VICTORY PARADE FOR BALON DAGUPAN ATHLETES – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (right), waves to the athletes during the victory parade for the Balon Dagupan athletes who hauled 51 gold, 40 silver and 41 bronze medals in the 2017 R1AA Meet in Ilocos Sur. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)



DAGUPAN CITY – Fresh from their victorious campaign in the recently concluded Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) meet in the province of Ilocos Sur, the city’s Balon Dagupan athletes were honored through  a victory parade along the city’s main streets on March 27.


The athletes and their coaches were later awarded by the city with cash incentives ranging from P3,000 for each gold medal earned by an athlete and a corresponding cash amount to those who garnered silver and bronze medals in the R1AA.


From best in uniform with only a couple of gold medals in the past R1AAs, the city stood proud  as second placer for two straight years now since Mayor Belen T. Fernandez launched her BTF Does it program and formed the Dagupan City Sports Council (DCSC).


With the DCSC in place and in collaboration with the Department of Education, the city provided full and proper training to the athletes as well as gave them new equipment and sports gears.


“Today I stand proud with our young athletes, our partners in the Department of Education especially to Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo, the commissioners of the DCSC headed by Finnela Sim for this achievement. I commend the effort and the determination of our athletes in giving their best and in working hard for their training, which paid off,” said Fernandez.


The youngest among the gold medalists was Jemaimah Keziah Fulay. She earned her gold for her outstanding performance in the field of gymnastics.


Fulay is just eight years old and is a grade 2 pupil of Doña Victoria Zarate Elementary School. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 27, 2017)