June 22, 2024

SEPAK TAKRAW CHAMPIONS — The Benguet Stingers have emerged as champion in the secondary boys sepak takraw edging the Mountain Province Brave Mountaineers during the 2024 CARAA Meet in Luna, Apayao. The Benguet athletes were led by their coaches Angelito Linggoden and Randy Anno. — Apayao PIO Facebook photo

Perennial champion, Baguio City, maintained a wide lead with 126 gold medals in the partial result of the ongoing Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association Meet currently being held at the Apayao Eco-Tourism and Sports Complex in Luna town.

As of April 18, Baguio E-Lions team, bagged 126 gold, 65 silver, and 33 bronze medals via the secondary level’s 77 gold, 41 silver, and 23 bronze wins and 49 gold, 24 silver, and 10 bronze from the elementary level.

Big winner during the event were the Baguio City dancesport team winning 22 gold, eight silver, and 11 bronze medals led by the gold medal wins of James Patrick Altre and Janneah Bildan in the single dance and category A and Seth Matthew Bambalan and Maezyl Fernando in the elementary level.

Secondary dancesport gold medalists were Caster Lan Pacya and Kharanissa Borlongan; Andrei Benter and Romana Buslayan; and Brandon Bugne and Charvie Pobletin.

Also contributing to Baguio City’s lead were the pencak silat athletes after an impressive medal haul of six gold, three silver, and one bronze medals; the swimming team sets new personal bests with 28 gold, 18 silver, and five bronze medals; and the arnisadores with 24 gold, and one silver. 

Contributing the very first gold for the city was Pinsao Elementary School’s Bryan Khane Estandian who sprinted his way to the top in the 100-meter dash paragames, besting seven other runners, while Baguio City Special Education Center Jeremy Kiong added another gold medal in the paragames long jump for the second gold of the city during the annual games.

Apayao Eagles came in second place with 33 gold, 33 silver, and 58 bronze medals in the overall tally while Benguet Stingers settled for third place with 27 gold, 67 silver and 33 bronze medals.

Ifugao Builders followed with six gold, eight silver, and 19 bronze medals while Abra Stallions bagged five gold, 11 silver, and 15 bronze medals for the fifth place and Kalinga Bulls with five gold, nine silver and 35 bronze medals in sixth.

Seventh to eighth place are Mt. Province Brave with two gold, six silver and 10 bronze  medals while Tabuk City Brewers got one gold, three silver and 19 bronze medals in the partial tally of the ongoing games that will end on April 19. — Ofelia C. Empian