DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — Mindanao’s six regions won a total of 64 gold, 80 silver and 120 bronze medals in the Palarong Pambansa 2013 in Dumaguete City that culminated today, Saturday.
Overall, Northern Mindanao (Region 10) ranked fourth while Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) placed seventh in the annual sporting event, with 288 and 129.5 points, respectively.
The National Capital Region emerged as the overall champion.
Official results of the sporting event were posted at www.palarongpambansa.wordpress.com.
The Palarong Pambansa Program, an annual athletic competition conducted by the Department of Education and participated in by elementary and high school students both from public and private schools in the country’s 17 regions, opened last April 21.
This year’s theme is “Sports: Road to Peace and Progress.”
Northern Mindanao garnered 38 gold, 30 silver and 46 bronze medals while Region 12, also called the Soccsksargen Region, harvested seven gold, 15 silver and 30 bronze medals.
Region 11 (Southern Mindanao/Davao) got 12 golds, 11 silver and 20 bronzes; Region 9 (Western Mindanao/Zamboanga peninsula) won four golds, a silver and 10 bronzes; Caraga hauled three golds, nine silvers and 12 bronzes while the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao got 14 silvers and two bronze medals.
A total of 399 gold, 395 silver and 489 bronze medals were won in the competition among the country’s 17 regions.
For overall championship points, NCR scored 596.5 points followed by Western Visayas’ (Region 6) 446.34, Central Visayas’ (Region 7) 333.
Region 4-A placed fifth (250 points) and Region 3 sixth (155 points).
Mindanawon athletes in the elementary level excelled in swimming, athletics and taekwondo while the high school athletes scored high in the same categories plus archery and arnis.
But Mindanao’s elementary athletes contributed more medals than their high school counterparts at 137 and 127, respectively.
The elementary athletes hauled 41 gold, 48 silver and 48 bronze medals while the high school got 23 golds, 32 silvers and 72 bronzes. (MindaNews)