Team Philippines continued their strong showing in the Cacoy Doce Pares Federation 2009 World Eskrima Arnis Championships as they brought home four gold medals in the sparring competition held at the City Sports Club Cebu.
The hosts captured four different gold medals in four divisions, thanks to the different arnis squads that has bonded together to comprise Team Philippines.
Maximo Caballes Jr. of the University of Cebu (UC) Arnis Squad, was victorious in the Boys Single Stick 12 years and under event, as he beat out Kieren Lambert of Indonesia, who had to settle for silver.
Dean Michael Canete of the Cacoy Doce Pares HQ Cebu Team, soon followed suit as he won gold in the Boys Single Stick 13-17 over 60 kg division after demolishing Jaron Ponce of Reflex Centre Australia in the championship match.
In the higher levels, Randy Taneo of ALARCA Cebu went home with the gold medal in the Men's Single Stick 29-39 years middleweight, after beating out fellow Filipino Danny Serundo of the Cacoy Doce Pares squad, in the finals. Adinur Budiono of Indonesia got the bronze medal.
Finally, Marcial Chavez Jr. of the Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed glory in the Men's Single Stick 29-39 years heavyweight as he won the gold medal after defeating Emilio Cuevas of the University of Cebu in the final match. Jim Grant of Indonesia placed third.
Indonesia and defending champions Australia is also putting up a fight of their own as they each collected two gold medals.
David Leach of Indonesia won the Men's Single Stick 50 years and up while Glen Gardiner added another one with his win in the Men's Single Stick 40-49 years middleweight.
Grandmaster Vince Palumbo of Australia defeated Kyle McWilliams of Cacoy Doce Pares New Zealand for the gold in the Men's Single Stick 49 years heavyweight while Dominic Lavalle contributed another gold medal for the Aussies with his victory in the Men's Single Stick 29-39 super middleweight.
Dino Haynes of the United States also won gold for his win in the Single Stick 49 super heavyweight division.