Tunggalindividual performance consisted of dancing showing graceful movements and goodbalance. Sister MichelleTacuel quipped, “I am so proud of my brother. Our family is always here tofully support him.” Tacuel bestedrivals from Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Ariel Tabares,his coach and faculty member of Tubungan National High School, discovered Tacue’spotential during school Intramurals. Tabares gotTacuel into rigorous training and fielded him to the 2013 Batang Pinoy inMaasin City, Southern Leyte where he got a silver in pencak silat. Pencak silat is acombat sport and a good self-defense, he said. “Lahat ng pinaghirapan ko ay nagbunga na rinsa wakas. Iknow patikim lang ‘to sa akin ni God at kailangan ko pa magpursigi,” Tacuelsaid. Tacuel is nowpreparing for pre-SEA (Southeast Asia) Games competitions./PN Tabares saidTacuel balances academics and sports well. Tacuel iscurrently studying Bachelor in Industrial Technology at the Iloilo Science andTechnology University – La Paz, Iloilo City. “We recruitedplayers to play for Tubungan in the 1st Congressional District SportsAssociation Meet and he got gold in arnis,” Tabares said. “There was apoint na gusto ko mag-back out pero dahil sa kahirapan nagpursigi ako paramaiangat ang buhay. Sinamahan na lang ng panalangin para magingsuccessful,” Tacuel said. BY FLORY ANN TACUBAN ILOILO City –Edmar Tacuel of Barangay Nagba, Tubungan, Iloilo bagged a silver medal in the1st World Beach Pencak Silat Championship at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand onOct.1. “I am proud ofhim,” Tabares stressed. Tacuel urged theyouth to learn martial arts. Edmar Tacuel bested rivals from Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand to win a silver medal in the 1st World Beach Pencak Silat Championship in Thailand. PHOTO BY MITZ JUDE JALANDONI Tacuel gave hisbest to earn the honor in the Men’s Sine Tunggal category.