After missing the Palarong Bicol 2017 at Legazpi City, the Arnis team of Catanduanes is back on track again in this year’s palaro, and immediately made an impact courtesy of Florentino Jose and Jerica Cea who added silver and bronze medals after their match in Category E (half lightweight) and Category C (featherweight) respectively at SM Naga in Naga City.
Jose and Cea, both grade 10 students of San Andres Vocational School, showed their flash against their opponents.
“Iba din talaga ang kawat nin mga palarong pambansa players, pero magandang pang challenge yun sa amin. Yung experience makakatulong yun for future arnis competition,” said Jose.
Arnis coaches and trainers also saw the importance of our players match up against veteran opponents.
“Malaking tulong ang personal experience sa competition. Mas magiging motivated sila at magiging hungry sa mga next na competition. May two years pa sila na chance for Palarong Bicol kaya makaka-adjust na sila,” said Allan Gianan, a veteran coach for Arnis.
Gianan also hoped to have more players who will get interest to train and love the sports arnis; who will eventually represent our province in future palaro.
“SAVS at San Miguel lang halos ang nakaproduce ng mga arnis players. This year puro SAVS nalang kasi kan nawala si Sir Camano, dai na nin nakatrain sa San Miguel. Dati kitang naka advance sa palarong pambansa in arnis. Kaya nakamundo man ta wala na si sir. At sana maexpose ang arnis sa probinsya para maging aware ang mga bata. National Sport ta ang arnis,” Gianan added.
Coach Joseph Randy Brusola also shared that exposure to arnis competition in the province would be a great help to expose our national sport.
“Sana magkaigwa man nin tournament para sa mga mahilig sa arnis sa atong probinsya. Makakuha kita jan nin talent na pwedeng mas ideveloped pa,” Brusola added.
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