Garry Santiago captured half of the six gold medals at stake in the throwing events in athletics to emerge as the first triple gold medalist in the National Capital Region qualifying leg of the 2011 Batang Pinoy.
The 15-year-old Santiago claimed the gold medals in boys discus throw after tallying a 35.29m mark while also dominating the javelin throw event with a 47.74m output. He romped to his third gold medal in the competition in the shot put with a throw of 13.99m.
Garry’s younger sister Stephanie also made an impact in athletics by bagging two gold medals in the throwing events held at the Philsports field in Pasig City.
Stephanie threw 25.32m in the girls discus and hoisting 8.59m in the shot put although she only finished third in the javelin throw.
In archery at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium, Bianca Roxas-Chua Gotuaco nabbed her second gold medal in archery.
The 14-year-old Gotuaco beat Caitlin Miciane, 3-0, to grab the gold in the girls individual honor to follow up her FITA double 18m individual event title she won last Tuesday.
Gotuaco, a first year high school for International School-Manila, had competed in the United States Games but was also a campaigner in the Palarong Pambansa.
Meanwhile, Quezon City romped to five gold medals in swimming held at the Makati Aquatics Center.
Aaron Ho made it a double gold performance winning the boys 200m freestyle (2:20.60) and the boys 200m medley relay (2:02.37).
The girls team also took the gold in the 200m medley relay with a clocking of 2:17.62, Jeremy Lim wrested the boys 14-15 200m freestyle with a time of 2:12.53, and Collen Limsui claimed the girls 200m freestyle checking in at 2:12.53.