Vol. 1 Issue No. 3, MARCH 2016 …. page 8
Young Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Mhage Gerrialou Sebastian and shining lady spiker Alyssa Nichole V. De San Jose won gold for Team Apayao in the recent Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) Meet in Baguio City.
Their sterling performance in the annual regional competitions gave them an outright ticket to the upcoming Palarong Pambansa, the country’s biggest sporting event for elementary and high school students to be held this time in Albay Province, Bicol Region.
Sebastian, Grade V student of Flora Central School, easily took home the individual gold medal and team as Apayao compiled total 6-10-5 gold-silver-bronze medal tally, though the province managed 6th over-all in the elementary division.
Host Baguio City proved anew its domination with 88-35-30 G-S-B medal haul; Benguet second (20-39-34); Ifugao third (9-15-34); Abra fourth (6-17-12); Kalinga-Tabuk City fifth (6-13-14); and Mountain Province seventh (4-9-27).
De San Jose, a junior student (Grade X) at Flora National High School, helped carry the load for Team Apayao to snatch the gold in the women’s volleyball competitions of secondary division, where Team Apayao settled for seventh and last place with 8-22-40 tally.
Baguio City garnered 124-56-49 to also take the secondary division overall crown while Benguet cornered 23-54-53 for second; Mt. Province third (15-27-43), Ifugao fourth (11-19-25); Kalinga-Tabuk City fifth (11-14-30); and Abra sixth (10-14-22).
Sebastian and De San Jose will be the two bets from Flora to represent Cordillera in Palaro.
The 10-year old Sebastian will try to improve her 5th overall in the last staging in Davao City when she was still representing Ilocos Region.
She has already represented the Philippines in several international events including her gold medal win at the 2015 ASEAN Age Group Championships in Singapore that automatically gave her the WCM title.
The towering 5-9 De San Jose, daughter of Sangguniang Bayan Secretary Nicolas Rey C. De San Jose, will be making her baptism of fire in the national scene.
Three students from FNHS also represented Apayao after dominating the provincial meet namely distance runner Sixto Alawin, sprinter Teo Valenzuela and Rico Cardenas.
Alawin just barely made it to the medal board and missed a Palaro stint by finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters race and fifth in the 800m. He won gold in these two events in the provincial meet last October at Payanan sports complex same as Valenzuela and Cardenas in their own events.
Valenzuela managed for 5th this time at CARAA in 200m and ninth in the century dash while Cardenas settled for fourth in long jump, seventh in triple jump and was disqualified in the 100m for false start.
Sta. Marcela’s Roldan Oandasan became Apayao’s most be-medaled in athletics with his three gold-one-silver performance that included 100m, 200m, 400m and 4X100.