Cordillera pins hope on archery

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Friday, April 25, 2014


INDIVIDUAL sports such as archery will be among the meal hopefuls for the region in their bid for a better finish in the upcoming 2014 Palarong Pambansa which kicks off May 4-10 at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz.

With a total of 21 sports tapped for the 2014 Palaro, archery will be among the sport expected to generate medals for the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Archery coach John Hongitan said he is hopeful their entries for the sport will gold medals during the national week-long competition.

“Archery is not only a display of physical skills but mainly a challenge to perform at your best mentally, so I guess the competition is divided between the other competitors and the archer himself,” Hongitan said.

Hongitan, long-time regional coach for the sport, said he is confident the young athletes will pull off a surprise against other competitors from the different regions.

“This is just among the competitions our children have been preparing for.
Marami na rin other national competitions ang nasasalihan natin with them so basically they all have the capabilities to be the best,” Hongitan added.

“Siguro we shall take advantage of the days remaining before the competition to fully take care whatever we need to improve on,” Hongitan continued.

Together with 3,294 athletes, coaches, chaperons and including trainers representing CAR alone, young athletes from the Cordillera will battle 16 other regions from all over the Philippines.

DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and sports coordinator Fernando Eliponga in an earlier interview has sent his all out support for all the delegates of the region.

“The coaches carefully selected our representative during our regional competition earlier this year, so I guess wala dapat tayong maging doubts and we should support them all the way,” Eliponga said.

“And what we are speaking of is Palarong Pambansa, I guess everyone of our children will surely give their all in the different competitions,” Eliponga added.

Last year, CAR improved its standing at the end of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa held in Dumaguete City with its 10th place over-all finish after hauling 16 gold medals, eight silvers and 19 bronze.

This is a notch higher than its overall ranking in the previous 2012 record held in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

The event, which started as Bureau of Public Schools – Interscholastic Athletic Association (BPISAA) Games in 1948, is an annual sports spectacle, held in different venues across the Philippines, organized by the Department of Education.

Other sports to be played during the Palarong Pambansa include arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing (secondary), chess football, futsal, gymnastics, sipa takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, lawn tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, and wushu.

Indigenous sports such as kadang-kadang and bunong braso (arm wrestling) were also added as exhibition games in the weeklong tournament.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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