De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s very own Ryan Jacolo, table tennis Team Captain and three-peat Most Valuable Player, won bronze in the 8th Flexible Cup International Tournament, defeating fellow Asian countries Singapore, China, Taipei and Indonesia last March 25-26 at Robinson’s Place Ermita, Manila.
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Jacolo played in two events namely the singles and team category. Despite losing in the singles’ category, he and his teammates from the Table Tennis Association for National Development (TATAND Philippines), managed to win first runner up. Jacolo is joined by paddlers Japeth Adasa and Michael Dalumpines.
De La Salle University alumna Ian Lariba, who was the first Filipino table tennis Olympian, also played for national team.
Jacolo said the highlight of the competition was trouncing last year’s defending champion Singapore in the quarter finals. According to him, Indonesia bagged gold while Taipei won silver.
“Until now it’s still an honor to play for the flag. Not only for myself but also for my country. And of course, while playing it for the flag I am also representing the school,” Jacolo said in an interview with The Benildean.
Jacolo has been representing the Philippines in various competitions abroad since 2012 as a sophomore high school student. Although young, the Blazer admitted he still needs more training to grow as an athlete and achieve greater heights as he takes his career further.
Up next for Jacolo is a chance to win Bacolod City’s Lopue’s Table Tennis Association Cup where he and TATAND Philippines will try to garner gold this coming April 21 to 23.