DUMAGUETE CITY: Anyo (Form) artist Jennifer Manas bagged two of the three gold medals won by Western Visayas Region in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa arnis competition at the Holy Cross High School Gym here. Arnis is the Philippines’ national martial art and sport by the virtue of Republic Act 9850.
The 12-year-old Manas earned her first gold in the elementary girls’ anyo individual single weapon event as she scored 45.10 points. She defeated Mae Garson of Cotabato Region (44.70) and Krizel Angana of Central Visayas (44.50)
Manas continued her impressive showing when she partnered with Mary Christel Rendon in winning the anyo individual team doubles gold medal with 44.30 points. Mara Domingo and Florence Joy Coteng of Cordilleras Administrative Region settled for silver with 44.07 points while Marie Camansi and Juvelyn Edulzura of Northern Mindanao took the bronze with 44.00 points.
Crystal AJ Bartonico added one gold for Western Visayas by ruling the secondary girls’ anyo individual single weapon event. Bartonico scored 87.40 points, good enough to beat Catherine Cuarez of Central Visayas (86.00) and Shaira Jane Sa-lingbay of Cordilleras Administrative Region (85.90).
Other winners are gold medalist Maximo Caballes Jr. of Central Visayas (94.30), silver medalist Joe Marson Rey Abogadi of Cordilleras Administrative Region (92.70) and bronze medalist Mark Andrew Orcena of Southern Tagalog Region in the secondary boys’ anyo individual single weapon; and gold winner Elmer Manlapas of Cordilleras Administrative Region (45.50), silver winner Paul Simon Aguirre of Northern Mindanao (45.40) and bronze winner Frederick Lanz Bontillo of Western Visayas (45.10) in the elementary boys’ anyo individual single weapon.
Meanwhile, Mary Queen Ybañez of Ilocos Region made her presence felt in the archery competition at the Ang Tay Golf Range by winning three gold medals.
Ybañez reigned supreme in the secondary girls’ 40-meter with 308 points, edging Mariel Goros-pe of Central Luzon (307) and Myla Agus of Central Visayas (304). Ybañez also dominated the 50m event with 319 points and the Single Fita Round with 1,224 points.
National Capital Region’s (NCR) Luis Gabriel Moreno earned two gold medals in the secondary boys category. Moreno scored 341 in topping the 30m class and 332 in ruling the 40m class. The other gold medalists in archery are Devie Jane Solitario of Central Visayas (secondary girls’ 30m) and Eunice Luna of Western Visayas (secondary girls’ 60m).
In athletics, NCR won three of the four gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles event.
Jaime Immanuel Mejia registered 55.3 seconds in winning the secondary boys’ hurdles crown leaving Raffy Gonzales of Mimaropa Region (55.6) in second and Roque Lisondra of Western Visayas Region (56.6) in third.
Marylyn Avila, for her part, topped the secondary girls’ hurdles category in one minute and 4.3 seconds. Western Visayas bets Renalyn Aguirre (1:04.9) and Jealyn Lancita (1:05.4), finished second and third respectively.
Jan Mell Francis Gervacio added one more gold for the Big City when he ruled the elementary boys’ hurdles with a clocking of 1:02.40, beating John Kenneth De Villa of Calabarzon Region (1:03.6) and Kenneth Corpuz of Cotabato Region (1:05.0).
In basketball, Davao Region nipped Central Luzon, 87-61; Ilocos Region trounced Zambo-anga Peninsula, 76-45; and Northern Mindanao thumped Bicol Region, 75-68.
In tennis, Central Visayas’ Lord Mikell Lauron, Ed Adrian Parangan and Michael Wamar copped the secondary boys’ team event gold medal while NCR’s Jzash Eale Canja, Erika Mae Manduriao, Aimea Lou Rosales and Marie Ann San Jose got the gold medal in the secondary girls’ team category.
NCR, the defending overall champion, is pulling away in the medal standings with 32 gold medals including 16 in gymnastics and nine in Day 1 of swimming event. The other swimming finals were scheduled on Tuesday.