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Negros, Iloilo revive
rivalry in WVRAA

Student-athletes from Negros Occidental and Iloilo will renew their rivalry in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) when the annual regional games open on Feb. 18 at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

Negros Occidental DepEd Provincial Sports head Romeo Sison yesterday said the Negros delegation -- compose of 519 athletes, 101 coaches and assistant coaches, 32 chaperones, 35 trainors, and 75 delegation officials – will leave Bacolod City on Feb. 15.

They will stay at Lapaz I Elementary School and will compete in 15 events in elementary level and 22 events in secondary division.

“We can feel the excitement among our athletes. Being away from WVRAA for two years, they are aware of the improved performance of their counterparts from Panay Island,” Sison said.

“The competition in athletics will be very close as we know that the Ilonggo athletes have intensified their training. In swimming, it will be a competitive field among all competitors,” he added.

The Negrense student-athletes received their training allowance from the provincial government yesterday through Executive Assistant to the Governor, Angel Verdeflor.

The allowance is part of the P12 million budget approved by the Provincial Government for the participation of the Negros Occidental delegation to the 2018 WVRAA.

From the total budget, Sison said they spent P2.2 million for the athletes' uniform.

“We will once again wear the Paglaum Blue color to the WVRAA, which incidentally, is the same color that Region 6 will use in the 2018 PalarongPambansa,” Sison said.

During the 2016 and 2017 Palarong Pambansa, Negros Occidental competed in the regional qualifiers of the Negros Island Region Athletic Meet,where the winners advanced to the national games wearing the colors of the Negros Island Region.

Meanwhile, Sison said Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 WVRAA at Iloilo Sports Complex on Feb. 18.

The opening rites, he said, will start with the parade of the delegation at 3 p.m., followed by a simple program with Department of Education Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo as the keynote speaker.*NAB


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