PWDs showcased in mini Olympics

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Monday, April 28, 2014


HUNDREDS of locals from Baguio City and Benguet took their time out to join the 1st Summer Special Mini-Olympics at the President Fidel V. Ramos gym which kicked off April 26.

Performing out of the ordinary, Persons with Disabilities together with the Children with Disabilities in this part of the country gather for a one -day competition backed by the different organizations in the city.

According to Maria Cristina Gepila, executive director of the Fernando-Rosa Bautista Foundation of the University of Baguio and overall chairman of the event, the activity aims to develop social skills among participants mainly the sector they belong to.

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“With this event, we aim to start showing importance to the skills particularly the sport abilities of our PWD and CWD community has to showcase,” Gepila said.

Gepila added the event was originally planned to create a venue for the special children and disabled persons of the community to get together at the same time improve their talent or skills.

“One of the goals of this mini-Olympics is to show that PWD’s or even CWD’s are capable of performing well enough as a normal person can,” Gepilla quipped.
According to proponent of the event and priest Felimon William of the Diocese of Baguio, the activity aims to be a window of helping the PWD’s and CWD’s of Baguio and Benguet.

“Originally this was scheduled late last year together with the other civic organizations including the LGU as a benchmark for promoting sports executed by our fellow PWD’s,” William said.

William said with the unveiling of the event, they hope to make it a regular activity during the summer season.

“We plan to make this already an annual activity, as we can see the outcome to be positive among our participants. Maybe soon enough if it becomes a bigger event we can have it at least twice every year,” William added.
Close to P50,000 pesos worth of prizes including medals and certificates were given as prizes for the event.

Sports played in the one day competition include track & field, volleyball, basketball, chess, badminton, lawn, tennis, and archery.

Together with the visual arts competitions, dance, singing contest, and parlor games highlighted the CWD’s participating in the event.

Major partners and sponsors in the special mini-Olympics are the city government of Baguio, Diocese of Baguio, Fernando-Rosa Bautista Foundation, and the University of Baguio.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 29, 2014.

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