Balon Dagupan wins 9 gold in Palarong Pambansa

THE Balon Dagupan athletes collected nine gold, six silver and four bronze medals, a feat that helped the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) rank ninth in the recently concluded 2019 Palarong Pambansa. 

It was the city’s archers and gymnasts’ domination of their respective events during the grueling weeklong competitions held in Davao City from April 27 to May 4 that locked in the medal haul.

R1AA, composed of four provinces and nine cities, bagged a total of 16 gold, 13 silver and 21 bronze medals, overtaking powerhouse Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

This was the biggest gold harvest ever registered by Dagupan City in the yearly Palarong Pambansa.

Archer Jason Emmanuel Z. Feliciano of Northfield Academy stole the limelight by ruling in six events earning four gold medals in individual 30 meters, 60 meters, 70 meters and single FITA events, while also collecting two silver medals in Olympic round and Team Event.

Feliciano, in only his first stint in the competition, also broke two new records in his first Palaro outing when he set a new record of 322 in 70 meters from 313 previously set by his fellow archer Jared Cole Sua in last year’s Palaro.

He also set a new record in the FITA event, eclipsing last year’s record of 1267 registered by Kennyben Gallogo of CARAGA to erect a new record of 1304. 

Bemedaled archer Sua of Mother Goose Special School System, former record holder in the 70 meters, also earned a silver medal in team event and a bronze medal in individual 50 meters.

Meanwhile, young gymnast Mark Tyrone Reyes of JCCMI Christian Academy Inc. shared the limelight with Feliciano when he also hauled four gold medals, one silver medal in gymnastics events. He won the gold medals in vault, mushroom, individual and team all-around events, and a silver medal in bars.

Mavin M. Lunaria of Victoria Zarate Elementary School also earned one gold medal in gymnastics team all-around exercises.

Lara Faye Concepcion of East Central Integrated School earned one silver in beam exercises and two bronze medals in individual and team all-around exercises. 

In the same occasion, Palarong Pambansa veteran and star swimmer Janelle Alisa Frances Lin of Genesis School of Happy Kids bagged a gold medal in 400-meter freestyle, two silver in 200 and 800-meter freestyle and one bronze medal in 100-meter freestyle.

It was the only gold earned by the Balon Dagupan Swimming Team in this year’s Palaro (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)

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