Issue of January 8, 2017

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Group fosters values thru sports
by Ofelia C. Empian

One of the sports groups in the locality aims not only to focus on building athletic skills but also to promote good values.

Calisthenics group Bardilleranz is keen on building athletes who are healthy in a holistic manner – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Ron Alcantara, one of the senior members of Bardilleranz, said they are raising a standard within their group to develop athletes who are not only skillful and talented but disciplined and respectful as well.

“We have to make a standard as early as possible to protect the team and the organization, because in the beginning some joined and learned some skills but were not respectful. “Yung term na ‘natuto lang naging pasaway na.’ Also, the team’s vision is to make it to the international arena that’s why even in the local scene, we have to take care of the Bardilleranz family,” Alcantara said.

A relatively new kind of sport, calisthenics uses bodyweight movements and has benefits like increasing strength, creativity, balance, power, endurance, and aesthetics.

The workout routine has been gaining strong following in Manila and Davao and now the group has brought calisthenics in the region for sports and fitness enthusiasts here, he said.

The group has been joining calisthenics competitions in the past with the team winning the third overall plum in the National Calisthenics “Hari ng Baras” 2016 competition at the Sparta Calisthenics Academy gymnasium in Mandaluyong City, July last year. Ortis Tindaan Jr., meanwhile, took home the third spot in the 1 vs. 1 competition of the event.

Upcoming events and competitions of the group this year will soon be announced, Alcantara said.

Alcantara, a former gymnast, said aside from building workout skills, they include the promotion of healthy diet, discovering talents and enhancing skills, team building, and espousing Christian values.

The group conducts their regular workout at the monkey bars area of Children’s Park from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. They also have their workout headquarters at Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet.

“In Pico, the advanced skills are unlocked because of the design of the bars,” he said.

Earlier, the group wrote a letter to the City Environment and Parks Management Office to help provide them bars for them to workout on. Alcantara said their request is still pending in the office.

“We are providing our own bars to workout on sometimes, but we need to find a place to safely keep these,” he said, as he appealed to the local government to help them in their endeavor.

Established in December 2014, the group now has 100 members in the locality composed of individuals with various backgrounds. The group also conduct performances for any event featuring routines with a combination of dancing styles infused with calisthenics (beauty and strength) and acrobatics. In this way, Alcantara said, they can raise funds for the group and showcase the talents of its members.

Alcantara said they welcome interested individuals to join them during their workout sessions.

For more information about the group, visit their Facebook page at Bardilleranz Streetworkout Inc. or contact 0997-516-7195.

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