LINGAYEN -- The National Capital Region (NCR) reigned supreme in Palarong Pambansa 2012 as it captured its 7th consecutive over-all championship crown Saturday.
Palarong Pambansa 2012 officially ended Saturday afternoon with NCR earning 733 points from 245 total medals it amassed from both the elementary and secondary level.
Far second in total points and medal tally is Western Visayas, which posted 452 total points (123 medals) while Southern Tagalog settled for third place with 335.5 points (105 medals).
It was a virtual repeat of the 2011 Palarong Pambansa held in Dapitan City where the three teams also finished 1-2-3.
Central Visayas, meanwhile, amassed 305.17 points to finish fourth in the overall standing.
In fifth place is Northern Mindanao with 170.5 points, followed by Central Luzon (sixth) with 57 points, and Cotabato Region taking seventh place at 125.17 points.
In eighth place is the Mimaropa Region comprising of Mindoro, Masbate, Romblon and Palawan with 117.17 points, followed by host Ilocos (Region 1) Athletic Association in ninth place at 97.01 points.
Ilocos’ ninth place finish in this Palaro was considered a big improvement from its 12th finish in last year’s national games in Dapitan City.
The athletes from Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte captured seven gold, 11 silver and 16 bronze medals with a total point of 97.01. Of which, 54.67 points came from the elementary while 42.34 points came from the secondary athletes.
Davao Region took 10th place at 96.5 points, with Cordillera Administrative Region settled for 11th place at 87.5 points, followed by Zamboanga Peninsula in 12th at 46.17 points.
In 13th place is Cagayan Valley with 31.5 points, though one of its athletes, Julian Reem Fuentes, broke the 10-year-old record in the long jump right on the first day of competition.
Bicol Region is 14th in the overall standing with 30.5 points, followed by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in 15th place at 19 points, with Caraga Region in 16th place at 14.17 points.
Eastern Visayas took the 17th and the last spot at 5.17 points.
NCR further ran away in points Saturday morning as its teams captured almost all the gold (equivalent to 25 points) in the ball games finals.
Its elementary and secondary teams both ruled the basketball events while it prevailed in volleyball elementary boys, as well as in the secondary girls and boys albeit the protest filed by Central Visayas (Region 7).
The game reached game 5 with the following scores 24-26, 25-20, 14-25, 25-17 and 15-12.
The awarding ceremony was stalled for awhile while the protest was attended to by the technical committee with Undersecretary Tomasito Umali present.
However, the volleyball players of NCR and Central Visayas were both absent at the awarding ceremony held at 2 p.m. Saturday. The medals were received by representatives from the two regions.
“The tournament manager said in one play, NCR was making an attack, and then the ball passed through the hands (of blockers) from Region 7. Klaro na lumabas sa linya ang bola. Ang tanong ay dumaan ba sa kamay o numang bahagi ng katawan ng sinumang manlalaro ng Region 7 ang bola? Kung dumampi, ang puntos ay para sa NCR, pero kung hindi, ang score ay para sa Region 7,” Umali said.
He said a video footage of the game was presented during the deliberation but the footage is not clear.
“The rule is there was a clear call by the line judge it was a check-ball, meaning dumampi yong bola sa kamay ng Region 7. Close call or close matches always happen,” he added.
After the program, 1,000 Chinese lanterns were released by athletes from the 17 regions. A live band concert followed.
Team NCR had its victory party at the West Central Elementary School 1 in Dagupan City where the athletes were billeted. (With PNA/Sunnex)