DAVAO CITY, — The National Capital Region (NCR) dominated the 2019 Palarong Pambansa with a massive medal haul of 86 gold medals, 71 silvers and 56 bronze medals. The host Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) was ranked at 11th place with 13 golds, 22 silvers and 37 bronzes.
Trailing NCR in the rankings was Calabarzon who copped 66 gold medals, 49 silvers and 79 bronzes they were followed by Western Visayas with a 49-40-58 medal haul.
Soccsksargen (Region XII) was the highest ranking delegation from Mindanao with 26-43-40 good for fourth place. Bicol Region rounded the top five with a 23-22-30 haul.
Davao Region struggled gold-less until the third day of the competitions when the elementary swimming team composed of Peitro Requiza, Paolo Miguel Labanon, Jabahri Dilangalen and Rain Andrei Tumulac copped Davao’s first gold by ruling the 450-meter relay.
About 64 records were shattered in the Davao City’s edition of the Palarong Pambansa. Swimming competitions had 31 record breakers, 24 shattered records in Athletics and nine in Archery
Among the record breakers were Dabawenya swimmer Juliana Marien Villanueva in the 800-meter freestyle who clocked in 9 minutes 32.77 seconds to destroy her own record she set in last year’s Palaro. Kent Bryan Celeste of Region I ruled the High Jump (secondary) competition with a record breaking 2.03 meter jump.
John Mike Lera of Northern Mindanao broke the long jump record with a 7.39 meter record. He was supposed to be good for second place but Algin Gomez of Cagayan Valley whose attempt of 7.55 meters which would have been another record was not counted due to a high wind reading of 2.80. The competition allows only a wind reading of 2.0 and below.
The 2019 Palarong Pambansa was held in Davao City from April 28th to May 4. Mayor Sara Duterte declared the games a success, while the Department of Education gave the city a grade of perfect 10 for hosting the Palaro.
The games were a showcase of new sports infrastructures put up in the city by the government and private institutions. These include the Davao City Sports Complex in Mintal which hosts a track and field oval, artificial football turf, an Olympic-sized swimming pool. then there is the University of Mindanao track and field facility which hosted the athletic competitions.(PIA 11/RG Alama)