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Gold, two silver, three bronze for Benguet dancesport team

STRUGGLE. Benguet Dancesport team coach Charibelle Pingawan meets with the squad at the start of their training for the Jamili’s Scholarship Cup which was stopped after the town was placed under localized modified enhanced quarantine. Training in the capital town was stopped by June when the province was placed under MECQ until June 15. Only last June 9 were they able to get a special permit from the mayor’s office to train and compete for the June 12-13 competitions. They took a gold, two silver and three bronze medals for their effort. Photo from the Facebook Page of Charibelle Pingawan

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Despite the struggles of training when the province is under modified enhanced community quarantine, the Benguet Dancesport team managed to bring home a gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the Jamili’s Scholarship Cup online dancesport competition over the weekend.

May Luz It-itan proved to be the team’s magic charm as she helped conjure for the team another golden performance when she combined with Jhosan Galvez for the top podium in the open duo female.

The team actually scored 67 percent in the finals with six of the nine finalists winning medals in the competition during the Independence Day weekend.

It was also the second gold medal for It-itan in online dancesport competition after her gold medal with Jessica Marie Ogbinar in the Latin duo during the 8th Geraldine Online Dancesport competition last February.

It-itan, however, failed to make podium in the Grade C Female Latin though she made it to the finals as she wound up sixth among 18 competitors.

Galvez, on the other hand, had seventh and 10th place finishes in the Grade B Felmale Latin and Grade C Female Latin, respectively.

Erick Cabloy made it to the finals in two of his three events but it was in junior rumba that he was most successful when he landed second among 13 competitors.

He finished fifth among 31 dancers in the Junior C Male and eighth in Junior Cha Cha Male.

Nena Roschan Escalera and Eiji Justine Balao took the other silver in the Youth Duo Female.

Cabloy then paired with Ashley Abance to settle for third in Junior Duo Male, his second medal in the online competitions.

Betty Mae Agad and Jayson Ace Abenoja accounted for the other bronze medals Grade C Standard Female and Grade C Standard Male, respectively.

After a gold medal last May in the Manila Open, Mark Gonzalo Benter came out with 11th and 16th place finishes in the Grade B Latin and Grade C Latin, respectively.

The team trained sporadically the last month since going to Body Base in Baguio was quite costly for them with the Quads Fitness Gym closed due to the quarantine status of the province.

Pingawan, who trained the athletes as group in Baguio, was able to procure a special permit from mayor Romeo Salda last June 9 and they immediately proceeded to train at Quads.

The team will now start preparing for the Korea Cup on June 26 and 27.

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