A team from Negros Occidental headed by Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is in Manila to present the province’s bid for hosting the 2021 Palarong Pambana.
With the vice governor are Western Visayas DepEd regional director Gemma Ledesma, Negros Occidental Schools Division Supt. Portia Mallorca, Bacolod City Division Supt. Cynthia Demavivas, and Karen Dinsay of the Provincial Information Office, said DepEd Provincial Sports head Romeo Sison, also a member of the team.
Also bidding for the 2021 hosting of the school-based annual national sports competition is Roxas City in Capiz, host of the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) next month.
To win the bid for hosting the Palaro, Sison said the team from Negros Occidental will highlight the quality and accessibility of playing venues as well as its proximity to the billeting areas.
This year the national Palaro will be held in Davao City while next year’s Games will be staged in Luzon, Sison said.
“We hope to secure the bid for hosting the 2021 Palaro against Roxas considering the quality of our playing venues and billeting areas,” Sison said.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental athletes are gearing for the WVRAA competition in Capiz next month.
Members of the secondary athletics team from Romanito Maravilla National High School consider Iloilo as their toughest rival in the regional meet.
“In athletics, the rivalry is always between Iloilo and Negros Occidental. We are determined to win the gold medal for the province and represent the region in the Palarong Pambansa,” girls’ athletics coach Addy Arca said.
Aside from athletics, Negros Occidental and Iloilo are also top contenders for the gold medal in football, baseball and basketball.*
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