DUMAGUETE CITY – Baguio City bet Elmer Batani and Joy Bartonico of Iloilo Province delivered a gold performance in arnis single weapon anyo Sunday here at the 2nd POC-PSC National Games at the Cosca gym.
The 18-year Bartonico garnered 67 points to claim her first gold in this annual competition sponsored by Smart Communications, Summit Mineral Water, Standard Insurance, TV5, AKTV, 2Go, Cebu Pacific, Accel, Pocari Sweat, Scratch It Instant Tama, SM and Puregold.
“Unexpected po kasi hindi pa ako nakakain ng agahan saka first time ko mag-anyo,” said Bartonico, an incoming second year college student at Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.
She finished fourth in the same event last year in Bacolod City.
Bartonico dethroned last year’ champion Reignerose Esguerra of Pasig City who settled for silver with 66 points. Baguio City’s Claire Danga-as took the bronze with 65.5 points.
It was also the first gold medal for 20-year old Batani in individual category as the incoming University of Baguio second year college student impressed the judges with his form and gathered 64.5 points.
He was followed by Ric Marcelino (64 points) of Cagayan de Oro while Iloilo’s Kieser Juanga took the bronze medal with 63.5 points.
“Masaya po kasi nagbunga rin yung training na ginagawa namin,” said Batani, who wore an Igorot costume during his performance.
In the men’s double weapon anyo, Iloilo’s Warlie Gumban won the gold after getting 67 points while Baguio’s Raymart Gutierrez (65.5) took the silver. John Franklin Dresser (64.5) of Cagayan de Oro settled for bronze.
Cagayan de Oro’s Nina Allana Gay Tabor (65.5) won the gold medal in the women’s double weapon while Danga-as (65) took the silver. Bartonico (64.5) took her second medal with a bronze in this event.
Centerpiece event track and field blasts off at the Perdices Sports Complex starting today with 14 gold medals to be contested as action heats up in this tournament.