DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The host division Davao City bagged a total of 184 gold, 111 silver and 76 bronze medals to emerge once again the overall champion in the Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet, Friday, February 23.
Davao City Durians dominated the regular sports medal tally of both elementary and secondary levels with 72 gold, 58 silver, 28 bronze and 112 gold, 53 silver and 48 bronze medals respectively.
The special athletes from the President’s hometown also halted the reigning dominance of the Davao del Norte Pioneers and stole the top spot in the Para games leading by only one gold medal, 23 gold, 16 silver and 13 bronze medals while the latter province garnered 22 golds, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals. Compostela Gold secured third spot with 5-4-9.
Jenelito Atillo, spokesperson of the Department of Education Region 11 said Dabawenyos showed great improvement this year, exceeding their medal tally last year having 126 golds, 105 silvers and 76 bronzes.
Mikey Aportadera, head of the City Sports Development Division said the homecourt advantage of Dabawenyos gave them the “extra push” in their performance this year.
Following Davao City in the over-all tally is the Tagum City Tagumpay having 58-54-61, also placing first runner up in both elementary and secondary levels while Digos City finished third (23-37-49).
Meanwhile, Panabo City Banana Magnates conquered the Demo sports hauling in 15 golds, 11 silvers and seven bronzes, followed by Davao City (9-4-11) and Davao del Norte (3-1-0).
City Mayor Sara Duterte expressed her gratitude to all the executive committees from the 11 divisions and security personnel who helped make the city’s hosting a success. She also announced that the city wants to host the DAVRAA meet again next year.
Mary Joy Tabal, a veteran athlete and the first Filipina marathon runner to qualify in the Olympics also spoke words of inspiration for the aspiring young athletes as the guest speaker of the ceremony.
“You might not win a medal today but take this experience to life, to never stop dreaming, to continue striving, persevere, and be the best athlete you can be,” Tabal said.
A symbolic presentation of quallified athletes to the Palarong Pambansa was held during the closing ceremony, the first time to happen in the history of DAVRAA, Atillo said.
More than 500 qualified athletes from the region will vie for their respective sports in the Palarong Pambansa slated in Vigan, Ilocos Sur on April 16-20.
Here are some photos during the closing ceremony: