Baguio draws first blood in CARAA

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Friday, February 7, 2014


THE Heat is already on as Baguio City scored their first two medals courtesy of Loren Chloe Balaoing hitting gold while teammate Florence Millares grabbed second place in the secondary girl’s 30 meter archery event on the first day of the 2014 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association held in Benguet Sports Center.

"We will keep staying in our winning ways, thank you for the support," said archery head coach John Hongitan.

"As usual we always aim to lead sa mga ganyang competitions, that’s why we keep our young athletes physically and mentally fit every time we practice, hopefully our young athletes will carry good performances all throughout CARAA," Hongitan added.

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Close to 5,000 delegates from Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Ifugao, Kalinga, and this year’s host Benguet will vie for the overall crown in the annual sports spectacle.

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo Garcia sent his message of support to our region’s young athletes as the annual sports event kicked off Friday.

"I am confident that like the previous edition of this regional meet, this year’s CARAA will surely be a great experience to everyone," as delivered by Manuel Bitog, chief of PSC Support and Services Division.

Garcia added to his speech the challenge to build good friendship as the five-day sport event runs from February 7-11.

“Use this opportunity and time to build camaraderie with your fellow athletes, involving in sports in such a young age does not only promote one’s individuality but also imparts discipline, fairplay and respect,” Garcia added.

Garcia also mentioned the commission sets among its top priorities the engagement of the Filipino youth in sports.

Included in the five day sports events are arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiards, boxing, chess, football, futsal, gymnastics, sepak-takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, including indigenous games bunong-braso and kadang-kadang.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 08, 2014.

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