THE selection of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) representatives to the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) National Games fires up Feb. 13.

“This will be a big event,” Mary Ann Unos Institute Director of the Benguet State University said as she explained this will be picking the cream of the crop.

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She added sports is a component of tertiary education and this is a venue to harness the potentials of the youth for excellence in sports and promote good values.

This event pursues the total development of the Filipino youth who are expected to bring pride, honor and prestige to the country, provokes physical education and encourages sports programs, leagues and competitions for all higher education institutions, both public and private, to foster self discipline, teamwork and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.

The Rizal memorial sports complex in Malate, Manila will be the battle ground for this first sports competition which officially starts Feb. 22 to 28.

Athletes from all over the country will compete for honors in these sports: baseball, basketball, beach volley, football, sepak takraw, softball, volleyball, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, dance sports, judo, karate-do, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis and tae kwon do.

Meanwhile the region culls players in basketball, sepak takraw, and badminton at the University of the Cordilleras.

Athletics and swimming flees at the Philippine Military Academy; softball strikes at Benguet State University; chess moves at University of Baguio; taek won do kicks off at the University of the Philippines Baguio and boxing heats up at the Cordillera Career Development College.