NCAA Season 96 taekwondo jins show off skills in new normal

posted July 11, 2021 at 06:10 pm
by  Manila Standard Sports
Student-athletes from the 10 member-schools of the National Collegiate Athletic Association shone bright as “Rise Up Stronger: NCAA Season 96” officially wrapped up its virtual Taekwondo competition.

NCAA Season 96 taekwondo jins show off skills in new normal

Together with its official broadcast partner GMA Network, the NCAA kicked off the extraordinary Season 96 last June in a courageous step to adapt to the new normal.

Held from June 14 to July 5, this season’s taekwondo events included Poomsae Standard, Poomsae Freestyle, Speed Kicking Juniors, Speed Kicking Women’s, and Speed Kicking Men’s.

CSB dominates Men’s and Women's Speed Kicking competition

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde emerged as the overall champion of the Speed Kicking event in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.

In the Men’s Division, CSB amassed a total of five gold medals courtesy of Ivan Murray Solimen (Finweight Division); Laurence Scott Santiago (Featherweight Division); Mikko Michael Regala (Welterweight Division); Matthew Cloyd Roxas (Light Middleweight Division); and Josemari Aiko Ong (Heavyweight Division).

The CSB jins continued to dominate the speed kicking tournament with four of its players topping their various classes in the Women’s category: Krizelle Therese Yadao (Flyweight); Loralee Natividad (Welterweight); Anne Christine Obenza (Middleweight); and Lucille Cunanan (Heavyweight).

Also taking home gold medals in the Men’s Division were San Beda University’s Jack Janggo Natividad (Flyweight Division) and Christian Neil Arches (Lightweight Division); as well as Arellano University’s Stanley Roy Laguio (Bantamweight Division).

Scoring their respective golds in the Women’s Division were Jose Rizal University’s Emie Fernandez (Finweight Division); San Beda University’s Princess Angel Doria (Bantamweight Division); San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Liza Leslie Bagay (Featherweight Division); and Arellano University’s Paulene Gaye Rey (Lightweight Division).

SBU rules Juniors Speed Kicking event

Meanwhile, San Beda University was a big winner in the Speed Kicking Juniors Division after bagging three gold medals. Topping their foes in their respective divisions were San Beda’s Ignatius Vicente Lorenzo Pinera (Bantamweight Division); Philip Joshua Lee (Lightweight Division); and Louell Ivannerich Mamaclay (Light Middleweight Division).

Taking home gold medals as well were CSB-La Salle Greenhills jins Victor Emmanuel Rodriguez and Raphael Ongkiko who ruled the Welterweight Division and Middle/Light Heavyweight Division, respectively.

Champions in their weight class as well were Lyceum of the Philippines University’s John Patrick Moneda (Fin/Flyweight Division); Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Luke Morel (Featherweight Division); and Arrellano University’s Joshua Lyndon Dionio (Heavyweight Division).

EAC triumphs in Juniors Poomsae

Shining bright in the Juniors Poomsae Standard and Poomsae Freestyle Event was Emilio Aguinaldo College. EAC’s John Vergel Reyes snagged the gold medal in Poomsae Standard Juniors while John Mc Leary Ornido won in the Poomsae Freestyle Standard Juniors.

Topping the Women’s and Men’s Divisions in the Poomsae Standard were Jose Rizal University’s Emie Fernandez and San Beda University’s Alfritz Victoria Arevalo. Meanwhile, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s Krizelle Therese Yadao and San Beda University’s Michael Christian Macario were named champions in the Freestyle Standard Women’s Division and Freestyle Standard Men’s Division, respectively.  

Chess competition kicks off

Last July 6, the NCAA formally opened the Season 96 Chess competition. For this season, all chess games will be done via knockout games, with the next round being the Round of 16, followed by the quarterfinals round and the semifinals. Those who will win in the semis round advance to the finals while losing players battle it out for the third place.

Meanwhile, last July 9, the first part of the “Rise Up Stronger: Most Valuable Performer Grand Finale” was aired. Talented alumni finalists from Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano University were judged by comedian Tuesday Vargas and Kapuso actress Rhian Ramos.

Last Saturday (July 10), the 16 players in the Chess Juniors Division competed for a slot in the NCAA Season 96 quarter finals. NCAA fans also got to know the NCAA Hotshots John Barba and Joana Marie Ong from Lyceum of the Philippines. 

It will be a special Sunday (July 11) with Martin Javier and Sophia Senoron at the NCAA Studio of Champions because the NCAA hosts will have an exclusive interview with “Defense Minister of Basketball” and Pinoy basketball legend Jerry Codiñera. Jerry will talk about his basketball beginnings and how he led the Arellano Chiefs basketball team to numerous victories, including two final appearances in Seasons 90 and 92. He will also give tips to aspiring basketball players and play a fun basketball shootout against Martin and Sophia.

The Chess Juniors Division competition commences with the quarter finals round beginning July 12, with semi-finals slated on July 15 and the Finals scheduled on July 17.

Catch “Rise Up Stronger: NCAA Season 96” on GTV weekdays at 3 p.m. (with replays weeknights at 10:50 p.m.), Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5:05 p.m. Meanwhile, Kapuso abroad can catch all the action via GMA Pinoy TV and GMA News TV. Visit NCAA Philippines’ official website and follow @ncaaphilippines and @gmasynergy on social media.

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Topics: National Collegiate Athletic Association , “Rise Up Stronger: NCAA Season 96” , Taekwondo competition
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