Congratulations to the 13 UE students and alumni athletes and coaches who contributed to the Philippines’ 227-medal haul in the recently concluded 31st Southeast Asian Games! Officially SEAG 2021, this was shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finally got held on May 12 to 23, 2022, at various venues in Hanoi, Vietnam.
UE’s winning Red Warrior athletes, all of the Manila Campus, won a total of 10 SEAG 2021 medals: one gold, two silver and seven bronze medals (with some of those silver and bronze medals won for team events). These medals were won in Men’s and Women’s Fencing, Women’s Kurash and Women’s Judo.
In the SEAG 2021 Fencing Tournament, UE’s Warrior Fencers took home seven medals across the various events.
In the individual fencing events, multi-awarded former UE Red Warriors Girls’ Fencing Team member Samantha Kyle L. Catantan won the Philippines’ lone fencing gold medal in the Women’s Individual Foil event. Miss Catantan, who had earned her senior high school diploma, With Honors, as an Accountancy and Business Management Strand graduate of the UE Basic Education Department-Manila in 2020, is currently playing in the US National Collegiate Athletic Association as part of the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Fencing Team.
Nathaniel M. Perez, a UE College of Business Administration-Manila Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Financial Management graduate and a UAAP Most Valuable Player awardee, won the Men’s Individual Foil silver medal. He is also a Junior High School graduate of the UE Basic Education Department-Manila.
In the team fencing events, Miss Catantan, Wilhelmina R. Lozada, the latter a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management graduate of the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila, and Justine Gail D. Tinio, a Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in MAPEH graduate of the UE College of Education, together with Maxine Esteban, won the silver medal in Women’s Team Foil.
The team of Mr. Perez, Sammuel L. Tranquilan and Michael P. Nicanor, both UE BS Hotel and Restaurant Management alumni, and Prince John Francis S. Felipe, a UE BS Civil Engineering alumnus, won the bronze medal in the Men’s Team Foil.
Christian Jhester M. Concepcion, a Bachelor of Arts, major in International Studies student, was part of the team that won the bronze medal in the Men’s Team Sabre. With Mr. Concepcion as bronze medalists were Sandro Antonio Sia, Eunice Villanueva and John Paul Dayro.
Miss Tinio and Miss Lozada, along with Anna Gabriella Guinto and Ivy Claire Dinoy, won the bronze medal in the Women’s Team Epee.
UE BS Psychology alumna Jylyn P. Nicanor, UE BA major in International Studies student Queen Denise G. Dalmacio, and UE BS in Tourism Management alumna Allaine Nicole P. Cortey, together with Kimberly Camahalan, won the bronze medal in the Women’s Team Sabre event.
The Philippine Fencing Team was led by champion Coach Rolando Canlas Jr., himself a UE College of Education graduate and UE Graduate School alumnus and a SEA Games 2005 gold medalist.
In other SEAG 2021 tournaments, UE CEduc Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics graduate Bianca Mae T. Estrella won the bronze medal in the 70-kilogram category in the Women’s Kurash Tournament.
In judo, former UE Red Warriors Women’s Judo Team Captain Ma. Jeanalane R. Lopez, a UE BSBA major in Business Management graduate and a Master in Business Administration alumna of the UE Graduate School, won the bronze medal in the 45-kg. category. Leah Jhane R. Lopez, a UE BSBA major in Business Management student, also won the bronze medal, in the 48-kg. category.
Kudos, Warrior Athletes and Coaches! Thank you for making Lualhati and the country proud!