Arnulfo Valles

Arnulfo Valles

Photo Credit: Gerard Beguin

First Published July 3, 2015

Arnulfo Vallejos Valles was born on 15th August 1940, in Tagbilaran, Bohol.

Arnulfo Valles was an active sprinter during most of the 1960s. He was a BPSIAA (Public Interscholastic Athletics Association, the Palarong Pambansa) stand out with William Mordeno.

While Arnulfo Valles represented the Philippines in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, finishing 7th in heat 3 in 11.1 (11.21a). 7th in heat 3 of the Men’s 4×100 in 41.7; his teammates were Miguel Ebreo, Claro Pellosis, and Rogelio Onofre.

At the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok with Rogelio Onofre, Remigio Vista, and William Mordeno, he won a bronze medal in the 4×100 in 41.3. Hence the Philippines, however, failed to defend the title they won four years prior.

Most noteworthy was that Valles’s best time came in 1967 when he clocked 10.5 in the 100-meter dash. During the 1967 National Open in Paniqui, Tarlac took the national title in 21.9 from Rogelio Onfore 22.0.

Especially relevant was that he was the joint-fastest man in 1967 in the 100m with Onofre. And in 1966 and 1968, the fastest man in the Philippines in the 200.

A formidable curve runner, he clocked 21.6 the following year in the 200-meter dash.

He stood 5’9 and weighed 66kg. He was a major in the Philippine Navy.

Arnulfo Valles met his wife Nelia at the 1964 Asian Games; they had two children, a daughter who became a nun in Italy and a son who works in Dubai.

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