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Laguna crowned 2019 Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg overall champion

Provincial Sports and Games Development Office

April 3, 2019

 

   The Province of Laguna seized the overall championship in the recent 2019 Batang Pinoy Luzon Qualifying Leg held on March 16-23, 2019 in Ilagan City, Isabela pushing the former overall champion Baguio City in second place.

   Through the unwavering support of Governor Ramil L. Hernandez, Laguna sent a total of 140 competitive athletes in nine sports disciplines and delivered a total of 108 medals, 38 of which were gold, 35 silver, and 36 bronze.

   Second best Baguio City captured 36 golds, 47 silvers and 60 bronzes while  Quezon City landed third with 24 golds, 19 silvers and 11 bronzes.

   Meanwhile, Pangasinan Province and Pasig City settled in 4th and 5th place, respectively.

   Laguna collected a total of 45 medals in swimming alone. The Laguna tankers under Coach Crisanto C. Balita delivered the most number of medals for Laguna with 13 golds, 20 silvers and 12 bronzes.

   On the other hand, the Laguna Pencak Silat Team of Coach Saimon B. Brondo gathered 7 golds, 3 silvers, and 5 bronzes, followed by the Laguna Athletics Team of Coach Geron L. Serrano with 6 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes.

   Laguna also ruled the long distance 2000m steeplechase with back to back wins from Magvrylle Chrause G. Matchino and James Bryle T. Ballester.

   Swimmer Prince Dave Calma took home 4 gold medals while Philip Miguel M. Mendoza of swimming and Magvrylle Chrause G. Matchino of athletics each delivered 3 gold medals for the province.

   Laguna also earned gold medals in Arnis, Karatedo, Badminton, and Taekwondo. Chess and Sepak Takraw also contributed bronze medals to the province.

   Sports Development Officer III and delegation head Mr. Gerardo S. Cantada is proud of the team’s performance in the qualifying leg, and is optimistic that Laguna will continue to dominate the national finals despite sending a lean delegation of only 140 athletes, 20 coaches and 10 delegation officials.

   Baguio City sent more than 350 athletes while Quezon City has 121 delegates and Pangasinan Province has more than 250 delegates.

   The Luzon Leg was participated in by more than 6000 delegates from 180 local government units in Luzon, making it the most participated leg of the Batang Pinoy games. Qualifiers will advance to the national finals set in June this year.

   The Batang Pinoy or the Philippine Youth Games of the Philippine Sports Commission is declared as the National Sports Development Program for Children through Executive Order No. 44 which addresses the country’s need for a comprehensive grassroots program. 

 

(Article by Mary Greyz Caballes, photos by PSGDO-PIO Laguna)