TRIPLE JUMP GOLD Marc Angelo Cabiluna (left) of Misamis Oriental poses with his mother/coach Cherry after bagging the gold medal in boys high school triple jump at the Batang Pinoy National Championships on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. PHOTO BY LYNDE SALGADOS
VIGAN, Ilocos Sur: Marc Angelo Cabiluna of Misamis Oriental captured his second gold medal in the 2022 Batang Pinoy National Championships on Tuesday at the Quirino Stadium here.Cabiluna, accompanied here by his mother/coach Cherry, ruled the high school boys triple jump, two days after giving Misamis Oriental its first gold medal in the ongoing games in long jump. Cabiluna actually faltered in his first of three attempts in the triple jump finals.
“I told him to save the best for last. Kaya mo ‘yan anak (I know that you can do it),” Cherry told her 15-year-old son before taking his second attempt.His mother’s words seemed to resonate like magic for Cabiluna who redeemed himself in his next two jumps.
The jumper from Villanueva National High School registered 13.23 meters in his next try to claim the lead and improved to 13.34 meters in his final jump to secure the gold medal. Jonathan Bellosillo of Masbate Sports Academy settled for runner-up honors anew, just like in the long jump event last Sunday.The 14-year-old Bellosillo was humble in defeat and lauded Cabiluna for winning back-to-back golds. “We’re all friends here. What’s more important is we give our best and then, mas bata ako sa kanya (I’m younger than him). Hopefully, ako na naman sa susunod na (I will prevail in the next) Batang Pinoy,” said Bellosillo in an interview with The Manila Times.
Impressed with Cabiluna’s performance, Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association coach Sean Guevara advised the Cabilunas to work on their passports for a possible stint abroad. Guevara said he will recommend the new Batang Pinoy jumping sensation for a slot in the Asian Youth Championship that will be hosted by Uzbekistan in April next year.
“Talking about development, malayo pa ang proseso na dadaanan ni Marc para maging kasapi ng Philippine team. But at this age level, his performance is excellent,” said Guevara, who established a national record in high jump in 2005, before he retired due to a hip injury.