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Prov’l Meet set
Dec. 16–20 in Panaad

Negros Occidental’s failure to win the hosting of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa will not affect the preparation and the conduct of the Negros Occidental Provincial Meet next month, Negros Occidental DepEd Provincial Sports head Romeo Sison said yesterday.

He said the annual sports and cultural competition among the delegates from the six areas in the province will open on December 16 at the Panaad Park and Stadium with the usual program of activities and with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. as guest speaker. The meet will end on December 20.

Department of Education Western Visayas regional director, Mildred Garay is also expected to give message at the opening ceremony, Sison said.

A parade of the delegates at 2 p.m. followed by a program and playground demonstration will highlight the opening of the meet.

Up for grabs during the five-day competition are gold, silver, and bronze medals in 16 sporting events -- arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, sipa, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and volleyball.

The delegations will also vie for the top honors in the cultural competition, with the winners representing Negros Occidental in the Western Visayas Regional Meet set in February next year.

Ready to defend the overall title it won last year are the athletes from Area VII or the Bacolod City public schools which topped the rankings after bagging the gold in elementary softball, arnis, boys' athletics, gymnastics, and sipa, while dominating field in secondary girlsl softball, boys' athletics, gymnastics, and taekwondo.

Area IV, composed of athletes from Bago City, Pulupandan, La Carlota, Valladalid, San Enrique and Pontevedra, landed in second place in elementary competition.

NOPSSCEA, under the banner of Area VIII, grabbed most of the gold medals in the secondary competition.


Meanwhile, Sison said the regional meet next year will be played on a home-and-away format with most of the games to be held in the different school divisions in Negros Occidental on February 4 to 9.

Bacolod City will host the elementary and secondary basketball games and the Special Events, while the division of Negros Occidental has been tasked to host the athletics, football, and lawn tennis competition.

Gymnastics and boxing will be held in Bago City, while Silay will host the cultural competition and taekwondo.

From Negros Occidental, the athletes will proceed to Iloilo, where softball, baseball, and badminton will be played, while athletes in chess will play in Guimaras.

Volleyball and table tennis will be hosted by Capiz, swimming and archery will be played in Antique, and Akland is the venue for sipa, sepak takraw, and arnis.*NAB

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