Multi-awarded Red Warrior Wins Fencing Gold for the Philippines!


UE student Samantha Kyle L. Catantan boosted Warrior and Pinoy Pride anew by winning the gold medal in the women’s individual foil competition of the ongoing Asian U23 Fencing Championships!

The entire tournament for fencers under 23 years of age from various Asian countries is ongoing from October 23 to 28, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand.


As a member of the Philippine team to the annual meet, Ms. Catantan, a Grade 12 student of the Accountancy, Business and Management strand of the UE Basic Education Department-Manila, gave what the Philippine Daily Inquirer has dubbed a masterful fencing performance on October 24, 2019, overwhelming her South Korean counterpart to win the gold, itself coming after overpowering her Japanese competitor in the semifinal round:…/ph-bet-samantha-catantan-bags…


This marks Ms. Catantan’s first individual gold medal in any international competition and in this annual Asian meet, which had been hosted by the Philippines in October 2018 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

In last year’s Asian U23, she won a gold medal and a bronze medal. Her gold was from the team foil event, shared with UE College of Education graduate Justine Gail Tinio, UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila student Wilhelmina Lozada and AdMU’s Maxine Esteban—giving the Philippines its first ever gold medal in an Asia-wide fencing tournament, at the expense of competitor teams from silver medallist Hong Kong and bronze medallists South Korea and Chinese Taipei. Ms. Catantan likewise won the event’s women’s individual foil bronze medal, tied with her South Korean counterpart.


Two years ago, as a Grade 10 student of UE Manila, Ms. Catantan was heralded as a “Bagong Rizal” awardee via the search for “Mga Bagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan,” by the Philippine Center for Gifted Education. As one of 17 Bagong Rizal awardees from all over the Philippines formally recognized in November 2017, Ms. Catantan was seen as emulating the ideals of Dr. Jose P. Rizal and exemplifying the national hero’s excellence, creativity and passion. Nominees to the search had to be among the top 5% of their class and have an outstanding ability in one or more multiple intelligences.


Ms. Catantan had bagged a silver medal in women’s foil in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August 2017.

As a member of the UE Red Warriors Girls’ Fencing Team, Ms. Catantan has helped steer the team to championships in the girls’ division of the annual UAAP fencing tournaments, and has been the consecutive Most Valuable Player awardee in the girls’ division of UAAP seasons 78, 79, 80 and 81.


The Philippine Fencing Team is mentored by UE Champion Coach Rolando T. Canlas.

Congratulations and keep up the great work, National Team Warrior! Thank you for bringing pride to your country and your University!

Photos by and courtesy of Kitipong Phorka


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