Arnis seen to propel city’s rank in 2014 PNG-A A +A
Thursday, May 15, 2014
THE Baguio City arnis team is eyeing to keep the crown as the 2014 Philippine National Games opens Friday at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig City.
“We always aim for the best display of performance, we hope that this time, we can still land atop all the other competitors and take the overall title for the sport,” said arnis coach Jayson Vicente.
Last year, Baguio based arnisadors uplifted the city with their 16 gold, 10 silver, and nine bronze record.
“If we can surpass the gold medals we had last year then it would be better, it’s just a matter of putting enough trust and support to our competing athletes,” Vicente said.
A total of 20 arnisadors will carry the Summer Capital’s flag when the anyo and labanan competitions go underway at SM City Marikina from May 17 to 23.
“Some of our lead athletes from last year already graduated so this time new bloods will be the face of Baguio City when the contest starts, but anyway we still look forward to steal the limelight as the competition closes,” said Vicente.
Together with the arnis team, some 200 other athletes 15 years old and above from Baguio will vie for honors in the different sport events scheduled all over Metro Manila.
Coinciding with the 2014 PNG will be the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PhilSpada), where 50 entries from the city will compete in sports namely swimming, bowling, archery, and athletics.
Meanwhile, the Baguio City Sports Office headed by Gaudencio Gonzales earmarked a total of P1.5 million to be used for the 2014 PNG and PhilSpada competition.
“We have a bigger delegation this year since the two, PNG and PhilSpada, simultaneously will hold its schedule by the same dates. Thankfully, the City Council allowed us to have our own allocation from the 2014 budget of the city,” Gonzales said.
Backed by the Department of Education, Philippine Olympic Committee and the National Sports Association in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government, PNG aims to assess the expanse of the potentials of athletes to be a possible basis for the selection for the competition of national and international pool.
The tournament will run from May 16 to 25.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 16, 2014.