As the Palarong Pambansa 2012 draws nearer, the Department of Education looks forward to discovering a new batch of skillful athletes to represent the country in international sporting competitions.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC is excited to witness for the second time the Palarong Pambansa, which, for this year, will be hosted by the provincial government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. It will run from May 6-12, and will be participated in by thousands of elementary and secondary students from public and private schools.
“To me, Palarong Pambansa is a special sporting event. For one, the competing athletes are young students who, from pre-competition preparations up to the actual competitions, work doubly hard to make their schools and region proud. And second, this is where we discover extraordinary talents that bring glory to our country,” said Luistro.
Palarong Pambansa has become the breeding ground of some of our great national athletes since it started in 1948.
Among Palarong Pambansa talents are Elma Muros and Lydia de Vega for Athletics; Diane Castillejo for Tennis; Joper Esqueta and Gabriel Magnaye for Badminton; Violito Paylo for Boxing; Enchong Dee and Akiko Thompson for Swimming; Joan Chan for Archery; and Mark Paragua for Chess.
The Palarong Pambansa also prides itself for producing some of the great Philippine Basketball Association players such as Danny Ildefonso, Marlou Aquino, Willie Miller, Samboy Lim, and Kirby Raymundo.
AZKALS players Chiefy Caligdong and Kristopher Camcam are also products of the Palarong Pambansa.
“I always believe in the greatness of Filipinos when it comes to sports. I am confident that a player or two in this year’s Palarong Pambansa will become a world champion in the future,” Luistro said.
The sporting events in this year’s Palarong Pambansa are athletics, arnis, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics (women’s artistic gymnastics, men’s artistic gymnastic and rhythmic gymnastics), sipa takraw, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and volleyball.
For the differently-abled, there is goalball, aquatics, bocce, long jump, shot put and 100, 200, and 400 meter dash.
The Department of Education announced today (November 17) that Pangasinan will be the host of the 2012 Palarong Pambansa.
According to Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Pangasinan was chosen after a tedious selection process conducted by the technical committee.
“In terms of sports facilities, billeting and others, the top contender for us as discussed in the group and validated by individual scores that each of the deliberators gave, we would like to congratulate theprovinceofPangasinanfor winning the hosting of Palaro 2012,” Luistro said.
Other LGU bidders for the 2012 Palarong Pambansa whom Luistro thanked for their presentations wereMarikinaand Laguna.
“As an overall assessment of the 3 bids, we are very, very happy to announce that all three presented themselves as very ready for Palaro 2012. If it is possible, we would have three hosts for Palaro, but since that is not possible, the committee had to choose one with the hope that the other two can offer their facilities and organization in the future,” said Luistro.
DepEd is set to formalize the agreement with theprovinceofPangasinanthrough the signing of a memorandum of agreement to be scheduled in the next two weeks and upon the submission of required documents.
The Palarong Pambansa is an annual multi-sport event participated in by over 10,000 student athletes representing various regions nationwide. It is a scholastic athletic competition that serves as a means to promote Physical Education and Sports as an integral part of the Basic Education Curriculum and as an affirmation to the school’s commitment to the full development of the great potentials of the youth to become responsible and globally competitive citizens of the nation.