Approximately 6,000 participants from five local government units of the 5th District gathered at Moises Padilla town on Nov. 6 for the opening of the 4-day Area V Athletic Meet that will select Area V representatives to the Provincial Meet next month.
The opening of the sports tournament was led by Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who congratulated Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia, for hosting the sporting event.
Bringing the Area Meet to the town, the governor said, shows that Moises
Padilla has transitioned into a peaceful local government that is open to visitors
The governor also reminded the student athletes of Area V “to be a student first before being an athlete”.
He also thanked the local governments for the support they have given to their student athletes.
Around 700 athletes and 150 officials comprised each delegation from the Himamaylan City and the twons of Hinigaran, Binalbagan, Isabela, La Castellana, and host Moises Padilla.
Meanwhile, Mayor Garcia, who welcomed the delegates to her town, also thanked the provincial government and all government officials for their support, and assured them of the safety of the delegates.
Also present during the event was Nicole Jacinto, who represented her mother, 5th District Cong. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo.
“What my mother would really want is for all of you to discover the potential and the winners in yourselves no matter what the situation is whether it’s sports, education, friendships or anything in life” Jacinto told the student-athletes.
Jacinto also assured the public that the office of her mother will continue to support sports events that can help encourage young athletes in honing their skills.*
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