2013 DSCPI National Ranking & 1st International Friendship Games Wheelchair Dancesport Competition

Why is it that every time I don’t compete – or whenever I do compete but don’t make it to the Finals – the rest of my team mates bring home the premium bacon? Did someone put a curse upon me that while my team mates get all the glory, I stay on the bleachers as a mere spectator, or cry backstage and mourn over my defeat? This is the first time I wasn’t able to compete in the national rankings, and I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT! I hate it so much that I kinda wished the heavy rain the previous night would call off the competition! Haha!

Kidding aside, I cheered as loudly as a lunatic would during the 2013 DSCPI National Ranking and Competition held at Philsports Arena (ULTRA) last Saturday! For my BMG team mates, of course: one pair each for the Grade B (4-Dance) and Grade A (Amateur/5-Dance) Latin categories.

Benjamin Legaspi and Rochelle Canoy
Benjamin Legaspi and Rochelle Canoy finally brought home the gold trophy as they emerged as champions in the Grade B Latin event! They were the same champions on the last Dancesport sa Sugbu held in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino last month!

Defending champions from Bacolod Philip Deocadiz and Queenie May Sendico ranked 2nd in the Grade B event, whereas Samson Orlanes and Mae Pabuaya from Team Cebu finished as the 3rd placers.

Philip Deocadiz and Queenie May Sendico
Samson Orlanes and Mae Pabuaya

In the Grade A Latin event, the defending champions Michael Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo held on to their title while my team mates Roque Marquez and Rhea Marquez grabbed the silver medals. These kids have a long track of awesome dancing ever since they started as junior dancers all the way to the Youth categories, and now the youngest couple in the Amateur Latin event is in Rank 2! I love it! Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Caneda of Team Cebu ended up as 3rd placers.

preparing for battle

the Marquez siblings: Roque and Rhea

While these two couples climb the platform to claim their trophies and try hard to suppress their tears, we, the ever-supportive teammates and cheerers, started a noise barrage in the stadium. LOL!

Another highlight of this year’s National Ranking is the 1st International Friendship Games Wheelchair Dancesport Competition. Delegates from Italy and Taiwan came to Manila to participate in this sporting activity that is slowly gaining popularity in the Philippines. The Tahanang Walang Hagdan Wheelchair athletes represented the country, along with their respective partners from the BMG team.

BMG and the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Wheelchair athletes with coach Bong Marquez
Rochelle Canoy and her partner Julius Obero from the Philippines were the champions in both the 3-Dance and 5-Dance Latin events.

The team from Taiwan finished as 2nd placers in the same categories.

For both 3-Dance and 5-Dance Latin, Benjamin Legaspi and partner Mylene Felix, also from the Philippines, ranked 3rd.

It was the first time I have ever seen Modern Ballroom Wheelchair dancing, and man, it was awesome! I was so busy staring at the competitors that I forgot to take a video!

This Italian couple finished as champions in the Modern Ballroom 5-Dance Wheelchair category.

The delegates from Taiwan bagged the 2nd and 3rd places.

I was able to talk to the Italian couple after the competition and learned that they have been dancing together for 4 years. Pretty cool, huh?

the ZOMIGOSH picture of the year

Rumor has it that the top couples in the Wheelchair Dancesport events will go to Japan for the World Championships. I think that’s the most exciting news ever for my BMG team mates!

With all the awesome dancing I witnessed that day, I got more determined than ever to come back to regular dance training. My partner will take her licensure exam on November, so by the start of December, we are going to practice again! I’m terribly excited!

Congratulations again to all the winners of the National Ranking and the Wheelchair Dancesport event!


More pictures meant to expose my envious self:

BMG and Team Laguna

with the Grade B Latin peeps

Mae Pabuaya, me and my bulging stomach, Samson Orlanes

with the peeps of Grade B, where I ought to be a year or so from now. HAHA!

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