BAGUIO CITY -- The Batang Pinoy National Championships 2018 came to a fitting end Friday with host Baguio City basking in the glory of another successful campaign only days after enduring one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country this year. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan congratulated the athletes and officials from all over the country for their participation in the week-long event despite the poor weather conditions.
“Batang Pinoy is the basic foundation of all the sports in the country. Dito nagsisimula ang paghuhubog hindi lang ang discipline, values, behavior at well-being ng mga kabataan kundi pati na ang kanilang future at ang importansiya nila sa komunidad,” said Mayor Domogan during the thanksgiving at the Camp John Hay.
“Kaya po kami ay nagpupundar at nakatutok sa mga kabataan dahil sila ang susunod nating henerasyon at sila ang future national athletes natin na magbibigay prestihiyo at karangalan sa bansa,” added Domogan.
Domogan reserved his biggest appreciation to Baguio City athletes, who did their best to help the host city capture the overall championship for the second straight time.
Overall, Baguio City finished with 83 golds, 81 silvers and 107 bronzes for a grand total of 271 medals in the prestigious event organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.
Hardly bothered by the trail of destruction left by super Typhoon Ompong, Baguio City bets dominated the combat sports of wushu, where they bagged 13 golds, taekwondo (10), judo (8) and wrestling (8) to complete back-to-back overall championships in the multi-sport competition for athletes 15 years old and under.
Baguo City, which also bagged the national championships in the 2016 Batang Pinoy held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, also captured golds in arnis, chess, cycling, muay thai, badminton, basketball, pencak silat, wushu, boxing, gymnastics, beach at indoor volleyball, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, softball, baseball and archery.
Cebu City finished second overall with 36 golds, 40 silvers and 44 bronzes for 120 medals, while inaugural Batang Pnoy champion Laguna Province wound up third with 34 golds, 13 silvers and 31 bronzes for 78 medals.
Completing the top five finishers are former champion Quezon City, fourth with 29 golds,16 silvers and 18 bronzes and 63 medals; and Pangasinan Province, fifth with 24 golds, 24 silvers and 25 bronzes and 73 medals.
Commissioner Celia Kiram, who represented Ramirez, declared the five-day sports competition over.
Kiram announced that a total of P10 million in incentives will be given by the PSC to Baguio City and the four other local government units whichl anded in the top five.
Atty. Noel Ngolob, who represented Benguet Gov. Crescencio Pacalso, also congratulated the participants.
Aside from the P3 million worth of incentives to the champion, the PSC will also give P2.5m to the runner-up, P2m to the third placer, P1.5m to the fourth and P1m to the fifth.
The week-long tournament, which was nearly scrapped due to the devastating typhoon which hit this city and the rest of Northern Luzon, is part of PSC’s grassroots development program aimed at discovering potential members of the national team.