Hosts all set for Batang Pinoy-A A +A
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
THE 2013 Batang Pinoy National Finals is all set to go after the Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission and hosts Bacolod City and Negros Occidental officially signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Monday at the grand lobby of the Bacolod Government Center.
The five-day sports spectacular from November 19 to 23 is expected to gather some 4,000 athletes, coaches and officials who will take part in 20 featured events. More or less 3,000 others like the athletes’ parents and relatives are also expected to arrive.
Angel Verdeflor, who represented Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., expressed gratitude to Mayor Monico Puentevella in bringing the Batang Pinoy back to Bacolod City.
“With Bacolod and Negros Occidental hosting this event, sports is more alive again,” he said.
“Since Governor Marañon won in 2010, the province has been very active in supporting various sporting activities which in turn gives the youth the venue and the opportunity to showcase their talents,” Verdeflor added.
“The governor believes that Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are always prepared to host any sporting event anytime, a legacy that has been observed since 1974," Verdeflor said, addressing both POC and PSC officials.
PSC Commissioner Andrada lauded the people of Bacolod for having elected a mayor with a passion for sports.
“I’m from Iloilo but I will help Bacolod to be the sports center of Western Visayas and at the same time, bring national tennis, table tennis and weightlifting events here,” he said.
POC Secretary-General Romeo Magat promised that together with the PSC, they will screen the winners of the Batang Pinoy and will support their training in order to further enhance their skills.
Puentevella, the father of the Batang Pinoy, thanked the Department of Education and the Sangguniang Panlungsod for their support for the hosting of the event.
“The hosting wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for their all-out support,” the mayor said.
“Bacolod sports will be alive again. Let us show our best and let us work hard for Batang Pinoy,” Puentevella encouraged everyone.
The local chief executive also said that the hosting of Batang Pinoy is just one of the many ways that the city can promote sports tourism although it will entail the improvement of city’s sports facilities.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 06, 2013.