MORE than 200 athletes from Baguio are competing in the National Games that kicked off Monday in Manila.

Baguio has entries in 15 of the Games' 18 events.

The city hopes to surpass last year's medal harvest of 59 golds, 61 silvers, and 53 bronzes.

"Hopefully we can deliver the expectations we have," City Sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said.

Gonzales said the format has been changed this year, with qualifying legs in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, "so probably we will mark a great footprint in this Luzon Leg."

The city will lean on its teams in combative sports.

The wushu team had 16-15-7 gold-silver-bronze output last year. Arnis defending the title it has held since 2012 with 11-6-4, taekwondo had 8-7-6, wrestling won the title with 6-6-4, muay thai generated 5-6-2, judo 1-11-11, boxing a silver and two bronzes, and pencak silat a silver and a bronze.

Athletics had 10-7-6, and archery 2-1-5.

"We are looking forward to a strong finish from all of our entries. We are confident of gathering honors at the close of the five-day sports affair," Gonzales said.