After five days of competing against other powerhouse delegations, Caballero warriors managed to haul 21 medals which include 5 gold, 5 silver and 11 bronze medals during the 2019 CALABARZON Heroes Games.
Power jumper Hazel Ann M. Suarez and boxing protege Roland Medez bannered the city division’s bid for the national sports competition after posting gold medal wins in their respective events.
Suarez jumped her way to the top in Athletics- High Jump Secondary Girls while Medez made history as the city’s first boxer to compete and to advance to Palarong Pambansa on his debut year.
Samuel Ochoa, Archie Zaraspe, Lemuel John Cuevas and Stephanie De Chavez also made raves when they harvested gold medals in team sports.
Other Caballeros who successfully concluded their bids with podium finishes. Mea Czarina Mendoza (Chess, Team), Don Derek Magpantay and Luke Ezekiel Pena (Swimming, 200-meter relay Freestyle Elementary Boys), Raphaelle Victoria Musico and Karen Mikaela Fortu (Swimming, 200-meter relay Freestype Elementary Girls), Karen Mikaela Fortu (Swimming, 400-meter relay Freestyle Elementary Girls) and Ma. JulianaLiwanag (Taekwondo, Flyweight Girls) raked in Silver.
Llana Abbygail G.Ascan (Athletics, 800-meter Run Elementary Girls), Frank Joseph Macalalad (Athletics, High Jump Secondary Boys), Micah Sharmaine Fortu and Erich Zyren Fulgencio (Archery, Team Event), Stephanie B. Andal (Arnis, Category 1, Full Contact Event), Cyril Rose C. Dais (Arnis, Category 4 Full Contact Event and Category B Live Stick Competition), Ian Jasper S. Asi (Billiards, Men’s 8 Ball), Daniel Serviano and Laurence P. Arellano (Sepak Takraw), Jake Ellis Evangelista (Swimming, 200-meter Medley Relay Secondary Boys, Israel Martin U. De Chavez (Taekwondo, Flyweight Boys) and Jamaica Villena (Volleyball, Secondary Girls).
As of this writing, only Suarez and Medez have sure slots to the nationals though there is a possibility that three or four city athletes will represent Batangas City.
This year’s Palarong Pambansa will be held in Davao City. (Ryan B. Garcia, Teacher III, Batangas National High School)