LAGUNA bagged more gold medals in athletics while the host province grabbed the limelight in arnis on Wednesday in the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Batang Pinoy Games Southern Luzon leg in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.
Triple-gold medalists Rocena Chua and Merrielyn Judilla led Laguna on the track with a dominant showing in the girls' 14-15 4x100m relay and fine performances in individual events.
With 400m dash winner Jiezelle Alcantara and 1500m run gold medalist Trisha Ramirez helping out, the quartet clocked 57 seconds to beat the relay teams of Oriental Mindoro (59 seconds) and Calapan City (1:04.2).
After topping the high jump, Chua ran fastest in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.2 seconds, defeating Ercel Santelices Oiga of Palawan and Laguna's Mary Jane Mantilla, who both clocked 20.3.
Judilla ruled the 100m dash in 13.6 seconds, beating Oriental Mindoro's Lanie Malapit (13.8) and Oiga (14.3). Judilla adding the long jump gold to her collection with a 4.86-meter leap, beating Laguna's Jessica Orense (4.57) and Laiza Mae Gabayno of Oriental Mindoro (4.29).
“Masaya kapag laging panalo. Gusto kong umuwi sa amin na maraming medalya,” said Chua, a 14-year-old high school sophomore at St. Michael College of Laguna. She looks to make it four of four when she sees action in the 400m hurdles.
Organizers postponed most of the games scheduled Thursday as fierce rains continued to pound the games venues.
Mindoro was placed under Signal No. 2, and the badminton, chess, karatedo, lawn tennis and swimming were moved to Friday, while the resumption of action in athletics depends on the condition of the Jose Leido Memorial High School track oval.
Laguna also scored in table tennis with Christian Jorge Victorio frustrating the wildly cheering crowd by downing Jerome Fernando of Calapan City, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-2, in the boys' singles finals.
Trisha Suario of Lucban, Quezon defeated townmate Coreen Paruan, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 for the gold in the girls' singles.
Ervin Russel Marayan made the host province proud by winning Oriental Mindoro's first gold medal in this year's meet for athletes 15 years old and under.
Marayan got 43 points from the judges to defeat Calapan City's Janssen Paul Delgado (38 pts) in the anyo individual double identical weapon in boys' arnis. Delgado earlier won the anyo single weapon over Oriental Mindoro's Justine James Magnaye.
In boxing, three entries from Puerto Princesa City won their initial bouts with Franklin dela Cernia (paper weight) stopping Oriental Mindoro's Hyrie Honorica at 1:58 in the second round.
Puerto Princesa's Warlito Tabat (powder weight) stopped Quezon's Marlon Artita in the first round and Franklin Racuya defeated Calapan's Tyrone Delizo, 5-0, in the mosquito weight division.