Erwin Mancao won as a gold medalist in 61st edition of Palarong Pambansa held at Ilocos Sur.
The long distance runner is the first to cut the finish line with 16:01.60 in the 5,000-kilometer run.
Palarong PambansaThe winners in the event will be given gold medals from the Palarong Pambansa itself. However, to inspire the athletes to do their best, some officials put a twist on the event.
PTV Ylocos reports that Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) officials verify that athletes who will triumph gold medals will receive P20,000 cash from the Regional Department of Education office.
Long-distance runnerThe event is held at Quirino Stadium, Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Erwin Mancao, driven and determined to win, was able to achieve his goal. By the time he steps on the finish line crying, he nearly crawls on the track.
Erwin is from Looc, Misamis Oriental and attending to Villanueva National High School. The student-athlete has joined Palarong Pambansa thrice already. He has undergone training for several years now and enjoying the fruit of his labor.
This is not the end but the beginning of many things for this young man. Who knows if someday we'll see him compete in Olympics, right?
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