DUMAGUETE -- Swimming sensation Kyla Soguilon of Aklan added three more gold medals to emerge as
the winningest athlete so far, even as Cebu Province assumed the solo lead in the overall medal
standings in the Batang Pinoy Visayas Championships.
Soguilon, who was named as ‘Most Outstanding Swimmer’ in the Palarong Pambansa last summer,
swam her way to the gold medals in the girls 13-15-year-old 100-meter backstroke in one minute and
11.9 seconds and the 50-meter butterfly in 31.57 seconds before leading Aklan to the gold in the
4x50-meter individual relay race in 2:25.75 at the Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center
The three-gold medal haul by the 13-year-old Soguilon brought to five her total collection in
the week-long competition organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and hosted by Dumaguete
City, headed by Mayor Felipe Mariano “Ipe” Remollo.
The pride of Aklan also bagged the gold medals in the girls 200-meter IM and 50-meter
backstroke last Saturday.
A sixth gold medal, however, escaped Soguilon when she finished only second to Mary Louise of
Bacolod in the girls 200-meter backstroke.
Chloe Sophia Laurente of Ormoc and Gabriel Manigque of Tagbilaran also sustained their
momentum by winning their fourth swimming golds.
Laurente, a student of New Ormoc City National High School, added the gold in the girls 12
-and-under 50-meter butterfly (33.60 seconds) to her earlier victories in the girls 200-m IM, 100-m
butterfly and 50-m backstroke.
Manigque, 15, swept both the 13-15 400-meter freestyle (4:36.66) and 100-meter backstroke
races (1:07.88) in style after earlier triumphs in the 50-meter and 200-meter backstroke event.
Booh de Leon of Aklan dominated the boys 12-under 400-meter freestyle (5:13.75) and 50-meter
butterfly (33.60) for his second and third golds.
Overall, Cebu Province led the way with 14 gold, 15 silver and 20 bronze medals, followed by
host Dumaguete in second place with 12-8-7, Aklan i n third with .12-7-5, Cebu City in fourth with
10-19-21 and Bacolod City with 8-5-6.
Cebu Province struck anew in chess competitions with top seed Marian Calimbo winning her
second medal at the Negros Oriental Convention Center.
Calimbo finished with 6.5 points on six wins and one draw to rule the girls 15 years old and
under blitz competitions. She earlier bagged the gold medal in the girls rapid tournament.
Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-Lapu City matched Calimbo’s feat by sweeping all his seven
matches enroute to the gold in the boys 12-under blitz. The pride of Lapu-Lapu City also won the gold
in the boys 12-under rapid last Saturday.
Jeremy Tanudra of Cebu Province pocketed the gold in the boys 15-under blitz, while Edelyn
Vosotros of Cebu City took the gold in the girls 12-under blitz.
With Calimbo and Tanudra, Cebu Province has now won four of the eight gold medals at stake,
followed by Lapu-Lapu City with two and Bohol and Cebu City with one each.
Also winning the golds in rapid chess last Saturday were Reishi Boy Polan of Tubigon, Bohol
(boys 15-under rapid); and Kristina Concepcion Belano of Cebu Province (girls 12 under rapid).
Archery continued to be a rich source of medals for host Dumaguete with Crisha Mae Merto
winning two golds in cadet girls 30m and 40m with 334 nd 305.
Over at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Stadium, Bacolod, Cebu City and Leyte each picked up a gold
Ara Rahbea Delotavo of Bacolod ruled the 100-meter hurdles race in a photo finish with
Krystelle Leyson of Cebu after both submitted identical times of 17.2 seconds.
Rick Angelo Sotto of Cebu secured the gols in the boys triple jump (13.57 meters), and Jayvee
Alvarez of Leyte took home the mint in the boys 2,000-meter run (6:23.3)
Earlier, Bago City took a pair of golds with Ryle Simon Biadora topping the boys 110-meter
hurdles race (16.346) and Shenny Enero in the girls high jump (1.41 meters).
Christian Ote Bagge of Numancia, Aklan bagged the gold medal in the boys javelin throw
Basketball action at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex saw Cebu Province outplay
Dumaguete, 88-58 in the boys division and San Fernando, 46-18, in the girls category.
In other matches, Mandaue walloped Siplay, 96-21, and Dulag won by default over Bacolod
in the boys division; and Cebu City crushed San Fernando, 74-21, in the girls category.