Athletes challenged to uphold Western Visayas Palaro record

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Monday, December 9, 2013


An estimated 10,000 Negrenses composed of student-athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators filled the Panaad Park and Stadium in yesterday’s opening rites of the Palarong Panlalawigan 2013 themed “Sports: Road to Peace and Progress.”

Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel “Nonong” Verdeflor, in lieu of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., stressed during the ceremony that it has been a dream of the father of the province that the country’s first Olympic gold medal will come from Negros Occidental.

“Our country has been praying to win this elusive medal and hopefully we will win it in the Olympic Games in 2016,” he said.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella urged the athletes to keep up with the challenge of upholding the record of Western Visayas as the only region to have beaten the National Capital Region in the Palarong Pambansa.

He also cited world boxing champions Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo, who once competed in amateur competitions but have now taken the pro circuit and have given pride to the country and to the province.

Puentevella further noted the likes of Philippine Basketball Association stars James Yap and Jeff Chan, who used to play for Bacolod Tay Tung High School and University of St. La Salle, respectively, and now have brought honor to the country in the field of basketball.

He also recognized Ceres-La Salle FC for the success and pride they brought to the province and the city of Bacolod in football.

The local chief executive also thanked the Department of Education for guiding the students in their academic field.

Provincial Schools Superintendent Juliet Jeruta declared that their primary objective is the holistic development of the students – complete not only in academics but in all fields.

Highlighting the opening ceremony was the spectacular performance of the 2,500 students from the Negros Occidental High School with their trademark field demonstration.

Areas competing in 16 sports disciplines are Area 1 composed of the cities of San Carlos and Escalante, and towns of Calatrava and Toboso; Area 2, cities of Sagay and Cadiz and Manapla town; Area 3, cities of Victorias, Silay and Talisay, and towns of EB Magalona and Murcia;
Area 4, cities of Bago and La Carlota, and towns of Pulupandan, Valladolid, San Enrique and Pontevedra; Area 5, Himamaylan City and towns of Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Isabela, Hinigaran and Binalbagan; Area 6 (cities of Kabankalan, Sipalay, and towns of Cauayan, Candoni, Hinoba-an, and Ilog).

Area 7, Bacolod City; Area 8, Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association; Area 9, Negros Occidental High School; and Area 10, Association of Negros Occidental Private Secondary Schools Administrators Inc.

The events to be contested are arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, sipa, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.

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PFF-Smart Club finals qualifying starts today

The 2013 Philippine Football Federation-Smart Club Championship Final Qualifying Round kicks off today and will run until December 13 simultaneously at the University of St. La Salle football field and Manuel Y. Torres Sports Complex in Bago City.

The semi-finals and the championship matches are scheduled Dec. 15-21 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.

Ten teams are seeing action in this leg that include defending champion Ceres- La Salle, and Global FC of Leyte FA, BSU FC-Baguio City of Benguet FA, CBSUA FC of Naga City-Cam Sur FA, Del Monte FC of Bukidnon FA, Columbia FC of Davao FA, M’lang FC of North Cotabato FA, Alia FC of Zamboanga FA, Palawan FC of Palawan FA, and Flame United Cherifer FC of Cavite FA. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 09, 2013.

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