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Laguna ranks 4th overall in National Batang Pinoy, set to receive 1.5M from PSC

Provincial Sports & Games Development Office

October 27, 2019

 

The Province of Laguna finished fourth overall and first among the provinces in the recently concluded 2019 Batang Pinoy National Championships held on August 25-31, 2019 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

 

Through the support of the Provincial Government of Laguna (PGL) under Governor Ramil L. Hernandez, Laguna’s lean delegation of only 94 athletes brought home a total of 73 medals consisting of 29 gold, 26 silver and 18 bronze, a remarkable medal turnout and performance against larger delegations.

 

Overall champion Baguio City sent a 272-man delegation and took home 61 gold, 45 silver and 70 bronze medals while second placer Cebu city with 330 delegates brought home 36 gold, 34 silver and 35 bronze medals.

 

With 383 delegates, Davao City finished 3rd with 31 gold, 30 silver and 41 bronze medals while Quezon City claimed the fifth spot with 26 gold, 25 silver and 23 bronze medals.

 

 Laguna is the only province in the top 5 and was joined by Pangasinan in the top 10 after the latter ranked sixth.

 

The Laguna swimming team delivered eight gold medals while the athletics team garnered seven. Laguna also captured golds in Pencak Silat, Wrestling, Badminton, Arnis, Karatedo and Taekwondo.

 

Laguna swimmer Roz Ciaralene Encarnacion currently holds all the breaststroke events records in the Batang Pinoy 13-15 year-old girls’ division while Prince Dave Calma broke the record in the 200m backstroke.

 

In athletics, Magvrylle Chrause Matchino collected 4 golds in 1500m, 2000m steeplechase, 4x100 m relay and 4x400m relay.

 

Through the Provincial Sports and Games Development Office (PSGDO), PGL will be giving cash incentives to the medalists of the 2019 Batang Pinoy National Finals.

 

The 2019 Batang Pinoy National Championships was joined by a total of 249 local government units (LGUs) and 8,500 athletes with the top five receiving cash incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and Laguna will be receiving its share of 1.5M pesos.

 

This is the second year that the Province of Laguna received cash incentive from the Philippine Sports Commission. Laguna ranked 3rd overall last year and received 2 million pesos from PSC which shall be used for the province’s sports development efforts.

 

The Batang Pinoy or the Philippine Youth Games is declared as the National Sports Development Program for Children and National Community Sports Program through Executive Order No. 44 Series of 1998 and Executive Order No. 79 Series of 1999.

 

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