Considered one of the greatest Javelin Throwers in the history of the South East Asian Games. Born in 1952 and Hailing from Surigao Del Norte.
Before the Philippines entered the SEA Games in 1977, at the 1975 Asian Championships, Erlinda, then 23, placed 4th in 44.76m.
Erlinda was the sole gold medalist at the 1977 SEA Games, the first time the Philippines joined.
She won her first Javelin title with a throw of 45.22m And went on to make it three in a throw-in 1979 45.78m and 1981 46.20m. When Gintong Alay opened its doors in 1979 at 27, Lavandia was already a seasoned veteran.
She lost her title in 1983 to Norsham Yoon of Malaysia. Yoon had played in 1977 and 1979, and 1981 had been a silver medallist to Lavandia. This time Lavandia was the silver medallist.
During her time in the Gintong Alay Program, she worked with the late American coach Tinker Hatfield and his wife, Sharon. In the 1981 Asian Championships, Lavandia (her last Asian champs was 1975) finished 6th in 46.78m.
But regained her fourth and last SEA Games title in 1985 with the absence of Yoon.
Erlinda set the then National Record of 49.94m in 1986 at the Asian Cup in Manila.
Lavandia became a National Coach, Baguio Camp Director, and Multiple World Champion Masters athlete after her career with the national team. Lavandia held the National Record for 15 years until 2001 when an athlete she coached and discovered, Geralyn Amandoron from Cebu, threw 51.00m to win the Thailand Open. A few months later, Amandoron improved this to 53.75m getting silver in Singapore Open.