Baguio completes Batang Pinoy three-peat

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The City of Baguio harvested multiple gold medals in its bailiwick sport, martial arts and other combat sports, to complete a three-peat championship run in the Batang Pinoy Games

The rush of golds from combat sports propelled the City of Pines to breakaway from a close battle with Cebu City during the early days and runaway with a 25-gold advantage.

Baguio managed to collect 61 gold medals, mainly anchored on a 14-gold haul from its wushu team, 45 silvers and 70 bronze medals during the Batang Pinoy Championships held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, that ended last Sunday, dusting their closest rival which had to settle with their 36-40-44 tally.

Davao finished 3rd place, followed by Laguna Province, Quezon City, Pangasinan, Pasig, Manila, Zamboanga, and Muntinlupa, who round up the top ten finishers.

2019 Batang Pinoy Medal Tally
Rank Team G S B Total
1 Baguio City 61 45 70 176
2 Cebu City 36 34 35 105
3 Davao City 31 30 41 102
4 Laguna 29 26 18 73
5 Quezon City 26 25 23 74
6 Pangasinan 25 26 30 81
7 Pasig City 18 29 17 64
8 Manila 17 12 6 35
9 Zamboanga City 16 9 29 54
10 Muntinlupa City 15 8 7 30
11 Lapu-Lapu City 15 7 10 32
12 Cotabato 15 5 1 21
13 Taguig City 14 9 17 40
14 General Santos City 13 20 21 54
15 Mandaluyong City 13 16 17 46
16 Makati 13 13 5 31
17 Cainta, Rizal 13 4 13 30
18 Dasmarinas City 12 4 5 21
19 Iloilo City 10 17 19 46
20 Santa Rosa, Laguna 10 6 13 29

Benguet finished solo at 92nd place with four silvers and six bronzes.

The wushu team led Baguio’s medal haul as they went 14-7-4. They are joined the controversial Judo team with a 10-5-6 haul, Muay Thai (10-4-3), Taekwondo and archery (both 8-8-9), and wrestling (5-6-6).

The pencak silat squad exceeded the expectations with 3-0-3 output. Arnis contributed a 1-5-9 grab while boxing also delivered a gold, two silvers and two bronze.

The 2019 championship is Baguio’s third straight and sixth overall since 2011.

Baguio City garnered the overall championship during the 2017 Batang Pinoy games which was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte despite some of the local athletes not able to play on their designated schedules due to delays in their arrivals to the host locality.

Baguio City repeated again last year when it co-hosted the 2018 Batang Pinoy national championships with the municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet.

The Batang Pinoy is a yearly national sports development program mandated by Executive Order No. 44. It serves as a friendly competitions platform for in-school and out-of-school Filipino youth ages 15 and below.

This year, over 6,200 athletes coming from 252 local government units participated in 31 sporting events.  By Armando M. Bolislis

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