UE Warrior Fencers Win Medals for PHL in Asian U-23 Championship!

The Philippine Team's gold medal fencers (from left), ADMU's Maxine Esteban, UE's Justine Gail Tinio, Coach Rolando Canlas, Wilhelmina Lozada and Samantha Kyle Catantan.

The Philippine Team’s gold medal fencers (from left), ADMU’s Maxine Esteban, UE’s Justine Gail Tinio, Coach Rolando Canlas, Wilhelmina Lozada and Samantha Kyle Catantan.

Members of the UE Red Warriors Fencing Team boosted Philippine pride by winning three medals at the 2018 Asian Under 23 Fencing Championship held last October 16 to 21, 2018 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Warrior Fencers’ haul—one gold and two bronze medals—were the only medals won by the entire Philippine Team in the competition.

Nathaniel Perez (2nd from right), with his fellow podium finishers in the Men's Individual Foil competition.

Nathaniel Perez (2nd from right), with his fellow podium finishers in the Men’s Individual Foil competition.

The team of female fencers Samantha Kyle Catantan of the UE Basic Education Department-Manila, UE College of Education graduate Justine Gail Tinio and UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila Wilhelmina Lozada, together with Ms. Maxine Esteban, won the gold medal in the Asian Under 23 Women’s Team Foil event, giving the Philippines its first ever gold medal in an Asia-wide fencing tournament. They beat their competitor teams from Hong Kong (which won the silver medal), and South Korea and Chinese Taipei (which tied for the bronze medal).

UE Graduate School student Nathaniel Perez fired the opening salvo for Team Philippines when he won the team’s first medal, a bronze in Men’s Individual Foil. Mr. Perez’s third-place finish is actually a tie with his Chinese Taipei counterpart, and they shared the podium with their respective counterparts from Hong Kong (gold) and South Korea (silver).

Nathaniel Perez (2nd from right), with his fellow podium finishers in the Men's Individual Foil competition.

Nathaniel Perez (2nd from right), with his fellow podium finishers in the Men’s Individual Foil competition.

Also winning a bronze medal is Ms. Catantan, in Women’s Individual Foil. Her third-place finish is a tie as well with a South Korean counterpart. They shared the podium with two other competitors from South Korea, who earned the gold and silver medals.

With its three-medal haul that includes one gold medal, Team Philippines finished fourth overall in the competition. South Korea came out on top, winning 16 medals, followed by Hong Kong with eight medals, and Kazakhstan with seven.

Samantha Kyle Catatan (2nd from right), with her fellow Women's Individual Foil winners

Samantha Kyle Catatan (2nd from right), with her fellow Women’s Individual Foil winners

The Philippine Fencing Team was mentored by UE Champion coach Rolando T. Canlas.

Congratulations, Warrior Fencers and National Team Players!

(Info and photos courtesy of Coach Rolando Canlas)

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