The Philippine Embassy in Warsaw lauded the sterling 19-medal haul of the Philippine Para Dance Sport Team at the 2021 Para Dance Sport Polish Open held in Łomianki, Poland.
Philippine Ambassador to Poland Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz met with the national team and congratulated them for their historic stint in the competition held on Oct. 9 to 10.
"The Philippine Embassy in Warsaw proudly joins the Filipino nation in lauding the outstanding and historic achievement of the 17-member Philippine Team consisting of seven gold, four silver, and eight bronze medals," Ruiz said in a statement Thursday, Oct. 14.
With the team's recent success, Ruiz expressed her confidence that the team, led by Coach Genice Bong Marquez, will easily qualify for the Para Dance Sports World Championship in Ulsan, South Korea in November 2021.
The national team's gold medalists are Evelyn De Asis, Julius Jun Obero, Rhea Marquez, Jhona Pena, and Joey Maglasang. They bagged the golds in the Women’s Single Freestyle 2, Single Conventional 2, Junior Competition, Duo Freestyle Class 2, Combi Latin Class 2, Freestyle Combi Class 2, and Duo Standard Class 2 categories.
Silver medals were bagged by De Asis and Shaquile Hanze Basan, Obero, Christian Apolinario, Jhistine Glyde Baguio, Pena, and Filemon Baguio II in the Combi Latin Class 2, Solo Men’s Class 2, Combi Latin Class 1, and Combi Class 2 contests.
Bronze medals were earned by Anne Charlaine Santos in the Solo Women Class 2, Solo Women Class 2 Freestyle, Duo Latin Class 2, Duo Freestyle Class 2 with partner Christian Apolinario, Combi Latin Class 2, and Freestyle Combi Class 2 with dance partner Jed Villaruel; Christian Apolinario in the Solo Men’s Class 2, Joey Maglasang in the Solo Men’s Class 2.
Łomianki is a town in Warsaw West County which is almost 27 kilometers from Wilanow District in the City of Warsaw where the Embassy is located.
Ruiz traveled to Łomianki on Oct. 8 to greet and receive the courtesy call of the Philippine athletes.