SEA Games first-timer Hallasgo bags gold medal in women’s marathon
Aileen Cerrudo • December 6, 2019 • 577
Christine Hallasgo was beginning to feel her legs cramp.
It was the last lap for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s marathon and she still had to strive hard to rank first place.
This is Christine’s first time competing in the SEA Games. In order to train for the event, she had to leave her hometown in Bukidnon.
This is also Christine’s first time to leave her child behind. She started her training last July.
“Sinakripisyo ko po iyong anak ko, iniwan ko sa amin (Bukidnon) kahit masakit po sa akin na iwan ang anak ko, kasi first time kong mapalayo sa anak ko (I sacrificed and left my child in Bukidnon, even if it hurts. This is my first time to leave my child),” she said during an interview with reporters.
Focus, she said to herself.
Christine recalled that all she can do during the last few moments of the race was to focus and pray. She can still feel the cramp in her legs but it was not the time to be concerned with the pain.
“Tinignan ko lang kung sino iyong nauna sa akin, nag-focus lang po ako baka maabutan ko. Syempre po gusto ko po makadagdag ng medalya para sa bansa natin (I looked at the athlete in front of me and I focused in order to reach her. Of course I wanted to add more medals for our country),” she said.
“Tiniis ko po iyong pagod at pangungulila kaya pinagsikapan ko po na sana hindi masayang iyong pinaghirapan ko po at lahat ng sakripisyo ko po (I endured the fatigue and the longing for my child that is why I strive harder so that all my sacrifices are not in vain),” Christine added.
Christine ended up bagging the gold medal despite all the difficulties she faced during the last lap.
With tears in her eyes, she said she is grateful to God, to her coach and to everyone who supported her.
“Nagpapsalamat po ako ng marami sa Panginoon kasi nag-cramps ako noong last lap, nakaya ko pa po. Hindi ko po na-expect na ako ang magcha-champion po (I am very thankful to God because I had cramps during the last lap, I made it.I did not expect that I will become the champion),” Christine said.—AAC
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors made UNTV Cup history after winning the championship on Monday (March 9).
The DENR Warriors defeated the previous champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers in a best-of-three series of the UNTV Cup Season 8.
The rookie team dominated in the first and second game of the series. The AFP Cavaliers did not back down in fighting for the championship but the DENR Warriors were relentless in securing their first championship.
Game 2 ended with the finals score of 99-91.
DENR Warrior coach Norlito Eneran expressed his gratitude to the DENR Warrior players for their sacrifices.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players, coaching staff talagang ang dami nilang sakripisyo para rito. Hindi biro ang ginawa namin, (I am thankful to the players and coaching staff, they sacrificed a lot for this. What we did was no joke),” he said.
Ed Rivera of the DENR Warriors is the most valuable player for his boldness in the court, scoring a total of 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Meanwhile, Ralp Lansang secured 22 points for the DENR, Ryan Abanes and Archie Gamboa scored 20 and 11 ponts, respectively.
For the AFP Cavaliers, Boyet Bautista scored 29 points followed by Romeo Almerol with 17 points and Jerry Lumongsod scored 15 points.
The DENR Warriors will receive P4 million for their chosen charity, the Environmental Heroes Foundation Incorporated. Meanwhile the AFP Cavaliers won P2 million for AFP Educational Benefits System Office.
UNTV Cup Season 8 will give a total of P10 million to various institutions and their chosen charities.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she has filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged irregularities that marred the country’s hosting of the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 274 directing the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an investigation on the reported organizational and administrative problems, as well as possible corruption, which affected the biennial sports meet.
She said reports on organizational problems surrounding the country’s preparation “betray a political dynamic that could translate to even greater problems in our sports programs in the future.”
“As we celebrate our athletes’ most successful campaign in recent memory, it is likewise important for our government to scrutinize our performance both as a host country and as patrons to our athletes,” she said in a statement.
De Lima said that prior to its opening on Nov. 30, the country’s hosting of the SEA Games has been beset by organizational issues, including early troubles with transportation and accommodations of teams from Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Cambodia, accreditation issues and lack of halal food for Singaporean delegation, and even problems with accreditation of media.
She also said that several volunteers for the SEA Games also aired their grievances over the alleged lack of system and coordination.
De Lima likewise noted the criticisms on the allegedly exorbitant 50-meter tall cauldron-type structure, which costs P50 million, for the lighting of the torch.
“Proper management and governance necessitate that we conduct an inquiry on the recently concluded SEA Games, especially after the problems encountered were duly documented by the mass media,” she said.
The lawmaker also underscored the need to scrutinize the organizational structure through which the country hosts international sporting events “to ensure that the funds will be properly given to institutions with the mandate and capability to properly utilize them.
“There is a need to investigate the existing sports legislation to ensure that support and funding are given to the agencies that have the proper mandate and that accountability lies even with private organizations, especially those who have access to government resources,” she said.
“While problems of disorganization, incompetence, and inefficiency can be resolved through institutional mechanisms, what cannot be countenanced is the scandalous probability that in the middle of all this disorganization and incompetence, certain high public officials still might have enriched themselves in the procurement of government contracts for the hosting of the games,” she added.
Officials of the Philippine Sports Commission and the SEA Games organizing committee earlier attributed the delays in the preparation of the biennial meet to the delayed passage of the 2019 national budget.
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