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Get into Rugby

March 19, 2019

Lou Jen Saldo, former member of the Lady Volcanoes Philippine Rugby Team, recently visited CDO Rugby Football Club Rafters, Cagayan de Oro City’s premiere Rugby Team.       The speedy winger who represented the Philippines in international rugby games has now turned to body building and has taken the body building world by storm, winning numerous titles including the highly coveted IFBB Pro Title which she won last December 2018.      She was invited as a guest speaker at the recent Athletics event in Lanao del Norte and before she left Mindanao, she took time to train with the Rafters and shared some tips to CDO RFC Lady Rafters Kaye Ann Orbeta, Rhenzel Amora and Rhea.      Lou Jen started training for rugby with the University of Makati Lady Herons during her student days. I was lucky enough to coach her with her fellow batch mates in preparation for the 1st National Rugby 7’s held in Laguna in 2012 where my previous team also competed in a separate division. Lou Jen’s team, Team Xena, won Gold while my team, the Bisons, won Silver.      Lou Jen was one of the few that helped women’s rugby’s popularity soar at the University of Makati. The naturally talented athlete, who also excelled in multi sports such as Kickboxing/Muay Thai, Chess, Arnis, and Track & Field, is looking forward to coming back to Cagayan de Oro City and train with the girls this summer.      CDO RFC Rugby Summer Camp will run again this year. It is worthy to note that our Summer Camp was the blueprint for indoor get into rugby programs in the Philippines having been facilitated first by the Club in 2015.      This summer, the kids will not only learn the modified non-tackle version of Rugby but will also get the chance to try out for the CDO RFC Junior Rafters Team that will represent Cagayan de Oro City in this year’s Batang Pinoy Touch Rugby Tournament.      For more information on CDO RFC Rugby Summer Camp, please check our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cdorugbyclub

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CDO Atos Team wins big in BJJ Taiwan Championship

March 19, 2019

Cagayan de Oro City’s Brazilian Jiujitsu Team - Atos Cagayan de Oro led by Head Coach and founding member “Popo” Juarez took his team to Taipei to compete in the Taiwan Gi and No Gi Championship last March 16, 2019.      The Championship which was held at Xinyo Sports Center was sanctioned by Asian Sport Jiujitsu Federation and registration for the said tournament was at full capacity.       “5 of my guys are competing (4 males 1 female), I’m officiating only. First time for me to ref internationally and first time for my students to compete outside the country.” said Coach Popo during an interview prior to the tournament proper. Aside from teaching the sport of Jiujitsu, Coach Popo is also the Head of Capitol University’s Human Resource Department and Acting Principal of the Basic Education Department.      The local athletes who are all members of the Ali Sulit Jiujitsu Team - Atos in CDO were as follows:      1. Gino Presillas - middleweight, blue belt.       2. Constantine Tan - middle heavyweight and open class blue belt      3. Mariel Jugador - light featherweight and open weight in both Gi and Nogi, blue belt      4. Solomon Tan - light featherweight, blue belt gi and nogi      5. Jeffrey Limbonhai- featherweight and open weight, purple belt       The Taiwan tournament was the team’s first ever competition outside the country and they all performed strong, placing a podium finish and bringing home medals.      Jeffrey Limbonhai got a Gold Medal, Solomon Tan got Silver Gi and Silver No Gi, Gino Presillas finishes with a Silver Gi, and Constantine Tan took home a Bronze Medal while the only female athlete of the team, Mariel Jugador, stood out claiming 2 Gold medals in Nogi weight class and Open Weight.       It was indeed a very successful tour and a great overall team performance.       Interested in learning about Brazilian Jiujitsu? Get in touch with Atos - Cagayan de Oro through their Facebook Page or visit them at Axis Gym on Monday-Friday from 7-9PM and on Saturday 5-7PM.

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C. de Oro boxer wins ABF Flyweight crown

November 24, 2017

Jeronil “El Diamanté” Tonasan Borres of Villa Grande, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City presented his Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) Flyweight championship belt to Mayor Oscar S. Moreno last Nov. 21, 2017. Also in picture are CDO Historical and Cultural Commission members Nic Aca and Mike Baños. CMO photo[/caption]Another Kagay-anon boxer is now a world champion. Jeronil “El Diamanté” Tonasan Borres, who now calls Villa Grande, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City home, defeated IBF World Youth Flyweight Champion Robert “El Rapido” Tinambacan Onggocan by majority decision to annex the Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) Flyweight crown. It was one of the five title fights featured during the 55th Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Annual Convention at Princesa Garden Island Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan last November 10, 2017. You can watch that fight via the video-sharing website, Youtube by following this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHBmkHCCfiY Borres, who fights for Highland Boxing Gym, now sports a 7-3-1 win-loss-draw record with 5 KOs. Onggocan, who was born in Dapitan City but is now based in Biñan City, Laguna, was coming off a controversial 10-round decision loss to German Mirco Martin last August 12 (Sunday, August 13, Manila time) in Saarbrücken, Germany. The win was a good bounce back from Borres who was coming from three straight losses going into the ABF title fight. He had previously lost a heart breaking split decision loss to Korean Joo Hyun Jung last February 2, 2017 at the Bomnae Gymnasium in Chuncheon, South Korea for the vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Flyweight title. Previous to that, he lost a majority decision to Richard Claveras last September 30, 2016 in Strike Coliseum in Bacoor, Cavite for the vacant OPBF Flyweight crown. In his latest outing prior to finally winning a world title on his third try, Borres was TKO’d by Ivan Soriano last May 12, 2017 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City, the only loss of his young career which did not involve a world title. Born April 27, 1995 in Catarman, Camiguin, Borres is a two- time National Boxing Champion and Gold Medalist representing Cagayan de Oro during his amateur career.

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