For Region 2
team, winning the hearts of the people an achievement more important
By Jonnie H.
Buenaventura (PIA 8)
April 29, 2009
– The Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte will always be memorable for the
contingent from Region 2 or Cagayan Valley, Mr. Denizon Domingo,
athletic manager and Regional PESS Supervisor of Cagayan Valley, said.
Most of the
members of the delegation are first timers in the historic province of
Leyte, Mr. Domingo said. Being able to visit Leyte’s landmarks, San
Juanico Bridge which links Leyte and Samar and the famous MacArthur Park
where Gen, Douglas MacArthur and the allied forces have returned to
Philippine soil to fulfill his promise to liberate the Philippines from
foreign invaders, are satisfying enough and will surely be the center of
talks “when we return home to Cagayan Valley.
Mr. Domingo, “we do not expect to win many gold in this 2009 Palarong
Pambansa for we do not have high caliber and well-trained athletes but
we are always optimistic that we can make it better this year because we
have prepared for it.”
pointed out that the philosophy of sports is not only confined in
winning medals but winning the hearts of the people because we played
well and fairly, is more important.
further explained that Region 8, Leyte in particular, has won the hearts
of the delegations because people from all walks of life are kind and
hospitality is beyond compare in terms of treating visitors like them.
“We have no
reason to complain in terms of accommodation, security, transportation
and other needs because the hosts are here to respond to our needs and
queries,” said Mr. Domingo.
In the over
all national standing during the 2008 Palarong Pambansa, Region 2 was on
the fourteenth slot but “we are pinning our hopes on John Paul Chinyuna
who placed 2nd in the Pole Vault and Javelin Throw during the 2008
Palarong Pambansa. We believe that this time, he will win the gold this
time and it will improve out national standing,” Mr. Domingo intimated.
The Region 2
or Cagayan Valley delegation which is composed of 514 delegates, is
bilettled at Palo I Central School and Palo National High School, Palo,
Leyte where 30% of the athletics competition will be held.
Pambansa is an avenue where every Filipino around the archipelago is
competing with one common purpose to win but most importantly we
Filipinos must unite for betterment of all and thru sports Filipinos
must remember that winning the hearts above all are our primordial
consideration, said Mr. Domingo.
Cotabato aims top 5 spot in 2009 Palaro
Pedalino (PIA Southern Leyte)
April 29, 2009
CITY – The Cotabato Regional Athletic Association (CRAA), during last
year’s national games at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, landed in the top six, but in 2007 Palarong Pambansa held in its
homecourt at Koronadal City, it
was within the top five.
Tacloban for this year’s national Olympics, hopes are high that the CRAA
delegation “will land on the top five spot or even better”, according to
a report in “The Informant”, the official publication of the provincial
government of South Cotabato, in which one copy was obtained by PIA.
high aims for this year because we have seen how our athletes and
coaches strived hard to be good in their respective sports events,” said
Allan Farnazo, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of
Informant quoted him further as saying, “Even if we are the best in
Mindanao, we also aspire to make it on the top five, four or even on the
third spot. Anyway, it is always free to hope for the best for our
To help make
that hope transform into reality, CRAA, or Region 12, sent a total of
545 delegates, comprising with 369 athletes, 63 coaches, 13 chaperons,
and 98 officials to slug it out in the biggest annual competition
involving young athletes from the elementary and secondary levels of
public and private schools representing the whole country.
pinned its gold haul chances in the field of athletics, both elementary
and secondary, boys and girls; basketball, secondary; volleyball, boys,
secondary; baseball, secondary; sepak takraw; and archery, boys and
assured that once Team CRAA embarks on its sports journey, it is “100%
well prepared to face the opponent in the sports arena, fair and
thing lacking, for now as the games enter into the frenzied pace, are
the results, whether they unfold as expected, or turn out the other way
Region 5 delegation comes to Palaro 2009 to be counted and to win
Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 29, 2009
– The Region 5 delegation came all the way to Leyte to join the
Palarong Pambansa 2009 with 516 people, in a convoy of 10 buses last
April 15, 2009 and has since then been billeted at the San Fernando
Elementary School hosted by Southern Leyte DepEd Division.
interview with Dr. Amparo V. Danata, the Chief Elementary Education
Division and Head of the Regional Task Force of Schools Sports in Region
V, said that, their Region will be represented in all the games in these
Palaro sports events with athletes from Elementary and Secondary except
that from special SPED pupils. The Delegations composed of 516 people
were 211 Elementary school athletes, 252 athletes from Secondary schools
and the rest were coaches, Chiefs of the Division and DepEd officials,
Medical Team and catering service team.
Asks of their
expectations to the athletes and she further says ”of course we are not
yet sure to what rank, award our team can reach because the ball is
still rolling, like, we don’t know if one of our player may fall before
he reaches the finish line, thats it, the ball is still rolling, we do
not expect too much of the Palaro because the purpose of the Palaro is
participation, exposure of our young athletes and second objective is to
win. We gain more friends, experiences and exposure.”
already hosted 3 times in the Palarong Pambansa, and their delegation
came earlier last April 15 to familiarized and to readily adjust of the
environment and venue area, Dr. Danata further says.
On what they
can say of the place and belitting areas, Dr. Danata said that San
Fernando School is one of the best schools. The staff are very
accommodating and the host Division as well.
“The place is
a second home away from our home”, Dr. Danata says.
however, water problem was met, these was readily answered through the
DepEd Directors help, Sol Matugas, and well enough been acted
immediately”, she added.
In the past
Palaro in Palawan, Region 5 garnered gold medals as well as bronze and
silver medals in football, arnis, swimming and the rest of the games.
of the Palaro entails a budget of P7 to P8 Million, Danata disclosed.
journalists set eyes on 2009 Palaro
Pedalino (PIA Southern Leyte)
April 28, 2009
DEVELOPMENT CENTER, Tacloban City – The media center here, which is
housed in one of the ground spaces of the round-shaped grandstand, has
become a beehive of activity for the 2009 Palarong Pambansa, an annual
sportsfest that pits the sports potential of the youth from seventeen
(17) participating regions around the country.
from near and far, from the tri-media outlets of print, radio and
television, local and national, cramped every available space in this
approximately 12 X 10 meters cubicle, composing stories to beat the
day’s headlines, airing blow-by-blow accounts of the ongoing events
inside the newly-furbished oval, and keeping tab on the latest score.
take a rest inside the air-conditioned room, and catch a nap or two.
around 300 legitimate correspondents, from local and national dailies
and tabloids, covering the week-long conduct of the sports events,” said
Roy Moraleta in an interview over a local radio station.
The use of
the qualifying operative word “legitimate” elicited subdued laughter and
whispered reaction of those within hearing distance of the live
interview, but Moraleta, who is the one in-charge of members of the
press that descended into the city, simply smiled while not elaborating.
weather is hot today, yet athletes are never distracted by the searing
heat of the sun.
So did the
everything will be expected to be at a high pitch of activity and
excitement for the formal opening of the Palaro, with President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo arriving as the guest speaker, together with Department
of Education (Deped) Secretary Jesli Lapuz, some top-ranking government
officials and dignitaries.
mid-morning Monday, two gold medals were already harvested. Nino
Espinosa of Region 6 grabbed the gold for the secondary division,
long-jump, the second gold so far to be won.
first gold was taken by Gia Bucag, 11 years old, from Region 7, in the
Bucag threw 35.54 meters, the highest thrown. This is the first time
she joined the Palaro.
for gold medals in the Athletics and Combative Sports
Tabao (PIA 8)
April 28, 2009
CITY – “We are optimistic we could get hold again of gold medals in
the athletics field events particularly the jumping ones, as we have
been 2-year consistent gold medalist for these and a record breaker at
that, in terms of highest height attained in the secondary girls
This was the
statement given by Mr. Agustin Gumuwang, the Athletic Director of the
Cordillera Administrative Region or CAR, in an interview with the
Philippine Information Agency.
him, aside from the jumping events, his region is likewise competitive
in the combative sports such as taekwondo and arnis. He disclosed that
CAR has earned gold and silver medals in the elementary and secondary
categories for both boys and girls, during the past Palaro.
Gumuwang also said that above anything else, the Palarong Pambansa is an
annual occasion for friendly games and learning experiences, and that,
win or loss, the spirit of sportsmanship and education should prevail.
delegation which is composed of 478 people is moreover appreciative of
the hospitality and human relations manifested by the host city which is
Calbayog City, as well as the staff and administrator of the Rizal
Central Elementary School where we are presently billeted. We could rate
it excellent, Gumuwang finally added.
delegation which is headed by DepEd OIC-Regional Director, Dr. Josephine
Tamondong, is composed of 478 people to include the competing athletes,
coaches and other key officials coming from the provinces of Abra,
Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and the Mountain Province.
It was also
learned that the delegation arrived in Leyte as early as April 19, in
order to acclimatize with the weather in the Eastern Visayas Region,
which is obviously extreme contrast with that of the very cold climate
in the Cordillera region.
delegation aims for a humble 2nd post in Palaro 2009
By Neil D. Lopido (PIA 8)
April 28, 2009
CITY – This year’s Palarong Pambansa 2009 hosted by the Provincial
Government of Leyte through its dynamic governor Carlos Jericho “Icot”
L. Petilla and the Department of Education (DepEd) Region 8 through
Director Sol Matugas is expected to be a neck-to-neck competition of the
best among the best from the 17 competing regions nationwide as every
delegation aspires to be the champion.
One of these
delegations came from Region 12 who is striving hard to land on the 3rd
or even 2nd place in the overall ranking of this year’s Palarong
Pambansa compared to their 6th place in the overall medal standing of
last year’s Palaro held in Palawan.
interview with Ms. Elizabeth M. Tabilde, Region 12 focal person, she
said that their expectation is a result of a collective effort and
support of all their local governments and stakeholders in kind and in
cash. Their total budget, she said, for this Palarong Pambansa is more
or less P8 million of which P2 million is allotted to the 45 days
training of their athletes.
said that part of the fulfillment of their expectations of this year’s
Palaro is encouraging and stressing to their athletes and coaches to at
least make one step ahead of their last year’s achievement and giving
them incentives. Other incentives waiting if they will hit the mark is
an all expenses-paid travel abroad to six of their officials including
Ms. Tabile emphasized that they do daily monitoring of their athletes of
their developments through their coaches’ report to their training
directors and officials.
Tabile was glad to say that their delegation was billeted in a very nice
and beautiful town of Tanuan, Leyte where the ladies are housed at the
Tanauan Central School while the boys are separately housed at the
Tanauan School of Craftsmanship and Home Industries.
She was very
thankful of the warm hospitality of the town’s chief executive, Mayor
Roque A. Tiu who gave all the support and the best accommodation to
Palarong Pambansa is anchored on the theme, "Bridging Unity, Peace and
Progress through Sports."
delegation which is composed of nine divisions, namely: North Cotabato
(biggest division), South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General
Santos City, Koronadal City, Cotabato City, Kidapawan City, and Tacorong
City, is headed by Director Luz S. Almeda and the host division
in-charge of their delegation is the Province of Leyte.
athlete from Socsargen aims for more medals at Palaro Leyte
Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 27, 2009
CITY – Pretty Tiara Beboney A. Tubio of Socsargen or Region 12, is
training so hard in order to retain her crown as the reigning champion
in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes girls secondary division of the
swimmer has been swimming for medals since she was in the preschool.
Tiara disclosed that she was asthmatic when she was a toddler. She is
however, lucky to have a Mom who is a doctor and who practically threw
her out in the swimming pool to learn how to swim.
competing when she was in Grade I, Tiara confessed and she loves to swim
just as much as swimming takes her to different places even outside the
Tiara, made a record at the Palarong Pambansa in Palawan, ticking a time
record of 1:21 for 200 meters breastrokes. This means that she was able
to swim two laps in one minute and twenty one seconds.
means that in order to defeat Tiara, the swimmers in her division must
time in a shorter time and make a new record. This is what Tiara is
bracing of. Tiara should swim more swiftly and she has to have more
energy and air.
together with her champion teammates at the Socsagen delegation said it
takes self sacrifices, dedication, discipline, hardwork and
determination in order to become a prize-winning athlete.
Tiara is the priced athlete of Socsargen Region. She is being closely
monitored and being trained as she is being groomed to set another
Palaro record and two win five instead of two gold medals in the this
there are little sacrifices she has to pay in order to become a champion
athlete. She cannot go home to her family during the rigid practice for
more than one month. She swims for two hours in the morning and for more
hours after classes.
young ladies who are fond of sweets and junk food, Tiara said she is not
allowed to indulge in such food because if she gains weight she will
many medals to her name from the various swimming competitions she has
joined. She is a gold medalist in the Mindanao Philippines Olympic
Festival in 2008; 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in the Palarong Pambansa
2007; two golds in the 2008 Palarong Pambansa for 200 breastroke and 100
breastroke. She was part of the Philippine Team to the BIMP-EAGA 2008 in
Brunei where she won one silver and two bronze medals.
after the Palarong Pambansa in Leyte, Tiara is scheduled to join the
Philippine team to another ASEAN member country to compete in her event.
The secret of
Tiara’s success is hardwork, determination and self-confidence. Tiara
also acknowledge the support of her family who are all supportive and
the support of the school and the local government unit by affording
them good trainings and ample funding. Tiara said most importantly, she
prays so hard.
Tiara is an
athlete to watch during the Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte.
delegations target better team standing at Palarong Pambansa 2009
Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 27, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – The Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte promises to be an exciting
one as the different athletic delegations are eyeing for better team
standing and are all prepared to achieve their respective targets.
delegation for one, is set on raising its team standing from 6th place
during the Palaro in Palawan to Number 2 position in the Palaro in Leyte.
Regional Director Allan Farnazo of DepEd Region XII bared the goal
during the Panindugan television program of the Philippine Information
Agency, Friday morning.
said that it is good to set high goals so that if that goal is not
achieved, the final output will still be high.
from Region XII have the support of all the stakeholders including the
local government units. He disclosed that the provinces and cities in
Region XII are given quota according to the size of the province or
province this year, is South Cotabato, thus South Cotabato Governor
Daisy Fuentes is the head of delegation. The host province, ARD Farnazo
said, has contributed about P500,000 to the Palaro funds of the Region.
local government contribution to the Palaro is P200,000, ARD Farnazo
said. The total amount of all the contributions seems big but
considering that there are more that 500 members of the delegation, this
amount is still small.
the Region IV-A delegation athletic manager disclosed that it is
targeting the number 3 highest place at the Palaro 2009, one step higher
than the 4th place finish at the Palarong Pambansa 2008.
By the way
the delegations are continuously practicing, one could easily conclude
that they, indeed, have set themselves targets which they all aim to
achieve. Others may not be too vocal about their targets but one thing
is sure, those targets are better than the target in the past Palaro.
of the 17 competing delegations are highly motivated, well-trained and
raring to start the games for the Palarong Pambansa in Leyte.
the 17 delegations, may you achieve the fulfillment of your targets at
the Palarong Pambansa in Leyte.
April 26 marks the
inauguration and blessing of Palarong Pambansa venue
Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 26, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla leads the inauguration and blessing
on April 26, of the newly refurbished Leyte Sports Development Center,
the site of the Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte.
and blessing come a day before the Palaro games start on Monday, April
27. The Palaro athletes will then be playing in the state of the art
sports facilities which include an Olympic sized swimming pool.
DepEd Region 8
Director Sol Matugas who signed the invitation informed that a Mass will
be offered at 8:00 o’clock in the morning at the Palaro site. This will
be followed by the blessing of the sports center.
After the offering
of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the blessing of the site, a press
conference will be conducted with the Honorable Governor and the DepEd
Regional Director, the hosts for this year’s Palarong Pambansa.
and Director Matugas are expected to brief the media on the final
preparations and activities for the Palarong Pambansa which was last
held in Tacloban City in 1983.
Todate, more than
100 media practitioners and representative of the tri-media outlets have
arrived in Leyte to cover the Palarong Pambansa 2009 which has for its
theme Bridging Unity, Peace and Progress through Sports.”
made sure that people will be kept updated on the national sports event
through live television and radio coverages. The results will also be
immediately released to the various tri-media outlets.
Radio stations in
the various Regions will also be given updates of the Palarong Pambansa
games via phone patch.
athletes and officials from the 17 competing delegations from all the
regions of the country are already in Leyte to compete in the Palaro.
This number is
apart from the parents and relatives of a handful of athletes who are
also in town to give the much needed moral support to the athletes.
meeting will also be conducted after the mass and the blessing. This
will be participated in by the heads of delegations from the 17 regions
of the Philippines.
At 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon of April
26, the Agri-Trade and Science and Technology Fair at the People’s
Center, will be formally opened.
governors unite in welcoming Palarong Pambansa 2009 visitors
Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 25, 2009
– True to this year’s Palarong Pambansa theme: “Bridging Unity, Peace
and Progress through Sports,” the governors from the other provinces of
Eastern Visayas are joining Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla in
officially welcoming the guests during the Governors’ Welcome Dinner.
So instead of
only one governor officially welcoming the delegations, there will be
six governors from the Eastern Visayas provinces of Leyte, Southern
Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.
Petilla welcomed the move of the other governors saying that this is a
show of force that could only attained when there is unity,
understanding and cooperation.
Petilla thanked his fellow governors for this unprecedented move
expressing his hope for the people of Region 8 and the people of Leyte
to follow the example of the governors and also give their utmost
cooperation and support in order to make the hosting of the Palarong
Pambansa 2009 a success.
Governors of Eastern Visayas provinces are Governor Damian Mercado of
Southern Leyte, Governor Roger Espina of Biliran, Governor Mila Tan of
Samar, Governor Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar and Governor Raul Daza of
Petilla time and again stressed that in hosting the Palarong Pambansa
2009, Leyte will not be the only one which will be promoted but the
entire Region8. This is a very rare opportunity to promote the Region
without living it. Instead the people from all the other Regions of the
country are the ones who will come to Leyte and give the people a chance
to show them that special kind of hospitality the Region could offer
Governors’ Welcome Dinner will be held at the historic Leyte Capitol
Terrace in the evening of April 28, 2009. The guests will be hosted to a
barrio fiesta and will be entertained by the Leyte Kalipayan Dance
Company, a world renowned cultural group from the province of Leyte.
evening, the public are also enjoined to watch at the RTR Palaro Park, a
cultural presentation which will give the visitors a glimpse into the
rich cultural heritage of Leyte and Region 8.
other VIPs confirm attendance to Leyte Palaro
Media Relations Center (PMRC-Leyte)
April 24, 2009
– At least five senators have confirmed attendance to the weeklong Palarong Pambansa to start on April 27, including governors of various
provinces and congressional representatives from different districts all
over the Philippines.
revealed by Leyte Vice-Governor Mimietta Bagulaya who heads the Palaro
committee on VIP invitations during the recent meeting held by the
Palaro overall committee at the Governor’s Hall. Topping the list of
course, the vice-governor said, is the presence of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo herself who will grace the ceremonial opening set in
the morning of April 28.
Bagulaya said among the senators who already confirmed attendance and
set in their flight details are Senators Mar Roxas, Ed Angara, Panfilo
Lacson and Loren Legarda while Senator Manny Villar have already
confirmed attendance but has not elaborated on his flight details.
from Abra, Tarlac, Iloilo and South Cotabato have also confirmed
attendance to the event while Muntinlupa Congressman Ruffy Biazon and
Marikina Representative Del De Guzman have signified their presence to
include governors, representatives and leaders from all over the Eastern
Vice-Gov. Bagulaya, all the VIPs who have given their nod to attend
would not be all together in one event but would be coming at different
dates during the weeklong activities to witness the various sporting
events and grace other presentations the Palaro organizers have set up.
cabinet members are also expected to join the President during the Grand
Ceremonial Opening of the Palaro 2009.
In the same
recently-held meeting, Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla assures all is
set for the Palarong Pambansa 2009, primary of which is the general
venue of the event which is the Leyte Sports Development Center.
delegates that include athletes, coaches, officials and guests have
started to troop to Leyte in batches even before the start of the Holy
delegations are billeted in different schools in the city of Tacloban as
well as in Palo, Tanauan and Dulag.
been made ready for the transportation of the delegates courtesy of
Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento who made available four buses
while Biliran Congressman Glenn Chong lent eight more buses to ferry the
athletes from the billeting areas to the venue.
Police Provincial Office headed by Supt. Doroteo Palconit have also
presented their mapped out plan for routes and parking areas of utilized
vehicles by the delegations to avoid traffic problem.
Palaro Pambansa 2009 is expected to host at least 10,000 athletes,
coaches and chaperones and thousands other visitors, tourists and
socio-cultural activities bared
Provincial Media Relations Center (PMRC-Leyte)
April 23, 2009
CITY – Side by side with the sports events where the nation’s young
sports talents would compete, the provincial government of Leyte have
also lined up various socio-cultural activities to entertain delegates
and visitors alike during the weeklong Palarong Pambansa 2009 hosted by
Leyte province and the Department of Education Region 8.
committee bared among the scheduled activities is the aqua sport Dragon
Boat Race. A Dragon Boat Workshop and Demo will be opened from April
23-26 at the Family Park along Magsaysay Blvd. here
while the Dragon Boat Race is set on April 26.
Being a team
sport, dragon boat racing promotes not only physical fitness but also
camaraderie among its members, Palaro organizers say.
Regatta will also highlight the Palaro aqua sports which would be held
along Cancabato Bay with start off point at the Family Park. The event is being
coordinated by Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu.
dances would also enliven the nights as many different musical and dance
events are set at the RTR Plaza which is being converted
into a Palaro Park for the duration of the
national sporting event.
include the concerts featuring the Philippine Army’s 8th ID Band and the
LeyT Section Band on April 25, Hiphop Night (Battle of Champions) on
April 26, Musikahan by the Ambassador of Palo and Men In Stripes on
April 27, Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company on April 28, Rakrakan Music that
would feature Warak, Bisrock and Local bands on April 29, Gathering of
Stars on April 30, the Zarzuela by Leyte Normal University artists on
May 1, Musical Dance Drama of Calbayog City on May 2 and another concert
by the LeyT Section Band on May 3 all to be held at the RTR Plaza.
pre-judging would be held for the Search for Mr. and Miss Palarong
Pambansa 2009 on April 25 and the pageant proper of the same on April 26
at the Leyte National High School Gym.
The LNHS Gym
would also serve as the venue for the Dance Sport Competition at 7:00 PM
on April 27.
Ceremonial Opening is set on the morning of April 28 at the newly
rehabilitated Leyte Sports Development Center and
will feature several cultural richness of the province and the region
depicted in a saga of song and dance.
activities for the DepEd officials, national figures and other VIPs
include the Secretary’s Night on April 27 at the Leyte Park Resort Pool
Villa, the Governor’s Night at the Capitol Terrace, the Superintendent’s
Night at the DepEd Gym, the City Mayor’s Night, the Closing Ceremonies
and the Paalam Night on May 3 that would both be held at the Leyte
Sports Development Center.