PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Trixie Mary Lofranco takes home the gold medal in the women’s individual non-traditional open weapon category in arnis in the 32nd Southeast Asia (SEA) Games on Tuesday, May 16.
Lofranco has racked up a top score of 29.500 points, defeating the home ground favorite Lath Sophandaroth of Cambodia who received a score of 29.100 and Maynmar’s Khin Khin Khant, who topped at 28.800 points.
With Lofranco winning the gold, the Philippines has accumulated 53 Gold medals, following the gold medal won by the wrestler Alvin Lobreguito.
Thanks to Lofranco, the Philippines has surpassed the gold medal haul that was achieved in the Hanoi games last year. In Vietnam, the country obtained 52 golds, 70 silvers, and 104 bronzes.
The gold medalist performed beautifully with the country’s very own martial arts, arnis, embracing its arts competitively and artistically.
Lofranco’s win was the Philippines’ fifth win this year in arnis competitions, following previous performers who received gold Dexler Bolambao, Maria Ella Alcoseba, Charlotte Tolentino, and Jedah Mae Soriano.
Bolamboa swept the floor against Cambodia’s Ty Prakponlue, ruling the full contact live stitch men’s bantamweight division 3-0 on Monday after Alcoseba defeated Myanmar’s Moe Moe Aye, 3-0 the same day.
As Lofranco carries along the success of these former performers, the Philippines has collected five out of 12 golds in its national sports. – WhatALife!/Zain