Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) – The Philippines Paradance sports team secured their place at the 2021 Para Dance Sports World Championships after a rich collection of medals in the Polish Open World 2021 qualifiers.
The Filipinos have won a total of 19 medals including seven gold, four silver and eight bronze.
The Philippines won two podiums in Poland in the Combi Latin Class 2 and Freestyle Combi Class 2 categories, Julius Jun Obero and Rhea Marquez and the tandem Anne Charlaine Santos and Jed Villaruel winning respectively the gold and bronze medals.
Edelyn de Asis and Shaquille Hanz Basan’s pair won silver in Combined Latin Class 2, while Jhona Peña and Filemon Baguio II’s partnership took home the Bridesmaid Award in Freestyle Combined Class 2 .
The Filipino dancers also secured three double podiums, with De Asis winning gold in Solo Women Class 2, Solo Women Class 2 Freestyle and Duo Freestyle Class 2 with Obrero.
Santos won a bronze medal in three competitions led by De Asis when she teamed up with Christian Apolinario in the Duo Freestyle Class 2 competition.
De Asis became Poland’s most successful Filipino dancer after winning her fourth gold medal in grades 1 and 2.
Jhon Peña and Joey Maglasang’s pair completed the Filipinos’ golden finish after winning a duet in Standard Class 2.
The two other Filipino silver medalists of the meeting in Poland are Obrero (male solo, class 2) and Duo Apolinario and Jhistine Gylde Baguio (Latin class 1 mixed).
The other bronze medalists are Santos and Apolinario (Latin Duo, Class 2), Apolinario (Solo, Men, Class 1) and Maglasang (Solo, Men, Class 2, Freestyle).
The Philippine Paradance sports team is coached by Genice Bong Marquez with the help of assistant coaches Tristan Ducay and Roque Marquez.
The 2021 Para Dance Sport World Championship will take place in Ulsan, South Korea, in November.
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