Batangas Earth and Water Festival Champs

Multi-awarded athlete Mary Pauline Fornea from Mindanao dominated the female category of the Batangas Earth and Water Festival, held on February 7, 2015 at Pusod Taal Lake Conservation Center in Mataasnakahoy, Batangas.

Fornea won the race after completing a five-kilometer run, twenty-kilometer bike and three-kilometer run in the challenging and rigorous trail of the municipalities of Mataasnakahoy and Balete.

Fornea was trailed behind by Remecar Santure and Joanna Lui in this duathlon organized by Lima Park Hotel and First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities.

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Male category champ, meantime, is Joey delos Reyes, followed by Gabrielle Allen Santiago and Christophen Lobaton.

Category winners were Roberto Bacani Jr for 40 above; Norman Mendoza for 30-39 category; Ralp Gonzaga for 20-29; and 15-year-old Paolo Van Ongkiatco for the 19 and below category.

Other participants who showed prowess were 40 and above category 2nd placer Rogelio Sotto and 3rd placer Von Ricardo Ongkiatco; 30-39 Category 2nd placer Noel Parco and 3rd placer Jon Dimaculangan; and 20-29 Category 2nd placer Carlo Atienza.

In the relay category, the tandem of Darwin Españo and Michael Climaco took home the gold medal.  They were followed by Alvin Lat and Manuel Reynante at 2nd place; Julie Somoso and Sumner Ninobla at 3rd place; and Bogs Custodio and Alex Semondoc at 4th place.

Like its predecessor, the Batangas Earth and Wind Festival, the activities of the recent Batangas Earth and Water Festival is based on the two different elements that the festival celebrates, namely earth and water. The water component is the kayak clinic and non-competitive kayaking activity at the picturesque Taal Lake.

The Batangas Earth and Water Festival is a Bisita Batangas 2015 event, supported by the local government units of Mataasnakahoy and Balete.

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