“Our delegates to the Palarong Pambansa which is composed of 46 athletes and 16 officials have shown remarkable performance in their respective sports discipline. Their performance is a result of their hardwork and discipline, as well as guidance and mentorship of the talented coaches and trainers. Marikina would not be able to produce such assets if they would just spend time sitting in front of computers or gadgets playing online games or sneaking into social media sites,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.
The recognition is based on Resolution No. 81, Series of 2014, which the 7th City Council chaired by Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz has passed. It lauded elementary and high school athletes of Marikina city for garnering numerous gold, silver and bronze medals during the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa.
The athletes’ success is also a testament to the availability of quality sports facilities the city has such as the Marikina Sports Center, the interconnected bike lanes, baseball fields, and jogging lanes.
Joining the National Capital Region team were Marikina City’s medalists, namely Camille Mijares (arnis for girls, gold medalist), James Kevin Abejuelo (arnis for boys, bronze medalist), Francheska Elaine C. Buena (4 x 100m relay for girls gold medalist, 4 x 400m relay for girls Bronze medalist), Gabrielle Ganoy (Badminton for boys, doubles, bronze medalist), Emmanuel Cervito, John Michael Labao, James Talarde, John Arsyl Tupas (Sipa Takraw for boys, double regu, gold medalists), Alekseis De Leon (swimming, 4 x 400m freestyle for boys gold medalist, 4 x 200m medley relay for boys silver medalists), and Irishel Viesca (Volleyball for girls, bronze medalist) competed with contestants coming from the participating elementary schools from different regions of the country. For the secondary level Johann Kylle Bautista (100m dash for boys, silver medalist, 200m dash for boys silver medalist), Jhunel Bautista, Gabriel Pineda, Louie Fermanes, Keno Sabiniano, Jerry Maya, Jayson Salamida, Vincent Labrador, Elijah Vaughn Pagkaliwagan, Christian Cancicio, Aaron Mark Cayago, Francis Michael Gesmundo, Gilbert Gonzales Jr., Arvin Maynard Herrera, Jose Gabriel Pineda and Francis Marco Reyes (baseball for boys, gold medalists).