WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
For the first time in more than a year, the Philippine collegiate sports scene makes its long-awaited return, albeit in a very limited capacity, with the launch of NCAA Season 96 on June 13.
As the country’s young athletes cautiously navigate life under the coronavirus pandemic like the rest of the population, only two non-contact sports are set to go for this year’s extraordinary NCAA season – taekwondo and online chess.
Although there are plans to hold basketball and volleyball skills challenges following the re-approval of non-contact indoor sports, the NCAA Management Committee (Mancom) and host school Colegio de San Juan de Letran have ruled out the possibility of full contact sports this season.
For now, the NCAA and new TV partner GMA have finalized a schedule for about a month’s worth of competitions. Poomsae tourneys will be held from June 14 to 17, while speed kicking competitions will take place from June 18 to July 5.
From there, the league will then extend and finalize more schedules in accordance with the fast-changing guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
MVP Natividad leads Benilde in taekwondo speed kicking
College of Saint Benilde’s (CSB) Loralee Natividad emerged as the MVP of the women’s category in the NCAA Season 96 taekwondo speed kicking event on Monday, July 5.
Natividad bagged the gold medal in the welterweight division tallying 7.067 points to capture the title, besting Letran’s Aliciarose Gonzales who finished with 6.400 points for the silver.
Fellow Lady Knight Shiela Mae Samson settled for the bronze with 6.317 points.
CSB’s Anne Christine Obenza and Lucille Cunanan ruled the middleweight and heavyweight categories, respectively.
The Blazers actually went 1-2 in the middleweight division behind Obenza’s gold medal winning performance of 6.583 points, and Ashley Judd Felipe’s silver medal run of 6.175 points. Arellano University’s Kezia Eustaquio scored 6.142 points to reach the podium.
Cunanan capped CSB’s dominance in the women’s division by winning the heavyweight gold with 6.475 points. Arellano’s Beverly Michelle Bandiola recorded 6.358 points for the silver, while San Beda’s Roxanne Candatu had 6.083 points for the bronze.
The Blazers finished the six-day tournament with four gold medals, three silvers and three bronzes.
The Arellano Chiefs placed second with one gold, two silvers and two bronzes.
Arellano’s lone gold in the competition went to Paulene Rey, who emerged victorious in the lightweight division with 6.508 score that beat Rocio Cortez Diaz of CSB (6.433) and her schoolmate Francis Claire Apuya (6.250).
The San Beda Red Jins had a 1-1-2 medal haul in third place, while Jose Rizal University scooped one gold in fourth place.
San Sebastian has one gold and one bronze, while host university Letran with two silvers.
The junior speed kicking competitions will begin Tuesday, July 6. – Rappler.com
Benilde’s Yadao picks up 2nd taekwondo gold
College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers’ Krizelle Therese Yadao bagged her second gold medal in the online taekwondo tournament as she ruled the flyweight category of the women’s speed kicking competition in the NCAA Season 96 on Thursday, July 1.
Two weeks after winning the gold medal in the women’s poomsae freestyle event, Yadao emerged victorious in the speed kicking as she scored 7.175 points.
San Beda’s Maria Laney Kaye Panahon took the silver with 6.667 points, while San Sebastian’s Twinkle Angela Bokingkito reached the podium with 6.325.
A native of Baguio City, Yadao duplicated the feat of Jose Rizal University’s Emie Soriano Fernandez, who won gold medals in the women’s poomsae standard and in the speed kicking finweight division.
Arellano University’s Paula Julia Alfon placed fourth with 6.317 points, followed by Letran’s Stephanie Shane Ashley Arana (6.250) and San Beda’s Ria Anne Calasara (6.150).
The women’s division of the speed kicking competition runs until July 5 televised over GTV channel of GMA-7, the league’s new TV partner.
St. Benilde rules men’s speed kicking
College of St. Benilde’s Josemari Aiko Ong provided the Blazers their fifth gold as he ruled the heavyweight division at the end of the men’s division speed kicking online meet in the NCAA Season 96 on Tuesday, June 29.
Ong defeated CSB teammate Clark Jayson Sacay for the gold medal with 6.917 points against the latter’s 6.650 points. San Beda University’s Glen Paul Salazar settled for the bronze with 6.367 points.
CSB ruled the men’s side after the eight-day virtual tournament with five gold medals, three silvers, and a bronze medal.
The Taft-based team also got gold medals from Matthew Cloyd Roxas in the middleweight, Mikko Michael Regala in welterweight, and Laurence Scott Santiago in featherweight and Ivan Murray Solimen in finweight.
The Red Jins placed second with two gold medals, two silvers and five bronze medals, while Arellano University placed third overall with a 1-2-2 medal haul, and San Sebastian fourth with a silver medal.
Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University’s Emie Soriano Fernandez topped the finweight division of the women’s division to become the first double gold winner in the meet shown on GTV channel on GMA-7, the new television partner of the NCAA.
A Pasig City native, the 16-year old Fernandez tallied 7.008 points to beat Arellano University’s Catherine Joy Vicente, whose 6.633 earned her a silver, and San Beda’s Nicole Anne Calasara, who took the bronze with 6.608.
Fernandez also won the women’s poomsae standard event two weeks ago.
Arellano’s Mikee Medina and San Sebastian’s Keith Laura Baladya were tied in fourth place with identical 6.542 points.
Other participants were Benilde’s Joselle Daguinod (6.400), San Beda’s Claire Ysshabelle Blanco (6.175), Letran’s Jacey Rain Bartolome (6.125) and Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Chelsea Marie Bañez (5.983).
Stanley Roy Laguio cops Arellano University’s 1st gold
Taekwondo jin Stanley Roy Laguio secured Arellano University’s first gold medal after ruling the bantamweight division of the speed kicking event in the NCAA Season 96 on Thursday, June 24.
Laguio recorded an average score of 6.583 points, besting San Sebastian College’s Axl Zerrudo (6.442 points) and San Beda University’s Michael Christian Macario (6.383) as they settled for silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Zerrudo’s podium finish also put the Stags on the medal tally in the men’s online competition shown over the GTV channel of GMA-7, the league’s new broadcast partner.
So far, the Red Jins still lead the medal standings with a 1-1-3 gold-silver-bronze haul, while the College of St. Benilde Blazers are at second spot with one gold and one bronze.
Another Chiefs bet, Carl Louie Ayaton, placed fourth with 6.342.
Rounding out the finishers are San Beda’s Gianne Kyle Sarmiento Legaspi (6.308), Jose Rizal University’s John Jezra Lorena Sasutona (5.950) and CSB’s Kian Graydon Ashe (5.917).
The speed kicking competition in the NCAA will continue with the men’s division until June 29, followed by the women’s category from June 30 to July 5. – Rappler.com
San Beda rules NCAA Season 96 juniors speed kicking tiff
San Beda reigned supreme in the speed kicking competition of the NCAA Season 96 juniors taekwondo after clinching three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals on Monday, June 21.
Light middleweight Louell Mamaclay, lightweight Philip Joshua Lee, and bantamweight Ignatius Vicente Lorenzo Pinera all pocketed gold medals for the Red Cubs.
Mamaclay tallied 6.5 points to best John Cris Solomon (6.458) of Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) and Javier Dexter Macasaet (6.383) of La Salle Green Hills (LSGH)
Lee (7.083) trounced EAC duo Leigh Cyril Aslarona (6.108) and Aubrey Gacilos (5.942) for the gold, while Pinera (6.750) edged Dirk Ranque (6.483) of Lyceum of the Philippines University and LeBron James Alemania (6.200) of Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
Reymundo Calamba III and Jian Alden Jose Arceo delivered silver medals for San Beda in the flyweight and heavyweight divisions, respectively, while welterweight Seth Nathaniel Go and featherweight Marlex Mercado bagged bronze medals for the Red Cubs.
LSGH finished second behind San Beda in the overall standings with two gold medals courtesy of welterweight Victor Emmanuel Rodriguez and middleweight Raphael Ongkiko, while light middleweight Javier Dexter Macasaet provided the Greenies’ a bronze medal.
Letran’s Luke Morel (featherweight), Lyceum’s John Patrick Moneda (flyweight), and Arellano University’s Joshua Lyndon Dionio (heavyweight) also won gold medals. – Rappler.com
JRU, San Beda rule online poomsae
Jose Rizal University and San Beda University made strong showings as they triumphed in online taekwondo’s poomsae competitions at the start of the NCAA Season 96 on Monday, June 14.
Alfritz Arevalo of the Red Lions bagged the men’s gold, while Emie Fernandez of the Lady Bombers ruled the women’s division of the standard poomsae as televised by GMA via its GTV channel.
Arevalo, a native of Baguio City, bagged the first gold medal with 7.217 points, beating College of St. Benilde’s Ivan Murray Solimen, who earned the silver with 7.134 points, while Letran’s Roi Vinson Belano took the bronze medal with 7.083 points.
Arellano University’s Christian Dave Tayrus missed the podium as he finished fourth overall with 6.617 points.
Other participants in the league’s first virtual event are San Sebastian’s John Estoy (6.417), JRU’s Mikko Jeremi Bataoil (6.284), Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Jake Aldrin Ramos (6.150), and Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Ralph Laurenz Gasco (6.033).
Meanwhile, Fernandez tallied 7.550 points to beat CSB’s Diane Nicole Supangan, who scored 7.284 to settle with the silver medal, while San Beda’s Lara Alejandrea Andres had 6.867 for the bronze.
San Sebastian’s Keith Laura Baduya placed fourth with 6.767.
Also in the event were Letran’s Stephanie Shane Arana (6.734), EAC’s Chelsia Marie Bañez (6.484), and LPU’s Marinella de Peralta (6.117).
Also to be played via online in the four-day competitions of poomsae are standard juniors and the freestyle events, while the speed kicking competition will be held on June 18 to July 5.
NCAA rules out contact sports as Season 96 opening nears
The NCAA has formally ruled out the possibility of hosting contact sports.
Instead, the league will push through with a pure non-contact sports slate, including taekwondo, virtual chess, and possibly basketball and volleyball skills challenges.