Harley F. Palangchao
Three-time Batang Pinoy Luzon leg champion Baguio closed the elimination rounds in Naga City with 38 gold, 32 silver, and 35 bronze medals recently.
It is the first time in four years that top contender Quezon City dethroned Baguio as overall champion in the Luzon leg, with 50-41-35 medals.
Pangasinan, which was one of the participants with the biggest delegation, finished third with 30-24-42 medals followed by Muntinlupa with 27-13-23 medals.
Laguna completed the top five teams with 23-24-26 medal finish.
Despite the second overall finish, City Sports Coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said they expect Baguio athletes will come back stronger during the BP national finals.
Team Baguio is a perennial overall champion in the BP national finals.
Aside from the gold and other medalists from arnis, archery, muay thai, and WaiKru, taekwondo jins brought in additional medals mostly during the last stretch of the competition.
The gold medalists in taekwondo are Ivan Murray Solimen, Troy Nathan Cayago, Gabriel Salaknib Soria, Realos Lorena Tabiando, Ashley Janel Salao, Josea Dizon, John Christian Mapalo, Wiliza Maure, and Jeremie Tabisula.
Baguio also won six silver and eight bronze medals in TKD.
Wrestlers Anthonie John Tenollar, Terciusdela Pena, and Sherwin delivered gold medals each while the city also snared two gold in athletics courtesy of Leah Taltala and Kaizelle Vergara.
The Baguio ladies won silver in futsal while Joshua de Guzman clinched gold in lawn tennis.
The city won a bronze in swimming and another silver and bronze in boxing.