Last Updated on March 20, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2015 Philippines National Games Mindanao

2015 Philippines National Games Mindanao

The Philippines National Games Mindanao Leg was held at the Pagadian City Oval. While no starting blocks were used and this a mud track. Yet the inside lane was very slippery so was avoided by the runners. Also this created difficulty in some of the distance events. Yet runners ended up running extra meters. While they had to resort to lane 2 and in some cases lane 3. Also, it rained on the first day making the track even slower and more slippery.

The playing of the theme ‘Chariots of Fire’ was very appropriate considering the use of a mud track for the athletics segment. Also, I was hoping the athletes would start digging holes in the ground for their starting blocks.

While a brand new track is being worked on at the Zamboanga Sports Academy and is expected to be completed in around a month. The first medal of the meet went to Michelle Sampang of Pagadian City in the Women’s 10,000 meters.


Jieann Calis

Jieann Calis won the girl’s 800 easily. But due to the slippery surface, she had to run in lane 3 and ended up with a 2:34 clock, 22 seconds behind her 2:12 Palaro Record. Efrelyn Democer the schoolmate of Jieann and Palaro Record Holder in the Discus threw 27.21 meters. Democer then added the shotput title with 8.40m.

PRISAA Champion Langie Mae Meder of Davao City won the 100 meters and 200 meters with only two entries.

The difficult surface and weather conditions cost about 4 seconds of speed, meaning the fastest time in the 400m was Joppe Sabitan (55.3) who held off his Davao City teammate Glein Payac (56.4). Hanelito Caparso of Gen San took the boys in 55.8.

Zamboanga Sports Academy athlete Ronnie Rodrigo entertained his teammates on each lap with fist pumps and hand gestures to win the Boys 5000m in 17:54.6. 17-year-old Local Rannie Ornillo of Pagadian City emerged as the meet’s fastest man winning the juniors in 11.6 (tough dirt track).

2015 PNG Mindanao Athletics Results

PNG Report Day 3 – Democer bags 3rd athletics gold in POC-PSC PNG Mindanao elims


Article by Bong Pedralvez

Democer, Coach Rhodz, Pirie, other Plaridel coaches, and Jieann

PAGADIAN –  Palarong Pambansa standout Efrelyn Democer ruled her forte – the girls’ javelin throw. Becoming the first triple gold medalist in athletics of the POC-PNG  Philippine National Games Mindanao eliminations. At the Pagadian City track and field oval here on Sunday.

Democer easily stamped her class in the event. Hurling the spear to a distance of 41.05 meters. Although it was short of her  Palarong Pambansa mark of 42.34 meters recorded in Tagum, Davao del Norte last May.

It was the third gold for the diminutive amazon from Plaridel, Misamis Occidental. Who annexed the girl’s discus throw last Friday and the shotput (8.40 meters) yesterday in the meet. Organized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission.

“Masayang-masaya po kasi first time kong Manalo ng three gold medals sa isang malaking event,”  Democer, a  Grade 9 student at the Looc National High School, said while thanking her coach Rhodelane Aragamac for her strong showing here.

“Nagbunga po yong hard work namin kay Efrelyn,” noted Aragamac, who also trained Davao del Norte Palaro triple gold medalist Jie anne Calis, who was eyeing her second victory in the girl’s 1,500-meter run in the afternoon after topping the girls 800-meter run (2:34.3) in the morning.

Zamboanga del Sur Sports Academy

The Zamboanga del Sur Sports Academy bets also made their presence felt last Saturday. By capturing five golds in the sports fest supported by the Zamboanga del Sur provincial government led by  Gov. Antonio Cerilles.

In the boy’s division, Mark Anthony Aparri took the 800-meter title  (2:14.3). Rennie Rodrigo topped the 10,000-meter race (38:59.60). While  Jackielou Enojada bagged the gold in the girl’s division of the 400-meter hurdles (1:16.5).

The ZSA athletes likewise wept the boy and girls division of the 4×100-meter relay. In times of 47.2 seconds and 59.5 seconds, respectively.

Not to be left out, Pagadian City added three more golds to their collection through Glenn Arellano, who ruled the men’s 10,000 meters ( 37:04.01), Rannie Renz Ornillo in the boy’s 100-meter sprint (11.6), and Harvey Aguanta in the boy’s long jump (5.47).

In the men’s division,  Cotatabo City picked up three golds courtesy of  Hamad Dansalan in the men’s 100-meter dash (12.2), King Abedin Kali III in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.5) and the 4×100-meter relay (49.0).

Langie May Eder ruled the women’s 200-meter race (30.1) and teammate Glein Payac topped the men’s 800-meter run for Davao City’s pair of golds.

In archery, Zamboanga City’s Joseph Andajao captured the boy’s Olympic round event while Zamboanga del Sur’s Marchel Fernando topped the girl’s division.

In the men’s division of the anyo event in arnis, Dennes Dellomes of Zamboanga del Sur copped the men’s single weapon gold, Davao City’s Alfred Sagne was tops in the double weapon while Misamis Oriental’s John Augustine Dee secured the gold medal in the sword and dagger category.

Jieann Calis highlights 2015 Mindanao PNG

Calis leads Meagey in maroon at the Palaro 3000m.

Over the last few months, our ASEAN School Games hopefuls have been competing at the Weekly Relays. And now onto Pagadian for the 2015 POC-PSC Philippine National Games Mindanao Leg.

The focus has to be on the Triple Palaro Record Holder Jieann ‘Master Speech’ Calis a promising young athlete from Plaridel who will be lined up in the 800, 1500, and 3000 at ASEAN and the 800, and 1500 events in the junior division at Pagadian. Calis is the #1 800m runner in the Philippine Ranking lists for 2015.

 16-year-old Calis currently leads the Philippine Women’s 800m Rankings with a best of 2.12.27 established at the Palarong Pambansa. This time would have been good enough to place her third in the last SEA Games which was 2.12.37. However, playing in the 2015 SEA Games which would have made her the youngest in the team would have made her ineligible for the Palarong Pambansa. Calis coach Rhodelaine Bolodo-Paragamac from Plaridel,

Misamis Oriental has a careful gradual development training plan mapped out for her young ward.

We have lots of other promising athletes in Plaridel, and we make up about 60% of the NMRAA team in most palaro delegations.

Surprising as the town of just 10,000 people from the same Looc High school produced two Palaro record holders. And the PE Teacher who has had no experience as an athlete is nurturing talents in different events.

(Article coming on Coach Rhodelaine breaking the stereotypes of what makes a good coach)


Meagey Ninura pulls out

Davao Meagey Ninura who was expected to line up and was added for the 1500 and 3000 at ASEAN school games pulled out of the PNG.

Both Meagey and Jieann are considering going to college in the United States. They would be the first two palaro athletes to get a Div 1 scholarship.

Not to forget another Palaro Record Holder who comes from the same high school Looc under coach Rhodelyn is Efrelyn Democer. Democer broke the Palaro Record despite the change to the 600-gram implement. Jelyn Rubias of FEU was nominated to represent the Philippines in the Javelin. Democer is ranked #4 in the Phi Rankings behind Rosie Villarito, Evalyn Palabrica, and Rubias.

Langie Meder

Also in action will be Langie Mae Meder of Davao City the PRISAA 100 and 200m Champion.

As the new track oval at the Zamboanga Sports Academy is only half rubberized. It’s likely the PNG will be held at the dirt/cinder track oval in the city.  286 Athletes have registered for the Mindanao leg of the PNG. With the great Dominador Laboriante from PATAFA as the tournament director.


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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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