OROQUIETA CITY – General Santos City took over the overall lead after they won golds in pencak silat and taekwondo a day before the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Games come to a close.
A total of 17 golds were secured by GenSan all day Friday, March 10 in different sports to clinch top spot with 44 gold, 47 silver and 48 bronze medals.
Close at the heels of GenSan are Davao City (43-21-16) and Davao del Norte (38-27-36) in second and third spots, respectively.
An athlete to watch in the Batang Pinoy National Finals, set in Baguio City this September, is Arnis wonder Chelsea Lumapay of Tagum City who took home ten medals out of ten events she participated in, 9 golds and a bronze.
“I am so happy, nahirapan ako sa traditional pero salamat kinaya ko pa din po” said 10-year old Lumapay who is also set to join this year’s Palarong Pambansa in Vigan come April. She came from a brood of Arnis artist with both her older siblings also Arnis athletes. It is Lumapay’s second try in Batang Pinoy having joined last year but was not as lucky.
Rio Kissel Ungaya, Hannah Seins Leano and Rica Mae Boholst of Zamboanga City took home three of four golds in the Pencak Silat Tanding teen girls event Class A, B and C respetively. Hazel Mar Padilla of GenSan won gold in Class E of same event.