Provincial athletics meet kicks off

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson called on thousands of student athletes here to never leave behind their education as Mayor Evelio Leonardia urged them to be inspired by the performance of the country in the Southeast Asian Games.

“Please remain to be student-athletes; first be a student then second be an athlete, never leave behind the importance of education,” Lacson said to the more than 10,000 crowd that showed up for the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Palarong Panlalawigan yesterday, 8 December 2019, at the Panaad Park and Stadium.

Majorettes from the 4th District athletic delegation prepares for the kick off parade. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
Majorettes from the 4th District athletic delegation prepares for the kick off parade. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

The crowd, a mix of athletes, coaches, public officials, students, and parents took part in this annual sporting event with this year’s theme: “Negros Occidental: Sustaining School Sports Supremacy”.

A roaring welcome to the Bacolod city athletic delegation as they wave their green and white pom poms as a response to the huge crowd support during the opening ceremony of The 2019 Palarong Panlalawigan at the Panaad Park and Stadium. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
A roaring welcome to the Bacolod city athletic delegation as they wave their green and white pom poms as a response to the huge crowd support during the opening ceremony of The 2019 Palarong Panlalawigan at the Panaad Park and Stadium. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

The program took off with an athletic parade of delegates coming from 10 athletic associations from the six congressional districts, Bacolod City Division, NOPSSCEA, NOHS and ANOPSSAI.

It was followed by an opening ceremony conducted by the Department of Education-Negros Occidental.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia after he delivered his opening speech to the participants of The Palarong Panlalawigan 2019. Along mayor Leonardia is Bacolod City Councilor Bart Orola | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia after he delivered his opening speech to the participants of The Palarong Panlalawigan 2019. Along mayor Leonardia is Bacolod City Councilor Bart Orola(with eye glasses) | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

Leonardia, in his opening remarks, told the athletes “may the result of SEA Games inspire (you).”

He added the performance of the Philippines in the regional competition must serve “as our standard and our level of excellence in the coming provincial meet and eventually the Palarong Pambansa.”

The winners of the 2019 Palarong Panlalawigan will represent the next WVRAA games.

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