Cherry May Regalado took home the bronze medal in the pencak silat competition of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.
Regalado shook off the stigma of a medal-less campaign in last year’s Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur by scoring 444 points in women’s seri singles (form), just a point behind Singapore’s Nurzuhairah Mohammad Yazid (445), who clinched silver.
Indonesia’s Puspa Arumsasi won the gold (467).
Regalado missed the podium at last year’s SEA Games in the same event, a loss that she said was a bitter pill to swallow.
Instead of sulking, though, she got back on her feet.
“Hindi ko napigilan ang pag-iyak noon sa SEA Games kasi po alam ko na makaka-medal ako,” the 23-year-old Nutrition graduate at the Aklan State University in Banga town said.
It is the 11th bronze medal of the Philippines in these Games, and 14th medal overall.
Pencak silat is a form of martials arts that traces its roots to Indonesia.
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