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Speaker Romualdez hails Samantha Catantan for bringing back PH fencing to Olympic stage

April 29, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 142 views

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez joined the Philippine nation Monday in congratulating fencer Samantha Kyle Catantan for qualifying in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.

‘It fills my heart with immense pride to congratulate Samantha for her historic achievement in qualifying for the Paris games at the young age of 22. This is an impressive feat from our kababayan. You can always trust a Filipina to proudly carry our nation’s flag,” said Speaker Romualdez, leader of the 300-plus strong House of Representatives and an avid sports fan.

Samantha stands on the shoulders of giants, following the legacy of Walter Torres, the last Filipino fencer to grace the Olympics, who made his mark at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

“Considering Samantha wasn’t even born when the last Filipino fencer competed in the Olympics, her journey to the games is nothing short of legendary. This is a joyous milestone for her, her family, and the entire country. Samantha, you are more than an athlete; you are an inspiration,” Speaker Romualdez said.

Catantan, a right-handed foil fencer, clinched her spot at this year’s Olympics by excelling in her category at the Asia-Oceania Zonal Olympic Qualifier in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“To Samantha and all our beloved Olympians and sports heroes, we send our heartfelt wishes for your continued success and remind you that you make us all incredibly proud,” declared the House leader.