EdSa sup­ports hoops, dance su­per­star wannabes

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Her oes Hall grounds in the City of San Fer­nando over the week­end was jam­packed with young Fer­nandino bas­ket­ball play­ers and dance groups as the city hosted the open­ing of the In­ter­barangay bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment, along­side a dance com­pe­ti­tion.

Mayor Ed­win “EdSa” San­ti­ago, to­gether with Vice-Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda and ViceMayor Jimmy Lazatin, led the open­ing cer­e­mony of the bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment, chaired by for­mer Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) player and in­cum­bent City Coun­cilor Ato Agustin, was par­tic­i­pated in by the city’s 35 barangays, di­vided into dif­fer­ent clus­ters.

“Aside from unity in sports, like bas­ket­ball, this is also a way to rec­og­nize Fer­nandino ath­letes who ex­cel. We are do­ing this for the as­pir­ing bas­ket­ball su­per­stars be­cause we want you to achieve your dreams,” said San­ti­ago.

Pineda, who vis­ited the cer­e­mony, to­gether with other prom­i­nent Ka­pam­pan­gan PBA play­ers such as Ar­wind San­tos, Ian San­galang, and Calvin Abueva, urged the play­ers to in­still dis­ci­pline when they play.

“We have plenty of great play­ers here in the prov­ince of Pam­panga and we are happy that the City of San Fer­nando con­tin­ues to nur­ture your bas­ket­ball skills. But al­ways re­mem­ber that dis­ci­pline comes with ex­cel­lence in sports,” Pineda said.

Mean­while, seven dance groups from dif­fer­ent vil­lages in the city par­tic­i­pated in the Ex­treme Fer­nandino Dance Crew— the Ul­ti­mate Show dow n.

Th­ese groups show­cased a mix­ture of old and con­tem­po­rary

con­cepts, in­clud­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Ka­pam­pan­gan cul­tures and tra­di­tions.

An all-male crew, “Vi­va­cious,” from Barangay Lour­des, emerged as win­ners in the said com­pe­ti­tion.

“Dance is a form of ex­er­cise and art. Danc­ing is part of our his­tory, and we are in full sup­port to our dancers,” San­ti­ago said.

The two events were staged in line with the cel­e­bra­tion of San Fer­nando’s 18th Ci­ty­hood An­niver­sary or Ka­gana­pan.— CSF-CIO

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