CEBU City claimed the overall crown in the 9th Philippine National Games, beating 91 other local government units.
Cebu had 41 gold, 54 silver, and 67 bronze medals with events still to be completed on the final day on Friday, with Baguio City taking second spot with 38 gold, 36 silver, and 54 bronze medals, followed by Mandaluyong City which tallied 26-17-27.
Cebu City will get P5 million from the PSC.
OJ Delos Santos of karate and multiple gold medal winners Ronette Ayuda, Joselou Rebaldo, Prince Lee, and Dexter Tabique were among the top performers for Cebu City.
Delos Santos, a former Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, ruled the PNG men’s senior individual kata for the sixth time.
Cebu City beat City of Manila, 21-16, 21-16, in the gold medal match of the men’s regu sepak takraw.
“For us, puso comes first, medals will follow later. That’s our philosophy,” said Cebu City Sports Commission chairman Edward Hayco.
“That’s why it’s truly a blessing and an opportunity for these athletes to win gold medals in honor of the city. These athletes worked so hard. They are even helping kids from less fortunate barangay. So it’s very heart-warming to see them succeed.”
Hayco hinted the prize money from the event organized and bankrolled by the Philippine Sports Commission with support from Smart and STI will be used for the creation of a sports hub in the South Reclamation Project.
“Our athletes need it. But I still refer to give the Mayor (Tomas Osmena) the privilege of formally announcing how it’s going to be used and what would be our sports projects in the future,” said Hayco.