CAR opens medal hunt in 2014 Palaro-A A +A
Monday, May 5, 2014
MORE than 11,200 student athletes from the 17 different regions of the country gather at the Sta. Cruz Sports Complex in Laguna as the 2014 Palarong Pambansa officially opened May 5.
Inspired by the theme "Sports is a way of life", young athletes from the elementary and secondary schools swarm the province as the annual sports spectacle backed by the Department of Education and Philippine Sports Commission kicked off.
Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada urged the students to make sports as a tool in reaching their goals in life.
"I encourage you, our young children, to be inspired of doing sports and continue to reach your goals," Estrada said.
Estrada also gave emphasis and importance of sports to the young athletes.
"Losing is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable," Estrada quipped.
This year, the Cordillera Administrative Region sent a total of 659 delegates to compete in 21 various sports events.
The opening of the 2014 Palaro is the most star-studded among all the previous ones as former and current Philippine national athletes were present during the opening.
Present during the opening ceremonies were Winter Olympian Micael Christian Mendoza, former Palaro athlete Enchong Dee, PBA player James Yap, former Philippine Team members Elma Muros and Lydia de Vega, and Azkals football player Chiefy Caligdong.
Laguna governor and head of the host province Jeorge Ejercito Estregan proudly welcomed the thousands of visiting delegates.
"Higit pa sa aming pangarap na maging punong abala sa Palaro 2014 ang oportunidad na ipakita ang kaunlaran ng lalawigan ng Laguna," Ejercito said.
Some 1,200 technical officials will supervise the different sport competitions.
CAR will try to improve their previous year 10th overall standing after hauling 16 gold, eight silvers, and 19 bronze last year generated from combative sports.
Now on its 56th staging, 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.
The opening rites include the formal unveiling at the sports complex of the 26-foot-tall monument of Jose Rizal depicted as an eskrima swordsman or eskrimador. The statue will be the tallest Rizal monument and the first depicting Rizal as a sportsman.
Most of the 2014 Palaro events will be held at the Laguna Sports Complex but some will be at sports facilities of nearby schools and at the University of the Philippines – Los Banos.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 06, 2014.