June 23, 2018, 10:33 am
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Boxers save the day for Cagayan de Oro

OROQUIETA, Misamis Occidental. – Underscoring its reputation as a boxing hotbed, Cagayan de Oro City bagged five gold medals at the close of the event Sunday in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Regionals at the outdoor ring in front of the Misamis Occidental provincial capitol building.

Cagayan de Oro sent nine boxers to the finals, highlighting the amateur boxing program of Mayor Oscar Moreno, vice chairman of the Association Boxing Alliances in the Philippines.

Angelou Franco began Cagayan de Oro’s bid with a lopsided 5-0 decision win over Zamboanga City’s Marlon Luna in the school boys light-paperweight (40-kilogram) division in front of a large weekend crowd on the penultimate day of the age group meet organized by the Philippines Sports Commission.   

Also impressive was lanky Ailene Kaye Caranagan, who overwhelmed game but outclassed Mythel Kate Pilapil of Agusan del Sur 5-0 in the junior girls flyweight (50kg.) division of the games hosted by the Misamis Occidental provincial government led by Gov. Herminia Ramiro.

CdO’s Eljay Pamisa also made short work of Koronadal’s Rene Boy Atam, who was forced to retire with an injured right hand just one minute and 33 seconds into their school boys light-paperweight (40kg) championship match.

Other CdO winners were Rhein John Ridor in the school boys light pinweight (44kg) class and Joshua John Obvina in the junior boys light bantamweight (52kg) division of the tournament also co-hosted by the Oroquieta City government led by Mayor Jason Almonte.

General Santos City, hometown of fighting lawmaker Manny Pacquiao, collected a trio of gold medals courtesy of Rederick Bautista, who beat CdO’s Cyrill Claire Payla 4-1 in the school boys light mosquito (34-36kg) class, and Gabriel dela Pena, who took a close 3-2 decision win at the expense of Davao’s Emmanuel Canubal in the junior bys pinweight (50kg) category.

The other GenSan championship was won by Nelson Marc Ciudad, who stopped Davao’s Glen Mark Villagracia just a few seconds in the opening round of the jujior boys featherweight (57kg) class.

South Cotabato picked up two mints through Hazel Grace Catalbas, who needed only 37 seconds in stopping Agusan del Sur’s Rofamae Frondoza in securing the junior girls pinweight (44-46kg) division gold.

The other came from John Dave Villaverde, who outclassed CdO’s Dave Bryan Caspe 5-0 in the junior bys bantamweight (52kg) category.

Davao City’s  Reymond Alpubera whipped CdO’s John Petery Payla 4-1 in the junior boys light flyweight (48kg) division and Panabo City’s Carl John Austria earned a split 3-2 decision win over Iligan City’s Philip John Billones in the junior boys flyweight (50kg) division in the other boys title matches.

Rosie Jay Kadusale did Agusan del Sur proud by stopping GenSan’s Bernadeh Masalon in the first round of the junior girls light flyweight (48kg) championship match to round out the winners.

The seaside cities of Davao and Iligan split the beach volleyball plums in the boys and girls division at the Barangay Poblacion 1 Reclamation Area sandcourt at the breakwater overlooking Iligan Bay.

Davao City topped Gensan 21-14, 21-14 in securing the boys championship while Pagadian bagged the girls title without flexing a muscle after fellow finalist Iligan was declared ineligible to play.

In lawn tennis, Davao City Jude Abelo rallied past Oroquieta’s Nash Agustines 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 to cop the boys’ singles crown while teammate Jessica Mae Carcueva whipped Theresa Claire Nacito 6-2, 6-2 in annexing the girls singles title.   

With dancesport the only remaining even contested in the afternoon, the hometown of President Duterte closed in on the overall crown as the Davao City campaigners  surged to the top with 54 gold, 29 silver and 25 bronze medals while GenSan was second (50-52-56).

Davao del Norte was a distant third (39-28-40), hoping to hold off fourth-running Zamboanga City (38-12-26). Tagum City (28-29-23) was fifth, Koronadal City sixth (26-31-41) while Cotabato Province was in seventh place (26-25-20).
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