OROQUIETA, Misamis Occidental. — Under normal circumstances, Chelsea Lumapay would rather not draw attention to herself.

But the shy, soft-spoken girl from Tagum, Davao del Norte can no longer keep a low profile in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Regionals here, especially after a brilliant performance in arnis, the country’s national sport.

She turned the San Jose Bajo covered court into her own personal playground by romping off with nine gold medals late Saturday.

Displaying precocious agility, grace and fighting skills, Lumapay capped her prolific campaign by clinching the 9-10 year-old live-stick (sparring) gold in the girls 35-kilogram-and-above division.

A Grade 5 student at the Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School, she was a virtual gold-making machine, topping the solo baston, double baston, open form, non-traditional solo and double baston, mixed event traditional and mixed event traditional events in anyo (forms).

Lumapay also bagged the padded stick gold in sparring and had a bronze in the traditional anyo to early emerge as the most outstanding performer in the grassroots sports showcase organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and hosted by the Misamis Occidental provincial government led by Herminia Ramiro.

“Masayang-masaya po ako,” said the soft-spoken and shy pastor’s daughter of her dazzling showing in the meet also co-hosted by the Oroquieta City government led by Mayor Jason Almonte.

“Maruno pong sumunod sa aking tinuturo,” said Lumapay’s youthful coach, Airel John Manunuam, 18, with pride. 

Manunuam is a veteran of the meeting, bagging a gold medal in the 2016 Batang Pinoy Games Nationals in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Lumapay’s golden bounty accounted for more than a third of Tagum’s output of 26 gold medals on top of 26 silvers and 21 bronzes that propped up the campaigners from Davao del Norte’s provincial capital in sixth place in the overall medal standings as of 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

On the penultimate day of the event, Gen. Santos City surged to the top with a 44-47-28 output, edging out Davao City (43-21-16) while Davao del Norte slipped to third spot (38-27-36).

Lumapay’s accomplishments overshadowed that of Davao City’s Andrea Annabela de Guia, who emerged as the toast of track and field Saturday afternoon after winding up with four gold medals at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletics Complex track oval.

Running the fourth and last leg, De Guia gave the Davao City team a much-needed boost in ruling the girls 4x400-meter relay in four minutes and 29.9 seconds, relegating Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte to the silver medal in 4:31.1.  General Santos City finished a distant third (3:57.7).

It was the fourth mint for the dusky De Guia, who also earlier won the girls 400, 800 and 1,500-meter runs on the MOPAC oval.

Al-Naquiev Sappari emerged as the most bemedalled entry in the boys division with his third gold after powering the General Santos City quartet to a runaway win in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:44.5, nearly 10 seconds faster than runner-up South Cotabato (3:54.4). Koronadal City was third (3:57.7).

Sappari showed he had much left in the tank after ruling the boys’ 800-meter run (2:12.4) just a few minutes earlier. He also won the boys’ 400-meter race and took a silver in the 4x100-meter relay.

Peterson Laparan of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental secured the boys 110-meter hurdles title (16:28) while General Santos City’s Rani de Dios copped the girls 100-meter hurdles gold (15:58) last Saturday.

General Santos City captured overall honors in boys track and field with seven gold, six silvers and 2 bronzes while South Cotabato (2-4-2) and Sto Tomas, Davao del Norte (2-2-3) were second and third, respectively.

Banking on De Guia’s gold-medal binge, Davao City topped the distaff side (8-3-1), Hagonoy, Davao del Sur (3-1-1) was second and Davao del Norte third (3-0-3).

Oroquieta City and Davao City split the golds in the boys and girls doubles of lawn tennis.

Date: March 12, 2018 | By: Bong Pedralvez | Newspaper: Malaya Business Insight | Source: http://www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/sports/tagum-arnis-star-wins-9-gold-medals