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OROQUIETA CITY. Batang Pinoy Mindanao Leg girls swimming double gold medalist Julianna Marien Villanueva of Davao City, center, joins other medalists of the 200-meter individual medley at the podium with Philippine Sports Commissioners Arnold Agustin, left, and Charles Raymond A. Maxey, right at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletics Center. (Davao Sportswriter Association photo)


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - Runner Andrea Annabela De Guia and swimmer Julianna Marien Villanueva collected two gold medals each to lead Davao City's medal haul in the ongoing Batang Pinoy Mindanao Leg here as of Thursday. De Guia timed 11 minutes and four seconds to annex the girls 13-15 3,000-meter run gold yesterday over Mariafe Basong of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte and Desiree Belarmino of Pagadian City who copped the silver and bronze, respectively. Basong clocked 12.1 while Belarmino finished in 12.3. The feat of 15-year-old De Guia, a student of Doña Carmen Denia National High School of Toril, came on the heels of snatching the girls 13-15 3,000m gold over teammate Reza Tuba of Marilog National High School who followed second with 5:06.3 and Annie Mary Depone of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, third (5:22.3), Wednesday afternoon.

"Mudula pako sa 400m, kumpyansa ko nga makuha nako, paningkamutan nako nga makatulo ka golds ko (I'll run the 400m and I am confident to win, I'll do my best to win a third gold)," De Guia said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao. During the 1,500m finals, both De Guia and Tuba were trailing behind but they pumped up speed in the last three laps to overtake the frontrunners. However, De Guia never looked back to win the gold. Reza shared, "Di naman nako sya maapas pud, para iya man jud to (I could not keep up with her. It's really for her)." De Guia, meanwhile, added that even before the race they conditioned each other's minds that neither one of them should get the gold for the city. An only child raised by her mother, De Guia said joining and winning fun runs helped make ends meet at home.

"Sabado, Dominggo ang fun runs pirmi man ko mudaug pero usahay second or third, okay lang kay dunay premyo man gihapon mahatag nako kay Mama, magamit sab nako sa akong pag-eskwela (I join fun runs usually held Saturdays and Sundays and I win most of the times, sometimes I place second or third but it's okay there are still prizes and I can give it to my mother and also help me with my school needs)," the Davraa Meet 2018 champion, coached by Valerio Bulpa, said. She and Tuba are excited to compete in the Batang Pinoy national championships slated September in Baguio City as it would be their first time to be in the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Meanwhile, Villanueva topped the girls 13-15 800m freestyle event to bag her second gold in swimming. She registered a time of 9:53.38 while Iligan City's Aubrey Sheian Bermejo (10:12.33) and General Santos City's Krisha Joanna Apin (10:22.35) wounded up in the next two spots. Precious International School of Davao (PISD) student Villanueva, 13, captured her first gold here Wednesday in the girls 13-15 200m individual medley (IM). Villanueva, who harvested five golds in the Davraa Meet 2018, downplayed her chances of winning as much golds in the Batang Pinoy. "There are a lot more faster swimmers here," she said. Her mother Myra, who accompanied her, is giving her the moral support she needs every time she competes. She is set to swim three more events.

By: MARIANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN  | Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/sports/2018/03/08/de-guia-villanueva-bag-2nd-golds-batang-pinoy-592583