Davraa strikes 5 golds in arnis, athletics, swimming

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

THE Davao Region Athletic Association struck for a total of five gold medals, three silvers and one bronze late Wednesday to bring the delegation's over-all medal haul to six golds, six silvers and eight bronzes in the ongoing 2014 Palarong Pambansa as of yesterday presstime.

The arnis team collected two golds, two silvers and one bronze while the swimmers added one gold and one silver as the athletics team clinched two golds.

Davraa's Kleinn Mataverde snatched the secondary boys arnis full contact bantamweight gold while Ilocos Region's Kin Jerwin Carino got the silver and the bronzes went to Ian Patrick Gurrobat of the National Capital Region and Jovani Cantar of Northern Mindanao.


Harrison Cerilo gave Davraa its second gold in arnis elementary boys full contact over 4'8 to 5' event over Zamboanga Peninsula's Roel Ouano who settled for silver in the competition held at the Laguna State Polytechnic University activity center in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Jay Mabanag copped the elementary boys arnis full contact over 5' to 5'4 silver while Denice Lagumbay also chipped in a silver in secondary girls full contact bantamweight event. Rofel Angelo Pendon, for his part, won a bronze in secondary boys full contact pinweight category.

Earlier, the elementary girls anyo team synchronized anyo double baston got a bronze.

At Last

After sweeping one silver and two bronzes on the first day of swimming competition at the Laguna Sports Complex pool, Davraa tanker Zoe Marie Hilario at last annexed her first gold medal by clocking two minutes and 39.49 seconds in elementary girls 200-meter individual medley (IM) on Day 2.

The Davraa tanker raced past NCR's Charize Espero of NCR who timed 2:39.94 and Calabarzon's Bela Louise Magtibay who registered 2:42.95.

The swimming team has accounted for a total of one gold, three silvers and four bronzes as of this writing.

Bernice Elesterio fell short of the gold and salvaged a silver in elementary girls 50m breastroke. She checked in at 38.29 behind Calabarzon's Magtibay who finished in 37.36 for the gold.

Cedric Joseph Fox (secondary boys 400m freestyle) had a silver while Christian Paul Anor ended up with the bronze of the same event on the first day of the swimfest. Davraa also took a bronze in the elementary boys 200m medley relay team along with the girls team wherein Hilario formed part of.

The swimfest has yet to close but Davraa has already put up an impressive showing this year after a lackluster performance in the Dumaguete City 2013 edition.


At the LSC track oval, Christian Jay Via ug Berneil Cabanda captured the elementary boys shot put and 100m dash golds, respectively.

Via made a distance of 8.94 meters to prevail over Ilocos bet John Arellano (8.93m) and Jimboy Lofranco of Central Visayas (8.76m).

Cabandia, meanwhile, clocked 12.1.05 seconds to outrun Edwin Requillas of Bicol (12.1.10) and John Mark Saguid of Calabarzon (12.2.14) who grabbed the next two places.

The 13-year-old Via, son of Emma ug Christopher, said he was confident to win the gold.

"Nag-expect gyud ko na ako modaug kay sa trial nakalabay ko og 11 meters unya ang misunod sa ako kay 8 kapin pero nakulbaan man gud ko sa finals ba mao wala nako nalayo og labay (I was expecting to win the gold since I recorded 11 meters in the trials but I got nervous during the finals so I wasn't able to throw farther)," the Grade 5 student of Isaac Abalayan Elementary School in Digos City told Sun.Star Superbalita in an interview.

Via, the youngest among four children, was overjoyed to have won a gold in his first-ever Palaro stint. He will try to double his feat in the javelin throw event.

Cabanda, 12, a Grade 6 student at Jose Timbal Sr. Central Elementary School in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur was overflowing with gratitude.

“Nagpasalamat ko sa Ginoo nga nadaug ko. Nalipay gyud ko kay wala ko mag-expect kay pulos baya kusog ang kalaban, grabe akong kulba (I thank God that I won. I'm so happy `coz I really didn't expect to win since my rivals were also fast and I was nervous),” the sixth among seven children of farmers Bernardo and Elizabeth.

It was Cabanda's first Palaro performance. He didn't join last year as he was scared but his coach encouraged him to train. He said, "Sige lang ko hunahuna nga kaya nako (I just thought I can do it).”

The Davraa athletics team accounted for a total of two golds, one silver and one bronze. Joanna Marie Agodo bagged a silver in secondary girls 400m hurdles while Kimberly Dangli copped a bronze in secondary girls shot put Wednesday morning.

The secondary girls tennis team of Jenni Celine Dizon, Rosevel Anne Birondo, Shaira Hope Rivera and Jed Vallie Rayne Aquino won Davraa's first gold in the Games.

The delegation is currently at 10th place in the over-all rankings as of 10 p.m. Wednesday with NCR way ahead in the 17-region sportsfest for elementary and secondary athletes being spearheaded by the Department of Education.

Other finals events of swimming and athletics were still being played as of this writing.

Last year, Davraa slumped to its worst ever standng at 11th over-all.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 09, 2014.


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