COMBATIVE sports continued their spirited rally as Cordillera kept its hope alive of a better finish in this year’s staging of the Palarong Pambansa being held here in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
From a measly 12 gold medal haul in last year’s Palaro held in Lingayen, the region has actually surpassed the count by one and is expected to have more as taekwondo and arnis competition has come to a close where the region has been excelling.
Cordillera’s taekwondo team in the elementary boys and girls took home the over-all crown after dismantling their rivals in the kyorugi and poomsae events led by Irvin Dhale Lingaoen and Ivan Murray Solimen’s gold in the combative side with Christian Flores snatching the bronze.
Two gold medals were once again added by Jessa Tumlayen and Emma Therese Bayubay alos in kyorugi while Jesieraine Quinagan salvaged bronze medal to regain the over-all crown it last won in 2011 for both and boys and girls.
Another gold was added in arnis by Felvy Ah-ul in the extra lightweight division in the full contact events.
The region has also captured six silver medals and 12 bronze medals during the weeklong competition participated by more than 8,000 student athletes, coaches, trainers and officials.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has released the guidelines in the giving of cash incentives to athletes who win gold medals or break records in the on-going sporting spectacle.
Individual athletes who win an official 2013 Palarong Pambansa gold medal shall be entitled to a P3,000 cash reward.
For gold medalists in team events that have less than five members, each member shall also receive P3,000.
In team events that have more than five members, each player will get P1,000.
All individual or team record-breaker athletes shall receive a cash reward of P3,000.
Official 2013 Palarong Pambansa gold medalist refers to athletes who win a gold medal in regular Palaro events and not in demonstration sports, special games and other events which do not earn corresponding points in the Palaro official tally. (Roderick Osis)