But the reigning champion’s cushion was enough to get him past the finish line by just a millisecond to claim his fourth gold in Cebu.Adrian Thomas Dionisio placed third at 38:58Meanwhile, Tara Borlain extended her dynasty in the girls’ 13-14 category, running away with the crown with a time of 41:34The 14-year-old slowly pulled away from the field, clocking 6:27 in the swim, 20:19 in the bike, before putting an exclamation with her 14:50 time in the run course.Tara Borlain stays on top of the girls! pic.twitter.com/3R3IFf5jsdADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017Nicole Marie Del Rosario was distant second at 45:21, while Marielle Estreba was at third with a 45:46 clocking.Hyonde Keum topped the boys’ 11-12 category as he finished the race in 35:28. Following him are Glendwyn Giles Mariscotes (36:22) and Matthew Justine Hermosa (36:40).Moira Frances Erediano won the girls’ 11-12 category, clocking in 34:25 to lead the field. Sophia Psalm Belican placed second (34:32) and Jeanna Mariel Cañete third (35:03).Beboy Dolen bested the boys’ 9-10 category with his time of 24:29, with John Christian Pabuaya (27:21) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (27:22) chasing him.Kira Ellis remained on top in the girls’ 9-10 category with her 28:16 clocking, outlasting second-placer Alexei Gunhuran (28:41) and third-placer Franchezka Borlain (30:04).Rafael Jopson conquered the boys’ 6-8 category with his time of 17:38, followed by Van Wincy Pagnanawon (18:02) and Ryonde Kum (19:57).Kyle Enialle Toledana paced the girls’ 6-8 category as she clocked 21:18, as she was chased by Eleora Caelle Avanzado (22:50) and Mireille Dee (25:21).Team Cebu protected the home floor as they won the Relay for 10-14 category with their time of 23:24, followed by two teams from TLTG/Omega 1 (24:26) and TLTG/ Omega 2 (25:16). Photo finish for the boys! pic.twitter.com/UTmXTtnQX1— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 2 PH kids earn slots to Bayern Munich training camp Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Quirino closed in on Baniqued after falling behind by over a minute, making his chase in the run course with a time of 14:18. Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain capped off their careers in the youth circuit and once again topped the 2017 Alaska IronKids on Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.Baniqued edged Joseff Miguel Quirino in a photo finish in the boys’ 13-14 division as the two clocked an identical 38:50 to finish the swim-bike-run course.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
ACCORDING to the wonks at Salary.com, who recently crunched the numbers and compared salaries for people doing similar work, stay-at-home moms should be paid $134,121 a year. That just goes to show how little wonks know. The work moms do is priceless and no one understands that better than kids themselves. A few weeks ago, a manila envelope from Lupe Bailey’s second-grade class at San Jose Street Elementary School in Mission Hills found its way onto my desk. Inside, written with the classic candor and exuberance of children, were eight beautifully crafted, personally illustrated essays, each one a testament to motherhood. Mrs. Bailey’s students know full well that it would take a dozen ordinary people to do all the jobs Mom does in a single day, and that a mom’s value in the life of a child is simply incalculable. For starters, mom is the household spirit-lifter. Or, as Celese Gutierrez, age 7, puts it: “My mom is the best because when I am sad she cheers me up.” Antonio Martinez, age 8, writes, “When I’m not happy (Mom) asks me why I’m sad and we talk about it. Next we play or read together and she gives me hugs and kisses.” For most families, Mom is also the chef a role too often disparaged by some women’s libbers, or taken for granted by some of us insufficiently grateful dads, but one which children hold in properly high regard. Michael Neff, age 7, recognizes that the hand that cooks the dinner ought to be revered. “My mom is the best because she cooks the greatest meals in the whole wide world!” Michael enthuses. “She cooks all different meals every day of my life! My mom cooks big, small, large, wide, and long meals. She likes her job which is cooking food for my big family. She cooks whatever I want! My mom makes me happy by cooking!” Now that’s gratitude. And why not? Children understand that in providing three squares, parents are meeting fundamental needs that they can’t meet for themselves. “My mom is the best,” Ara Ramos, age 7, explains, “because she cooks meals for me because I can’t cook.” There you have it. “My mother is the best because she gives me a big meal when I am starving!” writes the wise-beyond-his-7-years Johnny Parada. Johnny knows the importance of a full stomach: “Food is special so I will not die.” And not just any food. Johnny salutes not only mom the cook, but also mom the nutritionist. “My mom is the best because she lets me eat more vegetables than junk food!” (Yes, they even appreciate the green beans. Who knew?) They also appreciate the discipline. In homes with multiple siblings, moms are the peacemakers a role not lost on Megan Carbajal, age 7. “My mom is the best because she tells me what to do when my sister and I are fighting,” notes Megan. “When we fight she helps us apologize to each other. Then I feel happy that my mom helped my sister and I work things out. Then my sister and I play together fairly.” Of course, sometimes sibling spats or other rites of childhood can be physically painful, which is why it’s a good thing moms also double as family-health practitioners. “My mom is the best because when I get hurt and get purple bruises, she hugs me and kisses me,” says Peter Inzunza, age 8. Family health care, by definition, includes spiritual health. As Peter explains: “One time when I was next to thorns I fell in the thorns and I went to the hospital. While I was in the hospital, my mom prayed for me because she wanted me to feel better.” Thank God for moms. Above all else, they give kids what kids need most, and that’s love. “My mom is the best,” observes Pablo Lorenzo, age 8, “because she loves me. She loves me by kissing me when I need it.” Even youngsters recognize that love isn’t so much about emotions, kind words or feel-good gestures, but the sort of sacrifice for which moms are famous. “She also shows her love for me when she watches over me,” Pablo writes. “For example she gave me her own lunch today because I’m allergic to some school cafeteria lunches. She is the best because she loves me.” Indeed, she is. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!