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Ilocos Sur wins 2018 Palaro

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Ilocos Sur and its primary tourist destination site Vigan City will be the next year’s host of the annual multi-sports event for student athletes – the Palarong Pambansa.

“It’s the province of Ilocos Sur,” thus announced Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali of the Department of Education for emerging the winner of the right to host the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.

Governor Ryan Singson spearheaded the Ilocos Sur team during the final bidding meet with the representatives of the shortlisted hopeful provinces and cities in Luzon in attendance at Seameo Innotech in Quezon City.

Dep-ed Region 1 Director Alma Ruby C. Torio, Ilocos Sur Schools Division Superintendent Gemma Tacuycuy, Provincial Administrator Cara Michelle Peredo, and Provincial Sports Coordinator Mr. Marius Cabudol backstopped Gov. Singson who has crafted a provincial sports development program.

ASec Umali declared, “We have evaluated Ilocos Sur’s facilities and equipment and they are definitely up to Palarong Pambansa standards, if not better. For starters, the Palaro hub—Quirino Stadium—is state of the art.”

For his part, Gov. Singson said, “This is very meaningful for us, as for the first time, Ilocos Sur will host this most prestigious event for elementary and secondary students. We will show to the whole nation what the Ilocosurians are capable of as hosts”, Singson said.

Gov. Singson looks forward to the immense impact of Palarong Pambansa 2018 to the province’s economy , tourism and sports development even as he directed to pull all stops for the Palaro to be an event to look forward to.

Ilocos Sur will have a dry run next month. It will host the Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg, part and parcel of the Philippine Sports Commission’s grassroots sports thrust.

This event aims to bring out, particularly, the Iloco Youth’s talent and skills in various sports, and display values inherent in the practice of sports such as discipline, teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship.

This year’s Palaro was staged in Antique after Davao del Sur’s turn in 2016.

By Angie Oredo