UC-BCF coed grabs silver in Junior Wushu World cup

September 03, 2006

For several years in a row, the University of the Cordilleras formerly Baguio Colleges Foundation has been harvesting international medals for the country. Last week, Marianne Mariano, freshman of UC's College of Teacher Education, bagged the silver medal in the 56 kg category of the World Junior Wushu Championship held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August 20-25, 2006.

Wushu junior athletes from 39 nations such as Asian Powerhouse China, Iran, Vietnam and other European countries were mesmerized by the skill of the petite 17 year old Marianne Mariano, a new member of the UC Wushu-Sanshu team representing the Philippines in the much awaited world championship.

Ms. Mariano, despite her five foot height demonstrated mastery of the combat sport as she overpowered Vietnam with a 2-0 in best of three count during the quarterfinals. She went on to defeat Turkey again with a 2-0 score in the semifinals. However, the diminutive Baguio girl bowed for a silver from a 5'5" tall Chinese player in the finals. Last year, Mariano won the bronze during the ASEAN Wushu junior Championship held in Singapore.

UC has been producing world champions in wushu, a martial art technique which combines boxing, kick-boxing and wrestling in one. Mariano's coach Marques Sangiao, a UC-BCF graduate in BS Criminology was himself a multi-titled national athlete who brought home a gold medal from the 2001 South East Asian (SEA) Games. Sangiao is now training over 15 wushu varsity players of UC.

Last year, UC national athletes BS Criminology student Rhea May Rifani and Secondary Education major Eduard Folayang in the brought home a gold medal each in the 53 and 70 kg category, respectively, while BS Computer Science student Mark Eddiva garnered a bronze in the 65 kg category when the three represented the Philippines in the 23rd SEA Games in Manila.

Rifani, Folayang, and Eddiva are joined by another UC athlete Benjie Rivera as part of the Philippine Wushu Team preparing for the 2006 Wushu World Cup on September 21 in China.

During the 2002 Asian Games held at Busan, Korea, UC wushu athletes Marvin Sicomen won the silver while Edward Folayang got the bronze.

Other UC wushu boys George Lozadan, Dare Malicdan and Ervin Yodyodo also made the Philippines proud as they earned several medals in the SEA and World Wushu Championships from 1997-1999.

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