All set for Palarong Bicol 2014
posted 1-Feb-2014  ·  
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Athletic delegations from the 12 other divisions started arriving in the province as the hosts firmed up activities for the Palarong Bicol 2014 set this Feb. 2-7 at the Catanduanes Athletic Complex.

DepEd Catanduanes officer-in-charge Jose Doncillo disclosed Friday that Ligao City was scheduled to arrive Jan. 26, followed by Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Tabaco City on Jan. 28, Masbate City, Naga City and Camarines Norte on Jan. 30, and Sorsogon and Legaspi City on Jan. 31. The athletes and coaches will undergo interview, accreditation and screening on Feb. 1.

On opening day, a solidarity meeting will be held at Virac Sports Center at 8-11 A.M., followed by assembly at Plaza Rizal for the 1 P.M. parade and the opening program at 3 P.M. A welcome night will be held for all participants at the complex at 7 P.M.

Doncillo said the complex will be the playing venue for archery, athletics, baseball, boys basketball (elementary and secondary), lawn tennis, sipa takraw, sepak takraw, football, softball, swimming, volleyball and athletics for differently-abled athletes.

The other games will be held at Catanduanes State University (gymnastics, arnis and table tennis), Virac Plaza Rizal (basketball for secondary girls and boxing), Virac Sports Center (badminton and goal ball for differently-abled athletes), Sta. Elena Covered Court (taekwondo), and Provincial Capitol Dome (chess).

Among the officials expected to grace the opening program, are guest of honor Gov. Araceli Wong, Cong. Cesar Sarmiento, congressmen and local chief executives from other Bicol provinces and cities, Vice Gov. Jose Teves Jr., mayors of the 11 towns, and Deped Bicol OIC Ramon Fiel Abcede.

The torch will be carried by the country’s 100-meter dash record holder Julio Bayaban and Bicol’s sprint queen Salve Bayaban while the oath of amateurism will be led by softball player Vilma Araojo.

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