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CF fencers dominate in final day of Burlington International

The quartet of Hagia del Castillo, Yuna Canlas, Lily Juico and Willa Galvez captured the gold medal in the under-12 women's foil team event even as Christine Morales and Lucas Palafox won their second gold medal in the final day of the 1st Burlington Inter-Club International Fencing Challenge on Sunday, July 30 at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City.

The Canlas Fencing Team 1’s (from left) Hagia del Castillo, Willa Galvez, Lily Juico and Yuna Canlas show their gold medal after ruling the under-12 women’s foil team event in the 1st Burlington Inter-Club International Fencing Challenge at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The CF Team 1 of Galvez, del Castillo, Juico and Canlas survived a late charge of CF Team 2 of Aliyah Diaz, Ang sisters Willow and Winter, and Morganne Uy to score a 36-33 win that capped a successful five-day international competition supported by Burlington Industries Philippines Inc., Pocari Sweat Phil., Alabang Town Center and Milo.

It was the second gold medal for the 12-year-old Galvez, as incoming Grade 7 student/athlete at University of the East, to add to her bronze medal in under-12 individual, while del Castillo finally earned her first gold medal by anchoring the team after she got a silver medal when she fell short in the finals of the under-12 individual category.

CF's Team 3 of Morales, Jonie Ching, Bella Fuentes and Ainah Razos, and Amber Diaz, Yuri Canlas and Alana Ribaya of CF Team 4 settled with the bronze medals in this meet organized by Canlas Fencing led by co-founder and former national team head coach Rolando “Amat” Canlas Jr.

“We're very happy with the turnout of this tournament, and we're very grateful to those who joined, especially South Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong teams. We're also thankful to Burlington for hosting the event. Hopefully next year it's bigger, better,” said Canlas, who also heads the fencing team of the Red Warriors.

As for Morales, she won a second gold medal by beating CF's Amber Diaz 8-1 in the under-10 women's individual event. CF's Yuri Canlas and Willow Ang earned bronze medals. Elijah Timbol, meanwhile, ruled the under-10 men's following a 7-5 win against fellow CF Liam Ibarra in the finals. CF's Matteo Canlas and BFA's Shihan Wang got the bronze medals.

In men's under-12, Palafox powered the CF team with Timbol, Kyle Dy and Inigo Divinagracia to a 36-18 win against Jethro Chan, Yohann Roldan, Almos Yinqqi and Juhan Lee of Republic Fencing. It was the second gold medal for Palafox as he pocketed the gold medal in under-12 men's individual.

In under-12 women's saber, CF Team 1 of Nicol Canlas, Shy Catantan and Elise Acuzar defeated Espada's Daveeh Arana, Estelliah Gillana, Bailey Olayres and Agatha Sapalan 34-30 in the finals. CF's Team 2 of Wynter Ang, Ariana Licaros, and Villacin sisters Aly and Aki, and Team 3 of Winslow Ang, Sofia Coruna and Sabrine Lao got the bronze.

UST's Matthew Geronimo, Louie Maravilla, Mionel Uy and Eyce Olarte bagged the gold in under-12 men's saber; Jowie Cabacan, Kelly del Rosario, Andrea Padilla and Nicole Ragot of Oblation Con Republic ruled the under-12 women's epee; and CF's Lance Dy, Dominic Go and Gael Villaluna captured the gold in under-12 men's epee.

University of the Philippines fencing coach Allan Dator won the veteran men's epee with a 10-6 victory over Dunhill Capina of Hampton Court Fencing Club, while RF's Carlene Ocampo came through with a thrilling 10-9 win over CF's Maita Cabrera in the Veteran women's epee.

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