PH sungka player scores two medals in World Nomad Games

MANILA – The Philippines may have only sent one guy to this year’s World Nomad Games but the lone delegate will go home with two medals.

RhonPalmera scored a silver and a bronze for the country during his stint in the said biennial meet over the weekend in Kyrgyzstan.

Palmera took the silver in the toguzkorgool event, which is Kyrgyzstan’s own take of mancala, locally known as sungka.

He also captured the bronze in the yakutian intellectual table games.

Palmera, an architecture graduate of Manuel L. Quezon University, called on Filipinos to continue supporting sungka.

“Mgakababayan, wag ponatinghayaangito’ymabalewala. Ito po ay malakingkarangalansaatingbansa at lahi (My countrymen, do not brush the game aside. This is a great honor for our country and race),” Palmera said. “Atinpoitongpaglinangin pa at malakiangpotensyalnatingmga Pilipino saintelektuwalnalarongito (Let us hone this because Filipinos have a big potential in this kind of game).”—Ivan Stewart Saldajeno/PNA