‘ARMM 2017 Palaro’ sucessful in Maguindanao
MAGUINDANAO – The week-long 2017 Palarong Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association (ARMMAA) games was successful following its launch in the town of Upi in Maguindanao province,
More than 4,000 student-athletes and officials from the region’s nine school divisions attended the sports activity with the theme”unified Bangsamoro: One Voice, One Dream, One Aspiration.”
Regional and local officials delivered their messages during the program. ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Alamia, who opened the regional competition, said: “Bear in mind that the Palarong ARMMAA is not just about competing for gold medals and for that coveted place on the podium. Hindi lang po ito tungkol sa mga medalya,” Sec. Alamia said. “It gives you an exciting experience, the opportunity to gain new friends and to display sportsmanship that is worthy of emulation,” she explained.
The region-wide games closed on March 11 with athletes both from elementary and secondary schools competed in the following sports: arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, and boxing.
Sec. Alamia emphasized that with the Palarong ARMMAA, the region’s athletes showed their excellence in sports. “I am confident that your experience in the sports event will help you make better students, better athletes, and better persons,” she said.
The delegates came from the ARMM’S schools divisions, specifically Maguindanao 1 and 2, Lanao Sur 1 and 2, Marawi City, Lamitan City, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi.
Citing historical accounts of ancient Olympics in Greece, ARMM Secretary of Education Dr. John Magno said sports have evolved into unifying events that bind all peoples in the world. “In this athletic convergence, we learn the true meaning of becoming a winner,” Sec. Magno added.
The champions in the Palarong ARMMAA will represent the region in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa scheduled from April 23 to 29 in Antique with the aim of winning more medals. “This annual convergence seeks to select the fastest, the highest and the strongest,” Sec. Magno said.
His excellency Zhao Jianhua, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the people's Republic of China to the Philippines. With Sulu Governor Toto Tan, former Sulu Governor Dr (Datu Shabandar) Sakur Tan, Undersecretary Nabil Tan.