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Awarding ceremonies: Part I Special Events May 01, 2009

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Palaro scene: April 30

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Random shots

May 1st, 2009

Here are some random shots taken at the Leyte Sports Development Center…

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Special games for the handicapped

April 30th, 2009

Most people may not be aware of it but there were special games organized at Palaro 2009 for the physically handicapped and disabled.

Below are some photos showing some blind athletes competing in a shorter version of a long jump.

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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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Ginoong at Binibining Palaro ‘09 winners

April 29th, 2009

Ms. Karissa Grace Falcon from Region X (Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association) was declared Binibining Palarong Pambansa 2009 while Mr. Martin Delfinado from Region XI (Davao Regional Athletic Association) the Ginoong Palarong Pambansa 2009 at the Search for Ginoong at Binibining Palaro pageant held April 26 at the Leyte National High School Gym ushering in the Palarong Pambansa in Tacloban City.

Other winners were:

1st Runner up: Rachelle Joyce Canimo (Reg IV-A) and Angelone Soria (NCR)
2nd Runner up: Christine Jade Baguios (Reg XII) and Marvin Val Amoroso (Reg XII)
3rd Runner up: Patricia Mae Santos (Reg XI) and Marc Jacob San Miguel (Reg IV-A)
4th Runner up: Princess Dianner Rico (Reg IV-B) and Alexis James Labadan (Reg X)

Former Governor-Congresswoman Matin Petilla crowns Ms. Karissa Grace Falcon as the Binibining Palaro 2009.

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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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