Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
2017 Palarong Pambansa
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Palarong Pambansa 2017: Master Speech Calis and Magic Meagey Ninura One last Bump
One of the greatest rivalries and shows in Palaro’s History is sadly about to come to an end.
For several years Meagey Ninura of Digos waited in the shadow of the more illustrious Jieann Calis of Misamis Oriental. The two teenagers from Mindanao put on a spectacular show, with both surpassing records in the last two years.
Both girls are now 18 this year and are in Grade 11 the first year of senior high school.
In Tagum 2015, Calis wearing the orange of NMRAA, dusted off the 800, 1500, and 3000m Records of the Palaro. But it was Ninura in the purple who got the better of her longtime friend and rival when she lowered the palaro records in the 1500 and 3000.
Jieann, who managed to hang onto the Palaro title yet was humbled, said
“Its ok if I lost to Meagey this time, I couldn’t ask for a better opponent and its ok but we are good friends” -Jieann Calis
Meagey’s performance broke the long-standing 36-year-old, 3000m National Junior Record of Rosalinda Catulong set in 1980.
One Last Bump
s amazing to see how time has flown.
The two small girls barely stand 5 feet even still.
I recall them running 1500 and 3000. and at that time, inexperienced were bumping into each other a lot going around the curves.
I’m not sure if that was deliberate or due to inexperience.
Anyway, I met both their coaches Maylene, who also played a small part in Mae Barit, alongside her mentor Eran Escalona.
Another previous Palaro 1500 and 3000m Champion went onto coach Meagey Ninura.
Escalona serves as the mentor to Coach Maylene and Coach Aldwin Escalona.
The three work together as a team at Kapatagan, about an hour outside of Digos City. Escalona ward David Gemar Marcelo took silver in the steeples and 5000 last Palaro.
I also met Rhodelaine Paragmoc, who was coaching Jieann Calis.
She also coached Palaro record holder Efrelyn Democer in Javelin.
Happy to say both are wonderful people and doing well to develop grassroots in their parts of Mindanao.
Interestingly the two coaches were schoolmates together at University in Iligan.
Jieann, in 2016 is now studying at the University of Santo Tomas, so this time will line up for NCR, having represented NMRAA for several years mainly because her family moved to Luzon.
She is doing well and top of her class in UST.
Meagey has been the recipient of several offers for college in the United States.
But has decided to stick with Maylene until she finishes senior high school.
The opportunities given to Meagey to compete in the US’s NCAA can lead to more significant breakthroughs on the international stage later in her career.
With both girls doing better than in previous years at their regional meets, it is possible records again are expected to fall.
But what is certain is one last bump for the two friends and rivals at Palaro 2017.
Palarong Pambansa 2017. James Lozanez 59.46 is not a new record in Javelin. (Updated)
James Lozanez of Western Visayas took an upset win in the Secondary Boys Javelin with a
hurl of 59.46m. Beating his teammate Ronald Lacson 57.30m. Lozanes was not even in the
Top 8 last year in Albay. Lacson improved his best from his last year winning throw of
55.81m, but this was not enough to secure the win.
Raymond Steil Delos Reyes coaches Lozanez from Iloilo.
The DEPED had reported that Lozanez broke the record of 2013 Bryan Jay Pachecho CLRAA 57.81m. However this is not true as Pachecho threw 62.47m at the Laguna Palaro in 2014. This has not been updated in the DEPED records. All weights used is 700 grams.
Pachecho from Aurora Province now studying at FEU. Took a Gold for the Philippines in 2014 SEA School Games in Shotput and 2015 SEA School Games Gold in Javelin.
Pinoyathletics wishes James and his coaching team all the best a near 60m throw, and a first palaro title is something to be very proud of. This year was a much stronger year, with bronze being 54.66m instead of 51.14m. In fact, 5 throwers went over 51m.
UPDATED: In a follow-up, James Lozanes broke the ASEAN School Games record with a massive heave of 66.39m (700-gram Javelin). He is surely a name to watch out for in the future. He also won the national junior title in Ilagan in June 2018, although the performance was not above 60 meters. Please, note one article is spelled Lozanes, and the other Lozanez; this is interchangeable depending on if we are using British or American English.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Alcantra Surprises
It was a surprise win for Kassandra Alcantra (NCR) in the secondary girl’s shotput; she improved her best throw from 10.07m at the UAAP, representing UE, where she finished behind Daniella Daynaata of DLSU high school.
Alcantra’s first palaro title came with her first-ever win over the favorite and defending champion Daynaata. Alcantra heaved a new PB of 11.16m. Only 4km away from the Palaro Record of Marites Barrios 11.20m set in 1992.
Jane Marie Cambonaga of Calabarzon was upgraded from last in the 2016 final to silver medal this year. Daynaata settled for bronze, the same color as her 2015 effort. While new Javelin record holder Sylvian Faith Abunda settled for fourth place this year.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Agonizingly close for Elvy
Another agonizingly close record for Elvy Villagoniza of Iloilo. She leaped a lifetime PB of 5.63m to defend her Long Jump title in the Secondary Girls.
The 5’6 Elvy, a Grade 11 student at Iloilo National High school, playing her final year in the Palaro, improved on her best jump from last year of 5.39m. However, she was the silver medalist two years ago in Tagum.
In conclusion, she came very close to breaking the 2002 Palaro Record of Maricel Sibog of Cotobato set at 5.66m.
2015 Batang Pinoy Champion Gianelli Gatinga (NCR) took the silver in a new PB of 5.48m, improving her mark from 5.36m. Gatinga has represented the Philippines in several age-grade competitions now. She has one more year in the Palaro to try and win the title.
Trixie Dela Torre (Negros) was the Batang Pinoy 13-15 champions last year and went on to win the 13-15 at the Batang Pinoy last December. Took the bronze with 5.36m. Dela Torre represented the Philippines at the SEA Youth last month.
Arguably the best athlete in the group and last year’s silver medalist Sheila Talja (WV), who has a PB of 5.71m last year, only managed 4th place this time with 5.25m. Talja won the National Junior Long and Triple Jump last month at the National Open in Ilagan.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Monkey’s Arm Bart!!!! Giron wins Palaro 800 and 1500 double: updated.
Apr 29, 2017
Edwin Giron Jr., also known as Monkey’s Arm Bart, won the Palaro 1500m Title at 2017 Palarong Pambansa. Giron timed a big PB of nearly 9 seconds to win in 4.06.3. He was very close to the Palaro Record of Kevin Capangpangan (NMRAA) 4.05.8 set in 2014. The win catapulted him to 7 on the 2017 National Ranking Lists.
He took the scalp of defending champion James Orduna (NCR), who ran for Eastern Visayas last year. Orduna, now studying at UE, clocked 4.09.5 for silver, just outside his best of 4.09.43. Dave Gemar Marcelo (DAVRAA), who won the 5000m earlier, took bronze in 4.11.4.
Bart also went on to do the double and win the 800m, albeit 1.57.3 is one of the slowest winning times and outside his PB of 1.56.83 set at the NCAA.
Bart, who represented his home team of Zamboanga City until last year, moved to Cavite last year. In 2016 Palaro was in Legazpi However, Giron approached me. Giron really wanted to move from Zamboanga City as he felt he lacked strong opponents and training partners. Giron wanted to be Palaro Champion or at least win a medal.
Coach Eleazer ‘Jong’ Salinas of Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy was trying really hard to recruit him. But instead, I had endorsed him to coach Fernando Dagasgas at Cavite. It appeared to be the wise choice as Bart improved dramatically, winning the Batang Pinoy National titles in 800 and 1500 in Tagum, and Also breaking the NCAA Record in the 800. Had he gone to the sports academy with coach Jong Salinas I seriously doubt he would have won any medal.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 – Master Speech Jieann Calis makes it three in a row
As the Palaro grew too close. A familiar face, Palaro’s career came to an end. Jieann Calis, who I had befriended when I looked after and selected the 2014 ASEAN School Games in Marikina, made the third win in a row in the Secondary Girls 800.
Calis, who I nicknamed Master Speech due to her ditation at the Palarong Pambansa 2017, has been an athlete I have been watching carefully develop for 5 years.
Calis ran for NMRAA, breaking the 800, 1500, and 3000 records in 2015 in Tagum, then went on to play at the 2015 SEA School Games in Brunei and won a bronze medal for the Philippines in 1500. In 2016 she lost her Palaro 1500 and 3000 Record to Meagey Ninura but held onto her record and her title in the 800 in Legazpi.
This year despite the many odds she has faced, including her family moving to Luzon away from Plaridel, Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao. Jieann to UST and away from her longtime mentor and coach Rhodelyn Paragmoc, who guided her entire palaro career until last year.
Jieann was still able to overcome and win the 800m at the Palarong Pambansa. Albeit her time of 2.13.35, she won by a commanding 4 seconds over Celestia (Western Visayas) and Nierves (Eastern Visayas).
In conclusion, Jieann, now 18 and in grade 11, is a top honors student at UST High school in Manila. So my last Palaro report should be on one of my all-time favorite Filipino athletes.
Its hard to become a champion but even harder to stay one. But for me you will always be Master speech the clever and quite often witty young girl that entertained us with your ditation at the SEA School Games. Palarong Pambansa 2017
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Coffee Piglet Bejoy overcomes odds to qualify first in 400 Hurdles.
SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE. Negros Islands, Bernalyn Bejoy, better known as the Coffee Piglet. Leads the qualifiers for the Secondary Girls 400 Hurdles.
Also, the 5’6 Bejoy currently leads the Philippine Ranking Lists in Women’s 400 Hurdles with 1.04.15. Even ahead of the three national team members, 4 months into the and ordered a re-run Silver at the SEA Youth last month in this event, where she established the time mentioned above.
However, in 2016 Palaro Bejoy took the silver medal when she trotted around the 2nd curve, much to the frustration of her coach and mentor, Miguel Arca.
A close friend and long-time contributor to grass-root athletics. However, Bejoy’s preparation hit a major slump two days ago when she was diagnosed by the doctor with Tonsilitis.
But she chose to run anyway. More drama came when the last four Hurdles were set at the wrong height, much higher than the standard size. Besides, Under the protest field within 30 mins of the event by several coaches, a re-run was ordered.
Having to rerun a second time, Coffee Piglet prevailed against all odds and led the finals. She won in a time of 1.05.0
The second heat was won by Riza Jane Valiente of Cebu in 1.05.3. Valiente was crowned Palaro Champion last year with 1.03.3. And Bejoy got silver in 1.03.7. Both are the best times for the girls. These times ranked #3 and #5 in the 2016 National Rankings. Bejoy is rated #8 on the all-time list for Philippine Juniors but hopes, despite the odds, to bump up a little more.
In a close three-way battle, Ellah Sirilan of NCR was third fastest to finals in 1.05.3. Just milli-seconds separating the three. Pamela Maquillero WV 1.05.7 and Batang Pinoy Champion Lealyn Sanita EV 1.05.94 also have a fighting chance for the medals.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Eugenio Breaks 400 Elem Girls Hurdles mark, Other Champions Day 2 and 3
Jay Mark Gacson of NCR won the Long Jump in 7.04m. Gacson, who was 5th in the Juniors at National Open, improved his best mark of 6.72m. Karl Aquino of STCAA took silver with 7.02m. Alvin Gomez of CARAA took bronze with 6.88m. And Nino Azores of Eastern Visayas, who played in the sea youth, was 4th in 6.86m, improving from his 6.73m jump.
Gomez went on to win the Triple Jump in 14.57m, holding off defending champion John Marvin Rafols of Cebu narrowly 14.50m. Rafols was heavily injured before this meet but fought on for the silver. Karl Aquino took bronze with 14.42m.
Ed Delina CLRAA won the secondary boys Discus with a 41.31m throw, just slightly short of the 2005 Clifford Bondoc also fo CLRAA 41.62m set in 2005. He had a commanding lead over silver medalist John Boy Purisma (NIR) 39.91m.
In Men’s Shotput, Tyronne Flores defended his palaro title with a throw of 13.56m.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Kate Julienne Martinez shatters Palaro Record in Elementary Discus, 400H and LJ Boys.
SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE
Kate Julienne Martinez of Negros broke the 10-year-old Elementary Record with a heave of 35.56m. The mark erased the 2007 mark of Maika De Oro. De Oro, who also hails from Negros, Bacolod, was then competing when it was united as Western Visaya’s old record was 33.07m. The mark was completely shattered by more than 2m.
To make this an even better achievement, Martinez is only 12, born in 2005; De Oro was 13 when she broke the record. Hence, the Martinez mark is a new Philippine Age Grade Record for 12 years old, totally battering the 26.23m listed character (probably not the best performance) of Fil-am Cerah Moren set 6 years ago in 2011.
Martinez is coached by Milagros Mondale, who discovered and developed the 2009 SEA Games Champion Women’s Javelin Champion Rosie ‘The Little Boss’ Villarito.
Kate is best friends with last year’s Elem Girls 100 and 200m Record Holder and teammate Angel Ann Pranisa!!!!!!!!!!!!
De Oro had this to say to congratulate the new champion.
I would like to congratulate the new Record Holder in Elementary Level Kate Martinez for surpassing my previous record in Naga 2006 (33.07m). It was almost 12 years of my reigning years as the “Princess of the Oval” and yet here we have another fruit coming from our own Negros Occidental Pride!!It may be sad and down-hearted for my part but ironically I am still pleased and delighted on the other hand. I am overwhelmed that after all these years, there’s someone who was able to break my record that I established. And I am looking forward to your next reigning years as the new Princess till Secondary Level. Continue to train hard, my dear. SO PROUD OF YOU MY FELLOW ATHLETE AND NEGROS PRIDE!
Palarong Pambansa 2017: Talja takes Triple Jump, Combate leads 200m (other results)
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Palarong Pambansa 2017 Talja defends title
Sheila Talja won the palaro title in the Secondary girl’s Triple Jump with a leap of 12.18m. The 5’7 Talja, who hails from the province Aklan, beat Gianelli Gatinga (NCR) at 11.91m and teammate Elvy Villagoniza at 11.72m. Talja is in her last playing year of the Palaro.
It was the same three as last year but in a separate order, with Elvy, Gatinga, and Talja being the standings in 2016. Gatinga, the champion in the 2015 edition, has one more year left to play in Palaro. At the same time, Elvy has no more years left.
Talja fell short of the 12.35m Meet Record of Felyn Dolloso set in 2010. Talja bettered her season’s best of 11.60m, which she leaped in Ilagan last month to win the National Junior title. Her best is 12.21m from last year’s provincial meet.
Meanwhile, in the elementary division, Rona Bacus (NMRAA) came agonizingly close to breaking the palaro record of Alyssa ‘Chirpy’ Andrade with 10.75m, just 5cm short of Andrade’s 2010 mark of 10.80m.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Combate leads 200m Qualifiers.
Newly crowned Palaro 100m Champion Bianca Jane Combate, 14 of Eastern Visayas led the women’s 200m qualifiers with 25.5, Jessel Lumapas last year’s 400m champion qualified second in the heats in 25.6, SEA Youth rep Catherine Manese of Eastern Visayas 25.7, and last years defending champion Samantha Limos 25.8. Angel Ann Pranisa, the elementary record holder, was the 6th fastest qualifier in 25.9.
All qualifier’s top 8 ran below 26 seconds, with qualifying for last year’s final at 27.0. This was a faster set of girls, despite the 100m Final being significantly slower yesterday.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Day 1: Other Results and Recap
*Please note all times are hand-timed; unsure if and used wind gauge.
Datunot Mangaluyon of Region 12 progressed through the heats in 11.89, the only Sub 12 in Elem boys. The Elementary record is 11.40 from 1998. It was a close qualifying with 13.22 to 13.42 separating the elementary girls in the heats. Reah Bacani of Cagayan 13.22 and Aubrey Mae Mercado of NIR 13.25, and Hazel Malco of WV 13.27 lead the Elem Girls.
Defending Champion Ezel Divingracia led the Secondary Girls 100 Hurdles with 15.65, newcomer Ailyn Tumbali qualified second n 15.75. Divina Gracia’s teammate Pamela Maquello was last year’s silver medalist 15.87. Eliza Cuyom (STCAA), the SEA Youth silver medalist, scraped last to the final in 16.78.
Ruthelma Laylay of ZPRAA, the SEA Youth Bronze Medalist and 13-15 Champion in Batang Pinoy, placed 3rd in her heat and failed to advance to the finals.
In the Boys Ruther Dela Cruz (NCR), the Batang Pinoy Champion took the lead in the 110 Hurdles in 15.45. Ruther was the bronze medalist last year. And neither of the two boys that beat him is eligible anymore for Palaro. Closely followed by Jerrick Azarga (R12) at 15.52, and Renato Marfa (WV) at 15.53, 7th last year.
Again it’s a very close qualification with only .3 or 1.5m separating 1st to 8th qualifiers. Ruther, Aldzona, and Marfa, all finalists last year, line up against each other again.
In the Men’s 800, Raul Payon of Davao led with 2.00.08; Edwin Giron, who hails from Zamboanga City but now runs for Calabarzon, was second fastest in 2.00.4. Giron is the Batang Pinoy Champion in this event.
In the girls, 800m, Aaliyah Ingram (STCAA) leads with 2.17.22 from last year’s winner and Palaro Record Holder Jieann Calis (NCR) with 2.19.19. Also notable is the SEA Youth silver medalist in this event Bernalyn Bejoy (NIR) 2.21.26 qualified 4th, and Meagey Ninura (DAVRAA) 2.23.16 qualified 6th.
Last year silver medalist Cesar Fernandez (NIR) became Palaro Champion in the High jump with a leap of 1.90m. He only won on countback from Kent Celeste 1.90m of IRAA.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Riza Jane Valiente
In the Girls, Riza Jane Valiente (Cebu) defended her Palaro title, improving her PB to 1.03.1.
Moving up to #1 in the Philippine Rankings in the 400 Hurdles. The mark of 1.03.1 should officially be a Palaro record as a mark of 1.00.5 by Jabrica is highly invalid. It was already below the National Junior record of 1.01.07 by Jenny Rose Rosales set in 2013.
Even ahead of the year 2017, with nearly 4 months complete of Loterte, Avila, and Baloloy (PB 1.03.5, 2014) the three members of the national team.
SEA Youth Silver medalist Bernalyn Bejoy (Negros), who had led through the repeat run of the heats after fighting tonsillitis, settled for silver another year in a row, clocking 1.04.3. Outside her PB of 1.03.7 from last year’s final.
Ellah Sirilan of NCR captured bronze in a time of 1.04.5, tying her best time ever. After much research, I concluded that the same or lowest height of (76.2cm) is used for elementary, secondary, and national women’s sizes with the same spacing distance of 35m between the Hurdles. Thus it is comparable for Seniors, Secondary, and Elementary as they all compete under the same conditions.
Palarong Pambansa 2017
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Marjun Defends
Marjun Sulleza of Region 12 defended his 400 Hurdles title. Sulleza timed 54.16, agonizingly close to the 54.1 meet record of Patrick Unso set in 2010. Sulleza is in his last year of eligibility for the Palaro; he had won the Milo Mindanao, Batang Pinoy, and National Junior titles within the last six months. Marjun improved on his winning time last year by 54.5. He had taken silver in 2015 in Tagum in 56.3 seconds.
He was clear of Lorenz Sediarin (NCR) 55.8 and Sea Youth athlete Kevin Melendez (IRAA) 56.2.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Verdadero 5 Golds
Veruel Verdadero of Calabarzon took 5 golds. 100-200-400 and 4×100 and 4×400 at this Palaro. Veruel sped to a new PB of 21.9 in the 200m Dash his first time to go sub 22. The 16-year-old was just within range of the 21.8 records set by Jomar Udtohhan at the 2014 Palaro.
John Carlo Yuzon of Cagayan Valley, the defending champion, bronze at sea youth last month, and national junior champion settled for silver with 22.4. The surprise bronze was unknown Russee Sarana of NMRAA, who clocked 22.6. He beat out the more experienced
Jovianne Calixto 22.6, last year’s bronze medalist in the 100m. Jeremiah Cortez, who had left with 22.1 in the heats, faded out of the picture to 6th at 22.9, and Kennard Alarba, who was bronze in the 100, was seventh in 22.9.
Palarong Pambansa 2017 Limos Defends 1 of 2 titles.
Samatha Gem Limos of Cebu after losing her 100m title and settling for bronze. Samantha Limos took revenge on all the girls that beat her to secure the secondary girls’ 200m title in 25.40.
It was not without drama though Bianca Jane Combate of Eastern Visayas, who had stolen the 100m title from Limos earlier in the game, actually crossed the line first. After protests and a lot of talk amongst officials, Combate even crossed from lane 6 into lane 5. Combate was disqualified and gave the win to Limos.
Albeit Limos time of 25.4 was close to her 25.55 second time from last year. Palaro 400 Champion Jessel Lumapas of Calabarzon was second again in this event in 25.6.
Meanwhile, Palaro elementary girls record holder and Batang Pinoy 13-15 champion Angel Ann Pranisa of Negros took bronze in 25.8.
This was good for the grade 7 Pranisa, who faced the reality of being one of the only athletes in Miguel and Adriana Arca’s strong group to go home without a medal.
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