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Dancesport team still looking for venue to join online dance tourney

WHERE? The Cordillera dancesport team is looking for a venue for the 3rd Central Ball dancesport tournament on January 24. The team has not been able to register because they need yet a venue for the online tournament where last year they took home two gold, three silver and a bronze medal. Photo from Charibelle Pingawan’s Facebook Page

The Dancesport Cordillera team is sending an SOS for the provision of a venue for its online tournament next Sunday January 24.

The team is currently preparing for the 3rd Central Ball 2021 but they need a venue somewhere in Baguio or Benguet with eight days to competition time.

“We are planning to join but haven’t registered yet because we are unsure of the venue since it’s the whole Sunday,” said head coach Charibelle Pingawan, who is frantically seeking good hearted people to help them get a venue.

Pingawan said she has asked both the local government of La Trinidad and the Benguet State University for a venue.

Earlier, she asked the La Trinidad LGU for the use of the Lednicky Hall for the Sunday competition, but then said hall is scheduled for cleaning and sanitizing during that day.

For BSU, school administration refused saying that they still will not allow use of any of its facilities.

The team is currently training at the Quad’s gym in La Trinidad, Benguet but it could not facilitate them use of the gym on Sundays because there are churches in the building that would not allow the playing of music.

The Cordillera Dancesport team, composed of grade school and high school students, are making use of the meager resources they have to continue practicing and honing their craft despite the coronavirus disease pandemic.

“Our athletes here in Benguet are able to train face to face but limited also (once a week, since they are having online and modular classes) but we are maximizing our training schedule. It’s not enough compared to the everyday training before the pandemic but we are still training as much as we can,” she bemoaned.

The Apayao-based athletes, on the other hand, will continue with online training where she would send video clips for them to train at home despite internet connectivity issues.

Last year, 56 athletes were able to join the 2nd Central Ball open dancesport competition, the biggest delegation.

The delegate won two gold medals, three silver medals and a single bronze.

For the Latin category, Mico Dumalos and Mary Luz It-itan of Benguet bagged the gold medal for the Closed Youth C while partners Vien Carlo Garcia and Ryza Casil (Apayao) won as silver medalist in the open juvenile 1C and partners Brandon Justin Bugne and Charvie Pobletin (Baguio City) went home with the bronze medal in the Closed Juvenile 2C.

The standard category saw Jayson Abenoja and Betty Mae Agad (Benguet) bagging gold in the Closed Youth C; Ismael Caraccino and Aerianne Mencio (Baguio City) got silver in the Closed Youth C; and Shams Mohammad Hammouri and Sophia Califlores (Apayao) won silver in the Juvenile 1C.

“We train with the available resources we have as of the moment, what is important is that we don’t stop training and that we are safe and healthy in the midst of this pandemic,” Pingawan added.

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