After one week of competition, the National Capital Region retained its overall championship title with 11 team titles in elementary and 13 in secondary division, while Western Visayas earned six team titles in elementary and five in the secondary to remain first runner-up in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa that ended Saturday in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Western Visayas had the chance to earn more points in ball games as the elementary and secondary basketball boys’ team and high school girls squad, together with their teammates in volleyball and elementary football advanced to the semifinals, but only the basketball girls managed to advance to the championship round, and eventually, won the crown.
While they were able to dominate the elementary boys and girls, arnis, athletics girls, boxing, softball, and taekwondo boys, Region VI failed to land in the top three of elementary badminton boys and girls, baseball, chess boys, gymnastics, swimming, taekwondo girls, and tennis boys and girls.
The NCR, on the other hand, topped the elementary athletics boys, badminton girls, basketball, chess boys, gymnastics, swimming boys and girls, tennis girls, and volleyball boys.
In secondary competition, Western Visayas reigned in arnis boys and girls, basketball girls, softball, and table tennis girls, while NCR topped the archery girls, athletics girls, baseball, basketball boys, chess boys, football, gymnastics, swimming boys and girls, and volleyball boys and girls.
Western Visayas salvaged the bronze in basketball boys with a win over Davao, while the secondary volleyball girls’ team consoled themselves with a third place finish after yielding their crown to NCR in the semifinals, 16-25, 19-25, 25-19 and 17-25.
Earlier, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maraño Jr. said cash incentives will be given to all Palaro medal winners. Gold medalists will get P10,000 while the silver medalist will receive P5,000 and the bronze winners, P3,000.
For team events, the provincial government will give P50,000 for the first placers, P30,000 for the first runner-up, and 10,000 for the second runner-up.
Marañon said the incentives will be given to all winners representing Region VI even if they are not from Negros Occidental.*NAB
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