By GABY KEITH
BAGUIO CITY — The country’s Summer Capital is earning a reputation in combat sports. Its most recent pride: international wushu champion, Divine Masadao Wally.
Following Wally’s historic victory, Councilor Arthur Allad-iw filed a resolution in the local legislature commending her and her coach Tan Sui Tong “Tony” Candelaria for winning the gold medal in the 8th Sanda World Cup held last November 1 to 6 in Xian, China.
A resident of Baguio who traces her roots in Sadanga and Tadian, Mountain Province, Wally also had a gold-winning performance at the 9th Asian Wushu Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan last September 2 to 5.
Allad-iw said that Wally made history as the first Filipina to win a gold in the 8th World Wushu Championships last year.
“For leading the country to its best performance in the Wushu Tournament as members of the Philippine Wushu Team, their (Wally’s and Candelaria’s) feat brought pride and honor not only to their families but also to the country and city, as well. They have put Baguio in the glare of publicity once more,” he added.
The alderman chairs the city council’s committee on employment, livelihood and cooperatives and persons with disabilities. # nordis.net