DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines – Team Cebu City Niños overcame a slow start as it broke away from the pack with a 33 gold medal haul in the penultimate day of the Batang Pinoy 2017 Visayas Games.
Cebuano arnisadors contributed the most number of gilts Wednesday, November 15 with 15 followed by 10 from the dancesports wherein the Niños clinched all the gold medals at stake for the event. The rest of the Niños gold output came from taekwondo (5), athletics (2) and one from table tennis.
Official medal tally by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), however, has the Niños gold-silver-bronze medal count at 35-43-43 as it does not yet count the medals they’ve won in arnis and taekwondo. Still, the Niños have overtaken host city Dumaguete to become the overall leader for the first time since this multi-sporting event started six days ago. Unofficial medal tally for the Ninos is at 54-39-40.
The Niños could still add to their medals with games in volleyball, basketball, table tennis, arnis and chess still to be contested in today’s final day of the multi-sporting event.
Early leader Cebu Province is unofficially at second place after hauling in 10 gold medals from taekwondo and two each from arnis and tennis. Although the official medal tally has them at fourth place with a medal count of 24-25-34. Their unofficial medal tally is at 38-43-43.
At the Lamberto Macias Sports Center, the Niños were jumping with joy as they swept all the gilts at stake for the event.
Gabriel Dumaran and Ysabelle Zambo contributed two golds via the Standard and Latin Juvenile D, Nigel Angel and Shadelle Niña Hernandez with also two gilts in the Standard and Latin Juvenile C, Francis Isai Diluvio and Paige Ianah Silud with also two in the Standard and Latin Junior A and also two from Ralph Kevin Lapaz and Mitchloni Dinauanao in the Standard and Latin Juvenile A.
Adding one gold medal each were Niño Salve and Trixie Pearl Dicdican via the Latin Junior C and Hezekiah Sobrevega and Rowella Rydel Pat via the Standard Junior C.
Other Niños who handed in gold medals in this week-long multi-sporting event were Xander Palacpac, Johann Concepcion, Rebecca Ponte, Nohea Dela Fuente and Arturo Malaki in taekwondo; Brylle Dago and Aljhune Dayanan in pencak silat; Mary Joy Loberanis, Joie Francisco, Krystelle Me Leyson and Antonette Velayo in athletics; Thalia Labiste, Hannah Xyra Cabansay, El Kendrick Geromo and John Niño Mahilum in beach volleyball; and John Kevin Jimenez in boxing.
The Batang Pinoy 2017 Visayas Games will end Thursday, November 16.