*please note due to an error with the results his performance was actually 10.65, hence the national record of Ralph Sougilon stays at 10.45. We would like to thank Coach Sy for his honesty and hard work and Daniel Noval who still broke his personal best of 10.74 and has a bright future ahead of him.
20 year old Daniel Noval, in his first year as a senior added the 100m Record to his resumee. The 5’4 sprinter finished 3rd in the A Race at the First leg of the Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok Thailand (May 4). He finished third behind China’s Fan Guo 10.30 and 2005 SEA Games Champion Wachara Sorndee of Thailand 10.38. Noval stopped the clock at 10.42 (-0.3) wind which was a new Filipino National Record.
Noval broke the National Record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon who had clocked 10.45 in 2007. Prior to that the National Record belonged to Rogelio Onofre 10.57 way back in 1962. Noval who broke Soguilon’s junior record with a 10.74 run in Thailand last year also made the silver standard for the SEA Games which is 10.46, the gold medal time at the SEA Games was 10.35 by Indonesia’s Franklin Burumi but this was with a +2.1 m/s tail wind.
Noval who hails from Cebu is currently a student at CSB and coached by PATAFA head coach Joseph Sy.
Meanwhile Katherine Khay Santos placed 2nd in her event with a leap of 6.17m (-0.2). A good start fo Khay who was just outside her bronze medal performance of last sea games of 6.25m.
2009 SEA Games Champion Rosie Villarito opened her season with a 46.68m throw to place 6th in the Javelin.
Rene Herrera started in the 5k but stopped during the race due to cramps.
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100m Kayla Richardson (98) 11.79 +0.7 (Fil-Heritage)
200m Kayla Richardson (98) 24.52 -0.3 (Fil-Heritage)
400m Timarya Baynard (96) 56.09 (Fil-Heritage)
800m Sarah Vitug 2:11.63 (Fil-Heritage)
1500m Vitug 4:27.65(Fil-Heritage)
3k Vitug 10:20.10 (Fil-Heritage)
5k Mercy Taypoc 19:05.6 (Baguio)
10k Road Mary Joy Tabal 38:01 (Cebu)
Half Marathon Mary Grace Delos Santos 1h20:28 (Cebu)
Marathon Miscelle Gilbuena 3h11:13
100m Hurdles Michelle Villas (96) 15.7 (Western Visayas)
Pole Vault Alyana Nicholas (94) 3.47m (Fil-Heritage) *NJR
High Jump Audrey Yorac (96) 1.63m (Rizal High School)
Long Jump Katherine Khay Santos 6.17m (Phi Team)
Triple Jump Mary Anthony Diesto (97) 11.61m (Western Visayas)
Shotput Maikahn De Oro (94) 10.70m (Western Visayas)
Dianne De Jesus 10.76m (Central Luzon) (junior shotput weight)
Discus De Oro 39.30m
Javelin Rosie Villairto 46.68m (Phi Team)
100m Daniel Noval 10.42 -0.3 (Phi Team) *NR
200m Andrew Pirie 22.45 (Fil-Heritage)
400m Joan Caido (94) 48.8 (Baguio)
800m Mervin Guarte 1:55.52(San Sebastian College)
(Track) Guarte 15:35.61
(Road) Rudyfer Hernandez 15:17.0
10k Anthony Nerza 33:23.2 (Davao Athletics)
10k Road Richard Salano 32:30.0 (University of the East)
Half Marathon Philip Duenas 1h13.08 (Cebu)
Marathon Erenio Raquin 2h38.40
3k Steeples Nerza 9:49.4
100 Hurdles Robin Tuliao 14.77
400 Hurdles Eric Cray 50.74 (Fil-Heritage) *NR
4x100m CSB NCAA Team 43.34
Long Jump Ernesto Ybanez (91) 7.01m (Cebu)
Triple Jump Mark Harry Diones 15.13m (JRU)
Pole Vault Caleb Monticalvo 5.05m (Fil-Heritage) *Not ratified as NR as no passport presented
Julio Alorro 4.82m (Indoors) (Fil-Heritage)
Shotput Rennick Alivio 13.41m
Discus John Albert Mantua 40.61m (JRU)
Javelin Melvin Calano 61.44m (JRU)
special thanks to Thad Moren for providing background info and stats.
We continue our write ups on Fil-Heritage Track and Field athletes. We have covered Kyla and Kayla Richardson, Krizia Apelar, Sarah Vitug, Caleb Monticalvo, Julio Alorro and Jonelle Halog. The next feature is on a much younger emerging athlete.
Cerah Moren was born 22nd July 1999, she is the daughter of Thad Moren (from Finland US Citizen in the United States) and Fe Nacua who is from Daanbatyan (Northern Cebu Province). She has dual citizenship and recently renewed her Filipino passport.
Moren was the US Champion for her age having thrown 38.48m with the senior 600 gram javelin. This performance ranked her sixth on the Philippine Ranking list against seniors and third amongst the juniors the junior list headed by National Record Holder Evalyn Palabrica (45.63m) with High school record holder Stephanie Cimatu (40.18m) second. It also places Cerah seventh on the junior all time lists for Philippines.
Moren beat 39 competitors her own age to win the US National title for her age group.
Moren who weighs 48kg undergoes weight workouts having power cleaned 54kg and squatted 112kg+.
Cerah is aiming to represent the Philippines at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Colombia, as of now the 2013 standard for the Javelin is 46.00m meaning Cerah would have to break the existing Filipino Junior Record to qualify.
Best Performances and Progression
38.48m (600g javelin)
29.97m (1k discus)
2008 – 2nd place US Youth Champs with 300g turbo-javelin
2009 – 3rd place US Junior Olympics with 300g turbo-javelin
2010 set the World Record for 10 year old girls with 600g – 24.21m
2010 – 4th place US Junior Olympics with 300g turbo-javelin
2011 set the World Record for 11 year old girls with 600g – 33.90m
2012 – US 13 and under Champion with 600g / 6th place in discus (1K)
2012 – Won first international competition at the Keihaskarnivaalit (Javelin Carnival) in Finland (400g javelin)
Link to page with competition marks:
Article by Pirie Enzo from various sources
During the early dawn of Filipino Sports emerged are first great sprint champion Fortunato Catalon.
Catalon was born in 1897 in Leyte, he hailed from a farming family from the interior of the island of Leyte. He failed in his first attempt to make his Tacloban school track team during the Eastern Visayas athletic meet held in Cebu Province, and was relegated to the kitchen as a cook’s helper in order to cover his expenses. Catalon was a high school student from the age of 20-24 according to news sources.
The little Filipino continued his training and the next year made the district team in the inter-district meet. His showing here was a good and he was given a second chance to make the provincial team. This time he did not disappoint his coach winning the 100 and 120 events.
The Far East Asian Champion
The Little man who was known as ‘The King of Filipino Sprinters’ representing what was then known as ‘The Philippine Islands‘ Catalon would win the 100 Yard Title at the Far Eastern Games four times from 1917 until 1923. And when the distance was lengthened to the 100m won that title as well in 1925. In 1923 Catalon was the sixth fastest man in the world over 100 yards (91m) in 9.8s. Catalon was described by the great American sprinter and 1920 Olympic Champion Charlie Paddock while he was visting the Philippines, as “The Champion of Champions”.
It was not however until 1917 when he won permanent recognition as a sprinter.At the Far East Asian Games in the 100 yards Catalon awon his heat in 10.2, defending champion Nicolas Llaneta also of the Philippines was the fastest qualifier in 10.0. In the final no wind assistance was present and on May 9 Catalon took the first of the twelve gold medals (9 individual and 3 relay) that he was destined to win at the Far Eastern Games. Catalon also took the 220 yards in 23.8.
In 1919 (13 May) Catalon won his heat in 10.2, however Madono of Japan was the fastest qualifier in 10.0. Between the heats and the final of this event Madono beat Catalon in the preliminaries of the 220 yard dash and it was clear that the Filipino would be hard pressed to retain his title. However he overcame these nerves to equal the games record in 10.0. Catalon retained his title in the 220 yards, despite Madono of Japan being the fastest in the heats in a Games Record of 22.8. Catalon won in 23.0.
In 1921 (31 May) Catalon retained his 100 yard title easily to equal the games record in 10.0. Kaga of Japan who has competed at the Antwerp Olympics who was the favorite faded to third. Catalon defended his 220 yard title with 23.2.
In 1923 (22 May) Catalon and Tani of Japan won there heats in 10.4 and 10.4. In the final , Catalon and Tani were the slowest but by the half-way mark the stocky Filipino had drawn a yard clear of the field. Catalon increased his lead to a clear yard at the tape with Takagi finishing ahead of Omura and Tani his fellow Japanese. Tajima finished a distant fifth. A number of unofficial time keepers claimed that Catalon should have been credited with at least 10.0 and two spectators stopped their watches at 9.6. His winning time this year was 10.4. The track was also apparently according to reports heavy and muddy and slow.
Catalon and Omura of Japan were the fastest qualifiers in the 220 yard heats both with 22.6. The event was much faster than 1921 with silver medalist Castillon (PHI) eliminated. Omura was thought by the Japanese to be the one to beat Catalon but it was his countryman Takagi, who closed rapidly on the defending champion in the closing stages, who provided the most serious threat. Catalon succeeded in holding off the challenge winning in 22.2 and reached the tape with a yard to spare. The soft track is said to have nullified the advantage of the following wind.
In 1925 the metric 100m was introduced to replace 100 yards (91m), this was also the last appearance of 4 time champion Catalon who was now 28 years old. Catalon won his heat in 11.0, but new Filipino athlete David Nepomuceno had emerged to take the fastest qualifier in 10.8. Times in the semi-final were slower with Rivera (PHI) 11.5 and Nepomuceno (PHI) 11.1 respectively. In a closely fought final Catalon who had finished third in the second semi-final, triumphed for the fifth consecutive time. However, photographic evidence suggests that he was perhaps fortunate to be given the verdict over Nepomuceno.
In the 200m it was Nepomuceno who ended the streak of Catalon winning in 22.5, with Catalon taking silver..
Life after the Far East Asian Games
1925 was the last appearance for Catalon. Catalon, for all his fame, is remembered by the 1950s generation as a “generous starter”. he was the starter when genaro cabrera jumped to an early lead in the 100 asian games final in 1954. (from Ignacio Dee)
The Border Cities Star, July 23, 1923
A Handbook of Far Eastern & Asian Games Track & Field Athletics, Ian Buchanan ATFS 1973 (kindly provided by Mr Jad Adrian Washif ATFS Malaysia & SEA Athletics)
Palarong Pambansa Cebu City 2013
According to this article Dated November 7. by Marian C. Baring of Sunstar
CEBU City has been producing the bulk of the athletes representing Region 7 (Central Visayas region) in the Palarong Pambansa. And now, Region 7 will be hosting the national meet in 2013.
That is why, in the Cebu City Olympics, set to open tomorrow, Thursday, at the Cebu City Sports Center, the pressure to come up with the best selection mounts.
“We will have the homecourt edge in the Palaro, so it gives us all the more reason to double our efforts to come up with the best team that will finally improve our finish in the Palarong Pambansa,” said Cebu City Schools Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud.
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This is a big change to this previous article below
Palaro 2013 in Bacolod Likely (from Visayan Daily Star)
(Aug 16) Bacolod is putting forward its case to hold the 2013 Palaro, citing that it has successfully co-hosted the 2005 SEA Games and was the main host of the 2011 1st PNG Games. The DEPED is 90% sure at this stage Bacolod will win the bid against other bidders Cebu and Dumaguete. Cebu who have got a brand new relaid track oval would also be a good choice after hosting last years National PRISAA. Dumaguete held the 2012 PNG Games and have one of the only 9 lane right around 400m tracks in the country.
Negros hosted four Palarong Pambansa in the past, two at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan in 1998 and 2000, and at the Paglaum Sports Complex in 1974 and 1979.*NAB
Inspection Team Arriving (From Visayan Daily Star)
Members from the Department of Education Palarong Pambansa Evaluation Team are set to arrive in the province today to conduct an evaluation of Negros Occidental’s bid to host the 2013 Games.
Headed by Ma. Arianne Provido from the office of DepEd Assistant Secretary General Tonisto Umali, the team is tasked to oversee the conduct of the bidding and evaluate the province’s capability to host next year’s national Palaro.
Earlier, Gov. Aflredo Marañon expressed optimism that Negros Occidental will win in its bid to host the national school-based sports competition among elementary and high student-athletes.
Supporting the bid is Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia who stressed that the city and the province has played host to the Palarong Pambansa and the Panaad Stadium was the venue for a couple of international football competitions.
DepEd Regional Director Mildred Garay, likewise, is optimistic of Negros’ chances of winning the hosting bid, saying that it is 90 percent sure that the committee will choose Negros Occidental.
- Davao Norte wants to host 2013 Palaro (mindanews.com)
- Laag 37: Bacolod City – How to get there? (laagannacebuana.me)
- Travel Reflection: Bacolod City-What or Who Inspires Me (laagannacebuana.me)
- Negros Oriental to host Palarong Pambansa 2013 (rappler.com)
SEA Games fourth place getter and National Record Holder Eleazer Sunang led the Shot put Rankings with 15.58m. Albeit his best is 16.35m. The bar has really been raised now for SEA Games qualification with the bronze medal criteria now 17.08m. Sunang is well ahead of the rest of the list.
The up comer is Richie Cabanyog of Bacolod and now at DLSU Taft who broke the one year old Palaro Record with a heave of 13.90, and set a personal best of 14.15m at the regional s with the 6kg shot. Cabanyog however using the senior shotput (7.26kg) could only manage a much smaller throw of 12.63m.
Meanwhile with the 6kg shotput UST Gary Santiago set a UAAP Record for Boys. The Criteria for the ranking list in shotput in 2013 remains the same as 2012 at 12.50m.
The Discus was led by Hammer Thrower Arneil Ferrera, followed closely by 39 year old national throws coach Nixon Mas. The Criteria for Discus remains at 37.00m for 2013. The most impressive performance was by 16 year old Regan Contic of Baguio who is one to watch out for after throwing 41.17m during the weekly relays and winning the junior discus at the Philippine Nationals
4x SEA Games Champion Arniel Ferrera again easily led the ranking lists again. Four other athletes joined him on the list. Impressive newcomer to the list was Matt Crespo of Ateneo who shattered his own boys record in the Hammer Throw at the UAAP. The criteria remains 38m for inclusion in the ranking lists in 2013.
Veteran Record Holder and formerChampion Danilo Fresnido clung onto the lead for another season. The 40 year old was closely followed by Gusti Pido who is now based in Taipei and Run4Changes UAAP Champion Kenny Gonzales who both improved on their personal best throws. The SEA Games standard for this event is 66.02m, and as a silver medalist last sea games this does not make Fresnido exempt from the SEA Games qualification. Also returning was former Junior Champion Allanloid Lumbao who finished fourth at the National Games. Impressive was newcomer Joshua Patulad who shattered the boys record at the UAAP in Javelin. The Criteria has been raised from 54m to 54.30m in 2013 for the rankings.
“The Throwers Circle, being headed by the current National Throwing Champions (Ferrera, Fresnido, Mas) will be coming up with regular National Ranking Lists, in tandem with their semi-annual National Throwing competition
It is my hope that this data will help the organization.These will be released every week to two weeks.Feel free to post any comments, questions, additions or corrections to this page, email@example.com or the Facebook Group.
- Throwers Circle (pinoyathletics.com)
- Circle of Champions Clinic opens to all Philippine Throwers (pinoyathletics.com)
This week we will look at the Philippines Women’s Discus record. I would like to welcome all the the story behind the countries greatest ever female thrower as she is inducted into Pinoyathletics ‘Legends of Track and Field’.
Born in Cebu on April 15, 1946. Josephine de la Vina would go onto set a legacy in Philippine Athletics that has not been matched. She got her earliest contact to sports playing first base for the softball team of Labangon at Cebu Elementary school. Becoming part of the CIT (Cebu Institute of Technology) where promising athletes were properly developed. ‘Big Jo’ as she became known due to her height at 6’0 was exceeding tall for a Filipina especially in those days, would excel in Shotput, Discus and Javelin.
“Every time I’d win in an international meet, tears would fill my eyes when the Philippine tri-color was hoisted and the band played the National Anthem. Although my father is Mexican I believe I should remain a Filipino. I am proud to be one.”
.De la Vina the countries greatest ever female thrower at the height of her powers in the 1960s and 1970s
Dela Vina was at the height of her powers in the 1960s and 1970s.
Judging on the age of some first sea games participants (Lydia was 15 and Elma 14 when they debuted for the Philippines in relays) it wouldn’t be out of the question to think De la Vina might have competed in the SEA Games in 1961 in Rangoon or then known as the SEA Peninsula Games.
(It has been noted that the Philippines was not a part of the SEA Peninsula Games so Dela Vina did not participate in this meet)
The National Junior Record in Discus
At then 16 years of age de la Vina competed at her first ever Asian Track and Field Championships winning the bronze in 37.79m which was then a Senior and national junior record. It was two years later at the Tokyo Olympics de la Vina then aged 18 would throw 42.27m further improving these marks.
“We verified from our 1965 National Open Championships results in Manila that Josephine de la Vina indeed threw 158’9″ (48.38meters, fraction of centimeters is downgraded)” from PATAFA reply email.
The Countries Greatest Female Thrower
De la Vina the teenager lass who had won the bronze at the 1962 Asiad, returned knowing she must do better at the next Asian Games in 1966 (Asian Games held every four years). de la Vina set a new games record in the qualifying round of 47.40 and she further improved the record in the final. Her throw of “156’1 1/2 inches” or 47.58m secured her the gold medal in the final. She also threw ’41’4 1/2′ or 12.61m to place fourth in the Womens Shotput. Josephine Dela Vina a pretty 6ft civil engineering student collected a gold medal for the Philippines in a games record throw (Strait Times). She cracked the record of 45.90m (150ft 7 1/4 inches) set by K. Murase of Japan at the last Asian Games.
In fact a meeting of Asian Track and Field statisticians named her the ‘most confident athlete of the Asian Games’ (Strait Times). I’m not sure how confidence is measured?
Dela Vina also held the Womens Shotput Record from 1970 to 1975 with a throw of 13.89m in Los Angeles, which stood until it was broken by Consuela Salibis-Lacusong who still holds the record today at 13.92m.
Dela Vina would go on to represent the country in three olympic games 1964, 1968, 1972.
Her throws of 42.27, 46.58 and 53.92 landed her 18th, 15th and 14th in the Olympic Games Discus
She also set an untounched record in the Discus at 54.71m at Bakersfield, USA on 10/7/1971. Remarkably De la Vina shares the unique feat of being Asian Games champion 1966 (47.58m), Asian Track and Field Champion 1973 (50.74m) shared only with Lydia De Vega-Mercado.
de la Vina mark of 1973 ’166’5 3/4′ (50.74m) in Manila was a new Asian Record breaking the 1970 Record established at the Asian Games by Taruko Yagashita.
|1||54.71m||Josephine de la Vina||15/4/46||Bakersfield, USA||10/7/1971|
|2||45.26m||Dorie Cortejo||23/3/58||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||23/8/1989|
|6||40.25m||Maika De Oro||9/12/1994||Dapitan||13/5/2011|
*Current All-Time List of countries 10 Best ever Discus Throwers. Date maybe revised if sufficient evidence provided to update. (updated)
Acknowledgment and Revision Notes
I would like to personally thank Mr. Silva Netto of the PATAFA and Mr. Heinrech Hubbeling of the Asian Athletics Association for there help in providing source material for the Revision of the Philippine National, Junior National and UAAP Records.
I also would like to thank Mr Jad Adrian Washif for helping secure a copy of a rare book by the late Track and Field Historian Mr Anthony Buchannan on the advice of Mr Ignacio Dee.
- Mona Sulaiman – first woman to win 100/200m double at Asian Games (rev 1) (pinoyathletics.com)
- Elma Muros the SEA Games Heptathlon Queen (pinoyathletics.com)
- Remembering Nanette Lusterio (1954-2012) (pinoyathletics.com)
- Cerah Moren aims for the 2015 World Youth Champs in Javelin (pinoyathletics.com)
- Multiple SEA Games Champion James Wong quest for SEA Games Athletics History (pinoyathletics.com)
- Rogelio Onofre and a record that stood nearly half a century (pinoyathletics.com)
- Isidro Del Prado: Legacy of the quarter mile (pinoyathletics.com)
5k Final Report
The highlight of the season in this event was a thrilling blanket finish with Baguio’s Floredeliza Donos edging out Mary Grace Delos Santos at the National Championships in a time of 17.44.84 to 17.44.85. With the much more experienced Jhoann Banayag in third. Unlike the 800 and 1500 these events are still dominated by athletes who are over the age of 25. Teenage Fil-Heritage athlete Jullie Wollrath also had a time not too far off the seniors which indicates good performances to come on the track from the 16 year old.
The cut off criteria remains at 19:30 for 2013.
Philippines 2012 Womens 10k to Marathon, 3k Steeples Track and Road Final Ranking List
Womens 10k to Marathon
In 2005 Mercidita Manipol who holds the Philippine 5k Record at 16:40.81 won the Gold Medal at the SEA Games in the 10k. Manipol then is now 31-year old Mercidita Fetalvero and still occasionally competes in road races. The 10k Record Holder is Cristabel Martes (34m40.3) now an employee of Runrio. Martes is the SEA Games Marathon champion in 2001 and 2005.
With the popularity of road running rising in the Philippines with more opting to run 5k and 10k on the road rather than the track there is a lot of potential for the possible development of the Womens 10k event. Not just from that source but a lot of Triathletes are very good 10k runners as well due to the overload of having to run two additional events.
Again Banayag originally from Davao was the countries fastest women in the 10k after losing her 5k crown. She improved her best time to place her #5 on the all time list. Zamboanga‘s Delos Santos also ran a personal best to place #6 on the all time list. Last years National Junior Record Holder Jessa Mangsat of Baguio did not break 40 minutes at the National Games this year.
The standard for 2012 was 43 min 30. But this is now lowered for 2013 to 43m00.
Womens 16.8k to Marathon
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Delos Santos once again dominated the Milo Marathon, with Jhoann Banayag second. Cebuana Mary Joy Tabal also had a very productive season.
3K Steeple Chase
The UAAP Champion Carmen Dalyn leads the list. In fact the top three times at the UAAP where faster than the National Games Champion Flordeliza Donos. The top three times are below the record. Contrary to previous announcements Carmen’s time 11:43.04 is actually not a new UAAP Record as Jean Palencia of USTwho holds the National Record actually ran 11:24.48 at the 2009 edition, second place Frejilyn Roncales also of UST clocked 11:41.73 which is the second fastest time in UAAP History.
It is my hope that this data will help the organization.
Feel free to post any comments, questions, additions or corrections to this page, email@example.com or the Facebook Page. In particular road running results all sets of data was not available for comparison..
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Milo Little Olympic Finals (some results)
15 year old Jaime Mejia of UP High School won the boys 100m in 11.1s and 200m in 22.8s. While his best performance was winning the Hurdles in 15.2s. All three times were personal bests for Mejia who has been the only high schooler so far voted athlete of the week during the Weekly Relays.
Mejia helped NCR win the 4x100m in 43.9 and 4x400m in 3:31.
While 16 year old Christine Del Rio of St Francis of Assisi Cavite wonm the girls 100m in 12.8s and 26.6s.
*As of now Milo Philippines upon several requests has not released the final results for this meet even though this meet is already over at Marikina Park October 19-21
Milo Little Olympics Background
(Aug 27) In the hearts of little champions, big dreams are waiting to come to life. Back then, these dreams partially comes to life in small town tournaments, local inter-school leagues and even informal street competition amongst friends. In the true spirit of building champions in life, MILO® saw the growing need for these little champions’ big dreams to come front and center.
In 1988, MILO® launched the MILO® Little Olympics in Manila. The league held competitions in 11 sports namely – athletics, badminton, chess, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball. And though the league was initially based in Manila, many little champions savored the taste of what it is like to have their dream of playing in a big stage come true. That is why in 1996, the MILO® Little Olympics was also held in Cebu. And expanded to Cagayan de Oro in 1997 and in Pangasinan in 1998. In the short span of time, MILO® has successfully provided a sporting event that little champions look forward to other than Palarong Pambansa and as well as other major sporting events in the south.
After years of successfully mounting regional games, the MILO® Little Olympics finally went nationwide with the first ever National Finals held in Cebu City on October 23, 2009. With the Queen City of the South serving as host, little champions from all over the nation came and competed for glory. Thousands of little champions got to play, thousands of big dreams came true. The MILO® Little Olympics is now the premiere nationwide junior interschool league for elementary and highschool student-athletes. Little champions nationwide can now show their excellence in sports, their drive, determination, discipline and other champion’s values to their peers throughout the nation. This kind of exposure teaches them to be champions not just in sports but in life as well.
In its 20 years as an inter-regional league and three years as a premiere annual national sports meet, the MILO® Little Olympics has produced and discovered little champions that have donned the country’s colors. Little champions with big achievements in international leagues like the South East Asian Games, World Youth Cup and the Asian Junior Track meet.
Great things truly start from small beginnings. It began with the need for little champions to have a place where their big dreams will come true. Now, the MILO® Little Olympics, with the help of the little champions, parents, coaches and organizers, has now become one of the most recognizable and sought-after league. A sporting event where every game and every match helps build champions in sports and in life.
The Western Visayas visitors emerged overall champions int he Athletics. As these are high school and elementary aged kids there are no performances worth noting however it is noted that Joneza Mae Sustiedo (the bare foot runner from the Palaro competed) however her performance was well off what she ran in the Palaro a few years ago over 800m.
Article from the Freeman Cebu article by Caecent No-Ot Magsumbol
The Overall Champion (all sports) of the Visayas Little Olympics Eliminations in Elementary was University of San Carlos (135.25 pts) who had double the amount of points of the second place team. In High School division University of Cebu (176.25 pts) from University of San Carlos (161.5 pts).
Results – Winners (no times)
Raul Perez (UC) 200; 110H John Ganaba (Ilo) 400m; Axel Catalbas (95) (Ilo) 1500m,3000m; and 3ks; Ezel Divingracia (Ilo) 110H?, Lanz Halongong (Ilo) SP
Celina Revalde (95) (Ateneo) 100,200; Doren Romeral (UC) 100H; Joneza Mie Sustiedo (97) (Ilo) 800/1500; Shantel Tanucan (UC) LJ
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This years event was held at Lingayen, Pangasinan the same as the Palarong Pambansa earlier. The University of Baguio easily won the overall title (all sports) in elementary with 132 pts, Holy Angel University (Angeles City) won the secondary division with 92 points.
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- 25th MILO Little Olympics National Finals to be Held in Marikina (kalongkong.wordpress.com)
Cebu City Half Marathon – Delos Santos and Tabal begin 2013 with Personal Bests over Half Marathon
(Jan 18) Mary Grace Delos Santos continued her superb seasonal form at the Cebu Marathon with a second place to Kenyan Jackline Nziza who won in a time of 1:18.28 over 21 km. Delos Santos the Milo Marathon champion clocked a personal best of 1:20.28. Improving on the season lead she established last year in the Half Marathon timing 1:24.14. Also on the move was Cebu local Mary Joy Tabal the fourth place finisher at the Milo Marathon improved her personal best from 1:25.29 to 1:21.44 to secure third place.
Full Results are available herehttp://www.cebumarathon.com/
- Delos Santos, Buenavista Qualify for Asian Marathon (pinoyathletics.com)
Delos Santos, Buenavista Qualify for Asian Marathon
(Jan 15) Pinoyathletics would like to congratulate Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Grace Delos Santos for qualifying for the 14th Asian Marathon on March 10 in Nomi City Japan.
35 year old Buenavista is a veteran of the sport having finished 67th in the 2004 Olympic Games and currently holds the national record in 5k,10k and the Marathon his best being 2h18.44 set in Oita, Japan in 2004.
‘Vertek’ as he is known by his friends is the SEA Games 2003 5km, 2005 10km and 2009 Marathon Gold Medalist. He also had a bronze medal at the 2003 Asian Championships held in Manila. Vertek was the fastest Filipino at the recent Milo Marathon but finished fourth place in 2h29.45.
Delos Santos who originally hails from Zamboanga and is coached by former SEA Games athlete turned coach Roy Vence. The 25 year old is an upcoming athlete who is continuing a strong legacy of Womens Marathon. Her performance of 2h49.29 was just under a minute from the sea games bronze medal standard of 2h48.83.
She defended her title at the Milo Marathon in what was the third fastest time ever by a Filipina. Christabel Martes the 2001 and 2005 SEA Games Champion holds the Filipino Record with 2h38.44. While Jhoann Banayag who was the 2009 SEA Games Champion is #2 of all time. In the recent Milo Marathon Delos Santos finished in front of the two veterans. In doing so she booked her first flight to a major international tournament. Hopefully Mary Grace can qualify for the SEA Games at this meet and pave the way for another SEA Games Gold.
- Head to Head: The Best athletes in 2012 (pinoyathletics.com)
- Philippine 2012 Womens 10k Final Ranking List (pinoyathletics.com)
New York Marathon Cancelled
Most agreed it was a good idea to cancel it
(Nov 9) NEW YORK—Organizers, police and even athletes called Friday’s cancelation of the New York Marathon the correct decision in the wake of the devastation caused by killer superstorm Sandy.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg axed what would have been the 43rd annual race after complaints over the timing and the notion of staging the event on Sunday while many people in the area remain without electricity or shelter.
“The best thing for New York and the best thing for the marathon for the future is unfortunately to move on. This isn’t the year or the time to run it,” said Mary Wittenberg, president of the organizing group, the New York Road Runners.
“It’s crushing and it’s really difficult. It’s one of the toughest decisions we ever made, but we really believe it’s the right thing for New York.”
Read more Here
Due to typhoon Sandy which ravaged the East Coast of the United Sates. The Annual New York Marathon was initially expected to go on.
(From Daily Inquirer)
NEW YORK — New York City’s mayor defended the running of the world’s largest marathon Sunday in a city still searching for bodies from Superstorm Sandy and struggling for basic necessities like power, while some storm victims and other residents said holding the race would be insensitive and divert resources like exhausted police.
The marathon was expected to draw about 20,000 international runners — close to half of participants — who continued to arrive Friday in a city where hotels already held many storm refugees. They crowded the marathon expo, which was criticized after the heavy metal song “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was among the background music.
Read More Here
However Mayor Bloomberg was forced to cancel it
A few hours after Bloomberg insisted the race would be held, he reversed his decision when top city officials lined up against him.
“We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,” the mayor said in a statement. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”
The nationally televised race that winds through the city’s five boroughs and ends in Central Park has been held annually since 1970 — it was held in 2001, about two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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ILONGGO RUNNERS HULLEZA, GANZON RULE LAST VISAYAS SWING OF 36TH NATIONAL MILO MARATHON
From Manila Times, Oct 31 by AFP
Rowell Hulleza and Alexandra Ganzon took advantage of the fair weather to top the Iloilo qualifying leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon.
Over 12,200 athletes and running enthusiasts ran the difficult course around Iloilo City for the thirteenth installment of the country’s premier foot race. Negrense Hulleza dominated the 21k men’s division race in 1:15:56 to pocket the P 10,000 top prize. The West Negros University Criminology undergraduate finished ahead of runners Bennie Murillo and Jorge Sepida, who finished in 1:16:38 and 1:22:24, respectively. Completing the top 3 cast in the distaff side are Ganzon, who triumphantly crossed the finish line in first place at 1:44:59, Mellina Jane Jaroda at 1:52:34 and Mary Antonette Nuñez at 1:57:45.
Adidas King of the Road: Good Field in Local Womens 16.8k
(Sept 30) Perhaps the most interesting race of this event was the Philippine Womens 16.8k road race. This was won by National 5 and 10k Silver Medalist Mary Grace Delos Santos originally from Zamboanga now representing Cebu the 25 year old held off team mate Mary Joy Tabal. Tabal (23) the 2011 National Bronze Medalist in the 5k was originally a 59 second 400m sprinter who has moved up into the world of road running. Behind them was National 10k and Marathon record holder Christabel Martes, the 33 year-old veteran these days is an employee of Riovanna. Another veteran 30 year old Former 2005 SEA Games representative and UAAP Stand out Nheann Bharcena was fourth. And in fifth place to add diversity was 15 year old Ana Jean Tamayo.
Womens 16.8k Results
|1.03.22||Mary Grace Delos Santos|
|1.07.06||Mary Joy Tabal|
|1.13.50||Nhea Ann Bharcena|
|1.14.20||Ana Jean Tamayo|
Floredeliza Donos of Baguio won the womens 5k while Michael Bacong won the Mens. Veteran 10k Record Holder Eduardo Buenavista took out the Mens 16.8k easily.
Rexona Run (Sept 23)
By Romina S. Austria (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
(Sept 23), Manila Local runners struck in the 21K relay races with Flor-deliza Donos and Jho-ann Banayag ruling the all-female race (1:25:23); Rafael Poliquit Jr. and Richard Salano the all-male division (1:10:21); and Lowemar Strella and Michelle Tibagacay (1:26:23) the mixed relay category.
Willy Rotich, the 2010 21K Rexona Run king, settled for the 5K title in 14:55. Fellow Kenyan Philip Ronoh was second (15:14) and olympic 10k runner Rene Herrera third (15:25).
Jessa Mangsat topped the female side with a time of 19:55 while Lovely Gemeroy clocked 20:38 and Annaleah Cierva 24:48 for second the third places, respectively.
*Herrera and Banayag are members of the national team
Tabal, Tillor rule PSAN Run
By Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman)
(Sept 17) CEBU, Philippines – Mary Joy Tabal added feather on her cap as Noel Tillor continued to make waves in the local running scene via the Philippine Society of Animal Nutritionists at the Terraces grounds of Ayala Center-Cebu yesterday.
Tabal reigned supreme in the 25K women’s open with the time of one hour, 43 minutes and three seconds. The little known Jennylyn Nobleza was a distant second with a 1:53:54 clocking, while Christy Sevilleno-Tutor finished third in 2:03:59.
Tillor, on the other hand, came out the fastest among male entries with the time of 1:13:25. Jason Agravante placed second in 1:29:53 followed by Jobert Carolino in1:30:15.
In the 15K battle, Mary Jane Beboso and Riez Enriquez stamped their respective classes.
Beboso dominated the women’s category with the time of 1:13:25, while Enriquez ruled the men’s side in 55 minutes and 21 seconds.
Joel Delposo stole part the show after dominating the 5K run in 18 minutes and 16 seconds. In the distaff side, the Andrin sisters Lovely and Cherry posted a 1-2 finish.
In the 3K action, John Cliff Debulusan and Jhean Andrin lorded it over in their respective categories. (FREEMAN)
Beboso and Kenyans win VCMC Run Cebu (rev 1)
Article by Emmanuel B. Villaruel, Philippine Star Cebu.
(Sept 3) In yesterdays Value Charity Make a Change (VCMC) Run. Run starting and ending at Park Mall Grounds. The Kenyans dominated the mens distance running in Cebu. However in the womens with top distance runners Mary Joy Tabal and Mary Grace delos Santos missing in action.
.Mary Jane Beboso won the Womens 21K (Half Marathon) would win in 1h47:37.33, Preciosa Sanchez came out second in 1:53:13.85 followed by Emeralde Hermosilla (1:56:02.86), Jane Ong (2:01:49.81) and Eri Miyamura (2:04:04.31). Rounding up the top 10 finishers were Marissa Yap (2:08:52.98), Marjorie Jore (2:09:36.99), Pamela Apuhin (2:11:08.19), Edna Herale (2:14:04.94) and Rose Caballero (2:17:57.37).
- Kenyans back with a bang; Tabal beats Delos Santos (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Kiptanui, Beboso rule VCMC race (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
Tabby Joy (Tabal) wins Timex Run
(Aug 19) Cebuana Mary Joy Tabal, won the 16k in the Timex Run-Cebu with the time of 1:05.55. Finishing ahead of Joery Lee 1:13.29, with triathlete Amale-Mendenoza Jopson in third 1:21.16.
Tabal is one of the countries promising upcoming distance runners. Tabal took the silver medal in 18:29.70 at the 2011 PNG behind 2009 SEA Games Marathon Champion Jhoann Banayag. Tabby who began off as a 59 second 400m sprinter before quickly moving up to the longest distances has taken the past year off track meets but did participate in the 2012 PRISAA. Her focus being mainly on the half marathon distance range where she represented the Philippines at Singapore in June. Tabal has registered 1:24.31 in a Half Marathon (21k) at Canmarines Sur last year and 3:08.38 in the Marathon in 2010.
Another more established runner originally from Zamboanga living in Cebu Mary Grace Delos Santos who ran personal bests to claim two silver medals at the PNG in the 5k (17:44.85) (close race), and 10k (37:49.36) easily won the women’s 10k in 39 minutes and 52 seconds. Lovely Andlin was second in 42:27, and Kisha Mae Delechos was third in 44:51.
The Mens 16k was won by Kenyan Douglas Mwiti (54:50). His Kenyan team-mate Abraham Missos won the 10k (34:05) ahead of Cebu’s Mendel Lopez (34:57), Lopez ran a personal best of 15:23.85 last year in Singapore representing the Philippines but has not featured much at all this year on the track.
More results and details here
Hypersports Get Fit Run Review and Results (July 8)
(Aug 18) Hypersports successfully staged its first ever road race ‘Hypersports Get Fit Run’ at Quirino Grandstand, Manila July 8. Hypersports is a sports events management group, composed primarily of a group of mainly ex-national track and field athletes.
They conducted a 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k (half-marathon) event, with the timing done with the IPICO Sports Chip.
The 3K Road Race was won by Kenyan Jackson Chirchir in 8:38, who has a best Marathon time of 2 hours 33.31 according to Allathletics. Second was former San Sebastian stand out Michael Bacong in 8:48, National 1500m Record Holder and double SEA games silver medalist Mervin Guarte (SSC) was third well behind in 9:20, with his training partner Michael ‘Topix’ Villamor of UPHR running with him at 9:21. The fastest women in the 3k finished 5th overall and that was Josephine Mendoza in 10:56.
Meanwhile in the Mens 5K 35-year old Kenyan Samuel Tarus Too (who holds a life time pb of 2h21.01 in the Marathon) clocked 15:14.3 in the 5K, well ahead of Roger Denolio of UST 15:45.9 and fellow Kenyan Elid Kipliomo 15:58.8.
National 5k Record Holder Mercidita Fetalvero (nee. ‘Bunso’ Manipol) was the fastest women the 30-year old former member of the national team jogged 18:37.2 well off her glory days of 16:40.81, but held off UAAP 5k medalist Mary Ann Dela Cruz (FEU) 19:00.5 who is in good shape coming into the next UAAP, and National Junior 10K Record Holder Jessa Mangsat (Baguio) was third in 19:13.0
The Mens 10k was dominated by Kenyans with 36- year old Willie Rotich 31:16 winning.
(If Rotich is the same guy on allathletics.com he has best times of 1:45.33 800m (2002), 3:38.63 1500m (2004) which are below the Philippine records. He has run 14:19.60 (2012) in 5k which would be very competitive at the PNG. He has a best 10k time of 29:07.26 which is parallel to the Philippine record.)
Samson Tuwei was second 31:50, Eliud Kerring third in 32:32, Kiptala Kimuge 33:30, James Mirei 37:42. The fastest women in this event was also a Kenyan Irene Kipchumba who ran 40:10 (there is another Irene Kwamai Kipcumba who was a world championship finalist)
The Half Marathon was won by Kenyan Benjamin Kipkazi in 1:12.14 who edged out 10K national record holder Eduardo Buenavista 1:12.22, and National 10k Champion Julius Sermona 1:12.27 narrowly for the win. His Kenyan team-mate Philip Rono was fourth in a very close 1:12.35, and SEA Games Marathon Medalist Eric Paniqui was fifth in 1:13.55.
(NB. Could someone please comment in regards to the Kenyan runners and there best times etc.. over various distances. Are they working in the Philippines? Would they be fairly competitive at national level. Are they recreational runners? or just older runners or where very good at one stage?)
Full Results can be found here
Hyper Sports is now organizing another road run at General Santos as part of the 14th Tuna Festival Activities on September 2, 2012. This race will be called Get Fit Run- Gen San Tuna Festival for more information about entering this run and registration please visit the Hyper Sports Website below
- HyperSports Supports Lace Up Anika Run (supladongirish.wordpress.com)