THE city and province of Iloilo will host two major regional games in the next two weeks.
Aside from hosting the Western Visayas Regional Schools Athletic Association (WVRAA) meet on Feb. 18-23, Iloilo is also the venue of the 2018 Western Visayas Private Schools Athletic Association (WVPRISAA) meet on Feb. 24-27.
Expected to gather more than 1,000 student-athletes from different private schools across the region, this year’s WVPRISAA aims to select star players who will represent Western Visayas in the National Finals this summer.
A total of 10 sports disciplines will be played by participating teams from Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Capiz, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.
The games include athletics, badminton, swimming, beach volleyball, chess, sepak-takraw, table tennis, taekwondo, basketball, and volleyball.
Central Philippine University (CPU), John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU), and Western Institute of Technology (WIT) are among venues of the games.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental returns to action after three years of separation from Region 6.
Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias, the defending champion of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) men’s basketball, is on a month-long training camp ahead of the competition.
After winning the title last year, Elvis Atinado’s squad aims to return to the national finals.
According to team manager Paul Oliver Cruz, the squad will be bannered by Titans Billy Rojo, Jeffrey Manday, Carl Magbanua, John Lloyd Licawan, Reymart Carano-o, Joseph Yoro, Vladi Pangantihon, Jan Egat, John Valdez, Christian Montepio and Sean Sajo, and Jaycee Adjei and Renz Solomon of the STI-WNU Mustangs.