Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Message from the President

My warmest greetings to the Department of Education (DepEd) Region VI as it hosts the 2017 Palarong Pambansa.

For more than six decades, young athletes from all walks of life gather in the spirit of sportsmanship for the Palarong Pambansa.  I commend the organizers for making this yearly meet the stage where the youth could showcase their skills and talent through competitive sports. By tapping on their potentials, we give the participants courage to take on bigger opportunities later in life.

This event is an affirmation of the vital role of the youth in building a sustainable future. They are our valuable partners in cultivating a strong society as they demonstrate their skills and talent in the area of sports.

May this occasion inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie and unity among the athletes. I trust that DepEd will use this activity to promote physical education as an integral part of our academic curriculum for young individuals. Together, let us work towards building a stronger nation for future generations.

I wish you a successful event.

Message from the Secretary

Greetings to the officials, organizers, coaches and athletes participating in this year’s Palarong Pambansa to be held in San Jose, Antique on April 23-29, 2017 with the theme, “2017 Palarong Pambansa: Converges Youth Power, Builds Sustainable Future.”

This year, the entire nation shall witness thousands of young athletes, armed with physical prowess and mental toughness, competing with each other and against themselves. In the course of their competitions, these young athletes will learn the joy of triumph and the gracious acceptance of defeat. However, more than winning or losing, Palarong Pambansa should be a veritable exhibit of fairness, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that the country will be proud to showcase at international sports events.

This event also poses a challenge to educators. Have we been successful in developing a holistic learner who is capable both inside the classroom and out in the playing field?   

The Palaro will serve as our marker: Are we really making a difference in the lives of our learners? More than just providing sporting opportunities, are we able to sew into the fabric of our schools the culture of excellence?

Let this sports event become a legacy for the next generation of Filipino athletes. Let us join hands in ensuring that quality and equality, inclusion and inspiration, become the Palaro’s benchmark.

Do your best and congratulations!

Governor's Message

On the occasion of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa, I am deeply honored to convey my heartfelt salutations to the dynamic men and women comprising the conduct of this most awaited sports event in the country.

Sincere commitment, motivation and hard work kindle our success and fervor to host the 2017 Palarong Pambansa here in the humble and welcoming province of Antique. Though our province may not be famed yet to the rest of the Philippines, the Antiqueños are fervent and determined to undertake the challenge to host the observance of this annual prestigious sports event. We very well know that physical, emotional and mental health should be our primary concern in order to achieve a healthy and successful citizenry. For with this, a progressive and sustainable human resources and community could be achieved.

With this year’s theme: “2017 Palarong Pambansa: Converges Youth Power, Builds Sustainable Future”, this occasion will undoubtedly ignite our will and enthusiasm to further engage ourselves in sports, so as to make us more active and capable of facing life’s challenges through the spirit of competition, sportsmanship and camaraderie. As the youth, from different walks of life and areas in the nation, converge to channel their energy and vitality in worthwhile sports, they may as well realize their salient role in sustaining developmental efforts for the country’s advancement. So, soar high our athletes and compete par excellence for a better and brighter future.

Kudos to our national players, and cheers to a successful and memorable Palarong Pambansa 2017!!!