Rannie Stefano S. Pabilico, Grade 5 – St. Clare Montefalco brought home Gold and Silver medals in the recently concluded 3rd World Taekwondo Culture Expo which was held last July 2-11 at Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, Muju, South Korea.
A member of the Philippine Taekwondo contingent, Rannie was chosen to represent the Philippines, competed in his category and made a remarkable performance that enabled the country won the overall championship which was wrestled by 49 countries that sent 2,000 competitors.
Proper training, discipline and a strong will gave Rannie the gold in the 11-year old category known as Poomsae (a competition for forms and execution of different self-defense techniques). He defeated tough contenders from India, Australia, Spain and Russia. He won Silver in Kyorogi or Sparring competition and successfully entered in the finals after beating world’s best players (coming from Australia, Turkey, Spain and Greece) in the 11-year old category. He gave in for a silver after his U.S. opponent gave him hand injury due to an illegal kick. Fearless as a Filipino, Rannie stood up gallantly and finished the “supposedly called-off fight”, made his team and country proud of what he did and received the most-appreciated applause from the watching spectators from all corners of the world.
Congratulations to Rannie and the whole Philippine Taekwondo Team!
Bravo Rannie! Bravo Baste!