Baguio 'kadang-kadang' team all set

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Thursday, February 6, 2014


BAGUIO team is ready to show how well city kids perform the indigenous game "kadang-kadang" in the 2014 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA), which opens today at the Benguet Sports Complex in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Players from three public schools from Pacday Quinio Elementary School, Andres Bonifacio ES and Fort Del Pilar ES are polishing their skills and perfecting their strategy in the new ‘kadang kadang’ event category for the elementary pupils in the regional sports meet.

Kadang-Kadang" (bamboo/wooden stilt) is a popular recreational game in the country where player uses two pieces of wooden stilt with a stepladder which is 30.48 centimeter from the ground’ to walk a certain distance.

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Jocelyn Bassit, Pacday Quinio ES teacher and coach of the Baguio Kadang-kadang team, said while many children in the provinces of Cordillera are using wooden stilts in playing at the rice fields and in schools, this is somewhat new to school children in Baguio since most of them are more familiar with other toys made of plastic and other materials. They are also more exposed to playing computer games and more hi-tech toys.

Bassit said even with the challenges, the team is not worried since the members composed of grade 4 to 6 pupils have been practicing regularly to perfect their strategy.

The Department of Education started to incorporate new sports events to be added in the annual Palarong Pambansa, including other subsidiaries with CARAA in the region down to the provincial, and district sports meet this year.

Sports included this year are wushu, futsal, billiards, and wrestling and indigenous games like kadang-kadang and bunong-braso (sanggol).

“Adding four more sports and two indigenous games will give more opportunities for our young children to develop and hone their skills in preparation for larger competitions in and out of the country," said DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and Sports coordinator Fernando Eleponga.

In 2013, wushu, futsal and billiards were already included as a demonstration event in the Palarong Pambansa held in Dumaguete City.

Meanwhile, Baguio City is ready to defend its over-all title in the regional meet where 441 athletes are training hard and pushing themselves to the limit in preparation for the sporting competition.

Apayao delegates, who placed third when they hosted the annual sports meet last year, are also looking forward to improving their accomplishment in this year’s sports competition. (Redjie Melvic Cawis/Jem Villanueva, UB Intern - PIA CAR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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