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  • Aries Camporondo of the Cotabato Region failed to even equal the meet record of 36.12 but he still managed to snatch the gold in the discus throw, elementary boy’s division Western Visayas Region’s Richee Joy Cabanyog and Gilbert Dave Pamplona who registered 28.75 meters and 26.97m finished second and third respectively.

  • It must have been the searing weather why Central Luzon’s Michael Calayo was not able to neither surpass nor equal the current record of 7.15 meters during the STRAA in 2002. But Calayo’s leap of 6.98 meters enabled him to grab the championship in the long jump event, secondary boys division of the 2008 Palarong Pambansa at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex, April 22.

  • National Capital Region collected 11 golds on the first day of swimming competitions Tuesday, even as four Palarong Pambansa records fell at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in Puerto Princesa City.

  • NCR’s elementary tankers Fahad Alkhaldi and Denice Veronica Hong snared two golds each to spearhead NCR’s campaign in swimming, where the Big City bets also established two new meet marks.

  • Central Visayas, whose first gold came courtesy of girls\' high school triple jump winner Irin balura, nailed its first title in swimming courtesy of Cebu\'s Loren Dale Echavez, who topped the 400m free in 4:48.20. Calabarzon\'s Jaydee Rose Dalay, took the gold in the elementary girls\' 200m free 2:24.34.

  • Regions VIII and VII garnered their first victories as their candidates won the Mr. and Ms. Palarong Pambansa 2008 titles, respectively, in a pageant held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, April 20.

  • For the delegates of Palarong Pambansa ’08 who are not familiar with Puerto Princesa City, the City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) has put up assistance booths at Mendoza Park and Biochemist Drug along Rizal Avenue from April 22 to 27. The office hopes to address concerns of the public on traffic matters. The booths operate from 9 a.m. to 12 nn and from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • Western Visayas claimed the first gold medal at stake in Palaro 2008 when 18-year-old Sharmaine Joy Bucaling ruled the secondary girls’ javelin throw Monday morning. Bucaling, a native of Dingle, Iloilo, registered a 33.95-m effort to edge Richelda Pepito of the host region with her 32.09 throw and Jancell Candelaria of Bicol (31.86).

  • Education Secretary Jesli Lapus Sunday reiterated the value of the Palaro in the development of a holistic person as Mayor Edward Hagedorn of Puerto Princesa said that the Palaro, is the ‘adrenalin’ that further spurs the engine of growth of the city.

  • PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The 2008 Palarong Pambansa will have Education Secretary Jesli Lapuz representing President Arroyo as special guest during the opening ceremonies tomorrow and former President Joseph Estrada personally gracing the closing rites as speaker.

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