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367 golds up for grabs in 2017
Antique Palarong Pambansa

This year's Palarong Pambansa to be hosted by San Jose de Buenavista, Antique from April 23 to 29 has a total of 367 gold medals at stake, up by 25 golds in last year's games in Bicol.

Wushu, billiard, wrestling and futsal are now included in the regular games and the medal count instead of being as demo sports before.

The rest of the regular sporting events to be contested in the secondary division are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics ,sepak takraw seniors, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.

The same events will be contested in the elementary division except for archery and boxing.

The new demo sports are dancesports, pencak silat and aquatic gymnastics.

Based on DepEd record, eight new meet records were set in the 2016 Palaro held in Bicol. These new records were --six in athletics (two in elementary, four in the secondary) and two in secondary swimming.

The Department of Education is optimistic that more meet records will be established this year..

Cesar Abalon of DepEd School Sports Division expressed this during the recent signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DepEd and the local government of host Antique on the holding of the annual school-based national sports event.

Abalon cited the focused grassroot sports program of the various regional offices (down to division of schools) which put premium on “sound” training by their student-athletes aside from topping their academics.

Contributing the upbeat trend in the sports training by student-athletes are the support of the local government units, parent-teacher associations and the parents of the athletes. *PNA


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