So Kim Cheng Foundation holds 24th Sports Awards Night

Davao City — The So Kim Cheng Foundation will hold its 24th Sports Awards Night set on Sunday (July 22), 7 p.m. at the Royal Mandaya Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Eight year-old karateka Atsuko Kaiyel Tan will get her third Female Athlete of the Year award while teammate Ian Carlos Pascual will receive the Male Athlete of the Year honors to lead this year’s list of the city’s longest running sports giving awards to date.

Tan of Davao Christian High was a unanimous choice for the Female Athlete of the Year award after winning a silver medal in the 7th Vietnam Open Karate for the girls 6-8 year-old Kata held in Hanoi, Vietnam and another silver finish in the 10th Kota Kinabalu Open Championships in Malaysia. She also bagged two gold medals during the 6th Adidas International Karate Cup held at the SM Mall of Asia and 2018 SM Milo Super Karate Kids National Age Group Championships at the SM Seaside in Cebu City.

Pascual will receive the Male Athlete of the Year honors after reaping gold medals in the 10th Kota Kinabalu Open Karate Championships held in Malaysia and during the 6th Adidas International Open Karate Cup at the SM Mall of Asia.

Outstanding athletes who will receive respective awards are Franceska Glen Gacal and Craig Andre Gimongala of archery, Amena Madid and Glennon John Malisa of arnis,  Joshua Alquizar and Denmark Andig for badminton, Samantha Umayan and Gabriel John Umayan of chess, Liza Abellana and Brian Cantomayor of cycling, Randy Cortez and Milagros Sasin of dance sports, Rolando Magday and Dimple Oleviros of duckpin bowling, Jessa Angela Hifume and Gretl Margarethe Ong Tan of football,  John Paul Ponce and Sofia Agullo of karatedo, Juven Lagrada of motocross, Mark John Montes and Jahaziel Care Barbero of muay thai, Ernie Gawilan of swimming, Billy Cartera of table tennis. Raphael Carlo Mancha and Jane Catherine Francisco of rugby, Herzel Miles Abendan of table tennis, Crystal Chavez and Danny Usman of tenpin bowling,  Dux Euan Yambao and Angelo Joshua Gonzales of volleyball and the pair of Niel Ivan Udarbe  and Roni Marielle Santiago of wushu.

Special citations will also be given to coach Arnold Rojas (archery), Dave Torres (dance sports), Virgo Calida and Maria Isabel Castillo (duckpin bowling), Darlene Ross Maramara and Aldren Solon (karatedo), coach Richard Canete (muay thai), Diana Cosare (rugby), coach Mike Flores (table tennis), Diane Galendez (tenpin bowling), coaches Henry Labio, Dinri Yambao, Lorenzo Porras and Daks Yambao (volleyball), coaches Sharmaine Florence and Roberto Nell Jone Astudillo III (wushu).

For team citations, they are the Davao Archery team, DACIBA MLC Warriors, Davao Durians Women’s Rugby team and the Davao Durians Men’s Rugby team.

Former University of Mindanao booter turned Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Executive Director Atty. Guillermo B. Iroy Jr. will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award while IA James Infiesto will be receiving the Sports Leadership honors.

Eight year-old karateka Atsuko Kaiyel Tan of AAK Davao will get her third Female Athlete of the Year in this year’s edition of the So Kim Cheng Sports Awards Night this Sunday, June 22 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Eight year-old karateka Atsuko Kaiyel Tan of AAK Davao will get her third Female Athlete of the Year in this year’s edition of the So Kim Cheng Sports Awards Night this Sunday, June 22 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

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