SPORTS CITY: Ready to host 4 big sports events

Capitalizing on a number of quality sports facilities and its strategic location, Dumaguete City, in partnership with the provincial government of Negros Oriental, takes pride in its ability to be among the top venues of choice for major national sports events.

Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo confirms that for its part the city is ready to host the 21st Philippine University Games (UNIGAMES), the Philippine Youth Games- Batang Pinoy and the Palarong Pambansa.

Remollo is overseeing the preparations of the venues for the UNIGAMES slated October 23-30 featuring some 53 colleges and universities including such prominent teams from the UAAP De la Salle University, University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, National University, Adamson University, Far Eastern University and NCAA’s San Beda College to compete in at least 10 sports disciplines.

Meanwhile, the Batang Pinoy is expected to be staged in the city on December 1-15 for participants ageing 15 yearsold and below to compete in at 32 events designed to discover new talents who could bring honor for the country in international tournaments.

Batang Pinoy is sponsored by the Philippine Olympic Committee, national sports associations, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Education and is open to all youths: in or out of school.

Finally, the city is among the LGUs invited to join the bid for the Palarong Pambansa next year, which is mainly organized by the Department of Education for student- athletes from both public and private elementary and secondary schools representing the 18 regions across the country. They are considered the “cream of the crop” being selected from the municipal, city, district, provincial and regional athletic meets.

Remollo is eyeing several options to improve or if needed construct sports facilities that will cater to the growing number of sports events the city is likely to host now and in the years to come. (BY Dems Demecillo)

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