Manning wins two more gold for Cebu City in Gymnastics

Leanne Marie Manning (photos by Christian Maningo)

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• Cebu City retains second place overall, collects the same number of gold medals in Baguio Batang Pinoy Finals.

• Mandaue City wins two golds in badminton.

• Cebu Province beats Davao City 3-0 for Boys 13-15 Futsal tournament.


PUERTO Princesa, Palawan – Fil-British beauty Leanne Marie Manning gave Cebu City its final gold medals from the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition of the Batang Pinoy National Finals which was held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.

Despite the tough schedule of the tournament, the 7th Grader of Harvest Christian International School in Panagdait kept her composure to win the gold medal in the Rope competition.

“I was nervous when it was my time to perform. I was kinda tired and sleepy because it was around 12 midnight. I missed a little but overall I had performed better than anybody else, I guess,” Manning told iNews.Ph.

With the competition started at the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 29 and ended at  2 AM Friday resumed again at 8 AM and finished shortly before midnight of Saturday, Aug. 31, Manning started to feel the fatigue of the competition as she started to make mistakes on the other events that include Freehand, Ball and Ribbon.

“Freehand is really my weakest event. In the ball competition I had a lot of mistakes and while I was using a new equipment in the Ribbon competition because my ribbon just broke during my warm-up,” added Manning.

According to her coach Darlene Dela Pisa it would take months before a gymnast could adjust to a new equipment.

Manning won Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association the gold medal in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa.

“Di lang gyud siguro para sa iya ang gold sa Ribbon. Nabali lang siya during pag warm-up ni Leanne and wala na mi laing choice but to use another Ribbon. Dili baya madali pag adjust sa bag-ong ribbon, so mao to nagka sayop sayop siya,” Dela Pisa explained.

Manning performing with her replacement ribbon apparatus
Manning performing with her replacement ribbon apparatus.

However, despite the equipment malfunction and fatigue, Manning was able to perform gracefully to secure the bronze medal in the Ribbon, Ball as well as her least favorite Free Hand competition.

Because of these performances, Manning was awarded her second gold medal for having the highest combined scores for the All-Around title. “This is my first medals in Batang Pinoy. I did not win any medal back in Baguio last year. And I am very happy to win the gold medal for Cebu City. I hope I could do better next year,” Manning continued.

Aside from Manning another Cebuana rising star, Colynne Marie Aguilar contributed a bronze medal in the Developmental 7-9 years old category. 

Colynne Marie performs with the hoop apparatus.

At the close of the week-long competition, Cebu City equalled its finish and gold medal production from last year. Baguio City again claimed the overall championship after winning 61 gold medals, 45 silvers and 70 bronze medals.

Cebu City settled with 36 gold medals, 34 silvers and 35 bronzes followed by Davao City which had 31-30-41 collection, Laguna Province sneaked at the fourth place with 29-26-18 and Quezon City closing the Top 5 finishers with 26-25-23 haul.

PSC will be awarding the top five finishers with P3M, P2.5M, P2M P1.5M and P1M to Baguio City, Cebu City, Davao City, Laguna Province and Quezon City respectively.

Mandaue City badminton carted away two gold medals, two silvers and 2 bronzes in the badminton competition at the ESJ Courts in Brgy. Bancao Bancao.

Mandaue City Badminton team.

The gold medals were contributed by the 15-year old Allen Penute of Emmanuel Christian School who topped the Boys 13-15 singles category competition and the 12-year old Gian Arante of UCLM and 9-year old Lloyd Erynz Rosema of Banilad Elementary School who won the Doubles Gold for Boys Under 13 category.

Aside from the gold in the doubles competition Arante also won the silver medal in the Boys Singles, while Karyll Rio also finished second in the Girls 13-15 years old competition while the Bronze medallists were Hailene Reeze Diaz and Naeomi Ysable Gulpany in the Girls 13-under doubles and Gulpany adding another bronze after finishing 3rd in the singles competition.

The Cebu Province Futsal Team meanwhile won the gold medal in the Boys 13-15 Futsal Competition after beating Davao City in the Finals 3-0.

Cebu Province now has accumulated a total of 10 gold medals courtesy from two from athletes, six from Karatedo and one from arnis. /RCM


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