TAIPEI -- After taking part in the colorful parade of nations in Saturday’s spectacular opening ceremony of the 29th Summer Universiade, the Philippines begins its hunt for the coveted gold medals in archery, diving, judo, swimming, taekwondo and weightlifting.
Loren Chloe Balaoing and Shanaya Rose Dangla of University of Baguio will lead the Filipinos’ campaign in the five-day archery competitions to be held at the Taiwan Sports University Stadium.
Ann Janeth Garcia and Danielle Noreen Sacbibit will carry the Filipinos’ hopes in the seven-day taekwondo event scheduled at the Taoyuan City Arena.
Also getting into the acts are taekwondo stars Glenn Harold Salgado, Erson Macatangay, Gabriel Joshua Ancheta and Peebles Jerkin Pintuca.
Taekwondo produced a silver medal for the country in the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade courtesy of Far Eastern University star Samuel Thomas Morrison.
In judo, the six-man team of Rainer Zaparita, Boniwell Amistad, Fred Aclopen, Norvy Estalin, Jazlen D. Awitan and Sylvia Carame of Cordillera opens their five-day campaign at the Hsinchi County gymnasium.
Weightlifters Elien Rose Perez, Kurk Kuffka Abala, Clark Cuico and Elie Perez Jr. take center stage at the Tamkang University Shaomo Memorial gymnasium.
Lone diving participant Monique Ann Demaisip makes her jump at the University Taipei Diving Hall.
Swimming competitions will also get underway with the first batch of Filipino tankers taking part in the qualifying heats in two venues: Taiwan Sports University and Taipei City Breeze Canal.
The country’s top swimmer Marie Claire Adorna, however, will not compete until the sixth day on Aug. 25.
Adorna, a veteran of the 2013 Universiade in Kazan, Russia, is also scheduled to swim in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia before flying to Taipei.
Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) president David Ong, FESSAP chairman and delegation head Alvin Tai Lian, Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FCCCI) honorary president and flag-bearer Angel Ngu and San Miguel Corp. executive Col. Ariel Querubin urged the Filipino athletes to do their best and bring honors to the country.
“Just do your best for our country,” Ong told Filipino athletes during a get-together at the Universiade Village.
The rest of the 130-strong Filipino delegation will see action in the coming days in this beautiful 300-year-old city which boasts of a rich blend of Chinese culture with Japanese and American influences.
Among the prominent Filipino athletes here are Rodlin John Bautista of Trinity University, Gillian Margaret Go of University of Santo Tomas and James Lim of Far Eastern University, who will compete in the demonstration sports of billiards; and wushu bets Kelly Marcelo, Jomar Balangui Gladys Sia, Czarina Joy Hagos, Abigail Faniega, Earl Van Erick Pasno and Sean Elijah Wico Siy.