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Army crowned National Champion in 1st ROTC Games

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Photo: protagonist in the basketball 3×3 finals.

 

The men in the field kept punching and kicking until the final bell as the Philippine Army wrote history as the first National Champion in the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Games which wrapped up its inaugural staging on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Malate, Manila

With only one gold medal each at stake in the remaining basketball and volleyball finals, it’s all in the bag for the Armymen collecting a total of 53 medals – 19 golds, 16 silvers, and 18 bronzes.

Philippine Navy followed suit with 28 medals (8-614) and AirForce got 21 medals (2-7-12).

Army banked on its athletes in arnis after reaping seven gold medals courtesy of Rizal Technological University bets Maria LG Mae Ballester, Lolito Bacor Jr., Villamiel Tiongson, Febie Tacda, Kyla Dela Torre and Joana Dela Cruz.

It also showed its force in boxing with five gold medals – two of which from Western Institute of Technology fighters Joeler Efondo and Alfred Deslate – as well as in kickboxing four gold medals including three from University of Baguio bets Christopher Manipon, Betty Mae Churping, and Kathleen Igualdo.

Navy’s production came from athletics with its Adamson University runners grabbing four gold medals, including Kent Francis Jardin, who was adjudged the most bemedalled athlete, anchored Navy with victories in the men’s 200 meters, 4x100m, and 4x400m relay. Other golds from the Navy came from esports with two, and one each from arnis and kickboxing.

Air Force, for its part, has two gold medals courtesy of Ghen-yan Berdon in kickboxing and the University of Negros Oddidental-Recoletos’ 4x100m relay runners Marla and Angelica Bacaro, Ciara Largavista and Jeazel Talaver.

In the battle for the Higher Educational Institute (HEI), the Rizal Technological University grabbed the championship with total medals of eight (6 golds and 2 silver) while the University of Baguio claimed second place with 7 (5 golds and 2 silver) and Adamson University got 9 medals (4-2-3). Completing the top 5 are Western Institute of Technology (1-2-4) and the University of Cagayan Valley (1-2-4).

All winners were fitted in a meaningful closing ceremony led by Senator Francis ‘Tol’ Tolentino, the brainchild of the program for students-cadet nationwide, held at the Villamor gymnasium in Pasay City.

Trophies, certificates, and cash incentives were also handed out by Tolentino, along with the heads of the partner agencies.

 

 

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