All systems go for grand Palaro 2013
DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines -- With just two days left before the grand opening ceremonies of the biggest sporting affair in the country, the provincial government of Negros Oriental has put in place the venues for the different sports events in the 2013 edition of the Palarong Pambansa.
Negros Oriental capital Dumaguete is up and ready to welcome the 10,000-strong contingent from all around the country as they put the finishing touches in the sporting venues in various stadiums, schools, and malls in this university city.
The venue for the opening ceremonies, football, and athletics -- the Governor Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium -- is almost 100% ready as the athletes, with their coaches and officials, from all the 17 regions in the Philippines flock to this city. The 5,000-seater Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center is likewise all set to host the Basketball events next week.
Huge milestone for Oriental Negrenses
“As we receive the Palarong Pambansa in our province, we are also opening Negros Oriental to greater programs and projects thus creating more opportunities, more improvements and more developments. The Palarong Pambansa is a huge milestone for all of us Oriental Negrenses,” Gov Roel Degamo, who promises this year’s Palaro to be "unsurpassable," said in the official games' website.
The province’s landmark Silliman University will also be hosting some of the Basketball and Football games, together with the chess and tennis events. The Foundation University, on the other hand, will be the venue of volleyball, and other football qualifying games.
The organizers of the Palaro also boast the strategic locations of all the venues that can be found within a 10-kilometer radius, that include the Ang Tay Sports Range for Archery, Holy Cross High School Gym for Arnis, LP Hyper Mart’s The Court for Badminton, the Orbeta-Siliman Heights Ball Park and Martinez Ballpark in Baseball events, the ABC Learning Center Gym and neighboring town Valencia’s Municipal Gym for the other basketball games.
The Negros Oriental State University’s Cultural Center, meanwhile, will be hosting the Gymnastics events, SLS Don Bosco Gym (Sepak Takraw), Catherina Cittadina School Gym (Sipa), Cimafranca Ball Park (Softball), Senator Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center (Swimming), Negros Oriental Convention Center (Table Tennis), St. Paul University High School Gym (Taekwondo), Valencia Tennis Center (Tennis), Asian College Gym (Volleyball), ERCO Bowling Center (Goal Ball), the Freedom Park (BOCCE), Sibulan Municipal Gym (Futsal), and Robinson’s Place-Dumaguete for Wushu, Billiards, and Boxing events. - Rappler.com