‘Galing ng Pinoy!’: Jinggoy lauds Pinoy boxers, young chessers for winning in international tourneys

(POLITIKO) Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has filed two separate resolutions commending Filipino athletes, among them a group of young chess players, who recently won in international sports tournaments.

Estrada filed Senate Resolution Nos. 309 recognizing the success of boxers Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio, both silver medalists in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Hergie Bacyadan at the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) Elite Men and Women Boxing Championships held in Amman, Jordan.

“The outstanding achievements of our Filipino boxers can motivate and inspire the younger generation to immerse themselves in sports to develop discipline, perseverance and commitment to excellence,” Estrada said.

“The valiant efforts and successes of Paalam, Petecio and Bacyadan in the continental tilt proved yet again the exceptional caliber, resilience, and grit of our Filipino athletes alongside the world’s best,” he added.

Paalam snared the gold medal in the men’s bantamweight division while Petecio and Bacyadan both won bronze medals in women’s featherweight and middleweight divisions, respectively.

On the other hand, Estrada’s Senate Resolution No. 308 honored the victory of the National Youth Chess Team, whose members brought home a total of 32 gold, 27 silver, and 21 bronze medals in the individual and team categories at the 2022 Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Philippine team emerged as the overall champion in the regional tournaments, besting about 200 chess players from 12 countries.

“The chess prodigies embody the bright future of Philippine sports, whose world-class talent should be nurtured and further developed through adequate support to grassroots and amateur sports programs,” the senator said.

“The junior chess champions and grandmasters-in-the-making stand as good role models for their fellow Filipinos to encourage them to take up sports that foster self-discipline, teamwork and excellence,” he said.