2014 Palarong Pambansa
2014 Palarong Pambansa Laguna named host
Oct 13, 30, 2013
By: Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines – Laguna has been awarded the hosting of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa after convincing the game’s executive committee of its capability to stage the annual multisports competition for student-athletes.
“Laguna will host next year’s Palarong Pambansa,” Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Tonisito Umali announced yesterday.
The province’s hosting was granted during last Thursday’s meeting of officials from the DepEd and partner Philippine Sports Commission, headed by Education Secretary Armin Luistro and Umali and PSC commissioner Jolly Gomez.
Also present were Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito with Laguna Provincial Sports head Albert Abarquez and representatives of Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, whose LGU also bidded for the Palaro.
Marikina, according to Gomez, was tapped as host of another major student joust set in 2014, the sixth ASEAN Schools Games in December of that year.
Laguna’s modern sports facilities – the Laguna Recreational, Education, Cultural and Sports Stadium plus a 70-meter world-class archery range, track oval, football field, and dorm – won it for the province.
Expecting over 2,000 elementary and high school students, the 2014 Palaro will feature three new demo sports in wushu, wrestling, and billiards.
Marikina, meanwhile, will play host to some 1,500 student-athletes from 11 nations for the Asean schools meet.
2014 Palarong Pambansa in Laguna
LAGUNA WILL HOST THE 2014 PALARONG PAMBANSA
By Maloney L. Samaco
Sun, 27 Oct 2013
Laguna has won the bidding for the hosting of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa, the 57th edition of the national student games, as the game’s executive committee awarded the province to stage the biggest annual sports event.
Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali announced the hosting in a meeting on Thursday at the Department of Education’s central office in Pasig City.
Present during the announcement were Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito, Laguna Sports Coordinator Albert Abarquez, and Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman, whose city also bidding for the Palaro. The partner agency Philippine Sports Commission was represented by commissioner Jolly Gomez.
Marikina, according to Gomez, will host another major student meet, the sixth ASEAN Schools Games in December 2014.
Laguna’s modern sports facilities including the Laguna Recreational, Education, Cultural and Sports Stadium, and a 70-meter world-class archery range, and the newly built track oval, football field, and dorm was the advantage of the province in winning it over the other bidders.
Some 2,000 elementary and high school students are expected to compete in the 2014 Palaro which will include three new demonstration sports in wushu, wrestling, and billiards.
Marikina, on the other hand, will host to some 1,500 student-athletes from 11 nations for the ASEAN schools meet.
This will be the first time that Laguna will host the Palarong Pambansa after failing several times to bring the national games to the province in the past 10 years. Laguna has a track record of hosting several Southern Luzon legs of the Batang Pinoy.
Laguna previously lost to Tubod, Iloilo City, Naga City, Koronadal City, Puerto Princesa City, Tacloban City, San Jose in Tarlac, Dapitan City, Lingayen and Dumaguete City in the Palaro hosting rights.
This time its Laguna’s turn to beat Region 4A’s Batangas City, Region 4B’s Puerto Princesa City and Mindoro province, and Marikina City of the National Capital Region.
2014 Palarong Pambansa Archery
The girl’s Archery at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa was more impressive. While Region 1’s Mary Queen Ybanez taking six golds 30, 40, 50,60m, single fita round and individual Olympic round.
Yet the standout performer in this event was Vicent Villa (CVIRAA) who won four golds in the 30m, 50m, Olympic team event, Mixed Boys/Girls. Also, Quint Amongan (CARAA) took three golds in the 40m,60m, singles fita round. While Central Visayas emerged as the overall champion in the boys.
2014 Palarong Pambansa Arnis
Joemarson Abodadi (CARAA) was the only multiple medal winner in Arnis. He had 2 golds in Anyo individual and double weapon at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.
All impressive performances in the boy’s nothing impressive in the girls, in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.
While The MVP performance was from San Sebastian’s Jomar Udtohan (NCR). Fresh after breaking the NCAA Records 10.88 and 22.05 (electronic). The high school athlete is coached by Gando of San Sebastian College. Consequently tidying up three sprint records at the Palarong Pambansa timing 10.8, 21.8, and 48.7.
The previous record of 10.9 was shared by four athletes Julio Bayaban, Ronald Calaunan, Emmanuel De Ocampo, and Daniel Noval. Yet Bayaban and Noval later went onto becoming National Junior Record Holders.
While the 200m was shared by Calaunan and Noval at 22.2. Also, The 400m record was held by Rodrigo Tanuan (who was over-aged 21 at the time) when he ran the 49.6.
In addition, Utodohan also got 2 more records in the boys 4×100 (43.1) and 4×400 (3.22.1). Hence partnering with national pool member Jaime Mejia who also won the 110H and 400 Hurdles.
Also Bryan Pachecho of Aurora Province (CLRAA) threw two records shattering the boys Shot put from 13.90 to 15.32m (6kg shot) and throwing 62.49m (700 grams PB). Yet we should wait and see how Pachecho fares with the heavier 7.26kg and 800-gram Shotput at the PNG.
Also impressive was the tandem of Alexis Soqueno and Jerry Belibestre. Coached by Miguel Arca of Bacolod. Most noteworthy the two athletes are not just teammates but also school mates. Soqueno leaped 1.92m to break the palaro record (but rumored that the officials measured from the bottom of the bar) which means more like a 1.95m leap. While Soqueno best is 1.95m from the Bacolod Weekly relays he is only 15 years old. Also, Belibestre although not setting a record improved his best from 6.87m to 7.08m and is also only 15 years old.
2014 Palarong Pambansa Badminton
Also, Alvin Morada (NCRAA) took three golds in Boys Individual doubles, Mixed doubles, and team tie at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.
While in the girl’s two athletes took two golds Joella De Vera (R4A) and teammate Mary Ann Maranon. Also, De Vera won the Individual doubles. While Maranon won the individual singles and they teamed together in a four-person team in the team tie event.
NCR regained the title they had lost to Western Visayas last year. While NCR had previously won 2010, 2011, and 2012 Palaro titles. Most noteworthy Western Visayas was not in the top three this year.
SRAA (Region 12) emerged the overall champions in the boys. While Christian Pitt Laurente won the 41-42kg division. Also, the 46-49kg division which was the heaviest weight division was won by Jaye Arcilla of NCR.
In addition, there is no Boxing competition for girls at the Palaro level.
The most bemedalled athletes were in the girls Marie Antoinette San Diego in the girls. She took all the golds in all four events Individual, Team Standard, Individual Blitz, and team Blitz. While in boys it was Daryl Unix Samantila who won three gold medals Standard team, Individual Blitz, and Blitz team.
John Ivan Cruz took three golds for NCR in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics in Floor exercise, individual all-round, and table. While his teammate Jan Gywin Timbang won the Vaulting and Pommel Horse.
The Women’s artistic were more evenly dispersed with Regine Reynoso taking 2 golds in Single Bar and Individual all round. The most bemedalled female athlete, however, was Princess Joy Flores of NCR who won four golds in the Rhythmatic gymnastics Hoop, Club, Ribbon, and Individual all round.
DAVRAA won the title from Western Visayas
WVRAA won the softball title for the fourth year in a row. They beat NCR and Calabarzon.
- Seth Isaak Martin Elem Boys 100m Backstroke 1:07.21
- Imee Joyce Saavedra Elem Girls 200m Freestyle 2:16.72
- Imee Joyce Saavedra Elem Girls 400m Freestyle 4:51.83
- 4×50 Elem Boys Relay NCR 2:06.02
- 4×50 Elem Freestyle Girls Relay NCR 1:59.85
- Regina Paz Castrillo HS Boys 100m Butterfly 1:05.79 (SEA Games Bronze 1:01.76 2013)
- 4×50 HS Freestyle Boys 1:43.51
- 4×100 HS Freestyle Boys 3:43.68
It was a clean sweep for Western Visayas. WVRAA defended the boys’ title from CVRAA. WVRAA defended the girl’s title for the fourth year in a row from NCR.
An even spread of medals in the Boys secondary with no particular stand out. As in the girl’s, there were no multiple medal winners in this event.
NMRAA won the boy’s team event regaining the title they had lost after 2011. DAVRAA won the girls division over CVIRAA.
NCR won the Volleyball boys regaining the title they had won 2 years ago. Western Visayas won the Volleyball girls.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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