3rd Min­danao Peace Games set Oct. 23-29 in Davao

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Primesports - By JAIME A. FRIAS II

THE 3rd Min­danao Peace Games slated on Oct. 23-29 is deemed to be the next big thing to en­liven Min­danao sports.

This, as MPG con­venor Em­manuel Rene Ayo found the event to be hosted this year by Ate­neo de Davao Univer­sity in Davao City as `very promis­ing’ one.

In same man­ner, Ayo ac­knowl­edged the games as sem­blance to the now ex­tinct Min­danao Friend­ship Games, a brain­child of for­mer Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sioner and now PSC chair­man Wil­liam `Butch’ Ramirez.

Ayo, how­ever, clar­i­fied that the 3-year-old sport­ing meet is very clear in its ob­jec­tives sim­pli­fied by the three `Ks’ slo­gan meant for: kasama, kaibi­gan, kalaro.

“It’s not just for the games as we’re also get­ting net­work of friends,” said Ayo dur­ing the open­ing of the Coaches Forum held at the Xavier Univer­sity gym here last Satur­day.

Ayo also com­pared the MPGames to the an­nu­al­ly­held Univer­sity Games of­ten­times held in La Salle Ba­colod as it started with just eleven all-fe­male con­tin­gents.

Ayo did not dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pand­ing the MPGames with the in­clu­sion of male ath­letes.

“All big things start in small be­gin­nings, though we know that re­sources are vi­tal in achiev­ing our goal,” Ayo said.

The MPG has the com­mit­ments from the premier uni­ver­si­ties in Min­danao such as the Ate­neo de Davao and XU-Ate­neo de Ca­gayan.

Other par­tic­i­pants in­clude the Ate­neo de Zam­boanga Univer­sity, Holy Cross of Davao Col­lege, Univer­sity of South­east­ern Philip­pines, San Pe­dro Col­lege of Davao, Datu Ibrahim Pa­glas Memo­rial Col­lege, Holy Trin­ity Col­lege, Fa­ther Saturnino Urios Univer­sity, Saint Joseph In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, La Salle Univer­sity Oza­miz and Min­danao State Univer­sity-Marawi.

The six-day games will have eight sport­ing events such as bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball, foot­ball, badminton, chess, table ten­nis, swim­ming and track and field.

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