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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