This early, the athletes from Dumaguete City made their presence felt after a two-year absence, by registering a string of victories against rival teams in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association in Bohol from February 25 to March 2.
Based on initial reports, Team Dumaguete won against Cebu City in baseball secondary 7-2, and Bohol province 8-3; Dumaguete also prevailed against Siquijor in basketball secondary and the game versus Guihulngan City in volleyball girls secondary.
Athletes and officials, led by City Schools Division Supt. Evangel Luminarias and Assistant Schools Division Supt. Neri Ojastro, with Dumaguete councilors Michael Bandal and Manuel Arbon, also joined the parade of the delegations in the streets of Tagbilaran City in Bohol during the formal opening Sunday.
A total of 7,901 athletes and officials from 19 delegations converged in Bohol to win the highest honors and secure a spot to represent Central Visayas Region in the Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur in April.
The 514-strong delegation of athletes and officials from various public and private elementary and high schools in Dumaguete City will compete in arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, chess, football, boxing, futsal, sepak takraw, archery, softball, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and dancesport against 18 other school divisions.
Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo urged the athletes to go all-out, and the Department of Education Dumaguete Division to make sure that the delegation remains safe, healthy, and highly competitive.
Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto noted that the province last hosted CVRAA in 2011, two years before the powerful earthquake caused widespread destruction in both lives and properties. But Bohol has clearly recovered now and welcomes the thousands of delegates and visitors of CVRAA.*
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