LEGAZPI CITY, April 12 (PNA) -- She painstakingly throws young coconuts every morning to hone her muscles for the shot put game in her family yard at Barangay Quibonbongan in Guinobatan, Albay.
Her efforts paid off, as Daniela Camonoga, 13th of 16 siblings, on Monday clinched the first gold medal for Bicol in the Palarong Pambansa 2016 being held at her home province.
Camonoga bested seven other entries from other regions by posting a record distance of 9.42 meters.
Emgiel Duran of the Negros Island Region (NIR) grabbed the silver medal for her record throw of 9.15 meters while Valerie Cassandra of Western Visayas brought home the bronze medal for chalking up 9.01 meters.
It is the first time for Camonoga, a Grade 6 pupil of the Quibonbongan Elementary School, to join the Palaro and so with her coach Rizan Jay Irang of Camarines Norte.
Other gold medalists during the first-day games were Mae Gay Alialiah Ninura of Region XI for the 3,000-meter run for girls by clocking 10:03:8; while Jean Calis and Camila Tubiano, both of Region 10, got the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
In long jump (boys) John Marvin Rafols of Region 7 bagged the gold medal; Jaymark Gascon of Region I, silver; and Nino Asores of Region 8, bronze.
For the javelin throw (boys), the gold medal went to Ronald Lacson of Region 6; Marjoe Igbalic of Region 11, silver; and Noel Balutan of Region 4-B, bronze. (PNA) PGL/FGS/NIM/CBD/SSC