DUMAGUETE -- Four more young and talented athletes made their presence felt in the pool, while
another one stamped his class in the track in an eventful day in Batang Pinoy Visayas here Tuesday.
Gabriel Manigque of Tagbilaran City, Ange Lyn Decabo of Bohol, Jennuel Booh de Leon of
Aklan and Chloe Sophia Laurente of Bohol completed a sweep of all their five events to join
Kyla Soguillon of Aklan with five gold medals each at the close of the swimming competitions at the
Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center.
Manigque, who is hoping to redeem himself from a forgettable showing in the recent Palarong
Pambansa in San Jose, Antique last April, topped the boys 13-15-year-old 200-meter freestyle race in
two minutes and .07.05 second for his fifth straight individual gold medal.
The 15-year-old son of a former high school swimming standout also pocketed the golds in the
boys' 13-15 50-meter and 200-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter freestyle.
Decabo duplicated Manigque’s success in this week-long event organized by the Philippine
Sports Commission and hosted by the Dumaguete City government under Mayor Felipe Mariano “Ipe” Remollo
by ruling the girls 13-15 100-meter breastroke (1:23.59) and 50-meter freestyle (30.69).
Equally impressive were De Leon, who added two more golds to his collection by winning the
boys 12-under division in the 200-meter freestyle (2:25.46) and 200-meter butterfly; and Laurente,
who added the mint in the girls 12-under 200-meter butterfly (2:53.37).
The day also belonged to boxers John Kevin Jimenez of Cebu and Cris Carlos Emnas of Leyte,
who captured the gold medals in the boys’ light mosquito weight (34-36 kg) and mosquito weight (38
Jimenez, the 13-year-old campaigner from a boxing-loving family in Cebu, had an easy time to
win the gold medal.
Dante Montales of La Carlota settled for the silver medal, while Charles Gabriel
Asedillas and John Rubio earned the bronzes.
Elsewhere, Rick Angelo Sotto of Cebu City captured two more golds -- boys triple jump title
and the 4x100-meter relay team -- to boost his total to four golds at the Gov. Mariano Perdices
Sotto, a Grade 7 student at the Ateneo de Cebu, triumphed with a leap of 13.57 meters in
the triple jump.
Already the gold medal winner in boys high jump (1.67) and long jump (6.29), Sotto will gun
for his fifth gold medal when he competes in the 4x400-meter relay Wednesday.
In other athletic results, Jayvee Alvarez and Chin Chin Alkuino of Leyte swept the boys
and girls 800-meter finals in 2:10.05 and 2:27.7, respectively.
Cebu Province paced the overall standings with 16 golds, 17 silvers and 25 bronzes.
Host Dumaguete is second with 16-10-9, followed by Aklan in third place with 14-8-5,
Cebu City in fourth with 12-24-26 and Bacolod City in fifth with 12-8-13.