Negrense teen honored for winning world taekwondo title

BACOLOD CITY – Thirteen-year-old Mary Angeline Alcantara of Bago City, Negros Occidental was recognized by the provincial government Wednesday for bringing top honors to the Philippines during the 2017 World Cadet Taekwondo Championships held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt last August 24-27.

Alcantara, Grade 7 student of Living Stones International School here, won the gold medal in the under 44 kg. category and also bagged the Most Valuable Player award.

She beat top-rated players from India, Italy, and Ukraine in the quarterfinals, faced Tunisia in the semi-finals, and defeated Russia in the finals.

At the Capitol, Alcantara met with Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and attended the Provincial Board session, during which she received a resolution commending her for bringing pride to the country and the province.

Alcantara will receive a cash incentive of PHP50,000 from the provincial government.