2017 Philippines Athletics

Last Updated on January 10, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Results Notes by

Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician

Please note once I have time to go through these results. I will be adding more to the notes section here.

Junior Male Athlete of the Year – Jose Jerry Belibestre (October 2017)

A Young Boar Rises. Jerry Belibesre in flight.


The only Male Junior Record to be broken in 2017 came from Bacolod’s Jose Jerry Belibestre. Belibestre, despite being the SEA School Games Record Holder, SEA Youth Champion, and Asian Youth Bronze medallist. Is still not yet a part of the national training pool. Despite athletes with poorer results in Long Jump being included.  

Despite much pressure from UAAP and NCAA scouts from Manila. Jerry decided to stay in Bacolod with his coach Miguel Arca who has continued to improve him.

Belibstre 2017 was nothing less special, with a 7.43m National Junior record at national junior championships erasing the legitimate record of Joebert Delicano 7.41m, which had stood for 18 years. In 2018 Jerry will be moving up to the senior division.

2017 Philippines Athletics : Rosie Villarito President of the National Training Pool (October 2017)

Rosie Villarito. Also Announcing the New President of the National Training Pool – Rosie ‘Arr’ Villarito.

With Christopher Ulboc now out of the national team. The senior member of the training pool is now 2009 SEA Games Champion Rosie Villarito.  Villarito has been a member of the national team for nearly 20 years. Hailing from Bacolod. Villarito also has experiences with stints as a Throwing Coach at UE, Letran, and CSB. She also mentored the 2014 Palaro Champion Zeanne Cabrerra to the Gold Medal in Laguna. 


2017 Philippines Athletics Asian MASTERS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (September 27, 2019)

I’m just thinking about how I will reach Masters Age in 2 years and am 15% certain that I want to make a comeback on the track. This Masters Games in China sounds awesome as there are not 1, not 2, but 3 adjacent track ovals. (Competition results not yet available)

NB: Some Edits Done

PH trackster bags first gold in 2017 Asian Masters

Great Scott! Masters steeple chaser Dennis Scott at 69 represents the Philippines and battles the pouring rain at the 2017 Asian Masters Fishing 6th Overall.

The national master’s athletics team pocketed one gold, four silver, and five bronze medals. While at the ongoing 2017 Asian MASTERS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP. Which was held at the Jiangsu Rugao Olympic Sports Center in Rugao, China?

Veteran international campaigner Erlinda Lavandia delivered the first gold medal of the country. By topping the women’s shot put (65 years) category.

She registered 7.85-meter output beating Chinese bets Zhou Bing Bing, who settled for silver with a 7.02m showing. And Zhai Yuyun, who earned the bronze by her 6.99m performance in the tournament, participated in more than 30 countries.

While it was actually the third medal of Lavandia, who also secured two silvers in the hammer throw and discus throw events.

Furthermore, Lavandia wants to wrap up her campaign on a high note. At the same time, she goes for gold in the javelin throw event today.

Especially relevant is that Lavandia took the gold medal in javelin throw in 2015 when she’s still competing in the 60-64 years category.

2017 Asian Masters Other Performances

Earning silver medals were Arnel Lobos in the men’s long jump (60 years). And former Southeast Asian Games champion Rene Herrera in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase (35 years).

While Herrera also got two bronzes in the men’s 1,500m run and 5,000m run.

The other bronze winners were Julio Bayaban in the men’s 200m (55 years), Salve Bayaban in the women’s 200m (50 years). And Arnel Lobos in the men’s 100m hurdles (55 years).

Not as lucky was Emerson Obiena, who ended up sixth in the men’s hammer throw (50 years), Dennis Scott – sixth placer in the men’s 2,000m steeplechase (65 years), and Drolly Claravall – 12th placer in the women’s discus throw (45 years). And Menchie Obmina-Muaña 6th place in the women’s 10,000m.

Obiena aims to bounce back in the men’s pole vault competition along with his brother Edward Obiena. At the same time, Claravall hopes to barge in the podium in the women’s javelin throw category.

Also seeing action are Julio Bayaban in the men’s 100m 55 years, and Perla Lobos and Salve Bayaban in the women’s 100m 50 years.

SOURCE; http://www.manilatimes.net/ph-trackster-bags-first-gold-Asian-masters/353222/


: From Rugao Olympic Sports Complex, China.

The small 12 member Team Philippines has been battling the powerhouse teams of Asians with their hundreds of athletes. But we are undaunted and fight with inspiration and the support of our teammates and team managers.

In the first 3 days of competition. We have captured 10 medals (1 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze), of which Erlinda Lavandia (1 gold, 2 silver), Rene Herrera (1 silver, 2 bronze), Arnel Lobos (1 silver, 1 bronze), and Salve and Julio Bayaban with each taking bronze in their 200m finals.

In my 2000m steeplechase race I won 6th place being bested by 4 Chinese and 1 from India, but beating the rest of the field. Top 8 receive awards plus team points making me happy to add to our team output. Am also pleased that my 10:18 time makes me automatically qualified for All-American status from USA Track & Field for surpassing their stringent standards. LOL …. and do you notice the surface of the track? Yep… our race was in the rain

June 2017 Weekly Relays Continuously Cancelled

Meanwhile, in Manila, due to lack of a venue. At the same time, the Phil Sports Ultra is having its lights fixed. The PATAFA first moved the weekly relays to Dasmarinas on September 10.

Then on September 17, 24, and October 1, the meet was discontinued at Dasmarinas.

Also, due to lack of a venue (as per advisories of the PATAFA Facebook Page and Group),

I am unsure if any Weekly Relay occurred as there was no advisory confirming or canceling it on October 10 on the PATAFA pages. 

However, sources advised it has been. In the meantime, PATAFA is making the most of the situation by conducting clinics in some provinces.

The PATAFA Finals of Weekly Relays may serve as part of their qualifying for the national team.

It is supposedly at the end of November, although a final venue hasn’t been confirmed yet.



June 3, 2017, SEA Games Trial: Other Improvements (June)

Also, Rhea Joy Sumalpong in the Discus had her third improvement of the year, making a 44.38m throw in the Discus.

The mark is marginally outside the 45.72m bronze medal from the 2015 SEA Games.

Sumalpong is coached by former SEA Games 4x Gold medalist in Hammer Arniel Ferrera.

In the 400m Decathlete, Aries Toledo clocked a new PB of 48.13 to defeat the 400m specialists 2013 SEA Games Champion Archand Bagsit (48.93) and UAAP Champion Michael Del Prado (49.10) also Francis Medina, Reymond Alferos, Ryan Bigyan, and Joan Caido. However, Edgardo Alejan missed the trial as recovering his hamstring.

In the 800m, Elbren Neri had his first win over National Champion Marco Vilog 1.52 to 1.55. Khay Santos improved on her Seasons best with a 6.08m leap, 6.41 is bronze at the 2015 SEA Games.


PATAFA Performance Trials May 18

Regarding the last time trial on May 18. I had read from the Manila Times.

Retrieved from Manila Times May 20, 2017

Please note only 4 of 20 national athletes have improved their best performances: Patrick Unso, Harry Diones, and Ronne Malipay in the 100m Dash. The 100m Dash is not their primary event as they compete in 110 Hurdles, Triple Jump, and Triple Jump. Mico Del Prado also improved his 400 m Best time.

There were quite a few Did Not finishes and No Records by some national athletes, but these were not included in the data. Participating also was 2 non-national athletes; they were also not included in the main set of data.

Below is a list of the athlete’s best-ever performance and performance at the Time Trial on May 18. Highlighted in yellow is if the athletes have improved. PATAFA will conduct another time trial on June 3.

Performance Trials May 18

PATAFA conducted its first of several timed trials leading up to the southeast Asian Games.

PATAFA has hired former top American international sprinter, Rohsaan Griffin who has been coaching previously in Shanghai, China. To assist with the coaching of their sprinter’s hurdlers and power athletes. Griffin, 43, holds a personal best in the 200m of 20.13. Griffin is a former national indoor and NCAA Champion and 5th in the 1997 world indoors in the 200m one year. It is part of the famous sprint group Altis which includes Dan Pfaff.


Without going into too many details as it will probably cause my good buddies in PATAFA Management to get excited as I know they very much enjoy reading my write-ups.

Improver’s namely Patrick Unso

Clinton Bautista and Patrick Unso

Note the only three athletes to improve their personal best times are Patrick Unso (10.74 100m), Mark Harry Diones (10.85 100m), and Ronne Malipay (11.03 100m).

A fine example is Patrick Unso, whose personal best was 11.07 from 2012. He was plagued with several injuries, which prevented any further improvement on his 100 raw speed as he focused primarily on Hurdles? Having trained with Rohsaan Griffin’s program, there was a rapid turnaround. He also was able to clock a seasonal best of 14.27, just outside his 14.12 NR and bronze medal in SEA Games. Within reason, a 10.74 run will definitely be a sub 14 second run by SEA Games.

What is interesting to note is while Griffin is primarily a sprints coach. His type of training has actually improved the Hurdlers as well. First being Medina’s massive breakthrough in Singapore to 51.30 and then secondly Patrick Unso taking his 100 times from 11.07 to 10.74 after no 100 raw improvements in 5 years. Having said that, 14.27 Seasons best is probably done with the need for still lots more technical improvements to adjust to the newfound speed in the 100 plain.  Unso time is also ranked 5th in 2017 for the Philippines.

Diones is nearly a 17m Triple Jumper with 16.70m. Ran the best time in the 100 of 10.85.  He actually beat Sprint/Hurdler Clinton Kingsley Bautista (PB 10.81). At the same time, the other Triple Jumper Rone Malipay improved from 11.27 to 11.03.  Clinton also improved seasons best from 14.54 to 14.37. However, -2.4 and -0.3 winds make these times quite identical.

In the previous article on Trenten Beram, 400m (46.56), I wrote about the 400m runners at the end of the article. Correcting the times of Caido and Bigyan were mixed up as previously reported to me. Slowly getting there and gradually improving race to race, hopefully, don’t run out of time before SEA Games.

Regarding the remaining results, especially in women’s events not very impressive.

2017 Philippines National Open Athletics (March 2017)

2017 Philippines National Open Athletics

2017 Philippines National Open Athletics
Beverlie Tariao, Airnel Abarra (Team Manager), and Princess Joy Griffey. Team Blue Knights.

2017 Philippines Athletics National Open Athletics Day 1

Patrick Unso led the qualifiers to the 110 Hurdles with a time of 14.53 to win Semi 2.

Patrick is the  2015 SEA Games bronze medalist and Philippine Record Holder with a time of 14.12.

UAAP Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista, a member of the National team, won the first semi 1 in 14.90.

With the absence of SEA Games Silver medalist Mervin Guarte, defending champion Marco Vilog and Wenlie Maulas, a perennial medalist.

Elbren Neri held a straightforward lead in the Men’s 800m in 1.55.99 through the heats.

The Men’s Steeple Chase was won in 9.33.65 by Immuel Camino, the NCAA Champion, from national teammate Jomar Angus 9.50.17.

SEA Games 2013 and 2015 Champion Christopher Ulboc pulled out of the race with cramps.

The Men’s 100m Heats NCAA Record Holder Anfernee Lopena showed he could be on his way to his first national title with a hand-timed 10.3.

With strong Fil-Heritage bets, SEA Games 100m Champion and Philippine Record Holder Eric Cray and Phi 200 Record Holder Trenten Beram opting to focus on other events.

And 2015 Champion and Manila Open Champions Fil-Heritage Brandon Thomas and Bryan Mercado opting not to join the event.

National athlete Jomar Udtohan had the second-fastest time in 10.6.

In the Women’s Heats, Heat 1 was won in 12.25 by former UAAP Champion Eloiza Luzon 12.25, from UAAP Silver medalist Kimberly Zulueta 12.39, and Kugparaiya Chandran a SEA Games 200 finalist in third in 12.45.

In Heat 2, Lam On Ki of Hong Kong had the fastest time of 12.08. Fil-Heritage sprinters  Princess Joy Griffey the 2014 PNG Champion and 5th in SEA Games 100, clocked 12.17 ahead of 17-year-old National 400m Record Holder Zion Rose Nelson 12.27.

Griffey, who is now 30 years old, was the best Filipina sprinter from 2005 to 2015, an extremely long reign as #1.


Christabel Martes

Speaking of longevity, National 10,000m Record Holder Christabel Martes, 37, took a win in this event in 38.40.52.

The former 2x SEA Games Marathon champion beat her younger opponents Jho-ann Villama (aka. Banayag), another former SEA Games Marathon Champion 40.20.56, and Airforce Miscelle Gilbuena was third in 42.43.75.

Here are some results from Day 1 of the PATAFA 2017 Philippines National Open Athletics.


Philippines 2016 Athlete of the Year Male Athlete of the Year – Eric Shauwn Cray (400 Hurdles)

January 29, 2017

Eric Cray
Eric Cray 2016 400 Hurdles 48.98 World Challenge Series Madrid, Spain Phi Record Olympic Qualifer South East Asian Record Semi-Finalist Rio Olympics 400 Hurdles

The Dominance of Eric Cray as the Team’s MVP continues with Cray securing the award for the fourth year in a row.

Cray was also a member of the Airforce LStudio Asics Team 4×100 that surpassed the National Record with 40.55 at the National open but was later disallowed the

Runner up is Ernest Obiena,20  who improved his national record to 5.55m in the Men’s Pole Vault and was close to the 5.70m Olympic standard.

Also, an honorable mention goes to another Fil-Heritage athlete 20-year-old Trenten Beram who clocked 21.12 this year to eclipse the 9-year-old national record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon (21.17).

Philippines 2016 Athlete of the Year Female Athlete of the Year – Marestella Torres (Long Jump) and Mary Joy Tabal


Philippines 2016 Athlete of the Year
Marestella Sunang Long Jump 6.72m +0.8 Kozanov Meet, Almaty New Phi Record SEA Record Olympic Qualifier
Philippines 2016 Athlete of the Year
Mary Joy Tabal –
Marathon 2h43.31 Scotia Bank, Ottawa, Canada
Phi Record
Olympic Qualifier

With the Women’s it was hard to select a sole winner. But along with Cray two ladies qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. So Pinoyathletics.info decided to give the title to both of them. For Torres who left the sport for a few years has given birth, she regained the MVP Status after 4 years (2012). Now at the age of 35, that is somewhat impressive to still be breaking the Philippine Record.

Meanwhile, Mary Joy Tabal finally got the breakthrough she deserved with a run of 2h43.31 with the help of her sponsor Motorace who sent her for a much-needed training camp in Japan.

 Philippines 2016 Athlete of the Year Female Junior Athlete of the Year – Meagey Ninura(1500 & 3000m)

Meagey Ninura –
1500m 4.39.46, Palarong Pambansa, Legazpi City
Palaro (National HS) Record Holder
3000m 10.03.1, Palarong Pambansa Legazpi City
Palaro (National HS Record)
National Junior Record

Last but not least is 17-year old Meagey Ninura of Digos. Who this year secured the MVP in Junior Women. Succeeding two successive years of Fil-Heritage athletes. Ninura outshone all the Junior Women this year with an outstanding run in the 3000m at the Palarong Pambansa which erased a very famous 36-year-old National Junior Record. The mark was previously held by Consuela Lacusong an early product of the Gintong Alay Program. Lacusong who in 1980 at the age of 15 ran 10.09.5.

Ninura also broke the Palaro Record in the 1500m running 4.39.46. The two Palaro records both erased the marks set last year of Meagey’s longtime friend and rival Jie Ann Calis of NMRAA. Calis had to settle for silver this year in the 1500 and 3000 but was able to retain her title in the 800m.

For Ninura several US College scholarships and being named a Jollibee Yumbassador were the highlights. Despite college offers from several big Manila schools Ninura opted to stay home in Kapatagan to continue her successful training program under coach Maylene. Meagey is the second palaro champion Maylene has worked with having previously had some considerable success as an assistant coach for Mae Barit.

Meanwhile, Junior Women in the Philippines had several records that were broken and worth a credible mention in this write up is a few athletes. Kaylene Mosqueda claimed sole ownership of a national record shared with three other athletes at 1.66m by leaping 1.68m to tidy up the record books. Mosqueda studying at FEU and from Iloilo is the 2014 and 2015 Palaro Champion.

Another member of the famous Obiena family. Emily improved on her own National Junior record with a leap of 3.40m representing UST. Aira Teodosio her teammate broke her hammer national record with a heave of 43.39m.

While at the Palaro the Western Visayas girls team tied the National Junior record running 48.49.

It was a rather quiet year for Kayla Richardson, 18 and Zion Corrales-Nelson, 18 being a Non-SEA Games year. But the two are now studying at USC and UC-Berkeley in the US NCAA System. Richardson and Nelson were #1 and #2 in the 100m for this year and the 200m. Richardson and Nelson are both in their last years as Juniors heading into 2016.

Honorable mention must also go to an even younger sprinter Samantha Limos, 14 whose time of 11.99 at the Palarong Pambansa eclipsed the meet record set some 20 years earlier by Nancy Navalta (11.9 hands timed).

Previous Winners

Mens Athlete of the Year

  • 2012 Rene Herrera
  • 2013 Eric Cray
  • 2014 Eric Cray
  • 2015 Eric Cray
  • 2016 Eric Cray

Womens Athlete of the Year

  • 2012 Marestella Torres
  • 2013 Narcisca Atienza
  • 2014 Zion Corrales-Nelson
  • 2015 Kayla Anise Richardson
  • 2016  Marestella Sunang (nee. Torres) & Mary Joy Tabal

Junior Mens Athlete of the Year

  • 2012 Daniel Noval
  • 2013 Ernest John Obiena
  • 2014 Ernest John Obiena
  • 2015 Francis Medina
  • 2016 Feberoy Kasi

Junior Womens Athlete of the Year

  • 2012 Jenny Rose Rosales
  • 2013 Jenny Rose Rosales
  • 2014 Zion Corrales-Nelson
  • 2015 Kayla Anise Richardson
  • 2016 Meagey Ninura

Philippines 2016 Athlete of the Year


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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 Pinoyathletics.info, 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 http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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