AAK Davao gets four golds in Adidas/Veguillas Memorial kickfest

TEAM AAK (Association for the Advancement of Karatedo) Davao City Chapter came up with four gold medals to go along with two silvers and 14 bronze medals at the close of the 2018 Adidas International /Manuel Veguillas Memorial Karate Cup held at the Music Hall of the Mall of Asia in Manila over the weekend.

ALL SMILES Members of team AAK Davao led by chief instructor Rommel Tan pose with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioners Ramon Fernandez and Charles Raymond Maxey during the 2018 Adidas Invitational/Manuel Veguillas Memorial Karate Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Members of team AAK Davao led by chief instructor Rommel Tan pose with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioners Ramon Fernandez and Charles Raymond Maxey during the 2018 Adidas Invitational/Manuel Veguillas Memorial Karate Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Seven year-old Atsuko Kaiyel Tan led AAK Davao’s gold medal haul with two top podium finishes, namely in the six to seven year-old Kata and Kumite events. Tan, a student of Davao Christian High was joined by Ian Carlos Pascual who also won a gold medal in the Boys -63kgs Cadets Kumite and Adren Solon shone bright in the 10 to 11 years-old Boys Kumite.

AAK’s silver finishes came from Marc Damayo in the Boys Junior Kata and Robert Avacena in the Boys 10 to 11 years-old Kumite.

Damayo also wound-up with a bronze medal in the Juniors +68 kg. Kumite along with Julian Ramirez who won two third place finishes in the Juniors Boys Kata and Junior Boys -68 Boys Kumite. Other bronze medal finishes for AAK Davao included Adrian Paul Ilaya (Juniors Kata), Jamaica Quiben (Girls 15-17 years-old Doubles Kumite), Janna Ramirez (Girls 15-17 years-old Doubles Kumite), Aldren Solon (Boys 10-11 years-old Kata, Boys 9-11 years-old Doubles Kumite), Christopher Cagandahan (Boys 9-11 years-old Doubles Kumite), Stephen Cartagena (Boys 12 to 13 years-old Kata), David Teves (Boys 6 to 7 years-old Kata), Ralph Kean Lu (Boys 6 to 7 years-old Kata) and Andrew Linsad (Boys 8 to 9 years-old Kumite).

WINNERS AAK Philippines’ Richard Lim (extreme left) presents the gold medal winners in the Girls Kata events that included AAK Davao’s Atsuko Kaiyel Tan (third from left).

WINNERS
AAK Philippines’ Richard Lim (extreme left) presents the gold medal winners in the Girls Kata events that included AAK Davao’s Atsuko Kaiyel Tan (third from left).

Team AAK Davao was part of team Philippines which saw action in the two-day tournament which totaled eight countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

The tournament which was named after the late AAK Philippines President Manuel Veguillas saw 20 local teams and nine international squads for a total of 500 or more entries.

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