For years, the Palarong Pambansa has never failed to produce notable athletes in different fields of sports. Some of them gained popularity not only in the country but also in the international sports scene. Athletes like Lydia de Vega and Dyan Castillejo serve as an inspiration to the many young athletes hoping to establish their own names in their respective sports.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC reiterated that Palarong Pambansa is more than just a national sports competition. “While we expect that Palarong Pambansa will boost regional pride among our competing regional athletic associations, to the athletes, joining the competition has a deeper meaning. It could be the first step to reaching their dreams in the world of sports since it opens many doors of opportunities to unfold their full potentials,” said Luistro.
The 2012 Palaro showcases a new roster of talents that may soon follow the tracks of legendary Filipino athletes.
Region XII takes pride on the achievements of its delegation most especially Jade Bornia in the field of boxing, Rachiel Paterno in 800 meter run athletics for elementary girls and Romnick Nor in 100 meter dash athletics for secondary level.
Mae Barit is no stranger in acquiring honors in the Palaro. Last year, she was declared as the gold medalist during the Athletics competition for secondary girls in Dapitan City, where she represented Region XI.
Jomel Renolayan shares the same story. He bagged the silver medal during last year’s Arnis competition for the full contact Extra Light weight category. He will still be competing for the same category this year representing his town, Albay, of Region V.
In Rhythmic Gymnastics, the match between two outstanding gymnasts from NCR, freshman student Arielle Nichole Orella, and Mary Carmelli Garovillo from Region 7, is something to watch out for. Orella is a consistent Palarong Pambansa Gold medalist since her elementary years while Garovillo, who had just graduated as salutatorian in elementary, was last year’s gold medalist and was a consistent winner in their region.
These are just a few of the many outstanding players that the nation will witness during the upcoming Palaro. Preparations, hard work and sacrifices will all boil down into a single fight that could possibly shape their future as athletes.