A 27-player MVPSF-Philippine National Junior Team will be leaving on Wednesday, Aug. 30, for Beirut, Lebanon to compete in the 2023 Asian Junior (Kyorugi, Poomsae) and Para Taekwondo Championships slated Sept. 2-10.
The Philippine Taekwondo Association said seven male and also seven female taekwondo jins will take part in the Kyorugi (sparring) and six male and also six female will vie in Poomsae (forms) in the event spread for 9 days.
Michael Cabaluna, Jr. (-45 kg.) and Rodito Sinugbojan, Jr. (-48 Kg) will spearhead the PH campaign in the event that will be participated in by 34 other countries.
Supporting the PH delegation that will be headed by Raul Samson and Ju Yon Hong are the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
Other members of the team who are expected to figure prominently in sparring are Kurt Mykel Curata, Noel Victorio Macasaet, Vince Raiane Santianez, Jean Sebastian Durana, John Renzo Balido, Andrea Nicole Sanchez, Caitlin Julia Carlos, Samantha Nicole Siboc, Tachiana Kezhia Mangin, Christine Joel Gallema, Sally Mae Aguirre, and Kenjie Aunzo.
Competing in poomsae are Bob Andrew Fabella, Eljay Marco Vista, Cyd Edryc Esmana, Dean Darnet Venerable, Joshua Erece, Jose Lucas Llarena,Acey Kiana Oglayon, Sofia Estelle Ignacio, Juliana Mykhail Candelaria, Aesha Kiara Oglayon, Elizabeth Marie Borres, and Antonette Medallada.
The country’s lone participant in para event isAllain Keanu Ganapin while the coaches of the team are Devy John Singson, Brix Darmo Ramos, Rani Ann Ortega, Jeordan Dominguez, and Janneth Tenorio.