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BIMP-EAGA Games: Davao sepak takraw team wins silver medal

What happened to Davao City’s sepak takraw team?

Here’s the report by Charles Raymond A. Maxey of Sunstar Davao.

Congratulations to Davao City sepak takraw association president Nilda Sebellino.


Mindanao, Palawan win golds in swimming, athletics

Mindanao, Palawan win golds in swimming, athletics

Of Sun.Star Davao

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—Mindanao struck for two more golds in swimming, while Palawan harvested a pair in athletics as the two Philippine contingents finally got their momentum going in the 6th Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) at the Aquatic Center in the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex here.

Lawin Dacera of General Santos City bagged his second gold Friday afternoon, then Haroon Cali  of Davao City came through with a golden swim in the 50-meter backstroke to help Mindanao occupy third place in the medal standings with three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals.

Sabah is leading the way thus far with 12 golds, eight silvers and two bronze medals, while Sarawak is at second place with its 3-4-4 gold-silver-bronze medal count.

The 13-year-old Dacera, who  earlier topped the boys 400-meter IM, clocked two minutes, 20.64 seconds to win pulling away in the 200 IM, one of his pet events.

The 21-year-old Cali, who is competing in the Games for the last time, actually had the same time of Wong Ka Sheng of Sabah at 30.57 seconds and the two shared the gold.

During the medal presentation, however, the Philippine national anthem was played ahead of Malaysia and the Filipino contingent waved miniature RP flags and broke into applause to honor Cali.

Cali, a fourth-year student at the University of Mindanao (UM) taking up Education, had won a relay gold and an individual silver during the BIMP-Eaga Games in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia several years back.

Over at the track and field venue, Palawan registered a one-two finish in the 1,500-meter run late Friday courtesy of Flordeliza Donos and Jila dela Rosa, who won the gold and silver medals, respectively.

Donos and Dela Rosa, who is just 14 years old,  came back Friday morning to also rule the 800-meter run, underscoring their dominance in the long distance events here.

The pair of golden runs elated Palawan track and field coach Alyn Sumagaysay, who credicted her runners for their efforts.

“Of course I’m happy. They gave it their best,” said Sumagaysay, adding that it was Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn who supported the athletes’ trip to Brunei.

Mindanao occupies 3rd spot in ongoing BIMP-EAGA Games in Brunei

We got this info from Councilor Peter Lavina:

Nov 28 6th BIMP EAGA Friendship Games
Contingent Gold Silver Bronze Total

1 Sabah 12 – 8 – 2 = 22
2. Sarawak 3 – 4 – 4 =  11
3. Mindanao 3 – 2 – 2 = 7
4. South Sulawesi 2 – 3 – 2 = 7
5. Brunei A 2 – 2 – 4 = 8
6. Palawan 1 – 1 – 5 = 7
7. Northern Territory 1 – 0 – 1 = 2
8. South Kalimantan 0
9. West Papua 0
10. Brunei B 0
11. Central Sulawesi 0
12. Papua 0

RP bags gold in swimming

RP bags gold in swimming
of Sun.Star Davao

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—A  young swimmer from General Santos City gave Team Philippines its first gold medal as hostilities in the 6th BIMP-Eaga Friendship Games got underway Friday here.

Thirteen-year-old Lawin Dacera captured the gold in the men’s 400 individual medley after earlier claiming the silver in the 1,500-meter freestyle to jumpstart Mindanao’s campaign at the Aquatic Center.

Dacera,  a third year student at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, clocked five minutes and .85 seconds in topping the 400 IM that drew wild applauses from a  small group of flag-waving Filipino contingent that were cheering from the stands.

Dacera, who won a silver and a bronze during an age-group swimming championships in Singapore last year, said his father-coach Harry was actually disappointed with his clocking this time.

“We’ll just have to do better next time. I have to improve my time,” said Dacera, who will be back at the pool later for his other events, including the 200 IM.

Nevertheless, it was an excellent effort from Dacera as the Philippine national anthem was played for the first time in this year’s Games.

The country won one more silver and three bronze medals to finish 1-2-3 in gold-silver-bronze tally in the morning session.

Emmanuel Plasabas of Panabo City took the silver in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Regina Astrid Quesada of General Santos City, Tiara Tudio of Koronadal and  Jeffrey Pelosa of Palawan added a bronze each for Team Philippines.

Quesada, a 15-year-old student from New Era University, placed third in the 400-meter IM. Tudio was third placer in the 100-meter breaststroke and Pelosa ended third in 50-meter butterfly.

“We are elated with the initial results in swimming. We congratulate our medalists from Mindanao. We are proud of them,” said Mindanao delegation head Davao City Councilor Peter T. Lavina, who is also president of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc.

BIMP-EAGA Games: Butch tells RP athletes to win friends

`Win friends, not just golds’
Of Sun.Star Davao
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—The 75-member contingent from Team Philippines planed in at dawn Thursday here when most of the people in this oil-rich kingdom were still sleeping, looking tired but oozing with confidence to unravel a fine performance in the 6th BIMP-Eaga Friendship Games.
Just hours ago Team Philippines—composed of 30 athletes, officials and parents and 38 from Palawan and seven from the Philippine Sports Commission headed by Joseph Encabo—received an emotional message from PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez during a send-off ceremony in Manila.
Ramirez, who was supposed to act as head of delegation of Team Philippines here, apologized for the small budget allocated for the athletes, but urged them to represent the country well in the three-day meet.
“Do not frown because if you do this you will lose your motivation and the heart to fight. You are not just representing Mindanao or Palawan, you are representing your country, you are representing your flag and the nearly 90 million Filipino people,” said Ramirez, who begged off from the trip as he is scheduled to defend Thursday the PSC budget in the Senate.
Then, citing the real motive of the Games and underscoring this year’s theme “Cooperation Through Sports,” Ramirez told the athletes: “Fight not just to win golds, but to win friends.”
So, despite the lack of sleep and the little difficulty they encountered in arranging workouts in almost all events they are competing, the Filipino athletes are in high spirits and ready to compete against the best competitors from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and those from the Northern Territory, Australia.
Davao has sent a crack of young but talented swimmers as well as champion bets in sepak takraw for the Games, while Palawan also boasts of a tough sepak takraw squad.
Leading the swimming team are Haroon Cali of Davao City and Lean Cantil of Panabo City. Cali is a previous gold and silver medal winner in the Games, while Cantil won seven golds during the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet early this year in Davao Oriental.
The sepak takraw team made up of Davao City’s Joeben Aton, Johnel Parangan, Alex Barrios, Mark Stephen Ong and Melbert Icoy are back-to-back national Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) champions.
Competing athletes will vie for honors in at least seven sports disciplines—athletics, aquatic, badminton, sepak takraw, tennis, badminton and pencak silat.

Brunei ready to host BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games

Brunei Darussalam is ready to host the 6th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines Friendship Games on November 28 to 30, according to Brunei Darussalam Director for Youth and Sports Development Haji Matassim Bin Haji Jibah.
On Tuesday’s BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games Road Show at the Apo View Hotel, he said that the games are important because this will improve relations in the growth area.
Aside from the youth exchange program, other side events are also being lined-up to complement the hosting of the games.
With the theme of “Cooperation Through Sports”, Brunei will also hold exhibits and cultural performances as well the sports administration and nutrition conference.
Philippine Sports Commission senior executive assistant Joseph Encabo said that the competition will be for athletes 21 years old and below and national players are not allowed to join to give other up and coming talents to shine and hone their skills on a higher level.
Events are athletics, aquatics, badminton, futsal, sepak takraw, pencak silat and tennis.

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