Palarong Pambansa 2019

Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Palarong Pambansa 2019 Results

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Algin Gomez

Algin Gomez defends his 2019 Palarong Pambansa Title in the Secondary Boys Long Jump. Photo Credit: Bomboradyo Philippines

2019 Palarong Pambansa, Davao City.

Algin Gomez hails from Aparri, the Philippines’ Northernmost tip (which also happens to be my mother’s hometown).

Dazzled the crowd in Davao with the best jump ever by a Filipino Junior in any wind conditions.

Algin representing CAVRAA, who also registered a legit 7.29m jump.

Sat behind John Lera of NMRAA, who led the competition with 7.39m (+1.7).

With one last jump, Algin grabbed the win with a 7.55m (+2.8). Taking full advantage of the brand new track oval and strong tailwind conditions at the University of Mindanao.

The leap surpassed the National Junior Record of Jerry Belibestre’s 7.43m set at the 2018 Philippine National Champs and Jerry’s best 7.47m with no wind reading at the 2016 SEA Youth Malaysia. However, not surprisingly, the mark was not counted as a National Junior Record as it had a too-strong tailwind.



2019 Palarong Pambansa No Palaro Record Either for Algin Gomez

Algin Gomez
Algin Gomez Photo Credit: Jun Cortez 2019 Palarong Pambansa

Please note that the PATAFA again sanctions the 2019 Palarong Pambansa. In a twist, not only was Algin disallowed the National Junior Record.

Despite winning the gold, the PATAFA awarded the Palaro Record to John Lera, whose 7.39m (+1.7) was with a legit jump.

Consequently, this broke the previous record of Julian Reem Fuentes (7.26m in 2012).

While I felt that was a tad bit harsh, Wind readings are usually applied at National Records and up.

Most noteworthy is that the Palarong Pambansa has never used wind readings for Long Jump in the past.

While PATAFA has decided not to list this record.

I think it’s fair enough to list Lera 7.39m as the official record.

And to keep Algin Gomez’s 7.55m as a footnote under that record.

As it needs to be ensured at future editions, the Palaro consistently uses a wind gauge at the Palaro, which may or may not always be available.

2019 Palarong Pambansa
2019 Palarong Pambansa

2019 Palarong Pambansa Mentored by an older Jumper

Gomez’s win saw him improve on his 6.96m leap from last year. And he had improved to 6.99m at CAVRAA leading up to the 2019 Palarong Pambansa.

Gomez got much technical advice and guidance from Benigno Marayag, the 2013 SEA Games Bronze Medalist in the Long Jump.

That was instrumental in his rapid improvement well into the 7m region. 

Algin indicated in an interview with

His first choice is Mapua University, then Ateneo for College. Marayag is the assistant coach of Mapua University (Mapua Institute of Technology, as it was called back then, was also the school I attended for 2 years).


“It’s all proper timing on my takeoff and landing,” said Gomez, who stretched the toes of his right foot in his bid to go the distance, upon the advise of his coaches Steve Lagua and Jenna Cagurangan.


2019 Palarong Pambansa Representing the Philippines

Algin is a 12th Grader at Aparri East National High School.

He has represented the Philippines, already finishing 5th at the 2018 ASEAN School Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a leap of 6.86m.

The mark of Algin is the same as the best legit jump of 2017 SEA Games Bronze Medalist and National Record Janry Ubas 7.55m (-0.9) for 2019, which Janry did National Open in Ilagan on 6 March 19.

However, a few weeks ago, Janry could only manage a 7.44m effort for 13th place at the Asian Championships in Doha.

Here’s hoping Algin can legitimize a National Junior record before the end of 2020, if not before.


Moving Forward

The Minimal SEA Games qualification set by PATAFA is 5th place in the 2017 SEA Games, 7.53m.

So far, only Ubas has hit the criteria.

Perhaps a good goal for Algin would be a qualification for the 2020 World Junior Championships held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The standard based on 2018 was 7.55m, which would need to be done again with a tailwind of 2.0 or less.

While on a personal note, despite the fact, Algin doesn’t speak much English, and unfortunately, I never learned Ilocano.

I enjoyed writing about him.

As he is from my mother’s hometown and will probably go to Mapua, I went to school for two years.

I hope and can guide him well.

And have the utmost faith in the three coaches at Mapua to lead him to the next level.

We will list our updated Palarong Pambansa records here after the Games. 

Stayed tuned for more exciting and Comprehensive athlete writeups from #Palaro2019


  1. Article by our good friend Peter Penongs of Manila Standard
  2. Bomba Radyo

Bombita Better by Far

Jasmin Bombita
2019 Palarong Pambansa

Jasmin Bombita (BRAA) set a new Palaro Record in the Girls Triple Jump. Her mark of 12.46m eclipsed Felyn Sausa Dolloso’s previous record at the 2010 Palarong Pambansa. 

Bombita hales from Irosin, Sorsogon, Bicol.

She is a grade 11 student at Gallanosa National High School

Bombita defended her Palaro title, improving on her 11.81m from last year in Vigan. In the 2019 Long Jump Bombita finished with bronze with a new PB of 5.73m.

The 2019 Palarong Pambansa Triple Jump was a good performance, with Bombita now just behind Felyn Dolloso in #7 on the all-time list for Filipino women.

Bombita is #3 in the Junior all-time list behind Junior Record Holder Marisa Kwiatkowski (12.67m) and Dolloso (12.55m). 

Rea Rafanan, who took the 2019 Palarong Pambansa silver in 12.08m, was the #7 all-time junior, and bronze medalist Shane Frades was the #10 all-time junior 12.00m.

Making 12.00m is the benchmark for Top 10 Junior all time.

Bombita finished 5th, representing the Philippines at the 2018 ASG, 12.46m pushes her up to 4th. Therefore, she is eligible again for the ASG.


Alhryan Labita 400 Hurdles Record

Alhryan Labita
2019 Palarong Pambansa

Labita set a new meet record in Boys 400 Hurdles claiming the title in 54.15 (electronic).

And this eclipsed the 2012 meet record of Patrick Unso, who held the mark at 54.1 (hand-timed).

Furthermore, the Palaro is now using electronic times.

While Labita, a Yolanda Survivor, is from the Leyte Sports Academy. And transferred to San Beda University.

Hence now represents STCAA.

While he did not join the 400 Hurdles event last year.

Former teammate Van Alexander Obejas (Eastern Visayas) was silver with 54.95, and Kerry Calumpang (Cotobato) was bronze with 56.10.


“‘Di ko in-expect na makukuha ko ‘yung gold. 2019 Palarong Pambansa po ito e lahat ng malalakas nandito. Kaya pressured na pressured ako. Labanan ng lakas ng loob na lang ito,” ayon kay Labita. 


Si Labita ay isa sa mga nakaligtas sa hagupit ng bagyong Yolanda, anim na taon na ang nakakaraan.

Isang daang metro lamang ang layo ng kanilang bahay sa Tacloban sa dagat kaya nang nagkaroon ng daluyong umabot hanggang sa Kisame ng kanilang bahay ang tubig. 


“Nasa bahay po ako tapos ‘yung tubig po nasa kisame na namin. Ako, literally, umiiyak. Kung tumaas pa ‘yung tubig, malamang wala po ako rito,” sabi ni Labita. 


2019 Palarong Pambansa
2019 Palarong Pambansa

Sprint Double with 400m

While Labita made it a double when he surprisingly took the 400m title. Consequently, the much favored Vince Buhayan (Western Visayas), 49.54.

Buhayan had ended up the meet’s fastest man with wins in the 100 and 200. And NCR High school record Holder and Teammate Tracy Soriano took bronze in 50.27.

Labita clocked a new PB of 49.17. During last year Labita took silver behind Kenneth Corpuz (Cotobato) with a time of 49.88.

Most noteworthy is that the Palaro Record in 400m still belongs to Jomar Udtohan (NCR) (48.7 set in 2014 in Santa Cruz, Laguna).

Also, Labita picked up the Bronze Medal in the boys ‘ meter Dash in 10.84 (+2.3) after running a legit 10.99 PB in the heats.

2019 Palarong Pambansa
2019 Palarong Pambansa

Alhryan has already represented the Philippines; he has participated in the 2018 ASEAN School Games in Malaysia. And finished 6th in the Final.


Alfrenze Braza 3 other boys under Palaro 1500 Record / Celeste over 2 Meters

Alfrenze Braza
Alfrenze Braza and 3 other boys under the old record

Western Visayas Alfrenze Braza from Iloilo City. Clocked 4:01.96 to take the Palaro Record in the 1500m.

In a unique situation, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place getters also swept under the old mark of 4:05.8 of Kevin Capangpangan (NMRAA) set in the 2014 Palaro in Laguna. 

Braza’s mark was the #9 all-time for a Filipino Junior.

The mark improved his best time of 4.06.1 from the Western Visayas meets some months before.

Reymart Molave of NCR 4:02.38 took the silver with the #10 all-time mark for a Philippine Junior. Anthony Bacle of STCAA 4:02.47. S

O strong defended Champion and ASEAN School Games Silver Medalist Erwin Mancao, the pre-race favorite, finished outside the medals in 4:02.55. Mancao is the #8 all-time junior in this event.

The Philippine Junior record is 3:47.65, held by Mervin Guarte, who got silver at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Steeple Chase Record

Not to be outdone, Jerry Vasquez of CLRAA clocked 9:35.20 to erase the Palaro record 9:41.70 of Crisanto Canillo (CAVRAA) that had stood for 21 years. Ritchie Estampador (WV) also went under the old mark with a time of 9:37.23.

A tad shy of the 9.35.5, he registered to win the Western Visayas meet.

Canillo and Estampador are helping themselves to the #5 and #6 best all-time marks by Juniors.

Of course, the junior record in the steeples belonging to Hector Begeo set that mark when he took Bronze at the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi some 37 years ago.

Also of interest was the men’s 5000m. Half the field didn’t finish the race, and reported that medics did not attend to 3 fallen athletes until after the race was over and just left them for 10 minutes.

Kent Bryan Celeste takes Palaro High Jump Record over 2 meters.

Kent Brian Celeste

Kent Bryan Celeste of IRAA became the first boy at the Palarong Pambansa to leap over 2 meters. Celeste improved on his Palaro record and PB from last year in Vigan from 1.99m to 2.02m.

Shane Patrick Tolentino (CLRAA), the Batang Pinoy Champion, took the silver in 1.97m, the best time ever for a 16-year-old Filipino. And Patrick Botabata (STCAA) took bronze in 1.88m.

Celeste is yet to represent the Philippines.

His performance ranks him 6th on the Junior All-Time list.

While Tolentino is ranked 7th.  While a good milestone for Palaro High Jumping.

Most noteworthy is how far behind the event is.

In contrast, Kamptom Kam of Singapore jumped 2.10m as a High schooler.

The Philippine Junior Record was held for 32 years by Fil-Heritage athlete Luis Juico at 2.16m, a 3x SEA Games silver medalist.

Filipino athletes are very far from even minimal SEA Games standards in High Jump men these days. For example, 2.18m got Bronze, 2.15m got 5th place, and Manual Lasangue, who represented the Philippines in 2017, only finished 7th.

So far this year, the best High Jumpers were the 3 boys at the NCAA, who leaped 2.04m.

A long-awaited win for Bernalyn Bejoy and 2 piglets

One Last Trot – Coffee Piglet Bernalyn Bejoy finally gets her Gold (Video)

2019 Palarong Pambansa – Davao City, After 3 years as the runner-up in the Palaro. Bernalyn Bejoy (Western Visayas) finally got her gold medal in the girl’s 400 Hurdles.

Bejoy Trotted her way to her first-ever title. Bejoy took bronze in 2015 and Silvers in 2016, and 2017,2018. Even though it wasn’t her best time at 1:02.59, it was enough for the win. 

This came at the expense of Riza Jane Vallente, who had been the reigning Palaro Champion for 3 years in a row.

Vallente won the gold in this event each year and held the Palaro record with a 1.01.5.

She moved to JRU and represented NCR. Vallente faded to a very distant silver medal in 1:04.07 (2.5 seconds off her PB) after an injury in training leading up to the Palaro.

Justine Catindoy of CVRAA took the Bronze in 1:04.59 (PB). 

This marked the last time Bejoy and Vallente will run at the Palaro. Bejoy, before this, had never beaten Vallente before in a final.

Having lost there their last encounter at National Open after beating Vallente in the heats. Bejoy PB was set at the 2018 Palaro 1:01.9. 

400M Aswell

Bejoy then went on to win the 400m as well in 57.61, just outside her PB of 57.58, where she secured the gold at the Philippine National Open in March.

Again it was another closer encounter with Charmaine De Ocampo (STCAA), from 57.61 to 57.73, at National open 57.58 to 57.80.

Last year’s silver medalist Divina Mahusay (BRAA) ended up fading to Bronze with 57.85.

If any consolation, it was a slight PB from 57.90 for Mahusay. And 2016, Silver medalist Lenlyn Sanita (EVRAA) was fourth.

2019 Palarong Pambansa
2019 Palarong Pambansa

Bejoy still has the 800m as well.

SEA Games

2019 Palarong Pambansa Bernalyn Bejoy
2019 Palarong Pambansa

For SEA Games, Vallente and Bejoy have run under the required 5th place Mark of 1.02.31 set by PATAFA.

However, with only 2 spots for the SEA Games, it’s important to note that two Fil-Heritage athletes have already run 59.06 and 59.46 and breached the Silver Medal mark of the last SEA Games of 60.55.

Bejoy has already won medals for the Philippines in the 400 Hurdles and 800 at ASEAN School Games and SEA Youth.

Staying in Bacolod

While and made Manila Coaches and rumors, several tempting offers and rumors were going around.

It seems Bejoy has opted to stay with her coaches, having just enrolled in Bacolod at the University of Recoletos.

They have continued to successfully improve her performance consecutively every year for the last 5 years and avoid the risk of having long-term development stunted by another coach.

Bernalyn Bejoy
Bernalyn Bejoy with one of her two coaches Adriana Arca 2019 Palarong Pambansa

Addy and Miguel Arca have coached Bejoy.

Arca’s Girls Trexie and Jamela Break Palaro Long Jump and Shotput Records

For the Arca Siblings, producing an athlete that has built a nice collection of Palaro Records is just a habit.

Bacolod-based brother and sister Miguel and Addy, who have been coaching for the best part of  15-20 years, added to their records collection.

Trexie Dela Torre
2019 Palarong Pambansa

Trexie Dela Torre

First up was Trexie Dela Torre, the 2018 ASEAN School Games Champion, who registered a wind-aided jump of 5.84 and a legitimate jump of 5.77m.

This performance erased the Palaro record of Maricel Sibug’s 5.66m (SMRAA) set 17 years ago in Naga. 

Trexie won very narrowly ahead of unheralded Marilyvn Canion (CLRAA), who also leaped a wind-aided 5.84m but lost on countback with 5.75m.

Bombita Jasmin (BRAA), who has also represented the Philippines at the ASG, took the bronze in 5.73m.

Alexie Caimoso (WV), who leaped 5.90m at the Western Visayas meet, ended up out of the fourth medal with a 5.65m effort.

While Diane Hurano (CVRAA), the SEA Youth Bronze medalist, wound up sixth.

It was a pretty strong field, with the first 4 taking the #5, #6, #7, and #11 best times Philippine Junior all-time marks in the event. Trexie also took bronze in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa Secondary Girls 100m.

2019 Palarong Pambansa
2019 Palarong Pambansa

Trexie Dela Torre Stats

5.84 is nothing new to Trexie, having leaped 5.84 (+2.7) at the ASG and 5.84 at the Western Visayas meet.

On the later occasion finishing second to Caimoso.

Trexie PB was 5.80 when she won the gold in the junior division at the Philippine National Open in Ilagan last March.

2019 Palarong Pambansa Moving Forward

Trexie, born in 2001, is in Grade 11, and will defend her ASEAN School Games title later this year. 

The Performance Ranks Alexie #3 in the National Rankings behind Marestella Torres-Sunang 6.11m and Alexie Caimoso at 5.90m.

It’s a tough qualification for SEA Games as Bronze is 6.45m, and 5th place is 6.18m. The qualification for the 2020 World Juniors in Nairobi, Kenya, is 6.15m.

2019 Palarong Pambansa Jamela De Asis

Another Arca athlete, Jamela De Asis, had a pulverizing win in the Secondary Girls Shotput, winning by one of the biggest margins in Palaro’s History, nearly 2 meters ahead of the silver medalist.

Jamela (WV) hurled the Shotput at 12.30m. The mark smashed the Palaro Record of Kassandra Alcantara (NCR) set last year at 11.88m.

De Asis’s mark was the #2= best by Junior, equalling the former Junior Record of Marites Dionio set in 1997. Just behind Alcantara, who threw a new Junior Record of 12.58m at the UAAP.

Most noteworthy is that Alcantara (born in 2000) is still a junior this year.

De Asis (born 2002) has another 2 more years as a junior.

Jamela is in Grade 10, so she has 2 more years at the Palaro to improve her record.

2019 Palarong Pambansa
2019 Palarong Pambansa

While Long Jump is behind SEA Games standards, Shotput is even further behind at 14.26 is Bronze at the last SEA Games. 

14.50 is the world’s junior standard.

The Arcas occupy 3 of the 19 records in the secondary girls and have had several record-holders in the past over all four categories.


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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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