ILOILO continued to pull away in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet 2019 after capturing gold medals in athletics, arnis and taekwondo events at Roxas City.
Vince Jason Buhayan spearheaded the attack for Ilonggo tracksters in the event that served as qualifier for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa when he ruled the secondary boys 100-meter dash and 400-meter dash.
Buhayan had a gold-bronze finish with fellow Ilonggo Franze Dianila, with Negros Occidental’s Tristan Plotira capturing silver. He then had a gold-silver finish with Glen delos Santos in the 400-meter dash, with Negrense Rome Ojeno taking bronze.
Ralph Anthony Lego also delivered a gold medal for the Ilonggos in the secondary boys 100-meter hurdles defeating Reniel Gustillo of Negros Occidental and Kenjie Dizon of Aklan.
Brix Joque, meanwhile, shone for Ilonggo secondary boys arnis with gold medals in double weapon and espada y daga before teaming up with Allen Garrino and Lenar Avance for team double weapon, espada y daga and single weapon gold.
Garrino also won an individual gold in single weapon event, while Ilongga Rozelle Pearl de Leon captured three golds in individual double weapon, single weapon and espada y daga.
Jeremy Tanedo bannered the Ilonggos in elementary arnis with gold medals in individual espada y daga and double weapon before teaming up with Kyle Tiron and Carl Wayne Reyes for team single weapon, double weapon and espada y daga golds.
Tiron also had a gold in individual single weapon, while the trio of Clemence Alag, Mary Alviar and Emerald Legario captured gold medals in team espada y daga and single weapon.
Iloilo also nabbed gold in taekwondo from Cyd Esmaña, Julianna Uy, Elizabeth Marie Borres, Joshua Cachero, and Cindy Joy Diasnes in individual poomsae, and Niesha Pequierda and Clyde Chua and Sophia Tungala and Jesseray Frantilla in mixed pair.
Also capturing gold in team poomsae were trio of Esmaña, Chua and Justine James Diasnes; Borres, Uy and Pequierda; Frantilla, Cachero and John Patrick Palonpon; and Tungala, Cindy Joy Diasnes and Elaine Borres.
Althea Rose Martirez of Central Philippine University, meanwhile, clinched the gold medal in secondary girls lawn tennis after beating Negros Occidental’s Kiana de Asis in the finals.
Iloilo also has silver medals from Angelyn Ortiz and Edna Magtubo in athletics, Elaine Borres and Palonpon in taekwondo, Checy and Cyril Telesforo, Gil Casa Jr. and Fiona Guirhem in chess. Ortiz and Cherry Ann Escala won bronze in athletics.
Negros Occidental, meanwhile, showed its way in arnis with three gold medals from Julianne Oberes in individual espada y daga, in mixed double weapon with Christian Magbanua and team double weapon with Chezka Borrero and Jean Villadar.
Negros Occidental captured three golds in athletics from Bernalyn Bejoy (400 meter dash), Kate Martinez (discus throw) and Laurence Rabanes (long jump) and two golds in chess from Rvy James Saldavia and Jizon Bermudez.
In gymnastics, Kiana Alagaban had gold in rope, ball and club, while Alyssa Chavez finished with gold in floor exercise, balance beam and single bar and silver in vault. Fernando Po Jr. won a gold in lawn tennis.
Capiz delivered golds from Elijah Noli Alvarez in billiards, Carl Louie Amistoso and David Clyde Bacad in pencak silat, and swimming 4×50-meter relay, while Guimaras added a gold medal courtesy of Shairah Valentino in archery.
Chess player Hannah Ruiz bagged two golds for Aklan in individual blitz and blitz team with Naomi Ramos, while Antique captured gold from archer Terrence Marcelo in secondary boys 50-meter distance and Sydney Bertiz in individual double weapon./PN