BACOLOD City: Baguio City banked on the prowess of Ma. Kaye Romvar and Alfritz Arevalo to win five gold, six silver and two bronze medals to dominate the tae kwon do competition in the last day of the Batang Pinoy national finals on Saturday at the Pana-ad Sports Park and Stadium here.
Romvar defeated Pangasinan’s Nicole Alyssa Terol in the finals of the girls’ middleweight category (55-59-kg) while Arevalo won over Raevid de Leon of Quezon City for the gold in the boys’ featherweight class at the Bacolod National High School.
The other tae kwon do medalists from Baguio were Juris Craemer Quiambao (boys’ flyweight), Joyce Angela Gaw (girls’ finweight) and Kate Phoebie de Guzman (girls’ welterweight).
Negros Occidental finished second overall in tae kwon do with a 3-2-2 gold-silver-bronze tally followed by Quezon City with 2-2-3, and Iloilo with 2-1-2.
Records continued to fall as weightlifters registered new marks even as Cebu City captured three of the four gold medals disputed in lawn tennis.
Brothers Jhon Febuar Ceniza and Evangelito Dale Ceniza of Cebu City rose to prominence after their record-smashing performances in weightlifting event held at SM Transport Hub.
Jhon Febuar, 15, set new benchmarks in boys 46-kilogram snatch, clean and jerk and total with 63kg, 76kg and 139kg, respectively. He ripped the marks of Elbert Atilano of Zamboanga in snatch (55) and total (125) in 2011, and Clark Cui Co of Cebu in clean and jerk (75).
His younger brother Evangelito Dale set new standard in boys’ 42kg with 60-80-140, erasing the 45-70-106 of Kenneth Bumagat of Zamboanga City in 2012 Tacloban.
“We came here to break the records because we had a good training and we feel confident coming here,” said Jhon Febuar who is an out of school youth.
Also setting new marks was national pool member Elien Rose Perez of Bohol who notched 57-62-119 in girls’ 48kg that bettered the 50-61-111 marks of Margaret Colomia of Zamboanga City (50-61-111) in Tacloban.
But Maryflor Diaz, cousin of national lifter Hidilyn Diaz, soon improved Perez’s record in girls’ 44kg, chalking 54-62-119 that rebooted the old mark of 50-61-111 done in 2012 Tacloban.
Cebu City’s dominance also extended to lawn tennis through Jan Godfrey Seno, Zethley Alferez and Jana Pages. Seno bagged the boys’ singles, while Alferez clinched girls’ singles, before she and Pages claimed the girls’ doubles.
The pairs of Chris Justine Prulla of San Jose City and Neil Tangalin of Baguio City shared the boys doubles gold with Allen Manlangit and Kenneth Dumapit of Iligan City after their final match was rained out.
Negros Occidental claimed the futsal gold, with Tanauan City and Gen. Santos City placing second and third.
In badminton, Susmita Ramos of Negros Occidental picked up golds in girls 12-under singles and girls doubles with Ellana Tan. Carl Bernard Bejasa duplicated the feat in boys’ side with James Villarante in doubles.
Antipolo City’s Eleonor Christine Inlayo bagged girls’ 15-under singles and doubles with Meagan Cruz, while Laguna’s Emilio Mangubat Jr., did the same in boys, winning singles and doubles with Fides Joven Bagasbas.
Mandaue’s Lorraine Hann, Jezreel Tan, Shaia Uy and Yuan Chiongbian topped the mixed relay triathlon, besting their rivals from Cebu and Laguna.
In volleyball, Davao del Norte defeated Iligan City, 3-2, to take the girls title, while Pangasinan beat Hermosa, Bataan, 3-2, for the boys’ championship.
Initial results of the medal tally at press time showed Quezon City leading with 23 golds, 15 silvers, 14 bronzes, Baguio City is closely following with 20-17-8, Negros Occidental is third with 15-9-6, Iloilo City with 13-0-4, Cebu City is fifth with 7-9-6, Davao City with 6-10-7, Bacolod City with 5-10-24, Iligan with 5-7-7, Laguna with 5-5-10 and Manila completed the top 10 cast with 5-2-3.
Coming off the devastation brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda, Leyte still finished 11th with 5-2-2 followed by Lucena with 5-2-1 and Bohol with 5-0-0.