Central Visayas delivers

(The Freeman) - April 16, 2016 - 10:00am

Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines  — Central Visayas capped its campaign with a gold medal performance in elementary girls volleyball to make a dramatic leap from a worst sixth place finish to fourth overall in the 59th Palarong Pambansa, which formally dropped off its curtains yesterday at the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex inside the Bicol University here.

After missing in action last year, the youthful but promising Catmon volleybelles returned in glorious fashion to power Central Visayas to a masterful 25-16, 25-23 win over Western Visayas in the finals.

 It was the seventh Palaro crown for the Catmon girls laced with a rare grandslam feat from 2007-2009.

Central Visayas, however, lost to the National Capital Region, 2-1, in a fight-marred game for the secondary football gold.

Tomas Glenn Ramos scored the first goal for Central Visayas on the 12th minute while Earlwhine Dalan and Christian Bacara responded with two quick goals spanning 12 minutes from the 25th.

And then a fight among NCR's Dalan and Darryl Ablan and Central Visayas goalie Joseph Kei Cenisa broke out midway in the second that led to their disqualification. NCR hung tough enough to preserve the win.

Nevertheless, Central Visayas improved to fourth from sixth last year in Tagum with 29 golds, 31 silvers and 29 bronzes.

Central Visayas struck the hardest in tennis at the Albay Lignon Hill courts by capturing six of the eight mints staked there.

It swept the secondary boys' level with wins by the Johnny Arcilla-trained Jan Godfrey Seno (singles), Rucel Cero and Feb Wyndell Deja (doubles) and Cero, Deja, Seno and Herbert Nino Sarraga (team) while its other gold was provided for by Allysa Mae Bornia and Zehtleyu Mae Alferez (girls doubles).

The other golds of Central Visayas came from athletics with eight, five from badminton, two from archery, taekwondo and chess, and one each from gymnastics, softball, and table tennis.

   As expected, NCR emerged as the overall champion for the 12th consecutive time with 104 golds, 57 silvers and 48 bronzes, way ahead of No. 2 Calabarzon (40-43-59) and Western Visayas (35-35-39).

Northern Mindanao, Negros Island and Socsargen were fifth, sixth and seventh with 25-22-36, 21-28-39 and 20-20-29 harvests.

Rounding up the top 10 were Central Luzon (17-14-28), Cordillera Administrative Region (12-19-15) and Davao (8-18-19).

  No less than host Gov. Joey Salceda and Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro declared the games closed that was followed by festive rights that stretched all through the night.

"We're thankful of the opportunity to host the Palarong Pambansa and we're proud that we didn't disappoint," said Salceda. (FREEMAN)



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