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Antique to host 2017 Palarong Pambansa - DepEd

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Antique province will host Palaro for the first time ever in 2017

Palaro's fastest female runner is also an academic achiever

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:00 PM

At just 13 years old Samantha Gem Limos is making an impact on the track and in the classroom

ACHIEVER. Samantha Gem Limos, 13, is a gold medalist for the 100-m dash at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. She's a National Batang Pinoy record holder and is also an academic achiever. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Palaro midfielder endures homesickness to study at FEU, help family

Apr 19, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Chester Gio Pabualan of Bukidnon endures being away from his parents for the love of football and for a better future not only for him but for his parents as well

MISSING HOME. Chester Gio Pabualan (#7), NCR's midfielder for Palaro 2016, endures being away from his family in Bukidnon so he could study at FEU in Manila. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Young water vendors earn a living through Palaro

Apr 19, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Meet Rick and Jenly – two young boys who sold water bottles under the scorching heat at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa to help their families

Jenly (L) and Rick. Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

Palaro 2016 Mood Meter: Most participants are Happy

Apr 18, 2016 - 8:46 PM

As the 2016 Palarong Pambansa in Albay draws to a close Rappler speaks to some participants for feedback on the province’s hosting of the annual event

HAPPY. Participants at Palaro 2016 are happy. All photos by Rappler

Palaro baller Ry Dela Rosa hopes to follow in family's PBA footsteps

Apr 18, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Dela Rosa whose brother Rome plays for the Alaska Aces and father played in the PBA and MBA hopes to follow in the family business as a pro some day

NEXT DELA ROSA PBA STAR? Ry Aljer Dela Rosa played basketball for Calabarzon in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. He is the younger brother of Alaska Aces’ Rome Dela Rosa and father of former PBA player Romy Dela Rosa. Photo by Randall Matthew Lorayes/Rappler

8 records fall at Palaro 2016

Apr 18, 2016 - 5:21 PM

Reigning 12 peat overall champion National Capital Region accounts for the two new records in swimming as well as one in athletics

NEW RECORDS. (From L-R) Mia Meagey Niñura (3000-m), Cherry Mae Banatao (high jump), and Jerick Mendoza (javelin throw) are some of the record breakers at Palaro 2016. Photos by Roy Secretario/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The sport of bocce at Palaro 2016 para games

Apr 17, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Through this series of photos Rappler takes a closer look at the sport of bocce at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa para games

BOCCE. An athlete bowls the ball in a game of bocce at Palaro 2016. Photo by Mary Joy Gelit/Rappler

Mimaropa swimmer juggles student-athlete-breadwinner roles

Apr 17, 2016 - 9:14 PM

This Mimaropa athlete with mild intellectual disability works a variety of jobs to help support his family

BREADWINNER. Aside from being a student-athlete, Arnold B. Asis (R), seen here with his coach, also works to support his family. Photo by Mary Joy Gelit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 2016 Palarong Pambansa comes to an end

Apr 17, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Take a look at the scenes from the 2016 Palarong Pambansa closing ceremony

BALLOONS EVERYWHERE. A student-athlete happily plays with balloons during the Palaro 2016 closing ceremony. Photo by Roy Secretario/ Rappler

Janel Maraguinot, sis of Ateneo's Jhoana, is Palaro Best Setter

Apr 16, 2016 - 11:16 PM

It will be very exciting to see sisters Jhoana and Janel Maraguinot either play together or play against each other in the UAAP

NCR cops secondary boys football title in heated Palaro final

Apr 16, 2016 - 7:05 PM

NCR plays with 9 men in the second half as police intervene twice after repeated altercations in the secondary boys football final against Central Visayas at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

POLICE INTERVENTION. Police officers intervene twice in altercations during the 2016 Palarong Pambansa football final. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Palaro torch student-designer sells paintings to sustain schooling

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:18 PM

Meet the student designer from Bicol University who is the brain behind the art on the 2016 Palarong Pambansa torch

MEET ANNE. Meet the student-designer behind the artwork on the 2016 Palarong Pambansa torch. Photo courtesy of Manallo Photography

NCR trounces Calabarzon for back-to-back secondary girls volleyball title

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:57 PM

NCR finishes Calabarzon off in 4 sets to retain the Palarong Pambansa secondary girls volleyball championship

CHAMPS. NCR defeats Calabarzon to retain the secondary girls volleyball crown at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Davao gold medalist charms Palaro crowd in 2000-m walk

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:51 PM

17 year old gold medalist Jomar Angga from Davao Region gets massive crowd support during his 2000 meter walk competition at Palaro

CONFIDENTLY BEAUTIFUL. Jomar Angga, gold medalist in the boys 2000-meter walk, believes he must be graceful even under pressure. Photo by Ricky V. Tid

NCR wins 12th straight overall Palarong Pambansa crown

Apr 16, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Perennial champion NCR runs away with the 2016 Palarong Pambansa title with 104 golds 57 silvers and 48 bronzes

Palaro Bicolano brothers play basketball for OFW mom and diabetic dad

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Inspirasyon namin ang aming parents gusto naming maging proud sila sa amin

BROTHERS. Rufino B. Sablaon III, 14, and brother John Remo B. Sablaon, 12, of Polangui, Albay show off their basketball skills to Albay’s Schools Division Office employees. Photo by Sercy Sallao

IN PHOTOS: High jump record holder, sepak takraw, billiards

Apr 16, 2016 - 11:03 AM

Here s a look at athletics gold medalists a high jump record holder and some athletes who competed in sepak takraw billiards football

SWEET VICTORY. Jan Vincent Alejandro (182) of Western Visayas crosses the finish line first to win the gold in the secondary boys 400-meter event. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Negros Island earns bronze in secondary girls volleyball

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Negros Island Region drops the first set but comes back strong in the final two to come away with the bronze medal versus Davao Region

BRONZE. Negros Island Region poses for a wacky photo after beating Davao Region claiming the bronze medal in secondary girls volleyball. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Calabarzon, NCR to battle for secondary girls volleyball gold

Apr 15, 2016 - 8:03 PM

Two dominant teams will face off in the volleyball finals of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

FINALS-BOUND. NCR (R) and Calabarzon squads during their semifinals matches. Photos by Al Bambino M. Camino

Central Visayas sweeps NCR to retain Palaro badminton doubles title

Apr 15, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Central Visayas overwhelms NCR to win back to back championships for the secondary badminton girls doubles category

Zamboanga del Sur Palaro athlete banks on arnis to reach college

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:26 PM

After her family lost their money Palarong Pambansa athlete Nikki Gelbolingo is working hard as an arnis scholar to finish school and alleviate them from poverty

FAMILY FIRST. This arnis athlete from Zamboanga del Sur is working hard to stay with her sports academy scholarship so she could someday help her family. Photo by Mary Joy Gelit/Rappler

Honor student athlete shatters 100m dash Palaro record

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Breaking the record was already beyond overwhelming for SOCCSKSARGEN trackster Feberoy Kasi

Palaro swimming coach dedicates all to late son

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:04 PM

For a time after his son died coaching swimmers and the pool became too hard to face for Central Visayas coach Andoy Now he is doing everything in his son s memory

EVERYTHING FOR HIS SON. Palarong Pambansa swimming coach Roland 'Andoy' Remolino dedicates everything he does now to his late son, who took his own life last year. Photo Mars G. Alison/Rappler

CAR loses men's wrestling title, pushes for sport regularization at Palaro

Apr 15, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Cordillera Administrative Region did not earn any golds for men’s wrestling but hopes the demonstration sport becomes regularized at the Palarong Pambansa

DEFEAT. A Cordillera Administrative Region athlete (L) loses a wrestling match. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Palaro ARMM athletes learn real life values from arnis

Apr 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Respect self esteem and friendship are the values learned by 3 girls at Palaro 2016 from the sport of arnis

FRIENDS. ARMM secondary girls arnis athletes treasure their friendship that blossomed through arnis. Photo by Joji G. Ordona

Mimaropa bags gold in Palaro elementary boys double takraw

Apr 15, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Sepak takraw in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa ends with Mimaropa hailed as the Double Takraw champion

CHAMPS. The sepak takraw team from Mimaropa together with coach Junil Magbanwa. Photo by Randall Matthew Lorayes/Rappler

Two Dumaguete City archers take home gold, silver medals

Apr 15, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Negros Island Region wins gold and silver medals in secondary girls archery

ARCHERS READY. Nicole Marie Tagle (L) and  Ma. Ferimi Gleam Bajado win medals in the secondary girls archery at Camalig, Albay, with the Mayon Volcano clouded behind them. Photo by Randall Matthew Lorayes/Rappler

Born without hands or feet, a young athlete dives into his first Palaro

Apr 15, 2016 - 3:27 PM

A promising athlete despite his condition Taladro is a true face of Palarong Pambansa

STILL SMILING. Jeric Taladro (L) smiles despite struggles after the swimming-ortho 50m freestyle. Photo by Al Bambino M. Camino

3 suffer minor injuries as Palaro cauldron overheats, cracks

Apr 15, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Due to overheating of concrete coupled with the 41°C heat index the 2016 Palarong Pambansa cauldron suffers some damage

DAMAGED. Cracks on the upper concrete lip of the 2016 Palaro cauldron is seen after it overheats. Photo from Albay Governor Joey Salceda's Facebook account

Blind Palaro athlete has clear vision for future

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Maria Ellyza Espieras who became blind after an accident is among the young athletes seeking victory at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

Soccsksargen gold medalist to young athletes: ‘Make family your inspiration’

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

A 16 year old runner wants nothing more than to bring honor to his family s name

ALL ABOUT FAMILY. Marjun Sulleza from South Cotabao uses his family as inspiration in running. Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

All regions secure gold medals after Day 4 of #Palaro2016

Apr 15, 2016 - 12:28 AM

Ilocos Region Zamboanga Peninsula and CARAGA all snare gold medals as NCR continues dominance in Day 4 of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

FINALLY, A GOLD. Ilocos Region breaches the gold medal column in Day 4 of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Bicol DOH releases health report midway through 2016 Palaro

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:19 PM

A total of 538 consultations were seen at billeting areas 147 in playing venues and 88 patients were managed at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital

PALARO HEALTH REPORT. A 20-year-old Zamboanga Peninsula athletics athlete is getting checked for vomiting. This is just one of the cases on the DOH health report midway through the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Joshua Caleb Pacleta/Rappler

Not just sports: Mimaropa's 'Clean and Green' program at Palaro

Apr 14, 2016 - 5:50 PM

From basketball ring inspired trash bags to planting crops Mimaropa is one of the model clean and green regions at Palarong Pambansa

PLANTING CROPS. The students and officials of the Mimaropa Region plant various crops in their billeting area for Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Josha Caleb Pacleta/Rappler

Negros Island Region sweeps secondary volleyball group, enters quarters

Apr 14, 2016 - 4:02 PM

With a 4 0 win loss card NIR advances to the quarterfinals at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

UNDEFEATED. The Negros Island Region secondary girls volleyball team is undefeated in the elimination round to qualify for the quarterfinals. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: #Palaro2016's fastest female runner, chess, arnis & more

Apr 14, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Rappler photographer Roy Secretario captures the most candid moments showcasing athletes raw emotion at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

FIGHT! Arnis player from BRAA Mark John Pajalla performs espada y daga individual. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Central Luzon athlete shows resiliency amid physical adversity

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Ma Cielo Dimain Honasan has had to overcome much since birth She remains resilient and dreams of one day competing in the Asian Games

LIVING A DREAM. Ma. Cielo Honasan (2nd from left) together with her coach Ragie Dioniso (third from left), assistant coach Lamberto Nicolas (R), chaperon and Elvie Mangahas. Photo by Ricky V. Tid/Rappler

Calabarzon boxer fights to pay school fees, provide for struggling family

Apr 13, 2016 - 5:51 PM

For a chance to see more smiles in his parents and siblings’ faces For a chance at a better tomorrow For a chance to live

Western Visayas archer has national team aspirations

Apr 13, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Though 15 year old Johanna Leany Aldip doesn t have archery equipment of her own yet she won t stop aiming for a Palaro gold

THE ULTIMATE BULLSEYE. Johanna Leany Aldip (R) of Antique National School in Western Visayas, is trained by her brother Jule Anthony. She is aiming for the ultimate bullseye – a Palaro gold. Photo by Cynthia Babagay-Llacer/Rappler

Vendors expect more income at 2016 Palarong Pambansa

Apr 13, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Local vendors and some from outside of Albay kick their businesses into high gear for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa in Legazpi City

BUSINESS MODE. Anita Sibal of Angeles, Pampanga shows her products to the delegates from CARAGA region in Legazpi City, Albay. Sibal is one of the small-time entrepreneurs who hopes to earn more from the week-long Palaro. Photo by Ricky V. Tid/Rappler

DepEd envisions one province, one sports complex

Apr 13, 2016 - 3:15 PM

ARMM is one region that could greatly benefit from the Department of Education s vision of one province one sports complex

SPORTS COMPLEX PLANS. The Department of Education is planning to have one sports complex for every province. Seen in the photo is the Bicol University-Albay Sports and Tourism Complex in Legazpi City used for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

ARMM Badjao kid dreams to attend college through volleyball

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:28 PM

Mahid Baggeyo has never seen places beyond Tawi Tawi until the 2016 Palarong Pambansa But with volleyball he now has bigger dreams

DREAMING. Mahid Baggeyo, a 12-year-old Badjao athlete from Tawi-Tawi, wants to study and finish school to help his family through playing volleyball. Photo by Mary Joy Gelit/Rappler

Palaro special games athlete electrocuted, rushed to hospital

Apr 13, 2016 - 10:05 AM

4th UPDATE The athlete only suffered mild numbness says an official while the Legazpi City Fire Station is investigating the incident

ELECTRIC SHOCK. Paramedics attend to Pamela Tabastabas who got an electric shock when she tried to go up the Jollibee food cart at Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

New Palaro javelin throw record-holder, predecessor have ‘common’ coach

Apr 13, 2016 - 1:15 AM

The success of Palarong Pambansa s previous and current elementary boys javelin throw record holders can be attributed to one trainer: Renato Telada

RECORD BREAKER. Calabarzon's Jerick Mendoza, 13, of Balibago Elementary School smashes the elementary boys javelin throw record with a 57.50-meter distance. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

DepEd promotes ‘school sports,’ not A-League sports

Apr 13, 2016 - 1:00 AM

An education official is also asked if the DepEd will take a more active role in the government s sports development program

SCHOOL SPORTS. DepEd will continue to develop young athletes through avenues such as the Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Joseph John J. Perez/DepEd-Bicol

IN PHOTOS: Archery, swimming, wrestling in Day 2 of #Palaro2016

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:45 AM

An action packed Day 2 sees host Albay raising the curtain on the swimming competitions

BULLSEYE. Archers get ready to take aim during Day 2 of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Roy Secretario/ Rappler

Ilocos Region looks to climb out of cellar in this year's Palaro

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:30 AM

After placing last in the overall standings last year Ilocos Region is back with renewed vigor in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

RISING UP? Rodel B. Ariola, an athletics coach from Samarra Elementary School, hopes Ilocos Region can do better at this year's Palaro. Photo by Mary Joy Gelit/Rappler

NCR maintains lead as Caraga, Mimaropa struggle

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:58 PM

Calabarzon is a far second with a 12 6 13 medal haul while Western Visayas trails behind with 10 golds 9 silvers and 5 bronzes

SWIMMING. SPED swimmers showcase their wares in Day 1 of swimming at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Power outages hit 2016 Palarong Pambansa in Albay

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:57 PM

A power outage causes interrupts the football game between Eastern Visayas and Mimaropa on Tuesday April 12

DARKNESS. The grandstand at the BU-Albay Sports and Tourism Complex is engulfed in darkness as power goes out during a football match at Palarong Pambansa in Albay. Spectators pull out cellphones and flashlights. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler