3rd Philippine National Kendo Tournament Results

by Sam Cruz

Now in its 3rd Year, the Philippine National Kendo Tournament, aims once again to bring the Cebu, Davao, IGA, Iloilo, Dumaguete, UISCA, Tanglin and Manila Kendo clubs together for a weekend of learning, camaraderie, fun, and friendly competition. Held at Racquet Zone, Cebu City, October 27-28, 2018. This event was hosted by the Cebu Kendo Club and the United Kendo Federation of the Philippines, and sponsored by the Cebu City Government.

3rd Philippine National Kendo Tournament participants from the United Kendo Federation
Participants from all clubs in the 3rd Philippine National Kendo Tournament (Photo by: Faye Bergonia)

This year, the hard work and determination of the Manila Kendo Club (MKC) participants, senseis, and those who worked behind the scenes, paid off as it bagged multiple awards.

Witnessing this firsthand as a non-competitor, beginner, and woman kendoka was truly an inspiring experience. It was an amazing display of beautiful kendo that anyone will aspire to have, not only from MKC but also all the clubs who participated. It made me want to train the moment I arrived back to Manila and I can feel all the senpai’s and sensei’s drive to teach and improve every MKC member’s kendo. Everyone was just so fired up to teach and to learn. It made me hopeful on how everyone will improve regardless if it’s for the Nationals next year or personal improvement. More importantly, I felt like I was part of a family. MKC feels like home and it disconnects me to all the worries of the “real world”. As my senpai said: it is a nurturing environment where you can be yourself or find yourself. While we were far away from Manila for the Nationals, I realized that MKC is not a “place”, but it’s the people who make it feel like home.

Manila Kendo Club participants in the 3rd Philippine National Kendo Tournament
Manila Kendo Club participants and senseis in the 3rd Philippine National Kendo Tournament

The Results

Men’s Division
Men’s Individuals
  • Champion: Ronald Villaroya of Manila Kendo Club
  • 1st Runner Up: Robert Carabuena of Davao Kendo Club
  • 2nd Runner Up:
    • Ron Andrae Agor of Davao Kendo Club
    • Paul Minoza of Cebu Kendo Club
Men’s Teams
  • Champion: MKC A of Manila Kendo Club (Andre Brillantes, Ronald Villaroya, Ralph Lee, Ian Navarro, Matthew Arce)
  • 1st Runner Up: MKC B of Manila Kendo Club (Elvin Villarama, Trey Dela Cruz, Wally Chamsay, Emerson Sy, Satoshi Fuji sensei)
  • 2nd Runner Up:
    • Pretty Baby Princess of Davao Kendo Club (Aaron Penaco, Jan-Raphael Chua, Ron Andrae Agor, Edison Soon Wei Liang, Robert Carabuena Jr.)
    • IGA 23344 of IGA Kendo Club (Jerome Martin Bautista, Vince Hernandez, Joshua Espiritu, Kristopher Inting, Ryosuke Nakagane sensei)
Fighting Spirit Awardees
  • Ralph Lee of Manila Kendo Club
  • Emerson Sy of Manila Kendo Club
  • Kristopher Inting of IGA Kendo Club
  • Joshua Romeo Espiritu of IGA Kendo Club
Women’s Division
Women’s Individuals
  • Champion: Angeline Mercado of IGA Kendo Club
  • 1st Runner Up: Melduen Castillon of Manila Kendo Club
  • 2nd Runner Up:
    • Renoida Renovilla of Davao Kendo Club
    • Kathryn Layno of Cebu Kendo Club
Women’s Teams
  • Champion: MKC D of Manila Kendo Club (Victoria Liao, Patricia Talavera, Melduen Castillon)
  • 1st Runner Up: IGA 234 of IGA Kendo Club (Tamorah Sison, Angge Mercado, Loida Estanilla-Inting)
  • 2nd Runner Up:
    • Just Do It of CKC (Odessa Acedillo, Anna Mae Cuadrante, Kathryn Layno)
    • IKC (P.J. Osumo, Pedz Caballero, Konomi Matsumi)
Fighting Spirit Awardees
  • Anna Mae Cuadrante of Cebu Kendo Club
  • Victoria Liao of Manila Kendo Club
  • Reida Renovilla of Davao Kendo Club
  • Dardsie Abriol-Santos of IGA Kendo Club
Newcomer Awardees
  • Bryan Benigay of Bago (UISCA) Kendo Club
  • Christine Trumata of Dumaguete Kendo Club

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I’m excited for next year’s National Tournament! Hopefully we get to see more kendoka from different clubs, or new clubs to be established throughout the country. I hope that one day I’ll be good enough to compete and represent Manila Kendo Club, but until then, each of us has a lot of hard work and training to do and I can feel that the succeeding tournaments will get more and more intense and interesting.


Links to more event photos: Manila Kendo Club FacebookFaye Bergonia Facebook

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