7th ASEAN School Games Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Govindan won her semi-final in 12.0, leaving Muros 2 meters behind and then came back an hour later to repeat this performance.
Govindan took the title away from the Philippines breaking the ASEAN Schools Meet Record and also ending the 10 year reign of national record holders Sheila Fernando and Glory Barnabas. The 17 year old stunned the crowd in a very dominant win making pre race favourites Poporom and Muros look like Novices.
1. Prema Govindan Singapore 12.0
2. Wanna Poporom Thailand 12.3
3. Elma Muros Philippines 12.4
In the semi-finals Govindan stopped as she thought it was a false start in the 200m when Elma Muros suddenly pulled up and stopped she then resumed the race.
Govindan was .1 seconds off Glory Barnabas national record. She won by a comfortable 6 meters.
1. Prema Govindan Singapore 24.9
2. Wanna Popirom Thailand 25.7
3. Ooi Juit Khoon Malaysia 26.1
1. Usa Chanapat Thailand 57.4
2. Josephine Mary Malaysia 57.6
3. Perla Balatucan Philippines 59.0
1. P. Rajakumari Malaysia 4:51.5
2. S. Payao Thailand 4:52.5
3. Siti Aisah Said Malaysia 5:02.3
400m Hurdles (13/8)
Gamo broke the meet record
1. Nene Gamo Philippines 1:03.0
2. T Wasana Thailand 1:06.6
3. Norshidah Ali Singapore 1:07.8
1. Malaysia 48.8
2. Thailand 49.1
3. Indonesia 49.2
17 year old Effendi set the meet record. She is the daughter of Osman Effendi the SEA Games champion.
1. Juliana Effendi 42.92m
1. P. Poolsub Thailand 36.94m
2. W.V. Zhuo Singapore 35.68m
3. Zainab Musa Malaysia 31.46m
Pre race favourite Marlon Pagalilauan the defending champ who had a PB of 21.6, faded the last 5 meters and was ran down by Frankie Lee of Singapore.
1. Frankie Lee Singapore 22.2
2. Marlon Pagalilauan Philippines 22.3
3. Vichan Choochard Thailand 22.7
Pagalilauan won the 400m title for the third year in a row.
1. Marlon Pagalilauan Philippines 49.6
2. Frankie Li Singapore 50.1
3. S. Ganesan Malaysia 50.6
1. S. Ganesan Malaysia 1:55.9
4. Panadian Singapore
Begeo took 4 seconds off the record of S. Ganesan set last year.
1. Hector Begeo 8:44.1
5000m (13 Aug)
1. Hector Begeo Philippines 16:23.6
2. P. Boonarapong Thailand 16:28.2
3. G. Ramakrishnan Malaysia 16:28.5
Sunandi broke the meet record set by Singapore Chow Yee Onn in 1979 of 14.8.
1. Fauzan Sunandi Indonesia 14.6
2. Alfredo Sardenia Jr. Philippines 14.8
3. Chew Soon Ing Singapore 15.2
1. Thailand 42.4
2. Philippines 42.7
3. Singapore 43.1
1. Thailand 3:19.2
2. Malaysia 3:22.6
3. Philippines 3:28.5
Pinji of Thailand and Tejada of Philippines both tied for the silver.
1. Ling Tiun Malaysia 1.91m
2. K. Pinji Thailand 1.84m
2. E. Tejada Philippines 1.84m
Boonseng broke the meet record of his countryman Panasum Khabwung (7.02m)
1. Amnuay Boonseng Thailand 7.16m
4. Dario De Rosas Philippines 6.62m
5. Alfredo Sardenia Philipines
De Rosas defended his triple jump title.
1. Dario De Rosas 14.67m
20 year old De Rosas took 20cm off the meet record.
1. Dario De Rosas Philippines 4.10m
3. Lua Nai Hua Singapore 3.33m
1. C. Sarayoot Thailand 14.01m
2. Johnny Then Malaysia 12.74m
3. K. Suriyan Thailand 12.30m
Jaya added almost 2m onto the meet record set 2 years ago by Thai Chiab Somnukton. The 18 year old man-mountain stood 1.96m and weighed 95kg. It was in the bushes of Irian Jaya as a 10 year old where he learnt to throw the Tombok or spear.
1. Geraldous Balagaise Indonesia 62.52m
Kongmon Took 24cm off the meet record
1. Suryan Kongmon Thailand 44.18m
Although not a Filipino athlete, Pinoyathletics.com is proud to call James Wong of Singapore a friend.
James will be conducting the ‘Circle of Champions’, a 2-day throws clinic with lecture on strength and conditioning organized by Run for Change at the end of January in Manila with Pinoyathletics.com as an event partner.
Potential local athletes actively competing in Discus, Shot put, and Hammer throwing events will be selectively invited to learn from the very experienced veteran athlete and coach.
James, aside from being the General Manager of the Singapore Athletics Association and Chief Sports Development and Performance, is undoubtedly the greatest male athlete in SEA Games athletics history.
He has won a total of 10 SEA Games Gold Medals, nine in the Discus from 1993-2005 and 2009-2011. In 1997 James also decided to win the Gold for Hammer Throw as well. This makes James have the most number of medals for a male athlete (10) at the SEA Games and equal the most number of medals in a single event with Burma’s Jennifer Tin Lay who has nine consecutive titles in Women’s Shot-put between 1965 and 1983. Our very own Elma Muros of the Philippines is tied with Lay for the most number of Golds in all individual events with fifteen (Lay won a further six titles in the discus), (Elma has eight in the Long Jump). Elma is probably the most bemedalled athlete at SEA Games if you include the Relays.
Wong at 44 years of age is in an event (discus) were athletes can continue improving into there 40s as strength levels is something that continually increases later on as opposed to speed which usually starts dropping off in the 30s.
If James can take out the SEA Games Discus title one last time in 2013 he will reach the magic number ten. He is already the most bemedalled Singaporean Track and Field Athlete in the nation’s history.
James currently holds the SEA Games record in the discus. As an honor for his many years of service James was selected to carry the Singapore flag at both the 2003 & 2011 SEA Games for Team Singapore.
The 6’3 Wong also played soccer and Basketball up until 2000.
Manager and Coach
Mr Wong went to College in the United States at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut California from 1990 to 1993, with a degree of Associate in Arts and from 1993 to 1995 he attended Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, for his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Kinesiolgy andminor in Management. Both of these two fields would help him off later in life as a self coached athlete and administrator in Singapore Athletics.
As well a accomplished coach and active sea games champion, he is also the General Manager of the Singapore Athletics Association. In June 2010 Singapore athletics had a new group come in who were to reform the Singaporean Athletic Association. Mr Wong who was initially Honorary Secretary, and later their Chief High Performance in the new team, and then promoted to General Manager.
Mr Wong is also a highly experienced coach. He has coached Ms Wan Lay Chi who won the silver medal for shot putt women in the 2011 sea games where Singapore won both gold and silver.
- Muros wins one of several golds at the Asian Masters (pinoyathletics.com)
*nb these lists are not yet complete and are still being amended. Athletes must be turning the age stated in the year the mark is set.
12 Kyla Richardson 13.17 (2010)
Joycie Beranio 12.9 (2012)
13 Kyla Richardson 12.69 (2011)
14 Kyla Richardson 12.00 (2012)
15 Kayla Richardson 11.79 (2013)
16 Chantal Balani 12.0ht (1998)
17 Princess Joy Griffey 11.75 (2004)
18 Lydia De Vega Mercado 11.76 (1982)
19 Lydia De Vega Mercado 11.74 +2.1 (1983)
Lucila Salao Tolentino 11.6ht (1972)
12 Maricor Cuenca 26.10 (2000)
13 Maricor Cuenca 24.77 (2001)
14 Kyla Richardson 24.12 (2012)
15 Kayla Richardson 24.52 (2013)
Kayla Richardson 23.84 +2.1 (2013)
16 Lydia De Vega 24.53 (1981)
17 Lydia De Vega 23.54 (1982)
18 Princess Joy Griffey 24.15 (2005)
12 Kyla Richardson 1:01.45 (2010)
13 Kyla Richardson 59.04 (2011)
14 Kayla Richardson 58.28 (2012)
15 Timaraya Baynard 55.10 (2012)
16 Lydia De Vega 54.6 (1980)
17 Lydia De Vega 54.75 (1981)
18 Lydia De Vega 55.0 (1982)
13 Angelica De Josef 2:18.8 (2011)
15 Angelica De Josef 2:17.2 (2013)
16 Jelyn Duran 2:19.6 (2012)
17 Serenata Saluan 2:11.2 (2009)
18 Serenata Saluan 2:07.0 (2010)
19 Cheryl Escat 2:14.63 (1996)
11 Arsenia Sagaray 5:01.71 (1977)
12 Arsenia Sagaray 4:58.0 (1978)
13 Jie Ann Calais 4:48.9 (2012)
14 Arsenia Sagaray 4:43.3 (1980)
16 Rosalinda Catulong 4:54.72 (1981)
17 Palecornia Balobo 4:47.90 (1991)
18 Marietta T. Magno 4:35.70 (1985)
19 Remedios Malubay 4:41.29 (1984)
11 Arsenia Sagaray 10:38.2 (1977)
13 Vlessica Jagna 11:26.32 (2008)
14 Rosalinda Catulong 10:25.6 (1979)
15 Rosalinda Catulong 10:09.50 (1980)
16 Vanessa De Valle 10:45.2 (2010)
17 Hazel Madamba 10:16.40 (1993)
18 Serenata Saluan 10:29.9 (1992)
19 Enate Sayrol 10:11.84 (1993)
15 Julie Wollroth 17:20.16 (2011)
18 Serenata Saluan 18:39.06 (2010)
19 Bernardita Magaso 18:14.70 (2006)
14 Roxanne Maaba 46:45:52 (2008)
17 Jilla Dela Rosa 43:14.1 (2011)
18 Rowena Monton 40:08.20 (1986)
19 Jessa Mangsat 38:33.2 (2011)
16 Jilla Dela Rosa 12:24.5 (2010)
17 Jilla Dela Rosa 11:56.17 (2011)
18 Serenata Saluan 11:49.1 (2010)
19 Jessa Mangsat 11:45.11 (2011)
12 Zara Dela Virgo 16.5 (1998)
15 Jasmine Chavez 15.70 (2003)
Amelia Francisco 15.6 (1998)
16 Audrey Yorac 15.6 (2013)
17 Michelle Palmares Loterte 15.4 (2010)
18 Leslie Mercado 13.86 (2005)
19 Julie Rose Forbes 14.61 (2002)
14 Rieveneth Penarubia 1:05.8 (2010)
15 Julie Rose Forbes 1:05.3 (1998)
16 Rieveneth Penarubia 1:03.96 (2012)
17 Josie Malacad 1:03.6 (2009)
18 Anna Leah Hugo 1:04.2 (1992)
19 Julie Rose Forbes 1:02.37 (2002)
12 Maris Cottoner 1.40m (1998)
13 Precious Que 1.55m (2005)
15 Audrey Yorac 1.60m (2012)
16 Audrey Yorac 1.63m (2013)
17 Maureen Emily Schrijvers 1.63m (2012)
18 Aprilen Laudencia 1.66m (2012)
19 Chery Ann Janiva 1.64m (1993)
14 Emily Obiena 2.80m (2012)
15 Emily Obiena 2.90m (2013)
17 Alyana Nicolas 2.43m (2011)
18 Natasha Marie Nalus 3.10m (2012)
19 Alyana Nicolas 3.47m (2013)
*Deb Sampson 3.81m aged 19 but did not have phi passport
13 Maricor Cuenca 5.54m (2001)
14 Elma Muros 5.62m (1981)
15 Lydia De Vega 5.45m (1979)
16 Elma Muros 6.06m (1983)
17 Elma Muros 5.75m (1984)
18 Elma Muros 6.11m (1985)
19 Luville Dato-on 5.77m (2009)
13 Irin Baluran 10.42m (2005)
15 Mary Anthony Diesto 11.39m (2012)
16 Mariz Cottoner 12.02m (2002)
17 Felyn Dolloso 12.35m (2010)
18 Maricel Sibog 12.03m (2002)
19 Felyn Dolloso 12.55m (2012)
10 Cerah Moren 6.28m (2009) (6lb)
11 Cerah Moren 5.88m (2010) (4kg)
Cerah Moren 7.60m (2010) (6lb)
12 Cerah Moren 7.04m (2011) (4kg)
Cerah Moren 8.21m (2011) (6lb)
13 Cerah Moren 7.49m (2012) (4kg)
Cerah Moren 10.02m (2012) (6lb)
14 Canny Amor Bartolome 10.93m (1996)
17 Maika De Oro 10.50m (2011)
18 Mitchell Martinez 11.76m (1994)
19 Marlyn Dionio 12.30m (1997)
10 Cerah Moren 10.80m (2009) (1kg)
11 Cerah Moren 20.23m (2010) (1kg)
12 Cerah Moren 26.23m (2011) (1kg)
13 Maika De Oro 33.07m (2007)
14 Cerah Moren 34.03m (2013) (1kg)
15 Maika De Oro 31.49m (2009)
16 Josephine Dela Vina 37.79m (1962)
17 Maika De Oro 40.25m (2011)
18 Josephine Dela Vina 42.27m (1964)
19 Josephine Dela Vina 48.38m (1965)
11 Cerah Moren 18.10m (2010) (3kg)
13 Cerah Moren 27.70m (2012) (3kg)
17 Lei Ann Tan 29.37m (2012)
18 Riza Faith Sombilla 27.86m (2012)
19 Kenneth Grace Ferrera 35.55m (2008)
10 Cerah Moren 24.17m (2009) 300 grams
11 Cerah Moren 24.23m (2010) 600 grams
12 Cerah Moren 33.92m (2011) 600 grams
13 Cerah Moren 38.49m (2012) 600 grams
Gia Bucag 40.63m (2010) *400 grams
14 Jovelyn Naotorio 38.22m (2011) *400 grams
15 Stephanie Cimatu 36.64m (2009) *500 grams
16 Stephanie Cimatu 42.34m (2010) *500 grams
17 Stephanie Cimatu 41.27m (2011) *500 grams
18 Evalyn Palabrica 45.43m (2012)
19 Rosie Villarito 44.54m (1998)
10 Cerah Moren 1168 (2009)
11 Cerah Moren 1410 (2010)
15 Jasmine Felix 3188 (2012)
18 Nene Gamo 4633 (1982)
19 Ana Natad 3528 (1998)
12 Nasser Tacongcong 11.4 (1998)
15 Andrew Pirie 10.9 (1999)
16 Andrew Pirie 11.10 (2000)
17 Jonelle Halog 10.91 (2012) (dual citizen)
18 Ralph Waldy Soguilon 10.82 (2001)
Marvin Lee Sarandona 10.5 (2002)
Lindley Franz Navaja 10.5 (2010)
19 Daniel Noval 10.74 (2012)
Ralph Waldy Soguilon 10.3 (2002)
12 Nasser Tacongcong 23.7 (1998)
15 Andrew Pirie 22.7 (1999)
Romnick Nor 22.7 (2012)
16 Pearnel Lobos 22.2 (2010)
17 Raul Abanagan 21.84 (1984)
18 Ezra John Griffey 21.88 (2008)
19 Crisante Cipriano 21.95 (2005)
14 Sahippa Bassal 54.3 (1998)
16 Jaime Mejia 50.0 (2013)
17 Junelle Gallebo 49.49 (2009)
18 Jaime Grafillo 49.02 (1980)
Isidro Del Prado Jr. 48.8 (2009)
19 Ralph Waldy Soguilon 48.81 (2002)
14 Muhammed Askar 2:08.2 (1998)
17 Mervin Guarte 1:55.6 (2009)
18 Michael Eggleton 1:52.75 (2010)
Michael Eggleton 1:52.6 (2010)
18 Michael Abanador 1:56.7 (2013)
19 Felizardo Sardenia 1:50.4 (1989)
14 Muhammed Askar 4:22.5 (1998)
17 Mervin Guarte 4:03.64 (2009)
18 Victor Idava 3:55.6 (1974)
19 Mervin Guarte 3:47.65 (2011)
17 Mervin Guarte 15:38.5 (2009)
18 Hector Begeo 14:44.44 (1982)
19 Victor Idava 15:03.2 (1975)
17 Victor Idava 31:26.4 (1973)
18 Christopher Ulboc 31:37.0 (2008)
19 Teddy Danoy 31:52.89 (1990)
18 Klein Abacan 3:11.24 (2009)
19 Jimmy Dela Torre 2:25.16 (1982)
17 Hector Begeo 9:07.3 (1981)
18 Hector Begeo 8:52.40 (1982)
19 Hector Begeo 8:55.57 (1983)
14 Sahippa Basal 15.8 (1998)
15 Jaime Mejia 15.25 (2012)
16 Jaime Mejia 14.6 (2013)
17 Lorenzo Capajo 15.06 (2012)
18 Patrick Unso 14.74 (2010) Junior Height
19 Patrick Unso 14.58 (2011)
Patrick Unso 14.3 (2011)
14 Bassal Sahipa 59.9 (1998)
16 Jaime Mejia 55.3 (2013)
17 Jaime Grafillo 54.8 (1979)
18 Jesson Ramil Cid 55.0 (2009)
Patrick Unso 54.18 (2010) Junior Height
19 Jaime Grafillo 52.19 (1981)
16 Ernest John Obiena 4.05m (2011)
17 Ernest John Obiena 4.50m (2012)
Ernest John Obiena 4.41m (2012) *Indoors
19 Edward Lasquette 4.89m (1990)
14 Alvaro Uy 1.73m (1998)
17 Paolo Martinez 1.90m (2002)
18 Luis Juico 2.16m (1987)
19 Esmeraldo Patcheko 2.00m (2002)
14 Jeremie Tamles 6.04m (2002)
17 Julian Reem Fuentes 7.29m (2012)
18 Nino Espinosa 7.14m (2009)
19 Joebert Delicano 7.55m (1999)
17 Gerald Layumas 14.38m (2011)
18 Roland Canta 14.98m (1997)
19 Joebert Delicano 15.55m (1999)
14 Sali Hamid 12.42 (2000)
17 Richie Cabanyog 14.15m (2012) *6kg
18 Bruce Ventura 17.09m (1991) *6kg
19 Eleazer Sunang 15.58m (2004) *6kg
Salvador Atienza 14.64m (1993) *7.26kg
14 Sonny Boy Tartana 36.12m (2005)
16 Regan Contic 41.17m (2012) JR Weight?
17 Regan Contic 38.70m (2013)
18 Chris Vanderbrink 48.81m (1998)
19 Arniel Ferrera 44.35m (2000)
18 Arniel Ferrera 42.61m (1999)
19 Arniel Ferrera 47.91m (2000)
Arniel Ferrera 51.81m (2000) weight of implement?
14 Ronald Lacson 53.47m (2012)
16 Efraem Gesulgon 52.48m (2011)
17 Efraem Gesulgon 58.67m (2011)
19 Dandy Gallenero 63.26m (1997)
18 Dario De Rosas 5702 (1982)
19 Jesson Ramil Cid 6094 (2010)
After reviewing, reporting and making various adjustments/ammendments to the National, National Junior, UAAP and NCAA records. The later two still ongoing projects due to limited availability of result data from previous years. I will now be tackling the Palaro Records set by the Department of Education.
I will first be dealing with the Tertiary level Mens Records. It is important to note a few things here.
The BPISAA (Bureau of Public Interschoolastic Athletics Association) a previous incarnation of Department of Education started there Games in 1948 and this became the Palarong Pambansa in 1974. Due to the even scarce availability of data for these early meets I only have a snippet from a secondary source for the 1960 Games and due to the different nature of the games (was mainly an open and collegiate meet even at times serving as a National Championship meet). I will exclude the BPISAA results and begin with the Palaro Records in 1974. Although when i am next in the Philippines I would like to pursue a compilation of BPISAA results which may prove to be a bit of a treasure hunt.
Also what needs to be noted the Palarong Pambansa from 1984 to 1987 was suspended due to the events leading upto and following the EDSA Revolution. In 1987 the then DEPED Head Aparacio Mequi decided to reset all the Palarong Pambansa records. This was due to the fact that the DEPED board changed the rules, the last games in 1983 and prior allowed National level athletes to participate (such as Elma Muros and Lydia De Vega) who made the national team at the age of 14 and 15 for the SEA Games which meant they were also young enough to play High School level at Palaro. From 1988 onwards athletes of this caliber where no longer allowed to participate at the Palaro. For my listing purposes all Palaro results from 1974 onwards will be included in these lists.
Also to note is that some records were actually tied and reported as broken with only one holder. For the purpose of these lists ties will be considered co-record holders in the events.
Due to somewhat limited data these lists maybe due for amendment.
The first list is going to deal with Tertiary Men. Please note that CHED is also ran by DEPED so this is considered the Tertiary portion of the Palaro, sometimes they are combined. Also i am considering any open age athletes when they had an open age division for these Tertiary records. As Date of Birth is not important for open age due to it being ‘open age’ I have not been so particular on dates of Birth.
Tertiary/Open Mens Palaro & CHED Records
|4×100||42.1||WVRAA||Sandy Labrador, Aaron Algara, Toy Sotohito, Joe Gonzalez||1995|
|4×400||3.21.9||WVRAA||Rustan Tancinco, Aaron Algara, John Lozada, Toy Sotohito||1995|
|HJ||2.07||WVRAA||Manuel Jr. Lasangue||23.02.10|
|3.80||NCR||John Kevin Sugue||25.02.10|
|5k walk||24.57.7||NCR||Jerome Patria||24.02.10|
|10k walk||50.22.1||IRAA||Renante Jerron||23.04.98|
Tertiary/Women Open Palaro & CHED Records
|100m||11.7||NCR||Lydia De Vega||18.03.82|
|200m||24.0||NCR||Lydia De Vega||18.03.82|
|400m||55.2||NCR||Lydia De Vega||18.03.82|
|10k||39.30.3||WVRAA||Hanny Jean Delfin||26.02.10|
|4×100||48.8||NCR||J. Chavez, V. Banebane, K. Pedrina, H. Loquinto||24.02.10|
|4X400||3.51.6||NCR||S. Saluan, K. Pedrina, V. Banebane, M. Banebane||26.02.10|
|400H||1.03.1||NCR||Ma. Dela Paz Banebane||25.02.10|
|HJ||1.63||CAR||Katherine Khay Santos||23.02.10|
(Please report an corrections or additions to email@example.com with either newspaper or official result evidence for consideration)
For the average person on the street who does not know much about Track and Field they probably still think that Lydia De Vega Mercado and Elma Muros Posadas are still in the national team. However Posadas is still keeping actively in between her coaching at UE by competing at Masters level athletics. Muros who was carrying an injury won the 100m in 13.87. The 45 year old UE Coach who has not competed for several years battled through this to win the gold medal for the Philippines once more.
The woman who succeeded Muros as SEA Games Champion in 2003, National Coach Lerma Elmira Gabito debuted in the M35 division. The 38 year old won the 100m and her winning leap of 5.50m in the Womans Long Jump was good enough to be ranked #5 in 2012 against athletes a decade or more younger. Gabito effort was a games record for W35.
Erlindia Lavandia who was the SEA Games Javelin Champion from 1977 to 1981, and 1985. Won the gold medal in the W60 Javelin and also in the Shotput
Victorina Calma won silver in the 800/1500m W35.
National 800m Record Holder John Lozada collected two silvers in the Mens 800/1500m event for Mens 35. While Antonio Chee improved his personal best to 3.80m to capture the silver in the M35 Pole Vault.
Brothers Emerson and Edward Obiena took Gold and Silver in the Pole Vault. National Coach Emerson at 48 years of age is still the defending nationa champion in that event although he didn’t jump so well here as he was carrying an injury.
In the M55 division former national hurdler Arnel Lobos was third in the Mens 100 Hurdles. National Coach Agustin ‘Danny’ Jarina won the bronze in the Mens Hammer. Aurora Ramos finished with silver in W50 100m.
Muros-Posadas leads PH track squad
Written by Cecil C. Noguera from the Manila Times
With the presence of long jump queen Elma Muros-Posadas, pole vaulter Emerson Obiena and thrower Erlinda Lavandia in the lineup, the Philippine delegation is looking to earn at least 10 gold medals.
“We are optimistic of our chances since we really have a strong lineup for this event,” said National Masters and Seniors Athletic Association of the Philippine chief Manny Ibay.
Muros-Posadas won a total of 15 golds medals during her stint in the Southeast Asian Games. She also claimed gold medal in the 2011 World Masters held in Sacramento California along with Obiena and Lavandia, who also topped their respective events.
Joining them are Elenita Punelas, Lerma Bulauitan-Gabito, Antonio Chee, Agustin Jarina, Arnel Lobos, Aurora Ramos, Cornillo Villarta, Edward Obiena, Helen Castillo, John Lozada, Jose Ang, Julio Bayaban, Lorna Vejano, Maria Jeanette Obiena, Margarito Banigued, Nenita Leal, Perla Lobos, Ray Prestoza, Renato Fontanilla, Reynaldo Tomas, Roel Ano, Rosejean Yparraguirre, Salve Bayaban, Victoria Calma and Wilfredo Adiaz.
“These athletes were victorious during their times and we’re thankful that they’re still there competing, giving honors to our country,” said Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association President Go Teng Kok.
28 countries more have confirmed attendance in the six-day meet with 25 events to be disputed in different age-groups.
We also had talk about possibly bringing back even more ‘Legends of the Past’ to the PNG.
Due to the popular response from the Athletic Community in regards to my original article on the Richardson twins. I have decided to post a followup or progress report in regards to these two Fil-Heritage sprinters. Mr Richardson was very happy at the cooperation from PATAFA, PSC and athletic community on this matter. Kyla who also plays volleyball now seems very excited for the upcoming track season which will start next month. Likewise her twin sister Kayla who is also a capable sprinter albeit not quite yet as technically fluent as Kyla also shows a lot of promise.
Twins are ‘Too Young’ to compete at WYC
We will start with the Bad News, I was alerted that the World Youth Championships held in 2013 in Ukraine, the IAAF had changed the rules in the 2011 meet. The rule change means athletes must be 16 or 17 years old in order to participate and they now will not allow younger athletes to compete. This is bad news for the two 14-year old twins as they are born in 1998 and it means they are not eligible under the IAAF rules. I sent an email to the IAAF to confirm this and this is what i got back. Essentially what the IAAF is saying is that the twins are ‘Too young’ to participate. However there does nto seem a way around it as the IAAF is the world governing body and they seem very firm on that decision.
As per our rules, athletes aged 16 or 17 years on 31 December 2013 (born in 1996 or 1997), may compete in any event.
Thus athletes born in 1998 will not be entitled to compete, no exception will be allowed.
Twins had Easily Made the Standards
This is very unfortunate news, as the twins had both gone well understand the standards set by the IAAF. Kyla had recorded 12.00 and 24.12, the standards where 12.50 and 25.50. Therefore she was .5 and 1.38s below the criteria which would have been good enough for a semi-finals berth in the 200m, and with a slight improvement a semi-finals berth in the 100m. Kayla had ran 12.46 and 24.99 which is also under the standard by .04 and .51 seconds respectivally. The twins are the only athletes to make the qualifying standard for the Philippines for the World Youths (which began in 2001), previous entries for the Philippines had relied on wild cards. Mr Richardson had expressed before his daughters were so dedicated to representing the Philippines that the family was prepared to self fund the trip to the Ukraine for the world youths.
A Wave of Support
The PATAFA had been very helpful in assisting the twins entry to the World Youth Champs and where prepared to setup dialogue with Mr Richardson upon submission of necessary paper work, which is still going to push through. If possible another suitable Asian or ASEAN youth or junior level meet will be considered for the twins. Kyla is currently the #1 Filipina Sprinter in the 100m and 200m in 2012, while Kayla is ranked #8 in the 100m (comprehensive list includes local and fil-heritage athletes). Not only did the PATAFA express interest in the twins a lot of ex-national athletes had a lot of kind words of encouragement to offer.
National Womens 100m and 200m Record Holder and Athletic Legend Lydia De Vega based in Singapore stated”Im happy for Kyla and Kayla Congratulations!”,
whereas Former Junior joint record holder Chantal Balani now based in Hong Kong stated “They are so fast, they will be good on the 4×100″.
As a testament to the legendary De Vega, it is proof an athlete of her ability only comes along once in a life time, as her junior records have stood for 30 years. But perhaps the twins can continue the legacy.
If Kyla and/or Kayla can qualify for the SEA Games next year in Myanmar at 15 years of age they will definitely follow in the foot steps of Elma Muros and Lydia De Vega who where just 14 and 15 year olds when they made there SEA Games Debut. Fortunately for the twins the SEA Games has no age restrictions.
Potentiol 4×100 Junior Record
The twins will be participating at the Philippine National Games in the Junior 100m and 200m next May. Last year Hypersports line up of Michelle Loterte, Jennyrose Rosales, Neslee Angco and Maureen Emily Schrivjers won the PNG in (49.36) this time was shy of the National Junior Record of 48.65. For 2013 Loterte (born 1993) is already in the senior division.
However if a lineup of Rosales, Schrivjers, and the twins form they could obliterate the old record potentially. Rosales (94) (12.34), Schrivjers (95) (12.68), with Kyla (98) (12.00) and Kayla (12.46). The twins combinded 100m times are 1.5s faster than Loterte and Angco during the National Games. With that logic they are looking at atleast a time of 49.36 – 1.5 which is 47.8et.
However this is before even considering any improvements the four girls make over the next 7-8 months.
Kyla whose best time is just .06 seconds this year from the SEA Games qualification bronze mark of 24.06 for the Womens 200m, leads the women’s ranking list in the 100 and 200m dash this year.
If Kyla can make the standard she will be the youngest member of the RP Team at 15 years of age to qualify for SEA Games Track and Field in 2013. Elma Muros and Lydia De Vega were both 14 and 15 when they made there debuts at the SEA Games. The twins are also eying a spot at the Asian Youth Games in China next June if possible following a similar path to Lydia and Elma where it all began for them at the ASEAN Schools.
The Womens 200m at the SEA Games is currently led by Vu Thi Thuong of Vietnam a 3 time winner of the 100m and former 200m Champion at the SEA Games. Vu has registered 23.30 so far this year. According to SEA Statiscian Jad Adrian Washif a time of 24 flat or faster is good enough to medal. Perhaps Kyla can go one further than the two legends above and take open some shiny medal in 2013 in Myanmar.
1998 Centennial Palarong Pambansa, Bacolod
The 1998 Palarong Pambansa which celebrates 100 years of Philippines Independence was held in Bacolod. This event saw the emergence of many future national stars and future national coaches (then as athletes). This is a partial listing of results that i had saved way back in 1998 when i first got the internet, this was when I was starting out as an athlete in my early high school days and became a follower of Filipino Track stats. Surprisingly these results are no longer available on the internet and have survived several hard drive crashes and reformats unlike other documents I once had.
Please note back then the Palarong Pambansa had three divisions, Elementary, High School and College or Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.
- The meet started off well with Herminia Peranda breaking the 10K Womens Record beating Enate Sayrol. In the Pole Vault Anna Natad then 19 leapt 2.60m, which was a Filipino Junior Record at the time. Natad later went onto to jump 2.90m which was the senior record until it was broken by Marestella Torres.
- In the Mens Javelin Edmund Ramos (a resident of the famous gate 7) is fourth, he later changed his event to 400 Hurdles.
- The Long Jump Tertiary is interesting with Former National Team mainstay Raphie Pilaspilas winning in 7.19m, from his team mate Ernie Candelario 7.04m (who would later become a sea games champion in the 400m twice). Roland Canta who would become a member of the training pool was fourth in that event.
- Mayven De Oro, the relative of Maika De Oro won the Elem Shotput.
- Future SEA Games Bronze Medalist Jerro Perrater broke the Palaro Record in the Mens Hammer Throw.
- Penaranda added the 5k womens record to the 10k record she had previously set.
- A 17 year old Marestella Torres won the High School Long Jump in 5.54m this was the palaro record until it was broken in 2002 by Maricel Sibog. Former training pool sprinter Leslie Mercado was second. Sibog who was then in her first year of high school leapt 4.92m for 5th place.
- National Throws Coach Nixon Mas won the Mens Shotput in a Palaro Record of 13.72m well ahead of his opponents, his Davao team mate Airforce man Jordan Oberez was 5th in 1m56 in a very closely fought mens 800m. Mas also won the discus in 39.10m, with Gerro Perrater also competing.
- It was a famous trifecta with all three records in elementary-secondary-tertiary boys 100m records broken at this meet.
- In the Boys 100m it was probably the fastest elementary field assembled with Nasser Tacongcong of ARMM running 11.4 seconds a mark which still stands unchallenged until this day. Though alot of them are probably overaged the first four in that said event broke 12 seconds.
- Ronald Calaunan clocked 10.7s (10.69 hand), according to these results. However the Palaro record is listed as 10.9? does this mean that the 10.7 was the recording on the first stop watch and the other times made it round off to 10.9. 10.9 has been ran by Calaunan (98), De Ocampo (06) and Noval (11) which makes it a joint record. However if Calaunan 10.7 is the official mark that means he is the sole owner. Ronnie Marfill who later became a member of the 4x400m medal relay team at SEA Games was 7th in that said event in 11.3.
- Marfill won the boys 400m in 51.1 with Hypersports co-founder Vicente Sy third. Marfills future relay mate Ernie Candelario won the mens 400m in (49.1)
- Benson Penarubia clocked 10.6s which is the Palaro Record, however careful research shows that Mario Tabuano ran 10.5 or 10.6 at earlier editions of this meet in what is the equivalent of the Tertiary division. Therefore he should atleast be the joint holder in this event. Top sprinter Orlando Erece who once dated Nancy Navalta was second in 10.7 and UAAP Champion Nathaniel Moral was third in 11.0, Airforce man Elmer Billones who had a pb of 10.6ht was fourth in 11.0, with University of Mindanao Coach Harrish Natag fifth in 11.0.
- In the Secondary Girls 800m, future sea games representatives Rosel Espinas (later UE) Nhee Ann Bharcena (later DLSU) finished 4th and 5th. But went onto run better performances than the girls that beat them.
- Jonah Genilza who later joined DLSU and was a member of the training pool won the Secondary Girls 100m in 12.1s, ahead of Irene Mujar of BRAA who was the holder of the Elementary Record in 100m the previous year and finish 5th. Genilza time was faster than the winner of the Tertiary Girls Marietta Rapadas 12.3s.
- Genilza also set a Palaro record of 58.1 in the 400m. This was the record until 2011 when Jennyrose Rosales broke it with 57.4.
- Rene Herrera and Julius Sermona future olympian/sea games gold medalist 4-5 times in Steeples and sea games medalist finished first and third in the Mens 5k.
- Canta won the Mens Triple Jump from Raphie Pilaspilas who placed third.
- In elementary girls 100m Hurdles future FEU UAAP Record Holder Zara Dela Virgo won the gold. While in the secondary division Amelia Fransisco who represented the Philippines at the Asian Juniors the next year won from Julie Rose Forbes. Forbes who later represented FEU would go onto set the JR Record in the 100m Hurdles at 14.61 in 2002. Also impressive in the seniors was winner Sheena Atilano who later went onto break the national record of Elma Muros. Pole Vaulter Natad picked up the bronze. Mary Grace Melgar who finished 5th in this event later went on to win the silver in the 400m and 400m Hurdles at SEA Games.
- Mercidita ‘Bunso’ Manipol (now Fetalvero) who later went on to set the 5K National Record was second in the 1500m.
- Manipol also finished second in the 3k run again behind Marites Acomyo.
- Maris Cottoner who later would set the secondary record won the elementary high jump.
- Again there was a trifecta of records in the 200m in all 3 divisions. Tacongcong running 23.7s in elementary which still stands, Calauan ran 22.2s beating Ronnie Marfill, this record was tied by Daniel Noval in 2011. Penarubia set a 21.7 record in the mens division, Erece 22.0, and Ernie Candelario 22.1.
- Charmei Cabale set a record in the elementary girls 200m of 26.94, which was later broken by Maureen Emily Schrivjers. Genilza ran a quick 25.3.
- Jerry Baldon of Davao was second in the boys triple jump.
- Boys Secondary Long Jump was won by future national record holder, olympian and sea games champion x2 Henry Dagmil who leapt 6.86m, ahead of Baldon.
- Forbes won the 400m High School Hurdles, Forbes later went on to finish 5th at the Asian Juniors in 2002 and set the still standing Philippine Junior Record.
- Former SEA Games athlete Domingo Manata was second in the 400m Hurdles mens.
- Future 3ks stand out Rene Herrera won the Mens 3ks.
- Future High Jump Record Holder and now national coach Sean Guevarra won the silver in the pole vault.
Full Results 1998 Palarong Pambansa
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2012 Palarong Pambansa, Lingayen
*During the 2012 Palarong Pambansa ‘Pinoymiler’ had a record 5322 views in one day, for the month of April 40,040 views and an average of 1304 views a day. This due to the daily reports and live results provided by Airnel Abarra.
Synopsis from articles by Airnel T. Abarra
The 2012 Palarong Pambansa returned to Lingayen, Pangasinan province after seventeen years. The Palarong Pambansa was first held at Lingayen in 1959 when it was then the Bureau of Public Schools Interscholastic Athletics Association (BPISAA).
Day One: Fuentes takes home more than just the long jump gold
The highlight of Day 1 came from Julian Reem Fuentes of Region 2. Fuentes who came in second to Western Visayas (WV) Gerald Layumas last year in an epic 6.86 to 6.85 lock out (Layumas went on to win the UAAP title this year for DLSU). Fuentes this year not only satisfied his hunger for the gold but dished out a new Palaro record with 7.26m. Erasing the ten year old secondary boys 7.15m record of Paolo Martinez set at the 2002 Palaro in Bicol. So dominant was Fuentes in the event the silver was a very distant 6.45m.
Fuentes jump was the 2nd best jump of 2012 at the time behind Dagmil’s opening jump of 7.43m at the Laguna time trials. Fuentes leap is the 4th best ever performance by a junior behind Joebert Delicano (7.55), Teodoro Nonato (7.33), and Marayag (7.31). Fuentes will have this year and next to go after the national junior mark which has stood for thirteen years.
Cabanyog takes the shotput record but not a personal best
Richie Joy Cabanyog of WV went into the Palaro with a best throw of 14.15m from regional palaro. Last years silver medalist this time hurled the shot-put 13.90m although not his best throw it was still enough to erase the record of his team mate Efraem Gesulgon who won last year in 13.68m.
Meanwhile in the Javelin Evalyn Palabrica exchanged her silver medal last year for the gold in the girls javelin with a 39.61m throw for the WV ahead of Rinalyn Apos 36.90m (Region 13).
Day Two: New Century Dash Hopefuls
LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN- With defending champion and outright pre-race favourite Romnick Nor( CMRAA) out due to a hamstring injury the 100m will be a head-to-head match. Joining them are Central Luzon’s (CLRAA) Jomar Ubtoman who clocked 11.0 just edging NCR Rodquem Maullom also 11.0 and team mate Terenz Tengol (CLRAA) 11.1 in their time trials respectively. With the absence of Nor, this will be the a closely contested final in the games history with first to last running 11.0 and 11.2. These athletes are the ones to be watched on the day three of Athletics competition of Palarong Pambansa 2012 this 9-May.
Meanwhile in the distaff side, Maureen Schrivjers of NCR will try to joust her rivals in the century dash and possibly add to the elementary title she won FOUR years ago. Mau for the past three years finished well outside of the medals despite going in as the favourite on times . Team mate Perlitia M. Ynot taking the second slot with a time of 12.6, and Glaiza Salcedo clocking 12.7 in their trials. Also barging into the finals was Eloisa Luzon (12.7) who won the silver medal last year and Batang Pinoy Champion Mary Anthony Diesto (12.8) (With reports from Airnel T. Abarra)
New heroes in century dash and half mile shine in day 3 Palaro
LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN- Maureen Emily Schrivjers of NCR demons to rest, after trying three years to win the Palaro. Mau’s last success in this event came four years ago when she won the elementary title. Mau had gone in as the favourite for the last 2 Palaro’s but the pressure had caused her to finish outside the medals back then. This year she finally went victorious as she capture the gold in the 100m secondary distaff race at the afternoon session in day three of Palarong Pambansa 2012 here at Narcisio Ramos Sports and Civic Center. The lass from the capital region register a 12.5 win jousting NMRAA’s Eloiza Luzon who clocked only a fraction of a second at 12.6 settling for silver while Schrivjers’ confidant, Perlita Ynot Jra settled for the bronze podium with a clock of 12.7.
Although Maureen’s time was not able to erase the Palaro Record in the century dash for secondary girls still held by Nancy Navalta since 1994, it was always more about the win rather than the time which finally delivered in her final year of high school.
Meanwhile in the elementary girls, Joycie Beramio of WVRAA captured the gold with a time of 13.1 seconds.Her teammate Berna Luz Talaron went next to her taking a 13.1 second finish. Joining for the bronze slot is Josephine Kately Pano (CAVRAA) with a time of 13.5 Seconds. The 12.8 Palaro Record of Irene Mojar (BRAA) in 1997 remained untarnished by this year’s champion.
A record jointly held by three athletes in the Boys Secondary 100m Dash in 10.9 became safe for anoIther year with pre-race favourite Romnick Nor injured but back for his final year next year. Three holders in this event are CAVRAA Ronald Calaunan 1998, Emmanuel De Ocampo 2006, and Daniel Noval of CVRAA 2010.
In the 100m sprint in boys secondary level, Jonas Etuille of CVRAA captured the first laurel with a clock of 11.1. Jomar Ubtohan of CLRAA settled for second place clocking 11.1 (0.9) and colleague Terenz Carlo Tongol from CLRAA as well secured a 11.2 second clock finish respectively. NCRAA got consecutive medals in the elementary boys side as Felix Libo-on garnered a 12.1 gold finish and teammate Emmanuel Gutierrez securing the second spot with a clock of 12.2 seconds. In third place is CAVRAA’s Mark Urbina with a 12.5-second sprint.
Half-mile run (800m) closed the running events for day 3 is the 2:18.8 run of WVRAA’s Angelica de Josef which shattered the Elementary 800m Palaro Record set by Joneza Mie Sustituedo (WVRAA) last year who registered a time of 2:21.48. NMRAA’s Jie Anne Calis went to second place with a time of 2:22.1 and MIMAROPA’s Cheska Guintos clocked 2:27.2 respectively. In the secondary girls, Lovielyn Pamatian of WVRAA captured gold with a time 2:18.7. NCRAA’s Trishia Martinez tipped the finish line with a clock of 2:20.8. Third place was got by DAVRAA’s Mae Barit who registered 2:21.6 time.
Salvador Garin’s 800m Palaro Record remained untouched this year as NMRAA’s Gerwen Mamba clocked 2:00.2 for first place which is still short to the 1:55.9 time of the STCAA standout . Reymark Dela Cruz of WVRAA goes for a silver run with a time of 2:00.5 and STCAA’s Michael Abanador registered 2:00.6 for the bronze finish.
In the field events, BRAA’s John Roel Sariols marked a 10.06m throw in Elementary boys shot put. Next to him were Remier Sugui of Region I (9.76) and Jummy Cabalbag of CAVRAA (9.50). Lorenzo Lapajo of add gold to Western Visayas golden haul with a 1.90m leap in Secondary boys high jump. Settling for silver and bronze were Jersell Cabatino of CVRAA (1.83) and Alvin Caasi of Region I (1.83).
(Updated as of 7:38; 10-May-2012) Report by Airnel T. Abarra
Day Four: Schrivjers shatters Palaro High Jump record
LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN- Big city trackster Maureen Emily Schrivjers set a new record in secondary girls high jump for Palarong Pambansa by clearing 1.62 meters which is a centimeter higher than the previous record set by CARAA’s Marla Felice Ellaga of 1.61m. This win is another gold for NCRAA and second mint for the St. Stephen High School stand-out. We will post the compete results later once it its wired to the media center here in Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
Photos and report by: Airnel T. Abarra-Pinoymiler’s wire in Palaro 2012; Copyright 2012
Day Four: Shattered records, golden harvests mark Day 4 Palaro
Airnel T. Abarra-Pinoymiler wire in Palaro 2012 (13:41;10-May-12)
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan- Western Visayas’ bet Ronald Lacson make his mark in the elementary boys Javelin by throwing 53.47m smashing the 51.88m record of STRAA’s Jonah Robles established in 1998. NCR’s Maureen Emily Schrivjers also establish a 1.62m leap in high jump secondary girls that made the 1.61m record of CAR’s Marla Felice Ellaga erased. Several athletes go for a golden harvest today, day 4 morning session of the Athletics competition here at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
ARMM’s Zulkhaer Salilana went for a double crown finish today by winning the 110m Hurdles and 400m run. This haul adds up to his 400m hurdle crown last 9-May. Western Visayas’ Angelica De Josef adds another medal in her neck by emerging victorious in 400m dash elementary level. Her colleague in the secondary level, Julius Carl Berona reign in the 400m sprints in the secondary boy’s side.
Other stand-outs in the morning session of day 4 Palaro Athletics are Jaime Immanuel Mejia of NCRAA who bag the 110m hurdles secondary boys with a clock of 15.5 seconds. In the distaff side, Neslee Angco of CVRAA captures the first place in the 400m dash secondary girls with a time of 59.4. While her teammate Pamela Marquillero secured a gold medal finish by winning the 100m hurdles elementary girls. Meanwhile CAR’s Jasmine Felix nailed a 15.6 finish at the century hurdles secondary girls and CAVRAA’s Clarynel Cabildo cleared a 1.40-leap capturing the laurel in the high jump elementary girls.
Sustituedo: Middle-distance Cinderella girl
LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN- Western Visayas Athletic Association (WVRAA) continues their gold medal haul in the PM session of day four Athletics Tourney in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa. Barefoot runner Joneza Mie Sustituedo clocked a remarkable 4:58.3 time to become the face of 1,500m run for secondary girls in a hot and humid Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center. Being one of the youngest competitors in her category she only use medical plaster as foot protection. She maintain her pace throughout the race and crossed the finish line victorious doing another gold rush for West Visayas Region.
Elementary girls melt Palaro 1,500m record
(Report by: Airnel T. Abarra, Pinoymiler’s wire in Palaro 2012) Updated 11-May-2012
LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN- Northern Mindanao’s Jie Ann Calis and West Visayas’ Angelica de Josef both shattered the record in 1,500m run in elementary girls final. The Northern Mindanao bet clocked 4:48.9 which erased the 4:53.10 time of Joneza Mie Sustituedo set in last year’s Palaro. Meanwhile West Visayas athlete De Josef register 4:49.9 for the silver finish.
The time of 13-year old Calis was faster than the winning time of 4:51 at the UAAP registered by 21 year-old Dalyn Carmen of FEU and even until now is the fastest time for the year. Calis is the youngest season leader for 2012.
Photos and reports by: Airnel T. Abarra-Pinoymiler’s wire in Palarong Pambansa 2012 (Updated as of 11-May-2012;9:00)
Big City and Western Visayas Girl Shine in Palaro Day 5
LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN- After her victory in the 1,500m on day four, West Visayas lass Jonesa Mie Sustituedo went for another sweep this time in the 3,000 run here in the sunny track of Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center for day five of Athletics competition at the 2012 Palarong Pambansa.
Sustituedo finished a stunning 10:34.1 time to win the race with a great advantage over much taller rivals and able to overlap other competitors without losing her running form. The Iloilo-based barefoot runner show effortless running and kept her pace throughout the whole event. Jonesa capture her second gold in the tourney and break the 3k Palaro record for secondary girls.
Meanwhile in the 200m secondary distaff side, Maureen Emily Schrivjers picked her 3rd mint jousting rivals from other regions. Being one of the tallest and senior sprinters in her group, she successfully adds another rank for the Big City region. Other events in the morning session includes the 200m dash for boys and pole vault secondary boys final. (Results are posted now as of 12-May)
Reports and photos by: Airnel T. Abarra; Copyright, 2012
Imperial Manila tracksters grab overall Athletics crown
LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN-NCRAA Athletics team dominated the tourney by accumulating 30 points which is a 10-point lead from their closest rival Western Visayas in the conclusion of the Athletics saga in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa here at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center on 05-May.
Wrapping the afternoon session was the relays which were temporary halted due to a downpour. Nevertheless, it never dampen the spirit of big city athletes by doing a near sweep in all relay divisions by winning the 4x100m and 4x400m in elementary and secondary boys as well in the secondary girls. While Western Visayas kids steal the possible sweep of big city gang by winning the 4x400m elementary girls.Their other victories in the sprints and field events strengthen their base in points collection which is the basis of declaring the overall champs in the centerpiece event.
Athletics Overall Ranking:
- NCRAA- 30pts.
- WVRAA- 20pts
- CALABARZON- 10pts.
- CVRAA and BRAA- 4 pts.
- IRAA (RIAA)- 2 pts.
(Reports and Photos by: Airnel T. Abarra; Pinoymiler’s wire in Palaro 2012) COPYRIGHT
The Early 80s was an exciting era for Philippine Track and Field. The country was winning international sports events in the region here and there and medals were not hard to come by. A few athletes instantly became household names. Among them is a no-nonsense runner and durable heptathlon athlete named Elma Muros..
Born January 14, 1967 in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, Romblon to a farming family, she was 6th in a brood of 9. Relatives had already inkling what she was going to be even at young age. Her mother Alice was once a 400-meter runner herself in her youth; and at a young age, Elma loved to jump over plants.
But her real entry to professional sports came early when at 14 she competed and caught the attention of local government agencies eyeing potential athletes at the regional sports meet: the Southern Tagalog Regional Athletics Association (STRAA). She was handpicked by then Governor Isidro Rodriguez of Rizal and became an athletic scholar at Roosevelt College in that province while all the time training and competing. She was also one of the star athletes of high-profile sports program called Gintong Alay.
A Very Talented Junior
It didnt take Elma long to get noticed by then Gintong Aloy sports Director Michael Keon, infact later that same year she was discovered in the Palaro system in 1981 she became the youngest entry in Philippine History to participate in the SEA Games. Although finishing fourth in her pet long jump event with a leap of 5.64m. Muros teamed with the veteran Lorena Morcilla and two other young sprinters 17 year old Lydia De Vega and 16 year old Perla Balatucan to win the silver medal in the 4x100m Relay.
In 1983 at the age of 16, Muros captured the first of eight sea games titles in the Long Jump with a leap of 6.06m .This established what would be a continued domination of Philippine Women at the SEA Games in the Long Jump as they won it every year from then up until now apart from in 2001. She would defend that title the following sea games (6.11m).
What is special about this leap as a testament to the uniqueness of Elma’s ability the record remains unbroken. With eventual National Record Holder Marestella Torres leaping 6.03m being the closest some 15 years later.
Rivalry with Lydia De Vega
The Philippines was not blessed with several remarkable female athletes in the 1980s. It can be said that depth is very important to help produce champions. There was Lydia De Vega but there was also a supporting cast of female sprinters at the time who where very good sprinters in there own right Ganosa, Sinoro, Lobos, Punelas-Carpio, Balatucan, Nolido..
Elma excelled in both track and field events and became as much of a household name to the general public at the same time as Lydia. The fact the Philippines had not just one but two high performing and attractive female athletes led to an all time high interest with the general public with track stadiums packed. De Vega would venture into the long jump taking the sea games title from Elma in 1987 with a leap of 6.27m.
In 1989 Elma took the record back at the National Training Games in Baguio with a leap of 6.39m. (Elma then won the next six sea games titles in the Long Jump). Elma won eight of the nine events she entered in Baguio. Ran 14.0 in 100 Hurdles into a head wind, 24.1 in 200m dash. Muros gave SEA Games Champion Nene Gamo a good fight in the Heptathlon but was forced to quit after hurting her back in the highjump.
She would next enter Far Eastern University to take up B.S. Management and meet fellow sports scholar from Mindanao named Jorge “Jojo” Posadas. While an early marriage was not in her plans, it was a match made in “sports heaven”. So at 21 she decided to quit school and raise a family (she had two children Klarizze and George Jr.)
In all these years, Elma remained steadfast and dedicated in her career as an ASEAN or Asian region wide) athlete. And the hard work did not go unrewarded either. She has accumulated more than 200 medals and has been cited by different organizations for the honor she has brought to her country.
Asked which is the most special,
Elma avers, “Lahat ng medalya ko espesyal sa akin, ginto man o simpleng ribbon lang yan, kasi pinaghirapan ko lahat yan” (All my medals are important, gold or simple ribbon, because I worked hard to get it).
With the departure of Lydia De Vega-Mercado to start a family and her eventual retirement in 1993. Elma quickly established herself as the Alpha female of Philippines Track and Field. Elma’s career thrived in the 1990s where she began to bag countless awards and collect magnanimous titles from various prestigious events all around the globe.
For one, she was awarded as the “Athlete of the Year” after the 1996 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games not only by one but two athletic institutions known as the Sports Communication Organization of the Philippines or SCOOP and the Philippines Sports Writers’ Association or PSA.
Muros who was dubbed as the ‘Iron Woman’ of the Philippines, also seized the legendary epithet of “SEA Games Heptathlon Queen” subsequent to her control of the heptathlon in the 1997 Southeast Asian Games. The swift Filipina sprinter and long jumper hurdled her way to success as she won a total of 15 Southeast Asian gold medals and many other more awards including a bronze medal from a 400-meter hurdle in the 1990 Beijing Asiad and another Bronze in the 1994 Hiroshima Asiad Long Jump. But for the retired trackster, her sweetest triumph was the Century Dash that she won in the December 1996 SEA Games in Thailand.
End of an Era
Last September 2001 after finishing bronze at the heptathlon events at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Elma finally announced her retirement. Long after her erstwhile contemporaries like Lydia de Vega and Isidro del Prado have left the sports world and after 21 years of competition and holding a total of 15 SEA Games gold medals, one of the most by any athlete,
She says, “Alam ko na sa isip at katawan ko na pwede pa ako pero tama na. Nakamit ko na ang lahat na pwede kong makamit. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos binigyan ako ng pagkakataong makamit ang mga karangalang ito.” (I know in my mind and body that I can still do it but it is over. I have gotten everything I aimed for. I am thankful to the Lord for giving me these chances to get all these medals.)
Back in 2002, the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) President Go Teng Ko announced Elma’s retirement. He said that their emotions clashed as they all felt both happy and sad by Elma’s decision. They were saddened because they will surely miss Elma and her amazing humility despite her huge success. On the other hand, they also felt happy because they became part of her glorious life and career at the least.
The joy and honor that she had brought them were incomparable as well. As the group moved on from Elma’s retirement, they shared with the Iron Woman’s new goal in life — to train more young and promising tracksters. Thus an important era in Philippine Track and Field History came to an end with the last of three major stars of the Gintong Aloy days ending a career which spanned over 20 years.
Now and Then: Elma Today
But she has not giving up sports altogether. Though her competition days are now behind her, she is teaching and sharing her experiences this time. She presently serves as Consultant for Grassroots Level for the Philippine Sports Commission where she discovers and scouts young athletes with potentials from the provinces and other schools. As the head coach for University of the East Women Tracksters, Elma last December 14-17, 2002 propelled her ward to glory by winning the Championship in the women’s athletics division of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Tournament, dethroning former winner, University of Sto. Tomas.
Asked about this feat, Elma says,
“Talagang masaya ako kasi natupad na rin yung pangako ko sa UE Administration na kunin naman yung Championship within three years, and our sacrifices paid off.” (I am really happy because I fulfilled the promise to the UE Administration to snatch the Championship).
Busy Elma also reveals she derives the same, if not more enjoyment training young students at Brent International School in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. She says “It is a lot better to teach young kids sometimes because they are just starting and they don’t have bad habits to unlearn unlike older wards.” But most of all, Elma is a hands-on wife and mother. Even with household help, she makes sure she has a say on the meal planning and how the house is maintained. “I like to fix the house a lot. That is why when I went to Magdiwang for one day last December, all I did was to stay inside the house and fix things there. I also hung some of my sports memorabilia on the walls of our old house so that my relatives and neighbors would get a chance to read my experiences and accomplishments. Later some children and teachers came over and interviewed me.”
These Days Elma Muros is also a tv celebrity, she appeared in a series of the Philippine version of Survivor and also played a role as ‘Coach Rose’ on the Filipino Indie Cinema Film Thelma. That tells the story of a runner who Elma shares a similar life story to.
Finally, what is Elma Muros Posadas message to her idols and young athletes who want to follow her footsteps?
“Walang imposible sa isang atleta na determinado at gusto ang ginagawa nila. Pero kung tamad siya at walang dediskasyon sa ginagawa niya, walang patutunguhan.” (There is nothing imposible to a determined athlete and one who enjoys what he/she is doing. But if you are lazy and don’t have dedication to what he is doing, nothing will come out of it.)
Achievements and Best Times
- 15 SEA Games Gold Medals
- 8 SEA Games Titles in the Long Jump
- Youngest ever Track and Field entry in the SEA Games at 14 years of age.
- 100m – 11.67et +1.3 (Silver SEA Games) Manila 1991.
- 11.60et +2.4 National Open Lingayen 1997
- 200m -24.00et -0.6 (Gold SEA Games) Chiangmai 1995
- 400m 56.0(ht) Baguio City 1989
- 100mH -13.66et +1.3 (Gold) Manila 1991 (this mark was the Filipino Record for 16 years until it was broken by Sheena Atilano in 2007).
- 13.50et +3.6 (Gold Arafura Games) Australia 1991 (this is the fastest ever wind-aided performance by a Filipina or Fil-Heritage athlete)
- Long Jump -6.56m National Open 1997 (this record was tied in 2004 by Lerma Buluitan-Gabito, and after that broken by Marestella Torres)
- 400mH – 57.57et (Gold) Singapore 1991 (Still the Philippine Record for 21 years)
- Elma Muros 5346 Heptathlon 1998 Asian Games Bangkok (this record is still the national record)
- National Junior Record Womens Long Jump
- National Junior Record 4×400
http://pinoymiler.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/conversations-with-coach-jojo/ (Pinoy Miler’s Interview with Coach Jojo with background on Elma Muros)
- 30 Years Ago:1982 ASEAN Schools (pinoyathletics.com)
- The Age of the Inocencia – The First Great Filipina Sprint Champion (pinoyathletics.com)
- 1982 Palarong Pambansa: 30 years on (rev 1) (pinoyathletics.com)
- Isidro Del Prado: Legacy of the quarter mile (pinoyathletics.com)
- Renato Unso ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ who shattered the national record. (pinoyathletics.com)
Philippine National Track and Field Records for Women’s U/20 Revised as of 12.12.12 (rev 2)
- Athletes must not be turning 20 years old, in the year they set the record performance to be eligible for the record.
- Any electronic sprint performances must be accompanied by a valid wind reading for recognition
- Any hand times listed must be greater than the electronic equivalents to be listed
- *Indicates a different performance listed than what is officially listed by the Philippines Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA)
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1982 Palarong Pambansa: 30 years on
Article by Pirie Enzo
Thirty Years ago the Palarong Pambansa was held in Zamboanga Del Norte in Dipolog City. This would be the only time Dipolog ever held the Palarong Pambansa, although prior to this and afterwards Zamboanga would hold the games many times.
I have extracted the athletics page results from a complete document of the ’1982 Palarong Pambansa Report’ supplied to me by DECS (Department of Culture and Sports). Unlike other years copies which we will discuss later this copy is in quite good condition. It was done on a typewriter. Back then the Palarong Pambansa served as the default ‘National meet’ in place of the National Open or National Games. Their was no elementary grade just a ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ age category like the National Championships.
Looking through the results as a statistician gives wonderful insight into are athletics past as a primary document. It is clear there are alot of athletes over 20 years old competing in the junior categories.
Salvador Apa (born 1961) the winner of these didn’t progress as far later on which proves you don’t need to be the best at an early age to succeed later on. He did record 10.97 later that year. Esmeraldo Punelas (born 1965) who is 2nd in the Boys 200m (22.8) and (51.6) 400m later went onto run 21.89 in the sea games three years later, while Leopoldo Arnillo (born in 1960) for some reason is competing in the boys grade (23.3) 200m and won 400m (50.9) went onto 48.22s in April of that year (junior record now stripped). Arnillo also won the boys 400 Hurdles in 56.5, three years later in Bangkok Arnillo won the SEA Games title in 52.20. From 1981 to 1985 the Philippines enjoyed a continued streak in the 400m Hurdles Men with Grafilo, Unso, and Arnillo.
Surprisingly my old mentor, who we know as the ‘fat’ gun man from the National Championships Danilo Arpon is recorded here as the National Boys Champion in the 110m Hurdles (16.5). I recall Mr. Arpon telling me he had been a champion Hurdler in his youth.
The versatile Jimmy Dela Torre won the boys 3km, 3000m steeples, 5k. Very interesting as Dela Torre at the age of eighteen the year before had won the SEA Games Marathon. Interesting that someone who beaten the best seniors in the region had stepped back down into the junior division at their own national championships.
For some reason at the age of 21 Fidel Repiso is competing in the boys category, he won the Shotput and Discus (37.22). Repiso nine years later would throw 52.10m in the Mens Discus which is still the Philipine Record.
The Girls 100m tells an interesting story the legendary Elma Muros (12.7) need we say anymore won. Perla Balatucan (12.9) , the mother of current sprinter Pearnel Lobos was second. Perla went onto represent the Philippines at the SEA Games and although not winning an individual medal, made several finals as a teenager and was part of medal winning relay teams. Gina Socal (13.0) is third, Socal was part due to rumors regarding her gender. The late Leah Nolido (13.1), the mother of fil-heritage sprinter Princess Joy Griffey. Nolido went onto represent the Philippines at the ASEAN school games. The same four names in the same order are featured again for the 200m. Muros also won the long jump here.
Baltucan wins the 400m in 59.9, she later went on to record 56.23 3 years later. Nene Gamo later ‘Pellosis’ wins the 100m Hurdles (16.1) and 400m Hurdles. Gamo-Pellosis would later go on to win the SEA Games Heptathlon in 1987 and 1991.
Anselmo De Guzman aka. Butchoy gets second in the 100m here. In the 200m Marlon Pagaliluan a member of the 4x400m SEA Games Gold medal team wins the 200m in (22.0) from enato Unso (22.4) and Grafillo (22.8). Pagaliluan and Grafillo also place 1-2 in the 400m. Unso wins the 110m Hurdles (15.4) from Arnel Lobos (15.5) the other parent of Pearnel Lobos. Unso, Grafillo, Lobos are 1-2-3 in the 400m Hurdles.
Dario De Rosas who would later become a national coach wins the Triple Jump. Manuel De Oro the father of Palarong discus thrower Maika ‘Kahn’ De Oro wins the Javelin and Pole Vault.
As 18-year-old Lydia De Vega steps up into seniors and wins in 11.7 (meet record), another later sea games medalist Elena Ganosa is second in 12.6, Lucila Tolentino and Salve Cambonga are also in this final. De Vega also clocks a 24.0 (meet record) ahead of Ganosa. As well as this wins the 400m in 55.2 (meet record).
Blue highlight indicates athlete overaged
100M 1. Salvador Apa STRAA 11.1, 2.Dari Ponderosa WVRAA 11.2, 3. Rodolfo Alvareda SMRAA 11.4, 4.Efren Valero WMRAA 11.5, 5.Luis Sumagaysay WVIRAA 11.7, 6. Steven Perino NMRAA 11.8
200M 1. Apa 22.7, 2. Esmeraldo Punelas NCRAA 22.8, 3. Leopoldo Arnillo WVIRAA 23.3, 4. Alvareda 23.3, 5. Marvin Limbengoo NCRAA 23.5, 6. Kenneth Punla CLRAA 23.5
400M 1. Arnillo WVIRAA 50.9, 2. Punelas 51.6, 3. Victor Salonga (NCRAA) 52.1, 4. Sumagaysay 52.5, 5. Nestor Ronatay (STRAA) 52.8 , 6. Lucito Nabergas (CLRAA) 52.8
1983 Palarong Pambansa
Article by Pirie Enzo
The 1983 Palaro Pambansa was held in Tacloban, Leyte. This was the first time Eastern Visayas would get the honor of holding the prestigious multi-sport event. Some 26 years later Tacloban would again host the Palaro.
I have extracted the athletics page results from a complete document of the ’1983 Palarong Pambansa Report’ supplied to me by DECS (Department of Culture and Sports). This copy was in reasonable condition, with slight fading. It wasn’t faded though to the point without checking my stats and general knowledge of the time to piece together the names. It was done on a typewriter. Back then the Palarong Pambansa served as the default ‘National meet’ in place of the National Open or National Games. Their was no elementary grade just a ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ age category like the National Championships.
Looking through the results as a statistician gives wonderful insight into are athletics past as a primary document.
22-year-old Marlon Pagalilauan won the 100m (11.2), 200m(23.0) and 400m (52.4) the times were not fabulous. But Marlon did improve a lot later (21.6,200m) and became better known as a 400m runner (48.53,400m) who was part of the legendary 4x400m team that went on to set a still standing record of (3.06.58) at the SEA Games in Bangkok in 1985. Anselmo De Guzman (aka. Coach Butchoy) finished 3rd and 4th in the 100 and 200. Arnel Lobos who later became better known as a national 110m hurdler was 4th in the 400m and 400m Hurdles.
Renato Unso won the 110m Hurdles (15.9), he improved this by more than a second later in his career and later that year won the SEA Games 400m Hurdles. Leopoldo Arnillo won the 400m Hurdles (57.5) Arnillo became SEA Games Champion in this event two years later.
Now national coach Mario Castro won the Steeples (9.58.3). Castro did finish behind in the 5k and 10k. But later held the Mens 10k record for nearly two decades and also win the SEA Games title in 1985.
Dario De Rosas (former national coach) won the Mens Triple (14.10), with veteran Felicissimo Nierras nearing the end of his playing years third (Felicissimo was the father of 400 SEA Games Champ Julius Nierras). Dario also won the Pole Vault (3.70) ahead of Manuel De Oro on countback who had the same number of points.
Manuel De Oro (the father of Maika De Oro) won the Javelin (58.00)
Esmeraldo Punelas this time won the 100m title (11.4), and again denied of a win in the 200m (23.6), with unheralded Jeremias (surname faded) recording the same performance. The Long distance results are too faded to read.
Edward Tejada set a new meet record in the High Jump (1.95) (dob unavailable), however the current Palaro Record is recognized as 1.90m by Paolo Martinez set in 2002 Palaro. Fidel Repiso (born 1959) won the shot-put and discus, Repiso later became the national record holder in Discus.
16-year-old Elma Muros took the senior 100m title Palarong Pambansa title (13.0) in a rare win over 19-year-old Lydia De Vega (13.4). Elma also took 200m title (26.1). Distance and field events are too faded to read. Corazon Magante tied the high jump record with a leap of 1.60m. Delia Orguillas (1982) and Nanette Lusterio (1974) had recorded the same marks.
Gina Sucal who was the bronze medalist the previous year won the 100m title (13.4), Perla Balatucan (mother of Pearnel Lobos), Rhodo Sinoro (later 11.73 100 runner) Leah Nolido (mother of PJ Griffey) finished 2nd-4th. It was the same order in the 200m with Sucal winning in 26.3. Sucal also set a meet record in the 400m in 59.8.
Nene Gamo defended her 100 and 400 Hurdle titles, and added the long jump. Rowena Monton won the 3000m.
Victoria Paglinawan established a new record in the High Jump 1.57m.
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- Palarong Pambansa 2012 Results and Synopsis (pinoyathletics.com)
- Elma Muros the SEA Games Heptathlon Queen (pinoyathletics.com)
- Leyte to host Batang Pinoy 2012 (leytesamardaily.net)
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