Negrense clinches 2 gold medals in int'l Muaythai competition
by Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (28 September) -- A native of Mabinay came home bedecked with two gold medals in the Muaythai martial art from two international competitions held in India.
Romnick Ghie Pabalate, 19, clinched the two gold medals in two separate events during the Pre-Asian Indoor Games and the Federation of Muay Thai Amateur Asian Muaythai Championship both held in Bangalore, India.
Pabalate is a member of the 28-strong Philippine Muay Team. He is the only member of the national team who hails from Negros Oriental.
He is currently enrolled in STI Manila on a scholarship, taking up Computer Science.
The 19-year old Muaythai champ leads the pack of promising local Muaythai fighters who have shown much potential in this martial art.
Recently, six Muay Thai fighters from the Dumaguete-Negros Oriental Muaythai Team emerged victorious after they brought home six medals at the conclusion of the 2nd Philippine Olympic Festival held in Iloilo City on Sept. 10 to 16.
Two of the six clinched gold medals, namely: Dexter Melon, 16, in the 54 to 57 kg. category and Junjun Sinco, 18, in the 45 to 48 kg. category.
The silver medallists are Cris Lingcong, 16, in the 51 to 54 kg. category and Crisna Limbaga, 18, in the 45 to 48 kg. category while the bronze medallists are John Rey Bendijo in the 42 to 45 kg. category and Romnick Carbellido.
Paul Paras, public relations officer of the Dumaguete Muaythai Association, said they are eyeing to hold the Philippine Olympic Festival in Dumaguete next year. (PIA) [top]