Last Updated on July 29, 2021 by pirie

2019 Western Visayas Athletics Reports and Results

Article by Andrew Pirie

Article Proof Read by Doctor Vic Salas


2019 Western Visayas Athletics Meet

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NB. Huergen Lachia (Aklan Province) won the Boys Triple Jump in 14.39m 

Due to the number of anomalies being fixed in the Western Visayas Athletics  Meet on February 19-21, recently concluded in Roxas City, we will not be releasing the full results.

We are currently going through and moderating them. Results are being checked via video software.

Not to mention premature releasing of the Results may induce a ‘Lolly Scramble‘ from opportunistic Manila College Coaches. So, in essence, it’s better to drip feed results.

Please note that this meet is not sanctioned by PATAFA/IAAF, so and cannot use the times here for  National and National Junior Record purposes. I also would like to note some of the performances reported by various newspapers are also incorrect.

2019 Western Visayas Secondary Boys 100m

An example of why we should counter-check hand times. At the recent WVRAA Regional athletic meet, Vince Buhayan (Iloilo) was given 10.12 in the 100 and 400 at 47.06.

The 100 time is already below the 100m national record of Eric Cray. We know that Vince is nowhere near Eric Cray. So I checked the times using video software, and I got 10.92 and 49.06. This still makes him the fastest high schooler in the country.

But how on earth did a timer get from 47.06 to 49.06?? 2 seconds?

Maybe they had an incoming voice mail that paused the stopwatch or something???

Anyway, if we will use Hand times in rankings, they need to be counter-checked for accuracy. As you can see at regional Palaro, there is a huge discrepancy inaccuracy. 

Buhayan’s age really can’t be questioned as he has already represented the Philippines at ASEAN School Games, which requires a valid NSO Birth Certificate. Former Junior stand-out sprinter Benson Penarubia coaches him.  Buhayan was the Palaro silver medalist in this event last year, but his times put him on top so far.

1. Vince Jayson Bernal Buhayan (Iloilo) 10.92 
2. Tristan Salazar Plotria (Negros Occ) 11.08 (10.94 ht)
3. Franz Noquid (Iloilo) 11.24 (11.15 ht)
4. Mark Dianilla (Negros Occ) 11.36 (11.22 ht)

** Please note I have no idea why the DEPED gave this time 10.12 (hand-timed); video timing showed a much more realistic 10.92 as Vince timed 10.6h last year at this meet. We will roll with 10.92.

Secondary Girls 100m

Trexie dela Torre
Trixie dela Torre

Trixie Dela Torre the ASEAN School Games in Long Jump. She clocked a 12.1 HT, a follow-up from her 12.0 run at the Negros meet last year. It’s about equivalent to a 12.24 video Time.

She beat her teammate Angel Ann Pranisa (aka. The Scientist), who is the Palaro Elementary Record Holder in the 100m

Suppose the finishing distance between athletes in a race is too close.

It causes delays and slower than actual times for athletes who are further behind as one timer might not have time to press the watch to record the next athlete’s crossing the line.

Video times

1. Trexie Dela Torre (Negros) 12.24
2. Angel Ann Pranisa (Negros) 12.35
3. Angelyn Ortiz (Iloilo) 12.44
4. Jezel Arellano (Iloilo) 12.48
12.87, 13.38, 13.41

Hand Times: 12.1, 12.5, 12.6, 13.0

**after having used the wrong video, times have been moderated. Please note 2,3,4 were much closer than .5 between 2nd and 4th.

Secondary Boys 200 Meter Dash

Again like in the 100m, there were problems with hand timing given Vince 20.88. A time just outside Trenten Beram  20.84 National Record (or maybe not). Video analysis showed a slower but still a very impressive 21.75. The mark was below the 21.84 National Junior Record of Raul ‘Bato’ Abangan of 21.84 sets in 35 years ago in 1984.

Of course, proper electronics and a wind gauge will be required, neither of which will probably be present at the Palaro for record performance. However, Vince, being born in 2001, has another year to break that time.

Vince Buhayan timed 22.04 last year at this meet.

Video Times

1. 21.75 VJ Buhayan (Iloilo)
2. 22.45 Tristan Salazar Plotria (Negros Occ)
3. 22.63 Carl Galipo (Guimaras)
4. 22.71 Franze Noguid (Iloilo)
5. 23.01

Unsure of names of #5+ perhaps coaches can help out

Secondary Girls 200 Meter Finals

Angel Ann ‘Julian’ Pranisa had it easy with a win of 25.48 (adjusted from 24.9). The Palarong Pambansa Elementary Girls Record Holder.


Video Times
1. 25.48 Julian Pranisa (Negros)
2. 25.77 Jyzel Arellano (Iloilo)
3. 26.33 Rhea Borres (Capiz)
4. 26.42 Hannah Del Dalvo

HT: 24.9, 25.3, 25.5, 26.1


DepEd gave Vince Buhayan an incredible 47.06. Pinoyathletics has moderated the time with video software to 49.06. Still the fastest time in the country so far for 2019.


Video Times

1. Vince Jayson Bernal Buhayan (Iloilo) 49.06
2. Guen Delos santos (Iloilo) 49.50
3. Rome Ojeno (Negros Occ) 50.2
4. Renz Bandilla (Aklan) 52.6


**I’m not sure why the DEPED gave a hand time of 47.1 for this race; that is a big 2-sec difference. Maybe the cellphone had a notification that stalled the timer.

Anyway, using video software was able to get a more accurate 49.06. Vince ran 50.5 last year, so it’s a relative progression. The runners’ times are correct as they were all counter-checked on video, and the distance between the winner and them reflects these times.


Western Visayas Bernalyn Bejoy
Bernalyn Bejoy

Of all the 6 sprints, the Girls 400m was the only one with no timing anomalies.

Bernalyn Bejoy of Negros was timed at 57.8, and the video time showed 57.82. Bejoy has already represented the Philippines at several age-grade meets and won silver and bronze medals.

While Bejoy had run 57.5 2 years ago at the Negros Monthly Relays, last year at the Negros Qualifier meet ran 57.9. If anything, 2,3 were faster as the timekeepers seemed to focus on the winner.

Video Times

  1. Bernalyn Bejoy (Negros) 57.82
  2. Angelyn Ortiz (Iloilo) 59.85
  3. Eden Cornelia (Iloilo) 60.35




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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