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Cordilleran Taekwondo champ wins 2 Gold Medals in 16th ASEAN Taekwondo Championship

Photo Courtesy || Juliana Candelaria
Cordillera - Proud Cordilleran Taekwondo champ Miss Juliana Mykahil Candelaria has once again brought pride to the region after she won two Gold Medals is the just concluded 16th ASEAN Taekwondo Championship in Paranaque City.

The 14-year old Juliana won gold medals in the Freestyle and Team Poomsae division.

Considered one of the best in USA Taekwondo, Juliana trains under Apex Tigers  Martial Arts in New Jersey, under the Guidance of Master Giduk Kwon. She is also trains the freestyle Taekwondo of Coach Jeordan Dominguez from La Trinidad, Benguet.

Juliana's parents are from Baguio City, Mr. Dennis Candelaria and Mrs. Janie Candelaria. She is the great grand daughter of former Baguio city mayor Jaime Bugnosen. They are now based in Chicago.

According to Dennis, Juliana has long dreamed of becoming a member of the Phil Taekwondo Team.

"Yung pagiging patriotic nya kase, yung upbringing nya as Filipino mahal nya kase ang culture nya at gusto nya mairepresent nya ang county of origin nya. After 3 years of being team USA she realized that she needs to serve her country", Dennis said in local radio interview.

"Being born and raised sa USA she has a true Filipino heart. It’s not about the benefits of USA anymore, it is how proud she is being a cordilleran and true Filipino", Dennis added. 

Juliana started taekwondo when she was 7 years old and won gold in several major competitions both in national and international competitions.

She has been a US National athlete in both poomsae and sparring.



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