Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental – Cagayan de Oro City showcased its depth and flexed its muscles in boxing on Sunday en route to clinching five gold medals in the penultimate day of action in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Regionals at the outdoor ring in front of Misamis Occidental provincial capitol building.
The scrappy Cagayan de Oro fighters emerged triumphant in 5-of-9 finals they saw action in, which can be seen as the fruit of Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno's program as vice chairman of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines.
Angelou Franco began the Cagayan de Oro juggernaut 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 outclassed Mythel Kate Pilapil of Agusan del Sur, 5-0, in the junior girls flyweight (50kg.) division of the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Regional slugfest.
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 golds from 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 from 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 boys 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 in 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 did not need to play in clinching the girls title after fellow finalist Iligan forfeited one of its matches earlier and was 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 Rodrigo Roa Duterte closed in on the overall crown as the Davao City campaigners surged to the top with 54 golds, 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).