By Mark Manez
VIGAN, Ilocos Sur - SOCCSKSARGEN R12-SOX made shockwaves at day break as they lead the 2018 Palarong Pambansa medal tally as of 9:24 a.m. Tuesday.
R12 SOX currently holds pole position with five golds and four bronze medals, sending them on top with Arnis as its primary source.
Princess Sheryl Valdez took strides and lead her home region to a four-gold romp, with Andrei Fritz Justine Alcarioto taking the fifth gold medal in the event.
Valdez claimed her first gold in the Elementary Girls - Anyo Individual Single Weapon with the final score of 29.10 points.
CAR’s Izy Zeryll Pobletin and Bicol’s Justine Trixianne Quililan toob silver and bronze medals respectively after registering identical 28.90 points from judges.
She also claimed her three other golds at the Anyo Double Weapon, Espada Y Daga and Team Single Weapon respectively.
Alcarioto claimed the region’s other gold medal by winning the Elementary Boys - Anyo Individual Single Weapon event.
He punched in 47.30 points from the judges, eclipsing Kyle Angelo Tiron of Western Visayas and Kurt Imbert Limbaga from Central Visayas respectively. Tiron took silver and Limbaga bronze.
National Capital Region sits at second place with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
Kasandra Hazel Alcantara broke the existing Palaro record of Marites Barrios with a huge 11.88 meter throw in the Secondary Girls Shot Put.
Western Visayas’ Jamela de Asis also broke the record with a distance of 11.29 meters to take silver.
Mary Jean Maloloy-on completed the medal podium with a 10.61 meter throw to add another bronze medal for Bicol.
Completing the tally are Western Visayas (2-4-2), Calabarzon (2-0-4), Cagayan Valley (2-0-0), Bicol (1-4-2), Northern Mindanao (1-2-1), CAR (1-2-0), hosts Ilocos Region (1-1-1), Zamboanga Peninsula (0-1-0), and Central Visayas and Central Luzon with 1 bronze medal each.
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