PH’s lone rep in World Nomad Games fights for growth of ‘sungka’

first_imgAsian Games medalists to get additional incentives from Malacañang LATEST STORIES Rhon Palmera, the Philippines’ lone representative in the 2018 World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, is not only trying to win for the country, he’s also helping boost the growth of one of the Filipinos’ favorite traditional games.Palmera is competing in the Toguz Korgool event—a variation of the mancala game, which is better known as “sungka” here in the Philippines— in the Nomad Games, an international competition for ethnic sports in Central Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Thank you all for the support. It made me tougher even if I’m alone here for our country. I am Filipino and I’m proud of our race. Laban Pilipinas at Mabuhay!”In the world of technology, Palmera hopes that Filipinos won’t lose interest over sungka, something which he believes Filipinos can excel in.“My countrymen, let us not let [sungka] go ignored. It is a source of pride for our country. Let us harness the Filipinos’ potential in this intellectual sport, which seems to be forgotten by the new generation,” he also said in a Facebook post.The World Nomad Games, established in 2012, is held every two years. In this year’s edition, 77 countries sent representatives.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Through my efforts, it is officially part of the 3rd World Nomad Games 2018 Intellectual / Mind Sports and Games (Mancala Games) and let’s pray that it gains more attention in future international events,” he said in Filipino.Despite being alone, Palmera proudly waved the Philippine flag during the opening ceremonies last September 2. He also defeated Turkey to advance to the second round of his event. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a post on Facebook, Palmera uploaded photos of competitors from other nations enjoying a game of Philippine sungka in a demonstration.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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