DESPITE the slow production of medals in the first day of competition, Baguio remained on top after a harvest of eight gold medals in the 2010 edition of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association being held in Ifugao.

Arnis was the most productive gold medal hauler for Baguio as the city’s arnisadores chipped in seven golds in the anyo competition in both secondary boys and girls.

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Although athletics failed to deliver in the first day, Jonfrey Opendo had his moment of fame winning the gold in the 3,000 steeple chase secondary boys at the Ifugao State University – main campus in Lamut town.

In far second is Mt. Province with two gold medals, one from arnis and one from the shot put event including five silver and one bronze medals.

Mt. Province was the spoiler in the arnis event after winning the group team category double identical weapon after Baguio claimed seven out of the eight events in the anyo event of arnis.

“We still have four more days to go and we expect the athletes to adjust to the weather,” said Fernando Eliponga of Department of Education-Baguio who is the head for the city’s delegation.

Surprisingly, the province of Kalinga is in third place, with two gold medals, courtesy of the long jump event in the elementary and secondary boys with one silver finish.

Home team Ifugao has churned in a gold, two silver and one bronze medals to land fourth while perennial runner-up Benguet province is in fifth place and has yet to produce a gold medal in the competition. Benguet’s tally is one silver and 7 bronze medals in the leader board.

Apayao has a bronze medal to land at sixth while Abra province has yet to score a medal in the five day competition.

Eighteen sports events are on tap for the week with close to 3,500 athletes from Abra, Apayao, including Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province are expected to see action in the region’s largest sporting spectacle.

Athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sipa takraw, softball, table tennis, tae kwon do, lawn tennis, volleyball, archery, and sepak takraw are included in the weeklong regional meet

Close to five hundred gold and silver medals will be at stake while 600 bronze medals will also be up for grabs.