Cebu Province garnered 37 gold medals, 31 silver medals and 37 bronze medals in the qualifying leg of the 2014 Batang Pinoy Visayas held in Kalibo Aklan last October 21 to 25. Cebu Province also ranked second place overall out of 55 LGUs in the Visayas.
After 14 years of shying away from the event, Cebu province was back to compete with the other delegations from the region.
Around 141 students from different elementary and secondary schools from Cebu represented the province and competed in 13 out of 21 sports events.
Among the sports featured in the competition include arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiard, boxing, chess, karatedo, lawn tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, swimming, weightlifting, futsal, volleyball, softball, muay Thai, wrestling, dance sports, archery, and sepak takraw.
Cebu’s pride, Rayven Faith Alcoseba, won five gold medals in the swimming competition. Alcoseba topped the 400 LC Meter Freestyle, 200 LC Meter Backstroke, 100 LC Meter Freestyle, 50 LC Meter Backstroke, and 200 LC Meter Medley Relay in the girls 12 and underage group category.
Cebu Province’s swimming team brought home an overwhelming 14 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 10 bronze medals.
Karatedo athletes won 15 gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals in three events – kata, team kata and individual kumite category.
The women in the basketball event were hailed champion while the men’s team landed in the fourth place.
Billiard players bagged one gold, two silver and two bronze; taekwondo got two gold, one silver and three bronze; chess reaped one gold and one silver; and the athletics team received two gold, four silver and five bronze medals.
Boxing athletes won five bronze medals while the lawn tennis and arnis team got one silver medal each.
Philippine Sports Commission Commissioner Jose Luiz R. Gomez said that Batang Pinoy athletes should value patriotism, nationalism, self discipline, hardwork, teamwork, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and fair play.
Aklan Province Governor Florencio Miraflores expressed his gratitude to the Batang Pinoy 2014 organizing committee for giving the opportunity to host the four-day sports event.
The winning athletes from Cebu province in the Visayas qualifying leg will qualify to join the Batang Pinoy 2014 national leg in Bacolod City on December 9 to 13, 2014.
The delegation of the Cebu City grabbed the over-all champion as they ruled in dance sports and archery competition.
In partnership with the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Education and local government units hold a national program pursuant to Executive Order No. 44 also known as the Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy for children ages 15 years old and below.