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Laguna ranked 3rd overall in the 2018 National Batang Pinoy

Provincial Sports and Games Development Office

October 11, 2018

 

    The Province of Laguna seized the 3rd overall championship in the recent 2018 Batang Pinoy National Championship hosted by Baguio City and Benguet Province on September 15-21, 2018.

    Despite sending a lean delegation of only 93 athletes and joining only 10 out 27 sports, Laguna brought home 33 golds, 13 silvers and 31 bronzes from swimming, arnis, athletics, badminton, pencak silat, wrestling, karatedo, taekwondo, triathlon and chess.

    Surprisingly, the cold weather in Baguio City did not stop Laguna’s Swimming Team from reaping a total of 13 gold medals. Swimmers Roz Ciaralene I. Encarnacion and Roshanne Ysabelle D. Biglete each delivered four gold medals while John Marocenel V. Alagon broke the record in the boys’ 50m butterfly event. Furthermore, Alagon together with Brent Dave D. Cadelino, Philip Miguel M. Mendoza, and Jophet E. Suarez also set new record in the boys’ 11-12 Y.O. 200 LC Medley Relay.  

    In athletics, Jan Rey D. Gallano set the new record for boys’ 400m hurdles and Magvrylle Chrause G. Matchino for girls’ 2000m steeplechase. In karatedo, Ilyanna Antone Marcelo sealed his 5-year Batang Pinoy career with a gold medal, making her a 5-time national gold medalist. Marcelo will be turning 16 next year.

    Baguio City retains the overall championship with 83 golds, 81 silvers and 197 bronze medals. Cebu City finished second while Quezon City and Pangasinan Province ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. The top five LGUs will be awarded with incentives of sports equipment and scholarships. Three million worth of incentives will be provided for the first placer while 2.5 million, 2 million, 1.5 million and 1 million will be awarded to the second, third, fourth and fifth placers, respectively.

    Sports Development Officer Gerardo S. Cantada attributed the success of the delegation to the unwavering support of Governor Ramil L. Hernandez and the Provincial Government of Laguna through the implementation of year-round sports development programs vital in identifying and developing new breed of competitive athletes from the province.    

    The Province of Laguna ranked 2nd overall in the Batang Pinoy Luzon Qualifying Leg which was hosted by Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on October 21-27, 2017.

    This year’s Batang Pinoy was participated in by 185 Local Government Units (LGUs).

   The Batang Pinoy or the Philippine National Youth Games is the Philippine Sports Commission’s annual grassroots competition for in and out-of-school youth ages 15 and below. It is conducted in partnership with the National Sports Associations (NSAs), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Education (DepED). (Article and photos by Mary Greyz Caballes/PIO Laguna)