• BATANG PINOY: Baguio rules taekwondo

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    BACOLOD CITY – Baguio City leaned on Ma. Kaye Romvar and
    Alfritz Arevalo to rule the taewondo competition with five golds, six
    silvers and two bronzes as the Batang Pinoy National Finals ended
    Sunday 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 in
    taekwondo at the Bacolod National High School.
    The other winning Baguio jins were Juris Craemer Quiambao in the boys flyweight division, Joyce Angela Gaw in the finweight category and Kate Phoebie de Guzman in the girls welterweight class.

    Negros Occidental was second in taekwondo with 3 golds 2 silvers and 2
    bronzes followed by Quezon City (2-2-3) and Iloilo (2-1-2).

    Julienne Bernejo won Negros Occidental’s
    first gold by beating Baguio’s Krisna Liporada in the finals of the girls featherweight category. Joshua Rosalia followed suit in the boys finweight and Aton Ginanao in the girls welterweight category.

    The top 10 in the medal tally are Quezon City with 23 golds, 15 silvers, 14 bronzes, Baguio City with 20-17-8, Negros Occdental with 15-9-6, Iloilo City with 13-0-4, Cebu City 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 with 5-2-3.

    Despite being devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, Leyte province still ranked 11th with 5-2-2 followed by Lucena with 5-2-1 and Bohol with 5-0-0.
    In chess at the New Government Center, Bacolod’s Stevenson Garong scored six points to top the boys rapid event, while Marie Antoinete Sa Digo finished with six points to capture the girls rapid gold medal.
    Ttennis results at the Montevista court showed Cebu City’s Jan Godfrey Seno wrapping the boys singles crown. The pair of Chris Justine Prulla and Neil Tangalin of San Jose City claimed the boys doubles. Cebu City’s Zethley Alferez topped the girls singles, Melanie Faye Dizon of Sta. Rosa, Laguna placed second and Jana
    Marie Pages of Cebu City teammate Shynne Villareal placed third.

    Later in the day, Pages and Alferez teamed up to rule the girls doubles.
    Negros Occidental trounced Tanauan City, 6-3, in the finals for the gold in boys futsal at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center. Pangasinan brought home the boys volleyball title and Davao del Norte captured the girls volleyball
    crown at the University of St. La Salle court.
    Om the triathlon’s mixed team relay at the Panaad Sports Complex, Mandaue
    City took the gold with an aggregate time of 59:52 edging Cebu which clocked 1:03:05. Laguna and Bacolod settled for third and fourth respectively.
    At the Gaisano City, the Quezon City team collected eight golds, six silvers and six bronzes to top the wrestling competition. Zamboanga was second with 4-7-6 and Laguna third with 4-3-1.
    Reynald Pacala led Quezon City’s onslaught by winning the boys 29-kg, Lea Monique Gonzaga in the 37-kg, Abigael Valena in the 40-kg and Lovely Joy Martinez in the 49-kg. category.

    Mandaue’s Carl Bernard Bejasa won the gold in badminton’s boys 12-year under singles. Bejasa then paired with James Villarante to take the boys 12-year and under doubles at the Pohang badminton court.

    Co-host Negros Occidental’s Susmita Angelique Ramos won the gold in the girls
    12-year and under single and then partnered with Ellana Tan for the girls
    doubles title.

    FRANK CALAPRE

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