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2018 Palarong Pambansa Riza Jane Valiente New Palaro Record fastest time PHI 400 Hurdles

Vigan, 2018 Palarong Pambansa

Riza Jane Valiente of Bohol. Not only defended her Palaro 400m Hurdles Title. She also smashed her meet record. 

Riza Jane Valiente
Yun OH! Valiente Breaks Palaro Record. Photo Credit: Cebu Sunstar. 2018 Palarong Pambansa

2018 Palarong Pambansa: Incorrect Record Keeping

Most noteworthy, according to the DepEd listings, the record belongs to Rochelle Jalabrica of NCR set in 1994 at 1:00.5. While this is quite impossible as the National Junior record is 1:01.07 by Jenny Rose Rosales set in 2015. And on checking the 1994 Palaro results.

Yet Jalabrica’s time was 1:05.0, and a typographical error has continued through on the listed record. Also, in my listed data, no performance below 1:05.0 is credited to Jalabrica.

Jalabrica is not on the all-time list of 400m, with the slowest time being 1:02.22.

While Looking at all Palaro marks.

So the previous fastest-ever time in the Palaro is the 1:03.1 established by Valiente at the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in Antique.  While Valiente. 18 registered a time of 1:01.5, which is only behind Jenny Rose Rosales’s junior record of 1:01.07 on all-time junior lists.

Also, the time was  #9 on the all-time list for Filipino Women in seniors.

Riza Jane narrowly holds off the trotting Bejoy of Negros in the Girls 400 Hurdles. 2018 Palarong Pambansa

2018 Palarong Pambansa

Especially relevant is that at the Palaro, they did use the same height as the women. Yet it was an impressive race with Valiente taking the title in this event for the third year in a row, holding off SEA Youth Silver medalist Bernalyn Bejoy, who was silver to her last two Palaro’s.

Consequently, Bejoy was dragged through to a new personal best of 1:01.9, improving on her 1:02.64 winning time in the Western Visayas meet and 1:03.05 clocking at the SEA Youth.

Marilyn Avila. 2018 Palarong Pambansa

2018 Palarong Pambansa

High School Girls #1 and #2 in the Country

It’s important to note Bejoy and Valiente, who are coached by provincial coaches. Have both now surpassed the performance and lifetime best of UAAP Champion Marilyn Avila of FEU, a member of the national team who timed 1:02.60 in February and has a career-best of 1:02.22

Valiente has already debuted for the Philippines at the ASEAN School Games last year, finishing 4th. Valiente’s time is below the 6th place finish of the 2016 Asian Juniors 1:01.77.

The Asian Juniors will be held in Gifu, Japan, in June.  Valiente is also the closest qualifier to the World Junior standard. World Juniors will be in August.

2018 Palarong Pambansa

2018 Palarong Pambansa: All that Glitters is Veruel defends Palaro Titles 100 and 200 (videos)

April 23, 2018

2018 Palarong Pambansa

Veruel Verdadero defended both his Palaro Titles in the 100 and 200. The 17-year-old from Dasmarinas still has one more year left to play in the Palaro.

Veruel is an experienced campaigner who had bronze at the 2017 Children of Asia Games, bronze in the 2017 SEA Youth Champs, 2017 ASEAN School Games, and 2018 SEA Youth Champs. He holds personal bests of 10.87 and 22.25 in the 100 and 200. He also won the Philippines NCAA Champs junior divisions.

Muling nadepensahan ni Veruel Verdadero ang kaniyang korona sa 100-meter dash sa 2018 Palarong Pambansa sa Ilocos Sur. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Veruel timed 10.6 hands, which is the new hand-timed record for the Palaro. With Kasi Feberoy clocking 10.75 in Antique in 2016. The performance saw Veruel take command of the race and win very easily over the upcoming Vince Buhayan of Iloilo (10.9) and David Granadozo of Cagayan (11.1). 

Although the official national record of 10.74 (electronic timing) is still held by Daniel Noval, set at the 2012 Thailand National Open.

Veruel’s time of 10.6 (no wind gauge) rates among one of the best hand-time performances by a junior.  With Waldy Soguilon 10.3 in 2002, Weekly relays as the best time. Jugueta ran 10.4 in 1994. Marvin Lee Sarandona and Lindley Navaja ran 10.5. Bayaban, Abangan, Pasante, Penarubia, Tanhueco, Gallebo, and Noval had all registered 10.6. The time according to my records, is the best hand time ever run by a 17-year-old Filipino. 

Veruel then went on to win the 200m in 22.0, just outside the game’s record of Jomar Udtohan’s 21.8 set in 2014. He won from Buhayan 22.3, while Jason Jabol, 16 Veruels training partner, followed up his wins at Vigan Batang Pinoy with a credible 22.4 effort.

Please note, as reported in this article, 10.6ht was a hand-timed national record. Data shows otherwise.

Lumapas is the MVP of Palaro Athletics (videos)

April 22, 2018

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Jessel Lumapas of Calabarzon was the most medalled athlete of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. She earned 4 Golds and 1 Silver medal. And in the process, I tidied up 2 Palaro Records.


In her last appearance in the Palaro, the 18-year-old from Cavite was in control of all three of the sprint events. Lumapas who had taken the scalp of Palarong Pambansa Record Holder and champion Samantha Limos (formally of Cebu now studying at Brent) during the regional meet (12.54 video time) en route to the Palaro.

Took command of the Girl’s 100m by winning the event in a new personal best of 12.0 (hand-timed) (12.21 with Video timing). Just outside the 11.99 meet record set by Limos in Legazpi.  2017 defending Champion Bianca Combate of Eastern Visayas took Silver in 12.2 (12.30 video timing), and Bronze went to Decree Nialaof Eastern Visayas in 12.3 (12.31 video timing).

Before this race, Lumapas’ best achievement in the 100m was a 5th-place finish in Legazpi in 2016.


Lumapas also notched up a win in the 200 meters, timing 24.7, just shy of the 24.6 she ran at the STCAA Regional meet. Just outside the meet record of the controversial Nancy Navalta of Central Luzon(24.5). Niala took silver in 25.2, with defending champion Combate clinging on for the bronze in 25.6. 

400M Meet Record

For many, the Memories of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa in Vigan. It will be the year that many Palaro Records, 17; some that had stood for over 20 years, came crashing down. The spectacle continued with Lumapas ending her Palaro career by smashing the current record by over a second. Lumapas timed 56.3, which passed the 2011 Meet Record set by Jenny Rose Rosales, also from Calabarzon. Rosales, who went to the University of the East, still holds the 400m Record at the UAAP. 

Lumapas fully controlled this race from start to finish winning by nearly 20 meters in front of last year’s silver medalist Divina Mahusay of Bicol 58.5, and Riza Jane Vallente of Bohol 58.9.  

This was her third win in a row, having won the 400 in 2016 and 2017.  Jessel was the silver medalist a the 2017 SEA Youth and 2017 ASEAN School Games in Bangkok. 


Lumapas also took Gold in the 4×400 and silver in the Girls’ 4×100. Another article will be made for the 4×400.

Cuyom brushes aside 22-year-old Record in 100 Hurdles

April 21, 2018

CALABARZON’s Eliza Cuyom wins gold and breaks the national record in the 100m Hurdles secondary category during the Palarong Pambansa at Elpidio Quirino in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, April 19, 2018 (Rio Leonelle Deluvio)


In her final year of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. Eliza Cuyom brought the curtain down on her Palaro playing days. By breaking one of the most elusive records in the Palarong Pambansa. Clocking 14.8 in the heats.

The 18-year-old from Dasmarinas East Integrated High school rubbed out the long-standing record of Michelle Patasaha (14.9) of Zamboanga City, which has stood since 1996. Patasha stood 5’8, while Cuyom just stands 5’3.

The record had eluded UAAP Champion Michelle Palmares, who had clocked 15.0, and Karen Janario, who went on to become the National Junior Record Holder (14.52), among many of those who tried and failed to break the evergreen mark. 

Not to be outdone, Cuyom came back a few days later and reduced her now-own record even further with a 14.5 run in the finals. Leaving Ellah Sirilan of NCR 15.2 and teammate Evangeline Caminong in 15.4, gasping for air. Cuyom took the bronze medal in this event last year. And her biggest win up to this was probably the 2016 Batang Pinoy Title. She won an international medal in 2017 in the SEA Youth with a silver.

The National Junior Record is currently Held by Karen Twiste Janario, set in 2014 at Marikina when she was silver in the ASEAN School Games of 14.52 (we do not list hand-timed national records for this event). Cuyom 14.5 is worth around 14.74 in electronic timing conversion. The mark was a big improvement on her previous Personal Best of 15.65.

List of National Records


Up and Up Away Top 2 pass Palaro Record in Boys High Jump

Apr 20, 2018

2018 Palarong Pambansa

Kent Brian Celeste was photoed with his coaches and Coach Pines Lim of Arellano.

Vigan, 2018 Palarong Pambansa

2018 Palarong Pambansa

Kent Brian Celeste of Ilocos Region helped himself to the Palaro High Jump Record with a leap of 1.99m. Celeste surpassed the record of Alexis Soqueno of Western Visayas, who jumped 1.95m three years ago in Tagum. Soqueno who also a very accomplished hurdler with a silver medal in the 2015 SEA Youth Championships before walking away from the sport altogether.  

Celeste was the runner-up last year in Antique with a 1.90m leap. Also bumping themselves over the old record was Ernie Calipay of NCR, who leaped 1.96m; he was the bronze medallist last year. Odra Delos Santos of Mimaropa took the bronze with 1.90m.  

While super impressive, no one has in recent memory got near the impenetrable National Junior Record of Fil-Heritage athlete Luis Juico which still stands as a monstrous 2.16m nearly 29 years later.

Celeste and Calipay’s performances rank them #6 and #8 on the all-time junior lists for Philippine High Jump. And at 17, he will still have a few more years to improve that standing and maybe his Palaro Record next year in Davao City. Celeste is a student from Anda National High School in Pangasinan.

Drama in Palaro Walks as Defending Champions Dethroned

April 19, 2018

The Walkathon is now in its third year of active service at the Palarong Pambansa. Introduced in Legazpi in 2016. The 2K Walk is fast becoming a popular event for boys and girls.

Palaro Walks Top 5 Pass Boys Record

In Vigan, the event steamed up even more when defending Palaro Champions dramatically lost their titles. In the boy’s Walk, Bryan Oxales, the record-holder, was favored to win the event. Succumbed to the challenge of  Francis James San Gabriel of Ilocos, who timed 9:33.1.

Oxales of NCR fought hard to the line, narrowly missing out on defending his title with 9:33.2, despite smashing his personal best. Oxales, who won last year, had the previous palaro record with 10:11.31. It was such a stunning improvement if even up to the 5th place timed 9:58.2 and went under the old record.

Palaro Walks Defending Champion Disqualified

Palaro Walks
Jeante Wangkay Gold medallist after the defending champion was disqualified.

Meanwhile, in the girl’s Walkathon, it was heartache for Sally Campus of Davao, who defended her title only to be disqualified after the event. Campus, who set the 10:52.25, was clear to defend her title. But was told by officials sometime after the event she had been disqualified.  

Jeante Wangkay of Calabarzon, the daughter of former Palaro 400m Record Holder Jonah Garao Genilza took the event in a new meet record of 10:44.5. Ahead of Malaguena of NCR 10:46.9 and Martinez of Region 1 11:02.57.

So what is next, maybe an Elementary Event for Walkathon?

Alcantara Bashes out 4 Throws over Palaro Record in Girls Shotput

Apr 17, 2018

Alcantra via coach Tophee

Palarong Pambansa, Vigan

Kassandra Hazel Alcantara (NCR) bashed out 4 of her 6 throws over the Palaro Record in Secondary Girls. But it was just another day in the office for the 17-year-old who studies at the University of the East. She had already established an 11.96m Record in the high school division of the UAAP back in February. Last year, she won the Palaro in Antique with 11.16m, only 4km away from the meet record.

Kassandra recorded 11.00, 11.70, and 11.67 leading the qualifying round. Then in the final 3 throws, 11.12, 11.88, and 11.35. 4 of these throws went over the record of Marites Barrios set 26 years ago of 11.20m.  Jamela De Asis of Western Visayas was second with 11.29m, also above the old record. Mary Jean Maloy-on of Bicol Region took bronze in 10.61m.


Day 1 Palaro Report – Quitoy stuns them all and dismantles the Palaro Record in the Javelin

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While all pre-media hype was focused on the Palaro Title’s defense by NMRAA record holder and champion from last year Sylvan Abunda.

Months before, I had been informed of a new talent emerging from the Western Visayas. And once again, the hard-working Arca siblings from Bacolod Miguel and Addy delivered another glorious gift to grass-root athletics from the little school of Romansita Maravilla.

17-year-old Katherine Ann Quitoy had been runner-up last year in Antique. They quietly waited and prepared themselves for the challenge of 2018. With no pressure as she was unheralded by the Philippine Media. Quitoy diligently honed her craft with her mentors. She had been throwing 47 meters in training, so she was ready to surprise.

Surprisingly it was a 600-gram Javelin, despite that Quitoy hurled the spear out 45.72m to smash her previous competition best on her second throw. Despite her 5’3 height, Quitoy’s performance shaved nearly 3 meters off the Palaro Record of Abunda set last year of 42.85m. 

The mark was also 2cm off the National Junior Record by Fil-Heritage Thrower Cerah Moren 45.74m set last year.  The performance was also the best by a 17-year-old Filipina, surpassing Moren’s performance at the same age two years ago of 44.36m.


2018 Palaro Vigan Athletics – Schedule, Updates, some results

Apr 14, 2018

#Pinoyathletics proudly covers the 2018 Palarong Pambansa

2018 Palaro Vigan

Good times up near the Palaro Record of 10:03 set by Ninura 2 years ago
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