NCR PALARO 2019 KICKS OFF IN MARIKINA CITY
MARIKINA CITY – NCR Palaro 2019 has officially commenced in Marikina City which gathered thousands of delegates from different parts of the National Capital Region.
Opening ceremonies kicked off with festive parade of athletes together with their teachers and coaches who passed by the Marikina River Park all the way to Marikina Sports Center, where the opening ceremony was held.
During the event held Saturday, Marikina City government presented its latest environmental campaign dubbed as “Munting Basura, Ibulsa Muna” campaign, which promotes the proper way of disposing trash in the city.
Student-athletes from 16 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila will compete in various sporting events for this year’s regional sporting event.
The student athletes will compete in 34 sporting categories including new demo sports such as pencak silat, dancesport and aero gymnastics.
Winners of NCR Palaro 2019 will represent the region in the annual Palarong Pambansa, slated on April 27 to May 4 in Davao City.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said it was an honor for Marikina City to host NCR Palaro for the second time, where young and talented sportsmen hone their skills.
“Ang makitang tayo ay sama-sama ngayon ay sumasagisag sa ating pagkakaisa at buong pagsuporta. Isang karangalan ang muling maging bahagi ng pangarap ng bawat kabataang atleta na lumalaban para sa kanyang sarili, paaralan, pamilya at higit sa lahat para sa bayan,” Teodoro said.
(Seeing everyone today represents our unity and full support. It is such an honor to become part of every athlete’s dream to compete for oneself, school, family, and most importantly, for the country.)
Department of Education NCR Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral said the opening ceremony hosted by Marikina was a success even on such as short notice.
The city government was asked only a few weeks ago to host this year’s event.
"It was very successful on the onset kasi una pa lang inalok natin ito sa Lungsod ng Marikina hindi tayo tinanggihan kahit na sa maiksing panahon ng paghahanda (because Marikina City accommodated our request given the short period of time to prepare)," Cabral said in an interview by the state-run Radyo Pilipinas 2.
Cabral is confident that the gold medalists in the NCR Palaro 2019 will help the region extend its championship reign to 14 years at this year’s Palarong Pambansa.
The local government is expecting to boost its bid to host next year’s Palarong Pambansa after Davao City, which became its sister city in June 2018 after hosting the regional sportsfest.