SEA Games medalists feted PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:16

by Sheila covarrubias

Zamboangueño athletes who hauled medals during the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore on Monday expressed jubilation as the City Government rolled out a red carpet welcome for their achievements and for bringing pride and honor to  the city and the country as a whole.

Mayor Beng Climaco led City Government officials and employees in feting the billiards player gold medallist Chezka Centeno, gold medallist boxer Eumir Felix Marcial (represented by Marcial’s father) and bronze medallist Albashier Ibnohasim of the pencak silat event during ceremonies held after the flag raising rite in front of City Hall Monday morning.

Softball players Sonny Boy Acuña, Orlando Binarao, Emerson Atilano and Vermon Diaz who garnered a gold failed to make it to Zamboanga due to continuous training in Manila.

During the elaborate ceremony, Mayor Climaco together with some members of the City Council and City Sports Division Chief Dr. Cecille Atilano presented symbolic checks to Centeno, Marcial and Ibnohasim representing incentives from the city government based on a City Ordinance.

After the program, the athletes together with their coaches, parents and other relatives were treated to a breakfast at the City Hall conference room where Ibnohasim showed off his prowess in pencak silat, a form of indigenous martial arts with pencak as the performance aspects of the martial arts and silat as the essence of the fighting and self-defence.

Ibnohasim is an 18-year old boy from Mariki, whose family’s house was among those burned during the 2013 siege.

Despite the tragic siege, Ibnohasim did his best to excel in his sports that ultimately earned him a bronze for the city and for the country in the SEA Games, according to Mayor Climaco.

The mayor expressed gratitude and appreciation to the athletes for their spectacular performance in the 28th SEA Games held in Singapore from June 5-16.

A  motorcade  in the city’s main thoroughfares capped the heroes’ welcome for the SEA Games medallists. — Sheila Covarrubias