TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – A farmer’s daughter harvested her region's first medal.
After a sluggish start, the Ilocos Region team finally bags gold in the Palarong Pambansa 2015 when 6th grader Krystan Royce Trinidad bested her competitors in the elementary girls long jump event.
The neophyte Palaro athlete recorded a 4.89 meter jump, ahead by 20 cm over host region’s Bernadeth Mendiola’s 4.69m best.
Despite commiting 2 foul jumps in the elimination round, the 12-year old did not lose hope.
“Ofcourse, I’m very happy that I gave my region a gold medal. My parents would be joyful if they will hear this news,” Trinidad said after the game. “This medal is for them.”
The Ilocos Sur pride is the youngest of 7 siblings, raised through rice farming.
She will be competing in the Triple Jump event in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa, the largest grassroots sporting even in the Philippines that aims to develop the potentials of the youth to become responsible and globally competitive citizens.
Meanwhile, Calabarzon Region’s Recine Armamento ascended to a 4.68m leap to grasp the bronze medal in the same event. - Rappler.com
Jumar dela Cruz is a staff writer of the Department of Education's (DepEd) Davao del Norte division.