Zambo reaps 119 medals in Philippine Nat’l Games PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2016 13:10

Zamboanga City’s delegation to the Philippine National Games (PNG) 2016 held in Lingayen, Pangasinan from March 7-11 harvested a total of 119 medals bringing anew honor and pride to Zamboangueños.

Forty-four (44) of the total 119 medals are gold, 37 are silver and 38 are bronze.

City Sports Division Chief Dr. Cecille Atilano said the Zamboanga delegation reaped medals in all of the 10 events with the futsal men and futsal women as champion in their respective field.

The archery team garnered 1 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals; boxing team – 2 silver and 2 bronze medals; futsal men and futsal women- 2 gold medals; karatedo- 4 gold, 1 silver and 9 bronze medals; muaythai- 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals; pencak silat- 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals; swimming- 1 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals; taekwondo- 1 silver and 2 bronze medals; weightlifting – 20 gold, 19 silver and 9 bronze medals and wrestling – 9 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

The closing ceremony was held Friday, March 11 and the delegation left Pangasinan to Manila Saturday night, departed Manila by boat Sunday 9am and is expected to arrive Zamboanga on Tuesday, March 15.

Zamboanga athletes have been making waves in various local and international competitions and were duly recognized by the City Government for bringing honor and prestige to the city.

According to on-line sources, the PNG officially known as the POC-PSC Games is a national multi-sport tournament in the country. It was created as a means to determine the possible composition of national pool athletes that will compete in international tournaments such as Southeast Asian Games and the Olympics.

The Philippine National Games (PNG) was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 163 dated March 3, 1994 during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos.The 2015 edition was divided into three legs which was hosted in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with each leg including 10 events each for the same sports doubling as qualifiers for the 2016 edition. — Sheila Covarrubias