Don Ramon Durano Sr. Memorial Sports Complex

Satellite image of the Don Ramon Durano Sr. Memorial Sports Complex in Danao City, Cebu.

The Don Ramon Durano Sr. Memorial Sports Complex in Danao City, Cebu is pretty much like every other sports facility in the country. But its claim to fame is that it is one of the venues for the 2005 SEA Games, specifically the mountain biking event. Fortunately, the Philippines won two golds there, one for the men’s downhill category and another for the women’s cross-country (Vietnam and Indonesia bagged the two other golds).

Well, upon seeing the track and field of the sports complex (see this article’s thumbnail), I wondered how the heck are you supposed to do mountain biking on the track? It seems that the biking probably either happened beyond the track on what looks like mounds of white/gray sand to the west or at the field in the middle of the track. The downhill category probably happened along the white sinuous road farther off to the north and west of the site.

The sports complex, part of the Cebu State College of Science and Technology, also hosted the Southeast Asian Mountainbike Championships in 2004, in which Filipinos also made an impressive showing. That event’s success was most likely a factor into why the Danao facility was selected for the SEA Games.

Anyway, Don Ramon Durano Sr. is a patriarch of Danao. If that surname seems familiar, it’s because the Don was the great-grandfather of Tourism secretary and former Cebu congressman Joseph “Ace” Durano, who was one of the youngest people ever to be elected to the House of Representatives. I assume that the Don is the great-grandfather because Ace Durano’s father is named Ramon Durano III.

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October 15, 2007
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  1. southseapearl88 wrote on October 25, 2007 @ 09:22AM

    although i live in cebu city, but my hometown is danao city. the actual mountain bike trail used for that mountain bike competition for the 2005 SEAGames was a then newly designed rough trail at the back of the school complex and oval that is shown in the google map. the trail cut through some rough hilly slopes at the back of the school complex. and yes, you are right, Tourism Secretary Joseph “ACE Durano, is a grandson the late reverred Don Ramon M. Durano I, who put Danao City in the political and economic map. Danawanon’s are very proud of Sec. Durano for being such a low key and efficient cabinet member. Sec. Durano’s father, former Congressman now Danao City Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III and a cousin, Councilor Oscar “Boying” Durano Rodriguez, are both avid and accomplished cyclists.

  2. Eugene wrote on October 31, 2007 @ 08:36AM

    @southseapearl88, hey, thanks for that added info! It’s hard researching for some stuff online. Good thing there are local people like you who can confirm the details.

  3. Ferdie wrote on March 25, 2009 @ 04:32AM

    Just a correction: Ramon Durano Sr. is Ace’s grandfather, and NOT his great-grandfather. I believe there’s a difference between the two.

  4. Ace Durano Supporter wrote on October 11, 2009 @ 07:50AM

    Tourism Chief Durano urged to run for Cebu governor

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