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Small but formidable! Albay team successful in their Philippine National Games stint

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Small but formidable.

That is how the small contingent represented Albay Province in the recently concluded Philippine National Games held in Cebu City.

“The Albay Team consisted of world-class players which played in only 4 sports categories, namely chess, taekwondo, boxing, and Rugby. Albay brought home a total of 5 gold and 2 silver medals,” the province said.

The national games started on May 19 and ended on May 25.

The Albay chess team, albeit small compared to others, proved to be the strongest lineup in their category after bringing home 4 gold and 1 silver medals.

“The first woman grand master of the country, WGM Janelle Mae Frayna won 2 gold medals, 1 for Rapid and 1 for Blitz rounds and 1 silver medal for the standard round. Grandmaster John Paul Gomez and Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales also won a medal each, 1 for the standard round and the rapid competition respectively,” said the province.

Meanwhile, in taekwondo, Albayano Karen Cells bagged one gold for her victory in the 49 kg. category.

Albay boxer Alain Monasterio settled for silver in the middleweight division.

In rugby, the Albay Vulcans lost to Makati City by one point in their bronze matchup.

“The game will be under protest as the game was marred by a fight instigated by the eventual winners,” said the province.

Gov. Al Francis Bichara has expressed his “full support to the Albay contingent before they left and has previously conveyed his desire to bolster the sports environment in the Province of Albay.”