Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pinoy couple wins 2 bronzes in Asian Games dancesport

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MANILA, Philippines—“It helped that we're engaged to be married,” the Philippines' top pair of dance athletes said of their double bronze triumphs at the 16th Asian Games, as they arrived home Monday from China.
Charlea Lagaras and Ronnie Steeve Vergara won bronze for cha-cha-cha and paso doble in the single medal category at the Asian Games, which included dancesport for the first time. The couple gave the Philippines its first two medals in the Asia-wide tournament.
Now in the fifth year of their relationship, Lagaras and Vergara attributed their victory to constant practice and their natural intimacy toward each other.
“One advantage is that we're in a relationship. We don't have any problem finding the right time to practice our routine,” said the 29-year-old Vergara.
Lagaras, 26, said it was a pity that rhumba was not in the category.
“We would have been given a chance to show our relationship because rhumba is more intimate and sexy,” she said.
The two, along with 10 other dance athletes and two coaches, flew in at 10:55 a.m., and were met by a small group of media and immigration officials at the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.
“It was a tough competition,” Lagaras said in an interview.
The Chinese and Koreans dominated the cha-cha-cha and paso doble events, winning gold and silver, respectively. But Lagaras said they almost snatched silver in cha-cha-cha, losing only by decimal points.
Dancesport is judged by a panel of judges with scores automatically flashed on screen after every one minute-45 second performance.
Gloria Alcala, one of the coaches, said Lagaras and Vergara were currently ranked as the No. 1 couple in the periodic listing of the Dancesport Council of the Philippines, the only internationally recognized body in the country with 400 members.
The two were finalists in the Latin dance category in Asia Pacific Championship in Singapore, which involved five dances, and they won a silver medal in the same category at the Asian Championship at the Makati Shangri La earlier this year.
Alcala said the couple's victory was a good sign of things to come for Filipino dance athletes.
“Filipinos have a natural musicality. They have a good sense of tempo,” she said, adding that their Spanish heritage also plays a part.
Lagaras said she hoped their win would encourage more Filipinos to take up the sport.
The couple have been competing together for the past three and a half years.
Lagaras and Vergara said they have been dancing for the past 10 years and have put up a studio in Manila where they teach dance lessons in their spare time.

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