Cebu Province settled for third place in Batang Pinoy Visayas Qualifying, which ended last Saturday, March 2, in Iloilo City.
Cebu Province scooped 38 gold, 38 silver and 52 bronze medals for the third-place finish, the same ranking it held in the last qualifier in Dumaguete City in 2017.
Host Iloilo City harvested 57 gold, 49 silver and 44 bronze medals to capture the overall title and dislodge the erstwhile regional titlist Cebu City, which finished second with 42-55-63 (g-s-b).
Cebu Provincial Sports Commission Executive Director lawyer Ramil Abing attributed the steady showing of Cebu Province athletes in the tournament to its grassroot programs and training.
Taking the lead for Cebu Province’s campaign was its karatedo team, which dominated the tatami mat, winning 20 golds.
Underscoring its supremacy in the discipline, three of Cebu Province’s stalwarts claimed a pair of gold, including Justin Angel Aloba (8-9 girls intermediate kata, 8-9 girls kumite), Trexie Joy Ogoc (12-13 girls kumite, 12-15 girls team kata) and Precious Avegail Belicario (14-15 girls kata, 14-15 girls kumite).
The athletic teams also fared well in the track and field as they turned in seven gilts. The Cebuano chessers contributed four mints while sepak takraw and boxing added 2 each. Cebu Province also got one gold from taekwondo, baseball and table tennis.
This year, the Cebu Province sent 298 athletes to the multi-sporting event organized by the Philippines Sports Commission as one of its grassroot programs for athletes aged 15 years old and below.
Gio Beguña of Sisters of Mary School, who gave Cebu Province its first gold, also scored a double-double, ruling the javelin and discus throw events.
Alphecca Gonzales, likewise, flaunted her prowess in the 64-square inch battlefield, winning two golds in the girls chess blitz and standard categories.
On the penultimate day of action, Cebu Province was poised to snatch the second spot as its athletes in both individual competition and team sports made it to the gold round of 13 events. However, the Cebuanos only managed to secure one mint for that day.
The top three winners of the meet will see action in the national championship set middle of this year possibly in Bohol or Palawan.