Editorial: The 2013 Palarong Pambansa on April 21-27, 2013, Dumaguete City

The Department of Education (DepEd), the lead agency in the conduct of the annual Palarong Pambansa, recently signed with the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental, for the holding of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa. In addition to the events played in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa there will be three demonstration sports this year -wushu for secondary boys and girls, billiards for secondary boys, and futsal for elementary girls.

This year's Palarong Pambansa will be held at the Don Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, on April 21-27, 2013. Sixteen regions will compete in 18 sports disciplines. Around 10,000 athletes will participate in the games, among which are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and volleyball.

Started in 1948, the Palarong Pambansa Program is an annual multi-level national scholastic athletic competition conducted by the DepEd and participated in by elementary and secondary students from both public and private schools. It is the culmination of sports activities in Philippines schools, which start with local school intramurals, followed by the district, division, and regional athletic meets.

The objectives of the Palaro are: to promote Physical Education and sports as an integral part of the Basic Education curriculum for holistic development of the youth; inculcate the spirit of discipline, teamwork, excellence, fair play, solidarity, sportsmanship, and other values inherent in sports; promote and achieve peace by means of sports; widen the base for talent identification, selection, recruitment, training and exposure of elementary pupils and secondary students to serve as a feeder to the National Sports Association (NSA) for international competitions; and provide a database for a valid and universal basis to further improve the school sports development programs.

The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, Officers and Employees congratulate the Department of Education headed by its Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, and the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental led by its Governor Roel R. Degamo, Dumaguete City, Tanjay City, other cities and towns, in their joint efforts to promote physical education and sports as an integral part of learning and make the 2013 Palarong Pambansa a success in the Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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