2013 Thailand Open Full Report

2013 Thailand Open Full Report
Aug 29, 2013

The Philippines sends 47 in athletics to the Thai Open most in its History

The Philippines has the largest athletic team overseas in the country’s history. Breaking all participation records. 47 Athletes and an additional 14 (mainly composed of national coaches, but including parents for minors and a collegiate coach) will join the delegation for the Thailand Track and Field Open from September 3 to September 6.

PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez will also attend this meet he has been very supportive in helping the athletes and organization with this trip. Com Gomez accompanied what was then the largest contingent of thirty athletes to the Thailand Open last year.

The Thai Open is a very high-level competition that serves as a dress rehearsal to prepare our athletes for the SEA Games as it features not just all the best athletes in South East Asia, but also most of the Asian Countries as well. It is almost like a mini Asian Championships


Last Qualification

The Thai Open will also be the last qualification meet for the Philippines Track and Field Track and Field Association as the entries will close after this meet and at that stage, a final lineup will be submitted for the SEA Games.

All members of the National Team and pool will be participating, except Mary Grace Delos Santos, Eduardo Buenavista, and Eric Panique as no Marathon events are available for them here. SEA Games 3k Steeple 5-time champion Rene Herrera is not participating as he has an automatic selection for SEA Games as defending champion.

The team composes all four relays this time. Men’s 4×100, Women’s 4×100, Mens 4×400, and Womens 4×400.

Fil-Heritage sprinter Princess Joy Griffey will make her debut for the Philippines at the Thai Open.

Throwers Melvin Calano, and Kenny Gonzales; Jumper Janry Ubas; Sprinters Jomar Udtohan, and Princess Joy Griffey, and Hurdlers Raiveneth Penarubia and Marilyn Avila will make their debut performances in the Philippines.



  1. Joseph SY
  2. Nixon MAS
  3. Luisito ARTIAGA
  4. Agustin JARINA
  5. Sean GUEVARA
  6. Jeoffrey CHUA
  8. Roy VENCE
  9. Arnold VILLARUBE
  10. Lerma Elmira GABITO
  11. Roselyn HAMERO
  12. JAIME JR MEJIA (accompanying parent)
  13. Jocelito GANDO (accompanying coach)
  14. Angel DAYAG (rep/manager for AFP Athletes)


  1. Edgardo ALEJAN JR. (400M, 4x400M)
  2. Archand Christian BAGSIT (400m, 4x400m)
  3. Junrey BANO (400m,400H, 4x400m)
  4. Danilo FRESNIDO (JT)
  5. Mervin GUARTE (800m, 1500m)
  6. Benigno MARAYAG (LJ)
  7. Julius NIERRAS (400m, 4x400m)
  8. Henry DAGMIL (LJ, 4x100m)
  9. Arniel FERRERA (HT)
  10. Ray Cris CAPISPISAN (HJ)
  11. Jesson Ramil CID (SP, DT, JT)
  12. Isidro DEL PRADO JR. (400m, 4x400m)
  13. Joebert DELICANO (LJ, TJ)
  14. Manuel LASANGUE jr. (HJ)
  15. Eliezer SUNANG (SP)
  16. Jordan Paul BILLONES (800m)
  17. Melvin CALANO (JT)
  18. Harry DIONES (TJ)
  19. Kenny GONZALES (JT)
  20. Wenlie MAULAS (800m)
  21. Rafael POLIQUIT jr. (10k)
  22. Hernanie SORE (3ks)
  23. Christopher ULBOC Jr. (3ks)
  24. Patrick Ma. UNSO (110H, 4x100m)
  25. Julius SERMONA (5k, 10k)
  26. Andrew PIRIE (100m, 200m,4x100m)
  27. Jerome Margallo (PV)
  28. Emerson Obiena (PV)

Junior Mens

  1. Ernest John Obiena (PV)
  2. Jamie Immanuel Mejia (110H,400H)
  3. Jomar Udtohan (100, 200,400, 4×100 Open)
  4. Julian Reem FUENTES (LJ)
  5. Janry Ubas (LJ, HJ)


  1. Narcisca ATIENZA (Hepta)
  2. Katherine Khay Santos (100m, LJ, 4x100m)
  3. Rosie Villarito (JT)
  4. Riezel Buenaventura (PV)
  5. Hanelyn Loquinto (100m, 4x100m)
  6. Josie Malacad (400m, 400 Hurdles, 4x400m)
  7. Jessa Mangsat (3ks, 5k)
  8. Princess Joy Griffey (100m, 4x100m, 4x400m Res)
  9. Felyn Dolloso (TJ)
  10. Loralie Sermona (HT)


Junior Women’s

  1. Jenyrose Rosales (400m, Open 4×100, Open 4×400)
  2. Marilyn Avila (400m, 400H, Open 4×400)
  3. Reyvieneth Penarubia (400m, 400H, Open 4×400)
  4. Evalyn Palabrica (JT)


2013 Thailand Open Reports Sprints

I have to apologize as I have been very busy the last few days of the Thailand Open. So Here is the rundown and event-by-event report.



Jomar Udtohan the NCAA Record Holder and National Youth Champion clocked 11.12 in the heats finishing third and then progressed to the final improving to 11.04 in the semis. Veteran Sprinter Andrew Pirie finished fourth in his heat in 11.38 and did not qualify for the semis.

3 women were running for the Philippines, in Heat 1 Fil-Heritage sprinter Princess Joy Griffey clocked 12.46 to place a close second and qualify for the final.

In Heat 2 Hanelyn Loquinto placed 4th in 12.49 (SB) but did not progress to the final. In Heat 3 Orranut Klomdee of Thailand (the 2001-2003 SEA Games Champion, and #1 in the SEA this year) won in 12.10 and Katherine Khay Santos (PHI) clocked 12.29s to also qualify for the final. Griffey and Santos will run the 100m Final tomorrow. 

Udtohan clocked 22.90 in the 200 Heats but did not progress to the finals.



Jenny Rose Rosales ran 57.18, 56.62 and then clocked a new personal best of 55.87 to win the Junior Women’s 400m Final. Rosales from UE is the UAAP Record Holder in the 100-200-400. Her time of 55.87 places her third in South East Asia behind 4 Vietnamese runners (only 2 will go to the SEA Games). Rosales who is coached by Elma Muros and Jojo Posadas clock the fifth-fastest time ever by a Filipina.

Marilyn Avila placed fifth in the 400m girls’ final. In the Women’s 400m Josie Malacad clocked 56.43 in the finals a new personal best to get the silver in the Women’s 400m.

The Men’s 400m was impressive with the relay slots being sorted. In the heats, Alejan ran 47.41, Nierras 47.68, Bagsit 47.98 and Del Prado Jr. a PB of 48.02. Junrey Bano clocked 49.50.

In the semifinals, Alejan clocked a new personal best of 47.24, Bagsit 47.68, Del Prado Jr. 52.00 due to cramps, and Nierras and Bano did not finish.

In the finals, Alejan won the gold and clocked 46.96 the fastest time in South East Asia this year and 6th fastest ever by a Filipino male behind Del Prado Sr., Nierras, Candelario, Gido, and Aing. Bagsit ran 47.11 for the silver he also clocked a new personal best.

(End of Report will update later)


Statement from Athletics after the Thailand Open (rev 1)

By Pirie Enzo, Consultant/Researcher office of Com. Gomez

I would like to thank the Chairman, Commissioner Gomez, and the PSC board for their support and help with our delegation of 46 sent to Thailand and also the PATAFA admin and coaches for their effort. 

Also to the athletes for their hard work and dedication to bringing glory to the country and our sport.

This was to my knowledge and those of many older Philippine athletic gurus the largest delegation ever sent overseas by PATAFA.

The PATAFA has now submitted a lineup of 39 for further evaluation by the SEA Games task force. It is a mixture of new athletes, veterans, and athletes from the Fil-Heritage program.

The Predicted output for Athletics at the SEA Games is 5-7 gold medals. (2013 SEA Games = 6 Golds)

The recent results of the Thai Open were pleasing and indicated a lot of athletes were well prepared for the task ahead in Myanmar in a few months. The Philippines was successful in its campaign for the Thailand Open. A lot of athletes showed credibility towards their SEA Games campaign. The Philippines won 10 golds, 8 silvers, and 8 bronzes at the Thailand Open.

The emergence of a lot of new athletes this year is a very positive sign that a lot of changes are being made to ensure we have our best possible team for the 2013 SEA Games.

We however should keep pushing for reforms and improvements in our athletic program to continue building and developing our athletes in 2015 and beyond.

What was positive was the emergence of new athletes throughout the year which shows we are in a good position now with the right reforms and changes to further improve our athletic program to win as many as 10-15 gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.




(List courtesy of PATAFA Facebook group)

Thank you to all participants for doing your best, to all followers and supporters for being there through thick and thin, to PSC for funding the activities, to PATAFA admin for your untiring work and effort to give the best for the delegation, to the coaches who help make this competition a success and to the sports community/ enthusiasts who always believed to the Filipino athletes.



1 Arniel Ferrera 05-Sep Hammer Throw (M) 60.69s

2 Edgardo Alejan Jr 05-Sep 400m (M) 46.95s PB/SB

3 Evalyn Palabrica 05-Sep Javelin Throw (Jr-W) 43.32s

4 Jennyrose Rosales 04-Sep 400m (W) 55.87s PB

5 Jessa Mangsat 04-Sep 3000mSC (W) 11:10.08s PB/NR

6 Katherin Khay Santos 03-Sep Long Jump (W) 5.99 m

7 Mary Lyn Avila 04-Sep 400m Hurdle (Jr-W) 1:04.44s

8 Riezel Buenaventura 05-Sep Pole Vault (W) 3.85m

9 Mervin Guarte 06-Sep 800m (M) 1:50.91s

10 Edgardo Alejan Jr/ Archand Christian Bagsit/ Julius Felicisimo Nierras Jr/ Isidro Del Prado Jr 06-Sep 4x400m Relay (M) 3:08.04s PB



1 Archand Christian Bagsit 05-Sep 400m (M) 47.11s PB

2 Ernest John Obiena 03-Sep Pole Vault (Jr-M) 4.90 m

3 Josie Malacad 04-Sep 400m Hurdle (W) 1:01.61s SB

4 Josie Malacad 05-Sep 400m (W) 56.43s PB

5 Julian Reem Fuentes 04-Sep Long Jump (Jr-M) 6.92 m

6 Junrey Bano 04-Sep 400m Hurdle (M) 52.24s

7 Mervin Guarte 03-Sep 1500m (M) 3:55.59s

8 Rosie Villarito 05-Sep Javelin Throw (W) 49.08s

9 Harry Diones 06-Sep Triple Jump 15.5 s PB

10 Jennyrose Rosales/ Mary Lyn Avila/ Reyvieth Peñarubia/ Josie Malacad

06-Sep 4x400m Relay (W) 3:52.45s



1 Eliezer Sunang 05-Sep Shot Put (M) 16.74m PB/NR

2 Lorelie Sermona 03-Sep Hammer Throw (W) 49.13m

3 Reyvieth Peñarubia 04-Sep 400m Hurdle (Jr-W) 1:06.36s

4 Katherin Khay Santos/ Princess Joy Griffith/ Hanelyn Loquinto/ Jennyrose Rosales 05-Sep 4x100m Relay (W) 46.63s

5 Jordan Paul Billones 06-Sep 800m (M) 1:52.00s

6 Jessa Mangsat 06-Sep 5000m (W) 18:41.2s


Men’s 4x400m Relay Team Ready for SEA Games

The Men’s 4x400m Relay laid down the gauntlet for the rest of its South East Asian neighbors. That it will defend its title. The Philippines quartet of Isidro Del Prado Jr., Julius Nierras, Edgardo Alejan, and Archand Bagsit clocked an impressive 3:08.07 to lead the SEA Ranking lists.


Faster than the last SEA Games

This was significantly faster than their SEA Games winning time in Palembang two years ago of 3 mins 11. It was here a drug ban on one of the Malaysian 4×400 members led to the team being stripped of the gold and given to the Philippines who crossed the line in second place. The MAF (Malaysia Athletics Federation) stated the athletes have not yet returned the gold medals.

Regardless Malaysia now ranks 2nd with a time of 3:10.40 ran at the Taipei Open earlier in the year.

New Member

The Philippines brought in the rapidly improving Isidro Del Prado Jr. (son of the former Asian champion and national record holder) who is coached by 2001-03 SEA Champion Ernie Candelario and improved from 49.01 to 48.02 this year. Del Prado has been substituted for Junrey Bano (member 2011) who will focus on 400 Hurdles.

Edgardo Alejan also improved this year from 48.41 to 48.01 (PNG), 47.40 ASC. And then 47.41, 47.24, 46.95 at the Thai Open.

Bagsit silver medalist last SEA Games clocked 47.11 to finish second at the Thai Open a new personal best that puts him as #2 in SEA this year behind Alejan.

34-year-old Julius Nierras the 2007 SEA Games 400m Champion also showed a return to old form with a Seasons best of 47.68.

National relay coach Lerma Buluitan stated the relay can run 3m07 or below shortly possibly targeting the legendary National Record of 3:06.58 set in 1985 in the Bangkok SEA Games. A 3:05 would lead to a medal at next year’s Asian Games.


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