PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Davao City, which skipped the 2018 edition in Baguio City, finished third overall in the Batang Pinoy 2019 National Championships that concluded at the City Coliseum here Saturday, August 31.
Davao harvested a total of 31 golds, 30 silvers and 41 bronzes while Baguio City kept the overall title by hauling 61 golds, 45 silvers and 70 bronzes.
Cebu City, for its part, collected 36 golds, 34 silvers and 35 bronzes to finish second.
Davao City’s gymnastics, judo and taekwondo teams added six more gold medals.
Gymnast Daryl Serato of Sta. Ana National High School joined swimmer Liaa Margarette Amoguis as the city’s most bemedalled athlete in the games with three golds to his credit.
He topped the senior boys trampoline and senior boys acro tumbling then he paired with John Claude Cabido to clinch the senior boys trampoline team gold medal at the City Coliseum here.
The 15-year-old ninth grader Serato also annexed a silver in senior boys trampoline double mini.
Ferdinand Mantad and Clouie Jumao-as, for their part, salvaged a bronze in gymnastics aerobics developmental mixed pair.
Davao coach Elmer Cabigas, in a phone interview Saturday, said he’s satisfied with the 3-1-1 medal haul of the gymnastics team.
“Maayo man ilang gipakita diri sa Batang Pinoy. Nalipay ko sa ilang performance maski late nami kasugod og prepare tungod nangita pami og training venue. Kung wala lang na-injure tong usa namo ka player basin makadungag pa to sya duha or tulo ka golds (They did well. I’m happy with their performance although our training was delayed as we had to scout for a venue),” he said, thanking the Altitude management for allowing the team to train in its facilities.
Over at the Robinson’s Place Palawan, Arnold Alesna Jr. (Kyorugi cadet boys featherweight) and Ashley Rose Reniedo (kyorugi junior women middleweight) copped taekwondo golds while Marielle Salvador (juvenile girls +70kg) nabbed the city’s lone judo gold at Victoriano J. Rodriguez Hall of the Palawan Provincial Capitol.
Meanwhile, Hunter Lauren Antolin (female dao shu elementary short weapon) and Mia Gerochi (female gun shu elementary short weapon) added two wushu golds. Jahaziel Care Barbero and Mikko Camingawan annexed wushu sanda golds Friday.