By Josanlo Caldera
Newcomer Negros Island Region bagged 21 golds, 27 silvers, and 35 bronzes as of April 15, 2016 10:54 PM. PalarongPambansa 2016 closes today at the Bicol University Sports Complex.
The secured gold medals include that of Angel Ann Pranisa, of Tangub Elementary School, Bacolod City, who sets a new record on Athletics at 26.15 seconds in 200-meter dash.
Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad said, “There’s overwhelming joy and happiness in my heart with this unexpected result. Despite being a new region, more or less 3 months old, we were able to reach this victory. My congratulations to all the athletes and coaches for our success. Kudos to everyone.”
Reigning and defending champion NCR remains a distant lead with 100 golds, 56 silvers, and 47 bronzes while Region IV-A Calabarzon is a far second with 38-42-58 medals followed by Region VI-Western Visayas with 35-32-38, and Region VII-Central Visayas with 28-30-29 medals for the third and fourth places, respectively.
“NIR will make it because we are made to be the champions. The flame of NIR keeps on burning for everybody is doing his or her respective shares. Sulong Negros.” ARD Salustiono Jimenez said.
NIR is expected to make a championship showdown with NCR in basketball and volleyball secondary girls today at Sunshine International Gymnasium, Albay.