Central Visayas boxers nab 4 golds in Palaro

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

DUMAGUETE CITY—For a team that was not expected to dominate, the boxers sure did surprise the entire delegation.

The boxing squad of Region 7 won four gold medals of the seven titles at stake in the boxing event, winning the overall title for boxing in the Palarong Pambansa.

Their four golds padded Central Visayas’ total to 18 golds, 17 silvers and 32 bronze medals.


Going into the games, very little was expected from the team because for the longest time, Central Visayas has not dominated boxing.

“Our fighters are really small compared to those from the other regions, that’s why nobody expected for us to dominate this event,” coach Joselito Hermoso said in Cebuano.

Hermoso said they made up for it in the training and made sure the kids followed a game plan catered to every opponent.

Regional Director Carmelita Dulangon was equally surprised. Last night, she looked for the kids, hugged them and asked, “Wala ra mo nasakitan, dong?”

“I am so overwhelmed. There were a lot of apprehensions about these kids pulling this off. But instead of feeling bad about it, they became motivated and inspired,” said Dulangon. “Kung kahibalo pa lang ang mga ginikanan ug mga tawo nga nahabilin unsa ang gi-agian sa atong mga bata, ma-proud sad sila.”

Those who won the gold for boxing were Lloyd Jabes Antoque, the youngest at 12 years old, who defeated NCR’s Jimwell James Cerro in the kids’ minimumweight division.

Antoque was crying after his victory not because he was hurt but because he finally won.

“Last year, silver ra ko sa Palaro. Karon, mas dako ako kontra, nadala gyud nako ug diskarte. Nakadaog na gyud ko. Ni pay off ra akong sacrifices,” said Antoque.

Antoque said that while he enjoys training at dawn and after school, his biggest sacrifice was maintaining the weight.

“Kailangan man gyud mag reduce sa weight. Gamay ra ako kaunon. Usahay tulo ra ka hungit, usahay apples ra,” said Antoque. “Karon, mukaon ko ug daghan,” he said as they prepared for a thanksgiving dinner at the Region’s billeting area.

Abellana National School’s Junrel Jimenez, who defeated John Patrick Dinolan of Region 11, said it was a sweet victory for him as his Palaro experience has been full of disappointments. In his four Palaros, he was disqualified twice for being underaged.

This was however his second gold medal. His first was in 2011.

Clint Gersale of Consolacion defeated Region 10’s Wilmore Osing to win the god in the School Boys Mosquitoweight 38 kg., while Kit Geron Garces defeated Region 9’s Erwin Jan Campaner in the Jr. Boys Pinweight division.

Also winning the gold medals yesterday were the elementary boys tennis team. Fahd Kenneth Banico and Francisco Hidalgo Jr. defeated ARMM, 8-6, in the doubles division.

Region 7 pulled off a 1-2 finish in the singles event after Marc Nicole Suson defeated teammate Gener Francis Lambayan, 8-6, in the finals.


Methosella Hoban and Vic Glysen Derotas also won the gold medal in the girl’s chess team. Derotas also won a gold medal in the individual competition.

The girls archery team of Myla Aus, Ma. Josephine Maloloy-on, Cristy Comahig and Rey Ann Flores won the gold in the team competition.

Dulangon said that they remain positive that the team will maintain its fourth place finish if not improve in the overall ranking.

So far, Cviraa is at third place based on the partial official results with 168 points. However, once the points in events like athletics and swimming, where the region barely won, the ranking will be shaken.

NCR virtually has another victory in the bag, leading with 325.5 points, while Western Visayas at second with 190.67.

While very little points are expected from athletics and swimming, the team will be expecting points from several team competitions, which will be seeing action in the finals today.

The secondary boys football squad banked on the two goals of Marc Felicilda of MTI for Cviraa to defeat NCR, 2-1, in yesterday’s semifinals. It will face Mimaropa in today’s gold medal match. Felicilda said that while he was the hero in the semifinals match, he will be entrusting the finals to his teammates.

“I don’t think the team will win with just one player. It will be a team effort in tomorrow’s final,” he said

Also seeing action in today’s finals are the secondary boys basketball team and the elementary and secondary girls volleyball squads.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 27, 2013.


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