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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, April 27, 2009
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Button2009 Nat’l Palaro starts today, WV hopes to dethrone NCR
ButtonRegion 6 tops medal tally in Naga nat’l PRISAA
ButtonPeñalosa bows to JuanMa
ButtonYap is new PBA 3-point King

2009 Nat’l Palaro starts today,
WV hopes to dethrone NCR
BY NIDA BUENAFE

Competitions in the 2009 Palarong Pambansa starts today in Leyte Sports Complex in Tacloban City with the Western Visayas athletes gearing up to defend the titles they won in Puerto Princesa, Palawan last year and to overtake the National Capital Region in the overall standings.

Up for grabs in Day 1 are six golds in athletics -- secondary girls and boys javelin, secondary boys long jump, elementary and secondary boys triple jump and elementary girls shot put.

Match-ups in basketball, football, baseball, softball, lawn tennis, sepak takraw and table tennis will also start today.
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Region 6 tops medal tally
in Naga nat’l PRISAA
BY NIDA BUENAFE

The 2009 National PRISAA Games in Naga City ended Saturday with Western Visayas amassing the most number of medals with 88 golds, 48 silvers, and 56 bronzes.

While the National Capital Region topped the gold medal count with 106, it tallied a total of 175 medals with 36 silvers and 33 bronzes.

The West Visayans surged on top of the medal haul with golden finishes in men and women’s volleyball and basketball while the men’s football team lost the crown to NCR, 0-1, in the extension period of the final game at Camarines Sur State Agricultural College pitch.

Peñalosa bows
to JuanMa

Almost nine rounds of beating took its toll on Filipino veteran Gerry Peñalosa, who for the first time in his colorful boxing career, called it quits and did not finish the 12-round WBO super bantamweight against Puerto Rican champion Juan Manuel Lopez yesterday.

The odds were simply against the slugger Filipino boxer who earned the respect of the boxing world for absorbing the power punches thrown his way by Lopez.

Despite the punishment from the young champion, Peñalosa, a true-blooded son of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, would have continued fighting until the end but trainer Freddie Roach pulled the plug for him.

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