Palarong Pambansa medalists to compete in Singapore 9th ASEAN Schools Games

  • July 13, 2017

PASIG CITY, July 13 (PIA)--Palarong Pambansa medalists will be competing in the 9th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Schools Games (ASG) in Singapore on July 13-21, 2017.


A total of 224 senior officials, coaches, team managers, secretariat and student-athletes will comprise the Philippine contingent.


Prior to the competition, the student-athletes have to undergo a two-week training, in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), at different playing venues in Manila. This is to wrap up their training program before they compete at the ASG.


Head of the Palarong Pambansa Board and Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones is very passionate with dreams and reforms for sports, and gives her full support to the Philippine contingent. In fact, this is the largest sports delegation that the Department of Education (DepEd) will send, and the first time that the Philippine contingent will be in full force outside the country.


“This is a very honorable activity. You give glory to the country, to yourself and it is a very good profession itself. I hope we can attract more students to specialize in sports through the K to 12 Program.”


An orientation program and pep rally for the Philippine contingent was held on July 8 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.


The pep rally was headed by Senior Officials, Assistant Secretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq.; PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey; Chef de Mission, Director Rizalino Jose T. Rosales; Deputy Chef de Mission Cesar S. Abalon; and Negros Island Region (NIR) Assistant Director Salustiano T.Jimenez. It was immediately followed by a team building activity, general information about Singapore, overview of the 9th ASEAN Schools Games, house rules and agreements, goal setting activity, and a challenge to the whole delegation.


“Just promise your country, tayo ang dinadala ninyo. Hindi lamang ang paaralan niyo kung hindi pati bansa niyo. You will give your best and let God take care of the rest,” Umali encouraged.


He further motivated the student-athletes by instructing them to put their right hand on their left chest and repeat this pledge, “Ako ay isang atletang Pilipino. Mahal ko ang bayan ko. Ibibigay ko ang lahat ko para magbigay ng karangalan sa bayan ko. Mangyayari ito!”


The ASG, organized by the ASEAN Schools Sports Council (ASSC), aims to promote ASEAN solidarity among youths while providing opportunities for student-athletes to benchmark their sporting talents.  This year’s theme is “Together as ONE,” representing the goal of ASEAN’s youths to achieve solidarity through school sports, friendly competition and cultural exchange. The students will compete in the following sports: athletics, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, sepak takraw, swimming, table-tennis, tennis, volleyball and tenpin bowling. This year will also be the first time that tenpin bowling is featured at ASG.


Prior to 2009, the games were played based on satellite, single sports events. This was changed in 2009, where the games format was implemented. The first ASG planned under the new games format was hosted by Thailand in 2009, while the succeeding ASG were hosted by Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam and Thailand, respectively.


Singapore is hosting the annual ASG for the second time since its introduction in 2009. This year’s event will also coincide with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary and the first time all 10 member-countries—Philippines, Vietnam, Lao, Thailand, Brunei Darussaalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and first-timer Myanmar—will be competing together. (DepEd/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)



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