Palarong Pambansa 2019 to reintroduce indigenous sports

THE upcoming 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City from April 27 to May 4 will feature indigenous sports in addition to its existing games.

It is also primarily intended to restore and revive “Laro ng Lahi” sports amidst the popularity of electronic and video-based games played by the millennials.

To recall, Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary lawyer Revsee A. Escobedo said during the opening ceremonies of Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet on Feb. 17 at the Villareal Stadium, Capiz that this year and onwards, they will showcase again the indigenous sports at the Palarong Pambansa.

“However, these games will have some modifications because instead of our young athletes who will play and compete for the Laro ng Lahi, our DepEd officials will be the one to play,” he added.

The players will include the DepEd’s undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, regional as well as assistant directors and division and assistant division superintendents, among others.

The games will include tug-of-war, patintero, kadang kadang, and toktok palayok.

Escobedo, who traced his great grandfather in Capiz also added that this year’s Palarong Pambansa will have a “Sports Heroes Day” as an important opportunity “for our young athletes to personally interact with their sports heroes and icons.”

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