DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines – Host Dumaguete stormed to the top of the medal standings after its archers contributed 9 gold medals bringing its tally to 27-17-23 (gold-silver-bronze) on day 4 of the Visayas regional finals of the Batang Pinoy or the Philippine National Youth Games.
Erstwhile leader Cebu Province dropped to second in the standings with 24-24-31 while completing the top 5 were Cebu City (22-33-32), Aklan (16-9-6) and Leyte Province (15-7-6).
Two events ended its hostilities yesterday—swimming and karatedo.
Aklan Province of the Western Visayas ruled the swimming event with a medal haul of 15-10-4 while the Cebu Province reigned supreme in karatedo with 12-8-10.
Placing second to Aklan in the swimming competition was Bacolod with its medal tally of 8-6-7 while rounding up the top 3 was Ormoc with 8-4-6.
In karatedo, Cebu Province relegated the delegation from Cebu City to second with its 6-9-15 medal haul while at third was Murcia Negros Occidental which ended the competition with 6-5-17.
The Batang Pinoy is a competition for athletes aged 15 years old and under. It is one of the athlete identification programs of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) wherein athletes are made to represent their respective local government units.
Regional eliminations are held with the gold and silver medalists earning the right to compete in the Batang Pinoy national finals.
The Visayas regional finals had its opening ceremonies last Friday which was attended by PSC commissioner Celia Kiram. Other PSC commissioners here in Dumaguete to oversee the multi-sporting event are Charles Raymond Maxey and Ramon Fernandez.
The Visayas regional finals attracted 54 delegations comprised of a little less than 3,000 athletes and officials.
Hostilities started Saturday, November 11 and will end Thursday, November 16.
A total of 19 sporting events are being contested in various venues here in Dumaguete City.
Aside from archery, swimming and karatedo, other sporting events being contested are arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, dancesport, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball and beach volleyball.