2019 Palarong Pambansa
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2019 Palarong Pambansa, Davao City. Algin Gomez who hails from Aparri the Northernmost tip of the Philippines (which also happens to be my mother’s hometown). Dazzled the crowd in Davao with what was the best jump ever by a Filipino Junior in any wind conditions.
Algin representing CAVRAA who also registered a legit 7.29m jump. Sat behind John Lera of NMRAA who led the competition with 7.39m (+1.7). With one last jump Algin grabbed the win with a 7.55m (+2.8). Taking full advantage of the brand new track oval and strong tailwind conditions at the University of Mindanao.
The leap surpassed the National Junior Record of Jerry Belibestre 7.43m set at the 2018 Philippine National Champs in 2017 and Jerry best ever 7.47m with no wind reading at the 2016 SEA Youth in Malaysia. However not surprisingly the mark was not counted as a National Junior Record as it had a too-strong tailwind.
2019 Palarong Pambansa No Palaro Record Either for Algin Gomez
Please note that the Palaro is again sanctioned by the PATAFA. In a twist, not only was Algin disallowed the National Junior Record. Despite winning the gold the PATAFA awarded the Palaro Record to John Lera whose 7.39m (+1.7) was with a legit jump.
Consequently, this broke the previous record of Julian Reem Fuentes (7.26m in 2012). While I felt at the time that was a tad bit harsh as Wind readings are usually applied at National Records and up.
Most noteworthy is that the Palarong Pambansa has never used wind readings for Long Jump in the past. While PATAFA has decided to not list this record.
I think it’s fair enough to list Lera 7.39m as the official record. And to keep Algin Gomez 7.55m as a footnote under that record. As it now needs to be ensured at future editions of the Palaro consistently uses a wind gauge at the Palaro which may or may not always be available.
2019 Palarong Pambansa Mentored by an older Jumper
Gomez win saw him improve on his 6.96m leap from last year. And he had improved to 6.99m at CAVRAA leading up to the Palaro. Gomez got a lot of technical advice and guidance from Benigno Marayag the 2013 SEA Games Bronze Medalist in the Long Jump.
That was instrumental on his rapid improvement well into the 7m region.
Algin indicated in an interview with pinoyatheltics.info. His first choice is Mapua University then Ateneo for College. Marayag is the assistant coach of Mapua University (Mapua Institute of Technology as it was called back then was also the school I attended for 2 years).
“It’s all proper timing on my takeoff and landing,” said Gomez, who stretched the toes of his right foot in his bid to go the distance, upon the advise of his coaches Steve Lagua and Jenna Cagurangan.
2019 Palarong Pambansa Representing Philippines
Algin is a 12th Grader at Aparri East National High School. He has represented the Philippines already finishing 5th at the 2018 ASEAN School Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a leap of 6.86m.
Yet the mark of Algin is the same as the best legit jump of 2017 SEA Games Bronze Medalist and National Record Janry Ubas 7.55m (-0.9) for 2019 which Janry did at the National Open in Ilagan on 6 March 19.
However, Janry could only manage a 7.44m effort for 13th place at the Asian Championships in Doha a few weeks ago. Heres hoping Algin can legitimize a National Junior record before the end of 2020 if not before.
The Minimal SEA Games qualification set by PATAFA is 5th place in the 2017 SEA Games which is 7.53m. So far only Ubas has hit the criteria.
Perhaps a good goal for Algin would be a qualification for the 2020 World Junior Championships held in Nairobi Kenya. The standard based on 2018 was 7.55m which would need to be done again with a tailwind of 2.0 or less.
While on a personal note despite the fact, Algin doesn’t speak much English and unfortunately, I never learned Ilocano. I really enjoyed writing about him. As he is from my mothers home town and will probably goto Mapua which is where I went to school for two years. I really hope he can be guided well. And have the utmost faith in the three coaches at Mapua to lead him to the next level.
We will list our updated Palarong Pambansa records here on conclusion of the Games. Stayed Tuned for more exciting and Comprehensive athlete writeups form Pinoyathletics.info #Palaro2019
Bombita Better by Far
Jasmin Bombita (BRAA) set a new Palaro Record in the Girls Triple Jump. Her mark of 12.46m eclipsed the previous record of Felyn Sausa Dolloso set at the 2010 Palarong Pambansa. Bombita hales from Irosin, Sorsogon, Bicol. She is a grade 11 student at Gallanosa National High School.
Bombita defended her Palaro title improving on her 11.81m from last year in Vigan. In the 2019 Long Jump Bombita finished with bronze with a new PB of 5.73m.
The Palaro Triple Jump was quite a good performance with Bombita now just behind Felyn Dolloso in #7 on the all-time list for Filipino women. Bombita is #3 in the Junior all-time list behind Junior Record Holder Marisa Kwiatkowski (12.67m) and Dolloso (12.55m).
Rea Rafanan who took 2019 palaro silver in 12.08m was #7 all-time junior and bronze medalist Shane Frades was #10 in all-time juniors 12.00m. Making 12.00m the benchmark for Top 10 Junior all time.
Bombita finished 5th representing the Philippines at the 2018 ASG, 12.46m pushes her up to 4th. She is eligible again for the ASG.
Alhryan Labita 400 Hurdles Record
Labita set a new meet record in Boys 400 Hurdles claiming the title in 54.15 (electronic). And this eclipsed the 2012 meet record of Patrick Unso who held the mark at 54.1 (hand-timed).
While he did not join the 400 Hurdles event last year. Former teammate Van Alexander Obejas (Eastern Visayas) was silver with 54.95 and Kerry Calumpang (Cotobato) took bronze in 56.10.
“‘Di ko in-expect na makukuha ko ‘yung gold. Palarong Pambansa po ito e lahat ng malalakas nandito. Kaya pressured na pressured ako. Labanan ng lakas ng loob na lang ito,” ayon kay Labita.
Si Labita ay isa sa mga nakaligtas sa hagupit ng bagyong Yolanda, anim na taon na ang nakakaraan. Isang daang metro lamang ang layo ng kanilang bahay sa Tacloban sa dagat kaya nang nagkaroon ng daluyong umabot hanggang sa kisame ng kanilang bahay ang tubig.
“Nasa bahay po ako tapos ‘yung tubig po nasa kisame na namin. Ako, literally, umiiyak. Kung tumaas pa ‘yung tubig, malamang wala po ako rito,” sabi ni Labita.
Sprint Double with 400m
While Labita made it a double when he surprisingly took the 400m title. Consequently the much favored Vince Buhayan (Western Visayas), 49.54. Buhayan had ended up the meets fastest man with wins in the 100 and 200. And NCR High school record Holder and Teammate Tracy Soriano took bronze in 50.27.
Labita clocked a new PB of 49.17. While last year Labita took silver behind Kenneth Corpuz (Cotobato) with a time of 49.88. Most noteworthy is that the Palaro Record in 400m still belongs to Jomar Udtohan (NCR) (48.7 set in 2014 in Santa Cruz, Laguna).
Also, Labita picked up the Bronze Medal in the boys 100 meter Dash in 10.84 (+2.3) after running a legit 10.99 PB in the heats.
Alhryan has already represented the Philippines he has participated in the 2018 ASEAN School Games in Malaysia. And finished 6th in the Final
Alfrenze Braza 3 other boys under Palaro 1500 Record / Celeste over 2 Meters
Western Visayas Alfrenze Braza from Iloilo City. Clocked 4:01.96 to take the Palaro Record in the 1500m. In a unique situation the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place getters also swept under the old mark of 4:05.8 of Kevin Capangpangan (NMRAA) set in the 2014 Palaro in Laguna.
Braza mark was the #9 all-time for a Filipino Junior. The mark was a big improvement on his best time of 4.06.1 from the Western Visayas meets some months before.
Reymart Molave of NCR 4:02.38 took the silver with the #10 all-time mark for a Philippine Junior. Anthony Bacle of STCAA 4:02.47. S
o strong was the field that defending Champion and ASEAN School Games Silver Medalist Erwin Mancao who was the pre-race favorite finished outside the medals in 4:02.55. Mancao is the #8 all-time junior in this event.
Steeple Chase Record
Not to be outdone Jerry Vasquez of CLRAA clocked 9:35.20, to erase the Palaro record 9:41.70 of Crisanto Canillo (CAVRAA) that had stood for 21 years. Ritchie Estampador (WV) also went under the old mark with a time of 9:37.23. A tad shy of the 9.35.5 he registered to win the Western Visayas meet.
Canillo and Estampador helping themselves to the #5 and #6 best all-time marks by Juniors. Of course the junior record in the steeples belonging to Hector Begeo who set that mark when he took Bronze at the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi, some 37 years ago.
Also of interest was the men’s 5000m. Were half the field didn’t finish the race it was reported also that medics did not attend to 3 fallen athletes until after the race was over and just left them for a good 10 minutes.
Kent Bryan Celeste takes Palaro High Jump Record over 2 meters
Kent Bryan Celeste of IRAA, became the first boy at the Palarong Pambansa to leap over 2 meters. Celeste improved on his Palaro record and PB from last year in Vigan from 1.99m to 2.02m.
Shane Patrick Tolentino (CLRAA) the Batang Pinoy Champion took the silver in 1.97m, the best time ever for a 16-year-old Filipino. And Patrick Botabata (STCAA) took bronze in 1.88m.
Celeste who is yet to represent the Philippines. His performance ranks him 6th on the Junior All Time list. While Tolentino is ranked 7th. While a good milestone for Palaro High Jumping.
Most noteworthy is how far behind the event really is. In contrast, Kamptom Kam of Singapore jumped 2.10m as a High schooler. The Philippine Junior Record has been held for 32 years by Fil-Heritage athlete Luis Juico at 2.16m who was a 3x SEA Games silver medalist.
Filipino athletes are very far from even the very minimal SEA Games standards in High Jump men’s these days. 2.18m got Bronze, 2.15m got 5th place, and Manual Lasangue who represented the Philippines in 2017 only finished 7th. The best High Jumpers so far this year were the 3 boys at the NCAA who leaped 2.04m.
Long-awaited win for Bernalyn Bejoy and 2 piglets
One Last Trot – Coffee Piglet Bernalyn Bejoy finally gets her Gold (Video)
2019 Palarong Pambansa – Davao City, After 3 years as the runner-up in the Palaro. Bernalyn Bejoy (Western Visayas) finally got her gold medal in the girls 400 Hurdles. Bejoy Trotted her way to her first-ever title. Bejoy took bronze in 2015, and Silvers in 2016, 2017,2018. Even though it wasn’t her best time at 1:02.59 it was enough for the win.
This came at the expense of Riza Jane Vallente who had been the reigning Palaro Champion 3 years in a row. Vallente who had won the gold in this event each year and also holds the Palaro record with a 1.01.5.
She moved to JRU and represented NCR. Vallente faded to a very distant silver medal in 1:04.07 (2.5 seconds off her PB) after an injury in training leading up to the Palaro. Justine Catindoy of CVRAA took the Bronze in 1:04.59 (PB).
This marked the last time Bejoy and Vallente will run at the Palaro. Bejoy prior to this had never beaten Vallente before in a final. Having lost there the last encounter at National Open after beating Vallente in the heats. Bejoy PB was set at the 2018 Palaro 1:01.9.
Bejoy then went onto win the 400m as well in 57.61, just outside her PB of 57.58 where she secured the gold at the Philippine National Open in March. Again it was another closer encounter with Charmaine De Ocampo (STCAA) this time from 57.61 to 57.73, at National open 57.58 to 57.80.
Last year’s silver medalist Divina Mahusay (BRAA) ended up fading to Bronze with 57.85. If any consolation it was a slight PB from 57.90 for Mahusay. And 2016 Silver medalist Lenlyn Sanita (EVRAA) was fourth.
Bejoy still has the 800m as well.
For SEA Games Vallente and Bejoy have run under the required 5th place Mark of 1.02.31 set by PATAFA. However, with only 2 spots for the SEA Games its important to note that two Fil-Heritage athletes have run 59.06 and 59.46 already and breached the Silver Medal mark of last SEA Games of 60.55.
Bejoy has already won medals for the Philippines in the 400 Hurdles and 800 at ASEAN School Games and SEA Youth.
Staying in Bacolod
While several tempting offers and rumors were made by Manila Coaches and rumors were going around. it seems Bejoy has opted to stay with her coaches, having just enrolled in Bacolod at the University of Recoletos.
As they have continued to successfully improve her performance consecutively every year for the last 5 years and avoid the risk of having long term development stunted by another coach.
Bejoy has been coached by Addy and Miguel Arca.
Arca’s Girls Trexie and Jamela Break Palaro Long Jump and Shotput Records
For the Arca Siblings, producing an athlete that has built a nice collection of Palaro Records is just a habit. Bacolod based brother and sister Miguel and Addy who have been coaching for the best part of 15-20 years added to their collection of records.
Trexie Dela Torre
First up was Trexie Dela Torre, the 2018 ASEAN School Games Champion who registered a wind-aided jump of 5.84, and then a legitimate jump of 5.77m. This performance erased the Palaro record of Maricel Sibug 5.66m (SMRAA) set 17 years ago in Naga.
Trexie won very narrowly ahead of unheralded Marilyvn Canion (CLRAA) who also leaped a wind-aided 5.84m but lost on countback with 5.75m. Bombita Jasmin (BRAA) who has also represented the Philippines at the ASG, took the bronze in 5.73m. Alexie Caimoso (WV) who leaped 5.90m at the Western Visayas meet ended up out of the medals in fourth with a 5.65m effort.
While Diane Hurano (CVRAA) the SEA Youth Bronze medalist wound up sixth.
It was a pretty strong field with the first 4 taking the #5, #6, #7 and #11 best times Philippine Junior all-time marks in the event. Trexie also took bronze in the Palaro Secondary Girls 100m.
Trexie Dela Torre Stats
5.84 is nothing new to Trexie having leaped 5.84 (+2.7) at the ASG, and 5.84 at the Western Visayas meet. On the later occasion finishing second to Caimoso. Trexie PB is 5.80 when she won the gold in the junior division at the Philippine National Open in Ilagan last March.
Trexie born in 2002 is in Grade 11, will defend her ASEAN School Games title later this year. She also has one more year in the Palaro to defend her title.
The Performance Ranks Alexie #3 in the National Rankings behind Marestella Torres-Sunang 6.11m and Alexie Caimoso 5.90m. It’s a tough qualification for SEA Games as Bronze is 6.45m and 5th place is 6.18m. The qualification for the 2020 World Juniors in Nairobi Kenya is 6.15m.
Jamela De Asis
Another Arca athlete, Jamela De Asis had a pulverizing win in the Secondary Girls Shotput winning by one of the biggest margins in Palaro History nearly 2 meters ahead of the silver medalist. Jamela (WV) hurled the Shotput 12.30m. The mark smashed the Palaro Record of Kassandra Alcantara (NCR) set last year at 11.88m.
De Asis mark was the #2= best ever by Junior equalling the former Junior Record of Marites Dionio set in 1997, and just behind Alcantara who threw a new Junior Record of 12.58m at the UAAP. Most noteworthy is that Alcantara (born 2000) is still a junior till the end of this year. De Asis (born 2002) has another 2 more years as a junior. Jamela is Grade 10 so she also has 2 more years at the Palaro to improve her record.
While Long Jump is behind SEA Games standards, Shotput is even further behind 14.26 is Bronze at the last SEA Games. 14.50 is the world’s junior standard. The Arcas occupy 3 of the 19 records in the secondary girls and have had several record-holders in the past over all four categories.
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Buko juice adopted as the official energy drink of 2019 Palarong Pambansa
By Ali Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – Fresh coconut juice will be the “official energy” drink in the upcoming Davao City-hosted 2019 Palarong Pambansa in support of intensified efforts to help Filipino coconut farmers surmount odds caused by a sharp decline in copra prices, according to Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol.
In his Facebook post on Sunday, Piñol said coconut farmer-leader Laureano Callao, Jr. has concluded talks with the Palarong Pambansa organizing a committee for the launching of the “Buko Vida Kiosk” on April 29 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao Campus in Mintal District, Davao City.
In support of coconut farmers’ efforts to introduce coconut water as the official energy drink, Piñol said, his agency will be “extending a loan fund to be used in buying fresh young coconuts from farmers.”
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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