Cental Visayas. Central Visayas Region athletes, coaches and officials during the closing ceremony of the Palarong Pambansa 2019 at the UP Mindanao Sports Center grounds in Mintal, Davao City. Region 7 dropped to 5th place after finishing two gold medal short from its last year's campaign in Ilocos Sur. (Photo grabbed from CVIRAA Facebook Page)
DAVAO City – The curtains has fallen, banners lowered, the Palarong Pambansa flames extinguished, winner awarded, the next host announced and closing ceremony over. All indications tell the end of the Palarong Pambansa 2019 competition at the UP Mindanao Sports Complex here in Mintal.
But event with a different venue, the results is still the same, at least for the top three overall winners. The delegation from the National Capital Region (NCR) again flaunted its might over the other student-athletes around the country.
However, this time NCR’s production is lesser by 14 gold medals compared to last year where they collected 100 gold medals in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Although, there were 15 more gold medals from the 381 awarded last year, NCR’s margin from its second finisher narrowed down to 20 gold difference compared to 45 in Vigan.
At the close of the events, NCR collected 86 gold medal, 71 silver medals and 56 bronze medals to win another overall championship in the annual student-athletes competition.
Southern Tagalog Region 4-A or the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (CALABARZON) again took their rightful place as perennial bridesmaid to NCR with its 66-49-73 gold-silver-bronze medal haul this year which was 11 gold medals more from last year’s performance and followed by the Western Visayas Region which had 49-40-58 medals, which also improved by three gold medals from its Ilocos Sur campaign.
Central Visayas however slipped to fifth place from a fourth place finish last year. The Ceevees racked a total of 24 gold medals, 22 silver medals and 23 bronze medals. Last year they had 26-25-36 medals. But if for any consolation, Central Visayas got the overall champions in the Demonstration Sports.
Central Visayas won 13 of the 41 gold medals given away in Demo Sports that includes Dancesports, Aerobic Gymnastics and Pencak Silat. The bulk of Ceevees golds in this category came from Dancesports where they won all nine gold medals at stake and four from Pencak Silar.
Taking its place from last year was the South Cotabato, Cotabato Province. Sultan Kudarat. Sarangani and General Santos (SOCCSKSARGEN) athletes which improved to 4th place from 6th last year.
SOCCSKSARGEN won 26 gold medal, 43 silver medals and 40 bronzes, which has five-gold medal improvement from last year’s campaign.
Following Central Visayas, Central Luzon athletes which had 23-29-33, Bicol Region 23-22-30, Northern Mindanao (17-27-26), Ilocos Region (16-13-21), Cordillera Administrative Region (14-13-23), Davao Region (13-22-37), Caraga (13-10-14), Eastern Visayas (11-8-19), Cagayan Valley (6-6-8), Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (3-10-6), Region 4B – MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) with 4-7-12 and Zamboanga Peninsula Region still at the bottom with 2-4-21 haul.
Next year, Palarong Pambansa will be in Occidental Mindoro.
Former Senior Sportswriter of SunStar Cebu. Also a former PSC consultant for media affairs for the Visayas. Boxing and basketball analyst with varied experience in radio broadcasting and motocross events annotating. Also an organizer of various sporting events.