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WV aims to rank No. 1 at Palarong Pambansa 

WV aims to rank No. 1 at Palarong Pambansa 

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There will be 601 athletes from Western Visayas who will compete in all sporting events at the Palarong Pambansa in Cebu on July 11 to 17.  Department of Education-6 spokesperson Hernani Escullar said they will be traveling to Cebu this weekend, July 6 to 7, in preparation for the national games.  Escullar said the   601 athletes include 214 for the elementary games, 346 - secondary, and 41 for the paragames, who are aiming for more golds this year.  Last year, Western Visayas ranked second next to the National Capital Region and Escullar said that they already provided all the needs of the athletes to ensure that they will be consistent with last year’s performance or even surpass NCR.  “We are very hopeful to rank first this year”, he said, ...
Showdown ends in draw for NORFA-STI vs. NCRFA-FEU

Showdown ends in draw for NORFA-STI vs. NCRFA-FEU

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The NORFA-STI versus NCRFA-FEU match.*Stephen Tan photo A grueling showdown between NORFA-STI versus NCRFA-FEU ended in a draw, 1-1, for the Philippine Football Federation Under 19 Boys National Championship at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, Thursday, April 23. Even a goal from NCRFA's Arvin Alayon in the 42nd minute did not silence the home crowd as the resurgent boys from NORFA were able to defend their turf due to an equalizer from Elijah Ballesteros penalty kick at the half. Despite being exhausted, both teams remained relentless in their pursuit to stay unbeaten in the Group A stage. "I was just telling the team to keep pushing cause it's a must win for us," said NORFA head coach Ian Combate. NCRFA team manager Albert Besa commended efforts of both teams ...
Mayor congratulates Himamaylan athletes 

Mayor congratulates Himamaylan athletes 

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The Himaya DanceSport Team wins several medals during the regional meet. Kerth Sanri Salazar and Elizabeth Atilano represented the province in the Juvenile Modern Standard Category while Wildy Sheen Mater and Jeremy Julianne Cervañez raised the banner in the Junior Modern Standard Category.*  Himamaylan Mayor Raymund Tongson congratulated the young Himamaylanons who brought home medals in the recent 2024 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet  held in  Negros Occidental.  “We are immensely proud of our young athletes, coaches, teachers, and parents. This is just a testament that when effort and support come together, everything will be rewarded,” Tongson said in a statement on Thursday, May 23.  He also congratulated all Himamaylanons who part...
Iloilo WVRAA champion, Neg. Occ. first runner up 

Iloilo WVRAA champion, Neg. Occ. first runner up 

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The Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet closing rites Tuesday afternoon.*Richard Mailhan photo  Iloilo was the overall champion at the 2024 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet that ended at the Paglaum Park and Stadium in Bacolod City on Tuesday, May 7.  The Department of Education’s final and official tally showed Iloilo was the champion in the elementary and secondary levels, as well as in the paragames and demo sports.  Negros Occidental was first runner up in the elementary and secondary levels, and in the paragames.  Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, in his speech at the closing rites, congratulated all those who participated in the WVRAA meet.  “To our athletes, you have showcased outstanding sportsmanship, dedication, an...
ROTC games to highlight Bacolod as sports tourism destination 

ROTC games to highlight Bacolod as sports tourism destination 

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Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez  and  Senator Francis Tolentino (3rd and 4th from left)  with  Carlos Hilado Memorial State University president Norberto Mangulabnan, CHED-Western Regional Director Raul Alvarez  and Philippine Air Force Reserve Commander Maj. Gen. Elpidio Talja (l-r) show the signed memorandum of agreement for the  hosting the ROTC Games.*  The Bacolod City  government  is gearing up for the staging of the Philippine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Games 2024 Visayas Regional Qualifying Leg on May 26 to June 1, an event seen to boost the position of Bacolod as a sports tourism destination.   Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and Maj. Gen. Elpidio Talja, commander of the Philippine Air Force Reserve Command, led the signing of the...
Cadiz’s para swimmer bags 3 golds, ‘swimming darling’ of  WVRAA meet  

Cadiz’s para swimmer bags 3 golds, ‘swimming darling’ of  WVRAA meet  

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Zach Lucas Obsioma and his swimming mentor, Max Fermales, after winning his third gold at the WVRRA 2024 in Talisay City on Sunday.*Maria Evita Obsiama photo A 10-year-old boy from Cadiz City, who  was born with the rare phocomelia syndrome,    grabbed three golds in swimming at the  paragames of the ongoing Western Visayas Regional Athletic (VWRAA) Meet 2024 hosted by Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.   Dubbed as the WVRAA "swimming sensation", Zach Lucas Obsioma, a Level 5 student at the Special Education (SPED) Training Center in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, was a crowd favorite at the swimming venue at St. John's Institute on May 3 to 5, a press release from Cadiz City said. Phocomelia syndrome  is a rare congenital anomaly where th...
Guv hopes Negros wins WVRAA championship 

Guv hopes Negros wins WVRAA championship 

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The athletes at the WVRAA meet opening on Thursday.*Richard Malihan photo  Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is rooting for the athletes from  Negros Occidental to win the championship at the ongoing    2024 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.  “I wish the best for our athletes,” Lacson said on Friday, May 3.  Lacson said he would like to see a lot of Negrenses  representing Western Visayas at the 64th Palarong Pambansa in Cebu in July.  The governor said he is keeping some of his afternoons free to watch the  WVRAA games and cheer for the Negrense athletes.  The WVRAA meet ends on May 7.*  
Victorias breaks ground for 11-a-side football pitch  

Victorias breaks ground for 11-a-side football pitch  

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The groundbreaking rites on Saturday.*Victorias PIO photo  Victorias City is making  history again as the first 11-aside Football Pitch equipped with synthetic turf in the Western Visayas Region will soon rise at the  Victorias National High School.   Victorias Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez led the groundbreaking ceremony for the project together with Rep. Erwin Tulfo (ACT-CIS Party List), Rep. Jose Francisco “Kiko” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), and Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Portia Mallorca on Saturday,  April 27. The  football pitch will be the first-ever 11-a-side synthetic turf in the region, Benitez said in his speech.  Benitez said  he aspires to make Victorias City a sports tourism hub in  Negros Occidental.   ...
Twelve tertiary schools compete in 1st Negros Island PRISAA Meet

Twelve tertiary schools compete in 1st Negros Island PRISAA Meet

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Athletes from 12 tertiary schools in Negros Occidental and Oriental are competing in the first-ever Negros Island Region (NIR) Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Meet in Bacolod City that started Friday, April 26. After the opening rites held at the STI West Negros University gymnasium, the various sports events began in venues of participating schools and in shopping malls and will run until April 30. Ryan Mark Molina, executive vice president and chief operations officer of STI West Negros University and second vice president of National PRISAA, said that during its planning conference last August, the National PRISAA Board gave its blessing to put up the NIR PRISAA. "While our government is looking into the structure of the Negros Island Region, we, here, in the...
About 5,000 delegates arriving for WVRAA 

About 5,000 delegates arriving for WVRAA 

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The Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.* Ronnie Baldonado photo Close to 5,000 delegates from around Region 6 are expected to arrive in Negros Occidental for  the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) meet May 2 to 7.  Department of Education-Western Visayas spokesperson Hernani Escullar  said on Wednesday,  April 24,  that they are expecting about 540 athletes and 131 chaperones and coaches from  each of the six provinces of the region, and  730 regional office personnel and technical working group members for the regional games.  There  will be  more than 30 sporting events, he said.   The delegation from Antique province will be billeted at the Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School, Aklan - Bacolod Ci...
Negros Island athletes, coaches to gather for 1st NIPRISAA

Negros Island athletes, coaches to gather for 1st NIPRISAA

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Local athletes, sports standouts, coaches and school heads from 12 private universities and colleges in Negros Island are converging at the  STI West Negros University in Bacolod City, to compete in various sports and cultural events at the 1st Negros Island Private Schools Athletic Association (NIPRISAA) which will officially open on  Friday, April 26.    The  launch will begin with a mass at 7:30 a.m. and inaugural rites will commence at 9 a.m., a press release  from the NIPRISAA organizing committee said.   A day before the official opening of NIPRISAA, the National PRISAA and the Philippine Sports Commission will introduce their Sports Grassroots Program during the National Grassroots Sports Summit-Bacolod Leg at the new School of Basic Edu...
Sagay mayor congratulates athletes for winning in Palaro 

Sagay mayor congratulates athletes for winning in Palaro 

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Mayor Narciso “Narwin” Javelosa  Jr. congratulated all the athletes, teachers, and staff who represented Sagay City in the recently concluded Palarong Panlalawigan during their  courtesy call at the Mayor’s Office on Thursday, April 18.  Javelosa, in a press release, said he is grateful to all the athletes and their coaches and trainers for their hard work and support as they brought home medals and awards for the city.  The Sagay City delegation brought home 13 gold, 11 silver, and 19 bronze medals, and was recognized as Best Disciplined Delegation, Second  Place in Best Managed Billeting School, and Champion in the Implementation of Learner Rights Protection.  The courtesy call was led by Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Mark Anthony T...
Negrense ultramarathoner places second in Italy race 

Negrense ultramarathoner places second in Italy race 

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Rolando Espina (right) and Bren Kevin Policarpio Cabasa  at the Ultramilano-Sanremo race in Italy *  Ultra marathon runner Rolando Espina placed second in this year’s Ultramilano-Sanremo race in Italy, with an official time of 36:40 hours covering 283 kilometers today, April 14. Espina was followed by another Filipino, Bren Kevin Policarpio Cabasa who finished the race clocking 39.09 hours.   The Ultramilano-Sanremo race covers a course that is divided into three main parts, each geographically different from the another, according to their website. One must finish the course under 48 hours. The first part is flat starting from Milan going through Pavia and Ovada. The second part is the most challenging which entails a climb up Mt. Turchino located between ...
Sustainable football grassroots dev’t pledged

Sustainable football grassroots dev’t pledged

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NOFA’s newly-elected officers*  The newly-elected president of Negros Occidental Football Association promised to implement sustainable grassroots development initiatives for football coaches in the province during the NOFA elections at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City on Saturday, April 6. Jose Miguel Valmayor of the San Carlos City Football Club was unanimously elected as the new NOFA president, while Rene Dofitas of Bacolod United FC is the new vice president and Augustine Rey Rivas of Kabankalan FC is the general secretary. Valmayor said that he plans to unify the football leagues in the province and will focus on reorganization of the association. He also plans to institute and implement sustainable grassroots development initiatives and licensing programs for ...
Bacolod overall champ in 2024 provincial meet

Bacolod overall champ in 2024 provincial meet

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The Division of Bacolod City was the overall champion of the 2024 Provincial Athletic Meet that ended on Saturday, April 6. A medal tally showed Bacolod with 159 gold, 113 silver and 83 broze medals for a total of 355 medals. The Division of Negros Occidental came in second with 86 golds, 68 silvers and 72 bronzes for a total of 226 medals. The following is the medal tally posted by the Abanse Negrense Productions 11 p.m. Saturday:
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