Last Updated on March 17, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2012 Philippines National Masters

2012 Philippines National Masters

The average person on the street who does not know much about Track and Field 
probably still think that Lydia De Vega Mercado and Elma Muros Posadas are still on the
national team. However, Posadas is still keeping active in between her coaching at UE by
competing at Masters level athletics. Muros who was carrying an injury won the 100m in 13.87.
The 45-year-old UE Coach who has not competed for several years battled through this to win
the gold medal for the Philippines once more.

Making her debut at Veteran Level was National Coach Lerma Gabito

The woman who succeeded Muros as SEA Games Champion in 2003, National Coach Lerma Elmira Gabito debuted in the M35 division. The 38-year-old won the 100m and her winning leap
of 5.50m in the Woman’s Long Jump was good enough to be ranked #5 in 2012 against athletes
a decade or more younger. Gabito’s effort was a games record for W35.

Erlindia Lavandia who was the SEA Games Javelin Champion from 1977 to 1981, and 1985.
Won the gold medal in the W60 Javelin and also in the Shot-put Victorina Calma won silver in the 800/1500m W35.

National 800m Record Holder John Lozada collected two silvers in the Men’s 800/1500m event
for Men’s 35. While Antonio Chee improved his personal best to 3.80m to capture the silver in
the M35 Pole Vault.

Brothers Emerson and Edward Obiena took Gold and Silver in the Pole Vault. National Coach
Emerson at 48 years of age is still the defending national champion in that event although he
didn’t jump as well here as he was carrying an injury.

In the M55 division, former national hurdler Arnel Lobos was third in the Men’s 100 Hurdles.
National Coach Agustin ‘Danny’ Jarina won the bronze in the Men’s Hammer. Aurora Ramos
finished with silver in W50 100m.

Muros-Posadas leads PH track squad

Written by Cecil C. Noguera from the Manila Times

Elma Muros

(Nov 2) The country’s seasoned tracksters are all set to compete in the 17th Asian Master’s Athletics Championships scheduled on November 2 to 7 at the Taipei City National Stadium in Taiwan.
With the presence of long jump queen Elma Muros-Posadas, pole vaulter Emerson Obiena and thrower Erlinda Lavandia in the lineup, the Philippine delegation is looking to earn at least 10
gold medals.
“We are optimistic about our chances since we have a strong lineup for this event,” said the National Masters and Seniors Athletic Association of the Philippines chief Manny Ibay.
Muros-Posadas won a total of 15 gold medals during her stint in the Southeast Asian Games.
She also claimed the gold medal in the 2011 World Masters held in Sacramento California along with Obiena and Lavandia, who also topped their respective events.

Joining them are Elenita Punelas, Lerma Bulauitan-Gabito, Antonio Chee, Agustin Jarina, Arnel
Lobos, Aurora Ramos, Cornillo Villarta, Edward Obiena, Helen Castillo, John Lozada, Jose
Ang, Julio Bayaban, Lorna Vejano, Maria Jeanette Obiena, Margarito Banigued, Nenita Leal,
Perla Lobos, Ray Prestoza, Renato Fontanilla, Reynaldo Tomas, Roel Ano, Rosejean
Yparraguirre, Salve Bayaban, Victoria Calma and Wilfredo Adiaz.

“These athletes were victorious during their times and we’re thankful that they’re still there competing, giving honors to our country,” said Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association President Go Teng Kok.

28 countries more have confirmed attendance in the six-day meeting with 25 events to be disputed
in different age groups.

We also talked about possibly bringing back even more ‘Legends of the Past’ to the PNG.

Asian Masters Athletics exceed SEA Games Gold Tally in Athletics 11 Golds so far

The Philippine contingent at Asian Masters came back with several golds and competition Records in the 4 days meet from May 4-8 in Singapore.

As of today the count for the team was 11. Team Manager and Masters sprinter Edward Kho said that the team is one away from its expected target of 12. And the team is in high morale.

May 7, 2016

National Coaches and Former SEA Games Medalists better Championship Marks


Danilo Fresnido, National Coach and former 3x SEA Games Champion in the Javelin heaved the spear 63.45m, Breaking the Asian Masters 40 Record of Kuriyama Yoshiya of Japan set in 1996 and the Championships record of Sawang Matarat of Thailand 56.40m from 2004.

While Fresnido has been around Masters level for a while two first-timers who also happen to be national coaches took out championship records. Fresnido is also a member of the Philippine Army.


Former 4x SEA Games Champion in the Hammer Throw Arniel Ferrera now 35, playing his first years in the masters took the gold with a throw of 53.93m. Breaking the meet record of  Takeuchi Ryo of Japan set in 2010 with 50.40m.

Ferrera did, however, fall short of the 59.02m Asian Record of Takakuwa Hidero of Japan set in 2004. But he has four years to go after that. Ferrera took silver in the shot put with 12.86m.

Rene Calveman ‘Don’t touch my calves’ protecting his calves with compression tights.

and 5x SEA Games Champion Rene ‘The Calve Man’ Herrera clocked 9.45.70 to win the 3K Steeples, Shattering the previous meet record of 10.42.50 by Kawamoto Koji of Japan set in 2012. However, he missed out on the Asian M35 Record of 9.26.19 set by Katagiri Ryo of Japan in 1996.

Another National Coach Joebert ‘Grover’ Delicano who still holds the National Record in the Men’s Triple Jump (15.55m) took the gold with a leap of 14.03m (-0.3). Delicano was the very surprising winner of the National Open when he even defeated his athletes to capture the National title again in 2016 with no training.

Both Delicano and Herrera are former Presidents of the National Training pool. These two and Arniel Ferrera are all members of the Philippine Airforce.


Sunang Debuts

Marestella Torres-Sunang

Olympic women’s wild card Marestella Sunang, leaped 6.41m (-0.3) to take the women’s  Gold in the W35 long jump. Sunang is 4 times women’s champion in the long jump. She broke the Asian master’s record of Nisiuchi Kumiko of Japan’s 5.72m set in 1985. And also the meet record of 5.50m by former teammate Lerma Gabito set in 2012.

Lerma added herself to the national rankings lists with a long jump of 5.23m in the W40 division breaking the 4.80m mark of Ally Kuriakose of India set in 2012, but away from the 5.71m Asian mark of Kumiko set in 1988.  Lerma took the gold in the Women’s 100m in 13.09 (+0.2).


Double Golds for Erawati of Indonesia and Lavandia of the Philippines

Former Multiple SEA Games Champion Dedeh Erawati of Indonesia, 36 won the W35 400 Hurdles in 1.04.22 just outside the Asian Masters W35 Record of 1.03.9 of Soo Chong Peng of Malaysia set in 2000. Mary Grace Melgar of the Philippines a former SEA Games Silver medalist in 400 Hurdles was second in 1.13.70.

Saraswati then took the 100m in a smart 12.43 (+0.1). Slightly outside the hand-timed Asian Masters record of Murayama Ritsuko of Japan set in 2007.  However her time surpassed the meet record of Elma Muros Posadas of the Philippines 12.3 set in Bangalore in 2006.12.3 is equivalent to 12.44 in electronics, therefore 12.43 is a more improved time.

She also won the 100 Hurdles in 14.40 (0.3) breaking the Chong Peng Asian W35 record of 14.99 set in 1998, and the 15.85 meet record set the same year.


Erlinda Lavandia, 64  a four times SEA Games Champion. Took the gold once again in the Women’s Javelin in 31.34m.  She added a second gold in the Shotput with 8.10m.  She took silver in the Hammer with 22.68m.


Former Stars go 1-2 in Men’s 10,000m Run

National Record Holder Eduardo Buenavista former SEA Games Champion and former sea games silver medalist Julius Sermona both of the Philippine Airforce relived history with another 1-2 tally for the Philippines. Both now 37, the duo once again delivered in the Men’s 35 division playing their first masters experience. Buenavista won in 34:38.46 from Julius Sermona 35:53.86.

Former National team athlete Melinda Delos Reyes took silver in the W40 5K Racewalk timing 30.32.33.

PATAFA Auditor Jeanette Obiena got a silver in the Women’s 80 Hurdles in 16.30 (0.3) in the Women’s 45 division. Leal Nenita took bronze in the W50 in 15.94 (0.4)

Former 2X SEA Games champion in the Marathon Christabel Martes,36 took a championship record in the Women’s Steeple Chase with a 7.37.16, Martes who took second at the national open championship beating a lot of much younger athletes shattering the meet record. Rekha Edirisinghe of Sri Lanka 9.26.40 in 2009. The Asian Record is 7.32.72 by ishie Yuki of Japan set in 2001.

Martes added another gold in the 5000m run in 19.11.87.

Masters Records Here

Full Results Here


By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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