BACOLOD City: Crystal AJ Bartonico of Iloilo City grabbed six golds in arnis while Jenkins Lorenzo Labao of Baguio City won seven golds in swimming on Friday in the Batang Pinoy National Finals at the Pana-ad Sports Park and Stadium.
The 15-year-old Bartonico’s domination in arnis led Iloilo City to a nine-gold haul in the event. She topped the girls’ single weapon solo performance and later ruled the double weapon solo. She completed her dominance by dominating the girls sword and dagger solo performance.
She also teamed up with Marjolione Pudadera and Chabelita Gonzulado to finish first in both team single weapon, team double weapon and team sword and dagger events.
”I am very thankful to my coach Iresh Crizelle de Leon and to God for this victory. I really practice hard for at least six hours a day in preparation for this tournament,” said Bartonico, a 4th year high school student at Jalandoni Memorial National High School.
The daughter of also arnis expert Jose Marcelo, a high school teacher and Fatima, also won three golds in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen, Pangasinan and another three golds in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City.
Other golds of Iloilo City in arnis were courtesy of brothers John Christian, John Clark, John Carl Segutier in the boys team single weapon, team double weapon and team sowrd and dagger events.
MarcAndrew Orcena of Rizal Province won the gold in the boys single weapon solo, while Aklan’s John Lloyd Salazar dominated the boys sword and dagger solo and Evan Jannery Pinas of Iloilo Province in the boys single weapon solo performance.
Labao, on the other hand, capped his campaign in the pool by winning the golds in the boys 13-15-year-old 100-m butterfly (1:02.33) and 200-m individual medley (2:21.81). He earlier wrapped the golds in the 400-m freestyle (4:34.87), 200-m medley relay (2:07.05), 50-m butterfly (28.14), 200-m freestyle (1:52.51) and 400-m individual medley (5:08.94).
Marc Audry Santos of Malolos, Bulacan, also won four golds and a silver in swimming. The first was in the 11-12-year-old boys 200m freestyle (2:15.75), 1,500-m freestyle (18:48.14), 400-m freestyle (4:44.71) and 100-m freestyle (1:03.08). His silver medal came from the 200-m butterfly (2:37.52).