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    Cebu makes late charge in final day of Batang Pinoy national finals

    Feb 1, 2014
    Jhon Dexter Tabique of Cebu City tries to lift 70kg during the weight lifting competition of the Batang Pinoy national finals in Bacolod City.

    BACOLOD CITY -- Records continued to fall in the Batang Pinoy national finals as weightlifters registered new marks while Cebu City captured three of four gold medals disputed in lawn tennis on the final day of the tournament.

    Brothers Jhon Febuar Ceniza and Evangelito Dale Ceniza of Cebu City rose to prominence after their record-smashing performances in weightlifting held at the SM Transport Hub here.

    Jhon Febuar, 15, set new benchmarks in boys 46-kilogram snatch, clean and jerk and total with 63kg, 76kg and 139kg, respectively. He ripped the marks of Elbert Atilano of Zamboanga in snatch (55) and total (125) in 2011, and Clark Cui Co of Cebu in clean and jerk (75).

    His younger brother Evangelito Dale set new standard in boys 42kg with 60-80-140, erasing the 45-70-106 of Kenneth Bumagat of Zamboanga City in 2012 Tacloban.

    “We came here to break the records because we had a good training and we feel confident coming here,” said Jhon Febuar, an out of school youth.

    Also setting new marks was national pool member Elien Rose Perez of Bohol who notched 57-62-119 in girls 48kg that bettered the 50-61-111 marks of Margaret Colomia of Zamboanga City (50-61-111) in Tacloban.

    But Maryflor Diaz, cousin of national lifter Hidilyn Diaz, soon improved Perez's record in girls 44kg, chalking 54-62-119 that rebooted the old mark of 50-61-111 done in 2012 Tacloban.

    Cebu City's dominance also extended to lawn tennis through Jan Godfrey Seno, Zethley Alferez and Jana Pages.

    Seno bagged the boys singles, while Alferez clinched the girls singles, before she and Pages claimed the girls doubles.

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    The pairs of Chris Justine Prulla of San Jose City and Neil Tangalin of Baguio City shared the boys doubles gold with Allen Manlangit and Kenneth Dumapit of Iligan City after their final match was rained out.

    Negros Occidental claimed the futsal gold, with Tanauan City and Gen. Santos City placing second and third, respectively.

    In badminton, Susmita Ramos of Negros Occidental picked up golds in girls 12-under singles and girls doubles with Ellana Tan. Carl Bernard Bejasa duplicated the feat in the boys side with James Villarante in doubles.

    Antipolo City's Eleonor Christine Inlayo bagged girls 15-under singles and doubles with Meagan Cruz, while Laguna's Emilio Mangubat Jr., did the same in boys, winning singles and doubles with Fides Joven Bagasbas.

    Mandaue's Lorraine Hann, Jezreel Tan, Shaia Uy and Yuan Chiongbian topped the mixed relay triathlon, besting their rivals from Cebu and Laguna.

    In volleyball, Davao del Norte defeated Iligan City, 3-2, to take the girls title, while Pangasinan beat Hermosa, Bataan, 3-2, for the boys championship.


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    Jhon Dexter Tabique of Cebu City tries to lift 70kg during the weight lifting competition of the Batang Pinoy national finals in Bacolod City.
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