Gen. Santos City and Davao del Norte lorded it over taekwondo, while Panabo City and Misamis Oriental held sway in boxing to underscore this region's toughness in combat sports Sunday at the close of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Batang Pinoy 2012 Mindanao leg in Dapitan City.
Gen. Santos City, which also starred with seven golds in athletics, went in full force in taekwondo held at the New Government Lobby with six gold medals, a performance barely rivaled by closest competitor Davao del Norte which collected three.
Things went as expected in boxing at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University sports complex gym as favorites Panabo City and Misamis Oriental took five and three victories, respectively, which practically provided a glimpse of how the region would perform in the national finals.
And while the four local government units carved a niche in contact sports, Davao City and Zamboanga City stamped their class over the opposition as they flashed brilliance in most of the 11 sports played. All except for pencak silat served as qualifying legs as the gold and silver winners got tickets to the Dec. 5-9 National Finals in Iloilo City.
Zamboanga City totalled 42 golds, 27 silvers and 25 bronzes, counting the two golden wins it posted in pencak silat which served as national championships already. It scored heavily in karatedo with 14 golds medals, swimming with 13 and athletics with seven.
Davao City also made an impressive showing with 40 gold medals, 27 silvers and 14 bronzes including smashing victories in swimming where it got 15 gold medals, five of which came from 15-year-old Dara Clariza Evangelista.
Also providing bright spots for Davao City was Fide Master Austin Jacob Literatus who ended up winning most number of golds with six in chess competitions including golds in boys standard, blitz and rapid, and team titles in each of the events.
The high school senior at Dona Carmen National School is already considered a wonder boy in Philippine chess as he bagged golds in several asian age-group championships.
In total, Davao City accumulated 10 gold medals in chess while also getting shares of wins in arnis (six golds), athletics (six), and karatedo (two).
Gen. Santos City and Davao del Norte gained 13 golds medals each to hold their grounds against the regional powerhouse teams.
Gen. San got its taekwondo golds from Jerel Anthony Dalida in boys bantamweight, Earnest Alvin Rosaot in flyweight, Gian Carlo Cunanan in featherweight, Oliver Aburdo in welterweight, Johanes Abayon in middle weight and Angel Abbyx Lerio in girls middleweight.
Gaverealle Estoque anchored Davao del Norte's assault with win in boys lightweight to lead Davao del Norte teammates Lea Lezty Buates in girls finweight and Xyla Genea Gutierrez in light weight.
Panabo City found strength on the young fists of Jerald Cantero in 30kgs division, Joe Wellan Cantero in 34kgs, Cris Sander Laurente in 36kgs in kids division (12-13 years old), and Jose Ravelo Aballe in 48kgs and Michael Jeorge Codilla in 50 kgs in school boys division (14-15 years old).
Misamis Oriental earned three golds with Paul John Estremos in 28kgs kids division, and Carlo Paalam (38kgs) and Lambert Daming (44kgs) in school boys class.