#Palaro2015 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on #Palaro2015


Calabarzon spikers dethrone Central Visayas in elementary volleyball

May 09, 2015 - 2:27 PM

They’re very hard to beat and we’re both strong But our hearts brought us here says Calabarzon team captain Tanya Narciso

ALL WINNERS. Calabarzon (Red) shares the glory with fellow volley belles 1st runner-up Central Visayas (yellow) during the awarding ceremony. Photo by Geri Ianna Pedere/ Rappler

Cancer survivor becomes a bemedalled gymnast

May 09, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 4 Daniela dela Pisa thought she had no future in sports But her spirit was stronger than the disease

Mimaropa defends crown in HS girls' tennis doubles

May 09, 2015 - 8:18 AM

Region IV B smashers Alexa Santos and Khyshana Hitosis win a tight game against Davao Eagles Shaira Rivera and Rachel Velez

ALMOST THERE. Davao's Shaira Rivera and Rachel Velez fail to clinch gold at the secondary girls tennis doubles. They wait another year for a chance to dethrone Mimaropa. Photo by Geri Ianna Pedere/Rappler

NCR dethrones Calabarzon, clinches finals berth in HS basketball

May 08, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The Manila based squad frustrates the offensive weapons of Calabarzon with its sticky defense applying a full court press for most of the second half

SWEET REVENGE. NCR off-guard Fran Louie Yu carries his team to oust Calabarzon. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

High jumper wins gold in Palaro debut

May 08, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Mark Matthew Operario an incoming grade 11 student clears the 3 60 meter chocking over his rivals from 17 regions across the country

AIM HIGH. National Capital Region's Mark Operario makes his winning pole vault feat. Photo by Jumar dela Cruz/ Rappler

Davaoeña wrestler vows comeback in next Palaro

May 08, 2015 - 11:56 AM

Learning from her defeat Vienne Sophia Huyuh from Davao Region says she will double her effort to win a gold medal in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

STRUGGLE. Davao Region’s Vienne Sophia Huyuh strives to break free from the opponent’s grapple. Photo by Harley Aglosolos/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Palaro Beach Volleyball

May 08, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Introduced as a demo sport Davao del Norte proposes to make beach volleyball a regular fixture of Palarong Pambansa

DavNor attempts to score, as the Davao Region jumps high for the defense. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Central Luzon female cagers head to semis

May 08, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Central Luzon is set to face the defending champion of of girls secondary basketball the National Capital Region

SWIFT DRIVE. Central Luzon’s Joyce Ramirez (center) breaks the defense of her guard. Photo by Harley Aglosolos/Rappler

After Palaro, what’s next for DavNor?

May 07, 2015 - 8:42 PM

The host of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa boasts of a very comprehensive sports program which they think can continually develop their athletes for future competitions

"With the right utilisation of facilities and planning, the Palarong Pambansa 2015 is going to be the best Palaro by far", says Sofionas Gabonada, Jr, assistant provincial administrator of Davao del Norte. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Western Visayas defends elem Discus Throw gold

May 07, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Discus thrower Peter Petipet Jr beats his personal best but fails to break the Palaro record set by National Capital Region in 2005

WINNER. Peter Petipet Jr beats his personal best as Western Visayas rules the boys elementary Discus Throw event. Photo by Junmar dela Cruz/DepEd/Rappler

ARMM football team learns to dream through sports

May 07, 2015 - 5:08 PM

A neophyte in Palarong Pambansa the team has also participated in the Philippine Marines Football for Peace program

NCR football boys barge into quarter finals

May 07, 2015 - 12:29 PM

After tallying huge winning margins in their last two games the Quezon City based squad opens the floodgates right from the first whistle netting in 12 goals from 5 different players

MASTERMIND. NCR coach Kim Chul Su, popularly known as 'Master Kim,' gives instructions to his players during the match. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

Cagayan Valley tankers defy lack of training facilities

May 06, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Our province only has one swimming pool Most of the time we train in rivers and seas says high school swimmer Roselle Raquiño

Photo by Christine Cudis/ Rappler

DavNor athlete finally bags gold in tennis in 5th Palaro stint

May 06, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Christian Lopez plans to achieve more success on the tennis courts of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines UAAP where he will represent the University of Sto Tomas

FUTURE TIGER. Christian Lopez looks forward to his next challenge - competing the University Athletics Association of the Philippines. Photo by Naveen Ganglani/ Rappler

PalaRomance: Davao wrestlers become best friends after break-up

May 06, 2015 - 3:53 PM

While the two have ended their relationship the 2 athletes promise to support each other all the way

LOVERS TURNED FRIENDS. Davao wrestlers Anthony Bulan and Lendy Blair Namoc talk about their 3-month relationship. Photo by Christine Cudis/ Rappler

Tagum City businesses boom in Palaro’s wake

May 06, 2015 - 11:44 AM

For many local businesses Palarong Pambansa is a chance to earn extra: with various establishments like malls restaurants and inns enjoying most of the swell

COOLING DOWN. A grade school baller quenches his thirst with buko juice from a local vendor. Photo by Edwin Gutierrez Jr/ Rappler

NCR clobbers Zamboanga Peninsula in men's HS basketball

May 06, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Coming off a resounding 84 67 victory over Mimaropa the National Capital Region boys secondary basketball team remains unbeaten as it wins 75 35 against Zamboanga Peninsula

POUND IT INSIDE. NCR wingman Denielle Scott Aying barrels his way through defenders to get enough space inside the paint. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

Central Visayas captures Davao Eagles, strives for title defense

May 05, 2015 - 5:47 PM

The defending champions put pressure on the host region s squad who disappointed their supporters by committing several service errors on the second set

DEFENDING THE TITLE. Davao Region’s block is no match for the power of Central Visayas’ Jimy Jane Jamili as she releases her devastating spike to defend the championship title. Photo by Harley Aglosolos/Rappler

Ilocos Region bags first medal in Palaro 2015

May 05, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Neophyte Palaro athlete Krystan Royce Trinidad records a 4 89 meter jump ahead by 20 cm over host region’s Bernadeth Mendiola’s 4 69 m best

ALL SMILES. Ilocos Region's gold bagger Krystan Royce Trinidad poses for a photo with technical officials after her winning performance. Photo by Junmar dela Cruz/ DepEd/ Rappler

Central Luzon beats Mimaropa in volleyball, eyes gold

May 05, 2015 - 4:06 PM

MIMAROPA s early uprising in the first set fails to rule the game as Region III unleashes powerful spikes and elusive ball movement

FORMIDABLE ATTACK. Manuel Andrei Medina of CLRAA adds a powerful spike to his barrage of offenses. Photo by Harley Aglosolos/ Rappler

Bicol athlete propels to gold

May 05, 2015 - 3:21 PM

I was nervous at first but I didn’t lose hope and I believed in myself says Bicol region s Jason Jabol

AIMING HIGH. Jason Jabol makes his gold-winning high jump. Photo by Jummar dela Cruz/ DepEd/ Rappler

Underdogs no more: Mindanao archers proceed to qualifiers

May 05, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Landing on the top 8 is a momentous event for Mindanao given that teams from NCR and Visayas have dominated the sport in the past years

HOPEFUL. (L-R) Siao, Fhreanch and Ferrer, Yam of Region IX talk about archery,medals and hope

Lady Luck finally smiles on Rizaleña eskrimador

May 04, 2015 - 7:34 PM

Four times she was denied a gold medal in the Palarong Pambansa but this year Mary Allin Aldeguer has finally reached her goal

Mary Jane Aldeguer says all the challenges she went through is worth the gold medal she now holds. Photo by Michael Angelo Jugado/ Rappler

Tagum Bishop to Palaro participants: ‘Honesty should come first’

May 04, 2015 - 4:10 PM

You have discipline and you follow the rules of your sports You have already made your families and regions proud says Tagum Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz

Tagum Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz gives his homily for the participating athletes and sports officials in this year's Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Jake Salvaleon/ Rappler

NCR football slaughters Soccsksargen, keeps up with rival region

May 03, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The Big City boys capitalizes on key defensive errors by the SOCCSKSARGEN Warriors’ backline leading to numerous goal scoring opportunities for NCR

WEAK DEFENSE. Mark Joseph Arranguez of NCR maneuvers his way through the backline of SOCCSKSARGEN. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

VLOG: Pacquiao inspires young boxers from GenSan

May 02, 2015 - 6:11 PM

A young boxer from General Santos City talks about his boxing idol as thousands of athletes and coaches from across the country get pumped up to cheer for Manny Pacquiao

Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Central Visayas' best young booter is also valedictorian

May 02, 2015 - 6:04 PM

Joaquin Buyco valedictorian Athlete of the Year and Footballer of the Year rolled into one says all it takes is discipline

ACHIEVER. Valedictorian and Athlete of the Year awardee Joaquin Buyco showcases his talents on the pitch. Photo courtesy of Keith Buyco

#MoveTagum: Rappler trains young writers for sports coverage

Apr 30, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Around 90 participants joined the news site’s crew in gearing up to give the best reports on Palarong Pambansa 2015

BEST TANDEM. The Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with Rappler, taps young campus journalists for this year's Palarong Pambansa coverage. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ NSPC/ Rappler