Baguio champs anew in CARAA

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


BAGUIO City successfully defended its crown after raking in an overwhelming 204 gold, 89 silver, and 39 bronze medals to be declared as overall champion at the close of this year’s Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet held in the Province of Benguet.

With a total of 125 mints coming from the secondary and 79 coming from the elementary level, the Summer Capital’s three-decade reign continues as lord of the annual regional competition.

The city tankers backed the total tally with a bulk of 51 gold medals with 29 coming from the secondary and 22 coming from the elementary, while the taekwondo jins added another 23 with a total of 11 courtesy of the high school.

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The secondary and elementary arnis squads also reaped a total of 26 gold medals with 17 coming from the high school after dominating the full contact and anyo individual and team events, while 31 more came from the athletics.

Host Benguet province retained its last year’s second place overall as it hauled 30-62-81 gold-silver-bronze record.

Mt. Province surprised the crowd landing third overall with 12-32-37 after its fifth place finish back in 2013.

Apayao with 12-26-50 fell one notch in the number four spot after thriving in its previous third place rank, as Kalinga 11-13-34, Abra 8-29-49, and Ifugao 6-29-45 followed fifth to seventh spot.

Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the advantage for the city is quite foreseeable since it has a lot more to offer compared to the other provinces.

“In fairness Baguio is the center for education so the sources of athletes is a lot wider compared to with the other provinces in the region,” Domogan said.

Domogan mentioned aside from being the educational center, the city also is a good place to train and develop ones skills in sport.

“Possibly the training is one of the factors that contribute to the athlete’s performance. We all know that training likewise is important as far as competitions are concerned,” Domogan said.

Meanwhile, Domogan already told offices concerned to process necessary papers to distribute the incentives due for the city’s athletes.

“I already told Dr. Eleponga to see to it that someone will immediately comply with the requirements, this way we could already pay the incentives of the athletes who are entitled to receive incentives pursuant to the city’s ordinance,” Domogan said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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