“Sa pagkatalo ko noon, natutunan ko na dapat mas maging masipag, matiyaga, madisiplina, at mas maging mentally tough pa ako para makuha ko yung gold.”
Zeth Quiambao learned from his previous shortcomings in last year’s Palarong Pambansa as he marked his hugest comeback, grabbing his first-ever gold in badminton singles (elementary boys) event of the said tourney in Davao City yesterday.
Quiambao, who was ousted by Region IV-A in the quarterfinals before, strived for more on his graduating year as he outshined Region VI’s Lovic Javier, 21-6, 21-15, in the gold medal match to dethrone Western Visayas.
“Tuwang-tuwa po ako kasi finally nakuha ko na po yung gold. Isa po yun sa mga pangarap ko na hindi lang basta maka-qualify sa Palaro kundi magkaron din ng gold,” he stated.
According to the Sagradan shuttler, his mindset throughout his journey for the gold was to work harder in every point, to focus more on the match, and to apply what he had learned in trainings.
“Si mommy po naiyak noong niyakap niya ako pagkaakyat ko sa pwesto niya sa bleachers. Si daddy po tuwang-tuwa pero tahimik lang,” the only son of Tin and Arcy Quiambao, told what happened after the victory.
Quiambao, who garnered bronze last year in the team-tie event, did it again for Region III as he also bagged bronze in the aforementioned event along with Christian Dorega, Arnold Punongbayan, and Ezekiel Taclibon.
The Baliwag-based shuttler was able to win in his matches but his teammates fell short to bring home the bronze.
His supporters, believers of his talent, critics, and his family, especially his parents served as Quiambao’s inspiration to claim the gold.
“Gusto ko pong pasalamatan si God sa talent na binigay Niya sa akin. Sa parents ko po, mga lolo at lola, tito at tita, mga pinsan, prayer warriors ko po, sa MDSF community, sa bayan ng Baliwag po, sa lalawigan ng Bulacan, sa team ko po (Team Prima), sa sponsor ko (Apacs Makati), at sa lahat po ng nagpray, nagcheer, nagpakita ng support at tiwala sa akin,” he concluded.
Quiambao’s gold is the second gold of Montessori De Sagrada Familia (MDSF) in Palarong Pambansa after Mico Del Poso clinched the first gold in 2017.
by: Ziv Gabriel Cortez
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