▪ Special coverage to the EVRAA 2011 ▪
Gina Dean-Ragudo and Emy Bonifacio
Maasin City grabs third in Elementary Division, wins overall in swimming
in EVRAA 2011
By R.G. CADAVOS, PIA Southern Leyte
February 8, 2011
Southern Leyte – The Maasin City Sports delegation won third place
in the Elementary Division and was the overall champion in swimming
competition, for both boys and girls in the recently concluded Eastern
Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) meet 2011, held at
Calbayog City, City Sports Council staff Jonah Alfarero reported this
It was learned that
Leyte province grabbed the first place in elementary level, followed by
Ormoc City delegation who garnered the second place in the same level.
For the secondary level, Leyte got the first place, followed by Tacloban
City delegation, then Eastern Samar for the third place. While, Leyte
province was the overall champion in both levels.
Alfarero who was
with the city delegation said that the total medals grabbed by the city
athletes were as follows: 61 gold, 47 silver and 58 bronze medals, in
all competing game levels from elementary and secondary. Maasin City
bagged only 8th place in the secondary division, she added.
During the regional
sports meet, Maasin city delegation who sent at least 290 delegates
including coaches, trainers and chaperones, competed in the events like
athletics, badminton, chess, lawn tennis, sipa, swimming, table tennis,
taekwondo and volleyball for the elementary level, while the secondary
division participated in the same categories with the elementary, not to
mention boxing and softball games, it was learned.
The sports meet
that ended Friday was presented by a “Paalam Night” dinner at the
Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) before the grand party. The
closing ceremony was graced by Aurora Lone District Congressman Sonny
Angara, together with the local officials who were with their own
Meanwhile, the city
will be preparing for sport venues, as it is scheduled to host the
annual regional sports meet in the year 2012. The last time Maasin City
accommodated the sports event was in 2005, by then City Mayor Damian G.
Mercado who is now Southern Leyte’s governor.
Sports Academy athlete-scholars hauled medals in EVRAA 2011
By Provincial Media Relations Center
February 7, 2011
– Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla extends his warm congratulations
for the overwhelming medal haul made by athlete-scholars of the
province-sponsored Leyte Sports Academy (LSA) during the recently
concluded Eastern Visayas Regional Athletics Association Meet in
particularly did good in athletics and swimming and went home with gold
and silver medals in their respective events as the rest of the Leyte
delegation also made an impressive standing in several of the sports
discipline and went on to grab the overall champion.
delegation ruled over other divisions in the region with a total of 459
points in the overall tally of the various sports, more than double the
points gathered by second placer Eastern Samar delegation.
Gov. Petilla said
this is exactly the intention in putting up with the sports academy
which the provincial government started in 2010 utilizing the Leyte
Sports Development Center and all its facilities as the venue for
training these athlete-scholars.
maintained that to improve the province’s, and subsequently the
region’s, standing in national sports competition, there is a need to
implement a good recruitment program that would provide championship
caliber training for athletes with potentials.
The first batch of
scholars of the Leyte Sports Academy are composed of 37 athletes who
passed rigid screening conducted by the province of Leyte. They are
particularly trained in athletics, swimming and boxing.
LSA athletes who
won medals in athletics secondary girls were Leah Creer who won
individual gold medals in 100m and 200m run, while June Marie Maygon won
silver medals in the same events. Creer and Maygon were also part of the
foursome that won gold medals in the 4x400m relay and 4x100m relay.
Another LSA athlete, Melissa Escoton earned golds in 100m and 400m
Winnie Loreno won a
bronze in triple jump while Ellen Nayon earned a silver in discus throw.
In athletics for
elementary girls, Rosemarie Onorvida won golds in the individual 100m
and 200m run including in the 100m hurdle.
For secondary boys,
Francis Acedillo win two silvers in the 400m low hurdles and 800m run.
swimming, Leyte swimmers swept off most of the golds with LSA athletes
bringing in their own medal haul. For elementary girls, Christal Ray
Bullo won golds in the 50m Freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200m individual
medley while Jackielyn Valeriano also won golds in the 50m backstroke,
100m backstroke and 100m freestyle.
boys, LSA only fielded Justin Estremus who earned three golds in the
individual 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle while for
secondary boys Marco Dayoc earned a bronze in the 100m freestyle and
silver in the 200m freestyle.
girls, LSA athletes who won medals include Mary Grace Orquesta who won
gold in the 200m freestyle and silver medals in the 200m individual
medley and 100m freestyle respectively.
Montecillo won gold in 100m breaststroke and silver in 200m
breaststroke; Gay Marie Garrido won silvers in 200m and 100m Butterfly
respectively; Ivy Soledad won bronze in the 200m Butterfly and silvers
in the 400m and 100m freestyle; and, Kezia Mariel Meneses won silvers in
the 200m and 100m backstroke and a bronze in the 400m freestyle.
All of these LSA
medallists in the recent EVRAA will figure in their respective events in
the Palarong Pambansa
Eastern Samar bags third in EVRAA 2011
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
February 7, 2011
Eastern Samar – The more than 400 athletes that represented E. Samar
in the recently concluded Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association
(EVRAA) Meet done in Calbayog City, placed third.
In an interview,
DepEd Training Director Ernesto Catubao bared this information in a
“This is an
improvement from last year where we ended up in the fourth place,” added
Catubao. Similarly, DepEd Superintendent Bernardo Adina stressed that he
is satisfied with the standing of the delegation he led.
that Adina was with his athletes all the while, he did not stay in a
hotel, to ensure that their needs were met.
The DepEd official
also hailed their host – Calbayog City for the improved accommodation
from the past years’ athletic meets.
“I am impressed by
the way Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy and DepEd Superintendent Editha
Paculan hosted the entire athletic meet,” Catubao said.
“We were provided a
stand by vehicle for our athletes mobilization, as the sports venues
were located in other places,” Catubao shared.
He added though
that Eastern Samar Governor Conrado Nicart provided them also vehicles
to tranport some of their equipments to Calbayog City.
As the athletes
returned, Representative Ben Evardone awarded the medalists with
corresponding cash incentives.
This is, according
to Catubao, on top of the blow-out party Evardone afforded them the
night before when they feasted on roasted pig, limitless ‘fruit salad’
before heading for Eastern Samar.
Maasin City eyes sports activities as a form of tourism
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern Leyte
February 4, 2011
Southern Leyte – Emboldened by the success of Pili, Camarines Sur in
the way they were known for extreme sports, this city would also promote
physical activities as a strategy to invite attention, a filed now
referred as sports tourism.
But while the
CamSur experience was more on the hard adventures, this city would be
hosting marathons, City Mayor Maloney Samaco said yesterday as part of
his State of the City Address (SOCA) speech at the legislative session
“Fun run is the
number one growing sport in the Philippines,” Samaco declared in front
of an attentive audience of city heads of offices and members of the
On February 11, or
Friday next week, the city will organize the first-ever marathon dubbed
“Run for the Heart”, a reference to running as an exercise being good
for the heart, and the month of February being popularly known as heart
Handled by the City
Sports Council, the run will cover two categories, one for a
three-kilometer run and another for six kilometers, and at the last
count more than 300 individuals and groups had signified their intention
to join even days before the February 1 deadline.
A registration fee
of P100 per individual participant was required to join, and the money
will be used to buy T-shirts and singlets to be worn by the runners, and
any remaining sum will be used to donate relief goods for displaced
people in Saint Bernard.
Prizes will be
received by top three runners in both categories, while those who
survived up to the finish line will also receive consolation prizes, it
The three kilometer
route starts from the city hall up to Pilot School, barangay Mantahan,
and back to city hall, while the six kilometer trek also starts at city
hall up to provincial capitol, barangay Asuncion, and back again to city
organization, the Pope Paul Vi Seminary, is also sponsoring a “Fund Run”
marathon on February 19, probably inspired by the city-led initiative.
Samaco said aside
from marathons, the city will be hosting in May the amateur boxing
association tournament, a nationwide activity that is expected to draw
visitors to the city.
And next year, the
city will host the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA)
meet, to be co-hosted by the provincial government led by Gov. Damian
Mercado, in which no less than 5,000 guests will be around, Samaco said.
gets gold and silver in athletics and lawn tennis
By GEMMA TABAO, PIA Catbalogan
February 3, 2011
Samar – With the Eastern Visayas Athletic Association (EVRAA) Meet
about to end, the Samar delegation is sure to bring home 8 gold and 12
silver medals for athletics.
Aside from the
field of athletics, Samar is also the overall champion in the lawn
This was disclosed
by Mrs. Mercedes Daco, a member of the Samar Secretariat, in a phone
interview made by the Catbalogan Infocen.
According to Daco,
aside from athletics and tennis, their group is also optimistic to win
another gold medal in basketball, as it is scheduled to play the
championship game against the Biliran island team.
With the notable
victory of the Samar athletes, the said sports group headed by its
Division Sports Coordinator, Dr. Eduardo Pabunan, is optimistic their
team will still obtain the victory in the forthcoming Palarong Pambansa.
delegation is composed of 474 athletes of the high school and elementary
levels in the Samar island, together with 34 officiating officials under
the Samar DepEd.
This year’s EVRAA
competition which has started last January 30 until February 4, is being
held at the NorthWest Samar State University, formerly Tiborcio Tancinco
Memorial Institute of Science and Technology in Calbayog City.
Eastern Samar covets gold in chess
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
February 3, 2011
Eastern Samar – As the Eastern Visayas Athletic Association (EVRAA)
Meet continues, Eastern Samar coveted its gold in the chess event.
In a text message,
Dep Ed Division Superintendent Bernardo Adina said that Jhon Carlo
Calicay emerged as the chess champion for elementary boys, while Marie
Antonette Belizar got also the championship for girls chess.
coaches Rolando Cada and Ester Padriga as instrumental in winning the
In an additional
text message, Adina said that the Lawaan Central Elementary School in
Lawaan, Eastern Samar was also proclaimed champion in baseball
He added that Sir
Nestor Gabornes was the team’s coach.
Eastern Samar had
more than 400 athletes who trooped to Calbayog City for the biggest
sporting event in the region as it opened on January 30, 2011.
In an interview,
while Eastern Samar team was preparing for the sports event, Training
Director Ernesto Catubao hailed the support of Adina, some mayors, and
the top leaders of the province.
He also cited the
presence of Mayor Tito Codoy of Llorente and Mayor Gigi Zacate of Sulat
during the sports event’s opening ceremonies.
Calbayog City Mayor
Reynaldo Uy and Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento impressed their visitors as
they treated them to a day of solidarity, complete with cultural
presentations, food treats and even fireworks.
Adina, Catubao and
the athletes who wear the blue and gold uniforms are enthusiastic that
they will still continue to reap gold, silver and even bronze to make it
to Palarong Pambansa 2011.
Maasin City delegation grabs gold, silver, bronze medals in EVRAA 2011’s
By R.G. CADAVOS, PIA Maasin
February 1, 2011
Southern Leyte – Maasin City Sports delegation were jubilant in the
first day of the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA)
Meet 2011, that grabbed 8 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals in swimming
Zaldy Olita, staff
of Maasin City Mayor’ Office, one of the delegates who was with the city
delegation reported from Calbayog City in a live interview over radio
station DyDM this morning, Feruary 1, that the city delegation was
fruitful in the opening games, adding that a gold medal for the
athletics was also won.
Though, Olita did
not mention who got the said prizes, whether in the elementary of
secondary level, which the city had participated.
The city delegation
is still hopeful to grab more medals for the regional one-week sports
activity. Elimination rounds for other events are still on-going, Olita
said. He said that city already approved an ordinance awarding the
medalists for sports competition like this. P2,000 for the gold
medalist; P1,000 for silver and P500 for the bronze medalist.
It was learned that
the city earned a distinction as the “first Palaro gold winner” in
swimming competition, last Palarong Pambansa 2008 held at Puerto
Princesa City. Edison Pacsa who was then a Grade Six pupil from Asuncion
Elementary School, this city won the gold medal in the 50-meter
reported that security situation in their assigned area at San Policarpo
Central School, Calbayog City was in order. Barangay Tanods are manning
24 hours for 4 shifts. A police authority and an army are also visible
around the Maasin City delegation’s quarter.
chaperones, and other delegation heads, to include the Department of
Education (DepEd) headed by City Schools Superintendent Pedro Escobarte
and Maasin City staff and personnel led by no less than Mayor Maloney
Samaco also help secure the athletes during the regional sports event.
Maasin City to host EVRAA 2012
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern Leyte
January 31, 2011
MAASIN CITY – Even
as the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) meet is
unfolding this week at Calbayog City, this city was already tasked to
handle this same regional, in-school sports competition next year 2012.
Speaking live from
Calbayog in a news program over DYDM this morning, Maasin City Mayor
Maloney Samaco confirmed such hosting, saying that this was formally
announced last night during a dinner tendered by the host city to
welcome the different athletes and delegates.
that it was still in the year 2013 as the city’s schedule to host the
annual regional games, but the one assigned for 2012, the Southern Leyte
provincial schools division, begged off for lack of time to prepare.
Being the Boy Scout
that he is who has internalized its motto of always be prepared, Samaco
said he accepted the challenge of holding next year’s EVRAA, after
having duly consulted with the City DepEd office headed by City Division
Superintendent Pedro Escobarte.
turned out a blessing, since the year 2013 will be an election year it
will be difficult to focus on the games, he said, adding that Gov.
Damian Mercado committed his all-out support with the EVRAA 2012 held in
The last time
Maasin City hosted EVRAA was in 2005, held at the sports grounds of the
Tomas Oppus Pilot School (TOPS), under the leadership of then City Mayor
Damian Mercado and Vice-Mayor Maloney Samaco.
Maasin City sports delegation off to EVRAA 2011, prepares incentives for
By R.G. CADAVOS, PIA Maasin
January 25, 2011
Southern Leyte – Maasin City sports delegation is now preparing to
take off earlier, Friday, January 28 to represent the city for the
Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association set to open on January 30,
2011 at Calbayog City.
In a regular
program, ”Maasin City in Action” live over radio station DyDM, host
Zaldy Olita said that Maasin City delegation will depart earlier as
scheduled to familiarize the place and the venues of each events the
city is participating. At least 290 delegates will push to the EVRAA
meet 2011, to include athletes, coaches, trainers, chaperones, health
personnel, among other delegates, it was learned.
Olita reported that
the City Sports Council already filed an ordinance preparing incentives
to those athletes who can earn medals. P2,000 for the gold medalists;
P1,000 for the silver; and P500 for those who can get a bronze medal.
Like former years
that the city had participated in regional sports competition, the
sports council also awarded cash incentives to those who garnered gold,
silver and bronze medals, Olita disclosed. It is a way of recognizing
and giving honor to athletes who made the city proud, not only in the
regional level but also in the Palarong Pambansa which allowed Edison
Pacsa earn a gold medal in swimming competition.
Maasin City Sports
Council headed by Mayor Maloney Samaco is hopeful that the city
delegation can take home awards during this year’s regional sports
competition which dubbed as “School Sports: an avenue for values
development towards transformation.”
It was learned
further that the elementary delegation from Maasin City will compete in
the following games: athletics, badminton, chess, lawn tennis, sipa,
swimming, table tennis, taekwando and volleyball, while the secondary
school will participate in the same categories with the elementary
level, not to mention boxing and softball games.
reported that the athletes were through with their rigid training, from
January 9 to January 22, and now they are now relaxing and preparing to
take off for the regional competition and represent the City of Maasin.
meet to push through
By PIA Eastern Samar
January 24, 2011
Eastern Samar – There is no stopping the Eastern Visayas Regional
Athletic Association from opening on January 30, 2011.
This was more or
less the contention of the different committee chairmen in a meeting
recently in Calbayog City.
Earlier last week,
Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy contemplated on re setting the EVRAA
Meet due to his fear that everything will become spoiled if heavy rains
will continue until the opening of the EVRAA Meet.
The mayor wanted to
sustain its reputation of hosting an almost perfect athletic meet.
The city then
hosted EVRAA Meet in 2003.
In the meeting,
Schools Division Superintendent, Mrs. Editha Paculan found no reason to
put off the EVRAA Meet.
According to her,
the weather is already fine, the city already started to spend for
repairs and rehabilitation of the playing venues and the billeting
schools, and some delegations are already coming as early as today for
Because of this
report, the body agreed, including the City Mayor not to delay the EVRAA
Meet to a future date, and for every working committee to carry further
are the Executive Committee, Secretariat, Technical and Games
Administration, Ceremonial/Socials and Cultural, Billeting, Logistics
and other Services, Publicity and Promotion, Civic Participation, and
Games venue, Facilities, Grounds and Equipment Committees.
chairpersons were all present during the meeting held on Saturday
(January 22, 2011) in the morning at the City Mayor's Office conference
Mayor Uy being the
chairperson of the Executive Committee for this year's EVRAA Meet
Eastern Samar, some 400 athletes are set to battle it out with some
potential champion athletes in Taekwondo and basketball.
(with Aimee Catalan)
Eastern Samar athletes ready for EVRAA
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Borongan
January 21, 2011
Eastern Samar – Some 400 Eastern Samar athletes are now ready for
the sports competition in the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic
Association (EVRAA) from January 31 to February 4, 2011 scheduled in
In an interview, Mr
Ernesto Catubao, training coordinator from DepEd said that since January
13, 2011, the athletes coming from all over the province have started
“There is an
extensive training of athletes, they are more focused and management has
been very supportive of the needs of the athletes,” Catubao shared to
As to food and
nutrition, the nutritionists are ever conscious of the gains or losses
in weights of the athletes especially those in boxing and taekwondo.
They are also
provided with vitamins and other supplements, added the training
“For medicines and
vitamins alone, we spend some P200 thousand,” Catubao said.
“There is also
regular weighing and check up of athletes to ensure that they are
healthy,” Catubao added.
“Nurses have also
been on a 24-hour duty to check on the athletes,” he said.
When asked in what
sports event Eastern Samar has the best chance, “Basketball and
taekwondo,” he said.
“In fact, last
year, some taekwondo players got gold medals in the Palarong Pambansa
held in Tarlac,” he added.
As to funds, the
training coordinator said that Rep. Ben Evardone pledged to donate some
P300,000 while they are still waiting for a word from the provincial
In the past, they
have relied on funds from DepEd, the LGU province, some mayors,
districts and other stakeholders.
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