By Graham C. Lim
CEBU CITY, Philippines—The University of Cebu table tennis team maybe young and inexperienced, but they are dauntless and very determined to make Cebuanos proud with a decent finish in the coming 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Taiwan on Aug. 19 to 30.
The six table tennis qualifiers to the Taipei Universiade are the current gold medalists in the just-concluded Private Schools Athletic Association and all of them were consistent gold medalists since elementary to high school.
They are Lemuel Agbon, Fausto Zeus Comaingking and John Vincent Cabaluna for the men’s division and Lez Lie Agbon, Diana Oliverio and Jeramae Saromines for the women’s division. These “fearless” racket-wielders from the Queen City of the South are so confident they are going to invade Taipei by storm as their major task in going there to represent Cebu in the Universiade.
Agbon, who is the oldest of the team at 21 years, is taking up Mechanical Engineering, while Comaingking, 20, is taking up Civil Engineering and Cabaluna is a 19-year old Criminology student.
Comaingking said that despite the difficulty of being Civil Engineering student, he has still enough time to practice because it’s only a way of “time management.”
The 19-year-old Saromines is taking up Industrial Engineering, while Agbon and Oliverio, both 18 years old, are both taking Education courses.
This will be the third time that the UC table tennis team is representing the Philippines in the Universiade. The others were in Kazan, Russia in 2013 and in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015.
Atty. Baldomero Estenzo, UC team manager and FESSAP vice-president for the Visayas region, said that he will ask FESSAP President David Ong and chairman of the Universiade Preparation & Monitoring Committee, Prof. Robert Milton Calo, to let his players to stay the entire duration of the competition as scheduled until the finals.
Atty. Estenzo was present during the luncheon meeting with the players along with Cecille Sarmiento of the FESSAP national secretariat and champion coach Jessica Honoridez, a former table tennis champion herself.