VIGAN, Ilocos Sur—Around 6,000 athletes and coaches from over 122 local government units in Luzon converged at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium here in Bantayan, Ilocos Sur t compete in Batang Pinoy Luzon Games.
Action in elimination games start today in different venues.
Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William I. Ramirez is optimistic that the hosting of Ilocos Sur province of the Batang Pinoy Luzon Games will be successful.
“It’s just a coincidence that Vigan will be able to have some practice of hosting of the Batang Pinoy regional games,” Ramirez said. “I think Gov. Ryan [Singson] will do a very good job of hosting the Luzon Leg of the Batang Pinoy.”
Provincial sports coordinator Marius Cabudol said they have invited Department of Education assistant secretary Tonisito Umali to be the guest of honor.
Ramirez will be represented by PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey as the former’s schedule won’t permit him to attend.
Other officials expected to grace the opening ceremonies are Ilocos Sur governor Ryan Luis Singson, Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos, Pangasinan governor Amado Espino III, La Union governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III, and Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina.
The opening ceremony will kick off at around 1 p.m. with the parade of delegations while table tennis gold medalist Wrency Abad and consistent Batang Pinoy Medalist Ralf Justine A. Chan will lead the torch relay and oath of sportsmanship, respectively.
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