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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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