CAR starts hunt in Palarong Pam­bansa

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AS THE an­nual Palarong Pam­bansa for­mally kicked off Vi­gan City Ilo­cos Sur, Cordillera ath­letes kicked off their cam­paign to sur­pass its sixth place fin­ish last year.

"Our ath­letes are all fired up, not only be­cause of a higher in­cen­tives for medal­ists but also to prove we are one of the sports power house in Lu­zon," said Deputy Re­gional Sports Co­or­di­na­tor Ge­o­raloy Palao-ay of the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

CAR is hop­ing to im­prove on the 26 gold, 21 sil­ver, and 21 bronze medal out­put in the 2017 edi­tion of the an­nual sports meet.

The re­gion has sent 608 ath­letes for the reg­u­lar and demo sports and will be joined by 137 coaches and of­fi­cials as they carry the moniker 'Fear­less High­landers.'

Bulk of the ath­letes will be from Baguio City af­ter lord­ing the 2018 Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (CARAA) meet with 211 while Benguet has 86 as Abra and Ifu­gao added 54 and 36. Tabuk City and Kalinga is set to send 49 with Apayao send­ing 32 while Mt. Prov­ince has 21.

Palao-ay added Cordillera ath­letes have some­thing to look for­ward to as they are set to re­ceive P5,000 for ev­ery gold medal while the sil­ver and bronze will get P3,000 and P2,000 re­spec­tively.

Last year, ath­letes cash in­cen­tives were at P3,000, P2,000, and P1,000 for gold, sil­ver and bronze medal­ists. In­cen­tives for team events will be dif­fer­ent, ac­cord­ing to DepEd while coaches and train­ors will also re­ceive sep­a­rate cash in­cen­tives.

“Aside from our in­di­vid­ual com­peti­tors, our team events have promised they will de­liver this time. Hope­fully they will be in the medal stand­ings this year,” added Palao-ay.

Cordillera will once again pin its hopes on ar­nis, taek­wondo, wushu, archery, and chess as top archer Char­maine An­gela Vil­lamor vowed to de­fend her gold medals in four events.

Vil­lamor will de­fend her gold medals in the 40, 50, 60 me­ters and the sin­gle FITA round where she recorded 1301 points to top the event where she was named the re­gion’s top medal per­former dur­ing the 2017 edi­tion.

Although Vil­lamor said she re­mains fo­cus of re­tain­ing al the four gold medals, the grade 10 stu­dent of Pines City Na­tional High School is set­ting her sight on break­ing her own record. Rod­er­ick Osis

Photo by Milo Brioso

GO FOR GOLD. The Baguio swim team which dom­i­nated the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (CARAA) in Fe­bru­ary will be tested anew dur­ing the Palarong Pam­bansa in Vi­gan City, Ilo­cos Sur from April 16 - 21.

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