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Games results online

April 30th, 2009

This year’s Palarong Pambansa in Tacloban City includes online live updates on gaming results and even videos posted on popular video hosting service, YouTube.

For updates on game results and other info, view the game’s wiki website,

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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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Dragon Boat Race Workshop & Demo

April 24th, 2009

Among the featured events lined up for the Palarong Pambansa 2009 is the Dragon Boat Race which is set for Sunday, April 26, 8:00AM at the Family Park along Magsaysay Blvd, Tacloban City.

Preparatory to the holding of the race, organizers started a workshop and demo April 23-25 to teach and enjoin local rowers to organize themselves into teams and join the race.

Photobug Red Baron took time off from his busy sked and snapped these photos today.

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Mr & Ms Palaro ‘09 rehearsals

April 23rd, 2009

Among the various socio-cultural activities lined up for Palaro 2009 is the Search for the Ginoo at Binibining Palarong Pambansa 2009. This competes the gentlemen and beauties coming from the various regional contingents seeing action at Palaro.

The Search went underway last Tuesday, April 21 with a general briefing/meeting of organizers and participants as well as the 1st rehearsals for the participants…

Patricia Mae Santos (Region 11)

Angelone T. Soria (NCR)

Briefing of participants
(At head table, left to right) Ms. Fe Quisumbing (stage manager), Mr. Harvie (DepEd), Mr. Rolland Calleja (choreographer), Mr. Danny Lerios (technical director), Nick Baquit (lights and sound director)

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All is set for Palaro – Gov. Icot

April 20th, 2009

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)

April 20, 2009

TACLOBAN CITY – All is set for the Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte, Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla said after listening to the report of the different committees for the national event.

All the facilities are in place. The swimming pool has been turned over to the Province by the contractor and the oval will be turned over soon.

Governor Petilla said that the City Government of Tacloban did not allow the use of the Tacloban City Convention Center for playing venues. The Sagkahan Gym was not also allowed to be used. However, other venues have been confirmed to be used instead of those which were not allowed to be used.

All the billeting schools are ready. In fact, some delegations or advance parties have already arrived. Director Matugas informed that the beddings and the cots for the delegations were taken cared of by the DepEd teachers and supervisors.

Regional delegations will come in groups starting April 17 up to April 23, DepEd secretariat informed. Governor Petilla said that the modest estimate of delegations overshot to twice as many.

The transportation committee is ready with vehicles for the delegations. Dir. Matugas added that Calbayog City Mayor Sarmiento is lending 4 buses while Biliran Congressman Chong is lending 8 buses for the Palaro.

During the meeting of the various committees for the Palaro which was held on April 17 at the Governor’s Hall of the Leyte Provincial Capitol, it was learned that except for small concerns which could easily be answered, all the committees have made the necessary arrangements and coordination.

On the issue of water for use of the athletes who are billeted in different schools, Governor Petilla said that the Province will borrow fire trucks from the municipalities and will facilitate the use of extra receptacles or tanks for the different billeting areas.

One of the concerns raised was that of security and traffic. The traffic flow plan was presented by PNP Leyte Provincial Director Palconit and suggestions were given by Governor Petilla as to the parking area for the buses bringing the delegates to the venues.

Colonel Cleve Taboso informed the audience on the traffic rerouting especially during the Opening Program on the 28th of April. Col. Taboso also agreed in principle that he will facilitate for the issuance of permit for the Parade of athletes.

Governor Petilla called on all the people to support and cooperate so that the hosting of the Palaro will be a successful one. He disclosed the report that a group is planning to go from one delegation to another to supply negative ideas on the Palaro.

He added that a certain group is allegedly putting up a Palaro website where negative items will be featured.

These could be countered by making people know about the positive things on the Palaro, the good Governor said.

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General Schedule of Activities

April 20th, 2009

2009 Palarong Pambansa
Leyte Sports Development Center (LSDC)
Tacloban City
27 April – 3 May 2009

April 18
Start of Screening of Athletes at the different billeting areas

April 23
Arrival and Registration of Technical Officials at the LNHS

April 23-25
Aqua Sports – Dragon Boat Workshop & Demo at Family Park, Masaysay Blvd, Tacloban City

April 24-25
Refresher Course for the Technical Officials at the LNHS

April 26
Dragon Boat Race, Family Park, Magsaysay Blvd, Tacloban City
Solidarity Meeting at the LSDC
Search for “Mr. & Ms. Palaro 2009,” LNHS Gym

April 26 – May 2
Agri-Trade, Tourism & Science Technology Fair at People’s Center

April 27 – May 3
Sports Competition Proper at the different playing Venues

April 27
Secretaries’ Night, Leyte Park Hotel
Dance Sport Competition, LNHS Gym
“Musikahan” at the RTR Plaza

April 28
Opening Ceremonies at the LSDC
Governor’s Night at the Capitol Terrace
Welcome Night for Athletes and Officials
Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company, RTR Plaza

April 29
Subiran Regatta, Family Park, Magsaysay Blvd
Superintendent’s Night – DepEd
Rakrakan Music, RTR Plaza

April 30
Gathering of Stars, RTR Plaza

May 1
Zarzuela – LNU Artists, RTR Plaza
LeyT Section Band, RTR Plaza

May 2
Musical Dance Drama of Calbayog City, RTR Plaza
LeyT Section Band, RTR Plaza

May 3
Closing Ceremonies, LSDC
Paalam Night featuring Icot LeyteIDOL (band and solo), RTR Plaza
Manila/Cebu Reggae Band; LeyT Section Band, LSDC

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Palaro 2009 playing venues

April 20th, 2009

View the list of various playing venues for Palaro 2009



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About Palaro

April 20th, 2009

The Palarong Pambansa Program

1. The Palarong Pambansa Program is an annual multi-level national scholastic athletic competition conducted by the Department of Education and participated in by the elementary and secondary pupils / students both from public and private schools.
2. It starts with the school intramural followed by the district, division, regional athletic meets and culminates in the national game known as PALARONG PAMBANSA.
3. It is the laboratory of all learned / acquired knowledge, skills, attitude in the Physical Education curriculum.
4. It is an avenue that provides in-school youth opportunities to improve their physical, moral, intellectual and social well-being.
5. It serves as a means to promote education, health, development and peace.

Objectives of the Palarong Pambansa Program

The objectives of the Palarong Pambansa Program are;

1. to promote Physical Education and Sports as an integral part of the Basic Education Curriculum and as an affirmation to the schools’ commitment to the full development of the great potentials of the youth to become responsible and globally competitive citizens of our society;
2. to instill and imbibe among the pupils / students the spirit of discipline, teamwork, excellence, fair play, solidarity, sportsmanship and other values inherent in sports to build a Strong Republic;
3. to widen the base for talent identification, selection, recruitment, training and exposure of elementary and secondary pupils / students.
4. to provide a database for a valid and universal basis to further improve the school sports development program; and
5. to serve as a feeder to the National Sports Associations (NSA) for further training for international competitions.

The Palarong Pambansa Board

Secretary Jesli A. Lapus
Vice Chairman:
Undersecretary Ramon C. Bacani
Undersecretary Franklin C. Sunga
Undersecretary Manaros B. Boransing
Undersecretary Teodosio C. Sangil Jr.
Undersecretary Antonio A. Inocentes
Undersecretary Vilma L. Labrador
Regional Directors
Education Secretary, ARMM
Head of the Host LGU
Technical Consultant:
Chairman, Philippine Sports Commission
Task Force on School Sports

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About us

April 20th, 2009

calle Zaragosa Productions – the production arm of – is a multi-media production group based in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines specializing in documentation and publication work. It provides services for mass media production to cover print, broadcast and special media.


Contact us:

calle Zaragosa
39 Independencia St
Tacloban City 6500
mobile: +639173060168
landline: (63)(53) 321-3197; 523-7966
email: czproductions-at-callezaragosa-dot-com

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Hello World!

April 20th, 2009

Welcome to calle Zaragosa Productions’ Palaro 2009 Photoblog – a photosite dedicated to showcase the scenes at Palaro 2009 in Tacloban City, Leyte and suburbs.

Palaro 2009 Photoblog shall feature photo highlights and the latest updates on various Palaro activities ranging from the actual sports and game results down to the various socio-cultural activities lined up for this national sports gathering.

Check the site out from time to time for updates on the latest Palaro developments…

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