Davao retains overall Batang Pinoy crown
Victories in various fronts, including the centerpiece swimming and athletics, capped the Davaoenos’ dominance in this annual age-group contest organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Province of Davao del Norte. Davao cornered a total of 56 gold, 39 silver and 58 bronze medals, surpassing its 54-gold medal harvest in the previous edition of this tourney that also has STI College-Tagum and Alfalink Total Solutions as sponsors in Oroquieta City last year. The Davao bets made a big splash in the pool as sisters Liaa and Lora Amoguis spearheaded the attack in swimming, capturing a total of 17 gold medals, while drawing six from athletics, four from taekwondo and four from karatedo. And before the tournament came to a close, the Davaoenos ran away with last few mints in baseball, chess and lawn tennis. The Davao batters, led by Harold Gapate, Richard Gabatin, and JM Metillo, clobbered South Cotabato to clinch the gold medal, while Wesley Magbanua ruled the 13-15 blitz boys in impressive fashion and the tandem of Harlene Herbabuena and Janinah Panisales dominated the under-13 girls’ doubles.