LINGAYEN—Delegations from Palawan province composed of 278 athletes and officials are the first to arrive in Pangasinan for the upcoming Palarong Pambansa slated on May 6 to 12.
The group, now housed at Tandoc Elementary School in San Carlos City, arrived in Pangasinan on April 16.
Zenaida T. Dusong, Education Supervisor of Region IV-B and delegation assistant, said they decided to come 11 days earlier instead of their former scheduled trip of April 27 to allow their athletes to train longer and to familiarize them with the different playing venues before the start of the national games.
Amado Gunda, head of the Palawan and Puerto Princesa City delegations, said they were warmly welcomed by the school officials upon their arrival and they have already started to visit some of the playing venues, including the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC), CSI Stadia, Pangasinan State University (PSU), and Capitol beachfront.
“So far so good, mukhang well-prepared ang Pangasinan na mag-host and we are happy for this opportunity to visit your province,” he said.
Meanwhile, Atty. Verna Nava-Perez, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Secretary and head of the Palaro secretariat, said thousands of athletes with their school officials and coaches are expected to arrive this week.
Perez said the province is all set to host the games for the second time after 17 years.
“As Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. said, Palarong Pambansa 2012 will be the benchmark of all future Palaro,” the SP secretary said.
The playing venues for the various sports events, are: Capitol Resort (archery), NRSCC (arnis, athletics, basketball, football, tennis and volleyball), CSI Stadia ( badminton, and table tennis), PNP PPO ( baseball and tennis), Governor’s Resthouse (baseball), Binmaley Catholic School (basketball), Lyceum Northwestern University (basketball), Lingayen Municipal Plaza ( boxing), Pangasinan Training and Development Center (chess), Pangasinan State University (football, and volleyball), Virgen Milagrosa University (football and tennis), Dagupan People’s Astrodome ( gymnastics), Arenas Gym ( sepak takraw/sipa), Capitol Beachfront (softball), Dagupan Poolsite (swimming), DWAD (taekwondo), Calasiao Tennis Court (tennis), Tonton Elementary School in Lingayen (volleyball), Libsong Barangay Court in Lingayen (volleyball) with Baay Elementary School as alternate venue.
Representatives from the country’s 17 regions will participate in the competitions. (PIO/RRB)