Another young archer in Chass Mhaiven Colas has clinched three gold and five silver medals to become the only athlete from Baguio City to win eight medals in the Batang Pinoy National Championships 2022 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
The 13-year-old Colas won his solo gold in the 50 meters under 15 boys then won two more golds with teammates Raizen Riley de Guzman and Rokai Tacudong in the U15 team event and Shyane Pawe in the U15 mixed team event.
Colas also went on to win five silver medals in the 30m, 40m, 1440 round, 60m, and Olympics round. He competed against 44 other athletes from various participating local government units.
A son of a single mother, who is also an overseas Filipino worker in Vietnam, Colas is a student of Baguio City National High School Special Program for Sports. His coach is John Hongitan with Renian Nawew, also a multiple medalist of BP 2019, as his personal trainer.
Earlier, Jathniel Caleb Fernandez stole the limelight when he won six gold medals in archery, specifically in 10m, 15m, 20m, 30m,1440, and Olympics round.
Baguio also hauled its gold medals in Muay Thai, taekwondo, judo, arnis, swimming, and wushu.
Overall, highland athletes have delivered 31 gold, 30 silver, and 39 bronze medals, or a total of 100 medals for Baguio, which won the overall title for three consecutive years.
City Sports Division Head Gudz Gonzales also received in behalf of the city government the prize of P3 million for the overall title from officials of the Philippine Sports Commission and Department of Education.
City officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña extended their congratulations to the athletes for reigning supreme in the national sporting event where out-of-school youth athletes are allowed to compete. – Harley F. Palangchao