Wednesday, 02 May 2012 14:55
The Region IX (Western Mindanao) delegation headed by the contingent from Zamboanga City finished 11th place, winning only 2 golds, 6 silvers and 11 bronzes in the week-long Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Collegiate Games held in Cebu City.
The Zamboangueno gold medalists leading the delegation are David Yuson, Jr., of the Universidad De Zamboanga (UZ) who won a gold medal in the bantamweight division of Taekwondo, and Mark Jayson Silomenio also of the Universidad De Zamboanga.
In the overall medal standings, Region VII retained the championship crown as the host region bested other delegates in table tennis, basketball, lawn tennis, men’s beach volleyball, football, women’s volleyball and dance sport. They grabbed a total of 202 medals with 117 golds, 44 silvers and 41 bronze, to retain the title which they won last year in Zamboanga City.
Region VI (Western Visayas) grabbed the second place with 59 golds, 52 silvers and 54 bronze, followed by Region IV-A (Calabarzon) with a 49-41-43 medal tally. The 4th place went to Region XI (Davao) with 27-51-57; Region I, 6-6-15; Region XII, 5-25-30; Region III, 5-8-19; CAR, 3-17-16, Region II, 3-2-4 and Region V with 2-15-23 medal tally. Last place went to Region IX.
PRISAA National Chairman Dr. Emmanuel Angeles lauded the host region as organizer, the officialdom of Cebu provincial and city government and the technical expertise of PRISAA National Executive Director Elbert “Bong” Atilano.
“This is the best so far in the past 20 years as we are making PRISAA stand out as the country’s biggest and the best sports organization,” Angeles said.
Angeles will be visiting every region and will invite experts from the neighboring countries for a scientific training to have better representation in the ASEAN or even Olympic games.
“We’ll discover the best athletes, more financial support and provide better facilities in different regions,” Angeles added during the closing ceremonies.
“This is the product of discipline and hard work of the organizers,” said PRISAA National President Fr. Vicente Uy.
PRISAA National Executive Director Elbert Atilano, Sr., lauded the host city for their all-out support making the games a successful sporting event in the country.
“This is excellent sports competition as there are no complaints or protest against athletes or technical officials,” Atilano said during the presentation of awards to all regions.
by: Monch L. Follosco
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