by Harley F. Palangchao
Taekwondo jins and archers garnered the most gold medals to put Baguio in second place overall at the close of the Luzon leg of the Batang Pinoy in Malolos, Bulacan.
The athletes won for the city a total of 42 gold, 40 silver, and 47 bronze medals.
The city’s young wrestlers, arnisadores and Muay Thai athletes also chipped in six golds apiece in the event that saw perennial national finals winners in the battle of top athletes aged 15 years old and below.
Quezon City clinched the first place.
Perennial gold medalists Josea Dizon, Justin Kobe Macario, Rama Liporada, Chelsea Tacay, Xaphrine Rivera, Irvin Laogan, Cody Alilis, Shane Buenavente, and Lala Soria were among those in the list of gold medalist winners for taekwondo.
Baguio’s TKD team, a consistent champion, captured the overall championship title with nine gold, seven silver, and 13 bronze medals.
Based on the initial list of winners, archers Bredette Leean Hongitan captured three gold medals and one bronze in individual event before pairing with Kaleiah Dominique Cacdac and Patricia Nicole Lee for a team gold in the Olympic Round.
She also teamed up with Cedrick Edgar Mendoza for a gold medal in mixed team Olympic Round.
Charmaine Angela Villamor also won two gold, one silver, and two bronze medals in the individual event. She then paired with Danielle Espiritu and Estrebor for gold medal apiece in Olympic Round cub girls and mixed team Olympic round, respectively.
Archers won nine gold, five silver, and nine bronze medals for the city.
In Muay Thai, gold medalists are Alaizha Jae Padudut, Jesie Dominee Carias, who also won a silver; August Concepcion Te-elan, Reca Aquisio, Kurt Lubrica, Fernel Gaspi, and Renner Metra.
Muay Thai athletes contributed seven gold, six silver, and eight bronze medals.
Wrestlers also won six gold, six silver, and seven bronze medals for the city.
Gold medalist wrestlers are Ralph Jester Tapat, Everson Langawen, Lemuel Sherwin Bagilat, and Jessalyn Angaga.
Among those who won gold medals in arnis are Rikka Marie Ramirez, Athena Mantias, Gigie Anton, Raven Gipit, Angelo Paet, Shanna Longan, Jesus Macalanda, Abegail Abad, Angelyn Datuin, Bradley Donglay, and Evalina Burdette.
Arnisadores have six gold, 10 silver, and four bronze medals at the end of the tournament.
The ladies’ futsal team, whose members are consistent medalists in regional eliminations, finally won gold after winning all five games, including the finals with Candon footballers.
Athletics led by Edward Josh Buenavista also won three golds, four silvers, and one bronze for Baguio.
Young chess wizards Bea Mendoza won one gold and one bronze while Genesis Faith Lomboy also contributed another gold medal.
The lone medalist for boxing is Christian Santiago, who won bronze in 38kgs while swimmers chipped in one silver and two bronze medals.
Judokas also contributed two silver and two bronze medals.