By AIDA ALCAZAR-NAZ
LEGAZPI CITY – Albay province led by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda with Department of Education (DepEd) Albay are ready to host this year’s annual Palarong Bikol 2011 scheduled Feb. 13 to 19 as some 6,000 athletes and their delegations from 13 provinces and cities are ready for the friendly competition.
In a radio interview over PIA Bicol’s Aramon Ta Daw, last Tuesday, Feb. 8, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Maria Luisa Samaniego said that DepEd Albay is all set with the preparation for the sports meet.
Despite the announcement, Samaniego stated that they are still following up the critcal aspects of preparations like billeting, water supply and electricity especially in the quarters of the delegations.\
So far, five days before the meet or starting Feb. 8, some participants from Masbate have arrived. Today almost all of the delegations are now in their quarters, except for Iriga and Legazpi cities groups who are expected tomorrow, Saturday.
Albay has the biggest group with 819 while Tabaco City has the least number with 200.
The number of delegations per province is, Albay, 819; Camarines Norte, 652; Camarines Sur, 655; Catanduanes, 509; Masbate, 500; Sorsogon, 419.
Among the cities Naga has the highest number of participants with 500, Iriga, 335; Legazpi, 450; Ligao, 284; Masbate, 400; Sorsogon, 247; and Tabaco 200.
Each of the delegation has their quarters in different schools located in four municipalities. Albay is billeted in Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School (MORMS) in Guinobatan; Camarines Norte in Daraga North Central School; Camarines Sur in Daraga National High School, Catanduanes at Guinobatan West Central School; Masbate Province at Camalig South Central School and nearby Ilawod High School while Sorsogon Province’s quarters is Camalig North Central School.
Iriga City is in Cabangan Elementary School, Camalig; Legazpi at Binogsacan Elementary School, Ligao City; Ligao City in Ligao; Masbate City in Malabog National High School, Daraga; Naga City in Guinobatan East Central School; Sorsogon City at Project Impact in Malabog, Daraga; and Tabaco City at Ligao East Central School.
The five-day actual sports competition to start Feb. 14 until 18 will be held in 18 different venues. Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Swimming will be played at Albay Provincial Sports Center, Travesia, Guinobatan; Arnis and Sepak Takraw at MORMS, Guinobatan; Archery and Table Tennis at Camalig South Central School; Football and Softball at Bicol University, Legazpi City; Badminton at Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City; Boxing in Daraga Covered Court; Chess at People’s Hall, Albay Provincial Capitol, Legazpi City; Gymnastics, Ligao City Gym; Sipa at Republic Colleges, Guinobatan; Taekwando at Arandurugan Hall near the Guinobatan Municipal Building; and Tennis at Camalig Tennis Court.
The grand opening is on Sunday Feb. 13 at 1 in the afternoon. Prior to the opening, a solidarity meeting will take place 9 in the morning at the Albay Astrodome.
The parade of delegation on opening day will have the marshall, colors, and Embaracdero’s E-jeepney at the forefront followed by DepEd officials and guests.
The order of the parade per delegation is Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Iriga City, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Sorsogon Province, Sorsogon City, Catanduanes, Masbate Province, Masbate City and last is Albay followed by officiating officials and the Mr. and Ms. Palaro Albay.
To accompany each delegation are different school drum and lyre corps of MORMS, Travesia Elementary School, Guinobatan West Central School, Libod Elementary School, Camalig North Central School, Camalig South Central School, Pioduran East Central School and Don Jose Pavia Central School of Pioduran; plus the Clusters A, B and C Teachers Drum and Lyre Corps.
Preceding the closing ceremony on Feb. 19 is the selection of athletes who will represent the Bicol region in the national Palarong Pambansa.
Meantime, Governor Salceda is planning to bid towards the hosting of Palarong Pambansa 2012.