Here are 30 Cordilleran athletes who made significant contributions for Team Philippines in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Cordillerans seeing action in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games are making their presence felt contributing medals as the country hangs on to the top of the overall team standings.
Here are the medal winners for Team Philippines from the Cordillera region.
Stephanie Sabalo - Dancesport - 2 Golds, 1 Silver
- Single Dance - Pasadoble ( B ) - 2 golds
- Jive (B) - 1 Silver
Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo delight the crowd and win paso doble gold for Philippines for the country's 9th in dancesports; 2 more events up pic.twitter.com/QxnWz5r2Bp- Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) December 1, 2019
Steph Sabalo surprised the field after bagging two gold medals in dance sports together with her partner Micheal Angelo Marquez winning in the pasodoble and open Latin category
Stephanie Sabalo is the biggest contributor so far, accounting for two gold medals and one silver in dancesport.
Estie Gay Dulnuan Liwanen - Kurash 63kg - Gold Medal
Estie Gay Dulnuan Liwanen from Pidongan, Kiangan, Ifugao clinches a gold medal at the Kurash Female 63kg category of the 30th Southeast Asian Games!
Liwanen captured the gold medal on the first day of the said event held at the LausGroup Event Centre in San Fernando City, Pampanga.
Liwanen dominated Shifa Khasani of Indonesia, 5-0.
Jones Llabres Inso - Wushu taijijian - Silver Medal
Jones Inso from La Trinidad, Benguet captured the silver medal in the men's taijijian competition of the wushu event held at the World Trade Center.
Inso registered a score of 9.65, just .03 points behind gold medalist Choon How Lo of Malaysia who had 9.68.
Jones Llabres Inso and Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan - Wushu/Taolu - Taolu Duilian ( M ) - Bronze Medal
Johnzenth Gajo, Jones Llabres Inso, and Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan composed the team that placed third in the Taolu Duilian - Male event.
Daniel Parantac - Wushu/Taolu - Men's Taolu Taijiquan - Bronze Medal
After taking a time off, former gold medalist Daniel Parantac from Mankayan, Benguet returned to action, winning a bronze medal in the men's taolu taijiquan event of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Helen Dawa - Judo/Kurash - Women's 52kg - Silver Medal
Helen Dawa also scored a bronze for Philippines at the Kurash Female -52 kgs category with Daniel Parantac in the men's taolu taijiquan event.
Divine Wally - Wushu - Sanda 48kg (F) - Gold Medal
Divine Wally won the Filipinos' first gold after defeating Nguyen Thi Chinh of Vietnam in the women's 48kg tiff.
"Very happy kami. Very lucky? Di mo rin masasabi na lucky kasi pinaghirapan namin, the whole year nagprepare kami for SEA Games," said Wally, who won bronze in the 2018 Asian Games.
Divine Masadao Wally outpoints Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Chin to win the most coveted gold medal in the 48 kilograms Wushu Sanda event today December 3, 2019.
Divine is from Sadanga, Mountain Province and she is a cousin of Mixed Martial Art legend Eduard Folayang.
Fred Gideon Padua - Wushu - Men's Sanda 60kg - Silver Medal
Fred Gideon Padua was the lone Filipino who settled for silver as he lost to Bui Triong Guang of Vietnam in 60kg.
Abegail Dulawan Abad - Arnis - Gold Medal
19-year-old Abegail Dulawan Abad of Baguio City wins gold medal in the Padded Stick Welterweight - Women's Division in the Arnis Competition.
Abad is the youngest arnis player of the national team.
The 30th SEA Games 2019 Arnis Competition was held at the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga, on December 2, 2019.
Elmer Manlapas - Arnis - Gold Medal
Another Baguio arnisador Elmer Manlapas took home the gold as he dominated Vietnam's Duc Tri Nguyen in the Padded Stick-Featherweight - Men's Division.
Manlapas is part of the National Squad of the University of Baguio Cardinals.
The 30th SEA Games 2019 Arnis Competition was held at the Angeles University Foundation, Pampanga on December 2, 2019.
Crisamuel Delfin - Anyo Non-traditional Arnis - Gold Medal
A proud Igorot, Crisamuel Delfin, 25, represented the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games 2019 in arnis. He won the gold medal in the men's anyo (form) non-traditional open-weapon exhibition at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines on December 3, 2019.
Born on September 10, 1994, Delfin weighs 49kg and stands 152cm. The Igorot arnisador hails from La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines and went to the University of Rizal System in Tanay, Rizal, Philippines.
Delfin wore wanes, the Igorot G-string, when he played to an ethnic tune during his SEA Games 2019 competition. He scored 9.83 to win the gold medal.
Eza Rai Yalong - Arnis Women's Light Stick Lightweight - Bronze Medal
Eza Rai Yalong clinches a bronze for the country in the Arnis live stick lightweight (+55kgs less 60kgs category).
Yalong was supposed to go up in the finals but her semis victory was nullified.
She was disappointed after she was awarded the bronze medal and failed to advance to the gold medal match after a review by the judges giving the win to her Cambodian opponent.
"I was not properly informed of what happened. Feeling ko ako talaga yung nanalo," said Yalong in a phone interview.
Jerome Calica - Muay Thai Wai Kru & Mai - Gold Medal
Igorot wushu champion and seasoned stuntman Jerome Calica with his neophyte Joemar Gallaza of Iloilo delivered a stunning Wai Kru and Mai performance leading them to bring home the gold medal. Said event was held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.
Calica believed that their tricks and stunts gave them an advantage over the other performers. The judges gave them a final score of 9.61.
Back in 2001, Calica won his first ever SEA Games gold medal in wushu.
Rusha Mae Bayacsan - Muay Thai Wai Kru & Mai - Silver Medal
In the women's waikru, Iredin Lipatan and Rusha Mae Bayacsan (Benguet) of the Philippines won silver, barely .2 points behind Thailand's Thanawan Thongdum and Ruchira Wongshiwo, who bagged the gold with a score of 9.47.
Sandi Menchi Abahan - 5km x 20 obstacle course race - Gold Medal
Sandi Menchi Abahan of Baguio City re-introduced herself once again after topping the women's individual 5 kilometers 20 obstacle course racing at the Spectrum Midway Avenue in Filinvest City, Muntinlupa.
Abahan (33.30 min) bested fellow Filipino Glorien Merisco (40 min), who settled for silver, while Khamla Sorvimane of Laos salvaged a bronze medal.
Abahan is a pride Cordilleran athlete who trace her roots from Baguio, Ifugao and Barlig, Mountain Province.
In August 28, 2017, Abahan was the first Filipina to represent the Philippines in the prestigious world mountain race event in France called TDS or Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie. She finished 21st amongst all female applicants in the said event which is considered to be the most grueling ultra trail marathon race.
Islay Erika Bomogao - Muay Thai 45kg - Silver Medal
Training out of Team Lakay gym in Benguet, Islay Erika Bomogao, 19, settled for silver after losing to Thai's Ketmanee Chasing in the Women's Muay Thai 45kg category.
Born on November 8, 2000, Bomogao weighs 45kg and stands 152.7cm. She is a Benguet State University student.
Alexis Mayag-as - Muay Thai 49kg - Bronze Medal
Also training out of Team Lakay gym in Benguet, Alexis Mayag-as, 18, managed to take home bronze in Men's Muay Thai 48kg category.
Mayag-as was born on June 7, 2001. He weighs 48kg and stands 167.6cm.
Ariel Lee Lampacan - Muay Thai 54kgs - Gold Medal
Ariel Lee Lampacan, who used to be a miner in his hometown of Baguio, topped the 54kgs muay thai event in the regional meet on Sunday at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center here.
He outclassed Thailand's prized Sakchai Chamchi, 29-28 to nab the first of two gold medals for the Philippines in the sport.
Jenelyn Olsim - Muay Thai 55kg - Silver Medal
Jenelyn Olsim of Team Lakay also settled for a silver medal after losing to Bui Yen Ly of Vietnam in the women's 55kg final match category.
Jeordan Dominguez - Taekwondo Freestyle Poomsae individual - Gold Medal
In the freestyle category, Jeordan Dominguez of Mountain Province dazzled the crowd at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in men's individual and earned a score of 7.433 for the gold.
Dominguez was the only jin to breach the seven-point mark as Vietnam's Ngoc Minh Hy Nguyen (6.999) settled for silver.
Brian Kurt Barbosa - Taekwondo 54kg - Gold Medal
His huge smile quickly turned into a pout as he struggled to hold back his tears after delivering a gold medal in dazzling fashion in the 30th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competitions.
The 20-year-old Abrenian won the gold medal in his maiden SEA Games stint after dominating Indonesia's Reinaldy Atmanegara, 26-10, men's -54kg (fin) final at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Nesthy Petecio - Boxing 57kg - Gold Medal
University of Baguio's Nesthy Petecio displayed her championship pedigree and hacked out a decisive win over Myanmar's Oo Nwe Ni to capture the women's boxing featherweight gold medal of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Monday at PICC Forum.
The reigning Aiba World Champion was on target early in the fight, landing overhand rights down her Burmese foe's temple in the first round.
Petecio, who won her first SEA Games gold medal, then turned methodical in the next two rounds and put the fight under control with her jabs and counters for the 5-0 unanimous decision win,
Jason Baucas - Wrestling Greco-Roman 72kg - Gold Medal
Jason Baucas of Benguet delivered the first wrestling gold medal for the Philippines at the Southeast Asian Games on Monday at the Angeles University Foundation, Pampanga.
The Filipino wrestler overwhelmed Vietnam's Hong Phuc Duong, 11-6, in the men's Greco-Roman 72kg.
Jason Balabal - Wrestling Greco-Roman 87kg - Silver Medal
The Philippine wrestling team also bagged four silver medals, courtesy of Margarito Angana in the men's 60kg, Jason Balabal in the men's Greco-Roman 87kg, Michael Vijay Carter in the men's Greco-Roman 55kg, and Jiah Pingot in the women's 50kg.
Jerry Olsim - Kickboxing - Gold Medal
Jerry "The Bokodian Warrior" Olsim, 24, of the Philippines bagged the gold medal in the -69kg kick light event of the Southeast Asian Games kickboxing at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.
Olsim defeated Thailand's Srayut Klinming for a 3-0 decision and deliver the first gold for the Philippine contingent.
The 24-year-old athlete, who is also a pro fighter for Team Lakay in a popular MMA circuit, drew 22-11, 16-8, and 19-6 scores from the judges
Renalyn Dasalla Dacquel - Full Contact Kickboxing - Silver Medal
Renalyn Dasalla Dacquel of Manabo, Abra reaped silver for 48kg Full Contact Kickboxing.
Renz is a boxer (pro 3-1) but for someone who never staged kickbocking before like her, a silver is already a huge realization.
At 22, no two ways about it, the future is looming large for her.
Gina Iniong - Kickboxing - Gold Medal
The Philippines scored its second gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games kickboxing event courtesy of Gina Iniong.
Iniong defeated Thailand's Apichaya Minkhwan, 3-0, in the -55kg light kick final on Tuesday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.
Jean Claude Saclag - Kickboxing - Gold Medal
In the -63.5kg category, Jean Claude Saclag defeated Nguyen The Huong of Vietnam, 3-0 (13-5, 10-6, 7-4) to enter the finals.
Jean Claude Saclag and Gina Iniong each delivered gold medals, while Karol Maguide a bronze in their respective matches Tuesday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay
Saclag carved out a 3-0 decision over Malaysian foe Mahmoud Mohammed in the -63.5kg low kick to add to Jerry Olsim's golden finish the night before.
Jomar Balangui - Kickboxing - Silver Medal
University of Baguio student Jomar "Xanda Boy" Balangui added another silver after losing to Ba Hoi Pham of Vietnam, 1-2, in the men's 54kg low kick division.
Kenneth Jiane "Kenji" Villa - ESPORTS (Mobile Legends) - Gold Medal
After a grueling climb from the lower bracket playoffs, the Philippines' Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team on Sunday (December 8) secured the first gold medal for esports in the Southeast Asian Games after beating Indonesia in a 3-2 nail-biter.
The ML:BB team, bannered by Kenneth Jiane "Kenji" Villa from Tabuk, Kalinga, Karl Gabriel "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno, Carlito "Ribo" Ribo, Jeniel "Haze" Bata-anon, Angelo Kyle "Pheww" Arcangel, Allan Sancio "Lusty" Castromayor, and Jason Rafael "Jay" Torculas, are the first medallists for Sibol, the moniker of the Philippine esports team.
Cash incentives await SEAG athletes
A CITY sports official assured Baguio City athletes who competed in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will get cash incentives from the City Government.
Gaudencio Gonzales, city sports coordinator, said the Summer Capital is readying the cash incentives of local athletes who produced 16 golds, nine silver, and 10 bronze medals during the biennial met were the country regained the over-all title after snatching a record 149 golds, 117 silvers and 121 bronzes in 530 events of the 56 sports played throughout the 10-day competitions of the 11-nation biennial multi-sports meet.
Expected to get P80,000 for her two golds and one silver medal output is dancesport athlete Stephanie Sabalo while the 15 others are set to receive P30,000 each under the revised ordinance known as the "Baguio-based athletes and coaches incentives and benefits ordinance of 2016."
Gold medalists who will receive 30,000 each. The nine silver medalists meanwhile brings home from the city P20,000.
Aside from the city's incentives, the local athletes will also receive cash from the national government based on a national law.
Republic Act 10699 rewards cash incentives for winners of the SEA Games, who will receive P300,000, P150,000 and P60,000 respectively for gold, silver and bronze finishes.
President Rodrigo Duterte is also expected to give additional incentives of P250,000 for gold, P150,000 for silver and P100,000 for bronze medalists.
The Philippine Olympic Committee pledged another P300,000 for gold medalists only.
Gonzales meanwhile said the city is preparing a hero's welcome and at the same time preparing commendation to Baguio based athletes who helped in the country's drive in winning the SEA Games overall title anew.