Baguio tops CARAA meet; Benguet 2nd, Mt Prov 3rd

>> Saturday, February 18, 2017

By Tan Dulag

BAGUIO CITY – Team Baguio was champion in overall medal standings in this year’s Cordillera Regional Athletic Association Meet here last week with Benguet coming in second place and Mountain Province third.
In elementary division, Baguio bagged 85 gold, 45 silver and 21 bronze medals while secondary division won 146 gold, 63 silver and 38 bronze medals.
Baguio had a total of  232 gold, 112 silver and 99 bronze medals.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said incentives are ready for winning Baguio athletes and coaches because it is part of the city budget.
He added performance of the city improved as compared to last year when the city won 212 gold medals.
Meanwhile, Mountain Province Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan, cited MP athletes for moving up in overall medal standings in this year’s CARAA, a yearly event of Dept. of Education.
Mountain Province garnered 18 gold, 20 silver and 62 bronze making the province third overall following Benguet in second place and Baguio delegation first overall surpassing Kalinga this year.
In an interview with the governor, he said “performance of athletes was very satisfying.”
He acknowledged efforts of coaches, trainers and others who had been a part of the whole delegation starting from their training days until the end of CARAA meet.”
“Starting from the arrival to the actual games and until CARAA ended, I had seen the joy and happiness from the faces of the athletes, coaches, trainers and everybody that belongs to the delegation, so this is considered a huge accomplishment for the whole province.”
The governor had shown full support in behalf of the whole provincial government of Mountain Province by being present in the opening of the CARAA and even congratulating in person athletes, coaches, trainers and every personnel that belonged to the delegation after the closing ceremony.
Despite being third in overall medals, Lacwasan said he considered total performance of the Mountain Province in this year’s CARAA a total success which had excellent result.
This, as Mountain Province was awarded the most eco-friendly delegation during the CARAA Meet.
Gloria Buya-ao, Mountain Province schools division superintendent and sports supervisor Rosendo Cacap said they felt blessed during the sports meet.
They said total number of medals placed them third overall compared to last year’s fourth, but they are also very proud that their delegation garnered special award as eco-friendly delegation.
This, as Baguio Central School was awarded “best billeting area.” 
Buya-ao said they “admire all-out support given by the school under the leadership of Dr. Esther Litilit, BCS said school.”
Meanwhile, despite sliding down in medal standings this year, Kalinga secondary softball players proved they are still the team to beat in the event when they humbled Team Baguio 5-1 during their championship game Wednesday.
Having won the gold back to back in softball, Kalinga proved they are national caliber athletes, said Kalinga coach Raphael Alcodia. “They (Kalinga athletes) were confident they will win the gold because they showed great team play and movement.

Meanwhile in the elementary level, Team Kalinga also had an upset win over defending champion Team Baguio of last year’s CARAA to bring home the gold. The score for the hard- fought softball game was 18 for Kalinga while Baguio had 12 runs. 


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