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Pres. Arroyo formally opens Palaro 2009

April 28th, 2009

President Arroyo formally opened today in Tacloban City the Palarong Pambansa 2009 – the country’s most prestigious multi-sports event for elementary and high school students.

Mrs. Arroyo declared the games open in a festive ceremony at the newly-refurbished Leyte Sports Development Center highlighted by the performance of the Buyogan Festival contingent which recently won the championship of the Aliwan Fiesta Festival held last Saturday, April 25 in Manila.

This is the 2nd time for Leyte to host the annual sports event; the first was in 1983.

The president called on the more than 10,000 athletes and officials from the country’s 17 regions to use sports as an effective tool to achieve national unity, peace and progress.

Present during the opening ceremonies were Vice-President Noli de Castro, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Governor Jericho ‘Icot’ Petilla, Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn, Cong. Martin Romualdez, DepEd Regional Director Sol Matugas and several other government officials, governors and congressmen from various regions.

The Palarong Pambansa is an annual multi-level national scholastic athletic competition conducted by the Department of Education and participated in by the elementary and secondary students from both public and private schools.

It aims to discover future talents among elementary and high school athletes in the grassroots level.

There will be 15 sports in the elementary and 17 in the high-school divisions, including Olympic sports like athletics, swimming, boxing, taekwondo, badminton, archery, gymnastics, table tennis and lawn tennis.

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  1. Mon of Riyadh
    April 28th, 2009 at 14:19 | #1

    Thanks Gerry for updating us about the Palaro thru your magnificent pictures!! I am more excited to see more of these soon.

  2. April 29th, 2009 at 18:36 | #2

    This is getting to be “not the usual” coverage. You are honing your skills and that of Ludette as well, faster than the learning curve would normally show. Congratulation and thank you for sharing the festive spirit you and Ludette so beautifully captured for all of us here to see and grow unsolicited goosebumps. Arriba! and “pop-the-cork” congratulations to the Buyogan contingent.

  3. Ed Cadavis
    April 30th, 2009 at 04:22 | #3


    Did the president say, “Let the games begin”? ‘Di niya alam the games started 2 days before her arrival… hehehe balitaw, I’d like to thank the provincial administration for accepting the challenge in holding this national event in our place. Once again LEYTE (Tacloban) is the center of attraction nowadays.

    Through this event our athletic field was upgraded to international standards. I do hope with this new facility we will produce competitive athletes in the future.


  4. Cheche Jose Williams
    May 1st, 2009 at 03:36 | #4

    What an honor for the people of Tacloban and the whole Leyte-Samar region to host this national event. How exciting!

  5. Marirose Veloso
    May 4th, 2009 at 14:31 | #5

    Good work Ludette and Gerry hope my photos ll look just as good tho he he!

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