They left with modest hopes and will return with a modest bounty.
The Philippines-Mindanao delegation composed of athletes from Davao City ended its campaign in the 9th BIMP-EAGA Games with fifteen medals in its basket in the East Kalimatan city of Samarinda in Indonesia.
The lean 55-man delegation culled from various Davao colleges had only a solitary gold to show but it came from the sport closest to its heart—basketball. The Dabawenyos also added 4 silvers and 10 bronzes.
The men’s basketball team coached by Isaias Gravador and commposed of Holy Cross of Davao College and Ateneo de Davao University players took the gold over Indonesia’s Sulsel, sweeping the competition undefeated in four games and averaging a whopping over 50-point margin against the competition.
The team is composed of Joshua R. Aguilon, Harry D. Dumagan, Mark Brian Francisco, Michael Jay L. Gonzaga, Christian Junior Y. Gonzales, Kenneth John Gudes, Bernard R. Gutierrez II, James Clarn T. Linares, Lean Vincent H. Martel, Harold John G. Nebria, Jhayston D. Oquias, John Patrick J. Quidato, Christian Ivan Jaive D. San Diego, Loid Prince B. Unson, and Joromeo Yap. Assistant coaches are Adel Gino Paulo C. Nobleza and Juan Carlo O. Salvador.
Diana Mae R. Memoracion won silver in the women’s 1,500-meter run and added another bronze in the 3,000 meters. She later anchored the women’s 4×400 meter relay team to the silver to become the delegation’s most bemedalled athlete.
The women’s quartet are also composed of Joanna Marie L. Agudo, Jollymae P. Gabaisen, and Suzette A. Jumawan.
The men’s quarter also duplicated the feat of their women counterparts after the team of Agustin Y. Anciano Jr.,
Briely Jay A. Briz, Fritz Clarence B. Lantaco, and Jezreel A. Medel won silver in the men’s race.
The women’s beach volleyball team of Samantha Dizon of Ateneo de Davao University and Kween Marie Dawang of Holy Cross of Davao College arlier won a silver. The men’s team of Jan Ashley Jacob of the University of Mindanao and Rex Paller of Jose Maria College won bronze in the men’s side.
The other medalists in athletics are Sailormon R. Arnaiz in men’s discus throw (bronze), Irish G. Marquez in women’s discus throw (bronze) and javelin throw (bronze).
Joanna Marie L. Agudo took the bronze in the women’s 400 meters.
The athletics squad is coached by veterans Emilio A. Lacanaria Jr. and Harrish M. Ratag.
In men’s tennis, John Jeric M. Accion settled for the bronze meda while the men’s Sepak Takraw Regu and doubles teams also finished bronze.
The seak takraw team is composed of Paul C. Abenojar, Bryan P. Borras, Jayrix Fel S. Cabero, Jundy T. Puton, Dominic James P. Sagosoy, Nomar B. Sencio, and Alion L. Ypon. Coaching the team are Grendel P. Ilogon and Nilda T. Sebellino.
The biennial games is the sporting side of the multi-economy cooperation among East Asean growth areas Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
The delegation’s participation is funded by the city government of Davao thru Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and the Philippine Sports Commission thru Chairman William Ramirez and Commissioner in-charge Charles Maxey.