Baguio still dominates but rest of CAR closes gap in Regional Games

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Apayao – Baguio City was still masterful during the 2019 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet but the rest of CAR keep on closing the gap between them and the country’s Summer Capital.

The City of Pines garnered 394 medals, composing of 205 golds, 110 silvers, and 79 bronzes to bag the overall championship of the biennial regional games held in Apayao last February 27-March 3, 2019 by a rout.

This year, however, the rest of CAR came up with a combined output of 204 golds to keep on closing the margin against Baguio City.

The improvement of the rest of CAR’s medal haul was a trend in the last three years. The gold count was 222-148 in Baguio’s favor in 2018 and was 232-103 in 2017.

Overall Championship
Delegation Total Medals Rank
Gold Silver Bronze
Baguio 205 110 79 1st
Apayao 69 76 79 2nd
Abra 39 48 88 3rd
Benguet 35 66 83 4th
Ifugao 27 48 70 5th
Mt. Prov. 16 25 44 6th
Tabuk City 12 29 37 7th
Kalinga 6 6 20 8th
Overall Championship
Delegation Total Medals
Gold Silver Bronze
2019
Baguio 205 110 79
Rest of CAR 204 298 421
2018
Baguio 222 102 61
Rest of CAR 148 267 376

While there were no surprises for the top spot, host Apayao and Abra made a splash in the leaderboard by dislodging perennial second placer Benguet from its usual spot.

The host did not disappoint the local crowd by improving their fifth place finish last year’s 7-team event all the way up to to second in this year’s 8-team field. On the other hand, Abra, last year’s host, climbed from fourth to third.

The playing field grew up to eight this year because Kalinga and Tabuk City were entered as rivals, fielding their own line-ups.

Baguio City still ruled over both elementary and secondary divisions by a good margin.

The results in the secondary division were similar in 2018 and 2017 as second placer Apayao and third placer Benguet Couldn’t even crack the 30-gold level.

Benguet was second with 24 golds while Abra and Ifugao shared third with 14 in 2018. Baguio was also dominant in 2017 with 147 golds to Benguet’s 15 and Mountain province’s 11 where the rest of CAR only came up with 47 golds then.

Secondary
Delegation Total Medals Rank
Gold Silver Bronze
Baguio 135 74 54 1st
Apayao 28 49 52 2nd
Benguet 24 37 52 3rd
Abra 21 26 59 4th
Ifugao 17 28 39 5th
Mt. Prov. 11 12 34 6th
Tabuk City 9 18 23 7th
Kalinga 5 6 17 8th
Secondary
Delegation Total Medals
Gold Silver Bronze
2019
Baguio 135 74 54
Rest of CAR 115 176 276
2018
Baguio 146 102 38
Rest of CAR 76 155 241

The elementary division became even closer this time as the rest of CAR toppled Baguio 89-70.

The count was 76-72 in favor of Baguio in 2018. Ifugao’s 22 and Benguet’s 14 golds followed in the leaderboard.

Baguio took home 85 golds in the elementary division compared to the rest of CAR’s 56 in 2017.

Elementary
Delegation Total Medals Rank
Gold Silver Bronze
Baguio 70 36 25 1st
Apayao 41 27 27 2nd
Abra 18 22 29 3rd
Benguet 11 29 31 4th
Ifugao 10 20 31 5th
Mt. Prov. 5 13 10 6th
Tabuk City 3 11 14 7th
Kalinga 1 0 3 8th
Elementary
Delegation Total Medals
Gold Silver Bronze
2019
Baguio 70 36 25
Rest of CAR 89 122 145
2018
Baguio 76 35 23
Rest of CAR 72 112 135

BY: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS
Banner photo by GERRIAHZON S. SEBASTIAN

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