MCCID Deaf Coordinator Ervin R. Reyes won the bronze medal in the 6th International Abilympics Skills Competition held at New Delhi, India last November 23 to December 2, 2003. He competed on the Creating Web Page Design Category against winners from 34 countries.
Reyes was accompanied by his coach and interpreter Sir Jojo I. Esposa Jr. Philippines ranked 5th overall with deaf participants garnering two gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Gold medal winner in his category came from India. Taiwan participant received the silver medal while Ervin tied with China in third place.
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Ervin, an MCCID batch one graduate, became the country’s representative in this worldwide contest for the disabled when he won the gold medal in the NCR-Regional Skills Competition last May 2001 and then on the 10th Philippines National Skills Competition in Davao City last September also in 2001. The Philippines delegation was led by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Abilympics Philippines.
The skills olympics competition is held every 4th year showcasing vocational-technical talents of the differently-abled people. Japan will be the next host country in 2007. Other winners from the Philippine delegate includes;
- Jose Dela Cruz (Deaf) – Water Color Painting – GOLD;
- Jose Dela Cruz (Deaf) – Painting Oil on Canvass – GOLD;
- Manny Bagsit (Deaf) – Flower Arrangement – SILVER;
- Danilo Reuyan (Deaf) – Waste Reuse – SILVER;
- Dennis Rhoneil Balan (Deaf) – Events Photography – BRONZE;
- Dante Porsuelo (Ortho) – Painting (Oil) – BRONZE;