Lady tanker terminates medal dryspell for Panabo City Division by Aileen Anonuevo
After several years of dry spell in medal harvest for the swimming event, Panabo City Schools Division finally produced a Palarong Pambansa medalist in Swimming in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa held last May 3 – 11, 2014 in Sta. Cruz, Laguna in the person of Bernice Arabelle C. Elesterio.
Bringing home 3 medals: 2 Silvers and 1 bronze for 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 50 x 4 Medley Relay respectively was no mean feat for the 12 year old Palarong Pambansa first-timer. She outdid some of the country’s seasoned athletes in the swimming event.
Prodded by the family’s conviction that swimming could finally be the cure to her regular bouts of asthma attacks since her toddler days, Elesterio started swimming at the age of nine.
Unwittingly, she developed love for swimming and went on to join her first swimming competition after only a few days of initial training, and yes she didn’t win any medals then.
Unfazed by the numerous lackluster performances in the swimming competitions she had joined earlier as a neophyte, Elesterio became more determined to finally win her first medal one day and devoted more time to training at one of the local inland resorts in Panabo.
The medals came after barely two years of waiting.
Armed with a strong determination to win and coupled with her coach’s belief that a future winner lurks behind that gangly frame, Elesterio started winning swimming competitions in 2013.
Her victory in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Leg that in 2013 brought her to the Batang Pinoy National Games last January 28 – February 1, 2014 and proceeded to bring home medals for Team DavNor (bronze medal for 50m breaststroke and 1 silver medal for 200m breaststroke).
And In the latest DavRAA Meet last February 9-12, 2014 where she finished with 2 gold medals for 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke, 4 silver medals for 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 4x50 medley relay, and 4x50 freestyle relay respectively.
With her victory in the DavRAA, the bedimpled tanker went on to compete for the first time in the prestigious Palarong Pambansa 2014 in Laguna and managed to snatch medals for her events.
Although a gold medal still remains elusive at the moment, Elesterio didn’t came home empty handed for she brought two silvers for 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke and a bronze for 50 x 4 Medley Relay for the Davao Eagles.
Indeed, bringing home medals to your mother unit doesn’t happen everyday.
Elesterio did her share and made not only Panabo City Schools Division proud but also her Alma Mater Maryknoll High School and our city, Panabo, even prouder.
Davao del Norte-Brgy. Una Boxers dominate Batang Pinoy 2013
The Davao del Norte-Barangay Una Boxers gave a splendid performance as they hauled in 9 golds, 3 silvers and 5 bronze to dominate the recently concluded 2013 Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifications held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
Leading the charge for the Tonyboy Floirendo-founded boxer/scholars was the scintillating performance of Flyweight (52 kgs.) Jhunrick Carcedo who defeated Falcon Criz Ocaña of Cagayan de Oro City via Knock-out in the 2nd Round.
Pinweight dynamo Ferdinand Apat (48 kgs.) also KO’d his opponent April Dan Mejares of Gingo-og City to deliver another gold for the team.
Other Gold Medalist of the team include, Minimum wt. (34 kgs.) Jerald Cantero defeating Aldren Pamisa (CDO); Powder wt. (36 kgs.) Jeffrey Miras trouncing Britz Bryant Bado (Iligan City); 38 kgs. campaigner Joe Wellan Cantero thrashing co-Barangay Una teammate Mark Jay Darullo; Mosquito wt. (40 kgs.) John Benedicto Cadavido over Junuar Omas-as (Gensan); Light Paper wt. (42 kgs.) Jiple Jay Cabrera battering Francis Jay Diaz (CDO); Light Pinweight (46 kgs.) Ven Joshua Vanguardia winning over teammate Darwin Caderao (Panabo City); and Light flyweight (50 kgs.) Marjon Piañar outclassing Sagrado Acedo (Gensan).
Bringing home a silver medal was Kehm John Samoranos (44 kgs.), Darwin Caderao (46 kgs.) and Mark Jay Darullo (38 kgs.).
While Bronze medal winners include Kent Solomon, Venz Nicko Escanillas, Jerald Fabricante, Jestine Tesoro and Judy Flores.
Other participating teams who garnered medals include Gensan with a 2-2-2 gold-silver-bronze tally; Cagayan de Oro City (1-5-3), Carmen/DDN (1-0-1), and Zamboanga del sur with 1 gold.
The team was trained and coached by Rex Saludar, Jeffrey Laurente, Jonas Jerusalem, Lelios Siodina as well as guest trainors from the Philippine Air Force Sgt. Dick Varron and A1C Rico Laput.
Also present to supervise the team was Brgy.Una Exec. Director Edwin Pardillo, Technical Consultant Celestino Revamonte and Gym Manager Edgar Encabo.
Ms. GeneRose Tecson, Chief of Staff of Cong. Lagdameo and Team Manager thanked the whole team for their efforts urging them to “continue your dedication and hardwork as it will surely reap triumphs.” Tecson thanked also ANFLOCOR Big Boss Tonyboy Floirendo and Davao del Norte 2nd District solon Anton F. Lagdameo, Jr. for their unwavering support to the team as well as the parents of the boxers for their moral support and prayers.
She also thanked Panabo City’s Schools Division Supt. Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion including the teachers and principals of the student/boxers for their understanding and support during their trainings and competitions.
All medalists of the tourney are now qualified to compete in the Batang Pinoy National Finals which will be held in Zamboanga City later on this year.
Panabo City Student-Researcher Wins at the 2013 Intel ISEF Arizona By Gelia F. Pueblo
The Panabo City Division proudly announces the victory of Judel Jay A. Tabsing , a fourth year student of the Special Science Curriculum of Panabo National High School from a highly esteemed international science fair through his science investigatory project entitled “Impatiens balsamina Leaf Extract as Potential Fungicide Against Fusarium oxysporium f. sp. Cubense Tropical Race 4 Causing Fusarium Wilt of Banana”. After passing through rigorous screenings in various levels , his project qualified to be one of the final five (5) entries, being the only entry from Region X1, which represented the Philippines to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) at Phoenix, Arizona , USA on May 11-17, 2013 . It was adjudged as the 4th Grand Winner from among the 1,600 participants all over the world. He bagged home $500 cash prize and an astounding exposure of brushing elbows with bigwigs in an international scientific community. This science project is an output of Judel Jay Tabsing in the subject, Research, offered during the fourth year level of the Special Science Curriculum under the tutelage of Mr. Mervin G. Salmon who has gained profound experience as project adviser with his regular exposure and consistent winnings in research paper presentations not only in the national level but also in international scientific conventions or congress which he has regularly attended together with his students. Mr. Salmon’s dedication to instill in the minds and hearts of the students, including Judel , the love and passion for research has finally culminated to the elevation of Panabo City at the international arena , the Intel ISEF, which is the world’s largest international pre-college competition for science researches. Same project came out as the regional champion, and emerged as the lone Ricoh Sustainable Development Awardee and Top 3 of the Top Ten Qualifiers at the National Science and Technology Fair held at Eurotel, Las Piñas City on November 29- December 1, 2012. This remarkable feat acknowledges the generous contributions from the different partners of DepEd who have in one way or another shared their resources for this endeavor. The Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO) , a banana producer and exporter, provided the facilities of their research laboratory during the experimentation period at no cost. The reproduction of manuscripts and Tabsing’s participation to a series of elimination rounds and coaching sessions with his coach were funded by the school and its PTA through its principal, Memia B. Infiesto in coordination with his parents , Mr. and Mrs. Julie Tabsing . Finally , his participation to the Intel ISEF Arizona 2013 was sponsored by Fit-ED, DepEd Central Office and Intel , with a fifty thousand pesos(Php 50,000.00) subsidy from the school and the Local Government of Panabo City initiated by City Mayor Jose L. Silvosa and Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion through the Special Education Funds.