Sunday, April 15, 2018

Over 100 Ilocos Norte athletes to join Palarong Pambansa 2018

Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY–More than a hundred athletes from Ilocos Norte are set to join other athletes from Region 1 in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 in Ilocos Sur.

Of the 101 athletes, at least 20 captured athletes came from other divisions in Ilocos Norte, said Gene Reginaldo, education program supervisor of the Schools Division of Ilocos Norte.

They are set to represent Region 1 in athletics, baseball, gymnastics, tennis, baseball, chess, taekwondo, football and swimming.

According to Mr. Reginaldo, the Ilocos Norte athletes will be in Vigan starting April 6 for their week-long training prior to the national sporting event set on April 15-21 at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

To date, Ilocos Norte education officials billeted these athletes at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Sports Stadium in Laoag City for their training with local coaches.

With 14 schools divisions, Region 1 is composed of four provinces namely Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

The heritage city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is hosting this year’s biggest youth sports event in the country after it won in the bidding against Ilagan City in Isabela, Baguio City, Province of Bulacan, and Marikina City.

Vigan hosted the same event in 1953 and 1973 when the event was still known as Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association.

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