Brunei—Mindanao ended its colorful campaign on a successful note as Davao City’s Elah Janica Liwag and Juan Miguel Dalangin grabbed the mixed doubles in the poomsae competitions of the 10th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-Northern Territory-East Asian Growth Area (BIMPNT-EAGA) Friendship Games on Sunday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium here.
Hours after the memorable closing ceremonies at the Indoor Stadium, the University of Immaculate Conception students dazzled the crowd with their almost perfect form to give Mindanao its first taekwondo gold.
Liwag also had a silver in girls’ individual poomsae and a bronze, while the 16-year-old Dalangin settled for the bronze in boys’ individual poomsae.
With the victory, the Philippines ended its campaign with a 13-14-17 gold-silver-bronze tally.
Davao City also had its lone gold medalist in athletics, courtesy of Mark Anthony Casenas (6.77 meters) in men’s long jump.
Palawan had three athletics’ golds, two from running sensation John Lloyd Cabalo and one from Jessell Lumapas.
Davao City tanker Fritz Jun Rodriguez, who will see action for San Beda University in the NCAA swimming competitions, excelled with four golds and a silver in this biennial event which will be hosted by the Davao City in 2020.
Philippine Sports Commissioner and Chef de Mission Charles Raymond Maxey congratulated Brunei for the successful hosting of the games.
“Truly, you have set the bar higher for the future host of this event. I also admire and appreciate all the efforts from the top officials down to the volunteers for making sure our stay here in Brunei Darussalam will be comfortable and pleasant one,” said Maxey in his speech.
He said that Davao City is ready to host the 11th edition of the Games.
“See you in the Philippines,” Maxey concluded.
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