Three Baguio-Benguet wushu players in 19th Asian Games

WUSHU TAOLU GENERATIONS. The first, second, third and maybe fourth generation of wushu taolu players in the Cordilleras started with Jearome Calica, 2nd right, who after winning a gold in wushu sanda (then sanshuo) in the Southeast Asian Games shifted to taolu, Here, he is seen with his successor Daniel Parantac (2nd left), who was the go to guy in the last decade until his retirement this year and now is coach of the Baguio wushu taolu team. The present crop are Jones Inso, left, and Tornton Lou Sayan, right. Middle is Calica’s daughter Jherisse Athena, the next generation of the discipline. PML

Nine wushu athletes three of them from Baguio and Benguet are all geared up for the 19th Asian Games in Pinay in Hangzhou, China on September 23 to October 8, the Wushu Federation of the Philippines announced this week.

Led by 2018 Asiad bronze medalist Agatha Wong, the PH Wushu Team is composed of Cordillera sanda player Gideon Padua (60 kilogram) and his fellow highlanders and  taolu players Thornton Lou Sayan and Jone Labares Inso.

They will join sanda athletes Arnel Mandal (Mens 56 kg), Clemente Tabugara (Mens 65 kg) and Jenifer Kilapio (Womens 65 kg).

The taolu squad led by Wong (Women’s Taijijian and Taijiquan AA) include Jhonzenth Gajo (Men’s Daoshu and Gunshu AA) and Sandrex Gainsan (Men’s Changquan).

Sayan will see action in Men’s Nandao and Nangun AA, while Inso sees action in Mens Taijiquan and Mens Taijijian AA.

Padua won a silver in the last Southeast Asian Games last May in Phnom Phen where former top woman sanda player Divine Wally did not play as her retirement started.

Hangzhou 2022, its official name, was supposed to be staged last year but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be 481 events in 40 sports from 61 disciplines in the event held every four years. Pigeon Lobien



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