Palarong Pambansa 2014 venue, schedule, opening ceremony guests announced

    The Department of Education (DepEd) and Provincial Government of Laguna on Monday signed agreement to conduct Palarong Pambansa 2014. Laguna was chosen as venue of Palaro, the premier national sporting event of the country under the recently passed Palarong Pambansa Institutionalization Law.

    Palarong Pambansa 2014 venue

    Governor Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito Jr. of Laguna and Secretary of Education Armin Luistro agreed on duties and responsibilities of both parties to ensure a well-managed and professionally run Palaro through memorandum of understanding (MOU).

    DepEd Assistant Secretary for legal and legislative affairs Tonisito Umali said that Laguna will be the first host to the first Palarong Pambansa under the recently passed Palarong Pambansa Institutionalization Law or Republic Act 10588. The sporting event has started in 1948.

    Governor Ejercito expressed his excitement in hosting the Palarong Pambansa. “Today with the signing with the Department of Education, Laguna is set to host the country’s largest and premier sporting event.”

    Ejercito explained that upon winning the bid, the Province had initiated ground work in preparing its nine-hectare Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, rehabilitating 60 surrounding schools as billeting quarters, and approaching every major stakeholder to get on board.

    Ejercito said, they are set to welcome around 17,000 young athletes, coaches and officials from the 17 regions of the Philippines who will compete in 27 sports, including the centerpiece athletics and swimming to be held for 7 days.

    “The Palarong Pambansa in Laguna will be the benchmark for future Palarong Pambansa,” Ejercito added.

    The Secretary who had very fond memories in visiting Laguna, expressed his desire for a clean and green Palaro, reiterating the Clean and Green Policy that had been in place since the 2011 Palarong Pambansa. “May pangarap ako para sa Palarong Pambansa na naipasok namin sa mga nakaraang Palaro—ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan, an eco-friendly Palaro. Alam po namin na maraming basura pagkatapos ng bawat Palaro at ang kalikasan at kalinisan ng bawat bayan ay kailangang panatilihin.”

    Palarong Pambansa 2014 Schedule, New Sports

    Palarong Pambansa is scheduled on May 4-10, 2014. Elementary and secondary students from public and private schools nationwide are expected to participate on this big event.

    The 2014 Palaro will also feature new spectacles such as the demonstration sports Wushu for Secondary boys and girls and Billiards for Secondary boys. This year will also see Olympic Wrestling make its debut.

    For the complete game schedules, visit the official website of Palarong Pambasa.

    Palarong Pambansa 2014 Opening Ceremony Guests

    PBA star player James Yap, boxing champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and figure skater Michael Martinez will be the guests on the opening ceremony of the Palarong Pambansa on May 5, 2014.

    DepEd is the lead agency in the conduct of the annual Palarong Pambansa in coordination with the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) and its National Sports Associations (NSA). The program aims to promote physical education and sports as an integral part of learning, and hopes to develop and to mold a holistic youth who are socially responsible and globally-competitive.

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