2015 Palaro Reports
2015 Palarong Pambansa Athletics Tournament Schedule of Events
Athletics competition will resume tomorrow 05-May until 08-May as today, Monday 04-May is the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa here at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
#DavNorPalaro2015 Athletics Live Facebook Chat with Prof. Airnel T. Abarra
TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE- As it will be opening ceremony later this afternoon 04-May of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa here at Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. PinoyAthletics’ Chief Correspondent Prof. Airnel T. Abarra, MSc who is also the current head of Ateneo de Davao Track and Field Program is ready for Facebook chat live from the #DavNorPalaro2015 Media center 9:00PM-2:)00PM Manila time. He will give you up to date forecasts for the succeeding days of Palaro Athletics events straight from the venue.
Skype id is: airnel.abarra
Day One #DavNorPalaro2015 Round-up; Western Visayas hauls Triple Gold
By: Prof. Airnel T. Abarra, MSc.- Chief Correspondent, PinoyAthletics
TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE- Western Visayas Jumper Jose Jerry Belibestre Jr. hauled the first gold in Long Jump Secondary Boys as curtain-raiser for the Day 01 Athletics competition at the 2015 Palarong Pambansa here at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Tagum City, Davao del Norte on 03-May. The Bacolodeno leaper marked 7.15m. While Central Luzon Region’s bet Martin James Esteban landed silver with a jump of 6.96m. Belibestre’s colleague Cesar Fernandez etched 6.75m.
Belibestre successfully defended the title he won last year with a new PB to wind up a successful palaro playing career. He just missed out on the 7.26m Palaro record of Julian Reem Fuentes set in 2012 in Lingayen.
Belibestre who hails from Romanito Maravilla National High School Bacolod City is also the prospect bet of Team Philippines in the Asian Youth Games in Qatar this May 2016. Coached by the tandem of Addy and Miguel Arca, Belibestre as of plans to pursue his university studies in his hometown. According to him, he will continue his training program under Coach Miguel.
Meanwhile Belibestre’s teammates in Throwing Matt Atanas registered second gold for Western Visayas with a throw of 10.70m. While John Christian Capasao sealed the triple gold haul for Region VI with a throwing distance of 40.60m. Seen in action as well is Karen Janario of Eastern Visayas who is top athlete in the 100m heats by clocking 12.2 ht. Other Potential favorites for the distaff side of 100m finals which will be in action on 06-May is Elrica Ann Guro (WVRAA) with a time of 12.5 ht (.43) and SOCKSARGEN”s Ceasa Jane Bacoma with at time of 12.5 (.44). Janario put herself again on pole position on the 100m hurdles heats with at time of 15.1. Finals of the 100m dash will be on the afternoon of 06-May while the hurdles finals is set on morning of 07-May.
Day Four #DavNorPalaro2015 Round-up; ASEAN School kids continue to shine
By: Prof. Airnel T. Abarra, MSc. for PinoyAthletics.
Janario takes 100 Hurdle title
National Junior Record Holder Karen Janario took the 100 Hurdles title. Arms in the air the time was not important as this was the first time Karen had won the 100 title last year after finishing third last year with the gold going to LSA team mate Melissa Escoton. Not known for her fast starts, Janario soon got into the flow of putting her opponents behind her the last 30 meters of the race.
Running in spikes 1 size too small, Karen settled with 15.24, far from her 14.52 National Junior Record with Pamela Marquillero and Ezel Divingracia in second 15.64 and third 15.85.
Janario is already lined up for the 2015 ASEAN School Games due to her National Junior Record last year where she finished second by a hairline 14.51 to 14.52 against a Malaysian who now is too old for the meet. The qualification for t he world youth championships is 14.35.
Vergel prevents ha-trick for Soqueno
After serving as the bridesmaid for Jaime Mejia the last two years, Alvin Vergel (NCR) coached by Jeoffrey Chua won the Palaro 110 Hurdles title in 14.68. Narrowly holding off 400 Hurdles Champion Alexis Soqueno (WV) who clocked 14.74. Vergel prevented Soqueno from a triple gold medal feat. The Performance was a big improvement on his personal best for Vergel. It was just outside the ASEAN Schools qualifier of 14.60. However the height of the hurdles was fixed at 1.00m due to the design and not the standard .991m used for juniors at the Palaro. Mens height is 1.067m.
Soqueno however bounced back breaking his 1.92m meet record he set last year in Laguna, with a 1.95m effort. Just outside his 1.96m PB. Soqueno needs to leap 2.00m to qualify for ASEAN School Games.
Kaylene Mosqueda of Iloilo defended her palaro title with a 1.60m effort. She then raised the bar to 1.65m which would have tied her winning performance at the WV Regional Palaro. But she failed on all 3 attempts. The Palaro Record is held by Maureen Emily Schrijvers at 1.62m. It questions why a leap of 1.63m was not attempted first to ensure a new record was established.
Nodos Sub 50 sec
Kenneth Nodos clocked a personal best of 49.66 to win the Boys 400m. It was Nodos first time below 50 seconds. Controlling the pace the first 200 Nodos quickly settled into his rhythm but being closely pursued by Galleon of Zamboanga. Not looking back with Galleon closing in, Nodos rang strong through the line to claim the Palaro Gold. Galleon also went under 50 seconds with a time of 49.97. Nodos still has a bit of work to do to hit the ASEAN School qualifier of 48.98.
Meanwhile ‘The happiest girl in the Palaro’ Leyte’s Feiza Lenton crossed the line with a big smile taking a whole second off her PB with a 58.66 run in the girls 400m. Her rival Anjelica De Josef of Aklan, fell behind at 130m, but stuck on Feiza trying to close the gap but running out of rope. De Josef also clocked a PB of 58.71. Jessel Lumapas of Cavite took the bronze.
Top two make things interesting for ASEAN School 5000m Run
McLord Cabalonga (CARAA) last years silver medalist, took the Palaro title in the boys 5000m in 15.45.69, with Earl Casinabe of Region X taking second in 15:45.86. The top two performers each earnt one tick for the ASEAN School Games.
The top two performers in the 5000m Run caused a reshuffle for National Junior Champion Kevin Capangpangan of UST who had a best time of 16.06. Below the rather slow 16:24 gold medal at the last ASEAN School Games Capanganan has a PB of 15:45 but this was done outside of the qualification period so he must be in the top 2 by the end of the qualification period.
Brave Rutaquio wins a tactical dog fight 1500m
An up and down 2015 Palaro for Gilbert Rutaquio who secured a very narrow margin of victory in the Boys 1500m. Rutaquio who won the Steeple chase before finishing dead last. But for the gutsy boy from EAC High school coached by Fernando Dagagas the experience of dog fighting was nothing new when he came back from the ASEAN Schools in the last 100m 50m behind from 5th and turned it into a bronze medal. Rutaquio threw himself over the line and won in 4:10.22 from Rodnie Antiquena 4.10.38 and Lloyd Prado 4.10.45.
Central Luzon’s Esteban Shatters Palaro Triple Jump Record
Airnel T. Abarra-Chief Correspondent of www.pinoyathletics.info
TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE. Western Visayas region bet Alexis Soqueno Central Luzon’s Stand-out, Martin Esteban trounced their rivals to win gold in 400m HurdLes and Triple Jump Secondary Boys on the day 03 of Athletics competition at the 2015 Palarong Pambansa at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Official results are still validated as of posting time.