SAN FERNANDO CITY–The province of La Union bagged 28 medals–17 golds, eight silvers and
three bronzes–in the recently-concluded Philippine Masters Athletics Championships held at the
Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

This was based on a report made by Engineer Bryan G. Ronquillo, provincial sports coordinator, to the Office of Provincial Ex-Officio Board Member Manuel “Mannix” R. Ortega, Jr.

Leading the medal harvest haul was Ramil Aoay, who won the gold medal in the 4×400 meters, long jump and 400 meters hurdle, and the bronze medal in the 200 meter-run. Aoay, a volunteer track and field trainor at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Southern La Union Campus, won in the 40-44-year old category.

Other winners in the various age categories (30-54) in track and field and shot put were:

Second placer Romeo Millanes, gold medal, in 4×400- meter and 5,000- meter run; Johnny Perez, gold and silver medals; Guillermo William Balcita, gold, silver and bronze; Mary Grace Milgar-Claveria; William Lachica, gold and silver; Danny Bagano, silver, in the 100-meter run and shot put; and Fernando Dacanay, the oldest participant, who won the silver medal in the 10,000- meter run.

“Our efforts in reorganizing and strengthening the La Union Physical Fitness and Sports Development Council are now paying off. La Union has become a sports powerhouse,” the younger Ortega, who is LUPFSDC Executive Officer, said.

Governor Manuel C. Ortega congratulated the medalists and assured the continued support of the provincial government for the athletes in future competitions. ISRAEL RUDIO/PITO-LU