Lucky 9: NCR tops Palaro for 9th straight year

DUMAGUETE CITY, Phlippines -- For the ninth straight year, National Capital Region emerged on top of the Palarong Pambansa general championship standings as Negros Oriental’s 2013 staging wraps up Saturday, April 27.

The bets from the Big City banked on its massive hauls in swimming as Regina Castrillo and Catherine Bondad bagged home seven golds apiece to help springboard NCR (114 gold, 111 silver, 54 bronze; 596.5 overall points) to the top of the medal tally while perennial contenders Western Visayas (78 gold, 38 silver, 53 bronze; 446.34 overall points) finished as runner-ups courtesy of their good showing in the Athletics events.

Hosts Central Visayas garnered a total of 333 points, accounted for by their 29 gold, 46 silver, and 39 bronze medal collection to place third while Northern Mindanao’s 38-36-46 gold, silver, and bronze make up their 288 points for a fourth place finish.

2012 third placer Calabarzon fell to fifth with only 27 gold, 26 silver, and 67 bronze medals to show for a total of 250 points.

Here is the complete ranking of the regions by points:

Final points tally.

Final points tally.

Final medal tally