The Palarong Pambansa was cancelled from 1984 to 1987 due to the events leading upto during and preceding the EDSA Revolution. The historic meet was revised in 1988 by then DEPED Head Aparacio Mequi. The 1988 edition was held at Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao.
While the results of 1988 where far from impressive compared to the pre 1983 editions, some new talents did emerge. On Day 1 (article above) a 15 year old from NCR named Robert Raquita won the 1500m erasing the 1982 Palaro Record.
The following day on March 16 (Day 2) Ferdinand Quitola wins Boys 3000 Meters.
Day 3 Eduardo Odilla wins 3ks in 10:20.3
Day 4. Melba Quirino set the High School record for girls with 39.72m, this stood as the record until it was broken by Stephanie Cimatu 22 years later in 2010. Teddy Danoy who won the Boys 5k later went on to represent the Philippines in 10k at the Asian Juniors in 1990. The winners of the Boys (11.2) and Girls 100m (12.8) Albert Go went onto place fourth in the SEA Games 100m, and Edna Punelas went on to win golds as part of the womens relay teams at SEA Games level.
Host Northern Mindanao won the sprint double with Albert Go. The 16 year old Punelas aching to become Another Lydia De Vega led from start to finish as she took the girls 200 Meter in 26.3 seconds a brilliant followup to her triumph in the 100 meters Thursday. The dusky daughter of a tricycle driver from beated two Western Visayas bets Marife Suanque and Magdalena Geciano.
The Philippines has won the Womens 800m and 1500m each once at the SEA Games back in 1983 Lucena Alam ran 2:13.45. Marietta Tabangin who holds the Filipino Record of 4m24 in the 1500m, was the 1993 SEA Games Champion with 4:29.69. Alam time was similar to what Isabel Cruz ran (2.13.5) to win the bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games. At the Asian Championships the Philippines has never won a medal in either of these two events.
800m Final Report
For the last few years these two events were topped Serenata Saluan then followed by Fil-Heritage athlete Sarah Vitug. Vitug who had the top times of (2.12.25 and 4.34.29) is taking a break from track choosing to focus on Cross Country for most of this year.In her absence 400m Hurdle specialist Josie Malacad (FEU) leads the list with 2:17.08. Malacad best time was actually 2:15.7 last year which placed her second behind Vitug in 2011.
Very closed behind Malacad, was the versatile 18-year old Jilla Dela Rosa (UST) who was the top junior this year improving her best time from 2:19.5 to 2:17.73.
It was a very young ranking list compared to other events with five of the seven listed in the 800m 18 years or younger and every entry listed 20 years or younger.
The cut off for the 800m will remain at 2m22 with nine athletes surpassing this mark compared to six last year.
National Champion Floredeliza Donos of Baguio had the fastest 1500m this year with 4.46.85, followed very closely by Mary Ann Dela Cruz 4.46.98 and Carmen Dalyn 4.47.63 who went 1-2 at the recently concluded UAAP.
From April until May two even younger athletes this year topped the list. Calais of Northern Mindanao and De Josef of Western Visayas. Went one and two at the Palarong Pambansa in the ‘Elementary Division’ smashing the record last year of barefoot runner Joneza Mie Sustiedo which was in itself a very remarkable feat as Sustiedo took several seconds of the then established record.
Were the 800m is lacking talent and depth surely the 1500m is an event the Philippines should consider for future development. Not only where Calais and DE Josef faster than Sustiedo (4.58.3) who is a few years older than them. But they ran faster than UAAP Winner Dalyn Carmen (FEU) 4:51.23 who is around eight years older than them. Again this was a fairly young list with 5 of 8 athletes 18 years or younger. 10 athletes broke 5m00 this year compared to 11 last year. The standard has hence been lowered now to 4.58 for 2013 rankings.
It is my hope that this data will help the organization.
Article by Nicky Lusterio, Ignacio Dee, and Pirie Enzo
Would like to thank Nanette daughter Nicky for giving me permission and contributing photos to this article and Mr Ignacio Dee for his insight as a long time follower of Track and Field in this country
Nanette Lusterio passed away August 13, 2012 at the young age of 58. Lusterio came to be known as the pride of Alubijid (not far from Cagayan De Oro) in Northern Mindanao. Representing NMRAA in local, regional and national school meets. A women who truly loved representing her country and the sport of Track and Field. Mrs Lusterio was overshadowed by other great athletes of her time her career spanned the entire 1970s. However Nanette holds her own place in Philippine Track and Field History. Her feats include the fact she held the Philippine Junior Record (1.63m) in the Junior Womens High Jump for 21 years from 1972 to 1993. A very popular and charismatic athlete who will be dearly missed by her friends, her peers firmly believe she deserves a place among the greats of our sport.
Nanette Galaritta Lusterio was born on June 12, 1954 in Alubijid, Northern Mindanao the daughter of Nicasio Lusterio Sr. and Pureza. Emerging as a talent in both the 100m Hurdles clocking 15.5s at the Malaysian Open and High Jump in the early 70s. The then 18-year old Lusterio who stood at 5’6 set a Philippine Junior record in the womens High Jump of 1.63m which stood 21 years until it was broken in 1993 by Chery Ann Janiva (1.64m). In 1974 she went onto equal the Palarong Pambansa High Jump Record of 1.64m.
She would represent the Philippines at two SEA Games. Going onto win a Bronze and then a silver at the 1977 and 1979 SEA Games in the 5 event Pentathlon respectively and was still active in local sporting events leading up to the early 80s.
List of Known Performances
1972 100m Hurdles -15.5s Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Open
1972 100m Hurdles -16.0s (Silver) Singapore, ASEAN School Games
1972 High Jump - 1.63m (Philippine Junior Record 1972-1993) 24/7/72 Manila.
1974 High Jump -1.60m (Palarong Pambansa Record)
1976 100m Hurdles – 14.5s 15/3/1976. Lucena City, Palarong Pambansa
1977 100m Hurdles -15.53et (5th) Kuala Lumpur, SEA Games
1977 Pentathlon – 2916 pts (Bronze) Kuala Lumpur, SEA Games
(15.60, 7.94m, 1.54m, 5.08m, 2.45.6)
1978 Long Jump- 5.09m (1st) Palarong Pambansa
1979 High Jump – 1.55m (5th) Jakarta, SEA Games
1979 Pentathlon -3011 pts (Silver) Jakarta, SEA Games
(15.86, 8.54m, 1.54m, 5.11m, 2.39.35)
1981 100m Hurdles -14.90et 3 10/12/1981 Manila
1982 100m Hurdles -15.8 3rd Palaro
1982 High Jump 1.40 3rd Palaro
- 1978 Palarong Pambansa (pinoyathletics.com)
- Renato Unso ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ who shattered the national record. (pinoyathletics.com)