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Palarong Pambansa 2014 Results

2014 Palarong Pambansa Athletics Day 5

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Official Results:

Misamis Vs. Negros: Calis Dethrones Sustituedo in Palaro 3K Run

Jie Ann Calis on her winning form.
Jie Anne Calis on her winning form.

Photos and Text: Airnel T. Abarra for

SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA- Northern Mindanao Runner Jie Anne Calis stunned her rivals. She ousted two-time Palaro champion Joneza Mie Sustituedo of the Western Visayas region. Capturing the 3000m run secondary girls gold during day six-Athletics tournament. At the 2014 Palarong Pambansa here at Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy. Bubukal Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 09-May.

Calis, who won the 1,500m run secondary girls yesterday 08-May, did a come-from-behind victory. As she outlasts the race leader Sustituedo in the last laps of the exhausting race.

After the gun start, the barefoot Sustituedo went for long strides that made her in the lead on the race’s first laps. At the same time, Calis maintained her pace. They just followed the information of the Bacolodena Sustituedo with Davao Region’s bet Mea Gay Adiliaan Ninura, who did not allow Calis and Sustituedo to have a nearly 25m space between them.

On the fifth to sixth lap, Calis take advantage of Sustituedo’s loss of pace and exhaustion points. She throttles up with race runner-up Ninura until both of them had a far 25-40m advantage over Sustituedo. Calis already maintained her pacing at the last lap, sneaking farther from Ninura and Sustituedo and doing a strong finish.

Hailing from Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Calis said she didn’t expect her to win on the 3K run as she knows that Sustituedo had an advantage over her on the first laps of the race. Calis clocked a good finish at 10:26.6 minutes while Ninura followed her with a time of 10:32.2 minutes Sustituedo settled for third place, clocking 10:49.1 minutes.

Rise of the Champions: Palaro 2014 MVP’s

May 12, 2014

Palaro 2014 is over. Still, it would be great to savor and recognize the top performer in the annual centerpiece sport event for primary education students. Ten Palaro records had been broken by the athletes this year and based on this, Pinoyathletics selected the Most Valuable Players in the Athletics Tournament:

Best Thrower:

Pacheco during the Shot put finals (Image from Joey Santos retrieved:
Pacheco during the Shot put finals (Image by Joey Santos retrieved from

Bryan Pacheco of Central Luzon Athletic Association (CLRAA) set the pace in breaking records as he erased records in Javelin Throw and Shot-put. Baler, Aurora Province, the senior thrower, said that he is more into Javelin, and the record break in Shot Put is not expected. Pacheco plans to study at Far Eastern University and is all set for a fruitful UAAP Career in the years to come.


Best Male Sprinter:


No doubt it’s Jomar Udtohan of NCRAA as he did a grand slam record break in all sprint events (100, 200, and 400m) and also towed his team in smashing records in 4x100m and 4x400m. The San Sebastian College stand-out already broke junior records, and we look forward to his stellar performance in ASEAN School Games this December.

Best Female Sprinter

Mary Anthony Diesto, Leah Joan Creer, and Karen Janario in mixed emotions after finishing 100m
Mary Anthony Diesto, Leah Joan Creer, and Karen Janario in mixed emotions after finishing 100m
Leah Joan Creer during 400m
Leah Joan Creer during 400m

We must say it’s a tie between Mary Anthony Diesto and Leah Joan Creer. Diesto won the 100m and Long Jump while Creer won the 200m and 400m as both of them will be possibly schoolmates in De La Salle University-Manila next school year, so that will be a time when there will be a distinction in their performance.

Best Middle and Long Distance Runner

Capangpangan (304) during 1500m Run
Capangpangan (304) during 1500m Run
Jie Ann Calis on a strong finish at 1,500m
Jie Anne Calis on a strong finish at 1,500m

Northern Mindanao Region’s Kevin Capangpangan did a stellar performance in the middle and long-distance races. Aside from breaking the 1,500m record, he also won the 5,000m in the same palaro. Joining him on our favorites is her teammate, Jie Ann Calis, who also won 1,500m and 3,000, which is enough to make NMRAA challenge other powerhouse delegations.

Best Hurdler

If NCR’s Jomar Udtohan is the prince of sprints, his teammate Jaime Mejia was the duke of hurdles. The UPIS stand-out did a sweep in 110m and 400m and was a member of the NCRAA relay team.

Jaime Mejia during 400m Hurdles.
: Jaime Mejia during 400m Hurdles.

Best Jumper

Alexis Soqueno of Western Visayas is on our top list of jumpers for this year’s palaro. He erased the 12-year-old high jump record of  Paulo Martinez by leaping 1.92m in a very long joust that remained the only event at night during that tournament.

Most Promising Athlete


Karen Janario is our choice as the most promising athlete for this year’s Palaro. The 15-year-old Janario was already a champion during the 2013 Batang Pinoy games and was able to get medals in sprints and hurdles. As she enters fourth-year high school, she will be the athlete to watch in 2015 Palaro, which will occur either in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, or Koronadal, South Cotabato.

Palaro Athletics Team of the Year

"Team Yolanda" in their Victory March.
“Team Yolanda” in their Victory March.

We unanimously vote Eastern Visayas as the team of the year as they managed to end its medal drought in athletics since 1948. Given their situation that Typhoon Yolanda devastated their training facilities and the properties and lives of their colleagues.

Eastern Visayas team dubbed “Team Yolanda” managed to win the 4x400m relay girls. Their athletes Leah Joan Creer, Karen Janario, and Melissa Escoton captured excellent finishes in the events they joined. Their team’s story is worth inspiration, and hailing them as the best team is the best ovation we can offer.

Golden Double Record Break for NCR in Palaro Relays

May 10, 2014

NCRAA Athletics Team celebrating after their double win in relays.
NCRAA Athletics Team celebrating after their double win in relays.

SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA- NCRAA Sprinters went to a back-to-back victory as they harvest both the 4x100m and 4x400m secondary boys and shattered the Palaro records in relays during the Athletics tournament at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa here at Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy. Bubukal Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 09-May.

Team NCR on full throttle on the final stretch of 4x100m
Team NCR on full-throttle on the final stretch of 4x100m

Capital city runners led by Palaro triple record-breaker Jomar Udtohan, with Jaime Mejia, Nestly Tercero, Franklin Onukogu Jr., and Venz Pena took an early advantage in the first laps of the race and trounced their rivals from Cagayan Valley, Davao Region, SOCKSARGEN regions, and clocked a spellbinding time of 43.1 seconds on 4x100m and 3:22.1 minutes in 4x400m.

This is enough to erase the 4-year-old record set by their predecessors in NCRAA in 2010  for 4x100m, which formerly stands at 43.24 seconds while wiping off the 12-yr old record set by STRAA (2002) that stands at 3:22.1. Meanwhile, their colleagues in the elementary distaff side captured gold in 4x100m with a time of 52.3, which is headed by hurdles, double gold medalist Ellah Therese Sirilan with comrades April Mae Allegrado, Romalyn Eulin, and Francesca Elaine Buena.

Bicol Sprinters on final stretch for their double gold in elementary relays.
Bicol Sprinters on the final stretch to capture double gold in elementary relays.

On the elementary boys, Bicol runners spiced up again as they also sweep the 4x100m and 4x400m, clocking a time of 48.2 seconds and 3:52.4 minutes, and SOCKSARGEN Region takes home the 4x400m victory with a time of 4:18.5 minutes.

Palaro 2014 Athletics Tournament Analysis: The Need for a Fully Automated Timing System Continues

After six days of the competition last week during 2014, Palarong Pambansa at the Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy. Bubukal, Sta. Cruz, Laguna, we at Pinoyathletics had a great time doing coverage in my home province. It’s about time to assess the whole Athletics tournament properly. Take everything we said here as positive criticism.

The Venue: Laguna Sports Complex had nice improvements this year. Added bleachers near the start of the 200m dash made the audience watch on the other side of the stadium. Still, I hope they can improve the facilities such as provisions for large video walls.

As I stayed mostly in the media center, I can see some birth pains on the first day. The internet connection and desktop computers are still being installed, even the press people already arrived.

Compared with Palaro 2012 in Lingayen, Pangasinan, the media center is already 100 percent working on the first day of the competition, and we don’t have any problems with the internet connection.

Complimentary items such as free coffee and snacks were started to be provided on the second day. I know that the working committees are working hard for their job, and I can’t blame them if they cannot provide all the necessary things for the press as they also rely on their superiors.

Still, it would be great to address these matters for next year’s Palaro host. Either Tagum City, Davao del Norte, or Koronadal, South Cotabato, to ensure that provisions in the media center are already in place a day before the start of the games.

Jhah Dale Besmonte of Bicol Region Athletic Association (BRAA)
If Palaro Athletics Tournament is Fully Automatic Timed, this lane judge will be much easier and provide better angles for photographers as there will be no photo bombings.

The Tournament:

As we always want, I hope DepEd or the Palaro host city will invest in purchasing a fully electronic timing system just like this one manufactured by SEIKO and


Palaro is the pinnacle of Athletics competition among primary education students in the country, and organizers should raise the games’ technology because IAAF only honors fully electronic timing.

It would be good if the tournament manager will use Athletics tournament software like HyTek: and DirectAthletics  Meet Pro.

The results will be automatically encoded and easily printed. Thus, sending them to the media or posting them on bulletin boards will be faster. Results delivery time in Palaro Athletics should improve every year because the faster the results. The better that sportswriters can tell their readers the results, leading to more people reading and following the sport.

Fully electronic timing also eases the technical working committee’s burden. They can get the results accurately and not be subject to running around the track to check the race bibs and athlete numbers as the electronic timing system is already doing that job.

Cinderella Girls: Sirilan and Enrico Walks Away with Double Gold in Palaro Athletics

Sirilan during 100m Hurdles
Ellah Therese Sirilan during 100m Hurdles

Photos and Text: Airnel T. Abarra for

SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA- National Capital Region (NCR) marvel Ellah Therese Sirilan grab two gold medals in 100m and 400m hurdles during the Athletics tournament in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa here at Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy. Bubukal Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 08-May.

The sixth-grade Sirilan started her gold haul in this year’s palaro when she captured the 400m hurdles crown by clocking 1:08.7 minutes on 07-May and secured her spot for 2 golds when she finished first on 100m of the same discipline with a time of 16.6 seconds, which is .2 second short of melting the Palaro record set by Jessa Ampunan of Bicol Region (2010) which still stands at 16.4 seconds.

Sirilan during 400m Hurdles.
Sirilan during 400m Hurdles.

Gen. Maximino Hizon Elementary School’s product, the Tondo girl Sirilan plans to take her 7th grade (High School) at the University of the East-Manila. She will continue to focus on hurdles while also training for a 400m dash.

Karyll Clarissa Enrico (599) on her final stretch at the 200m dash

Karyll Clarissa Enrico (599) on her final stretch at the 200m dash

Karyll Clarissa Enrico of CALABARZON Region shares the same spotlight with Sirilan as a double gold medalist in this year’s palaro by capturing a first-place finish in 100m and 200m elementary girls.

Clocking 12.9 seconds on the century dash, which is only a point of a second away to erase the 1997 record set by Irene Mojar of Bicol Region at 12.8 seconds. Enrico, who is a product of Jesus Cabarrus Elementary School, Antipolo Rizal, bagged her second laurel with a time of 27.2 Seconds.


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