NCR begins to pull away from Palaro medal race


VIGAN, Ilocos Sur — An afternoon surge propelled NCR back to the top of the medal tally in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 here.

As of Tuesday night, the Metro Manila team garnered a total of 17 golds, nine silvers, and seven bronzes.

However, the day belonged to Princess Valdez, who dominated the elementary girls arnis event.

The Soccsksargen representative took home four gold medals that capped the team’s five-gold haul in the event. Andrei Alcarioto scored the team’s other top place finish.

Soccsksargen was momentarily on top of the tally following the arnis domination, but as the day continued, NCR stomped its way back to the top even as Calabarzon began racking up golds as well.

Calabarzon is now in second spot with 10 golds, seven silvers, and 16 bronzes.

Soccsksargen is now in third place with six golds, six silvers, and nine bronzes.

Western Visayas fell to fourth with five golds, 11 silvers, and 11 bronzes.

Cagayan Valley, which ended Day 1 tied with NCR in first place, fell to 12th place as the team could only grab one gold to add to the two it had on Monday. The team also got a silver and five bronze medals.

Host region Ilocos is in 10th spot with three golds, three silvers, and two bronzes.

Eastern Visayas got two gold medals, while ARMM secured one bronze medal on Tuesday, assuring that all the 17 regions now have a medal to their credit.