Engr. Jeffrey Ysmael of the City Building and Architecture Office grabbed the top award, besting contestants from other countries in the Under-40 Men Poomsae category.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the annual world event decided that the competition be virtual with participants submitting their video performances. The competition was opened last year and the awarding was done this year.
Ysmael is a consistent member of the Philippine Taekwondo Association team to various world taekwondo competitions. He organized local taekwondo associations as his contribution in keeping the youth away from bad influences.
He advocates martial arts as a form of sports to stay healthy especially this time of pandemic.
The city government honored him in simple ceremony for his achviement. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Larry T. Lopez