City Hall honors 29th SEA Games medalists Print
Monday, 04 September 2017 17:34

As a show of recognition for their impressive performance in the recently concluded 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Zamboangueño athletes will be given a special welcome ceremony Monday, September 4.

Mayor Beng Climaco will personally welcome boxing gold medalist Eumir Felix Marcial and bronze medalist Jefferson Rhey Loon of the pencak silat event during fitting rites Monday morning after the flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall.

Other SEA games medalists – Chezka Luy Centeno who won a gold medal in the Women’s 9-pool ball single, Chris Michael Tolomia who bagged a gold as part of the Gilas Pilipinas basketball team that won over Indonesia in the finals and bronze medalist Ryan Jakiri who placed third in the muaythai 63.5 kg category will be ably represented by their relatives during the ceremony as they are still in Manila undergoing continuous training.

Also to be recognized and honored today is Sharif Afif who won a silver medal in the Karatedo senior male team kumite category and a bronze medal in the senior individual male kumite (85 kg) category during the Thailand Karatedo Open Championship 2017 held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand from April 22-24.

The athletes will be presented with a certificate of recognition and later treated to a special breakfast at the City Hall conference room, after which, a motorcade in their honor will be held around the city’s main thoroughfares.

A total of 9 Zamboangueno athletes were part of the Philippine delegation to the Kuala Lumpur games held from August 19-30. Five of the 9 athletes reaped 3 gold and 2 bronze medals.

Mayor Climaco  has expressed jubilation over the victory of the local athletes saying they brought honor and fame not only to the city but to the entire country.

The medalists will also receive cash incentives based on the provisions of an ordinance. A gold medal in the SEA games is equivalent to P150,000; silver medal is P100,000 while a bronze medal is equivalent to P75,000.

During the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in 2015, Zamboangueno athletes harvested 3 gold medals and 1 bronze courtesy of Eumir Marcial (gold in boxing); Chezka Centeno (gold in billiard); Sonny Boy Acuna, Rolando Binarao, Emerson Atilano and Vermond Diaz (gold in softball) and Alshamir Ibnohasim (bronze in pencak silat). (Sheila Covarrubias)