Fantastic fourth!

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Saturday, May 10, 2014


SANTA CRUZ — Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa) officials slept in the second to the last night of the Palarong Pambansa staring at their worst finish in years.

A few hours later, they felt relieved after Central Visayas, which finished third last year, jumped from seventh place to fourth place overall, finishing with gold-silver-bronze tally of 24-27-41.

“Every night, we were given a copy of the medal tally and last night, the copy I got had Cviraa at seventh. I was worried but I was surprised this afternoon when the central office called me and told me that we are at fourth place based on the official medal tally. I felt relieved and happy,” said Dr. Vivian Ginete, the chief of the Education Support Services Division and athletic manager of Cviraa.

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Perennial champion National Capitol Region ran away with the overall title with 107-64-56. NCR was the only delegation to breach 100 gold medals and they won more golds than the second to fourth placers combined.

Region 4A is second with 38-51-51, while Region 6 is third with 32-33-38. CAR follows Cviraa with 24-11-12.

Cviraa was at 16-23-26 in the medal tally in the second to the last day.

Medal tally

Team Gold Silver Bronze

NCR 107 64 56
Region 4A 38 51 51
Region 6 32 33 38
Region 7 24 27 41
CAR 24 11 12
Region 10 21 21 31
Region 12 15 17 17
Region 11 10 20 21
Region 5 9 6 22
Region 3 8 11 22
Region 1 8 9 14
Caraga 5 8 9
Region 2 4 13 11
Region 8 4 8 8
Region 4B 4 5 11
ARMAA 1 1 4
Region 9 0 5 10

Two of Cviraa’s gold medals came in the final day and from its winningest teams that have become a rich source for talents for high school teams not only in Cebu but in Manila as well—the Catmon Integrated School girls volleyball team and the Don Bosco Technological Center’s football team.

Led by team captain Chena Basarte and coached by Vilma Veloso, Central Visayas routed Region 4A, 25-14, 25-19, to win their sixth title in nine years.

“This is it! After a whole year of preparation, we finally got what we came for and that is to reclaim the title after losing it last year to Western Visayas. Our hard work and sacrifices really paid off,” said Veloso.

Veloso said that aside from winning the title, one of her goals is to give her players a chance to flaunt their skills and be discovered.
“Reaching this far is very important to my team because this is their chance to be discovered and earn a scholarship through volleyball,” she said.

Some of her players now play for Manila’s Hope Christian School.

“This is my last stint in the Palarong Pambansa and I will be joining my older sister Ma. Angela at Hope Christian School. I am happy that we won and I commend my team for being cooperative. It was our strong teamwork that led us to winning this year’s title,” said Chenae.

Aside from Chenae, the other starters of the team are Valerie Reed Olares, Lyn Ross O. Densing, Kim Alison Estenzo, Mary Gwyneth Duran and Philomina Sinadjan.

The team’s victory made up for the bitter loss of the boys team to Western Visayas, 21-15, 25-23.

Just like the elementary girls volleyball team, the wards of Joselito Bono are going home with the football title anew after beating the host, 3-1.

Justin Ramirez scored two goals while Angelo Colina had one.

“We are so happy that we won the title again after we were eliminated last year. I am glad that the team really delivered what they have been training and preparing for,” said Bono, whose team won its fifth gold medal in 12 years.

The secondary football team settled for a bronze medal after routing Region 9, 6-2 behind the hat trick of Christian Agot. Angelo Ouano, Vincent Lovitos and Allen Mark Jumapit also had one each.

Meanwhile, Giñete said that with DepED using Olympic medal tally, Cviraa will now work on medal-rich events like swimming and athletics.

“I don’t know what happened with our swimming and athletics teams but I am planning to arrange a meeting with all division heads and we will make an evaluation about the performance of the team. We will also request them to make recommendations on how we can improve,” said Ginete.

DepEd Sports Consultant Ricky Ballesteros also agreed but added that it shouldn’t be only swimming and athletics that Cviraa should concentrate on but also gymnastics.

“It is best also that we will scout more talents,” said Ballesteros. (ISL)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 11, 2014.

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