LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Amassing a total of 71 medals, the province of Pangasinan secured dramatically the fifth spot against equally strong contingents from 185 local government units in the Batang Pinoy National Championships held in Baguio City from September 15-21.
Based on the medal tally released by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on September 21, Team Pangasinan clinched 24 gold medals, 23 silver and 24 bronze medals.
Team Pangasinan grabbed gold medals in the following sports disciplines: cycling (8), athletics (4), taekwondo (4), arnis (3), lawn tennis (2), karatedo (2 medals); and boxing (1).
This is a manifestation of Team Pangasinan’s gritty performance in the national finals after its previous tally of seven gold medals in Batang Pinoy national finals in 2016. During that time, Team Pangasinan also hauled five (5) silver and nine (9) bronze medals.
It can be learned that this year’s edition of B-Pinoy tourney is a synthesis of 2017-2018 national championships featuring 27 sports disciplines.
Outplaying its competitors, Team Pangasinan, known as one of the hotbeds of world-class athletes, displayed superiority in most of the sports events.
Earlier, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan under the leadership of Governor Amado I. Espino, III commenced the rigid training of Pangasinan athletes through its flagship sports program, Pangasinan Sports Academy (PSA), at the the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center prior to the send-off of Team Pangasinan.
The PSA was conceived during the term of the former governor, now representative of the fifth district of Pangasinan, Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr.
Meanwhile, host Baguio City successfully retained overall championship title after reaping 83 gold, 81 silver and 197 bronze medals followed by Cebu bagging 36 gold, 40 silver and 44 bronze medals. Laguna province edged Quezon City tallying 34 gold, 13 silver and 31 bronze medals over 29-16-18.
As a token of appreciation, top five winners will bring home incentives in the form of sports equipment and scholarship: Baguio City – overall champion (Php3,000,000), Cebu – 2nd place (Php2,500,000); Laguna Province – third place (Php2,000,000); Quezon City – fourth place (Php1,500,000); and Pangasinan – fifth place (Php1,000,000).
The tournament is one of the sports development thrusts of the PSC pegged to discover potential young athletes to become part of the national team.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman
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