Beng applauds Zamboangueño in Dragon Boat team PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015 14:58

by Sheila covarrubias


Another feather in the cap for Zamboanga!

The Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team with a Zamboangueño member bested 17 other countries in Japan’s Dragon Boat Festival held recently.

Pvt. Abdil Asiz Sanaani of Justina Village, Putik is one of the nation’s paddlers who are continuously bringing honor and pride to the country in international competitions.

Mayor Beng Climaco hailed Sanaani for his contributions in the field of sports and for personifying the Zamboangueño spirit of resiliency and fortitude.

Amidst the challenges that the City is beset with, Zamboangueño athletes who are sent to represent the country in various competitions continue to shine and help bring back a better Zamboanga.

The Philippine Army Dragon Boat team brought home medals in all 11 events they participated during the competition in Japan. The paddlers competed against the world’s best including Russia, Poland and Canada.

Just recently, Mayor Climaco honored Zamboangueño athletes who reaped medals in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) held in Singapore and Southeast Asian Wrestling competitions held in Thailand.

The medal haulers who were given heroes’ welcome last June 22 included billiards player Chezka Centeno (gold medal in the 9-ball category), Eumir Feliz Marcial (gold medal) in the boxing event, softball players Sonny Boy Acuna, Orlando Binarao, Emerson Atilano and Vermon Diaz (gold medal) and Alshamier Ibnohasim,  bronze medalist for his performance in the Pencak silat event.

Last July 13, the honourees included weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia. Diaz was a gold medallist in the 53 kg category and Colonia won a bronze medal in the 56 kg category during the Southeast Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Thailand June 26. — Sheila Covarrubias