By: James U. Sy Jr.
The Sumugat siblings are just like any other school children. What makes them special is their unending dedication to the martial sport of Taekwondo. Their latest competition outing was during the Gov. Niel Tupas Cup Invitational Taekwondo Tournament recently at the ISC Covered Court , Iloilo Sports Complex, Lapaz, Iloilo City .
Frenzet Meliz D. Sumugat, 9, of Phikoma Taekwondo ( Cadiz City ) defeated both Ronegrace Libalib of Iloilo and Andrea Rose Labaro to be crowned champion in her category. Her brother, Fredzir D. Sumugat, 7, won against his first opponent from Iloilo but succumbed to Chris Ryan Sanes, a blue belt from Phikoma, and settled for the silver medal in his category.
Junior black belt Junmar Pamaypay also got the gold in his category by disposing of Michael Anthony Despi of Iloilo City and John Paul Tayo of Roxcata in that order.
Frenzet was one of four players fielded by Cadiz West Elemnetary School (CWES) II (of District IV) during the Division Meet Taekwondo Competition held by the Department of Education (DepEd) last October 19, 2007 at Tiglawigan National High School . Frenzet (Grade IV) and May Rebada (Grade V) snatched the gold medals in their respective categories. The other two CWES II players were Fredzir Sumugat (Grade Grade II) and Gem Rbada (Grade III).
Frenzir also got the silver medal during the 1st Bacolod Taekwondo Association (BTA) Inter Club Taekwondo Invitational Tournament last September 16, 2007 at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City .
The proud parents of the Sumugat TKD kids are Tapondo black belt Fred and Flora Mae d. Sumugat of Cadiz City. The Sumugat siblings began their TKD training under Coaches Dexter Chavez and Rodolfo Langoquit last July 22, 2006.
Meanwhile, the Cadiz City Government under the leadership of Hon. Mayor Salvador Escalante with SP members awarded Phikoma a Certificate of appreciation for its efforts in bagging Taekwondo medals for the City of Cadiz during the flag ceremony last Decmber 3, 2007 at the Cadiz City Hall.