VIGAN CITY -- La Union grabbed six gold medals in archery while Dasmarinas City chessers swept the
rapid event in the 2017 Batang Pinoy Games organized by the Philippine Sports Commission here.
Francine Sophia Navor and Geriemee Ranchez won two golds each for La Union with the 15-year-old
Navor winning the 30-meter bowman girls qualification and Olympic rounds and Ranchez topping the 20-
meter yeoman boys qualification and Olympic events.
“Maganda ang nilalaro ng mga player namin dahil sa support ng mga parents. Sila ang nagpu-push
sa mga bata,” said Olympic coach Henry Manalang. “Sa lahat ng tournaments, sa pagbili ng mga gamit lagi
Carleen Sophia Flores won the yeoman girls qualification round and Frances Alexa Navor captured
the yeoman girls Olympic round to complete La Union’s golden hoard.
Manalang coached Filipina archer Jasmine Figueroa during the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Over the Baluarte Function Hall, Dasmariñas City collected all four gold medals offered in the
chess rapid discipline with Michael Concio Jr., Kylen Joy Mordido and Daniel Quizon beating all of
their rivals in the seven-round Swiss system format.
Concio bagged the gold in the boys’ 12-under, Mordido seized the girls’ 15-under title and
Quizon took the boys’ 15-under crown.
Jerlyn Mae San Diego wound up tied with Raiza Mae Locmayoan of Calamba City with 6.5 points
each but captured the girls’ 12-under gold via the tie break.
“Our local officials have been very supportive. I hope other LGUs will do the same for chess,”
said Fide Master Roel Abelgas, head coach of the team supported by Dasmariñas City Mayor Elpidio
Abelgas has Arman Subaste, a gold-medal winner in the recent KL Asean Para Games, as assistant.
Erlzet Nanez of Manila won the bowman boys Olympic round in archery and Jemuelle James Espiritu
of Baguio City clinched the gold in the bowman boys qualification round.