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IV, Issue I
March 11, 2012
OFFICIAL SPORTS PUBLICATION, 2012 PALARONG BICOL, NAGA CITY, PHILIPPINES, 4400
By: Baby Ruby F. Laurente
“The City of Naga is all set to host this year’s Palarong Bikol.” This was the assurance given by City Mayor John Bongat at a press conference with DepEd officials on March 7, 2012, 5th Floor of Avenue Square, Naga City. Mayor Bongat pointed out that aside from the P5 million allotment, the city government, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEdNaga City Division), has been into deep planning and preparation to ensure that everything is in place for this year’s regional athletic competition slated on March 11-17 at the Metro Naga Sports Complex and other designated venues. He further disclosed that the local government and DepEd Naga
have joined hands in establishing contingency measures for the success of the regional athletic competition. Both the police and military were mobilized to secure the City from any untoward incidents. Police Officers would be detailed in every billeting center, while a round the clock police visibility was promised to ensure the safety of the participating contingents. The mayor also
sought the assistance and cooperation of the transport group leaders in reminding their members against overcharging of fares to the visitors. All school officials, administrators, teachers, and students, on their part, have pledged to offer all their available resources to give comfort to the delegates. The delegates were also advised to bring their own power generator to cope with the
frequent power interruptions. Some 6,000 elementary and high school athletes and coaches from the six provinces and seven cities of the Bicol Region are expected to attend the weeklong sports fest. These provinces include Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon, while the cities are Iriga, Legazpi, Ligao, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon and Tabaco. Naga City had played host to three Palarong Pambansa way back in 1997, 2002 and 2006. With the City’s experience, the city government is optimistic of having a smooth and successful conduct of this year’s regional games.
By Ruby Bausas as a take off point. Naga City Division Superintendent Emma I. Cornejo said she was overwhelmed by the big representation of each division which showed a big concern to physical wellness consequently assist the operational expenses of the event. In an earlier interview, DepEd Assistant Regional Director Diosdado M. San Antonio said he was expecting not only the athletes but also DepEd officials to take part in the fun run/walk as a way of showing the high value they put on body fitness. He also stressed the importance of having a sound body and a sound mind. Mr. Leo Damasig, focal person for the event, said the activity is aimed at promoting physical wellness and camaraderie among delegations. He added that this is the first ever region wide fun/walk in Bikol. Further, he added that fun/run walk is a trend in Naga City because of its health benefits. The activity featured 3 kilometer and 5 kilometer categories and offered cash prizes and certificates to 3 top winners, 10 participating runners and the biggest delegation. The top three winners were Ernie Payong, Benjamin Rana Jr and Mark Anthony Hosana. (RCB)
A good weather morning readied the more than 2,000 participants to the fun run/walk organized by the Naga City Division, as the opening salvo of the Regional Palaro 2012. The fun run/walk started at 5:00 A.M. with a warm up, an
aerobics led by selected 3rd year students of CSNHS followed by a simple a program at SM City Naga where the DepED officials, teachers and athletes from the 17 divisions of Bikol Region together with socio-civic groups, parents and other stakeholders converged
News / features
By Elvie Evangelista
Music and entertainment, cool night breeze under a moonlit night, laughter, food, circle of friends and people with precious jewels on their faces, ideas of meaning and values, a rustic nature set in paradise, away from the busy hassle in the city…things that go for a nostalgic ambiance… The Village @ San Bernandino. It was a night to remember for more than 500 delegates from the 13 DepEd Divisions in Bicol when Hon. Luis R. Villafuerte, Congressman, 3rd District of Camarines Sur hosted the Congressman’s Night for Sports enthusiasts. In their messages, Assistant Regional Director Diosdado M. San Antonio aptly addressed LRV as an exemplar of excellence who transforms
not only places but human beings; that he is a best friend in Education. Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy, on the other hand, being mesmerized by The Village, called it as one that gave romance – where one can find peace, beauty, and love for Bicolanos. She urged the academe to copy what was good about it - the gardens, significant bridges, organic farm– a better place to start events of brotherhood. “We will be forced to give our best… Bicolanos can rise to international standard, (and) this May to get changes for Bicol Region… we deserve the best,” she added. The captivating voice of Ms. Grace Ballore featured songs with lyrics translated by LRV to Bicol or in English
and Tagalog, like “Ika,” “The Prayer” and three others. Music was just one of the passions LRV has, including retiring from public service and end up an actor in movies, as a producer and scriptwriter as well (joke lang daw). Seriously, However, he mentioned some proficient concerns like sponsorship of bills on institutionalizing Preparatory Education which was already signed by the President, prescribing a mandatory skills requirement for every grade level in elementary and secondary, provision of e-classrooms, a secondary sports curriculum, a move towards crops that are naturally grown, and living a healthy long life by using the brain all the time, good food, good music, and aero dancing.
By Valerie Wayda, Ph.D. Women's Sports Foundation
By Honesto M. Pesimo Jr.
Sorsogon City hoped to outkick its opponents in taekwondo to snatch three gold medals in this year’s Bikol Palaro slated on March 11-16. No less than the gold medal winner in Sorsogon’s City Meet, Christian Paulo Quinoñes, stated the projection after a break from an hour of practice at the Concepcion Pequeña National High School in Naga City where his other six fellow jins of the Sorsogon City’s 80 member-delegates are housed. He also said that with his speed, agility and trainings, he would manage to be victorious in the Fin Weight Division (45 kgs. and below).
Sorsogon taekwondo jins at Concepcion Pequeña National High School pose for posterity.
The 5’5” and lean Quinones, an Emiliano College third year student, further said that the other two gold medals would come from Lovic Dioneda who was a Palarong Pambansa player and from one of the three girls, Cathlyn, Christine or Maxine. “Winning is a
difficult thing to achieve. There are also good players from other cities and provinces. Winning, for me, is for the disciplined athletes. Winning is discipline and discipline is winning” was his answer when he asked what to say to his fellow athletes in this year’s sport grass root spectacle.
However, in the right-side-up triangle, or developmental model, adults (coaches and parents) are supporting the young athletes. Sport programs using this approach remain child-centered and do not become adultdominated. In the developmental model, parents and coaches work together to provide a quality experience. In this setting, effective communication between coaches and parents allows for each group to complete their respective roles and responsibilities. While some parents may intuitively understand their responsibilities, or through past experiences with other children may have been informed about them, other parents do not know. Instead of becoming frustrated with parents for not understanding their responsibilities, take time to educate (or review) these responsibilities during orientation. Parents who understand their role or responsibilities are much more likely to be supportive of the coach - so the focus of the sport experience can be placed on the needs and interests of the young athletes. Eleven different parent responsibilities have been highlighted: Parent Responsibilities 1. Children's Rights - Children have the right to participate in sport; this also includes the right not to participate. It is okay to encourage a child to participate, but do not pressure, intimidate or bribe a child into playing a sport or position. 2. Guide Selection - Counsel your child about the competitive level or type of sport. For example, if a child wants to try out for a traveling team, make sure the child understands the team may travel every weekend for the next two
months and in addition, practices at least 3-4 times a week. If there are financial issues associated with a sport selection, then the parent needs to address them with the child. 3. Respect the Child's Decision - Support the child's decision. 4. Monitor the Child's Participation - What new skills has the child learned? Is the child having problems sleeping at night before a "big" game? Is there any change in the child's attitude about participating in the activity? 5. Entrust the Child to Coach - Trust another adult to guide the child's sport experience. It also involves accepting someone else's authority. 6. Admit Shortcomings When one makes a mistake, admit it. Demonstrate to children that everyone makes mistakes; teach the children that we can realistically accept whatever limitations we have. 7. Accept Triumphs - Regardless of the quality of a child's performance, can you accept the performance without critiquing it? Accept a child's performance "as is" and don't continually seek more from the child. 8. Accept Disappointments - Support your child when she is disappointed or hurt; help her to look for the positive in every situation. 9. Be Supportive - Attend games/practices, if possible; there are lots of ways of being supportive (e.g., raise funds, drive, keep score, etc.)
Adapted from: Naga SMILES to the world, A new brand of Naga By Alec Santos Adapted by : Rowena O. Tabilog, JBMES
executive. The acronym SMILES symbolizes Naga’s goals of strengthening its position as a fast-growing progressive city in Bicol and in Southern Luzon. Each letter stands for the Bongat administration’s six defined, economicallydriven promotional goals: S (See Naga), M (Meet in Naga), I (Invest in Naga), L (Live in Naga), E (Experience Naga), and S (Study in Naga).
Proving that Naga has what it takes to become a city poised for even greater things, Mayor John G. Bongat introduced his flagship program, “Naga SMILES to the World!,” during his first day on the job as the city’s chief
SEE Naga The letter “S” stands for SEE Naga, which encourages both domestic and foreign tourists to come to Naga to enjoy its many natural and historiccultural attractions. MEET in Naga The City of Naga’s unique position in Southern Luzon as the center of trade and commerce is slowly
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10. Demonstrate Appropriate Behavior - Show selfcontrol; be a role model for the child. 11. Value Volunteer Coaches - Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches; support, encourage and appreciate them, as they are playing an important role in the child's life.
95% Ready, A Better Alternative
Naga City is all set and ready… less of 5%. The City LGU Executive, Hon John G. Bongat, pronounced it amidst queries during the PressCon last March 7, 2012 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, Naga City. Why an infraction? We have the best sports facilities in the region, in accordance with the international standards. The billeting schools are always ready. Transportation and communication are at its peak. Ample food supply can last even several months more. Peace and order is stable. Other amenities are varied, affordable and accessible to the delegates. We had literally and figuratively “Run-andwalk” miles. Naga is the SMILES City and a home for sports-oriented people. The Nagueños are just as excited as the athletes to let the games begin. The culprit, as of that date was poor supply of electrical power which dominoed to insufficient water supply. This is inevitable. There are things which are beyond man’s control, though we have the desire to always make things go the way we want it. CASURECO II P.I.O. Emman Rojo, in an interview ( at noontime of Friday, March 9) notified the Sports Gazette that they are already on test of switching on the power to the substation, hoping to restore it completely before Sunday comes. They are awaiting for the go signal of National Grid Corp, Phils. (NGCP)(formerly NAPOCOR). Everyone must beat the heat, think cool all the time. This calls for reflective moments. We have to make the best of it. A difference of 5% will awaken our senses to flexibility and immense respect for nature, essentials we often forget. 5% allows for allowable in preparation. This may include continuous assessment and evaluation of the things we missed and those that need refurbishing, including maybe our own perceptions. This is also a call for unity and endurance, how well we can stand as one people– the Bicolanos– whose aim is bring forth what is good in us, the talents and gifts given us by the Almighty, separately and collectively. How well we can blend with other ethnic groups when we present ourselves to the next ladder of competition. How well we can serve our children and develop in them self-esteem and selfconfidence. It must start here, even in hardest trying moments. We must compete with our own weaknesses; the best 5% will spell the difference, and purge the best in us. 95% is still the better alternative.
Naga Smiles…..from page 2 it into the country’s Convention City. The presence of new hotels and convention halls that cater to gatherings of different sizes has also convinced the city government to promote Naga as the city to meet in, hence MEET in Naga. Interested parties can choose from 33 different venues to suit their needs. Of these, five offer convention halls that can accommodate more than a thousand delegates and guests. The Metro Naga Coliseum’s unique location in the middle of the Central Business District 2 is also expected to be a crowd-drawer. With large shopping malls and the central bus terminal just a stone throw’s away from the massive building, tourists and visitors from across the region and even from other regions can easily experience Naga at its finest. INVEST in Naga As the undisputed trading hub of the Bicol Region, the City of Naga has enjoyed substantial economic growth in the last two decades alone. Despite its position in the region and the country’s economic map, Naga is not content with resting on its laurels. The city government is aware that for any economic progress to be sustained, there has to be a constant effort to draw in investments. LIVE in Naga They say that the best place is one that you never wish to leave. LIVE in Naga aims to market the city as the perfect
community to live in because of modern amenities, the low cost of living as well as peace of mind and security. Despite its growing economy, the cost of living and the cost of raising a family is relatively lower in Naga than in other sprawling urban centers. This translates to more people calling the City of Naga their home. Naga’s peaceful setting also attracts many families looking for a safe and secure community to call their own. EXPERIENCE Naga For almost two decades, the City of Naga was synonymous to innovations in governance principles. And these trailblazing programs and policies were not only on paper. The citizens of Naga themselves are aware of these innovations and experience their impact on their lives on a daily basis. By strengthening already existing programs and by introducing new ones to further improve the delivery of government services, the Bongat administration hopes to sustain efforts in promoting Naga as the center for effective local governance. This has led to more local government units and agencies heading to the city to study its best practices. Last August 25, the City Government added a new award for being the most outstanding local government unit in the region to its more than 150 national and international awards. STUDY in Naga Naga has been the center of education since the Spanish colonial rule. It is home to one of the oldest Catholic seminaries, the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, as well as the oldest normal school for girls in Asia, the Universidad de Sta.
Isabel. In recent decades, however, there has been an influx of students studying various fields of academic interests like science, the arts, and computer technology. Capitalizing on this strength, the City Government has placed emphasis on drawing in more students, both local and foreign to STUDY in Naga. Mayor Bongat envisions a Naga that can be called a University Town because of the sheer number of students studying in the city’s 4 universities (including Central Bicol State University of Agriculture in nearby Pili town), 12 colleges, and more than 20 technical vocational schools. Students can also choose from a variety of courses and degrees ranging from agriculture to banking, and to digital animation. Different people look at the City of Naga in different ways. Tourists SEE Naga as the perfect destination. Companies and organizations MEET in Naga because it is fastbecoming a Convention City. A businessman decides to INVEST in Naga because of the profitable business climate. Families decide to call the city their home and LIVE in Naga because it offers them peace of mind. Government officials and employees flock to the city to EXPERIENCE Naga. And Students head to the regional center of education to STUDY in Naga. Taken as a whole, Naga offers only the best SMILES to residents, tourists, investors, and the world. This is the very essence of the “Naga SMILES to the world!” branding – to proudly announce to the world what the City of Naga has with warm Nagueño SMILES.
Salvacion B. Selga
Elvie Evangelista Ruby Bausas Neil Manaog Christian Evangelista
Honesto M. Pesimo Jr. Rowena Tabilog Sylvia Serrado
Baby Ruby F. Laurente Leizel Manondo Jo Reyes Julius D. Bulahan
DATE March 12 -13, 2012 March 15, 2012 TIME
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
ACTIVITIES Game Proper/ Cultural Presentation
VENUE Playing Venues
PERSON-INCHARGE Tournament Managers/ Cultural Committee Technical Committee Tournament Managers Committee on Program/Awards Legaspi City Delegation Guests Iriga City Billeting Schools Naga Central School I Calauag Elementary School Sabang Elementary School Sta. Cruz Elementary School Concepcion Pequeña Don Manuel I. Abella Elementary School Naga Central School II Contact Person Contact Nos. No. of Room 45 Support Schools
Fellowship and Plaza Quezon Solidarity Night of Palarong Bicol Officials Awarding/ Closing Program Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City
Dr. Teresita Irma 472-03-69 S. Dy-cok 472-61-22 Dr. Nelita V. Remorozo
Domingo Abcede Elementary School/ SPED Center Panicuason Elementary School/ Sabang National High School
March 16, 2012
Mr. Solomon Sales
San Isidro Elementary School/ Balatas Elementary School Mabolo Elementary School Naga City Science H/S Cararayan National High School/ San Rafael Elementary School Calauag Elementary School/ Camarines Sur National High School Carolina High School/ Teodora Muscoso Elementary School Del Rosario Elementary School/ Tinago High School Villa Grande Elementary School/ Villa Corazon Elementary School Jose Rizal Elementary School
Archery Arnis Athletics Badminton Basketball
Hope Christian School LCC Mall/ Naga City People’s Mall Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City Hope Christian School/Naga City Gymnasium Elementary: Naga City Coliseum Secondary (Boys): Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City Secondary (Girls): Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City SM Naga City Naga City Raul Roco Library Naga City Holy Major Seminary/Naga City Coliseum Naga City Civic Center/Metro Naga Sports Complex Pure Gold/University of Nueva Caceres LCC Mall Elementary: Ateneo de Naga University (Main Campus) Secondary: Holy Rosary Minor Seminary University of Nueva Caceres Ground/Metro Naga Sports Complex Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City Elementary (Girls): Universidad de Sta. Isabel Elementary (Boys): Cararayan Barangay Hall/Ateneo High School Ground Secondary(Boys): Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City Secondary(Girls): Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City
Mrs. Ma. Shiela V. Lagoda Mrs. Annie D. Soriano Dr. Annaliza de los Martirez
Sorsogon City Tabaco City
Boxing Chess Gymnastics Tennis Table Tennis Taekwondo Football
Mr. Francisco Leo J. Damasig
Camarines Sur Province Camarines Norte Province Albay Province
Pacol Elementary School Tinago Central School Concepcion Grande Elementary School Julian B. Melito Elementary School Tabuco Central School
Mrs. Maria Fe Hermosura
Mr. Luis P. Marasigan Mrs. Adelina L. Denido
Swimming Sepak takraw Volleyball
Mr. Frederick M. Baldoza
Dr. Marilyn B. Aguilar Mr. Arthur A. Bien
Triangulo Elementary School Grandview Elementary School/ Morada Ramos Elementary School
Catanduanes Mac Province Mariano Elementary School