BRIGHT PROSPECTS.

Pres­i­dent Duterte con­grat­u­lates ath­letes for reach­ing fi­nal rung of DepEd’s step-lad­der tour­na­ment

Sun.Star Cebu - - FRONT PAGE - PHOTO BY ALEX BA­DAYOS

Team Cen­tral Visayas marches in the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2018 Palarong Pam­bansa in Ilo­cos Sur, where Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte con­grat­u­lated all the del­e­gates.

The road to the 2018 Palarong Pam­bansa was chal­leng­ing for some of the ath­letes who trav­eled hours to reach the venue in Ilo­cos Sur. For Cen­tral Visayas Re­gional Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (Cvi­raa) it took about 30 hours by sea and land.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte lauded these ath­letes for ex­ert­ing ef­forts to pur­sue their ath­letic dreams dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the na­tional sport­ing meet at the Quirino Sta­dium in Ban­tay, Ilo­cos Sur yes­ter­day.

“To the ath­letes who have trav­eled far and who have flown all the way from far re­gions, I al­ready con­grat­u­late you for the fact that be­ing here, you have al­ready shown de­ter­mi­na­tion and ex­cel­lence, which makes you cham­pi­ons al­ready,” said Duterte.

The Cvi­raa team, who trav­eled 22 hours by sea and 10 hours by bus, had other things in mind, though. Get­ting to Vi­gan City would not be enough as they strive to redeem them­selves from a ninth place fin­ish last year in An­tique.

“The ath­letes who have games to­mor­row (to­day) were in the bil­let­ing so they can rest and get ready for the games,” said Re­gion 7’s Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Ser­vices Divi­sion chief Dr. Luz Jan­dayan in an in­ter­view with Cebu me­dia.

“Ev­ery divi­sion was lim­ited only to 500 ath­letes in the open­ing cer- emony. We brought 250 ath­letes so the oth­ers who have games can rest,” said Jan­dayan, who added that she’s con­fi­dent that the team will im­prove its fin­ish this year.

She said the 20-day uni­fied train­ing in Cebu City has boosted the team­work and in­di­vid­ual skills of the del­e­gates.

Re­gion 7, a con­sis­tent fourth­place fin­isher, dropped to sixth place in the 2015 Palarong Pam­bansa in Tagum City but man­aged to go back to fourth place a year later in Legazpi, Al­bay.

The Re­gion 7 del­e­ga­tion is fac­ing an­other chal­lenge but this time it’s more daunt­ing as it dropped to ninth place last year. A to­tal of 1,311 medals will be at stake for the 17-re­gion meet.

With most of the games to start to­day, Duterte re­minded the stu­dents of the im­por­tance of this ex­pe­ri­ence to them.

“Be­ing in the Palarong Pam­bansa is one of your jour­neys to­ward suc­cess. This is the be- gin­ning of your con­tri­bu­tion to na­tion-build­ing,” he said. “To the par­ents of the ath­letes, the bet­ter way to show love to your chil­dren is by help­ing them de­velop their po­ten­tials.”

Also in the open­ing cer­e­mony were De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) sec­re­tary Leonor Mag­to­lis Bri­ones, Ban­tay, Ilo­cos Sur Mayor Sa­muel Par­illa II, Ilo­cos Sur Gov. Ryan Luis Sing­son, Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) Com­mis­sion­ers Ra­mon Fer­nan­dez and Ray­mond Maxey.

“We are very thank­ful to Pres­i­dent Duterte be­cause it’s only in his ad­min­is­tra­tion that the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment re­ceived a big­ger bud­get. We got a bud­get of over P100 bil­lion,” said Bri­ones.

Mean­while, Cvi­raa has started rack­ing up wins in the elim­i­na­tion games in the ball games.

The foot­ball el­e­men­tary boys’ team, rep­re­sented by Don Bosco Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, blanked North­ern Min­danao Re­gional Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NMRAA), 4-0 yes­ter­day af­ter rout­ing MI­MAROPA, 5-0, the other day.

The sec­ondary boys’ foot­ball team de­feated SOCSARGEN, 2-0, yes­ter­day and will face the host Ilo­cos Sur to­day.

In the other games, the sepak takraw sec­ondary boys beat Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (ARMM), base­ball sec­ondary boys’ beat Re­gion 1, the soft­ball sec­ondary won over Re­gion IX and vol­ley­ball sec­ondary girls’ beat ARMM.

To the par­ents of the ath­letes, the bet­ter way to show love to your chil­dren is by help­ing them de­velop their po­ten­tials. PRES­I­DENT DUTERTE

SUN­STAR FOTO/ ALEX BA­DAYOS

NOW, THE CHASE BE­GINS. Mem­bers of the Cen­tral Visayas team have fun af­ter the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Palarong Pam­bansa. Only half of the 600-strong Re­gion 7 at­tended the cer­e­mony to give those who have games to­day time to rest.

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