7 teams to join national karate tournament in Pangasinan

January 4, 2014 1:02 pm 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 4 — Some 300 karatedos from various parts of the country will see action in the first-ever Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. Karate Championship slated Jan. 11 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) gym here.

The national tournament was firmed up after several meetings between the host province represented by Provincial Sports Coordinator Modesto Operana and the Philippine Karatedo Federation headed by Dr. Alejandro Enrico G. Vasquez, national president and head coach of the Pangasinan Karate Team.

Seven karate teams from Southern Luzon, the National Capital Region (NCR), Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Angeles City, Cagayan de Oro City, Mandaue City, and the Pangasinan Team are joining the tournament.

Vasquez said at least 176 medals, including three major trophies, are up for grabs in the day-long tournament to be participated in by some of the country's top karatedos.

He said the Pangasinan Karate Team, which parades 20 players, has in its line-up five members of the Philippine Karate Team.

Last year, the Pangasinan Karate Team emerged as overall champion during the 2nd Philippine Karatedo Federation NSA Inc. Gov. JonVic Remulla Karate Championships held in Cavite.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) medalists Mae Soriano, brothers Mark Andrew and John Matthew Manantan, John Enrico Vasquez, Jurille Gilbert Arellano, including Philippine medalist KC Santiago, are set to power the host team.

“This invitational championship will encourage the youth to join karatedo to further strengthen the Pangasinan Karate Team,” Vasquez said.

On the other hand, Operana said the upcoming sports event will open opportunity for the Batang Pinoy karatedo champions to learn additional skills and techniques from their colleagues.

Karatedo, which means a “way of karate,” is a form of self-defense and its ultimate aim is to promote the total development of a person through discipline, perseverance, humility, honor, prudence and fortitude. (PNA)

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