kurash had two silver medals and a bronze courtesy of former sambo player Helen Aclopen and Charmae Quelino making silver and 2019 gold medalist Estie Gay Liwanen adding a bronze.

Wushu had a silver courtesy of Jones Inso in taijiquan and added a bronze medal in taijijian. Divine Wally and Gideon Padua had bronze medals in women’s sanda 48 kg. and men’s sanda 60 kg.

Taekwondo added a silver in mixed freestyle team poomsae with two time world champion Jeordan Dominguez and Kobe Macario.

Minalyn Foy-os had a bronze medal in wrestling freestyle 57 kg.

Gold medal winning athletes stand to receive PhP60,000 under the new sports incentive program of the city, while silver and bronze medalists are expected to get PhP40,000 and PhP20,000, respectively.

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