The 2013 Palarong Pambansa kicked off in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, with almost 20,000 athletes, coaches, officials, DepEd personnel and guests attending the opening rites at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium yesterday.
The ceremony started with a parade of 17 regional delegates coming from different parts of the country, including the 495 athletes from Negros Occidental, who are donning the colors of Western Visayas or Region VI, a press release from the Capitol PIO said.
Guest speaker Richie Garcia, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, encouraged all the participants to give their best during the competition, and said “Life is a series of wins and losses and excellence cannot be achieved overnight but rather, it is a product of practice and unparallel determination”.
Also present at the ceremonies was DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, who declared the national meet open.
Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria welcomed the delegates and guests, while Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo thanked those who supported the province’s bid to host the national sporting spectacle.
Degamo also said he was saddened by the incident that happened to about 160 athletes of Region 8, who came down with diarrhea, expressing hopes that it will not dampen the morale of the players.
He also assured the safety of the athletes and guests and said he hopes the visitors will have a memorable and enjoyable stay in the province.*
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