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CESAFI 2019 Cebu Athletics

John Lloyd Osorio Moves to Cebu times 49.8 for 400

In a twist of fate former UE Trackster, John Lloyd Osorio has surprisingly relocated to Cebu City leaving behind the big smoke of the Capital City.

Osorio was mentored well by Coach Christopher and Coach Fronda at the University of the East.

He has moved to the University of Santo Carlos to spend more time with his dad.

He was previously in Manila as his mother works there.


“We have a scholarship for tuitition and  free use of track. Food here is alot cheaper than in Manila 100 Pesos can last a day and a half. It cant even last a day in Manila.”


At the recent CESAFI Meet in Cebu City Osorio broke his PB in the 400m with a time of 49.8 (hand-timed), he will run the 800m on Sunday.


At USC Osorio will be coached by Arvin Loberanis.


“Its very different in Cebu, said Osorio we don’t have any many competitions there is only 5 meets a year, and there are left athletes overall competing”


Osorio resurgence in the 400m comes after he was a high school stand out clocking 50.3 at the NCR meet and 1:56.71 at the  2016 Palaro in Legazpi, Bicol where he took the bronze medal behind Mariano Masano.

In an exclusive interview with John Lloyd Osorio. I pointed out with his time of just under 50 seconds, he is capable of running even 1:51. Wenlie Maulas a good friend of mine timed 1:51.6 of a similar 400m time.

So Osorio has a lot of wiggle room. I look forward to the challenge of working with him and his new coach.

Possibly in his 800 this weekend the advice goes out the first lap in 54-54.5 and close in 1 minute as their might not be many competitors.


Above all John Lloyd is a smart young man who understands the importance and has a deep respect for  Grass Roots coaches


“I understand its not easy being a grass root coach.  I learnt a value life lesson from my new coach.

Coach Arvin took us to help coach some kids 6-12 years of age.

It was a big eye opening experience which gave me a deeper appreciation.

One of the biggest challenges is keeping at it knowing there are coaches who might try and grab your athletes”


Overall John Lloyd seems very dedicated to supporting Cebu Athletics. And is keen to grow and develop the skills he learned from his coaches at UE wherever he maybe.

And is one of a growing number of athletes who is finding success training outside of the capital in regions.

If we look at Cebu we won’t find anyone spare heading the movement more than Mary Joy Tabal who chose to stick with her own coaches training in Cebu and Overseas.


**Photo Credits to the Photographer John Velez


CESAFI 2017 Cebu Athletics

Rafols Winner better than the Lottery

2017 Cesafi Cebu Athletics
Rafols (CDN) File



SEA School Games Champion Marvin John Rafols (Univ of Cebu) broke the Cesafi Record with a leap of 14.28m, erasing his 2016 mark of 14.10m.

Beginning off his season after coming from injury Rafols leapt a 15.02m PB to win the ASEAN School Games last June in Singapore.

Still, it was a performance to remember for Rafols, who told Cebu Daily News he wanted to leave the high school division on a high note.

Rafols also topped the Long Jump and helped his teammates win the 4×100, 4×400


“I will miss competing here but I have to prepare myself in the more competitive college level next school year,” said Rafols, who said he has chosen to remain with the University of Cebu next year.

“I think my experience in competing abroad helped me to gain more confidence in this competition. It helped me perform better,” said Rafols.


Cebu produces another Mary Joy

Mary Joy Loberanis
Mary Joy Loberanis


Cebu Produced yet another Mary Joy. Following perhaps in the same make as SEA Games Champion Mary Joy Tabal.

Due to a low turn out in some events, college athletes were allowed to join but scored separately.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Mary Joy Loberanis beat her college opponents who were 20 and 21 years old. 

Loberanis won in a time of 11 min 35.26. Her best time was her gold-winning 10 min 57.09 set 2 years ago at the Batang Pinoy.

This effort was still enough to beat college runners Melody Perez of (USC) 11:39.6 and Lovey Andrin of (USPF) 11:57.1, while Geneda Arcuino (USC) was third in College 12:12.1.

In High school division Antonette Velayo (UC) 12:03.0, and Nyka Archival (USC) 14:38.8.

Loberanis won the High School Girls 800, 1500, 3000, 4×100, 4×400.





CESAFI 2016 : Cebuana Express Samantha Limos Takes sprint Trebble at CESAFI 2016

Oct 9 ,2016

Limos at CESAFI
Limos at CESAFI

Samantha Limos (Univ Cebu) took the Golds in the Secondary Girls 100 (13.0), 200 (26.6) and 400 (1.03.2).

Albeit the performances were far from the bests of Limos 11.99 which set the Palaro Record and 25.3 which saw her also win the Gold last April in Legazpi City.

Limos began her season again with coach Ilde Banzon after having had her first international meet and medal at the Children of Asia where she took bronze in the 100m Dash.

Limos now 14 is preparing for the Batang Pinoy in Tagum at the end of November where she currently shares the meet record at 12.47 set last year in Bacolod and also won the 200-meter dash.

The meet record for the 200m is 25.82 by Karen Janario.

Also Academic Achiever Limos

Meet Record broken

3220 Prince Joey Lee
3220 Prince Joey Lee

Meanwhile, Prince Joey Lee of UC logged a new record in the men’s 5k race by clocking 15 minutes and 34.87 seconds for the gold.

He erased the record of former USPF ace Mendel Lopez, which stood at 16 minutes. According to the tournament official Lyle Larida, they have to determine the year Lopez logged the record. Lee’s gold was one of the 13 UC won yesterday.


Seth Pilapil of USC dominates the 200-meter final, one of two events he won yesterday at the start of the 2016 CESAFI track and field competition at the Cebu City Sports Center track oval. (CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON)

USC-BED’s Seth Abram Pilapil harvested three golds also in the 100m, 200m and 400m, while his teammate Mary Joy Loberanis dominated the 800m, 1,500m and 3000m.

Roneth Ayuda led USC with three gold medals from the women’s 100m and 400m hurdles and high jump while Jessielou Rebalde chipped in two gilts from the 100 200m and 400m sprints.

The other collegiate gold winners from USC were Melody Perez (3,000m women), Maria Rica Cabarrubias (3k walkathon), Jouie Bajan (5k walkathon), Jason Naces (400m sprint), Geniecel Saballa (1,500m women) and Jellus Mae Paderez (discus throw women).

Meanwhile, Seth Abram Pilapil, Mary Joy Loberanis, and Stephen Pekit-pekit won two golds each in the high school division for USC.

Pilapil dominated the 200m and 400m runs; Loberanis snatched golds in the 1,500m and

3,000m runs while Pekit-pekit topped the boys 110m hurdles and high jump. John Dean Durano (shot put) and John Joseph Berdin (discus throw) won a gold each. The Webmasters won seven secondary gold medals and six collegiate gilts.

Children of Asia Games bronze medalist Samantha Jane Limos was the only UC athlete to win two golds. She dominated the 200m and 400m sprints.

Other UC gold medalists were Rozel Ardiente (3,00m steeplechase), Jerald Berengel (110m hurdles), Benjamin Reynes (200m), Angel Mark Sicad (discus throw), Keith Lawrence Robredo (high jump) and Prince Joey Lee (10k run) in the college division. UC’s other secondary golds come from Linmart Mata (1,500m), Martin Cris Ablanque (3,000m steeplechase), Elyzza Mae Salinas (100m hurdles), Mart Chan Torregosa (400m hurdles) and Crystal Villanueva (high jump).

USP-F’s gold medalists were John Cliff Debolusan (1,500m run), Mark Batiancila (400m hurdles), Charine Areja (shot put) and Jessie Klien Resaba (shot put) while SHS-AdC’sgold medalists were Shanelle Demilys Siasoyco (shot put and discus throw) and Pearl Angeline Abellar (400m hurdles).

CESAFI Cebu. Please take note this meet is not sanctioned by PATAFA. So these results are for reference only. And cannot be cited for.

A) National, National Junior Records

B) National Ranking Lists

C) Selection for International meets



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. 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 working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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