INDANG, Cavite – Except for basketball and volleyball which set to conclude on Saturday, all participating student-cadets in the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Games, including injured kickboxer Jinky Agtulao of the University of Baguio have traveled back home Friday afternoon.
The 21-year-old Agtulao. A second-year BS Criminology student was cleared by an attending physician at the Tagaytay Hospital where she spent a night after losing consciousness while undergoing a post-game medical test in a 1-2 loss to Pauline Gallaro of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo.
“Okey na po siya at kasama na siya ng buong team pauwi ng Baguio. Nagtamo siya ng face trauma, fortunately stable na ang kondisyon niya as early as Thursday night. Advice lang ng doctor sa kanya ay magpahinga muna ng ilang lingo bago sumabak sa training,” said Franz Alonzo, an assigned Nurse from the Philippine Sports Commission Medical group.
“Actually, wala naman pong na-confined, after treating injuries sa iba pang athletes including Agtulao and another kickboxer na nadislocate ang kanang balikat napauwi na po ang lahat,” he added.
Agtulao felt dizziness and sleepiness after she was kicked in the head twice by a lanky 5-foot-7 opponent. She lost consciousness while in an ambulance and was immediately brought to the hospital.
Meantime, Cavite State University’s EJ Orsolino ended the province’s search for its first gold medal, beating Bulacan Agricultural State College’s Lenard Mendoza 2-1 in the men’s Army featherweight arnis competition on Friday at the CSU International Convention Center.
Orsolino easily won the first round 5-1 but lost the second on a penalty (6-all). But the BS Education Sports Science sophomore student kept a firm grip of the deciding round 7-1 to seal the gold in the tournament jointly organized by the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Army cadets Villamiel Tiongson of Don Honorico Ventura State University and Christian Ibanes of Quirino State University were the other winners in the lightweight and welterweight divisions, respectively of the meet, a brainchild of Senator Francis ‘Tol’ Tolentino and also backed by the Tagaytay City government led by Mayor and Philippine Olympic Committee President Bambol Tolentino and the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as a major sponsor.
Don Honorico Ventura State University picked up its second mint in Villamiel Tiongson in the Army women’s featherweight division while Tarlac State University’s Chrystal Mae Ferrer and Quirino State University’s Lheny Jade Laroza were the other winners in the lightweight and welterweight classes, respectively.
Dominating the Navy division was the University of Cagayan Valley, which bagged three golds courtesy of Mikey Tungcul and EJ Guiyab in the men’s lightweight and welterweight divisions, respectively, and Ronamae Rosquita in the women’s welterweight category.
Navy cadet Rey Elexis Gumamit copped the men’s featherweight while Batangas State University and Philippine Merchant Marine Academy’s Princess Lyka Sumagui were the champions in the women’s lightweight classes, respectively, of the sportsfest also backed by the Indang City government of Mayor Perfecto Fidel.
Tanauan Institute Air Force cadets secured two golds in Christopher Datumolok and Krizzia Claudette in the men’s and women’s featherweight divisions, respectively, while the lightweight gold in the men’s division went to Bien Gabriel Adoris of Holy Trinity University-Palawan.
Philippine Eskrima Arnis Kali Federation Vice President Gerald Canete, who was the arnis tournament director, noted that the ROTC Games Luzon qualifiers drew a huge number of 130 entries and stressed “that most of the eskrima (sparring) matches were very competitive.
In boxing, Ramdhel Divinagracia beat Analyn Narvaja, 2-1, for the women’s flyweight gold; while Rinoa Segundo beat Marianne Dolosin in women’s featherweight; Vince Lomboy d. Reagan Diwan in men’s flyweight; Shecanah Manasan d. Marcian Calingayan in men’s bantamweight; Rodrigo Lomogdo d, Vincent Senica men’s featherweight; GlenMark Villagracia d. Jezreel Hernandez in men’s featherweight in Navy class.